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 Eric Stearley
Thursday Night Blues is back in action Feb. 13 as Chicago native Tim Cavanagh takes the Eagles Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. B.I.S.C. B.O.Y.S. will continue the series on March 13, followed by Michael Palascak on April 17, but Cavanagh’s show will be the first in the series of the comedic performances as the winter comes to an end and a (hopefully) warmer spring begins.
Cavanagh grew up on the south side of Chicago. This makes him a white sox fan, which he says, “nobody chooses to be…you’re born into it.” Growing up, Cavanagh says he didn’t have much of a problem with bullies, because of two very useful skills, which he still possesses.
“I’ve always used humor. That’s how I survived as long as I have,” said Cavanagh. “I’ve been able to be funny, and I can run fast, so those are two really important skills that I had growing up, so I didn’t have any bully problems.”
Cavanagh graduated college with a degree in philosophy, which, in his words, “prepared me for…nothing.” He got a job teaching religion at an all girls’ catholic high school, a job that he says his humor helped with, but comedy was not something that Cavanagh saw in his future.
Cavanagh always saw himself “going into music as a singer/songwriter/ offbeat song kind of thing.” He got his start in performance playing on stage at his parish’s guitar mass.
“The serious songs that I wrote were really pretty awful, but fortunately, I also wrote funny songs, and people seemed to like those,” said Cavanagh.
“I wanted to perform,” said Cavanagh, “but I didn’t know that standup comedy was going to be the way.”
One night in 1979, while still teacher at the catholic school, he went to an open mic night at Zaney’s, a comedy club in Chicago. He didn’t have any jokes written, bringing only his guitar and the humorous songs that he had been working on.
“They really liked it and within a week, they were paying me,” said Cavanagh. “I came home and I told my wife, ‘I guess I’m gong to be a comedian.’ She said ‘I’m not sure I like comedians,’ and I said ‘I’m not sure I do either,’ but it all worked out.”
Eventually, Cavanagh landed a set on The Bob and Tom Show through an Indianapolis club called The Comedy Connection. They liked him so much, he played 11 songs during his first appearance, eventually becoming a weekly guest on the show. His “one-minute song” segment continued for nearly three years. Currently, he does a segment on the show called Tim Cavanagh’s Cavalcade of Celebrity Birthdays, a less musical, stand-up style series of jokes about...well…you know. For a preview of his comedic stylings, his next installment can be heard on the Feb. 13 broadcast, the morning of his performance at Eagles Theatre.
As far as the show that night, Cavanagh says that over the years, he’s moved more toward standup, but will still include a good amount of music in the show, including many of the hilarious songs for which he is known. He says it’s a great comedy show for people who may not be comfortable with the crude humor that tends to dominate the adult comedy clubs.
“They’re going to see a show that’s funny, and they won’t feel like they need to take a shower right afterward,” said Cavanagh. “I don’t write that nasty kind of stuff, but the show’s not for kids. Will they hear any swearing? Probably not, but they just won’t be very entertained if they come to the show. Kids won’t know what the heck I’m talking about. I’m writing for adults.”
As his show is the day before Valentine’s Day, he encourages couples of all types to come out for a fun and funny evening. He says that men and women seem to like his show equally well, and it’s not a show that will make a new couple “squirmy and uncomfortable.” He promises, “over $7 in prizes will be awarded during the show.”
Whether you go for a chance at the bounty of prizes or just for a few good laughs, the comedy starts at 7:30 p.m. and Tim Cavanagh is sure to get this year’s comedy series off to a sidesplitting start.