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
The main attraction at April’s First Friday Art Walk was the Wabash County Museum’s Grand Opening of the Charles R. Showalter Gallery. Along with Chamber of Commerce representatives and a large group of community members, Mr. Showalter’s son, John, and his family, were in attendance to cut the ribbon and officially open the gallery.
The gallery will be a permanent installation in the museum. It was designed to showcase the work of Wabash County artists, and will feature new artists each quarter.
The Showalter name has a long history in Wabash. Charles R. Showalter was the son of two-time Wabash County Mayor Homer T. Showalter. Described by his grandson, John, as a gregarious, glad-hand politician and “Mr. Wabash,” Homer Showalter was a great promoter of the city, county, and state.
Growing up in his family’s home on Sinclair Street, Charles Showalter was the “black sheep” of the family, according to John. He left Wabash as a young man, traveling to Chicago to pursue his passion for art. After returning from military service, Showalter began working with Haddon Sundblom, creator of the original “Coca-Cola Santa Claus.” Showalter gained recognition as Sundbloms’ protégé, continuing to work on future Coca-Cola Santas. In addition, he created advertisement illustrations for Sealy mattresses and Hush Puppies Shoes. He was also the man behind the poster for the original “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” film and the designer of the first Coppertone Baby.
“It’s classic oil painting artwork, back when illustration art was classical art,” said John. “It wasn’t cartoons, it was classical art. The irony is, unless you ran the studio, unless you were the ad agency, nobody knew who you were.”
John and his wife, Peggy, spoke highly of Wabash and its museum. They have fond memories of visiting Homer, who died in his home on Sinclair Street in 1978.
“Coming back here and going back down the streets that we visited when I was a kid…going down Hill Street to the park, and down the hill and looking at what used to be the cafeteria where we had lunch every Sunday when we would come to visit, it’s just kind of neat,” said John. “Some of the grand old mansions and homes in this town, it’s so beautiful. The architecture is just incredible.”
“It’s amazing that a small community in the middle of Indiana has such a great museum,” said Peggy.
“There aren’t many museums like this,” John added. “This is phenomenal.”
Three local artists are currently featured in the Charles R. Showalter Gallery.
Kristy Church moved to Wabash from North Carolina in 2013. She is a folk artist who takes inspiration from her life on the farm, among other things. Her work has been featured at Dorothy-Ilene in downtown Wabash and was awarded first place in the Charley Creek Arts Festival’s fine arts category last year. Many things can be said about Church’s work, but there is no doubt that she is passionate about color.
Britta Gene E. Glass currently lives in Indianapolis, but has roots in Wabash. She graduated from the University of Saint Francis with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and drawing. Her work is a whimsical combination of pen and watercolors. In the future, she hopes to see her work used to illustrate a children’s book, which is currently in the works.
Skyler Lawson is a designer, photographer, painter, and filmmaker. He grew up in Wabash County and graduated from Southwood High School, before receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in visual communication from Indianapolis’ Herron School of Art and Design. His work combines photography and graphic design, resulting in a modern hybrid of the two disciplines.
On July 4, a new set of artists will be featured in the Showalter Gallery, with a subsequent show premiering October 3.
Charles R. Showalter’s work will be on permanent display at the museum. A screen in the gallery features more than 100 works of art by the notable illustrator and Wabash native.