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Local woman turns to Hulu, not photo album, for memories of her late father


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When most people want to remember a deceased family member, they crack open a photo album.

When Joanna Stebing, of Huntington, wants to remember her father, she can get on the Internet website Hulu and watch old episodes of "Adam-12," a police drama on NBC from 1968 to 1975.

 

Time in saddle gives county woman rare feat to go along with ‘legs of steel’


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Originally published Oct. 15, 2012.

When Janet Kirkpatrick tells you she has "legs of steel," believe her.

The 74-year-old sticks out a well-toned gam -the result, she says, of the time she spends in the saddle.

"You're standing up the whole time," Kirkpatrick says. "And I think it helps the back, too."

 

Warren man’s pursuit of Horse Thief Detective Association has him still on trail after 10 years


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Oct. 11, 2012.

Paul Craig is looking for the guys who were chasing the guys who were stealing the horses.

It's a chase that Craig, who's been immersing himself in history for about as long as he's been grown up, has been involved in since stumbling across the National Horse Thief Detective Association about a decade ago.

A friend was refurbishing an old school house in southern Wells County, and that school house just happened to be the only building in all of Indiana that was ever owned by any chapter of the said association.

 

Sisters fill former friary with a youthful spirit of learning


Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Originally published Oct. 8, 2012.

A once-neglected building on the edge of Huntington is now teeming with young life.

Once the home of a long-established religious order for men, the St. Felix Oratory has welcomed members of a 15-year-old religious community of women, all intent on glorifying God.

"Living for Christ is a joyful life," says Sister Kelly.

She is one of 29 members of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist who moved to Huntington on Sept. 13.

 

Lincoln principal using social media to increase achievement


Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Originally published Oct. 1, 2012.

It's the information age.

Thanks to WiFi, social media outlets and smart phones, the world has grown accustomed to instant information.

We want it fast, and we want it now.

Huntington is keeping up - specifically, Huntington's schools. Even more specifically, Adam Drummond, principal of Lincoln Elementary School.

Drummond is using Twitter, a social medium that allows him to share "quick snippets" of information with students, teachers and parents.

 

Simple answer to Ingle’s racing motivation: He just likes speed


Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Sept. 27, 2012.

Gerald Ingle's motivation to get into drag racing when he was in high school was simple.

"I just liked speed," he says.

This motivation led Ingle, now the owner of Ingle's Service Center Inc., in Huntington, from drag racing buddies in his '67 Mercury Cougar on county roads to competing in race finals with rear-engine dragsters where cash prizes in the thousands of dollars were on the line.

 

Retired funeral director Hart takes away pieces of history with various collections


Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Originally published Sept. 24, 2012.

The beginning of the 20th century was a turbulent time in the history of the United States.

Many events, including the Great Depression and two world wars, transformed the nation.

Every American takes away a little part of that time and makes it their own, and Morris Hart is no exception.

The retired funeral director collects an array of products from that era, from glassware and pottery to what he calls "shoe knives."

 

Case of delayed gratification earns five area men screen time, credits in movie finally out


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Originally published on Sept. 20, 2012

Call it a case of delayed gratification.

Very delayed.

Seven years delayed, actually.

The reward for all that waiting was, for five area men, a few seconds of face time on screen, their voices providing a backdrop for a somber movie scene - and their names in the credits.

"And then it says, ‘Campfire Singers,'" says Huntington resident Rick Henly, one of the five, as he watches the credits for "DogJack" roll nearly to the end.

"And there we are."

 

Wright, park team members turning ‘ghost town’ into a place of pride


Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Sept. 17, 2012.

The park in Andrews used to look like a ghost town.

"Townspeople didn't even care to come up here," says Andrews resident and park liaison Linda Wright.

And it's not hard to see why, as the park had fallen into a state of disrepair after many years of neglect.

Since being appointed park liaison in 2009, Wright has done everything she can to change the park's reputation.