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The Amethyst Lotus open downtown

The Amethyst Lotus offers not only a boutique space, (featured above) but also includes a variety of individual spaces for practitioners to meet with clients, as well as The Zen Den for relaxation.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

An alternative option for wellness is now available in downtown Huntington. Anyone seeking a path to wellness without using modern medicine or treatments is invited to visit The Amethyst Lotus, located at 35 W. Market St., Huntington.

The Amethyst Lotus is owned and operated by Lisa Brewer and Skydawn Bickel. They describe themselves as “yin and yang” because of how different they are, but they each agree that one could not have opened the business without the other.

Moore/Corlew building renovated

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In the mid 1800s, the Moore/Corlew building came into existence at present-day 400 N. Jefferson St., Huntington. For a good portion of its existence, the brick building and its main level have been home to several downtown Huntington businesses, while the upstairs levels went unused for 75 years or more. Now, thanks to the efforts of Sara and Matt Wilcox, a new life has been breathed into the second and third floors, which are ready to be used as living spaces.

Swaidner awarded Smart Girls Scholarship

On Wednesday, Dec. 22, Huntington North High School junior Brooke Swaidner (front, middle) received a $15,000 Smart Girls Scholarship through the Terra Brantley Foundation and Boys & Girls Club (BGC). Presenting the check were Terra Brantley (front, second from left), along with Foundation board members Chris Stockamp (front, far left) and Dr. Jeanne Zehr (front, far right). Others present to support Swaidner were (back, from left) Dave, Brody and Bridgette Swaidner, BGC of Huntington County CEO Mandy Reber and BGC of Huntington County Operations Director Ashley Allen.
Photo by Emily Wyatt.

Huntington North High School (HNHS) junior Brooke Swaidner was recently named the second recipient of the Smart Girls Scholarship through the Terra Brantley Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club (BGC) Smart Girls Program. On Wednesday, Dec. 22, Swaidner received the $15,000 scholarship at the BGC of Huntington County with friends, family, club members and Terra Brantley Foundation members present.

BGC of Huntington County CEO Mandy Reber began the presentation by welcoming everyone and explaining a little bit about the Smart Girls Program.

Pam Crone celebrates 30 years as a tour guide

On Wednesday, Dec. 15, friends of Pam Crone gathered at the Huntington Historical Museum to celebrate her 30 years of being a tour guide.
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For 30 years, Pam Crone has been a tour guide, planning trips and tours for interested parties and specializing in Senior group travel. She is the owner of Bucket List Tours with Pam and celebrated her years of tour guide experience on Wednesday, Dec. 15, with a celebration at the Huntington Historical Museum, which is one of her locations for Senior group travel trips.

Beehler family celebrates 100 years of Christmas tradition

Pastor John Beehler, of First Presbyterian Church in Huntington, now owns the German pyramid Christmas tree his great-grandfather Ludwig Witt made for Beehler’s mother in 1921. Featured left is Beehler when he was 4-years-old looking at the tree in 1962. Featured right, Hunter Beehler, Witt’s great-great-great-grandson, points at the same tree in 2021.
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Ludwig Witt, from Germany, crafted a German pyramid Christmas tree in 1921 for his granddaughter Alice Kerr. Today, 100 years after the fact, the Christmas tree is still in the family as Pastor John Beehler, of the First Presbyterian Church in Huntington, is now the owner.

Beehler, the great-grandson of Witt, says the tree is made from orange crates, packing boxes, a broom handle and cardboard.

Though it isn’t the “present-day idea of a traditional Christmas tree,” Beehler says it is the only tree they had growing up except for one year when they had a live tree.

Salamonie School supports food pantry

Members of the Salamonie School Student Council went to the Bread of Life Food Pantry on Tuesday, Dec. 7, to help organize the items donated by Salamonie School in its annual food drive. Featured are (front row, from left) Katrine Cutright, Jazzy Yeargan, Jayhla Erikson and Bentlee Darling, along with (back row, from left) Kinley Schuler, Caelan Smith, Callie Richardson, Brinlee Ludemann, Morgan Blair, Food Pantry Coordinator Rose Broyles and Salamonie Counselor Melinda Huber.
Photo by Emily Wyatt

Salamonie School recently hosted its annual Student Council Food Drive to support Bread of Life Food Pantry in Warren. This year, the school gathered 1,760 items, which translated to 1,600 pounds.

Salamonie Counselor Melinda Huber said that this is the most they have ever collected for the drive.

“I was very proud of our students because the drive went on alongside our cash drive for the United Way. Students were generous on both accounts,” Huber said.

Otte and Nixon launch Express business to service Huntington area

A ribbon cutting by the Huntington Chamber of Commerce took place at Express Employment Professionals on Thursday, Dec. 9. Featured are (front row, from left) Terry Miller, Terry Miller Realtor Century 21 Bradley and Chamber Ambassador; Pauline Sherrer, mother of Kristi Nixon; Tasha Otte and Kristi Nixon, owners of Express Employment Professionals, and Mayor Richard Strick, as well as (back row, from left) Damon Kuhlenbeck, State Farm Insurance and Chamber Ambassador; Brittany Brown, Midwest America Federal Credit Union and Chamber Ambassador; Bob Caley, Bob Caley Realtor Century 21 Bradley, Chamber board of directors, and Charles Chapman, City Council 1st District.
Photo by Emily Wyatt.

Business partners Tasha Otte and Kristi Nixon have brought a new option to the Huntington area for those seeking employment. Express Employment Professionals, 2916 Walmart Drive, Huntington, officially opened for business on Monday, Nov. 29. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Thursday, Dec. 9, to celebrate and welcome them to Huntington.

Nixon first bought an Express territory in Tennessee in 2012.

Originally from Ohio, Otte moved to Tennessee nine years ago, where she met Nixon. The two became business partners and have been working together ever since.

Dec. 2 marked UB Launch ribbon cutting

Huntington University (HU) and the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce hosted an official ribbon cutting for UB Launch on Thursday, Dec. 2. Featured are (from left) Mayor Richard Strick; Joey Spiegel, client of UB Launch; Giovanni Martinez Martini, HU; Anita Wickersham, associate professor of accounting and business, HU; Ann McPherren, professor of business and economics/assistant to the president for program development, HU; Steve Kimmel, Huntington County Chamber of Commerce; Russ Degitz, chief operations officer, HU; and Troy Irick, assistant professor of business/director of the Lilly Grant for Educational Collaboration, HU.
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Huntington University (HU) representatives, along with the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce, hosted a ribbon cutting for HU’s UB Launch on Thursday, Dec. 2.

UB Launch is a coworking space located at 40 E. Franklin St., Suite 220, Huntington. The goal of the space is to offer entrepreneurs or individuals who work from home a rented office space where they can work, meet clients or host meetings in a professional setting.

Hgtn. Right to Life office has closed

For many years, the Huntington County Right to Life (HCRTL) organization has been assisting families with young children, whether it be through providing items to families in need or raising awareness against abortion. However, during the organization’s November monthly meeting, it was decided that it would officially close its doors at 34 E. Washington St., Huntington.  

Huntington Chiropractic Center gathers donations for Love INC

The Huntington Chiropractic Center (HCC) hosted a food and hygiene item drive for Love INC this year from mid-October to Friday, Nov. 19, to contribute for the holiday season. Patients donated a variety of items, including soups, cereals, cake mixes, detergent, soaps and more. Featured (from left) are Lisa Lauer, of HCC, Jacob and Kelley Miller, of Love INC, as well as Stephen Geders and Nikki Bartrom, both of HCC, with the many items that were collected for Love INC.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

The Huntington Chiropractic Center hosted a food and hygiene item drive for Love INC from Monday, Oct. 18, to Friday, Nov. 19, as doctor, staff and patients contributed for the upcoming holiday season.

Food pantries, both locally and nationally, continue to face greater challenges in having enough supplies to distribute to families and individuals due to the pandemic and the current economic environment.

Nurture Soap opens a local retail location

The Nurture Soap Store and Handmade Studio has a variety of products available for purchase, including pre-made soaps, as well as items to create soaps at home, such as soap molds, colorants, cutters and scents. Other products include bath bombs, bath salts, candles and wax melts. The candles and wax melts are part of the partnership created between the studio and the Outsource Manufacturing Division of Pathfinder Services.
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Huntington now has a new option for locally-owned, small-business shopping, thanks to the opening of the Nurture Soap Store and Handmade Studio.

According to Store Manager Renee Voght, Nurture Soap got its start in 2012 with Carrie and Damian Thornsbury. A few years later, the company opened a warehouse on Swan Street in Huntington. Then, on Aug. 14 of this year, the retail location opened at 2809 Theater Ave., Huntington.

“We wanted to stay in Huntington – that was a big thing,” Voght said of the retail location. “We wanted to keep it local.”

Lautzenhiser performs to earn BSA Theater badge

On Friday, Oct. 29, Gracie Lautzenhiser (center) and six of her friends performed a play that she created in order to earn a Scouts BSA Theater merit badge. From left are actors Isaac Lautzenhiser as the Night Guard, Gracie as Eleanor Roosevelt, David Lautzenhiser as Brandon the dinosaur, Thomas Wall as Theodore Roosevelt, Cael McCann as Neil Armstrong, Elsie Davis as Sacagewea and Addison Reid as Elizabeth Hamilton.
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On Friday, Oct. 29, Gracie Lautzenhiser from Markle Scout Troop 128, along with six friends, performed the play she had written to fulfill the requirement for the ScoutsBSA Theater merit badge at Sheets Wildlife Museum.  

The play was called A Night at the Museum Take 2, and was based on the movie with her creative flare incorporated.  The group rehearsed the play for five weeks.  About 15 people were in the audience.