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
Indiana American Water joined the Wabash community leaders and partners in a ribbon cutting ceremony last week for a new 750,000-gallon elevated water storage tank at the city’s Wabash Business Complex.
This $2.2 million project was a collaborative effort between Indiana American Water, the City of Wabash, the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Economic Development Group of Wabash County, and is part of a larger $6.2 million initiative to place necessary infrastructure to the new complex.
“The placement of the new tank here was the result of a beneficial alignment of parallel interests. We were looking to add elevated storage capacity to our Wabash system and we were aware through our relationships with the Wabash EDG and the Mayor's office that the City was pursuing development of the business park at this location,” Joe Loughmiller, Indiana American Water External Affairs Manager told The Paper.
Inside the 121 foot echoing tower filled with leaders and project partners, Indiana American Water Co. President Alan Deboy commended the efforts and dedication of Wabash Mayor Robert Vanlandingham and EDG President and CEO Bill Konyha to Wabash County.
Mayor Vanlandingham continued by stressing the importance of partnerships.
“We are in this together,” he said while mentioning that there are two names on the water tower: City of Wabash and Indiana American Water.
Mr. Konyha thanked Indiana American Water for their investment, saying it will save approximately $4 million in taxpayer money.
The cost of the tank and related infrastructure was funded by Indiana American Water, M.S. Wabash Residential Rehabilitation and Senior Care Facility, and a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Wabash City Council approved a 10-year tax abatement for the Wabash storage tank in 2011, which is an estimated value of $400,000.
Konyha went on to say that Indiana American Wabash is the fifth largest taxpayer in the City of Wabash.
The tower, located in the Wabash Business Complex, is expected to attract more businesses to the area.
“The completion of construction of this new tank and related infrastructure in the area is a big step forward in expanding our local economy and attracting new investment and jobs to the area. We are already seeing the fruits of our investment with an expansion of Living Essentials operations expected to open here this fall. We are also talking with other companies that are considering building at the Wabash building Complex,” said Mr. Konyha.
“The water tower serves not only the Wabash Northeast Business Complex but everything north of U.S. 24. Eventually as development happens along the U.S. 24 corridor towards Cass Street, the systems from this tower and the existing tower in the Wabash County Industrial Park will close the loop and provide increased flow, pressure and fire protection for the entire area north of U.S. 24,” he said.
Mayor Vanlandingham said, “We appreciate the cooperation of everyone that was involved in making this project a reality.”
“As the first city in the world to be entirely lit by electricity, we understand and appreciate how important it is to invest in the necessary infrastructure to ensure our future economic success. The quality jobs that result from these investments will pay dividends for decades to come for our local economy and the quality of life here in Wabash.”