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 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.