‘Last place’ Daugherty wanted to work at celebrates 75th anniversary

Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published July 28, 2014.

David Daugherty confesses that his family's business was "the last place" he wanted to work growing up.

Fifty years have passed since then and Daugherty is now the proud owner of that business, renamed The Daugherty Companies Inc., which is celebrating its 75th year in business.


Long-time HAT bus driver now wants to take trip of his own

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published July 24, 2014.

One of the first things on David Spencer's list, now that he's retired from Huntington Area Transportation, is the equivalent of a postman's holiday: He's going on a trip.

After 19 years working full time as a driver, scheduler and maintenance coordinator, Spencer, 78, has retired, his last day Friday, July 18.

"I have bad knees," he explains. "I just didn't feel safe getting out and doing it anymore, or I'd go for 20 (years)."


Evangelical UMC members take to mission field -- here in own backyard of Huntington

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published July 21, 2014.

Folks at Huntington's Evangelical United Methodist Church have decided that charity begins at home and the mission field is their own backyard.

Many of the church's members spent last week serving some of those needs in their own community.

Pastor Dr. Marti Lundy says it's the second year for "Mission Huntington" week, after the project was well received last year by local residents.


Martin’s class ring finds way back to finger after 31 years in Lake Huron

Photo by Steve Clark.

Leigh Martin's class ring spent 31 years on a stranger's finger.

That finger, however, didn't belong to a person; it belonged to the state of Michigan.

The lower peninsula of the Great Lakes State is said to look like a mitten, with the "thumb" jutting out from the state's northeast side. Albert E. Sleeper State Park is located on the tip of the thumb, and that's where Martin lost her class ring in the summer of 1983.


Robot goes from Andrews workshop to star in summer blockbuster ‘Transformer’ movie

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A robot from Andrews is a movie star.

MiniMechadon, or MiniMech, as his creator Mike Smyth calls him, has a starring role in the major motion picture "Transformers: Age of Extinction."

The fourth installment of the Transformers series was released on June 27 and is now the highest-grossing movie ever to be released in China. At press time, the film had grossed $575 million worldwide.

It is the number one movie in America, and Smyth thinks, "It's kind of cool."

Smyth, an electrical engineer, built MiniMech 10 years ago in his workshop.


Roanoke Lions Club has a mission to help people gain 20-20 vision

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published July 7, 2014.

The Roanoke Lions Club is on a mission to help people gain 20-20 vision.

The club is looking for donations of eyeglasses of any type, including sunglasses, but particularly prescription glasses it can then pass on to underprivileged people.

The Roanoke organization is one of several Lions Clubs in Huntington County - and across the state - to participate in the program.


Historic treasure glides through Huntington skies over weekend

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Originally published July 3, 2014.

A rare, historical treasure visited Huntington the weekend of June 28.

A 1929 Ford 4AT Tri-Motor plane touched down on the tarmac at Huntington Municipal Airport on Thursday afternoon, June 26, and stayed for three days, giving citizens the opportunity to see and experience air travel as it was in "the Golden Age of Aviation."

The plane, which is owned by Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), is part of a fleet of the world's first mass-produced airliners.


Autism may slow this Scout, but hasn’t kept him from Eagle honor

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Originally published June 30, 2014.

It's not every Cub who grows up to be an Eagle.

Nationally, only 2 percent to 4 percent of all boys who enter Scouts will persevere to earn the program's top award, says Bill Oswalt, who helps coordinate Eagle projects for local Troop 637.

There are a host of challenges on the way from Cub to Eagle - Scouts are required to earn nearly two dozen merit badges and recommendations from respected adults, hold positions of responsibility in the troop and, as the final challenge, coordinate a service project in the community.