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
Recently, the Lighthouse Mission Wabash County Thrift Store announced they replaced former director Claire Coyne, after Coyne announced her retirement in late 2013. The Lighthouse Mission hired Pastor Tom Curry as the new director, and longtime Lighthouse employee, Mary Harris, as the store manager.
Pastor Tom Curry recently returned to the United States after being a field missionary in India for the past five years. He was a pastor in Wabash County for 17 years and he also spent 10 years in Chicago as a pastor. Pastor Curry will be in charge of outreach programs at the Lighthouse like the food baskets and growing the ways the mission can assist those in Wabash County.
“We purposely try to keep our prices very, very low. People who are in need know that this is a place to help them,” Curry told The Paper.
After hearing about Coyne’s retirement, Curry and his wife knew they wanted to get back to this general area in the United States, so they began to pray and reach out the Lighthouse’s board.
“It seemed like a very good fit. The more we talked about it, the more excited we got,” added Curry.
Mary Harris, a five-year employee at the Lighthouse Mission, was tapped to be the store’s new manager. Harris will oversee the day-to-day operations of the store. Harris started at the Lighthouse Mission as a single mother of five, looking for work to make ends meet. Harris, who was friends with Coyne, reached out to her to seek employment and within a month, Coyne had hired her on at the mission and she has been there since.
“There were a lot of years under Claire’s belt. You can’t just jump in after 23 years and know everything she knows. I applied for this position because my fellow employees thought I would be a good fit,” Harris told The Paper. “I don’t know if I ever would have anticipated being in this position because I always thought Claire would be here. I prayed about if the Lord wanted this for me, and it felt like a call. It’s a very personal thing to be in the midst of, and I felt directed this way.”
Harris also applied for the position because she believes in the store beyond just selling merchandise at low prices.
“We have a wonderful staff. The mission is so much more than the store. It is about the people who come here. I believe Claire was successful in keeping the mission going because she was personable. There’s an outreach here. It’s beyond buying clothes and offering low prices. There is a much bigger aspect of what goes on here. I had no idea until I started working here of what really goes on here. I want to see the personal touch this store offers continue. All the employees have such compassion,” said Harris.
Curry was in agreement when it came to the compassion of the employees.
“There is compassion here. The people who work here don’t just come for the job. They have a passion for the work. That’s what makes this place special.”
The Lighthouse Mission is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The store is located at 806 North Cass St., Wabash.