The Hipsher brothers, Jim (left) and Jerry (right), co-own Hipsher’s Tool & Die, a local Wabash manufacturing business since 1946. Since they joined the establishment, Jim in 1955 and Jerry in 1960, neither has sought retirement and both attend work daily. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Hipsher Tool & Die has served the Wabash County community for 69 years as a family owned and operated manufacturing business. Brothers Jim Hipsher, 83, and Jerry Hipsher, 76, who joined their father’s establishment in the 1950s, also continue to serve by still working at the business. Neither have any intention of retiring any time soon either.
For the brothers, retirement isn’t as appealing as working.
“To some people, the whole retirement (idea) is the greatest thing in the world if you’ve got something to do,” Jerry said. “I have nothing else I really want to do. We have a lake cottage and a little place in Florida, but … just to do that, to be retired full-time, I’m not interested in doing that.
“I’d rather come out here because I enjoy the work I do and the people.”
by Gary Andrews
Saturday was Manchester's annual four-game clash with Oak Hill, as the host Squires went 2-2 on the day, winning both boys games while falling in the girls’ games.
The junior varsity girls got things going first with the Lady Squires trailing 16-10 at the half before falling 29-20.
Leading Manchester was Emily Haecker with 4 points. Hanna Olk, and Bailey Sewell added 3 points each. Bethany Collett, Rae Bedke, Kaitlyn Andritsch, Brooklyn Howard and Tiffany Johnson had 2 points each. Haecker would add 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Sewell had 3 rebounds and 1 steal. Thompson added 1 assist.
Next up was the junior varsity boys who dominated the first half, leading 22-12. The Squires went on to handle the Eagles 47-28.
Leading the Squires was Bailey Ness with 10 points. David McAtee and Austin Brewer added 9 points each. Zach Hill had 6, Keelan Norwood 5, Matthew Pegg 4, Kane Gable 2, Levi Hicks 2.
In the girls varsity game, the Lady Squires jumped out to a 2-0 lead on a bucket from Cierra Carter and again had the lead 4-2 on two free throws from Tabby DeWitt and 6-4 on a bucket from DeWitt. Oak Hill would then go on a 7-0 run to go up 11-6 when Sydney Snep hit. Manchester trailed 12-8 at the first stop.
Oak Hill would extend their lead to 14-8 to start the second quarter before DeWitt hit to make it 14-10. The Eagles would increase their lead to 18-10 when DeWitt hit again. Down 20-12 Kaitlyn Parrett would find the bottom of the bucket, followed by a free throw from Emily Haecker to make it 20-15. Oak Hill would get the final bucket of the half and led 22-15.
Oak Hill would extend their lead to 26-15 to start the third quarter before DeWitt and Celina Carter hit to make it 26-19. An Oak Hill bucket and two free throws from DeWitt made it 28-21 when the Eagles hit three buckets in a row, one a three pointer to increase their lead to 34-21. The Lady Squires refused to give in, getting buckets from DeWitt and kept the deficit at 9 to the end of the quarter. Manchester trailed 38-29 after three.
The fourth quarter was a free throw fest for Oak Hill, as they scored the first 17 points of the quarter, 9 on free throws as they pulled away from Manchester to lead 55-29 before the Squires scored. Tabby DeWitt would get a bucket and the Squires got two free throws from Celina Carter to make the final score 60-33.
Leading Manchester was Tabby DeWitt with 16 points. Cierra Carter added 6, Celina Carter 4, Kaitlyn Parrett 4, Sydney Snep 2, Emily Haecker 1.
The varsity boys would be the final game of the night and they needed a win to even the night in a 2-2 tie. Manchester led at every stop on their way to a 58-49 win over the Eagles to improve to 2-0 on the season.
Clayton Petrie got the Squires going with a three that put Manchester up 3-1, then a second three from Cameron Brandenburg to lead 6-3. Oak Hill matched the second three with one of their own to make it 6-6 and with the score tied at 7 the Squires would get their third three of the quarter, this time from Claudell Dickantone to lead 10-7 and led 10-9 at the stop.
Manchester had the early hot hand in the second quarter with Brandenburg hitting free throw that was followed by a Dickantone bucket and a steal for a bucket from Chase Fierstos to lead 15-9. The Eagles would score after a time out, but the Squires remained hot. Brandenburg would connect from behind the arch again and Dickantone followed with a bucket as they increased their lead to 20-11. Up 22-16 Petrie would convert two free throws and Braydon Sewell would drain a two as the Squires led 25-16 at the half.
Oak Hill would have the hot hand and make a run to start the third quarter. The Eagles would score the first 9 points of the quarter to knot the game at 25 before the Squires found the bucket. Claudell Dickantone gave Manchester a brief 27-25 lead before the Eagles hit two straight to lead 29-27. Down 32-28 after an Oak Hill three Manchester went to work. The Squires got a three and two free throws from Clayton Petrie and later a steal for a bucket from Dickantone to lead 35-32. Oak Hill would hit at the buzzer and Manchester led 35-34 with a quarter to go.
Chase Fierstos would get a bucket off a steal to start the scoring in the fourth and after an Eagle bucket it was 37-35. With Clayton Petrie having the hot hand in the third, the Squires found him again with Petrie hitting a free throw and a three to put Manchester up 41-35. The Eagles would claw their way back in to the game and with under three minutes closed the gap to 46-42. With the Squires milking the clock the Eagles started to foul. Petrie would hit one free throw and with 1:56 remaining Dickantone would sink two more for a 50-42 lead. Continuing to foul, Oak Hill had the lead cut to 51-47 with under a minute to go when things changed. Brandenburg would hit a free throw and the Squires increased defensive pressure to force an over and back. An Oak Hill foul with Fierstos hitting two freebies made it 54-47 with 43.8 on the clock. The Squires made a stop on a Branden Scott steal with Oak Hill fouling Scott with 27.1 left. Scott would convert both free throws to make it 56-47 and later hit two more for the 58-49 final.
Leading Manchester was Claudell Dickantone with 17 points. Clayton Petrie added 15, Chase Fierstos 8, Cameron Brandenburg 8, Braydon Sewell 5, Branden Scott 5.
Lagro Township Advisory Board member Rob Cole (left) reads from the Indiana Open Door statute while fellow board member Lee Ann Pefley looks on. Lagro Township Trustee (far right) Andrew DeLong listens to the reading during a meeting Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Lagro Volunteer Fire Station. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Emma Rausch
LAGRO -- The Lagro Township meeting was cut short Thursday Feb. 26 after newly elected board chairman Rob Cole proclaimed it an “illegal meeting” by Indiana State Code.
“Since Deb (Schenkel) isn’t here,” Cole said, “we’re really not supposed to meet because of the Indiana law states that, IC 5-14-1.5 states that there’s an open door law. Meetings have to be given 48-hours notice and it has to be posted at the location where we’re meeting and in you’re office Andy for 48-hours, otherwise we’re meeting illegally and we could be sued because of that. So I move that we adjourn this meeting and meet at a date where we’ve got this 48-hour notice.”
Lagro Township Trustee Andrew DeLong originally called the meeting with the board to elect the chairman and secretary positions as well as seek approval for the annual reports.
“(The meeting) was short notice, 48-hours,” DeLong said to the board. “There was a time constraint on getting the annual report in. The annual report is always advertised after our meeting within two weeks within in the paper.”
By Joseph Slacian
Two Wabash County communities received notice last week that they would receive funding from Lt.Gov. Sue Ellspermann’s office.
The City of Wabash will receive a $716,122 tax credit for the Rock City Lofts. The lofts are part of the city’s Stellar Community program.
Meanwhile, the Town of Lagro will receive $72,000 from Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program (BEP).
The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) administers and manages the federal credits, which provide incentives for private developers to further the affordable housing choices throughout Indiana. Wabash’s was one of 16 projects to receive $12.5 million in tax credit allocations.
By Joseph Slacian
LAFONTAINE -- A voter registration drive will take place here on Tuesday, March 10, Wabash County Clerk Elaine Martin announced Feb. 25.
A deputy clerk from Martin’s office will be at the LaFontaine Town Hall from noon to 4 p.m. for anyone interested in registering to vote.
This is the first time, Martin and Deputy Clerk Teresa Ehret said they believe, that such a drive has taken place in recent years.