John L. Rivers

John L. Rivers, 67, of Huntington, IN, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at 4 p.m. at his home.

Mr. Rivers graduated from Fairmount High School in 1961 and served in the United States Air Force. He retired as an Indiana State Police trooper and then served as dispatch supervisor for the Huntington County Sheriff's Department. He also sold real estate with Century 21 Beaty Realtors. He was a member of Heritage Church of Christ and St. Peter's First Community Church. He was also a member of the Fraternal Order of Police.

Robert E. Burley

Robert E. Burley, 86, of Roanoke, IN, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at Parkview Huntington Hospital.

Mr. Burley, a lifelong resident of Huntington County, retired from Freuhauf Trailer in 1987. He served with the United States Army during World War II.

He was born July 19, 1923. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Rosemary Burley.

Thomas E. 'Tom' Ross

Thomas E. "Tom" Ross, 67, of Upland, IN, and a native of Huntington County, IN, died Saturday, Jan. 16, 2010, at 10:30 p.m. at his home.

Mr. Ross lived most of his life in Upland and graduated from Jefferson Township High School in 1960. He served in the United States Army from 1964 to 1966. He was employed as a custodian for Eastbrook Community Schools for 27 years, retiring in 2005.

Ray Spencer

Ray Spencer, 78, of Charlotte, NC, and having family members in Huntington County, IN, died Thursday, Jan. 14, 2010, at his home.

Orville R. 'Brownie' Brown

Orville R. "Brownie" Brown, 81, of Bluffton, IN, and having ties to Huntington, IN, died Friday, Jan. 15, 2010, at 8:45 a.m. at the Bluffton Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Brown attended Wabash High School. He lived for 32 years in Minnesota, where he owned a resort and bowling alley. A resident of Wells County for 26 years, he served as groundskeeper of the Six Mile Cemetery in Bluffton for 15 years.

He was born Aug. 14, 1928, in Wabash to Oliver R. and Mary Hodson Brown. He married Helen R. Brown in June 1983 in Huntington. His wife survives.

Possibility of more city layoffs looms

Huntington Mayor Steve Updike received authorization to lay off up to four firefighters and three police officers throughout the year of 2010 on Monday, Jan. 18.

The Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety passed an oral resolution to authorize layoffs of the employees if it becomes necessary. The action was approved 2-0, with member Shirley Powell absent due to an illness.

Ruth Marsh, city operations manager, said that the subject needed to be presented because a previous authorization to hand out pink slips expired on Dec. 31, 2009.

Making his point


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Thomas Tabback, an author from Texas who travels the country speaking at TEA Party events, holds center stage at the Huntington TEA Party meeting on Friday, Jan. 15, at Life Church in Huntington. Behind Tabback are political candidates in attendance that he invited to join him on stage in prayer. They include (from left) Richard Behney, of Fishers, United States Senate candidate; Andy Lyons, of Marion, a candidate for Indiana's Fifth District congressional seat;Don Bates Jr., of Richmond, U.S. Senate candidate; and Tom Wall, of Huntington, candidate for the 17th District senate seat.

Health care bill explanation


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington physician Dr. Tom Ringenberg details what he sees are problems with the health care bill being debated in congress during the Huntington TEA Party meeting Friday, Jan. 15, at Life Church in Huntington.

Urging participation


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington businessman Andy Zay urges those in attendance at the Huntington TEA Party meeting on Friday, Jan. 15, to get involved in the political process by running for office.

Stitching a pattern


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Raquel Anderson stitches a quilt she is making as part of a January Term class at Huntington University during a session Thursday, Jan.14, in the Wilson Gallery of the Merillat Centre for the Arts. The class, The Art and History of Quilt Making, is taught by Lori Garde, and is one of a number of three-week classes offered by the university during January.

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