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
For the first time in 9 years, there will not be a Wabash County team in the boys’ sectional championship game Saturday. The Northfield Norse took on Oak Hill in game one, falling to the Golden Eagles 66-46. In game two, Manchester battled Lewis Cass, falling to the Kings 69-57.
After getting off to a 2-0 start on a Tanner Wilcox bucket the Norse would not find the hoop again in the quarter with Oak Hill scoring 14 straight to lead 14-2 after one. Gerritt Taylor led the Oak Hill attack with 10 of the 14 points.
After a slow first quarter for the Norse, things didn’t get much better in the second. Tanner Wilcox converted a three point play and later had a bucket to cut the lead to 16-7, but the Eagles behind Jon Mauk’s 6 points out scored the Norse 12-6 to increase their lead to 26-9 at the half.
The first couple minutes of the third quarter would be crucial for the Norse as they needed to cut in to the Oak Hill lead to have a shot heading to the fourth. Just the opposite happened for the Norse as the Golden Eagles scored the first 9 points of the quarter to open a 37-9 lead that would be near impossible to claw out of, but the Norse would give it a shot. Behind the hot shooting of Noah Shear the Norse had their best scoring quarter, putting up 22 points, but Oak Hill continued their torrid shooting, out scoring the Norse 25-22 to lead 51-31 with a quarter to go.
The two teams would play to a 15-15 tie in the fourth with the Norse never being able to get closer than 18 points as Oak Hill moved on with a 66-46 win.
Leading Northfield was Tanner Wilcox with 18 points. Noah Shear added 14, Jon Richardson 9, Austin Trump 2, Ryan Driscoll 2, and Christian Hawkins 1.
Leading Oak Hill was Gerritt Taylor with 23 points. David Horner added 14, Jon Mauk 13, Reese Metzger 7, Caleb Maggard 6, Chandler Julius 2, Kyle Byrd 1.
Game two was the much-anticipated Manchester, Lewis Cass showdown. The Squires were coming in 16-5 and the Kings were ranked #7 and 18-2.
Cass got the first bucket of the game, but the Squires quickly answered. Claudell Dickantone drained a three and after a Phoenix Goad steal for a bucket Manchester led 5-2. Cass would respond with 6 straight to take an 8-5 lead before Chase Fierstos found the range behind the arch to knot the score at 8. Cass then responded with a 9-3 run that opened a 17-11 lead for the Kings when Fierstos hit again from three land to make it 17-14 at the end of one.
Early in the second and down 22-18 Branden Scott would draw the Squires within two with two free throws, but with 3:09 on the clock the Kings responded with a 6-0 run to lead 28-20. Goad stopped the run with a bucket and after a Claudell Dickantone two the Squires trailed 30-24 at the half.
Cass would get the first 4 points of the third quarter to open a 10 point lead at 34-24 before a Dickantone bucket. The Kings kept out scoring the Squires in 4-2 spurts and led 40-27 when Dickantone drained a three and followed it with a steal for a bucket to cut the lead to 40-32. Cass would respond though, out scoring Manchester 8–2 the remainder of the quarter to lead 48-34 after three.
Manchester’s two leading scorers, Claudell Dickantone and Clayton Petrie would try to take things in their own hands in the fourth, scoring 22 of the teams 23 points scored in the quarter, but the Kings matched what the Squires had to offer in the 69-57 win.
Leading Manchester was Claudell Dickantone with 33 points. Clayton Petrie added 8, Chase Fierstos 6, Branden Scott 4, Phoenix Goad 4, Cameron Brandenburg 1, Cody Freeman 1.
Leading Cass was Austin Keesling with 24 points. Blake Hadley added 14, Owen Ohman 12, Evan Ohman 9, Ryan Bixler 4, Drew McRae 4, Destin Irwin 2.
By Adam Smith
By their appearances, no one would think that Anne Baraza and Carol Berg are sisters, yet they have lovingly referred to each other as “sis” for years. The two women first came into contact almost six years ago in 2009 when Berg, the website editor for the First United Methodist Church, received an email from Baraza asking for help. They met for the first time in person little over a week ago, and on Nov. 23, Baraza gave a presentation at the church.
Baraza is the CEO of the Riruta United Women Empowerment Programme (RUWEPO) as well as the founder and director of the Children of Africa Hope Mission School. The school is a complementary school for disadvantaged and orphaned children in Ng’ando, a slum area of Nairobi, Kenya. She said that when she emailed Berg, they were very desperate to keep the school running and sent messages to several United Methodist churches in the US. They were asking each church if they could send aid, and one of them happened to be the First United Methodist Church in Wabash.
by Eric Stearley
On Monday, Nov. 24, Mayor Robert Vanlandingham issued a proclamation during the city council meeting establishing this Friday, Nov. 28, as Tommy and Trystin Music Day in Wabash. The announcement was met with applause and giant smiles on the faces of the honorees.
The father/son duo represented the United States in the 2014 TAFISA World Martial Arts Games in Vancouver, Canada in September. Tommy, 38, brought home a medal of each color, while Trystin, 10, won a gold medal, as well as a bronze.
“It was pretty nerve-racking,” Trystin said about the competition.
by Eric Stearley
The rapid change of gasoline prices can be frustrating. The inconsistency in the value of such a vital commodity can make a trip to the pump feel like a trip to the slot machine – “Should I wait to fill my tank until the price drops? What if it goes up just as I run out? Then I’ve overpaid. But I can’t run out of gas! Maybe the it’s cheaper down the road…” Eventually, you stop the car at a pump, swipe your card, and grab the handle. You watch as the numbers roll by, but unlike a slot machine, you won’t know until the next day, or later in the week, if you’ve won this round.
In late October, gas prices in Wabash approached $3.50 per gallon. While certainly not the highest it’s ever been, it seemed to be more expensive than usual. When locals compared prices in Wabash to those in surrounding towns, they began to wonder why prices at stations in Marion, Huntington, Peru, and North Manchester were falling to $3.00 as prices in Wabash held.
Now, in mid-November, the market has adjusted. On Monday, Nov. 17, the average price in Wabash was $2.93, much closer to prices in the surrounding area: prices for a gallon in Peru range from $2.89-2.97; North Manchester stations are selling a gallon for $2.89; Huntington stations were more expensive than those in Wabash, ranging from $2.95-2.96 per gallon. While it appears that prices have stabilized temporarily, the question remains: what causes the variance in gasoline prices from day to day and location to location?
To answer this question of economics, The Paper reached out to Dr. Michael Kaganovich, chairman of the Indiana University Department of Economics. Kaganovich pointed to two industry-specific factors that could result in price variation between two similar cities.
“First of all, they vary because of county taxes. County taxes may differ,” said Kaganovich. “In Bloomington, our prices are about 20 cents higher than a 20-mile radius, and that’s because Monroe County collects taxes.”
Taxes play an important role in the retail side of the gasoline industry. Federal and state excise taxes each make up roughly 18 cents of the sale price. Sales-use tax is calculated each month based on the average pricing from the six-week period prior to the start of that month, and is roughly 7 percent. In addition, all taxes associated with gasoline must be paid for upfront.
“When I buy gasoline, I pay every tax up front, so then I’ve got a tremendous amount of carrying cost that I have to pay up front instead of paying the government down the road,” said Jim Reynolds, owner of J.M. Reynolds Oil Company, a local petroleum retailer. “So when I pay my sales tax, you’re looking at somewhere between 56-59 cents of excise and sales tax on a gallon of gasoline right now. If anybody’s making a lot of money off gasoline it’s the government.”
Given that the national average profit for a gallon of gasoline in a cash sale is 15 cents, it’s easy to see how taxes play a large role in the gasoline market, however, neither the city nor county levy an additional tax on gasoline, so a difference in tax rate isn’t responsible for the price variation.
“It could be that your town requires a specific gasoline formula,” Kaganovich continued, “and this means that the regional refiner has to manufacture gasoline with a specific formula, and this means there may be less supply of your specific type as opposed to some other [type,] so that will affect prices, but I doubt that’s the case. That may be the case in Chicago or in California; they notoriously demand some specific formula.”