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Former heroin addict now helping others beat back problem

Former heroin addict Jessica Brooks talks about her family and the devastation wreaked upon them as a result of her addiction to opioids and Xanax during the community forum on heroin held Oct. 4 at Huntington North High School. Brooks now leads one of several programs designed to help individuals break their addictions. The photo on the screen shows Brooks with her family, reunited after being split apart by her addiction.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Oct. 20, 2016.

In an amazingly short amount of time, Jessica Brooks’ five-month-long heroin habit had become so bad that she overdosed on the drug three times.

She shared her story on Oct. 4 with those who came to the Huntington County Sheriff’s community forum on the heroin epidemic that has strafed the county.

Today, Brooks is helping other women overcome substance abuse and addiction as the director of the Indiana Dream Center women’s ministry, one of several local programs offering help for those addicted to drugs.

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Trail groundbreaking

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters, with the Erie Band in the background, speaks during a groundbreaking ceremony held Friday, Oct. 21, near the Erie Rail Trail Bridge to celebrate the start of construction of the Little River Trail.

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Five candidates trying for trio of at-large county council seats

Huntington County Council candidates are (from left) Shane Bickel, Ron Kline, Terry Miller, Robert Miller and Scott Thornsberry.
TAB file photos; photos provided.

The contest for three at-large seats on the Huntington County Council has five candidates — Republicans Shane Bickel, Ron Kline and Terry L. Miller, and Democrats Robert W. Miller and Scott A. Thornsberry.

Bickel, 61, a resident of Division Road, is the only incumbent of the group.

He is retired after serving for 35 years as an officer on the Huntington Police Department. He is a member of SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.

Kline, 64, is a retired handyman. He is a resident of 2409 Riverside Drive, Huntington.

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Vikings miss state cross country spot by one at semi-state

Nolan Young (right), a junior on the Huntington North High School boys’ cross country team, races Monroe Central’s Dalton Winans down the final stretch of the New Haven Semi-state, held on the IPFW Cross Country Course, in Fort Wayne, on Saturday, Oct. 22. The Vikings finished seventh, one place short of advancing to the state finals.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The Huntington North High School boys’ cross country team finished one place shy of advancing to the state finals at the New Haven Semi-state, held Saturday, Oct. 22, at the IPFW Cross Country Course, in Fort Wayne.

Needing to post a top-six finish to move on, the Vikings placed seventh in the 20-team field with a tally of 199.

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Admiring the handiwork

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Cherie Shambaugh (left), and Linda Prus, both of Fort Wayne, stop to look at the ceramics for sale, created by Joseph Pelka and displayed in his booth at the Renaissance in Roanoke art fair held Saturday, Oct. 8, on Main Street in Roanoke. A plethora of art, from fine oil paintings to leather, ceramic, wood and fabric goods as well as farmers market fare was offered for sale on several downtown streets.