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
After decades under the banner of Beauchamp McSpadden, Wabash’s premier insurance company is rebranding itself, changing its name to INGUARD. The new name combines the words “insurance” and “guard,” a change that CEO Parker Beauchamp hopes will make the firm more progressive and accessible.
The full story of how this local insurance agency came to be could fill a book. That book would encompass stories of a devastating city-wide fire, a civil war veteran, a one-legged patriarch, struggles through the great depression, client theft on the part of competing banks, and ultimately and emergence into prominence and prosperity. Its roots date all the way back to 1870. Fifty-seven years later, Parker’s great-grandfather Ward Beauchamp purchased the business, beginning a four-generation legacy of Beauchamp ownership.
This name change has been many years in the works, but it was far from the first. Over its 144 year history, the firm has existed as Ross and Peters Real Estate & Insurance Agents, Ross and Mote Fire and Life Insurance and Real Estate, J.P. Ross Real Estate and Insurance, Citizens Savings Bank, Ward Beauchamp Insurance Agency, Ward Beauchamp and Son, Beauchamp and Son Insurance, and eventually Beauchamp McSpadden, which has been the name since 1968. In 1980, they purchased a firm in Muncie, which insured the Ball entities, making the official title Beauchamp McSpadden | Morrison Galliher.
The eleven-syllable tongue twister isn’t one that most people would consider “catchy.” Just the first of the four names, pronounced “Beech-um,” can be confusing to clients.
“It’s a French name pronounced British in Indiana,” Parker Beauchamp said of his last name. “I mean, come on. Nobody wants that in an insurance company. [Beauchamp McSpadden] radiates around here…people can at least pronounce it. The thing is, for the last 20 years, we’ve had clients in all states, and we continue to grow our portfolio in those states. And Galliher, I mean Gallagher is the fourth-largest firm that does exactly what we do.”
It became clear over the last several years that a name change was something they wanted. The began the search for a new name in 2008 to no avail. In 2010, Parker was “hot after the thing,” as he put it.
“We went through probably 25 itterations of what our name could be,” said Beauchamp. “Contests where you win the prize if they pick your name, our own ideas, it was terrible. Nothing worked.”
The firm’s management met with their public relations firm with what Beauchamp described as a “failed conquest,” and the firm reminded them of a name they had pitched years before. That name was INGUARD.
“It combines the ideas of insurance and guard, which is really what we’re all about,” said Beauchamp. “A lot of people put “risk” in the name, and that’s what you’re working against, not what you’re representing.”
After thinking about if for a few days, Beauchamp and his team decided they like the name, and it has since grown on them. He also liked the “IN” part of it, because the firm is in Indiana, a convenient coincidence.
“It’s kind of like any kid’s name,” said Beauchamp. “The more it’s living and breathing, you start to appreciate it a lot more. Once we saw the logo concepts for it, I think we were all behind it. Once you’re committed to it, the more you love it.”
The new logo, a shield with a leaf at the bottom, is a big change from the tilted grid logo of the past.
“The shield I like, but the leaf I love. For one, I’m a nut environmentalist, and more or less, the leaf represents prosperity,” said Beauchamp. “We don’t want to be a vendor or a scare tactician talking about fires and silly stuff like tornadoes or lawsuits. It’s really a piece to get you where you want to go. It’s avoiding those things so your life comes out the way you want it to.”
He admits that the change is somewhat bittersweet, and that he’s sensitive to his father, to Virginia McSpadden, and to his great grandfather’s legacy a little bit. He’s also confident that it’s the right decision.
These old names to me are a little bit out of touch and self-serving,” said Beauchamp. “I know that it’s got to go. For me, it’s about clients. I think INGUARD is much more exclusive to clients than Beauchamp, and certainly Beauchamp McSpadden | Morrison Galliher. INGUARD is more professional, and the logo is certainly a lot better I think.
Beauchamp said he is looking forward to having his name off the building and hopes to further market through the new name as he continues to build the business.
“We hope that it resonates for a long, long time,” he said.