Two Wabash Valley Shuri-Ryu Karate Academy students were black belted on May 15, an honor bestowed upon them by Sensei Mike Castro (center). Rob Barton (left) and Tommy Music (right) traded in their brown belts when Castro decided that they had earned to move up in rank, according to Music. “It’s an honor to be promoted to black belt,” Music said in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “I cried. It’s seven years coming. Almost seven years that Mr. Barton and I have been coming down (to the dojo) anywhere from five to six days a week, one to two hours at a time. It’s been a long road to now and it’s an honor.” Photo provided
Wabash County Prosecuting Attorney William C. Hartley, Jr. has announced that he will be seeking re-election for the Office of Wabash County Prosecuting Attorney during next year’s election.
Mr. Hartley, a Republican, graduated from Southwood High School in 1986 and served four years on active duty in the United States Army, immediately following high school. He served in airborne infantry units at Fort Clayton, Panama, and the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., among other places. He is a graduate of the Army’s Jungle Warfare, Air Assault, and Light Infantry Leader schools.
Following his honorable discharge from the Army, he attended Indiana University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in business, with a major in Accounting. Following his graduation, he worked for a certified public accounting firm in Plymouth, while attending law school at Valparaiso University of Law.
In May 1996, he received his Juris Doctor degree from Valparaiso University and was admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana by the Indiana Supreme Court during the same year. He is also admitted to practice law before the United States Northern and Southern District Courts of Indiana. Following law school, he practiced law in Merrillville, Ind., for approximately two years before returning to Wabash County, handling criminal cases in Wabash Superior Court.
Since 2003, Mr. Hartley has served as the elected Prosecuting Attorney, handling major felony and various child support cases in Wabash Circuit Court. His office has been recognized by the Indiana Family and Social Service Administration as one of Indiana’s top 10 counties in the collection of child support.
Mr. Hartley served as a Board Member of the Wabash County United Fund Board of Directors from 1998 through 2004, serving as its president in 2003. Additionally, he is on the Wabash County Hospital Foundation’s Business and Industry Committee and has coached various youth sports teams including teams in the Wabash Little League baseball system.
Mr. Hartley currently serves as a Board Member on the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council and also serves on its Executive Committee as secretary/treasurer. Mr. Hartley is a member of the Wabash County Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys Council, and National District Attorneys Association.
Skip Daughtry will continue to serve as the treasurer of the Hartley for Prosecutor Committee, a position that Mr. Daughtry has held since 2001. Also serving on the committee is Dave Mann, Kenny and Kathy Jones, Karen Newhouse, Parker Beauchamp, Jack Thomas, and Attorneys Rick Fisher, Joe Eddingfield and Mark Guenin, among others.