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 Eric Stearley
On Wednesday, Feb. 5, the Indiana Department of Transportation announced that Wabash is among the rural cities, towns and counties to which it is awarding $86 million in federal transportation funds.
This announcement came after Mayor Vanlandingham and Wabash City Street Department Superintendent Scott Richardson made a presentation to the Fort Wayne District of INDOT on Jan. 6 in hopes of acquiring funding for the second phase of the Alber Street Project. On Wednesday, it was released that the City of Wabash would receive 80 percent of the project’s cost from the state, totaling more than $1.6 million.
The Alber Street Project is a $5.6 million expansion of the street on the city’s north side. It will include widening the road to include a parking lane to the east, adding a sidewalk adjacent to the parking lane, and installing new curbs, gutters, and a sewer system.
Recent development has made Alber Street a more attractive way to get through town. On the north end of the street features Miller’s Merry Manor’s two buildings, as well as Wellbrooke of Wabash. Across U.S. 24 is an entrance to the retailers such as Wal-Mart, Dunham’s, Tractor Supply Company, and AT&T, as well as restaurants Bob Evans, Harvey Hinkelmeyers, and The Great Wall. The south end of Wabash Street features access to Wabash High School, as well as the corporation’s bus parking lot, and the nearby Honeywell Pool. The inclusion of a sidewalk in the expansion plans will make the walk to school for Wabash High School students much safer.
In addition to increasing access to these popular destinations, city officials hope that the expansion will help to reduce traffic on Cass Street. Additionally, the Alber Street Project will prepare the area for a new County Hospital in the future.
“We look at that as a future healthcare center,” said Economic Development Group CEO Bill Konyha. “Anything that improves transportation and traffic flow, whether it’s vehicular or pedestrian, can only help as an opportunity to attract healthcare businesses. We’re happy that INDOT has decided to approve that project, because it brings $1.6 million into our local economy.”
The land between Alber Street and Wabash Street just east of Wellbrooke has been purchased by the hospital and plans include an Alber Street entrance in addition to the main entrance on Wabash Street.
“I think it’s wonderful,” said Wabash County Hospital President and CEO Marilyn Custer-Mitchell. “It will be beneficial to Wellbrooke, which is already out there, and eventually to the hospital, whenever we do move out there. It’s a great thing for Wabash.”
Broken into two phases, the city received grant money for Phase I of the project in February of 2010. Phase I is the larger of the two phases and includes the area between Cass Street and Euclid Street. Right-of-way planning and land appraisals are in their final stages, and construction on the first phase will start later this year. Phase II, for which the city was just recently granted money, is set to begin in 2017. Phase two includes the area between Euclid Street and U.S. 24. The presence of the INDOT grants for both phases, totaling nearly $4.5 million, means that the City of Wabash will only be responsible for 20 percent of the total project cost.
“As a small community, it’s a big plus for us, having to come up with 20 percent instead of all of it,” said Mayor Vanlandingham.
Though the expansion will cut into the front lawn of homeowners on the street, Mayor Vanlandingham and others feel strongly that it will benefit the community as a whole.
“It will be a change for people,” he said. “Some people will love it and some people probably won’t, but overall, I think it will be great for the community. It’s a project that we’ve talked about for a long time, and I’m just glad to see it continuing.”