Huntington County in top third in state ranking for citizens’ health

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Huntington County is listed in the top third of a compilation of the healthiest counties in Indiana.

The data was released Wednesday, March 20, by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The annual report ranks the health of all 92 Indiana counties - and Huntington placed at 26 on the list.
The healthiest counties in Indiana, the study says, are Hendricks, Hamilton and Boone.

The unhealthiest are Fayette, Crawford and Scott.


HNHS digital design class takes cake with dessert menu stylings

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Originally published March 21, 2013.

Most people wouldn't cover a delectable slice of gooey chocolate cake with WD-40 - but Huntington North High School digital design student Michael Ness thought a squirt of the oil spray was just what his slice needed.

Ness was styling a piece of Pizza Junction Cafe's "3-D Chocolate Fudge Cake."

He says he thought the cake needed a little more shine, so he grabbed the WD-40 and "went to town."


Safe Place is broad safety net doing its job in the county

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Originally published March 21, 2013.

The girl who came to the door at Huntington House was obviously upset.

She was crying, says shelter manager Carolyn Ray, who eventually determined that the teen had run away after a family dispute.

"She was just running ... She didn't know where to go," Ray says. "She saw the sign and said, ‘Can you help me? Can you help me?'"


Easterday enjoying slower pace of farm after years in office

Photo by Steve Clark.

John Easterday, of Huntington, worked as both a farmer and a banker, and those two professions often conflicted.

"Especially in the farming side, when I was working at the bank, and in the spring and the fall, you'd never know whether to take a day off or not, whether it was going to rain or not," says Easterday.

But, he adds, "Now I don't have to worry about any of that."

Last year, on his 66th birthday, Easterday retired from banking, calling it a career after 43 years.


Local museum director helps victims of human trafficking

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Originally published March 11, 2013.

"I used to think, like most Americans do, ‘Slavery ended in the 1800s.'

"But that's wrong. It is still prevalent today," says Sarah Schmidt.

Schmidt, director of the Huntington County Historical Museum, is speaking of her travels overseas in Latvia, where she worked with women of all ages who are victims of human trafficking or are working in the sex industry.


Housing decline hasn’t slowed countywide development projects

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Originally published March 7, 2013.

Despite a slow economy and declining home purchases, Huntington County is still one of the few counties in the nation that has seen a steady stream of community development projects.

That's the view from Mark Mussman, executive director of Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development, the department that handles building permits.


Huntington home to new state deer mark

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Originally published March 4, 2013.

The deer harvest in Indiana during the 2012 hunting season hit record levels.

That didn't hold true in Huntington County, where the deer harvest continued a three-year slide.

Huntington County, however, can boast of a near-record - a buck taken Nov. 17 in Huntington County by hunter Tim Beck.


Pair of girls on Crestview wrestling sideline waiting their turn at getting on the mats


Originally published Feb. 28, 2013.

During the Cougar Wrestling Invitational on Feb. 23 at Crestview Middle School, in Huntington, Crestview students Megan Adkins and Veronica Russell were seated in a row of chairs alongside a wrestling mat with Crestview's wrestling team.

They weren't spectators.

And they weren't managers.

Outfitted in the same blue "Crestview Wrestling" uniforms as the boys sitting around them, they were team members, and they were each waiting for their next match.


Local goes from watching to ribbon at dog show

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

When Kathy Rhodes was watching the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show from home last year, she had no idea she would be in attendance at the show in 2013.

Not only did Rhodes attend the show in 2013, she was present as owner of an entered dog - her Pyrenean Shepherd, Zhako (pronounced Ja-co).

Zhako won Best of Winners and came home from New York City with a purple ribbon.

His breed is fairly new to the American Kennel Club (AKC), recognized as an AKC breed only since 2009.
Currently, the AKC recognizes 175 dog breeds.