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 Emily Armentrout
Wabash Area Community Theater just finished its production of Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo. Moon Over Buffalo is a comedy set in 1953 Buffalo, New York, at the Erlanger Theater. Moon Over Buffalo marked Carol Burnett’s return to Broadway after 30 years according to Ludwig.
Traveling actors, George and Charlotte Hay, played by Gary Dale and Candy Russell, are currently putting on dual performances of Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac, with a small group of actors.
George and Charlotte find themselves drifting as George’s infidelity with Eileen, a young actress in the troupe, portrayed by Megan Smith, is brought to light and Charlotte receives an offer to run away with family friend and lawyer, Richard, played by Keith Martin.
George and Charlotte’s daughter Rosalind, played by Mandy Shull, has also returned to the chaos, with big news. She wishes to announce her engagement to weatherman, Howard, played by Ware Wimberly, but Howard is nervous to meet her famous folks. Chaos ensues as Rosalind searches for her scatterbrained parents.
Eric Seaman also joins the cast as Paul, fellow actor, stage manager and Rosalind’s ex love interest, with Cindy Rich as Charlotte’s hard of hearing, George hating mother, Ethel.
Upon the announcement that Eileen is with child and Charlotte is leaving him, George drinks himself into a silly stupor , which adds to the hysterics of the production.
Frank Capra offers the Hays one last shot at fame after two of his actors bow out of the remake of The Scarlet Pimpernel. Capra is to visit the Erlanger Theatre in hopes of casting George and Charlotte. George in his drunkenness causes all sorts of chaos including changing the production schedule, which causes confusing among the actors, and he and Paul, lock Howard, Rosalind’s fiancé in a closet after a huge misunderstanding.
As actors say “the show must go on,” which it did, both shows, while most of the group went into their rendition of Private Lives and drunken George appears in full costume, abnormally large nose and all, as Cyrano. After falling off the stage, and having the audience in stitches, the troupe reenters the dressing room where Howard leaves Rosalind for Eileen, after running into each other after many years, Paul sweeps Rosalind off her feet, and Charlotte and George manage to work out their differences.
The stars of this WACT production had the audience laughing within minutes of opening curtain and the laughs did not end until the final curtain. Dale’s drunken George was hysterical and very realistic. The entire cast brought a great comedy to life for the community of Wabash.
“It was great, we enjoyed it,” said Dr. Bing Fowler. “Lots of laughs, great humor,” added Fowler.
This Wabash Area Community Theater production was produced by Beth Miller, long time member of WACT. “I’ve been with it for 18 years. I started with the second show,” Miller told The Paper.
Moon Over Buffalo is currently Miller’s favorite production because it’s the one she’s been working on. “There is always another show coming to look forward to, but it’s always the one you are working on that is your favorite,” added Miller.
WACT is having a season of productions instead of its usual solo production. “We wanted to get a straight play in, a comedy. We had so many that wanted to perform and be a part of the group but really were not interested in doing musicals. So we added that. We have done a summer radio type show before and we wanted to add that back in. We’ve been doing Christmas shows for the last few years. We do the madrigal every other year, and we’ve added the Charley Creek one on opposite years,” Miller told The Paper.
You can check out the Wabash Area Community Theater Facebook page about upcoming auditions and events.