The Hipsher brothers, Jim (left) and Jerry (right), co-own Hipsher’s Tool & Die, a local Wabash manufacturing business since 1946. Since they joined the establishment, Jim in 1955 and Jerry in 1960, neither has sought retirement and both attend work daily. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Hipsher Tool & Die has served the Wabash County community for 69 years as a family owned and operated manufacturing business. Brothers Jim Hipsher, 83, and Jerry Hipsher, 76, who joined their father’s establishment in the 1950s, also continue to serve by still working at the business. Neither have any intention of retiring any time soon either.
For the brothers, retirement isn’t as appealing as working.
“To some people, the whole retirement (idea) is the greatest thing in the world if you’ve got something to do,” Jerry said. “I have nothing else I really want to do. We have a lake cottage and a little place in Florida, but … just to do that, to be retired full-time, I’m not interested in doing that.
“I’d rather come out here because I enjoy the work I do and the people.”
The Wabash Lady Apaches basketball team enters the packed house at the Warsaw semistate on Saturday afternoon. Photo by Gary Andrews
By Gary Andrews
WARSAW -- The Wabash Lady Apache basketball team traveled to Warsaw Saturday to play in itsfirst ever semistate. Wabash got to Warsaw by winning the Manchester sectional and Lapel regional.
Fort Wayne Canterbury would end the Lady Apache run, as Wabash had a cold shooting night, connecting on just 20 percent from the field in a 57-39 loss to the No.2 team in the state.
Brodie Hough (center) prepares to sign a letter of intent to play golf at Anderson University. He is joined by his parents Mike Hough (front, from left) and Michele Hough, along with (back row, from left) Wabsh Principal Josh Blossom, Wabash Athletic Director Greg Martz, Wabash golf coach Darren Porter, and Honewell Golf Course pro Mel Thomas. Photo by Gary Andrews
By Gary Andrews
Wabash senior Brodie Hough made his decision Thursday to play golf at Anderson University next year.
The Ravens are led by first year coach Kent Williams. Williams comes to Anderson with over 40 years of golf experience. Since 2010, he has been a golf instructor at Gray Eagle Golf Course in Fishers. In the 37 years prior, Williams served as Head Golf Pro and greens superintendent at Brockway Golf Course in Lapel.
Sami White (center) signs a letter of intent to play volleyball at Davenport University. She is joined by her parents, Jody White (left) and Johnny White, as well as Davenport Coach Megan Lenhart (back row, from left), Southwood Athletic Director and volleyball coach Tom Finicle, and Southwood principal Tim Drake Photo by Gary Andrews
By Gary Andrews
Southwood senior Sami White signed her letter of intent Friday to continue her volleyball career at Davenport University in Grand Rapids Michigan next year.
White led the Lady Knights to the 2A state championship game this past season and was selected first team all conference the past two seasons along with being selected first team all state and a member of the north all star team this past fall.
Davenport is coached by former Southwood stand out player Megan (Garner) Lenhart. Lenhart graduated from Southwood in 2000 and is 12th all time in career attacks and 12th in career kills
by Emily Armentrout
Recently, Wabash City Schools and the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County announced their hire of Melissa Brisco, who will be the Chief Academic Officer for both districts. Brisco fills the position of Lavonne Sparling at MSD of Wabash County and of Jan Roland at Wabash City Schools, both of which retired at the end of the 2013-14 school year.
Brisco comes to Wabash County from Noblesville High School, where she taught for 10 years before moving to MSD of Wayne Township to be assistant principal and eventually principal. She later moved back to Noblesville High School to be the Director of Learning, working with Title I and Title III. Title I is a federally funded grant for schools that have a large population of free and reduced lunch to help close the equity gap. Title III is a program to support English as a second language.
Brisco went to Marion College, Indianapolis, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. She completed her Master’s at Butler University in their Administration program and is currently pursuing her doctorate at Indiana University, where she hopes to graduate in December. She comes from a family where education runs in their blood. Her parents were both educators, along with her brother and sister-in-law. She is the youngest of four kids and a twin.
With three school districts in Wabash County, consolidation is always on the mind of the community whenever schools make changes that bring them together. The joint hire by MSD of Wabash County and Wabash City Schools is only an opportunity to collaborate when it comes to their resources. “This cooperation between Wabash City School and MSD allows us an opportunity to gain expertise in the curriculum field and will also help us to build relationships with our surrounding neighbors,” Jason Callahan, Wabash City Schools' superintendent, told The Paper.
According to Dr. Sandra Weaver, superintendent of MSD of Wabash County, Brisco brings a sense of relationship that the districts are looking for. “She emphasized that she is a relationship person and that is important to us and is one of the best ways to move people forward.”
“I think in order to accomplish any goal, you have to establish relationships. You have to have a community with the students and the teachers and administrators, with all the stakeholders. In order to do anything collaboratively, you’ve got to have a trusting, solid foundation of a relationship. That’s important,” said of the relationships she hopes to have with the district members.
Brisco’s official start date is Aug. 1 but she recently met with both districts, starting to build the relationships she believes will be keys the success of this venture. “Getting to develop relationships with both corporations and the entire community is where I start. We have to start with understanding the community,” Brisco told The Paper.
Though their meetings didn’t get all the details nailed out, Brisco isn’t worried that it will be an ongoing learning process. “First of all, we’re building as we go. I spent the morning with WCS, with their administration team, getting to know their priorities and their strategic plan and getting to know the personnel. I spent the afternoon with MSD with central office, getting to know them. Right now, it’s getting to know the priorities of each district and trying to find ways we can collaborate initially and where I can support each district. That’s how I see it right now. The future is the future. We’ll build it as we go. Right now it is getting to know people, getting to know the organizations, getting to know the priorities. Then we can find out what the future looks like,” said Brisco.
Both superintendents also seem optimistic about the future of the districts with Brisco’s help. “I believe Ms. Brisco will be able to help us continue to align our curriculum K-12 and help establish the professional development necessary so that we continue to offer a relevant and rigorous education to ensure each student is college and career-ready for success in a global community,” Mr. Callahan told The Paper.
“Melissa will learn from the legacy left to this district by Lavonne Sparling and take us to the next level,” added Dr. Weaver.
Everyone involved agree this venture will be a work in progress. “I’d like to tell you that today I have a plan, but I don’t necessarily have a plan yet. As I get to know both corporations and work with the administrative team and the teachers, I can better decide how we bring people together for a purpose and what that’s going to look like. When I say that we’re building it as we go, we’ll be building it as we go,” said Brisco.
When asked what is one thing she would like the community to know about her, she answered it was her passion. ““I am pretty passionate about what I do. I want to respect MSD and Wabash City Schools. I am very passionate about education for kids. People say ‘doing what’s best for kids,’ but it’s really doing what is best for students to develop into what they can become. If there is one thing for the community to know about me it is that education is my life. My parents were educators. I have a brother and sister-in-law who were in education. I’m pretty passionate about the field and doing what is best for the kids.”