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Youngest patrons welcome renovations at library main branch

Andrew Richardson (far right) keeps an eye on his son, Cameron Richardson (center), 22 months, as he finds a new toy to play with in the newly remodeled Children’s Department of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Friday, Jan. 3. The library will host an open house this Friday, Jan. 10, and Saturday, Jan. 11, to celebrate the completion of the renovation project.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

It finished up a bit later than anticipated and cost a bit more than was bid, but the renovations at the Huntington City-Township Public Library’s Huntington branch are now in use and have been welcomed by – primarily – the library’s youngest patrons.

Executive Director Beka Lemons says it’s been about 19 months since the library’s Children’s Department underwent its first space planning back in April of 2018. Bidding took place in September 2018 and construction started a month later. It was completed, for all practical purposes, by the end of November 2019.

Fetters feels his call to service leaves Huntington in good place

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters stands by his seat in the Huntington Common Council chambers on Dec. 18. As he leaves the mayor’s office, Fetters says he does so with great pride over his administration’s accomplishments over the past eight years.
Photo by Steve Clark.

In 2010, Brooks Fetters was busy running funeral homes in Huntington and Markle.

While he was a public officeholder, serving on the Huntington Common Council, he had no aspirations of seeking the city’s highest office and becoming mayor.

However, a municipal election was approaching in 2011. And as it drew nearer, Fetters found himself searching for an answer to one question, posed to him again and again.

Burson living dream of teaching - in Nigeria

Ashley Burson (right) helps her mother, Susie Boyer, make one of the family’s traditional Christmas treats Wednesday, Dec. 18, at Boyer’s home in Roanoke. Burson, of Huntington, is on leave from her assignment as a missionary in Nigeria.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Ashley Burson got an extra, early Christmas present when she returned home from Nigeria for a visit with her family.

She got engaged.

Burson, a Huntington native who graduated from Huntington North High School in 2009 and Huntington University in 2013, has spent the past six months in the Nigerian town of Jos, located in the Plateau state in the central part of the African country. While there, she lived her dream of teaching kindergarten.

HNHS senior Smith is recipient of Lilly Endowment S-ship

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Jessica Smith

Jessica Smith, a senior at Huntington North High School, is the recipient of the 2020 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship in Huntington County.

Huntington woman gets ‘Realizing Dream’ honor at MU

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Elizabeth Allred

Elizabeth Allred is the first person in her family to attend college. Adopted by her grandparents when she was 13, the Manchester University social work major from Huntington was recently honored with a “Realizing the Dream” award by the Independent Colleges of Indiana (ICI).

Each recipient is awarded $3,000 by ICI to help with college costs, and each of them in turn selects a “most influential” teacher or mentor to receive a $1,000 professional development grant.

Pair of Huntington High basketball players record another assist for former head coach

Bob Straight, who coached the Huntington High School boys’ basketball team to the state title game in 1964, gazes at a picture of the team in his home in February 2014. Straight died in November 2018 and a new endowed scholarship dedicated to his memory will be announced at the Huntington North High School boys’ basketball game this Saturday, Dec. 14.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Jim Seneff and Doug Ware both recorded assists during their time playing basketball for Coach Bob Straight at Huntington High School in the 1960s.

Now, over 50 years later, Seneff and Ware have each logged an assist for their former head coach one more time.

Annual Shop with a Cop showing HNHS criminal justice students ‘community policing’ up close

Huntington North High School Criminal Justice class teacher Terry Stoffel (left) goes over a pile of donations with student Jozzy Helbert, as student Nick Johnson watches. The class has set a goal to raise $5,000 for the annual Shop with a Cop program.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

In Huntington North High School’s Criminal Justice class students are learning about “community policing” by putting their lessons into hands-on practice this Christmas season.

The juniors and seniors in Terry Stoffel’s class have been actively involved in raising funds for the annual Shop with a Cop, and will also help at the event, coming up on Tuesday, Dec. 17, at the Huntington Walmart store.

Love INC benefits from work of Wilson, others

Jack Wilson uses a special wire basket to pick up walnuts along Cherry Street in Huntington. Wilson had a pretty good haul this year – around 1,150 pounds of the nuts – which he sells to benefit Love In the Name of Christ.

When others may have been out walking their dogs or scurrying about between places like the grocery store to their vehicles, Jack Wilson got his exercise this fall by picking up black walnuts.

To be precise, 1,150 pounds of them.

At the end of October, which also marked the end of “walnut season,” Wilson says, that’s how much the nuts weighed that he delivered to a buyer, and then donated the proceeds to Love In the Name of Christ.

ASL Club at Huntington North trying to keep ‘voices’ warm ths winter

ASL (American Sign Language) Club members at Huntington North High School show the mittens and other clothing collected so far in their “Mittens for Many” campaign on Thursday, Nov. 14. The club hopes to receive 200 pairs of new mittens and gloves, along with hats, scarves and other items by the time their drive ends on Friday, Nov. 22. Pictured are (front row from left) Joshua Hupp and Craig Ingram; (second row from left) teacher Jacque Cansler, Lizzie Preston, Sonya Jackson, Alyssa White and Libby Quakenbush; (third row from left) Corynn Keller, Rebecca Paolillo, Karissa Marley, Angel Smithley, Crystal Grunden and Brenda Turner; and (fourth row from left) Jamison Heyde, Peyton Barnard-Crum, Brody Coblentz and Anna Manry; and (back row) Liberty Shultz.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A club at Huntington North High School is in the last week of a donation drive aimed at keeping people in Huntington County warm this winter.
The ASL (American Sign Language) Club is seeking new mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and other warm items for its “Mittens for Many” drive, going on now until Friday, Nov. 22. The campaign is not just looking for donations from fellow HNHS students but from the community as well.

So far, they’ve collected around 50 pairs of mittens and gloves, aiming for a goal of 200 before the campaign ends.

Local D-Day veteran says best memories are humorous ones

Paul Strevy, of Huntington, holds a framed collection of the medals he received as a result of his service in the United States Army during World War II. He was stationed in Great Britain, France, Belgium and Germany.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Not even out of his teens, Paul “Gene” Strevy found himself in the middle of World War II. But even in the midst of war, his best memories are of some of the more humorous moments he found himself in while serving three years in the U.S. Army.

Now 94, Strevy, a native of Andrews, remembers vividly his time – with a bit of perceived fondness – for the more humanistic duties he performed, once he got out of boot camp after he was drafted to serve. It was 1943 and he was 18 at the time.

Strevy says his main job in the army was a “sailjer.”

ROCK grandparents finding support with new group

ROCK leaders Dr. Carla MacDonald (left) and Liz Godts show one of the resource materials used in the ROCK (Raising Our Children’s Kids) support group, which meets every other Wednesday at Trinity United Methodist Church, in Huntington. The group is open to anyone who has found themselves in the position of raising their grandchildren.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Older adults who find themselves suddenly the caretakers of their children’s children are finding support for the unique trials, tribulations and joy as a second-time-around parent.

It’s called “ROCK – Raising Our Children’s Kids” – a free, secular program for grandparents who have custody of their grandchildren, meeting on Wednesday evenings at Trinity United Methodist Church, in Huntington. There, they can meet up with others who share the same situation and glean from the mistakes and successes of their peers.

Huntington House program gets grant to help fight homelessness

Rosella Stouder (left) and Dawn Zahm-Wilson coordinate and administer the Rapid Rehousing & Homeless Prevention Program (RRHP), which recently received additional funding to continue helping Huntington County residents from becoming homeless. The program is under the umbrella of Community and Family Services.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A resource to Huntington County residents in danger of losing their homes is back up and running, after it got a shot in the arm in the form of grant funding to help prevent homelessness.

The Rapid Rehousing & Homeless Prevention Program (RRHP) is a program of Huntington House and jointly administered under the umbrella of Community and Family Services.

Heritage Pointe resident recycles, repurposes greeting cards as part of her mission in life

Heritage Pointe of Huntington resident Doris Kline stands next to the greeting card rack that is displayed outside her apartment door on Thursday, Oct. 3, holding a variety of cards she has made from repurposing previously used cards. The cards are free to Kline’s fellow residents.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Anyone needing a greeting card can stop by Doris Kline’s rooms at the Heritage Pointe of Huntington and pick one up, no charge.

There’s a rack outside her apartment door, and even more tucked away in the drawers of her workshop area.

Trio of Huntington North cheerleaders gain elite entry to Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NY

Huntington North High School varsity cheerleaders (from left) Dylinn Hertel, Lauryne Pearson and Arianna Betterly are headed to New York City this November to march and cheer in the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. The three juniors each tried out individually for the opportunity to join the All American Cheerleaders in this year’s parade. The trio will be the only high school cheerleaders from Indiana to appear at the event.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Three Huntington North High School varsity cheerleaders are not only going to represent their school in a nationally televised parade this fall, but they will have the distinction of being the only high school cheerleaders from Indiana to appear at the event.

Arianna Betterly, Dylinn Hertel and Lauryne Pearson, all HNHS juniors, were selected to march and cheer in the 2019 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, held in New York City on Nov. 28.

Elmore steps back in time to hopefully launch future career

Huntington native Stuart Elmore (right) directs actors Neil O’Callaghan (left) and Kristi Alsip during production on “West Park,” a short film, on Thursday, Aug. 29, at West Park Skate Center, in Huntington. The film was shot over the course of four days at the skate center. In addition to Elmore, a student at Columbia College Chicago, the film’s team included Jack Pickard, Paige Grable and Alex Underwood, all of whom are also from Huntington.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Stuart Elmore used to work at West Park Skate Center.

From middle school through high school, he was an employee at the venerable Huntington roller rink, which his family owns.

Now 23, Elmore recently turned back the clock and worked at the skate center once more.

Only this time, he wasn’t handing out skates or selling concessions.

This time, he was calling the shots on a short film – one that he hopes will launch his career as a director.

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