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 Emily Armentrout
During the 2014 Wabash County Fair week, the LIFE Center had an information booth like many other businesses in Wabash County. They were the booth with the adorable baby photos on display. Every year the LIFE Center holds the Precious Baby Contest as a way to raise funds for the center’s expenses.
This year, the Precious Baby Contest had 34 adorable contestants, but only one could take home the 2014 Precious Baby title. That Precious Baby was Weston Pretorius. Weston is the son of Joe and Andrea Pretorius.
Each contestant’s photo was on display throughout the week, with a number assigned that corresponds to a jar where the public can vote by putting money in the jar of the most “precious” baby. When the week was over and Pretorius was crowned Precious Baby, the center had raised $1,500, which will be used to buy supplies.
These supplies include baby items like wipes, pre-natal vitamins, and other baby items that the center offers to mothers in need.
“We are always running out of baby wipes, so we are constantly purchasing those,” Cheryl Meyer, Executive Director of the LIFE Center, told The Paper.
As the center operates through donations, they appreciate the support of the community. The LIFE Center’s next event will be their annual banquet, which will be held on Sept. 16 at the Honeywell Center, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and the meal served at 6:30 p.m. Their speaker this year is Rebecca Kiessling.
Kiessling is a Pro-Life and Adoption speaker who was conceived by rape.
“She’s got an interesting story,” Meyer told The Paper. “She is now a mother of 5 and a family attorney.”
“Rebecca was adopted nearly from birth and throughout her life struggled with her value, identity, and purpose,” according to a biography of Kiessling written by the Ambassador Speakers Bureau.
She will be bringing the powerful presentation of her life story entitled “Conceived in Rape: From Worthless to Priceless”.
Tickets are currently on sale for the banquet and can be purchased at the LIFE Center.
As previewed in last week’s edition of The Paper, Smokin’ for a Cause will be held on Sept. 20 and will benefit the LIFE Center among other local non-profit organizations. This event has moved down to Paradise Spring Park this year. The smokers will be fired up in the early hours of Saturday, Sept. 20, with the public dinner service following the announcement of the winner at 5 p.m. Be sure to check it out, purchase some great food, and support the great non-profits in Wabash County.
Earlier this year, the LIFE Center held their annual golf scramble, raising just over $6,000 with 15 teams participating. The money raised from the scramble ensures the center can continue offering free ultrasounds throughout the year.
The LIFE Center is always looking for volunteers. People can volunteer as consultants or board members. There is also always a need for volunteers in their clothing room. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the LIFE Center at 260-563-7275.
The center is always accepting donations as well. If you want to donate items, they can be dropped off at the center during business hours. The LIFE Center is located at 78 W. Hill Street, and their hours are Mondays from 1-5 p.m. and Wednesdays and Fridays from 1-4 p.m.
Monetary donations can be mailed to the center or dropped off during business hours. The center is currently in the process of setting up a PayPal account so people can donate directly at www.wabashlife.com.
As the LIFE Center is raising funds for their supplies, they are also raising funds for a new building. They have currently raised $14,000, with their goal being $100,000. If you wish to donate to the LIFE Center building fund, be sure to earmark your donation for their building project.
For more information, check out their website, www.wabashlife.com or call the center at 260-563-7275.