HNHS girls' swim team crushes host Blackford 144-32

The Huntington North High School girls' swim team crushed host Blackford on Wednesday, Jan. 13, taking the top two spots in every event to take home a 144-32 win.

Senior Mariah Patrick, sophomores Cassie Hacker and Sara Karst and freshman Andrea Okuly each won two individual events and were each members of two winning relay teams to lead the Lady Vikings, now 6-5 on the season.

Patrick won the 50-yard freestyle in 27.71 and the 100-yard backstroke in 1:09.53.

Hacker took the 100-yard freestyle in 1:00.32 and the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:16.16.

Forester women defeat host Spring Arbor 58-45

After an early lead by Spring Arbor, the Huntington University women's basketball team took control of the game to beat the host Cougars 58-45 on Wednesday, Jan. 13.
Spring Arbor began the game with a 4-0 run, but HU powered back to steal the lead from the Cougars, which they maintained the rest of the match. The Foresters left the court with a 31-22 lead at halftime.

Huntington kept their streak in the second half, again outscoring the Cougars. HU developed its biggest lead, 55-36, at the eight-minute mark, but the hosts pushed back, yet to no avail.

City cuts funding to local non-profits

Funding cuts for eight local non-profit organizations were approved 6-1 by the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Jan. 12, as city officials continue to struggle with Huntington’s financial crisis.

Organizations accept donations for Haiti

Thousands are dead and an unknown number have been left homeless after an earthquake devastated Port-au-Prince, the capital city of Haiti, on Tuesday, Jan. 12.
Here’s how you can help:

• The American Red Cross is accepting cash donations. Checks can be made out to the Huntington County Chapter of the American Red Cross, with “Haiti AP 2885” written in the memo section of personal checks. Checks can be dropped off at or mailed to the local chapter at 354 N. Jefferson St., Suite 203, Huntington, IN 46750.

Florence E. Graden

Florence E. Graden, 102, of Berne, IN, and having family members in Huntington, IN, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at 9:45 p.m. at Swiss Village Retirement Community in Berne.

Mrs. Graden, a 1926 graduate of Ossian High School, was active in the First Presbyterian Church, holding various offices and serving on several boards. She retired as a bookeeper from Graden Service Station.

Elmer H. Spreen

Elmer H. Spreen, 88, of Fort Wayne, IN, and a native of Roanoke, IN, died Monday, Jan. 11, 2010, at Visiting Nurse and Hospice Home, Fort Wayne.

Mr. Spreen worked as a shipping clerk with Rea Magnet Wire for 35 years, retiring in 1986. He attended New Haven High School with the class of 1940 and was a member of Emmanel Lutheran Church.

He was born Sept. 5, 1921, in Roanoke to Henry and Dora Spreen. His wife, Alice Spreen, preceded him in death.

Three local schools are Four Star winners

Three Huntington County schools — Lancaster, Northwest and Roanoke elementaries — are among Indiana’s Four Star Schools.

Lancaster and Roanoke are repeat winners, while Northwest has earned the award for the first time this year.

Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett announced the 2008-09 Four Star school distinction on Wednesday, Jan. 13.

Huntington County Robotics team kicks off season

John David Paff, a student at Blackhawk Christian School, explains his game strategy concepts during the Huntington County 4-H Robotics Team THRUST 1501 kick-off on Saturday morning, Jan. 9, at Huntington University.
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The Huntington County 4-H FIRST Robotics Team THRUST 1501 kicked off its sixth season of competition on Saturday morning, Jan. 9, at Huntington University.

The 2010 challenge was announced at the gathering, requiring teams to build a robot that can play soccer and perform other tasks. FIRST teams have six weeks to design and build this robot.

During last year's competition, robots had to collect game balls and score them in trailers hitched to their opponents' robots while navigating on a surface that simulated the low-gravity environment of the moon.

Still time left to register for primary vote

For Huntington County residents who have forgotten to register to vote for the upcoming primary elections, there is still time left.

Voter Registration Deputy Pam Fowler says the process to completing registration is relatively simple.

"To find out if you are registered to vote, you can log on to indianavoters. com," she states. "After clicking on the voter registration tab, you just follow the instructions."

TEA party to feature U.S. senatorial candidates

Organizers for the upcoming TEA Party informational session, on Friday, Jan. 15, from 7 to 9 p.m., have announced that all the U.S. senatorial candidates except Evan Bayh have confirmed that they will be in attendance.

The event will be held at Life Church, located at 950 E. State St.
Candidates who will be attending include Marlin Stutzman, Don Bates Jr., Richard Behney and John Hostettler.

Ron Fusselman will also be in attendance as a state representative candidate.

For more information about the event, call 359-9373 or visit Huntington-tea-party.info.

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