New HU president settling in as classes begin Aug. 26

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Originally published Aug. 26, 2013.

A whirlwind.

That's how new Huntington University President Sherilyn Emberton describes her experience since she assumed her duties on June 13.

"I have been blessed with a great transitional committee that has been helping me to initiate points of contacts within the community and Fort Wayne area," Emberton says.


Local group turns over ‘forgotten’ documents to Miami tribe

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Aug. 22, 2013.

The documents, which were to change the future of a nation, signify their importance by their appearance.

Hand written in elegant script on oversized sheets of paper, the largest document is bordered in gold leaf with a gold medallion dangling from a green ribbon woven through the corner.

That document, a treaty signed by the Miami in 1838 at the Forks of the Wabash, and eight related documents were given to the Miami when they were signed.


McNew, White reflect upon careers at Department of Natural Resources

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Originally published Aug. 19, 2013.

As the sun sets on the careers of Department of Natural Resources employees Marvin McNew and Dennis White, there is much time for reflection.

McNew retires after almost 25 years with the DNR, where he currently serves as director of the Upper Wabash Interpretive Services.

White, property manager at Salamonie Lake and Salamonie State Forest, has been with the DNR for 44 years.

The road to his eventual career with the DNR was a long and winding one, McNew notes.


Wesley Chapel Cemetery gets new life from repairing efforts

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Originally published Aug. 19, 2013.

"It's unfortunate that it got to this point," says Sheila Hines, Jackson Township trustee, as she stands in the center of the abandoned Wesley Chapel Cemetery at the corner of CR 1100N and CR 400E just outside of Roanoke.

The cemetery is one of four that Hines has been working to restore over the past four years.

This year, Wesley Chapel Cemetery joins Roanoke, Shank and Arick cemeteries as Hines' works-in-progress.


Local artist uses gift for unique chalk-drawing ministry

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Originally published Aug. 15, 2013.

"As far as I can remember I've drawn," says Josh Smith, a local artist who specializes in airbrushing and chalk drawing.

And although he could turn it into a profession, he says, "This is a hobby/part-time job."

His works of art can be seen across the country. On display right here in Huntington County is a likeness of the American flag that he airbrushed on his pastor's pole barn.

The work of art was a birthday surprise for the wife of Rev. Mark Hoffer, Union Church pastor of adult ministries, says Smith.


Indianapolis media mainstay to be Andrews parade marshal

Photo provided.

Originally published Aug. 8, 2013.

Before Paul Poteet was on the airwaves of radio stations across Indiana, he was on the airwaves of Huntington North High School.

"It had a functioning broadcast radio station - 920-watt radio station - and an active radio program, which was not completely common, certainly not at that time in a lot of high schools," says Poteet, a 1981 graduate of the school. "For whatever reason, that was one of the high schools across the state, and there weren't that many, that happened to have one of those programs."


Pair of new principals at helm as local school year starts

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

When the school year starts on Wednesday, Aug. 14, two Huntington County schools will have new principals at the helm.

Aimee Lunsford has been hired as principal of Flint Springs Elementary, while Chris Tillett takes over for Paul Roth who retired from Roanoke Elementary at the end of last school year.

Lunsford is a Manchester University graduate and no stranger to the classroom.

"I taught for 14 years in the classroom for K through fourth grade," she says. "I taught special education, high ability and looping."


Fetters’ ‘Downtown Walkabout’ shows him area from different angle

Photo by Lauren M. Wilson.

Originally published Aug. 5, 2013.

"I know I can get out of this chair," says Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters as he rolls down the sidewalk of Market Street in a wheelchair, "But, there are people (in Huntington) who cannot. This is their life."

Fetters maneuvered his wheelchair around the downtown area of Huntington on Thursday, Aug. 1. He was joined by Anthony Goodnight, director of Public Works and Engineering Services and Huntington City Police Chief E.J. Carroll.


‘Mission: Huntington’ literally brings it home for parishoners

Photo by Andre B. Laird.

Originally published Aug. 5, 2013.

When the church council at Evangelical United Methodist Church met in January to discuss plans for outreach, the community of Huntington was at the top of every person's list.

The result: During the past week, July 29 through Aug. 1, more than 107 people participated in service projects benefiting the city, its various organizations and private residents.

The initiative was titled "Mission: Huntington."

Rev. Marti Lundy, senior pastor at Evangelical UMC, says the plan was simple.


Childhood memories help Ridgway become youth ambassador

Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Aug. 1, 2013.

For Kristie Ridgway, spending time in Bluffton's Oubache State Park with her mother as she was growing up made an impression on her.

"That's where we went camping and so I grew up with a love of state parks," she says.

Flash forward to today and Ridgway works as a seasonal interpreter with Upper Wabash Interpretive Services, in Andrews, and recently graduated from Ball State University, in Muncie, where she attained a degree in natural resources.