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HU teams build in Mexico with more than bricks and mortar

Members of the Huntington University softball team work by a cement mixer during a recent mission trip to Mexico. Pictured in the foreground is Joelle Beals, a sophomore on the team. The following week, members of the HU women’s soccer team went on a trip to the same area in Mexico.
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Originally published Feb. 19, 2018.

Members of the Huntington University softball and women’s soccer teams recently traveled to Mexico for mission trips.

During their stays there, the team members helped construct a community center in an impoverished town.

The most important thing they built, though, didn’t require a single brick.

“People in the past week have said, ‘So, what’d you do down there? What’d you build?’,” says Amanda Burge, head coach of the women’s soccer team. “And my answer is, ‘We built relationships.’”

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Non-profits, educators benefit from HCCF grants

The Huntington County Community Foundation recently awarded grants to nonprofit organizations and educators. Among the awardees were (from left) Heather Closson, Science Central; Sue Wilhelm, Victory Noll Center; Christine Walker, Indiana Dream Center; Casey McCabe, Science Central; Mat Quickery and Ryan Carroll, Roanoke Beautification Foundation; and Jessica Grossman, LaFontaine Arts Council. This grant cycle’s awards totaled $103,634.
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The Huntington County Community Foundation’s latest grant cycle resulted in grants being awarded to 16 nonprofit organizations and 35 educators to support their efforts in Huntington County. This cycle’s awards totaled $103,634.

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Roanoke council supports part-time Roanoke chamber employee

The Roanoke Town Council pledged its support for the creation of a part-time employee position for the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce during its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Stephanie McKibben, a member of the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce Board, explained to council why there was a need for such a position. McKibben noted that organizing the high number of tourism events conducted in Roanoke over the course of the year had become strenuous for the town’s stable of volunteers.

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HU men upset Marian in CL tourney

The Huntington University men’s basketball team took an early lead and never looked back, upsetting host Marian University, 102-91, in the quarterfinals of the Crossroads League Tournament on Wednesday, Feb. 21.

Senior Mike Bush and junior Tyler Arens both scored over 30 points to lead the fifth-seeded Foresters to the upset of the fourth-seeded, No. 24 Knights. With the win, Huntington, 14-17, 9-9 in league play, moves on to the tournament semifinals, where it will face top seed Indiana Wesleyan University on Saturday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m.