Officer David Rigney touched many lives
By Shaun Tilghman
News Editor – North Manchester News-Journal
Just over a week has passed since the accident that claimed the life of North Manchester Police Officer David Rigney, and in the wake of tragedy, communities across Wabash County have joined together not only in mourning the loss, but also in celebrating his life.
The 39-year-old LaFontaine native was off-duty when the crash occurred last Monday afternoon. Rigney was heading south on State Road 15 when his SUV fishtailed and crossed into the northbound lane, where it was struck by a school bus, before returning to the southbound lane and being struck by another vehicle – he was pronounced dead at the scene.
Sgt. Brian Enyeart, a veteran of the North Manchester Police Department, said the loss was devastating on many different levels.
“People outside of law enforcement don’t understand the bond that law enforcement officers have – it’s more than just as coworkers or even friends, we truly are ‘brothers in blue’,” Enyeart said. “There is a lot of stuff that is easier to talk about with other officers than with other people, because they just don’t understand. With Dave, you always knew if you needed anything you could call him and he would be there to help you out.”
by Gary Andrews
With Kyleigh Hampton out with illness and Abby Stein out with an injury the Wabash Lady Apache basketball team needed someone to step up Wednesday against Lewis Cass. Leading scorer Claire Cromer did just that with a 28 point performance with several other players making key shots down the stretch as Wabash used a fourth quarter comeback to top Cass 56-49.
Claire Cromer and Sarah Pucket both hit buckets in the first minute but the Lady Apaches trailed 6-4 because of two, three pointers from Savanna Thompson of Cass. Pucket would again hit to knot the score at 6, but the Lady Kings were finding the bucket and led 10-7 when Puckett and Cromer hit two free throws each to put the Apaches up 11-10. Back came the Kings with four straight to go up 14-11 when Cromer hit before the buzzer to make it 14-13.
Cass would come out swinging to start the second with two free throws and a three pointer to increase their lead to 20-13. Cromer would stop the run with a bucket and Shelby Stone would connect and the Apaches were down 24-17. Cromer would then close the gap with two straight bombs from behind the arch to make the score 24-23 in favor of the Kings. After a Cass bucket made it 26-23 Sarah Puckett would hit two free throws and was followed by a Lyndsie Thomas bucket to give Wabash a 28-26 lead. With 0.2 on the clock, Cass would foul Cromer who calmly drained both free throws and the Apaches led 30-26 at the half.
Again Cass would start the quarter hot, hitting a three and a two to take the lead back at 31-30. Down 34-32 Thomas would knot the game again with a bucket, but Cass responded with four straight to lead 38-34. Claire Cromer would trade free throws with Cass and with the score 40-36, Jaclyn Lewis would get an offensive rebound bucket at the buzzer and Wabash trailed 40-38 with a quarter to go.
Wabash would get the good start to start the fourth quarter. Cromer and Puckett each hit one free throw to tie the score at 40, then Jaclyn Lewis gave the Apaches a 42-40 lead. Cass tied the score and Claire Cromer answered with a three to put Wabash up 45-42. Cass answered Cromer's answer with an old fashion three and this baby was going to the wire. With 3:44 on the clock, Kristyn Ford would hit a huge three to give Wabash a 48-45 lead and the Apaches called time out. After the time out the Apache defense held and Sarah Ritter connected to go up 50-45. With 2:31 remaining Cass would make it 50-47 on two free throws, but Jaclyn Lewis answered with a bucket. Again the King offense stalled, then fouled Cromer. Claire Cromer hit her 10th & 11th free throws of the game to make it 54-47 with 1:12 on the clock. The Kings would score with 17.1 remaining to make it 54-49, then fouled Cromer again. Cromer would drain both and the Lady Apaches would escape with a 56-49 win.
Leading Wabash was Claire Cromer with 28 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals, 4 assists. Sarah Puckett added 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals. Jaclyn Lewis had 6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists. Lyndsie Thomas had 5 points, 3 rebounds. Kristyn Ford had 3 points, 1 assist. Shelby Stone had 2 points, 1 rebound. Sarah Ritter had 2 points, 1 rebound. Heather Miller and Katie McCauley had 1 rebound each.
The Wabash junior varsity topped Cass 30-21.
Leading Wabash was Katie McCauley with 11 points, 5 rebounds. Starr Hullinger added 7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 assist. Madison Barden had 5 points, 4 rebounds. Jaycee Parrett had 4 points. Sydney Mullett had 2 points, 9 rebounds. Cailey Beauchamp had 1 point, 1 rebound, 1 steal, 2 assist. Carli Henderson had 1 rebound, 1 assist. Sabrina Wagner had 1 rebound. Taylor Cain had 1 rebound.
By Adam Smith
By their appearances, no one would think that Anne Baraza and Carol Berg are sisters, yet they have lovingly referred to each other as “sis” for years. The two women first came into contact almost six years ago in 2009 when Berg, the website editor for the First United Methodist Church, received an email from Baraza asking for help. They met for the first time in person little over a week ago, and on Nov. 23, Baraza gave a presentation at the church.
Baraza is the CEO of the Riruta United Women Empowerment Programme (RUWEPO) as well as the founder and director of the Children of Africa Hope Mission School. The school is a complementary school for disadvantaged and orphaned children in Ng’ando, a slum area of Nairobi, Kenya. She said that when she emailed Berg, they were very desperate to keep the school running and sent messages to several United Methodist churches in the US. They were asking each church if they could send aid, and one of them happened to be the First United Methodist Church in Wabash.
by Eric Stearley
On Monday, Nov. 24, Mayor Robert Vanlandingham issued a proclamation during the city council meeting establishing this Friday, Nov. 28, as Tommy and Trystin Music Day in Wabash. The announcement was met with applause and giant smiles on the faces of the honorees.
The father/son duo represented the United States in the 2014 TAFISA World Martial Arts Games in Vancouver, Canada in September. Tommy, 38, brought home a medal of each color, while Trystin, 10, won a gold medal, as well as a bronze.
“It was pretty nerve-racking,” Trystin said about the competition.
by Eric Stearley
The rapid change of gasoline prices can be frustrating. The inconsistency in the value of such a vital commodity can make a trip to the pump feel like a trip to the slot machine – “Should I wait to fill my tank until the price drops? What if it goes up just as I run out? Then I’ve overpaid. But I can’t run out of gas! Maybe the it’s cheaper down the road…” Eventually, you stop the car at a pump, swipe your card, and grab the handle. You watch as the numbers roll by, but unlike a slot machine, you won’t know until the next day, or later in the week, if you’ve won this round.
In late October, gas prices in Wabash approached $3.50 per gallon. While certainly not the highest it’s ever been, it seemed to be more expensive than usual. When locals compared prices in Wabash to those in surrounding towns, they began to wonder why prices at stations in Marion, Huntington, Peru, and North Manchester were falling to $3.00 as prices in Wabash held.
Now, in mid-November, the market has adjusted. On Monday, Nov. 17, the average price in Wabash was $2.93, much closer to prices in the surrounding area: prices for a gallon in Peru range from $2.89-2.97; North Manchester stations are selling a gallon for $2.89; Huntington stations were more expensive than those in Wabash, ranging from $2.95-2.96 per gallon. While it appears that prices have stabilized temporarily, the question remains: what causes the variance in gasoline prices from day to day and location to location?
To answer this question of economics, The Paper reached out to Dr. Michael Kaganovich, chairman of the Indiana University Department of Economics. Kaganovich pointed to two industry-specific factors that could result in price variation between two similar cities.
“First of all, they vary because of county taxes. County taxes may differ,” said Kaganovich. “In Bloomington, our prices are about 20 cents higher than a 20-mile radius, and that’s because Monroe County collects taxes.”
Taxes play an important role in the retail side of the gasoline industry. Federal and state excise taxes each make up roughly 18 cents of the sale price. Sales-use tax is calculated each month based on the average pricing from the six-week period prior to the start of that month, and is roughly 7 percent. In addition, all taxes associated with gasoline must be paid for upfront.
“When I buy gasoline, I pay every tax up front, so then I’ve got a tremendous amount of carrying cost that I have to pay up front instead of paying the government down the road,” said Jim Reynolds, owner of J.M. Reynolds Oil Company, a local petroleum retailer. “So when I pay my sales tax, you’re looking at somewhere between 56-59 cents of excise and sales tax on a gallon of gasoline right now. If anybody’s making a lot of money off gasoline it’s the government.”
Given that the national average profit for a gallon of gasoline in a cash sale is 15 cents, it’s easy to see how taxes play a large role in the gasoline market, however, neither the city nor county levy an additional tax on gasoline, so a difference in tax rate isn’t responsible for the price variation.
“It could be that your town requires a specific gasoline formula,” Kaganovich continued, “and this means that the regional refiner has to manufacture gasoline with a specific formula, and this means there may be less supply of your specific type as opposed to some other [type,] so that will affect prices, but I doubt that’s the case. That may be the case in Chicago or in California; they notoriously demand some specific formula.”