13 years after being in the middle of 9-11 attacks, local woman starting to feel normal

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Sept. 11, 2014.

Thirteen years after the terrorist attacks on U.S. soil, Carolyn Allen is finally beginning to feel normal again, after finding herself in the middle of the chaos that fateful day of Sept. 11, 2001.

The Huntington native and current resident - who was living at the time in Fort Lauderdale, FL - recounts the devastation she witnessed as a passenger on a U.S. Airways plane bound for New York City. It was supposed to make a stop first in Washington, DC.


Jones now teaching others about being ‘new kid on block’

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Sept. 8, 2014.

Daneia Jones is an old hand at being new.

Everything was new when she came to Huntington University from Jamaica three years ago.

Now, she's got it figured out - so much so that she's guiding her little sister, Tashnah Dixon, through her first year at HU, and reaching out to other international students.


Health and wellness start-up group reaping benefits for six

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Sept. 1, 2014.

A 90-day health and wellness start-up program has already reaped multiple benefits for six Huntington residents, and the program still has a month to go.

The group has dubbed itself "Pilot Crew 150," for being the first group in a new program started by Huntington Free Clinic Director Rosemary Wagner, and for their collective goal to lose 150 pounds.


Ride in the clouds dream happens for local woman

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Aug. 28, 2014.

Sometimes, it takes a village to make dreams come true.

Such was the case when one woman's dream became reality, when friends and family chipped in to make it happen.

Kammy Updegrove, a client of Pathfinder Services, has Down Syndrome. Now the Huntington resident is also feeling the effects of the beginnings of Alzheimer's disease. But even with her diminishing capabilities, her spirit soars high. And it was her wish to soar high in the clouds, riding in a hot air balloon.


New Hope ‘work crew’ gets creative to help secretary’s handicapped son

Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Aug. 25, 2014.

Rev. Ray Seilhamer, of New Hope United Brethren Church, jokes that Barbara Hilterbrand has changed her mind "1,300 times" regarding the renovation of her house, in Huntington.

Despite Hilterbrand's wavering, her final vision for the house has remained the same: make it accessible for her son.