Mark Hobbs, director of the Heartland Caree Center, discusses several grants the facility has received in recent weeks. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
The Heartland Career Center (HCC) has received grants worth more than $250,000 to help upgrade its industrial technology programs.
Officials from HCC, Ivy Tech, the county’s three public school corporations and a variety of supporters gathered Wednesday, Feb. 18 to learn about the grants and how educators envision using them.
“We’re truly blessed to work with a large, collaborative group of people for support of your efforts to continuously improve the education and training for our students from Wabash, Miami, Grant and Huntington counties,” HCC Director Mark Hobbs said, discussing the grants.
Southwood’s Robbie Cole (34) drives for two of his 19 points on Friday night against Northfield. Photo by Gary Andrews
By Gary Andrews
The Southwood boys’ basketball team was one win away from a piece of the Three Rivers Conference title and needed a win over county rival Northfield to get that share Friday. Jumping out to a quick 7-0 start the Knights defended home court by defeating Northfield 64-46 to share the TRC title with Tippecanoe Valley and Manchester.
The quick start was just that as Carson Blair took the Alex Harmon tip off and drained a three just four seconds into the game. Robbie Cole and Brandin Frazier then hit back to back buckets for the 7-0 lead. Tanner Wilcox stopped the run with a bucket with Alex Harmon answering. Jared Short made it 9-3 with a bucket when Noah Kirk hit from long range for a 12-3 Knight lead. The Norse would respond with buckets from Heath Miller and Noah Shear to cut the lead to 12-7 when Mathew Norse drained a three to give the Knights a 15-7 lead. Austin Burns finished the scoring in the quarter as Southwood led 15-9 after one.
The Wabash Lady Apaches basketball team poses for a team shot after winning the regional title on Saturday in Lapel. Photo by Gary Andrews
By Gary Andrews
After winning their seventh straight sectional title the Wabash Lady Apaches made the trip to Lapel on Saturday for the second straight year in search of that elusive regional crown.
It was no easy task as Wabash took on No.9 Shenandoah in game one, holding off a late Raider charge for a 50-47 win and another shot at a regional title. No. 10 Fountain Central defeated Sheridan on a buzzer beater in game two, setting up the championship game. The Lady Apaches trailed most of the game before wearing down the taller Mustangs in the fourth for an exciting 60-52 win to earn the schools first ever girls regional crown.
Southwood’s Abby Houlihan is joined by her parents, Vicki Houlihan (front row, from left) and Scott Houlihan as she signs a letter of intent to play golf at Indiana University Kokomo. She is joined by (back row, from left) Southwood Athletic Director Tom Finicle, IUK Athletic Director Brandon Podgorski, Southwood Golf Coach Rod Cole, and Southwood Assistant Coach JoDee Dale. Photo by Gary Andrews
By Gary Andrews
Southwood senior Abby Houlihan became the first recruit for the new golf program at Indiana University Kokomo. Houlihan signed her letter of intent Wednesday, Feb. 11, at Southwood.
While holding or being a part of 15 golf school records while at Southwood, Houlihan will be looked upon by the Cougars as a leader with the opportunity at playing number one right away.
by Ashley Flynn
Just in time for Thanksgiving, Wabash residents will have a new option for buying their holiday meal ingredients.
Cathy’s Natural Market is set to open next month at 1315 N. Cass St., next to Joy Christian Bookstore.
“When you walk into our store, you will be able to buy anything you could at any other grocery store, but it’s either going to be organic, GMO free or some other type of specialty food,” Cathy Price, owner of the grocery told The Paper.
Cathy, who follows a strict wheat-free diet, hopes to cater to those with special dietary needs or those just looking for a healthier food alternative.
“We are tailoring to those people with restrictive diets. We are trying to make it easy for them, because I know the frustrations,” Cathy said.
Cathy has studied holistic nutrition and has been buying gluten-free products since 2009 when her husband discovered he has celiac disease, which is an immune reaction to eating gluten.
“About five years ago, I got down to about 140 pounds. I wasn’t looking very good. Cathy took me to a doctor, and I got tested for celiac disease,” Rick told The Paper. Rick’s mother passed away from the disease, which basically causes the body to malnutrition. There is no cure for celiac disease, but following a strict gluten-free helps manage symptoms.
Later, Cathy had herself tested and discovered she is wheat-sensitive. She does not have the same immune effects from wheat, but it does cause tiredness, digestive issues and grogginess. She also learned she is allergic to broccoli, squash and pumpkins.
“I would walk around with sinus problems all the time,” Cathy said, but since eliminating wheat from her diet and switching to organic foods, Cathy and her husband both feel healthier.
After making the switch, Cathy ran into another problem – finding foods she could eat.
“Before our store, you would have to go to Kokomo or Fort Wayne to get these things. For us to go shopping, I go to one store and there’s a little section here and a little something there, but I have to go everywhere to get these things. It’s nice to be able to just walk into one store and say, ‘oh, I can eat this’,” Cathy said.
With 3,000 square feet of space, Cathy’s Natural Market will carry a large variety of foods and produce, and they will also carry products such as shampoos, creams, deodorants, soaps and other necessities – made with all-natural ingredients, of course. They will also offer bulk foods, gourmet cheeses, organic meats, local farm fresh and artisan products, vitamins, supplements, minerals, herb and sports nutrition items.
Cathy and Rick are working with United Natural Foods, Inc., to supply most of the products. According to their website, UNFI is leading independent national distributor of natural, organic and specialty foods and related products including nutritional supplements, personal care items and organic produce, in the United States. They have over 60,000 products for Cathy to choose from, and they also have a system, which will allow her to keep track of which items are selling the best and when items need to be restocked.
They are also working with B&B Organics, a company based in Mishawaka. They will supply fresh produce to the store.
Schwabe North America, Inc., will supply the store with Nature’s Way products such as supplements and vitamins. Cathy and Rick also plan on partnering with local farmers.
In the future, they hope to have doctors and chefs provide classes and presentations about healthy living and cooking.
In preparation for the store, Cathy did market studies to see how receptive people would be. She sold items at the farmer’s market and talked to be people in the community.
“We’ve been getting a lot of feedback from people saying how convenient this will be. People will be able to make one stop and get it all,” she said. “If you want to eat healthy, you’re going to have to pay for quality stuff, but people won’t have to settle for second best.”
The store is expected to open next month. Hours will be 9:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday thru Friday and 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Their Facebook page, which can be found by searching Cathy’s Natural Market, will update prospective customers on their progress.