by Emily Armentrout
Storms ripped through the Midwest on Nov. 17, causing severe damage across most of Indiana. Parts of Peoria, Ill. were leveled. Clermont, Butler and Hamilton counties in Ohio were hit hard, as were Kenton and Campbell County in Kentucky. Indiana’s hardest hit counties included Howard, Tippecanoe, Bartholomew, Vigo, Clinton, Fountain, Tipton, Henry, Cass, Monroe, Hendricks, Carroll, Greene, Vermillion, Hancock, Brown and Wabash. Winds in Wabash County reached 69 miles per hour.
These storms caused over 57,000 power outages across Indiana. The outage numbers are thankfully dropping as Duke Energy and NIPSCO work to restore power to their many consumers. According to Duke Energy’s website, “some customers may be without power longer because they live in areas that are temporarily inaccessible due to fallen trees or areas where safety is a concern.”
The Boscoe France Band, featuring Guitar Center’s 2012 Battle of the Blues winner, is returning to Wabash for the final show in the three-part series Thursday Night Blues: Live At The Eagles Theatre. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the historic venue.
Boscoe France, the band’s namesake and lead guitarist, started playing guitar when he was three years old and has known he wanted to be a guitarist since he was in kindergarten. He lived in Nashville for a while and spent a lot of time playing backup guitar for “everybody who was any kind of country act.” He also worked setting up and running stage lights for acts out of Nashville, as they toured the country.
He eventually left the touring life and moved to Madisonville Ky. where he now raises his son, 9, and daughter, 4. During most weeks, France is home from Monday to Thursday with his kids, touring on weekends. He raises his kids 12 feet from where he grew up, on the same block as most of the rest of his family.
by Ashley Flynn
For the past 10 years, Scotty’s Tavern has sponsored a charity motorcycle ride to raise money for Shop With a Cop (SWAC).
This year, the event raised $6,037 to donate to the organization that allows children to spend time shopping at Wal-Mart with a local police officer.
Mike and Corky Hall, along with their families, have organized the event since its inception, after the former owner of Scotty’s Tavern, Roger Prater, approached the two with the idea.
Prater, who passed away in a vehicle accident a few years ago, was looking for a way to give back to his community and chose SWAC to be the recipient.
Manchester University is offering a unique way to kick off the holiday season. On Thursday, Nov. 21, MU Theatre Director Joel Froomkin offers a one-man version of A Christmas Carol as a gift to the campus and community.
Froomkin’s performance is an unforgettable tour de force, taking storytelling to a whole new level. He’ll use the same version of the story that Charles Dickens performed for his lecture tours. “Although there have been countless adaptations of the story, nothing compares to Dickens’ original narrative. People are surprised by the level of wit and humor throughout the story.”
The most popular phase of Indiana deer hunting kicked off Nov. 16 with firearms season, and it serves as a reminder to hunters: Follow the rules, practice ethical hunting behavior, and have an enjoyable, safe time in the woods.
It’s estimated that at least a quarter-million Hoosiers participate in firearms season, which runs from Nov. 16 through Dec. 1.
Hunters are required to have a valid deer license unless otherwise exempt. Exemptions are listed in the DNR Hunting/Trapping Guide, available at outdoor retail stores or online at dnr.IN.gov/fishwild/2343.htm
The 1,700 square foot storefront, located at 1315 North Cass Street in Wabash, is planning a Grand Opening celebration for Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The store is owned and operated by long-time North Manchester resident Cathy Price.
Cathy’s Natural Market will be a “one-stop shop for health-minded consumers,” according to Price. The store will carry organic produce, specialty food items for gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free and vegan diets, and non-genetically-modified food, as well as natural vitamins and nutritional supplements.
The market will also carry local farm-fresh organic meat and produce, natural baked goods for special dietary needs and gourmet cheeses, along with soaps, creams and various toiletry items made with all-natural ingredients.
Pathfinder Services of Huntington honored individuals and organizations within the communities they serve at their annual community recognition dinner Tuesday evening at Huntington University. Chant Thompson from the Pathfinder Services Board of Directors was the Master of Ceremonies for the event.
At the dinner, Bill Oromo, the 2012 Herbert D. LaMont Award recipient, and Diane and Brian Adams, the daughter and grandson of Kay LaMont presented the prestigious Herbert D. LaMont award to Nancy and Keith Hartley. Keith Hartley is the District Manager of SuperWash and currently serves on the Pathfinder Services Board of Directors, the organization’s Marketing and Media Committee as well as the Executive Committee. Additionally, Nancy and Keith Hartley have been very involved in Special Olympics in Huntington County.
by Eric Stearley
Thursday morning, Wabash County YMCA CEO Clint Kugler and Wabash City Schools Superintendent Jason Callahan met with Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, Treasurer Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Education Savings Authority Board, and representatives from the Commission on Higher Education to share the success of the Wabash County Promise. During the meeting, Kugler and Callahan were honored with the “Sagamore of the Wabash” award on behalf of Governor Mike Pence.
“It was totally unexpected,” said Kugler. “I’m so honored to have the leadership of our state recognize the potential and power of what Wabash County has been able to do in such a short period of time.”
“I definitely wasn’t expecting such an award or recognition for something that, at the end of the day, just seemed like we were doing our jobs,” agreed Callahan. “I think he and I both felt very humbled. I think we’re both motivated in the same way. We see this more as an opportunity to further the cause, instead of seeing it as the end of this initiative.”
The “Sagamore of the Wabash,” created by Governor Ralph Gates in the 1940s, is an award given to Hoosiers who have “rendered a distinguished service to the state or to the governor,” according the state of Indiana’s website. Only the governor has the authority to give the award. It is the governor’s second- honor, only surpassed by the Sachem Award, given to one citizen each year. In the past, it has been given to presidents, astronauts, volunteers, veterans, educators, entertainers and entrepreneurs.