Master naturalist class at Salamonie focuses on plants, water and wildlife

The Upper Wabash Interpretive Services will hold an Indiana Master Naturalist class at the Salamonie Reservoir Interpretive Center, March 18 through May 13.

Classes take place Thursday evenings from 6 to 9:15 p.m.

The Indiana Master Naturalist Program (IMNP) is a program developed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and Purdue University Extension to provide education about Indiana's plants, water, soils and wildlife, and to promote volunteer service in local communities.

HCCF taking applications for 'Make a Difference' grants

The Huntington County Community Foundation Inc. is accepting applications for its 2010 Cycle I unrestricted fund "Make a Difference" grants.

The grants are awarded to not-for-profit charitable purposes that improve the quality of life in Huntington County.

The grants are available to charitable 501(c)3 organizations based in Huntington County.

Applications must be received at the Community Foundation office by April 12. Awards will be announced in May.

Helping Haiti


Photo provided.

The first grade students at Andrews were saddened by the Haiti earthquake, so they decided to sell bottles of water on Monday morning, Feb. 1, and the money earned went to the American Red Cross. Pictured are (front row from left) Kadin Anderson, Conner Gerrard, Naomi Richison and Riliegh Reed; and (back row from left) Jo Keller and LeeAnn Williamson.

Sivley graduates from training at Fort Sill

Army National Guard Pvt. Cameron J. Sivley recently graduated from the Fire Support Specialist Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, in Lawton, OK.

Field artillery specialists serve in intelligence activities including target processing in field artillery, cannon battalions, division artillery, artillery and maneuver brigade and headquarters and fire support elements.

Offer lifeguard tests to work at DNR State Park and Reservoirs

Indiana State Parks and Reservoirs lifeguarding tests for already-certified lifeguards who want to work at DNR State Park and Reservoirs properties will be held at no cost to the participants on April 11 in Corydon and April 25 in Muncie.

Applicants must already be certified in Lifeguarding and CPR for the Professional Rescuer to be eligible to attend the test at either site; the tests are not a recertification of any type. Testing will include blood borne pathogens, a written test and a water test.

Kohl’s to recognize service by students

Marking the 10th anniversary of its Kohl's Kids Who Care Scholarship Program, Kohl's Department Stores will award more than $410,000 in scholarships and prizes, ranging from $50 Kohl's gift cards to 10 $10,000 scholarships, recognizing youths who make a difference by volunteering in their communities.

Nominations for students ages 6 to 18 will be accepted through March 15 at kohlskids.com.

Wall to face Banks for District 17 Senate seat

Floyd J. "Tom" Wall, of Huntington, has filed for the Republican nomination for the 17th District Indiana Senate seat.

Wall will face Jim Banks, of Columbia City, in the Republican primary.

Gary "Doc" Dillon, who has served the 17th district since 2002, had announced earlier that he does not plan to seek re-election.

Wall, 1359W-200S, currently serves as president of the Huntington County Commissioners.

Wall also filed as a candidate for Republican state convention delegate.

Those filing as candidates for local offices as of Feb. 4 include:

The winner


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Anthony Johnson (left) plays a championship chess match against Alex Sereno on Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Johnson won the match to be declared the library's chess champion. The tournament was the culmination of a series of chess lessons at the library under instructor Jack Oberholtzer.

DLGF certifies county's budget order, tax rates

The Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) reports that it certified Huntington County's 2010 budget order and tax rates on Wednesday, Feb. 3, paving the way for on-time property tax bills for the first time in at least three years.

The budget certification came 34 days sooner than last year, the DLGF says, putting the county in a position to have taxes due on May 10, 2010.

PHH guild is offering two $1,000 scholarships for post-secondary ed

The Parkview Huntington Hospital Guild is offering two $1,000 scholarships to high school seniors or students enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution for 2010-11.

Applicants must be related to a current Guild member, related to a current Parkview Huntington Hospital employee, or they must be employed at the hospital. Preference is given to students pursuing education in a health-related field, and scholarships will be awarded based on financial need.

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