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 Shaun Tilghman
When Manchester Marketplace (137 E. Main St.) opened for business in December 2012, owner Gary Long’s goal was to provide the local community with good products at good prices. Now, just a year and a half later, he has taken that goal one step further by expanding the bulk food & discount grocery store to include a fresh deli section.
“We opened Manchester Marketplace on Dec. 15, 2012, and on Feb. 27, 2014, we expanded and added the deli,” said Long. “It’s something we’ve been trying to do for a while now and we’ve been looking forward to offering this to the people of North Manchester and surrounding communities. It’s going really well and I’m excited about the products – we’ve gotten really good compliments so far.”
Basically, they’re just striving to continue in their effort to offer good products at good prices, according to Long.
“We even have several products in our deli that are gluten-free and have no MSG,” he added.
“Not all of our products are like that, but several of them are,” Long continued. “Right now, we have two hams that are, as well as three of our turkeys, including the Cajun, which also has no nitrites and is raised with no antibiotics or growth hormones. So, these are really good products and they’re really helping the deli take off.
“In terms of the cheeses, there are some different labels now than what we carried before, but they’re still quality cheeses at fair prices. What we’ve done is, we’ve gone with a different distributor, and even though the labels might be different, a lot of the cheeses are still pretty much the same as we had been offering. Also, we were only able to sell the chunks or horns of cheese before, but now we’re able to sell it in slices as well.”
Long went on to explain that, while the availability of fresh, sliced meats and cheeses has drawn customers to the deli, several other products have been the biggest hits.
“The kicker of the whole thing would probably be our locally made salads,” he said, “which include chicken salad, ham salad, macaroni salad, potato salad, etc. We’ve been going through a lot of those items because they are just so good.
“We plan to take orders for large parties, such as graduation parties, family get-togethers, etc. However, our hope is that people will contact us a week or more in advance to place orders so that we can be sure to have enough of those products available. Typically, we try to order those products in the quantities that we think we’ll need for the week, which keeps our overhead low while helping to ensure that they are as fresh as possible; but, that also means we don’t have a lot of those products in the back.”
When asked why they waited two months to push their new addition, Long was quick to admit that an adjustment period was necessary.
“To be honest, when we first started offering the deli items, it was going so well that we got a little overwhelmed,” he explained. “But, now we’ve had time to take a deep breath and get used to things, so we’re ready to spread the word. We really hope to make people aware of the deli and to get them interested in our products.”
Manchester Marketplace is open Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Wednesday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The deli shuts down 15 minutes before the store closes each day.
If you have questions about the new deli section or its products, call 260-306-2464 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.