Book series rule list of most popular adult fiction books checked out in 2013 at Huntington library

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Originally published Jan. 23, 2014.

Book series ruled the list of most popular adult fiction books checked out in 2013 at Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The library annually compiles a report that lists its most popular checkouts and total number of checkouts by type of patron.

Authors such as James Patterson, who is famous for his thriller series, and Janet Evanovich, who penned the Stephanie Plum series, topped the list of most popular authors, as well as landing several of their titles on the "most popular" hard copy adult fiction list.


Huntington University campus pastor tells BBBS mentors how program made a difference

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Originally published Jan. 19, 2014.

Arthur Wilson is accustomed to dispensing advice.

He has four kids of his own.

He's worked with youth through Fort Wayne Area Youth for Christ.

His counsel is sought by students at Huntington University, where he now serves as campus pastor.

But he knows - through personal experience - that advice, though sound, isn't always followed.

He ignored advice from his big brother on what girl to date, what car to buy.

"And you know what?" Wilson says. "He loved me anyway."


Former local says getting his book to library shelf was not easy

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Originally published Jan. 9, 2014.

Former Huntington resident Bill Stamper authored a novel that can be pulled off one of the shelves at the Huntington City-Township Public Library and checked out with the simple swipe of a library card.

For Stamper, though, getting the book there was anything but simple.


County’s economic development efforts fared well in 2013

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Originally published Jan. 16, 2014.

Despite what is being called a "historically slow" economic recovery from the Great Recession, Huntington County's economic development fared well in 2013, and local officials expect it to be on track for more growth in the new year ahead.

Mark Wickersham, executive director of Huntington County Economic Development, presented an encouraging report to various officials around the county about how well efforts in Huntington County went in 2013. Wickersham says the success surprised even him.


‘Desert of snow’ keeps city, county crews busy throughout last week

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"It was like a desert of snow," says Troy Hostetler, superintendent of Huntington County Highway, of the winter storm that hit Huntington County on Sunday, Jan. 5.

The effects of the snowstorm were felt throughout the next week, with Huntington County Community Schools closing school through Friday, Jan. 10, and Huntington County issuing travel advisories throughout the week.


Area legislators weigh in with expectations for new session

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Originally published Jan. 6, 2014.

The 119th legislative session of Indiana's General Assembly begins today, Monday, Jan. 6.

The House and Senate reconvene this afternoon at 1:30.

As with every legislative session, our area representatives have hopes and expectations for the controversial issues and their own legislation.

They weigh in here:

Rep. Dan Leonard

Leonard says the marriage amendment is "not an easy issue," and will receive a lot of focus during this session.


Generous Christmas donations for non-profits fall off after holiday

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Originally published Jan. 2, 2014.

Barely into the new year, retailers and shoppers alike are taking a deep breath as they finally get a break from the holiday stress.

But for area food pantries and animal shelters, this is when stressful times often begin.

Joey Spiegel, executive director of Love In the Name of Christ, says people give generously up to the end of December and that's a big help to providing food, clothing and toys to the area's less fortunate citizens.


Local soldier using different means to save a life as part of bone marrow donor program

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Originally published Dec. 30, 2013.

It is easy to imagine soldiers fighting for the lives of civilians while at war.

Members of our military battle the enemy to protect and preserve the lives of all Americans.

But, a handful of these warriors save lives in another way, too.

Ryan Lockwood, sergeant first class in the U.S. Army, is one of those men.