Halloween decorating as much fun for homeowner as trick-or-treaters

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

When the black, skull-decorated wrought-iron gate swings open Friday night, the "Prince of Darkness" will greet trick-or-treaters and invite them to cross - if they dare - into the graveyard within the confines of the front yard at 954 Poplar St., in Huntington.

It is as much of a treat for the gatekeeper as it is for trick-or-treaters, many of whom return year after year.

The Prince - aka Richard Sutton, who by day is a mild-mannered sales rep for Window World - transforms into the menacing alter ego for one of his very favorite times of the year.


VNT investigators comb through clues to solve botanist’s ’murder’

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

They call it the "murder in the greenhouse."

The body of Betsy Botanist was found in the Huntington North High School greenhouse. She studied wild orchids, said Viking New Tech Science Teacher Paige Humphries.

With clues found at the "murder scene," New Tech students in Humphries' forensics class are using science to solve the fictional whodunit.

"The kids went down (to the greenhouse) and used their techniques from how to collect evidence at the crime scene," Humphries says. "They had to collect evidence and take pictures of the crime scene."


Hoffman’s forward deployment in U.S. Navy teaches him plenty about life’s stresses

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Originally published Oct. 16, 2014.

Landon Hoffman hopes he paid all of his bills in Japan.

Hoffman recently returned home to Huntington after serving in the United States Navy for six years. He spent the last four of those years in southeast Asia, where he had a house in the Japanese city of Yokosuka.

All the mail he received was in Japanese, which had the effect of making bills and junk mail almost indistinguishable.

"I think I paid everything," he says. "But I have no idea."


County’s oldest WWII veteran saw beginning, end of that war

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Conflicts around the world had been growing more volatile for a decade, and the United States was worried.

So worried that, in 1940, the nation - for the first time ever - started drafting men into the military during peacetime.

By early the following year, Hayden Miller was a part of that military. He saw the beginning, and the end, of World War II during his five years in the service.

Miller was drafted into the United States Army on April 12, 1941.


HU students give taste of college life to area elementary students

Photo by Joni Knott.

Originally published Oct. 9, 2014.

The students who got their first taste of college life last week at Huntington University weren't quite ready to sign up - but, someday, they will be.

"We want these students to experience what college life is like with the desire that they want to attend college when they graduate from high school," says Nate Perry, director of undergraduate admissions at Huntington University.


Recent show brings Williams’ passion in front of community

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Oct. 6, 2014.

For 30 years, L.D. Williams' passion consisted of bits of wood, copper tubing, string and glue - which, in his capable hands, became detailed works of folk art in the form of boats.

And not just "boats."

Williams' work depicts vessels of all kinds down to the most minute details.

In the course of those 30 years, he has made 25 boats, some as long as four feet and other less than a foot in length. Every one of them is different and has its own unique features.


4-H project snowballs into big things for local youth

Photo by Joni Knott.

Originally published Oct. 2, 2014.

Alexandra Forsythe is a busy 15-year old dedicated to her community and the surrounding wildlife.

She's also the Indiana Audubon Society's first ever Young Birder of the Year and the recipient of the Charles D. Wise Youth Conservation Award.

As a youth advisor, presenter and speaker, webmaster and member, Forsythe volunteers her time to different avian societies and nature clubs and organizations.


KIM League bears one name, but many have contributed

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Originally publilshed Sept. 29, 2014.

The KIM League, the youth basketball program at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, may bear the name of one person, but it's been built on the contributions of several.

The league is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year and a legacy of contribution stretches back to the league's founding in the late 1950s, when it was called the Midget Basketball League. A local resident, Ez Williams, ran the league, which was for fourth through sixth grade boys who didn't make their elementary school teams.