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Local church group literally using ‘noodle’ to raise funds for projects

Members of the New Hope Church Oodles of Noodles crew (from left) David Walker, Janice Alvey and Gene Wilson, go for a record noodle as they run a long sheet of dough through the noodle-cutting machine. The group has made more than $10,000 in the past six years, making and selling the noodles one 14-ounce bag at a time.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Feb. 26, 2018.

It helps to have a sense of humor when you’re doing something as mundane as making noodles.

It’s what has melded a group of noodle-makers from New Hope United Brethren Church into a tight-knit and rather efficient group, and has helped fund some big projects in their church and the community.

And, they’ll tell you, that’s some big noodle-doin’s.

HU teams build in Mexico with more than bricks and mortar

Members of the Huntington University softball team work by a cement mixer during a recent mission trip to Mexico. Pictured in the foreground is Joelle Beals, a sophomore on the team. The following week, members of the HU women’s soccer team went on a trip to the same area in Mexico.
Photo provided.

Originally published Feb. 19, 2018.

Members of the Huntington University softball and women’s soccer teams recently traveled to Mexico for mission trips.

During their stays there, the team members helped construct a community center in an impoverished town.

The most important thing they built, though, didn’t require a single brick.

“People in the past week have said, ‘So, what’d you do down there? What’d you build?’,” says Amanda Burge, head coach of the women’s soccer team. “And my answer is, ‘We built relationships.’”

Select authors’ group has staying power with HCTPL readers

Huntington City-Township Public Library employees hold up the two most popular books checked out in 2017.  Circulation Supervisor Kay Stine (left) holds a copy of “Two by Two” by Nicholas Sparks, which was the most checked-out adult fiction book, while Library Assistant-Acquisitions Deb Roy holds “Cross the Line” by James Patterson, the most popular adult large-print book. The Huntington and Markle library branches are already on track to break 200,000 in circulation for this year.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Feb. 15, 2018.

When it comes to what Huntington City-Township Public Library patrons enjoy reading most, a select group of authors proves they have the staying power when it comes to the most checked-out reading materials of 2017. But look out, books – graphic novels are finding a lot of popularity among readers.

Riverview’s ‘other’ Future City’s team proud of accomplishment

Team Acropolis, made up of (from left) Paige McCutcheon, Wyatt Couch, Tyson Thompson, Avery Drabenstot and Sophia Derico, proudly stand behind their model city, Acropolis, part of their award-winning Future City presentation that garnered them second place in the Indiana Regional preliminary competition on Jan. 20. The shadow in the background of the model is that of Seattle, WA, which provided the inspiration for their presentation.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally publlished Feb. 8, 2018.

This is a story, not about the team from Riverview Middle School that won the Future City regional competition, but about the team that did not.
In fact, they wound up not placing at all, but the members of Team Acropolis are pretty darned proud of that fact. Here’s why.

Huntington House adds addiction program to combat concerning trend

Rosella Stouder (left), director of Huntington House, and Rose Bailey, a case manager at the Huntington women’s shelter, pause from looking over paperwork related to a grant the facility recently attained. The last few months have been busy for Stouder and Bailey, as Huntington House introduced an addiction-relief program in the fall and recently began offering financial assistance to anyone in the community struggling with housing costs.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Feb. 5, 2018.

The leadership at Huntington House noticed a concerning trend among the individuals who were approaching the shelter for help.

“Most of the people coming through the door needing assistance have had an addiction of one type or another, whether it’s alcohol or the drugs,” explains the facility’s director, Rosella Stouder. “We saw that over and over.”

Something needed to be done, Stouder thought.

Consider timing for passport when talking spring break getaway

Scot Riggers, lead sales and service associate at the United States Postal Service Huntington branch, holds an application for a U.S. passport inside the post office on Tuesday, Jan. 23. Riggers says although the process to apply for a passport is relatively easy, the time is growing short to get a passport in time for spring break travel.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

With Huntington County Community School Corporation’s spring break just a scant two months away, those looking to make a getaway outside the country are scrambling to obtain passports, and post office officials say wannabe travelers need to hurry and get their applications in as soon as possible.

Local law enforcement enlisting HNHS juniors to help 5th-graders

Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel (standing) shares his vision with Huntington North High School juniors to help fifth-grade students with self-esteem issues, peer pressure and struggles with drugs and alcohol, during an Operation Impact training session on Wednesday, Jan. 17. A school convocation, in which the high-schoolers will kick off the program, will be held today, Monday, Jan. 22, in the high school’s auditorium with the elementary school students.

Originally published Jan. 22, 2018.

Fifth-grade students in Huntington County will soon find some new role models in their corner, giving them inspiration to deal positively with such issues as self-esteem, peer pressure, drugs, alcohol, risky behavior and its consequences during what may be the most impressionable time in their lives.

Local Boy Scouts spend Christmas break backpacking for badges

Using a break to take a group photo, members of Boy Scout Troop 130 record their time visiting the wilds of Cumberland Island National Seashore between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Pictured (kneeling, from left) are Jackson Lunsford, Jacob Worsham, Jamison Heyde and Justin Lunsford; and (standing, from left) Nick Anderson, Breckin Hammel, Jacob Bruce, Kevin King, Isaac Gordon, Brendan Brinkman and Brad Gordon. Not pictured is Assistant Scoutmaster Jeff Webb.
Photo provided.

Originally published Jan. 18, 2018.

Known for their pluck, a dozen hardy members of Boy Scout Troop 130 spent most of their Christmas break backpacking, dune climbing, beachcombing and hanging out with wild horses, on their way to achieving several backpacking merit badge requirements.

Special Olympians look forward to ‘Special Ten Minutes’

Matthew Hartley (foreground) and John McCormack (background) lead a line of Huntington County Special Olympics basketball players through a crowd of supportive Huntington North High School students at the beginning of “A Special Ten Minutes” on Saturday, Jan. 6, in North Arena. The event, now in its fifth year, is an exhibition basketball game featuring local Special Olympics players. The game was played at halftime of a Huntington North High School boys’ varsity basketball contest.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Jan. 11, 2018.

Basketball players with Huntington County Special Olympics had an important question for County Coordinator Keith Hartley last fall.

When was their game at Huntington North High School?

“When we first (started) our basketball practice, end of October,” says Hartley, “that was one of the first questions they asked, ‘When are we playing at the school?’”

Roanoke man paring down decoy collection from hobby out of control

Burton Wygant, of Rural Roanoke, holds one of the prized decoys in his collection, a male mallard carved by Dark Feather Freeman. Wygant has reduced his collection down to about 250 decoys, all displayed throughout his home.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Jan. 4, 2018.

Inside Burton Wygant’s lovely appointed home, which sits on the Wygant family homestead just outside Roanoke, is a collection which he began as a result of going on a few duck hunts.

Director of new sober-living facility wants it to be real home

Robert Knorr is the director of Harmony Home, a new facility in Huntington for men recovering from drug and alcohol addiction. Knorr hopes to open the facility, located at 751 E. Tipton St., this spring.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Jan. 1, 2018.

When Robert Knorr was brainstorming names for the sober-living facility he wanted to open up in Huntington, he took a liking to the name “Harmony House.”

After doing some digging, though, he found out that name was already being used by a facility elsewhere in the country. So, he decided to change the name, ever so slightly, to “Harmony Home.”

He’s glad he did.

“Really, ‘home’ is what I want it to be,” reflects Knorr. “I don’t want it to be a house. The house is a structure.

Huntington 10-year-old helping homeless in Haiti with homemade dog treat fund-raiser

Evie Webb, 10, of Huntington, uses Christmas-themed cookie cutters to shape her dog treats she will then bake and sell. The proceeds from her project go to help build earthquake-resistant houses in Haiti.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Dec. 21, 2017.

When Evie Webb journeys to Haiti next month, she will be able to claim at least two new homes that dog treats built.

The eloquent 10-year-old, a fifth grade student at Flint Springs Elementary, is baking homemade treats for pooches and selling them for donations to her project of funding earthquake-resistant homes in the ravaged country.

It all came about when she learned that millions in Haiti are still in need of aid years after an earthquake hit that region in 2010. Evie, only 8 at the time, wanted to help.

Christmas is much more than just in the air when it comes to Markle’s ‘Mr. Christmas’

Rick Bower, of Markle, holds up an animated Santa sleigh with reindeer that is one of the favorite pieces of his vast collection of Christmas decorations. He says the toy has never been listed in any of the many catalogues he has that list the values of antique and vintage decorations.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Even before you get to the front door of Rick and Jenny Bower’s home on North Miller Street in Markle, you can hear Christmas in the air, with holiday music wafting through the air amid brightly-lit vintage Christmas display figures.

But once you get in the door, it’s everywhere.

Mittens for Millions co-founder is renewed in his efforts to help

Jeff Dyke, co-founder of Mittens for Millions, ties cold-weather apparel that is free for anyone to take to a tree outside the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library on Monday, Dec. 11. Mittens for Millions is a nonprofit group that collects cold-weather apparel and distributes it to those in need in and around Huntington County.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Originally published Dec. 18, 2017.

Ten years ago, Jeff and Chrisse Dyke started Mittens for Millions, a nonprofit initiative that sees them collect cold-weather apparel and distribute it to those in need.

However, after a few years of gathering and dispensing stacks of new and gently used mittens, gloves, hats, scarves and coats, Jeff Dyke started to feel himself getting a little burned out.

“Honestly, about four or five years ago, I questioned what I was doing here,” he admits.

But that’s when his wife told him something that he hasn’t forgotten.

Decades-old Huntington County club wrapping up next month

The women of the Altrusa Club show off the park bench they recently donated to the grounds of the Erie Trail, near the Erie Railroad Bridge, on Saturday, Dec. 2. Pictured are (seated from left) Carol Strickler and Juanita Buzzard; and (standing from left) Mary Ruthi, Robin Baker and Midge Decker. Not pictured is the remaining member, Ann Spahr. The club will disband in January.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Originally published Dec. 14, 2018.

A decades-old Huntington County institution will wrap up its final meetings next month, leaving behind a legacy of patriotism, efficiency, service and fun, especially for the county’s developmentally-disabled people.

There are several reasons why the Altrusa Club has decided to disband, but perhaps the main one dovetails with the length of time the club has been in existence.

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