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
One week after the Feb. 19 robbery of First Merchant's Bank on Market Street, the suspect, William E. Dickerson, 24, Corydon, was arrested at a residence in Lincolnville. The suspect was arrested on Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m. on a warrant from Harrison County.
A witness observed the hooded suspect in the robbery leave the bank and walk in the direction of a vehicle. Video surveillance from Stinson's Trading Post, 98 West Canal Street, Wabash, was used to identify the vehicle in which Dickerson left the scene. The owner of the vehicle was identified by Wabash City Police Chief Larry Schnepp and questioned at the police department. The owner of the vehicle stated that he let Dickerson borrow the vehicle. Detective Captain James Kirk had previously received a tip from a citizen who believed Dickerson to be the robber.
Dickerson was questioned at the police department and placed in the Wabash County Jail on a 72-hour hold while paperwork concerning the bank robbery was completed. Police believe Dickerson to be the suspect in the armed robbery of CITGO gas station on Valentines Day as well.
According to court records, Dickerson has a criminal history dating back to March of 2008 when he was charged with robbery, auto theft, theft, and residential entry, all felonies. He pled guilty to robbery and auto theft in October of 2008. The remaining charges were dropped. Dickerson was sentenced to 20 years for robbery and three years for auto theft, served concurrent, with 10 years suspended. According to the Harrison County Probation Department, he was released from the Indiana Department of Corrections on July 22, 2013 to begin serving 10 years probation.
Originally from Corydon, Dickerson was arrested on a warrant from Harrison County issued Dec. 30 of last year. The warrant was issued after Dickerson’s suspended sentence was revoked. The Harrison County Probation Department said that the petition to revoke Dickerson’s suspended sentence was a result of multiple probation violations, including: missing appointments with probation, failure to report a change of address, failure to report a change of employer, failure to make any payments toward his $1,100 in restitution, and failure to pay $744 in court fees, $325 in probation user fees, and $30 in drug testing fees.
As of Tuesday morning, charges had not been filed in the February robberies. Wabash County Prosecutor William Hartley said that he is waiting on paperwork, which should arrive sometime Tuesday, and that there will likely be a hearing that same day.
Dickerson remains in the Wabash County Jail. The Wabash City Police Department would like to thank the citizens of Wabash County, who called in with at least 25 tips in reference to the robbery suspect. The Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, the Indiana State Police, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation assisted the Wabash City Police Department in this case.