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.
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.