Local Vietnam veteran working to preserve tradition of service

Originally published April 21, 2014.

Larry Jenks served in the United States Army in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967.

Following his father's footsteps, Christopher Jenks served in the army in Afghanistan and Iraq, still active in the reserves.

It's that tradition of service, and the military service of everyone in four townships, that the elder Jenks wants to preserve and honor.

Local man earns top accolade from National Wheelchair Basketball Assn.

Originally published April 17, 2014.

When Bob Burnsworth fell off a roof in 1988, he fell into the disabled world.

The accident left Burnsworth in a wheelchair, paralyzed from the waist down, at the age of 28.

The first few years following the accident, he admits to feeling bitter, thinking that he got the short end of the stick.

"I was drinking and partying and didn't know what I was going to do the rest of my life, didn't really care," he says.

But then he discovered wheelchair basketball.

Library using new technology to help preserve historical docs

"This library has always been interested in history," says Joan Keefer, head of the Indiana Room at Huntington-City Township Public Library.

"And always forward looking," adds Kathy Holst, library director.

In the library's tradition of combining the old with new, it is using new technology to preserve historical documents in a process called digitization.

Currently, the library is digitizing materials in the Indiana Room, a room inside the library dedicated to Huntington County history.

Former parks dept. intern now wears pair of hats for the city

Originally published April 7, 2014.

Allison Timbrook started out as an intern in the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department and now she wears two hats for the city - one of them as its newest park program director.

She is also the community engagement volunteer coordinator, a new position in which she brings people together with opportunities to give back to the community.

Pathfinder exploring expansion; seeking space to emphasize arts

Originally published April 3, 2014.

Pathfinder Services looks at the prospect of growing like a blank canvas for the organization - and it's a perspective that might provide the individuals it serves with blank canvases, literally.

The Huntington-based not-for-profit human services organization has seen a spike in numbers in its Community Supports branch, which serves individuals with developmental disabilities.

HNHS senior says Viking New Tech is key to her school success

Originally published March 31, 2014.

Huntington North High School introduced its Viking New Tech (VNT) program in August of 2010.

It was a new venture, and the newness was a concern even to some of the 116 freshmen students who enrolled in the program - which was designed as a school-within-a-school.

As that first class prepares to graduate this spring, one student attributes her success - and even a semester spent in Washington, DC - to the opportunities provided by Viking New Tech.