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 Sandy Johnson
Downtown Wabash was hopping this weekend with the Kunkel Cruise-In, “Takin’ It to the Streets” Sidewalk Sales, the Herb Fest, and the Farmer’s Market. Friday night started the weekend for the first two events. Many found themselves drawn to admire the various cars, trucks, and motorcycles at the Honeywell Center parking lot. Others perused the sidewalk sales outside several downtown businesses looking for that great deal.
On Saturday, the Herb Fest drew in crowds at Paradise Spring Historical Park where booths were set up for visitors to look at the variety of items vendors brought to town. In addition, the weekly summer Farmer’s Market continued on Miami Street, with booths full of fresh fruits and vegetables to purchase.
This year marked the 15th anniversary of the annual Kunkel Cruise-In, which showcased over 400 vehicles. The event began years ago after Dave Kunkel, a local car enthusiast, passed away from Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Dan Harvey, who worked with Kunkel, wanted to organize a car show to raise funds and awareness for ALS research. After 15 successful years, the Kunkel Cruise-In continues to bring in many car buffs from near and far alike, raising money for both ALS research and Vernon Manor Home for Children in Wabash.
Each day of the car show, cars, trucks and motorcycles were judged and winners were awarded prizes in different categories. Door prize drawings for those in attendance were also offered.
David Trisler, retired body shop worker and Lincolnville resident, cruised in to Wabash for his third consecutive year.
“Each year I’ve won a plaque and even had my car displayed inside the Honeywell Center once,” Trisler told The Paper.
He also mentioned winning the “Best of Show” in Lagro recently at a car show. When asked why he enjoys restoring cars, Trisler responded, “As a kid I always liked cars, then later I drag raced cars. I also built show cars for a while. Now I restore cars.”
As a former body shop worker, Trisler had extensive knowledge in repairing and painting vehicles. For three years he worked diligently to restore his pride and joy, a red 1941 Willys Coupe, which he drove in from Lincolnville for the Kunkel Cruise-In. Like most auto enthusiasts showcasing their vehicles, Trisler did most of the restoration himself.
“The only part I didn’t do was the interior. A company in Marion did that for me,” he explained.
The red Willys Coupe has been to other car shows throughout the state, but has never been outside Indiana. His unique “suicide doors,” as Trisler called them, opened the opposite way. “If you don’t latch the door, the doors will swing out, and you could fall out,” he explained. This feature has always added a unique touch to his already exceptional car.
Although it is mainly driven only to car shows, the vehicle uses regular unleaded fuel and gets approximately 15 miles to a gallon.
With this year’s car show behind him now, Trisler is already planning for next year’s Kunkel Cruise-In.
“I have a 1969 Firebird that I am working on for my wife,” he explained. “It will be Viper Blue with white interior.” If all goes as planned, Trisler will have two cars in the show next time.
The Kunkel Cruise-In wasn’t the only event going on downtown over the weekend. Another major draw was the “Takin’ It to the Streets” Sidewalk Sales, which was programmed by Wabash Marketplace, Inc. Downtown businesses were made aware of the event and could opt in or out. Many participated and offered discounted merchandise, as well as clearance items for shoppers looking for great deals.
The timing couldn’t have been better, with the Kunkel Cruise-In, Herb Fest, and Farmer’s Market going on, too. Many spectators who came for the sidewalk sales were lured into the stores and eventually made their way to the other events downtown.
On Saturday, the 17th Annual Wabash Herb Fest brought in a number of vendors who set up booths where visitors browsed through crafts, foods, wine, soaps, herbs, garden items, and flowers.
Edge of the Meadow Herbal Soap owner, Carolyn Brinkley, and her husband, Rich, from Ossian, were two of many vendors at the event. Brinkley, a deaconess at a Fort Wayne church, started making handmade soap as a side job. She chose the name of her business from her last name.
“’Brink’ means edge, and ‘ley’ means meadow,” Brinkley explained.
In addition to running a booth at the Herb Fest, she also presented a short program explaining how the soaps were made, which natural ingredients were used, and how those ingredients are mild for all skin types. When Brinkley began her business she wanted it to be, and remain, a small company. She and her husband work together and make the soaps in their home.
“I make the soap in the kitchen, set it in the dining room to cure, my husband cuts the bars, then the soap is stored it in the China cabinet,” she explained.
With all the energy and vibrancy of downtown this weekend, it is no wonder Wabash recently won the Stellar Community Award. A car show that helped raise money for a local business and ALS research; sidewalk sales that offered discounted items at great prices; Herb Fest vendors who came from both far and near to sell their products; and the weekly Farmer’s Market that sold locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. This was just one weekend of events, but a perfect example that truly exhibited Wabash as a Stellar Community.