‘American Sniper’ has ties to Wabash County - Local man is related to one of SEALs featured in book, film

Hal Job looks over some papers about his second cousin, Navy SEAL SO2 Ryan Curtis Job. SO2 Job is featured prominently in the movie and book “American Sniper.” Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash resident Hal Job knew his second cousin was a member of the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Three. He didn’t realize, until just recently, just how extraordinary his cousin, Second Warfare Operator 2nd Class (SO2) Ryan Curtis Job was.

As a member of SEAL Team Three, SO2 Job provided cover for fellow SEAL Chris Kyle on a variety of missions in Iraq. Kyle, the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history, is the subject of the book and Academy Award-nominated movie “America Sniper.” SO2 Job is featured prominently in both the book and movie.

Hal Job sits at a small, round table at Modoc’s Market, a variety of papers scattered in front of him. The papers all contain information about his cousin, some of which he knew, some of which he learned researching his relative.

“He got his pilot’s license when he was 17,” the Wabash resident told The Paper of Wabash County. “His grandfather, my uncle, retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. 

“Ryan’s father went into the Navy to be a Navy SEAL, but he didn’t make it as a Navy SEAL. What made Ryan change from flying to becoming a Navy SEAL, I don’t know, but he went into the Navy SEALs and he made it.

“He was just an extraordinarily focused individual who wanted to serve his country. He comes from a family of people who have served.

“I didn’t realize the part that he played until I saw the movie and read the book.”

Posted on 2015 Feb 10
Tourism is county’s 5th largest industry

By Joseph Slacian

Tourism is Wabash County’s fifth largest industry, according to a new study conducted by Rockport Analytics.

The results of the study, recently announced by the Visit Wabash County, the county’s convention and visitors bureau, was part of a joint endeavor between the group and the Economic Development Group of Wabash County (EDG). It was made possible by a co-op program organized by the Indiana Office of Tourism and Development.

This is the first study ever conducted specifically for Wabash County.

Posted on 2015 Feb 10
County Council approves tax abatement for Midwest Eye

Work has started on the new optical lens laboratory to be opened by Midwest Eye Consultants and Vision Properties, LLC, on Old U.S. 24. Photo by Harold Chatlosh

By Emma Rausch

In a 6-1 vote on Monday Jan. 26, the Wabash County Council approved a resolution for tax abatement for Midwest Eye Consultants and Vision Properties, LLC.

The firm plans to open a $2.39 million lens optical lab at the site for the former Cashway Lumber on Old U.S. 24 in Wabash. The lab is expected to create 31 jobs by 2018.

In October 2014, Indiana Economic Development Corporation had offered Midwest Eye Consultants up to $130,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $50,000 in training grants for a new lens coating Wabash-based laboratory, according an Area Development press release.

The credits are “performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, [Midwest Eye Consultants] is not eligible to claim incentives,” according to the press release.

Posted on 2015 Feb 10
Injunction sought to stop Elmwood Drive demolition

By Joseph Slacian

An injunction to stop the City of Wabash from demolishing a home at 7 Elmwood Drive has been filed with Wabash Superior Court.

The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety learned about the injunction, filed by the estate of the late owner, Jo Jinks Dietzer, at its Feb. 4 meeting from City Building Commissioner John Stephens.

The estate and its representative Louise Dietzer Young, Dietzer’s daughter, received notification following the board’s Jan. 21 meeting that demolition could begin in 10 days.

Posted on 2015 Feb 10
Wabash City Schools accepting nominations for Hall of Distinction

By Emma Rausch

Applications are now being accepted for candidate nominations to the Wabash City Schools’ Hall of Distinction.

This year, eight nominees will be selected for induction into the Hall at the second inaugural ceremony that will take place during homecoming weekend in October.

Hall of Distinction Committee Chair Jan Roland said that the committee will research nominated candidates and vote in late March to choose which nominees are inducted.

Posted on 2015 Feb 10
Corn elected City Council vice president

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash City Council member Bonnie Corn made history at the Jan. 26 City Council meeting.

Corn was elected the council’s vice president. She is thought to be the first person to have ever held the spot in the council’s history.

“I guess we made history, didn’t we,” she said, rhetorically. “It’s probably something that needed to be done.”

As vice president, Corn will fill in whenever Council President Doug Konkle is unavailable.

Posted on 2015 Feb 10
Local fourth graders compose songs for FAME Festival

Coles Hughes, 11, O. J. Neighbours Elementary School, plays the glockenspiel as he reads over the composition piece he wrote. Hughes is one of 19 local Wabash and North Manchester fourth graders to participate in the FAME Festival project composition. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Local fourth graders composed a concert piece for the 2015 Foundation for Art and Music in Education (FAME) Festival, announced Director Judy Ward.

On Jan. 16, Jan. 24, and Feb. 6, Indiana Wesleyan University Professor of Music Composition Dr. Todd Syswerda met with 19 Wabash and North Manchester fourth graders at O. J. Neighbours Elementary School for “composium” or composition sessions.

“I love the education process and seeing their work turn into something.” Syswerda said. “Really my hopes for this class, I just wanted to get the kids thinking about music at a different level and I think they did.”

Posted on 2015 Feb 10
Nettleton Educational Services branches out to Wabash

By Emma Rausch

Nettleton Educational Services, a tutoring and educational therapy business, is now accepting clients in Wabash. Originally establish in North Manchester, the tutoring service expanded to Wabash in early January.

Prior to establishing her tutoring service with her husband, Matt Nettleton in 2007, Co-owner and Chief Education Instructor Diana Nettleton taught at Manchester Elementary School and work with special education for 11 years until her multiple sclerosis (MS) got progressively worse.

It was much too difficult to continue working at the school, Diana Nettleton said.

“So I left and my husband had a couple of good work friends who kept begging me to tutor other kids,” she said.
“So I said fine and I started out at home until I started getting a lot of kids. So my husband said, ‘Why don’t we start looking for a place for you downtown?’ So that’s what we did and I’m so grateful for him.”
Posted on 2015 Feb 10

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