for more feature stories, click here

Huntington North turns underutilized space into new student gathering, study lounge

Credit recovery class teacher Leslie Nicola (left) helps senior Morgan Burkhart with her geography assignment on Thursday, Aug. 31, in the Huntington North High School’s new Locker Lounge. Students can use the lounge to do homework, either individually or in groups.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Sept. 14, 2017.

Students at Huntington North High School have a new place to gather and study this year, located adjacent to a row of lockers and next door to the school office. Appropriately enough, it’s called the Locker Lounge.

HNHS Principal Russ Degitz says the lounge was the brainchild last year of then-administrative intern Katie Jellison, who proposed turning the space into a place where students could work on homework.

for more community stories, click here

Love INC opens Nutrition Education Center

Becky Arnett (right), program assistant at Purdue Extension and Cooking With Love class instructor, talks about the benefits of the new kitchen classroom at Love In the Name of Christ at its inaugural class on Monday, Sept. 11. Pictured (from left) are Joey Spiegel, executive director of Love INC; Tammy Hurlburt, of the Huntington County Health Department; and Megan Bobay, from Parkview Huntington Hospital.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The first class held Monday, Sept. 11, in the new Nutrition Education Center at Love In the Name of Christ didn’t need a caterer for its grand opening event — the Cooking With Love class provided its own goodies for those in the class as well as visitors checking out the new kitchen classroom facilities.

The curriculum consisted of chicken chili, sautéed kale and Swiss chard with bacon, baked chicken and baked Brussels sprouts.

for more government / school board stories, click here

Roanoke Town Council again fines resident for building code violations

The Roanoke Town Council handed out another substantial fine to a resident for failing to resolve building code violations at her house during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The board assessed Casandra Emley, the occupant of 775 Seminary St., with a $5,000 civil penalty for willful failure to comply with a continuing order of enforcement from the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (DCD) that details what needs to be corrected at her property, which she is buying on contract.

for more sports stories, click here

Lady Vike soccergirls rout Wayne, 9-0

Photo by Steve Clark.
Kodi Douglas

Hannah Tillett and Karmen Koch combined for six goals and eight assists as the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity soccer team routed host Fort Wayne Wayne, 9-0, on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The Lady Vikings took a 3-0 lead in the first half and added six more goals in the second to run their record to 12-1 on the season.

Sophomore goalie Kodi Douglas made four saves in 75 minutes of play for the shutout.

for more special event / festival stories, click here

Well-traveled Munson to be following in the footsteps of early women preachers at festival

Elder Carrie Munson, a traveling preacher who’s been filling in at Huntington’s First Presbyterian Church for the past year, will be following in the footsteps of early women preachers when she delivers the message during the Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival worship service on Sunday, Sept. 24.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Carrie Munson likes being on the move.

Maybe it’s in her genes.

Her great-great-grandparents immigrated from Germany in the mid-1800s, crossing the country in a Conestoga wagon on their way to homesteading in Nebraska.

“So I kind of have that pioneering spirit,” Munson says.

Munson was born in New York and lived in Illinois and Wisconsin before making her way to Indiana. She now lives near Logansport, but can legitimately claim a large chunk of northern Indiana as her home base.