Violet M. Banter

Violet M. Banter, 99, of Marion, IN, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at 7:05 p.m. at Heritage Pointe, Warren, IN.

Mrs. Banter lived most of her life in Jackson Township, Wells County. She was a member of the Dillman Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Dillman Ladies Aid, Church Missionary Society and the Jackson Township Home Economics Club.

She was born Dec. 29, 1910, in Dillman to William A. and Sarah Pearlie Williamson Ritchey. She married Jason A. Banter on Aug. 30, 1930, in Bluffton. Her husband preceded her in death on Jan. 14, 1985.

Elizabeth A. 'Betty' Richardson

Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Richardson, 72, of La Mesa, CA, and having ties to Huntington, IN, died Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010, in LaMesa.

Mrs. Richardson had lived in the LaMesa area for more than 60 years and attended Helix High School and San Diego State University. She was a member of Beta Sigma Phi for 30 years, serving in every chapter office. She also served on the Mission California Council, holding the office of president in 1995-96. She was a member of the San Diego Madres, serving as president in 1990-91.

Casey A. Kochensparger

Casey Anne Kochensparger, 31, of Greentown, IN, and having ties to Huntington, IN, died Thursday, Feb. 4, 2010, at 8:45 a.m. at her parents' home in Greentown.

Mrs. Kochensparger graduated from Eastern High School in 1998, attended Indiana University Kokomo and received her certified nursing assistant certificate from Ivy Tech. She later studied early childhood development at Ivy Tech. She had been employed at the Kokomo Sports Center and at Victory Noll in Huntington. She was a member of Crossroads Community Church, Kokomo.

Indiana Soybean Alliance elects Osterholt chairman

The Indiana Soybean Alliance elected officers and executive committee members for 2010 at their January board of directors meeting. Pictured are (left to right, front row): Terry Vissing, Marysville, secretary; Lynn Teel, Chalmers, president; and Kevin Wi
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Jerry Osterholt, of Roanoke, has been named Biodiesel/Grain Marketing Committee chairman of the Indiana Soybean Alliance.

Brix retires from job as Huntington police dog

Huntington Police officer Alan Foster will retire his dog Brix on Friday, Jan. 15. Brix has worked for the Huntington Police Department since 2000, helping to protect Foster and track narcotics and missing people.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Published previously on Jan. 11, 2010.

Editor's note: Due to his spinal nerve disease, retired K9 Brix was put down on Feb. 3, 2010.

For 12-year-old Brix, his game as a police dog is approaching its final buzzer.

This Friday, Jan. 15, Brix will officially go into retirement from the Huntington Police Department - although his retirement may include the occasional drug bust - and live with Patrolman Alan Foster, his partner in crimestopping for the last 10 years.

Salamonie Interpretive Center program offers kids winter fun

Children ages 2 to 5 are invited for "Winter White, Winter Light" on Feb. 17 and 18 at the Salamonie Interpretive Center, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The same program is offered once each day to accommodate more children.

Governor tells locals Indiana holding its own in tough times

Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels speaks to members of the Huntington Optimists, Kiwanis and Rotary clubs on Thursday, Feb. 4, at Huntington University.
Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Despite the poor economy throughout the nation, Indiana has been holding its own and actually gaining on its neighbors, Gov. Mitch Daniels told an audience in Huntington on Thursday, Feb. 4.

Speaking to members of the Huntington Optimists, Kiwanis and Rotary clubs at Huntington University, Daniels spoke about the current state of Indiana as well as strides being made to combat the recession.

His presentation was titled, "Fighting the Recession to Win."

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


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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.

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