Members of the Regional Development Authority board reviews paperwork at their April 11 meeting at the Honeywell Center in Wabash. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
The Honeywell Foundation and Wabash River Trail each had their funding requests to the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority approved on Tuesday afternoon, April 11.
However, the RDA board made the river trail’s request contingent on it meeting several requirements, including having two public meetings in an attempt to iron out differences between its board and the public.
Before the RDA board dealt with the individual requests, it did have to inform all seven agencies seeking the funding that their requests would be reduced by 2 percent in order to come under the $42 million in funds allocated to it from the Indiana Economic Development Corp.
Matt Jones prepares to sign to play football at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Mich. He is joined at the signing by (front, from left) his parents Michael and Rebecca Jones, (back row, from left) athletic director Matt Stone, family friend Dale Winger, coach Ryan Carmichael, coach Floyd Winger and principal Kyle Wieland. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash High School senior Matt Jones signed a letter of intent Friday to continue his football career at Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Jones was a tackle, defensive end and nose tackle for the Apache football team, and also played basketball at WHS.
“I chose Concordia because I thought it would help me become a man,” he told The Paper of Wabash County. “It also will help my walk with God get better. It’s a good environment and a nice city.”
Braxtin Wilson (front, center) will attend Manchester University and will be part of the wrestling team. With him are (front, from left) his mother Brenda Stensland, sister Brielle Wilson, (back row, from left) MHS wrestling coach Jerimiah Maggart and athletic director Jeremy Markham. Photo by Eric Christiansen
By Eric Christiansen
NORTH MANCHESTER -- A year ago, wrestling in college wasn't even a thought in Braxtin Wilson's mind. Now it is a reality as he will attend Manchester University to study criminal justice, and coaching, and continue his wrestling career.
The Manchester High School senior played basketball growing up and was a member of the Squire team for three years. He decided to switch to wrestling for his senior season and had no idea what would be in store for him.
by Eric Stearley
Wabash County 4-Hers and their families gathered at the Field of Dreams on Saturday, March 29 for the first ever Color Me Green fun run and 5K. Despite sleet, snow, and the resulting muddy course, nearly 80 participants left the comfort of their homes to raise money for two causes, while having a lot of fun.
The state-wide event is part of the 4-H Healthy Living Campaign and organizes 4-H participants and supporters for a day of community, fitness and lots of 4-H green. As part of their paid registration, participants received a white t-shirt proudly announcing the event on front and back. The color came into play as participants launched packets of green powder into the air at the start of the run, beginning the process of turning their white shirts green.
As they walked and ran around the 1-mile course, volunteers continued to turn the runners green, squirting the powder, made of green pigment and cornstarch, out of ketchup bottles as they ran by. As the run continued, some volunteers took a more direct approach, bypassing the squirt bottles by throwing the colored powder at the runners’ shirts. As expected, not much of the powder missed the t-shirts, covering shoes, pants, faces, and hair in 4-H green.
Originally scheduled to start at separate times, the 1-mile fun run/walk and the 5K run were combined into a single race due to the cold, icy conditions. Even with the less-than-ideal weather, it would have been difficult to find a kid on the course that wasn’t having fun as they were covered in green head to toe.
“I had never even heard of a color run before the state called us,” said Wabash County 4-H Youth Educator Angela Christopher. “It has been a very fun learning experience.”
One hundred twenty individuals registered for the event, but the lousy weather kept about 40 at home. Even so, everyone’s registration money will be put to good use. Half will go to a local food pantry as part of the Indiana 4-H Take a Bite Out of Hunger campaign. The remaining money will be used to buy new tables on which student projects will be displayed in the 4-H building during future Wabash County Fairs.
“We do see this becoming an annual event, and there may be another sneaking in before then,” said Christopher. “I was very happy to see the number of people who came out as a family.”
She also hopes that the weather is a bit nicer next time around. Christopher and the rest of the organizers would like to thank Bill Barrows at the YMCA for opening up the complex and allowing them to use the facility. They would like to thank Chad Andrews, the Northfield High School cross country coach for scouting, measuring, and reviewing the course, as well as Jonathan Collins, a junior leader who set up cones and flags to prepare the course. Finally, they would like to thank the volunteers the helped register participants and color the kids green.