Huntington County Humane Shelter animals, IBC vet-tech students are traveling companions

Autumn Trombley (left), of Jonesville, MI, holds a dog, “Lenny,” while Faith Lenard, of New Haven, checks his heart rate at the Huntington County Humane Shelter on Tuesday, Jan. 6. Trombley and Lenard are students at the Vet Tech Institute at International Business College, in Fort Wayne, which sends students to the shelter once a month to look after the animals and gain real-world experience.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Jan. 26, 2015.

Cats and dogs from the Huntington County Humane Shelter and students from the Vet Tech Institute at International Business College, in Fort Wayne, are traveling companions.

4 Riverview teams compete in contest touting cities of future

Riverview Middle School eighth grade students Amara Eckert (left) and Olivia Rosen practice their presentation of the future they have created, Hydrophageopolis, shown in model form in preparation for the Future City Competition regionals on Saturday at Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne.

Originally publsihed Jan. 22, 2015.

Anyone interested in catching a glimpse at the cities of the future may need to go no further than Fort Wayne, when the DiscoverE Indiana Future City Regional Competition gets underway on Saturday at Indiana University-Purdue University.

Four teams from Riverview Middle School will be part of that contest.

HU students learn playing board games can have meaning

Huntington University students (from left) Nick Berry, a freshman from Fort Wayne; Nick Beery, a freshman from Fort Wayne; and Stormie Thorn, a freshman from Wayne, OH, set up the pieces of the board game Settlers of Catan during class time Wednesday, Jan. 14. The game is part of the curriculum of the “Learning to Think Strategically” class taught by psychology professor Tanner Babb.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Jan. 19, 2015.

In a unique class in session during Huntington University’s “J-term,” some students are learning how playing board games translates to real life lessons they can use throughout their lives and careers.

Yes, board games. The class, called “Learning to Think Strategically,” uses the games to develop students’ strategic thinking skills in academic, business, politics and everyday life.

Some surprises among top books selected at Hgtn. library for 2014

Devon Henderson, of the Huntington City-Township Public Library, holds a copy of “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green, the most read young adult fiction book at the library in 2014.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Jan. 15, 2015.

The Huntington City-Township Public Library has tallied up the books read most by patrons in 2014, and some surprises have popped up.

Devon Henderson, a member of the HCTPL marketing and web services department, says many of the authors on the top adult fiction list are repeats.

Nicholas Sparks, who wrote “The Longest Ride,” tops that list. Sparks is perhaps best known for “The Notebook,” which was made into a movie.

Kochensparger oil lamp collection in honor place at Andrews library

Dee Kochensparger shows off some of the miniature oil lamps she has collected. The lamps are now on display at the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Jan. 12, 2015.

They were pretty, and they didn’t cost much.

Now, the miniature oil lamps Dee Koschensparger has collected hold a place of honor in a display case near the entrance of the Andrews-Dallas Township Public Library.

There are oil lamps in various colors, shapes and — within limits — sizes, ranging from just a couple of inches tall to six or seven inches in height.

HU students go on with mission trip to Paris despite terrorist attack there

Eleven Huntington University students proceeded to carry out their plans of a mission trip to Paris, France, despite hearing of the terrorist attacks at the Charlie Hebdo magazine shortly before boarding the plane on Jan. 7. They are (front row, from left) Connor Knight-Morrow, Larissa Walker, Hannah Barrett, Caitlin Trainer, (second row, from left) Joshua Walker, Sam Barrett, Melanie Clemens, Maggie Gilliam, Lauren Frischman, Alyssa Eddy and Larkayla Mosley.
Photo provided.

Eleven Huntington University students continued on with their plans to do Christian ministry in Paris, France, despite the knowledge that acts of terrorism had taken the lives of 12 people approximately a mile from where they were planning to stay.

The news came to them on Jan. 7 during a 24-hour flight delay due to weather.

Wilburn’s honor has him serving in one place he doesn’t want to be

Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Wilburn (right), a Huntington native, accepts a certificate designating him the Senior Sailor of the Year aboard the USS Devastator (MCM-6) on Nov. 30, 2014, from the ship’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Commander Kelechi Ndukwe (left).
Photo provided.

Originally published Jan. 8, 2014.

Of all the places Petty Officer 1st Class Justin Wilburn has served during his career in the U.S. Navy, he’s currently in the one place he never hoped to be: the limelight.

A Huntington native, Wilburn was recently named Senior Sailor of the Year aboard the USS Devastator (MCM-6). First class petty officers are eligible for the award, which is based on performance of duties, expertise, professionalism and contributions to the ship’s mission.

Area CNA shortage has facilities looking to HNHS, HU, other means

HNHS senior Marissa Brown (left) offers her arms for a bilateral blood pressure check, taken by fellow health occupations/medical terminology students Lauren Sands (center) and Amanda Muench (right). Following the class the students can choose to go into certified nursing assistant or emergency medical technician training through the high school’s vocational tech program.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Jan. 5, 2015.

In a room full of hospital beds, sterile-looking drawers on rollers filled with medical supplies and a nearby box of stethoscopes, high school students are taking turns taking each other’s blood pressure.

Overton reaches out to people with positive messages on sign

Tom Overton (left) and life partner Dave Vogleman stand by Overton’s sign alongside U.S.-24 near their home outside of Roanoke. Overton put the sign up last November and has been leaving positive messages on it for drivers.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Jan. 1, 2015.

Signs along the road featuring advertisements are a common sight, which is what makes a sign outside of Roanoke bearing quotes from the Bible and from Jimi Hendrix stand out.

The sign, facing the southbound lanes of U.S.-24 north of Roanoke, is owned by Tom Overton. While there’s nothing notable about the weathered sign and its interchangeable letters, Overton is hoping it has a notable impact on those who see it.

Platt says coaching son at HU just an extension of real life

Ty Platt (left), head coach of the Huntington University men’s basketball team, stands with his son, Kyle, who is a freshman on the team. Though this is their first year together at HU, the elder Platt has coached his son for years.
Photo by Steve Clark.

This season is Ty Platt’s first coaching his son, Kyle, as a member of the Huntington University men’s basketball team.

The newness of that, however, is tempered by the fact that Ty has been coaching Kyle for years.

“I coached his team since he’s been in third grade,” says Ty. “We started out that way. We had a little travel team.”