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Huntington youth has big return to football field thanks to Make-A-Wish, NFLer Jameis Winston

Conner West (left), of Huntington, stands with Jameis Winston, the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the National Football League, on Dec. 28 last year in Tampa, FL. West got to meet Winston, his favorite athlete, through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which granted West a wish after he was diagnosed with leukemia in 2016. West is now cancer-free.
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When Conner West, of Huntington, was fighting acute lymphoblastic leukemia, one of the casualties was his senior season on the Huntington North High School varsity football team.

Ultimately, West beat leukemia. And, fittingly, with the fight behind him, he found his way onto a football field once more.

Only this field wasn’t Kriegbaum Field, the home of West’s Huntington North Vikings. Over a thousand miles away from Huntington, the venue was Raymond James Stadium, in Tampa, FL, the home of West’s favorite football team, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.


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State-of-the-art wound healing center opens at hospital

Parkview Huntington Hospital President Juli Johnson (center) prepares to cut the ribbon for the Parkview Huntington Hospital Center for Wound Healing at an event in December. Joining her to celebrate the opening are (from left) Todd Sider, MD, who will provide care at the center; Darlene Stanley, member, PHH Board of Directors; Susan Zahn, member, PHH Board of Directors; Amy Rosen, clinical program director for the center; John Nelson, member, PHH Board of Directors; Johnson; Ryan Warner, chair, PHH Board of Directors; James Edlund, medical director for the center; Doug Selig, vice president, Patient Care Services, PHH; Jeremy Nix, chair, Parkview Huntington Foundation Board of Directors; and Sonya Foraker, manager, Finance, PHH.
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On Dec. 18, the new Parkview Huntington Hospital (PHH) Center for Wound Healing officially opened its doors to patients. Now, Huntington County residents who have struggled with chronic, non-healing wounds have closer-to-home access to clinically proven, state-of-the-art treatments that can help their bodies heal.

The need for specialized wound care locally is significant, said Juli Johnson, president, PHH.


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Athletics on front burner as HCCSC board talks football field, coach

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Athletics at Huntington North High School came to the front burner of the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees meeting Monday, Jan. 14, as concerns about the football field, and the introduction of a new football coach captured the interest of board members.

John Kriegbaum, of Marion, a grandson of John Philip Kriegbaum, who donated the land for the football stadium in 1927, addressed the board about his concerns over rumors the corporation may try to sell the land.


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Lady Eagles rain 3s on Lady Vikes

Strong three-point shooting helped host Columbia City stick the Huntington North High School girls’ varsity basketball team with a 67-47 loss on Monday, Jan. 14.

The Lady Eagles hit 10 treys in 16 attempts. Olivia Shearer highlighted that showing with a 5 of 7 effort from beyond the arc.

Behind that solid long-range marksmanship, Columbia City took a 16-6 lead in the first quarter, went into the half up 28-20 and took a 54-33 advantage into the final frame.