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.
by Gary Andrews
The Manchester boys’ basketball team played the lone county game Friday, hosting North Miami. Putting eleven players in the scoring column the Squire depth was too much for the Warriors as Manchester cruised to a 70-39 home win.
North Miami would get their only lead of the night on the first shot of the game when Damon Gipson hit to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead. The North Miami lead was short lived when Chase Fierstos drained a three and was followed by a bucket from Claudell Dickantone to give the Squires a 5-2 lead. North Miami would hang with the Squires early as Alex Borse traded buckets with Braydon Sewell and Manchester led 10-8 when Fierstos banged home a three at the buzzer to give the Squires a 13-8 lead after one.
Borse and Colton Ferrand would score early in the second for North Miami and the Warriors were trailing just 15-12 when Claudell Dickantone went to work. Dickantone would hit three straight free throws and was followed by Lucas Schilling with a bucket before another Dickantone bucket finished a 7-0 run to put the Squires up 22-12. After a Keith Rouch bucket Dickantone’s next two buckets would be from behind the arch to increase the lead to 28-15. Damon Gipson and Cameron Brandenburg would trade buckets and Manchester led 29-17 at the half.
Coming out of the locker room the Squires would erase any thoughts of a Warrior comeback. Clayton Petrie got things going with a three and was followed by Chase Fierstos draining a three and getting a bucket on an offensive rebound to boost the lead to 20 at 37-17. Keith Rouch would stop the Manchester run with a bucket before the Squires took off again. Claudell Dickantone and Clayton Petrie would trade back and forth for the next five buckets and were followed with buckets from David McAtee and Cameron Brandenburg to cap off a 15-0 run to open a commanding 52-19 lead. North Miami would out score Manchester 6-2 the last 1:26 as the Squires led 54-25 with a quarter to go.
Petrie again would start the quarter with a three as the Squires shuffled players in and out, with seven different players scoring in the quarter on their way to the 70-39 win. Keelan Norwood led the Squires in the quarter with 4 points.
Leading Manchester was Claudell Dickantone with 22 points. Clayton Petrie added 12, Chase Fierstos 11, Cameron Brandenburg 5, Braydon Sewell 4, David McAtee 4, Keelan Norwood 4, Phoenix Goad 2, Branden Scott 2, Lucas Schilling 2, Bailey Ness 2.
Keith Rouch led North Miami with 14 points. Alex Borse added 8, Evan Sumner 6, Damon Gipson 4, Dakota Ribble 4, Colton Ferrand 2, Jacob Stiver 1.
”Great team defense. Great team offense. It was a nice team effort on both sides of the ball,” said Coach Thompson of his team.
Manchester won the junior varsity game 55-11.
Zach Hill and Bailey Ness led the Squires with 9 points each. Levi Hicks and Austin Brewer had 7 points each. David McAtee added 6, Matthew Pegg 5, Keelan Norwood 5, Braxtin Wilson 5, Janzin Cripe 2, Jake Schannep 2.
Jamison Slonaker led North Miami with 4 points. Shawndell Adaway added 3, Jeff Eckrote 2, Trevor Linn 1.
By Emma Rausch
A longtime Wabash business man, John W. “Jack” Miller, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was 87.
A U.S. Army veteran, Miller was the founder and co-owner of Miller Furniture in Wabash, which opened in 1954, with his business partner Hubert G. Vrooman. He retired from the business in 1994. He also was involved with a variety of local organizations, including Wabash Community Service Board, the Peabody Foundation Board, and the Falls Cemetery Board.
He was a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church in Wabash, where he served as elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher, and also enjoyed singing in the choir. He also was a member of the Wabash Kiwanis Club, and is a past president of the organization.
Steve Furnas holds a player's batting glove while standing in the coaching box in recent years. Photo provided
By Joseph Slacian
In 30 years as a youth baseball coach, Wabash resident Steve Furnas has been involved in hundreds of games – 688 games, to be exact.
But don’t ask him his winning percentage. That, he is quick to note, is something he doesn’t know.
“Why are you there as a coach?” he asked rhetorically during an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “It’s not about the wins. It’s about teaching.”
Furnas, who has coached in T-Ball, Little League, Babe Ruth, Junior-Senior League and American Legion Ball, has decided to step away.
“I figured at the 30-year mark maybe it was just time to hang it up,” he said.
By Emma Rausch
Early voting hours will be reduced to four hours per day this year for the city and town Primary elections, Wabash County Election Board. Decided Friday, Feb. 20. Also, early voting will be available for two weeks prior to Election Day instead of the usual four weeks prior to election.
In addition, the board also decided to eliminate the Democrat ballot in North Manchester and LaFontaine due to no races. Lagro will not be having a Primary since there are no contested races.
County Clerk Elaine Martin said that hours were shortened from seven hours last year down to four hours for the upcoming Primary early voting period, including the Saturday early voting days.