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
Not only did the Wabash Lady Apache basketball team open their 2014-15 season with an impressive 60-44 win over Mississinewa Friday; they got to be part of history as senior Claire Cromer went off for 42 points to set the Wabash single game scoring record.
The Lady Apaches dominated right from the start, jumping out to an 11-0 lead and leading 14-4 after the end of the quarter. Claire Cromer had all 14 points for Wabash.
Mississinewa would cut the Wabash lead to 16-10 early in the second quarter before Shelby Stone buried two shots from behind the arch to build the lead to 22-10. The Indians again cut the lead to single digits before Cromer drained back-to-back three’s, then hit four straight free throws to increase the lead to 31-18. At 31-22 Cromer would hit a shot before the buzzer as Wabash led 33-22 at the half.
Kristin Cromer and Sarah Puckett would get in on the scoring action in the third while Claire Cromer kept rolling as the Lady Apaches built their lead to 45-25 before leading 45-26 after three.
Claire Cromer would hit a three to get the Wabash scoring going in the fourth as sister Kristin hit two free throws as Wabash rolled to a 60-44 win.
Claire Cromer led the way with 42 points. Shelby Stone and Kristin Cromer added 6 points each, Sarah Puckett 4, Katie McCauley 2.
By Bill Barrows
Periodically, I have the privilege to witness heartwarming and amazing things that happen in the course of my daily activities in youth sports at the Wabash County YMCA. This week, I watched as a young man took a huge step forward on a long road back to regaining his health.
Jace Randel’s parents, Jason and Amanda, registered him to play 4th & 5th grade tackle football in August. Jace expected to play with a number of his classmates on the Cowboys team this fall while learning some life lessons along the way. He had no idea the roller coaster ride he had in front of him.
”On Aug. 20 (ironically, the same day as the first football practice) Jace began not feeling well. I took him in to his pediatrician after a few days of stomach pain. He ordered blood work, just to be sure it wasn’t an appendicitis. The blood work came back abnormal,” explained Amanda.
After consulting with their pediatrician, the Randels prepared for a trip to Riley Hospital.
“The Pediatrician explained to us that Jace's blood work had come back abnormal, and after consulting with a few Riley Oncologists, they thought Jace had leukemia.” Amanda continued, “We were being sent to Riley to run more blood work and prepare him for a bone marrow biopsy.” Jason & Amanda told their son what this meant; Jace was crushed.
“I told him that we were NOT putting our faith and trust into one test. We would be putting our faith in God who, we KNEW, could do anything!!” She explained, “What a calming affect that can have on a person, to know WHO is in control and WHO is all powerful,”
The blood work at Riley came back inconclusive. Jace received a platelets transfusion in order to perform the biopsy to prevent excessive bleeding. He had an allergic reaction to the platelet transfusion. Instantly, he began to break out in hives and his throat started swelling. After giving him large doses of Benadryl, he was finally able to sleep. The biopsy came back negative. Several other tests were run, for conditions such as; mono, autoimmune markers, and vitamin deficiencies, and all came back normal. Normal was a relative term. Jace wasn’t getting any worse, but was also wasn’t getting any better either.
by Gary Andrews
The Southwood VolleyKnights had one last game scheduled for the year Saturday and it was the state championship. The Lady Knights had won nine straight games to win the sectional, then defeated Clinton Central 3-0 for the regional title. Last Saturday Southwood won the very tough Bremen semi state by topping Adams Central 3-1 and Hammond Bishop Noll 3-2 for the semi state title. Saturday at Ball State the VolleyKnights had the task of taking on defending state champion Providence for the state title.
Southwood, the 2A public school state champion hung tough, but the power hitting of Providence ended up being too much as the VolleyKnights fell 17-25, 14-25, 18-25.
Providence got off to a 10-3 start in game one before the Knights shook off the championship jitters and started to go to work. Emilie Harnish would get a kill and Bailey Lundmark a block during a 5-0 run to close the gap to 10-8. Providence would then score 10 of the next 14 points to open a 24-15 lead before two Sami White tips kept the game alive, but one last Pioneer kill ended game one 17-25.
Southwood jumped out to a 4-0 lead to start game two with Sami White serving. Kaitlyn Murphy had a kill with White scoring on an ace and a tip. Bailey Hobbs would get a kill as the Knights extended their lead to 8-3 before the Pioneer’s got hot. Providence would score 6 of the next 7 points to tie the game at 9 before a White tip and an Emilie Harnish ace made it 11-9. With Southwood up 12-10 the sleeping giant awoke as Providence went on a 10-1 run to grab a 20-13 lead on their way to the 25-14 final.
by Kalie Ammons
Season 28 of the hit reality show “Survivor” has been anything but easy for contestants this season. Competitors are left to survive on an island with little supplies, all while competing in challenges before voting each other off of the island.
This season, castaways are in the Filipino province of Cagayan and split into three different tribes; Luzon, Solana or Aparri, otherwise known as Brains, Beauty and Brawn.
Lindsey Ogle, a Northfield graduate and Wabash native, competed in season 28 on the Aparri, or Brawn tribe. Ogle describes her traits that made her a good contestant for the show.
“It’s because I’m such a people person,” Ogle said. “I think that I’m just a social person. I work well with my hands and I’m a hard worker, I don’t think that’s really represented well during the episodes we’ve seen, but I really am a hard worker. Plus, I’m athletic. There was a moment when we were making the shelter and I was weaving a lot of the bamboo leaves and that probably made our shelter a little bit more secure and I couldn’t have done that if I didn’t braid people’s hair every single day.”
Ogle currently owns the Fade Salon in Kokomo.
“We actually own two bars and a salon,” Ogle said. “I’m soon to be starting my own clothing store with hand-knit clothing.”
With all of these fashion and beauty aspects of her career, people naturally wonder why she was on the Brawn tribe instead of Beauty.
“I have people come into the salon all the time and ask that,” Ogle said. “I think that everybody has different elements and that Jeff (Probst, host) said it perfectly when he said ‘Just because they’re on a tribe does not mean that it’s all they are.’ I am a little bit of a tomboy, but I think that everybody has so much inside of them, and that’s what makes the game interesting.”
Strategy is an important part of the game. Contestants must divide their energy between the physical challenges and the social game.
“My strategy changed once I got there,” Ogle said. “I originally thought I would just fly under the radar, and then I thought, ‘you know what? I’m going to have some fun.’ I felt like when I had watched previous seasons, people weren’t having fun. Everyone looked miserable, and there are times when you’re like that. But I think there’s also a lighter side to it, which you can kind of see. I know that CBS posts a lot of their extra videos that you can look at, and I really like those videos on their website, because you can kind of see more of a backstory, and it’s not just, 45 minutes of footage, you get to see a little bit of the understory too.
While Ogle may have seen episodes before her own, she wouldn’t describe herself as a die-hard fan before she went on.
“I’m a new fan,” Ogle said. “I really wasn’t a big fan of any television show, just because I never really watched it. Now I get addicted to it. When Survivor’s on I tell everybody to be quiet. When my season came up, I obviously got super excited. I think I’m the biggest fan for season 28, for sure.”
Even though Wabash isn’t exactly a tropical environment, Ogle says her experience here also prepared her for the show.
“I think that growing up in Wabash, there’s a lot of outdoor activities. I think that by growing up in Indiana helped. I love sports, and basketball is a big thing, and we did sports and things like that. I think that being an active and proactive person in your community helps. Wabash is a very supportive community.
“I think it did prepare me for Survivor because you have to be a people-person, and in the more rural communities everybody knows everybody and of course everybody is going to know your business and that’s kind of how Survivor is too.”
Ogle is known on the show for her long black and orange dreadlocks and tattoos.
“I think there was some prejudgment probably by a lot of my cast members, and I think that when I get kind of talking and being the goofball that I am and make jokes and make people laugh or annoying people, I think they go ‘Oh, she’s got tattoos and dreadlocks and this going on,’ but then I just became a goofball. I think that their prejudgments weren’t very accurate.”
Being on any television program exposes a person to the internet and critiques and comments from anyone and everyone. Searching Ogle’s name leads to blogs and articles dubbing her “the hot Survivor castaway.”
“I have clients come in and say ‘We didn’t know you were buff like that,’” Ogle said. “I always tell them that I was on the starvation diet. That’s the reason I stopped working out before, because I get really, really ripped. But when you’re starving for, goodness-knows how long, I start getting abs and my muscles start bulging.
“But it’s definitely flattering. I think that there’s typical beautiful women with the curves and the long blond hair and everybody has different qualities that people find attractive. I’m not a size two. So for people to say ‘she’s hot’ or whatever it is, it definitely surprised me. It made me feel good, and I realized that beauty is such an open thing.”
Last week’s episode featured Ogle and her relationship with another contestant former NBA All-Star Cliff Robinson.
“Cliff’s a really awesome guy. People are really dogging Tony about how he talks about Cliff, but he’s really just playing the game. I mean, it’s a game. Cliff and I had a really strong relationship and he’s a worker,” Ogle said. “You have friends and you have people you mess with. Someone asked if we were getting married on a social website, and I was like, ‘What? Are you kidding me?’ It’s funny because my husband is 5’5” and white. He plays the piano and the guitar. And then there’s Cliff, who’s African American and 7’7” and an NBA basketball player, and that’s obviously not my style.”
Ogle explained that it is possible to have a friend of the opposite sex. She also explained how little of what happens on Survivor is able to be seen. If people are calm and helpful for 23 and a half hours, but have a bad half hour, chances are viewers are only going to see that portion. And this sorted through a week’s worth of film.
“If you think that it’s cake and you think that it looks easy, I would love to take you on a three-day camping trip and we’ll do exactly what I did for three days,” Ogle said. “A lot of people say, ‘Oh, well I won’t do that.’ And I say, ‘Really, I’ll go with you. We’ll take a bag of rice and a bottle of water and we’ll go for three days and we’ll see if it’s cake.’”
Ogle says Survivor helped her discover herself and gave her confidence for future challenges.
“I feel like I can do so many more things because I experienced what I experienced on that island. I really do appreciate it and I’m so lucky to have the experience. You get to see what’s important and what’s not, and I wouldn’t trade that for the world.”
Season 28 of Survivor airs on CBS Wednesday nights at 8 p.m.