Officer David Rigney touched many lives
By Shaun Tilghman
News Editor – North Manchester News-Journal
Just over a week has passed since the accident that claimed the life of North Manchester Police Officer David Rigney, and in the wake of tragedy, communities across Wabash County have joined together not only in mourning the loss, but also in celebrating his life.
The 39-year-old LaFontaine native was off-duty when the crash occurred last Monday afternoon. Rigney was heading south on State Road 15 when his SUV fishtailed and crossed into the northbound lane, where it was struck by a school bus, before returning to the southbound lane and being struck by another vehicle – he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sgt. Brian Enyeart, a veteran of the North Manchester Police Department, said the loss was devastating on many different levels.
“People outside of law enforcement don’t understand the bond that law enforcement officers have – it’s more than just as coworkers or even friends, we truly are ‘brothers in blue’,” Enyeart said. “There is a lot of stuff that is easier to talk about with other officers than with other people, because they just don’t understand. With Dave, you always knew if you needed anything you could call him and he would be there to help you out.”
by Gary Andrews
Not only did the Wabash Lady Apache basketball team open their 2014-15 season with an impressive 60-44 win over Mississinewa Friday; they got to be part of history as senior Claire Cromer went off for 42 points to set the Wabash single game scoring record.
The Lady Apaches dominated right from the start, jumping out to an 11-0 lead and leading 14-4 after the end of the quarter. Claire Cromer had all 14 points for Wabash.
Mississinewa would cut the Wabash lead to 16-10 early in the second quarter before Shelby Stone buried two shots from behind the arch to build the lead to 22-10. The Indians again cut the lead to single digits before Cromer drained back-to-back three’s, then hit four straight free throws to increase the lead to 31-18. At 31-22 Cromer would hit a shot before the buzzer as Wabash led 33-22 at the half.
Kristin Cromer and Sarah Puckett would get in on the scoring action in the third while Claire Cromer kept rolling as the Lady Apaches built their lead to 45-25 before leading 45-26 after three.
Claire Cromer would hit a three to get the Wabash scoring going in the fourth as sister Kristin hit two free throws as Wabash rolled to a 60-44 win.
Claire Cromer led the way with 42 points. Shelby Stone and Kristin Cromer added 6 points each, Sarah Puckett 4, Katie McCauley 2.
By Bill Barrows
Periodically, I have the privilege to witness heartwarming and amazing things that happen in the course of my daily activities in youth sports at the Wabash County YMCA. This week, I watched as a young man took a huge step forward on a long road back to regaining his health.
Jace Randel’s parents, Jason and Amanda, registered him to play 4th & 5th grade tackle football in August. Jace expected to play with a number of his classmates on the Cowboys team this fall while learning some life lessons along the way. He had no idea the roller coaster ride he had in front of him.
”On Aug. 20 (ironically, the same day as the first football practice) Jace began not feeling well. I took him in to his pediatrician after a few days of stomach pain. He ordered blood work, just to be sure it wasn’t an appendicitis. The blood work came back abnormal,” explained Amanda.
After consulting with their pediatrician, the Randels prepared for a trip to Riley Hospital.
“The Pediatrician explained to us that Jace's blood work had come back abnormal, and after consulting with a few Riley Oncologists, they thought Jace had leukemia.” Amanda continued, “We were being sent to Riley to run more blood work and prepare him for a bone marrow biopsy.” Jason & Amanda told their son what this meant; Jace was crushed.
“I told him that we were NOT putting our faith and trust into one test. We would be putting our faith in God who, we KNEW, could do anything!!” She explained, “What a calming affect that can have on a person, to know WHO is in control and WHO is all powerful,”
The blood work at Riley came back inconclusive. Jace received a platelets transfusion in order to perform the biopsy to prevent excessive bleeding. He had an allergic reaction to the platelet transfusion. Instantly, he began to break out in hives and his throat started swelling. After giving him large doses of Benadryl, he was finally able to sleep. The biopsy came back negative. Several other tests were run, for conditions such as; mono, autoimmune markers, and vitamin deficiencies, and all came back normal. Normal was a relative term. Jace wasn’t getting any worse, but was also wasn’t getting any better either.
by Gary Andrews
The Southwood VolleyKnights had one last game scheduled for the year Saturday and it was the state championship. The Lady Knights had won nine straight games to win the sectional, then defeated Clinton Central 3-0 for the regional title. Last Saturday Southwood won the very tough Bremen semi state by topping Adams Central 3-1 and Hammond Bishop Noll 3-2 for the semi state title. Saturday at Ball State the VolleyKnights had the task of taking on defending state champion Providence for the state title.
Southwood, the 2A public school state champion hung tough, but the power hitting of Providence ended up being too much as the VolleyKnights fell 17-25, 14-25, 18-25.
Providence got off to a 10-3 start in game one before the Knights shook off the championship jitters and started to go to work. Emilie Harnish would get a kill and Bailey Lundmark a block during a 5-0 run to close the gap to 10-8. Providence would then score 10 of the next 14 points to open a 24-15 lead before two Sami White tips kept the game alive, but one last Pioneer kill ended game one 17-25.
Southwood jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start game two with Sami White serving. Kaitlyn Murphy had a kill with White scoring on an ace and a tip. Bailey Hobbs would get a kill as the Knights extended their lead to 8-3 before the Pioneer’s got hot. Providence would score 6 of the next 7 points to tie the game at 9 before a White tip and an Emilie Harnish ace made it 11-9. With Southwood up 12-10 the sleeping giant awoke as Providence went on a 10-1 run to grab a 20-13 lead on their way to the 25-14 final.
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.