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National program Kids Hope USA creates impact for local students

Kids Hope USA volunteer Sarah Wust (left) and Flint Springs Elementary School first-grader Elyni Long check out a boxed puzzle they planned to do during their meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 31, at Flint Springs.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Originally published Feb. 9, 2017.

It’s a national program, based on the power of the individual.

“One school, one church, one student, one mentor, one hour,” says Ronda Hawkins.

All of those “ones” add up to a big impact — a feeling of worth for each student involved.

That feeling of worth, professional educators say, is the foundation on which everything else is built.

“We can talk math and reading until we’re blue in the face,” says Mark DuBois, principal of Northwest Elementary School.

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Daddy-daughter dance -- first night

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Jeffrey Couch (left) and his niece, Korinne Hendricks, share a dance on Friday evening, Feb. 17, at the first of three nights of daddy-daughter dances sponsored by the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department and held at the iAB financial bank Heritage Hall. The theme of the dances was "Masquerade Ball," and participants -- girls and their fathers, uncles, grandfathers and other significant men in their lives -- danced to a deejay, enjoyed refreshments and had their pictures taken in a photo booth.

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New officer

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (left) presents the city's newest police officer, Brock Armstrong (center) with a city leadership medallion as Huntington Police Chief Chad hacker looks on Friday afternoon, Feb. 17, in the Huntington City Council chambers.

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Season ends for Barton at swim sectional finals

The season came to an end for Cody Barton, the lone member of the Huntington North High School boys’ swim team competing in the finals of the Warsaw Sectional on Saturday, Feb. 18.

Advancing to the state finals hinged on either posting a first-place finish or a state standard time. The closest Barton came was with a third-place effort in the 100-yard breaststroke. The senior touched the wall in 1:06.19, which bettered his clocking in preliminaries of 1:07.46.

Warsaw’s Grant Knight won the race handedly, finishing in a minute flat.