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.
On Friday Aug. 1, Habitat Partner Homeowner Barb Wood came into the office to pay her monthly house payment. This was a special payment in that she actually wrote a bigger check than usually so that she could pay off her mortgage. This is a very exciting occasion, not just for Barb, but for Habitat as well. Barb is the first Wabash County Habitat Partner Homeowner to pay off her no-profit, zero interest mortgage.
To mark this momentous occasion, Barb shredded her mortgage in the office shredder. Congratulations to Barb and thank you to the community for making Habitat for Humanity’s efforts to turn the dream of homeownership into reality!
In 1994 Barbara and her three children were living in the basement of her mother’s home. Her pastor took Barb’s sons on a weeklong Habitat build project. When he returned, he encouraged Barb to contact the local Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Wabash County. With some trepidation, she did make the call and completed the lengthy application. On March 5, 1995, Barb received a phone call,
“I can still remember that day clearly,” Wood said. “The man on the other end said he was calling to tell me that I would be Wabash County Habitat for Humanity’s next homeowner. I hung up and asked my mom, ‘Did he say they were going to build a house for me?’ I called right back and he said yes you are going to be the next family we will build a house with. It was too good to be true.”
She then went to her pastor’s home to share the exciting news and thank him for encouraging her to apply to Habitat’s program. March 5 happens to be Barb’s birthday; she received a birthday present in 1995 that changed her and her children’s life. In September that same year, Barb and her children moved from her mother’s basement to their new three bedroom home in North Manchester.
When asked what impact being a Habitat Homeowner had on her and her children’s life, Barb replied “I don’t have words to express how grateful I am. I can’t describe what it is like to buy my own home; it meant safety and security for my children.”
Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit Christian ministry that provides affordable homeownership opportunities to low-income residents. Habitat Partner Homeowners purchase their homes from Habitat through a no-profit, zero-interest mortgage. Habitat volunteers work alongside the future homeowners in the construction of their new home.
If you would like more information about Habitat for Humanity, how to become a Habitat Partner Homeowner, or to support Habitat’s work as a volunteer or donor, contact Steve Miller at 260-563-9188. Wabash County’s Habitat for Humanity office is located at 375 Manchester Avenue in Wabash.
You can also keep up-to-date with Habitat on the web at www.wabashhabitat.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WabashCountyHabitat.