Foley to play for Huntington University

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Huntington North High School girls' basketball player Taylor Foley (front row, third from left) signs her letter of intent to play basketball next year at Huntington University. Watching are (front row from left) stepfather Richard Goulding, mother Janell Goulding and father Robert Foley and (second row from left) Huntington North Head Coach Kelly Jones and Huntington University Head Coach Lori Culler.

Friends of Library looking forward to new home

Sue Jepsen, president of the Huntington Friends of the Library, stands with the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s popcorn popper that the Friends of the Library bought the library to use.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Originally published Dec. 10, 2009.

With a new home in the works, Huntington's Friends of the Library President Sue Jepsen has something to look forward to, even though her next big event isn't until June 2010.

Jepsen has been with Friends for 17 years, and once the new library addition is complete, her branch of the national organization will have a small spot to call its own to host its two large book sales each year, one of which just wrapped up this past weekend - the Holiday Book Boutique.

County EMA receives radio grant for all fire departments in county

The Huntington County Emergency Management Agency has been awarded a $478,852 grant to buy new radios for every fire department in the county.

Brandon Taylor, director of the Emergency Management, announced the grant Monday morning, Jan. 4, at the Huntington County Board of Commissioners meeting.
Taylor said after the meeting that 122 hand-held, 40 truck-mountable and 10 department-housed units will be bought, along with 121 new pagers. There are around 200 firefighters in the county, so the equipment won't cover everyone, but it will cover those on duty, he says.

Parkview Huntington hails first baby of 2010

Parkview Huntington Hospital’s first newborn of 2010, Kristine Bailey McMahon, was born on Jan. 2, to Latosha-Renee Nicole McMahon (left), and Joshua Charles Kelly, both of Roann.
Photo provided.

The first newborn of the new year at Parkview Huntington Hospital, Kristine Bailey McMahon, was born Jan. 2, 2010, at 6:36 p.m. to Latosha-Renee Nicole McMahon and Joshua Charles Kelly, both of Roann.

McMahon named her daughter Kristine Bailey in memory of a late friend.

The baby, who was delivered by Dr. Eric Reichenback, weighed 6 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 18 inches at birth.

Commissioners again elect Wall president, Branham VP

Huntington County Commissioners (from left) Jerry Helvie, Tom Wall and Kathy Branham do some work on Wall’s laptop during the commissioners’ meeting Monday, Jan. 4. The commissioners re-elected Wall as president and Branham as vice president.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Tom Wall was re-elected president of the Huntington County Board of Commissioners during the panel's first meeting of 2010, held Monday, Jan. 4.

Kathy Branham was appointed vice president, a position she also held last year.

Branham was also appointed to Region 3-A and CEDIT Advisory.

Wall was appointed to the Huntington County United Economic Development board, Northeast Regional Partnership and the Huntington County Drainage Board.

Shafer responds to governor's K-12 cuts

Governor Mitch Daniels announced last week that at the turn of the year, the state would cut K-12 funding by $297 million throughout the 2010 calendar year.

Recycling bins gone from Huntington sites

The recycling bins, formerly located in the old Marsh parking lot and in the Wal-Mart parking lot, were removed at the beginning of the year, Mayor Steve Updike announced Monday morning, Jan. 4, at the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.

To continue recycling, citizens are encouraged to take their items to the landfill during normal business hours, where they will dispose of it properly.

Eagle watching field trip Feb. 20 set up by local DNR specialists

Join an eagle watching field trip on Feb. 20 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Those attending should meet at the Salamonie Interpretive Center is the Lost Bridge West Recreation Area.
Pre-registration is requested.

The session begins with a talk about bald eagles at the interpretive center and continues with a trip to some well-known eagle spots. The trip will end up at a nearby roost site to watch the bald eagles fly in for the night.

The trip will be more than 30 miles, so participants are asked to make sure they have enough fuel, as well as snacks and drinks.

Huntington YMCA registering for co-ed volleyball

The Parkview Huntington YMCA is holding registration for its co-ed volleyball league now through Jan. 12.

League play begins Thursday, Jan. 14, and runs until Friday, March 19. A single-elimination tournament will be held on Thursday and Friday, March 25-26.

All games will be held on Thursday or Friday evenings between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Matches will be the best of three with rally scoring to 25.

Russell graduates from Army basic at Fort Sill

Army Private Chad D. Russell has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, OK.

During the nine weeks of training, Russell studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

Russell is a 2004 graduate of Bluffton High School.


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