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Community backing helps women’s group evolve into ministry

Sharon Metzger, the director of Place of Grace, gets her new office organized in a repurposed laundry room at the ministry’s new quarters, the former Trinity United Methodist Church parsonage. The organization seeks to help women coming out of jail change their lives, get back on their feet and transition back into the community.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Originally published Jan. 9, 2016.

A new ministry in town is enjoying the backing of the community as it seeks to help women coming out of incarceration turn their lives around.

It’s called “Place of Grace,” a mission that takes its roots from the jail itself, Director Sharon Metzger says. A women’s group at the jail began the vision in 2009; that vision has evolved into a house nearly ready to accept women seeking their own transformation.

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Chess tourney

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Keturah Ellenberger (right) makes a move while her oppponent, Bram McCracken, watches during a chess tourney for youth at the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Saturday, Jan. 14.

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Even tourism director surprised by growth of county’s tourist appeal

Tina Bobilya (right), executive director of the Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau, reports on an uptick in tourism in the county to Huntington County Commissioners (from left) Larry Buzzard, Tom Wall, and Rob Miller, on Monday, Jan. 9.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Tourism in Huntington County is growing by leaps and bounds.

So many leaps and bounds, in fact, that the director of the Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau asked the researchers if their figures were right.

“They said, ‘We double checked everything,’” Tina Bobilya says.

“The increases are across the board,” Bobilya said as she presented the Rockport Analytics study, 2015 Economic Impact of Tourism in Huntington County, to the Huntington County commissioners on Monday, Jan. 9.

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Pushing the pace at local SO tourney

Photo by Steve Clark.

Christian Smith (left), a member of the Huntington County Senior Vikings basketball team, pushes the ball up court in a game against the Howard County Senior Kats at the 10th annual Huntington County Schools Special Olympics Basketball Invitational at Huntington North High School on Saturday, Jan. 14.