by Shaun Tilghman
Bill Haywood and his 17-year-old son Canaan spent the last weekend in July doing what they do most weekends: hunting and trapping snapping turtles. The weekend went a little differently, however, as Nate “Coyote” Peterson, host of the online nature series “Breaking Trail,” joined the father-son turtle-trapping duo from Laketon.
According to Bill, he developed a fascination with snapping turtles when he was 10 years old, and at that time he started hunting them as well. “I had heard the story about the giant turtle they had in a lake up in Churubusco, and I wanted to catch the biggest one anybody had ever heard of,” said Bill.
“After hunting and searching, and feeling through the mud and rivers, and catching them by hand, I knew I had to catch a lot more to ever find one that big,” he continued. “So, my dad and I came up with a trap that would catch turtles safely and not harm them – it was very effective. Since then, Canaan and I have modified the traps to make them even better.”
Canaan added, “I’ve been around it ever since I can remember, but I actually started trapping with my dad last year. In that time, I’ve learned a lot about trap location and how important that is, but knowing how to handle the turtles is definitely something you have to learn because I actually got bit this year. I kind of lost my concentration for a minute and that’s all it takes – you take your eyes off of them for a second and you’re going to get bit.”
Bill and Canaan have been gaining notoriety based on the unbelievable size of the snappers they’ve caught in the area. In fact, last July, an author named Ben Romans, from Utah, wrote an article about them for “Field & Stream.”
Ivy Tech Community College in Wabash recently received a $38,000 grant from the Pauline Barker Education Trust that will enable the College to fund a machine tool training project in the community. The grant will cover tuition and books for 12 Wabash County residents to take four degree-credit classes. The classes will meet on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the fall and spring semesters in the machine tool lab at Heartland Career Center, 79 S. County Road 200 West.
Wabash Campus Executive Director Pam Guthrie said she is excited about this opportunity to help the Wabash County workforce.
“We have relatively small manufacturing companies that need assistance from Ivy Tech in providing training for increasingly higher skilled jobs.” Guthrie said. “These companies are too small to have their own training programs, but many of them have similar training needs.”
Guthrie said the College’s Wabash Advisory Board discussed the need for skilled machinists in the community and the program was designed to help local workers who have an interest in this field get the knowledge and skills they need to qualify for these jobs.
The Pauline Barker Educational Trust has awarded the Learn More Center a grant of $40,000 to support adult education programs in Wabash County. The Learn More Center is truly blessed by the Pauline Barker Educational Trust’s continued generosity and support!
With this gift, the Pauline J. Barker Educational Trust has provided the Learn More Center with $290,000 of vital support for advancing educational opportunities for adults in Wabash County. The Learn More Center provides students a path to attain their goals within an efficient, effective and nurturing environment that provides instruction, guidance and mentoring. Support from the Pauline Barker Educational Trust has assisted many students in overcoming their obstacles of learning differences, transportation barriers, and lack of support from home. Since 2010 alone, the Pauline Barker funds have supported 67 students in attaining their dreams of a GED!
Pauline J. Barker, a life-long resident of Wabash, is remembered as the manager of Rock City Café, a position she held for forty-five years before her retirement. Before her death in 1999, she established this educational foundation bearing her name to provide support for basic literacy education, adult education, vocational training and re-training of youth and adults. The Pauline Barker Educational Trust is administered by First Merchants Trust Company.
by Shaun Tilghman
The North Manchester community is already in preparation for the annual FunFest By The River celebration next week, and along with the numerous activities people look forward to each year, this year’s schedule includes several new additions.
Traditionally, FunFest is advertised as a three-day event, but with multiple activities now scheduled on Wednesday and Sunday, it is really more like five days. This year’s festival is considered to officially begin on Thursday, Aug. 7th and to end on Saturday, Aug. 9th; however, there will be four activities on Wednesday evening and four more activities on Sunday.
“We seem to be creeping out of our borders on each end, as there are now several events taking place on Wednesday and Sunday as well,” said Laura Rager, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce. “On the Wednesday preceding FunFest this year, there is now a Powder Puff football game, a performance by Charles Billingsley, and a bonfire, as well as the start of the tennis tournament.
“The Powder Puff game came about because our theme for this year is ‘homecoming’, which was originally intended to relate to the number of people that come home to North Manchester during this time every year. Over the years we’ve learned that a lot of people schedule their family reunions, class reunions, or large get-togethers around FunFest because it gives everybody such a great opportunity to see old friends. So, that’s what our original intention was; but, when people began to think about school starting again soon and the start of football season being just around the corner, that different aspect of homecoming just kind of crept its way in and stuck.
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 13, in memory of Rod and Sarah Haupert. A traffic accident took the lives of the father and daughter in 2012. This is the third year that a blood drive is being dedicated to them.
Friends and family say Sarah Haupert had a passion for helping save lives through blood donations. She was a loyal donor who started giving blood when she was in high school. At the time of the accident, Sarah was a student at Ball State University. She was scheduled to give blood at the Urbana Community Center a week after she was killed.
Donate Blood in Memory of Rod and Sarah Haupert
on Wednesday, Aug. 13, from 2-6:30 p.m. at Urbana Community Center, located at 16 E. Half Street in Urbana.
Donors are asked to please call 1-800-RED CROSS or go to redcrossblood.org to schedule a blood donation appointment.
The drive is sponsored by the Urbana York Parish.
by Sandy Johnson
One of the newest thrift stores in Wabash will soon be celebrating their one-year anniversary. On Friday and Saturday, August 15 and 16, The Salvation Army Family Store & Donation Center is planning a special event for customers with store hours running from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. both days.
On Saturday there will be a storewide half-off sale on select items, cupcakes for the first 100 customers, and door prizes every other hour. Some prizes will include gift cards from local restaurants and salons, as well as store gift cards. There will also be a drawing held at closing that day for a chance to win a Kindle Fire. Winners do not need to be present for these drawings.
“The store carries a wide selection of items to choose from such as, clothing, furniture, books, movies, televisions, jewelry, small appliances, treasures, and collectibles,” stated Salvation Army district manager Heather Hull. “There is new stuff put out everyday,” she added.
Hull has been working with the manager in getting the store ready for the celebration.
“We are happy to be in Wabash,” said Hull. “The location is great because it is off the highway and close to Wal-Mart, and the size of the store is perfect.”
When the plan was set for a Wabash store, the company was confident the store would succeed. Although the store’s earnings aren’t exactly where the company would like them to be, they continue to strive to make the store more profitable for the future. Hull pointed out that the store will be dropping their prices in order to stay competitive with other thrift stores in the area.
by Eric Stearley
Most people think of the year-end holidays as a time for giving, but autumn is always packed full of a different type of giving – charity fundraising events. One of the highlights in this year’s series is sure to be the second annual Smokin’ For A Cause.
In addition to Gary Henderson, board members Tim Jones, Mark McCoart, Kyle McCoart, Joe Gouvan, and Jeff Smith urge everyone to get involved in this year’s event, which will benefit the LIFE Center, among other local charities. Whether you’re interested in trying your hand at the smoker, setting up a booth for a local nonprofit, or just looking for a tasty meal, Smokin’ For A Cause is the place to be on Sept. 20.
The list of teams is growing, but there is still plenty of room for more amateur smokers to test their culinary masterpieces against other backyard barbequers. With 1,500 pounds of meat expected to be smoked, this year’s event is sure to be a winner for anyone with an appetite for smoked pork. With well over a month to go until the competition starts, there’s plenty of time to perfect this year’s winning recipe. There is not nearly as much time, however, to get registered for the event; the deadline is Aug. 20.
To register, fill out the registration form on this page and send it, along with a check for the entry fee, to P.O. Box 928, Wabash, IN 46992. For more details about the event, and to see the rules and regulations, go to smokin-for-a-cause.org.
The Wabash County Sheriff’s House and Jail, located on Main Street, was built in 1880 and served its original purpose until the current jail was built next door in 1979. Now, county officials are faced with a decision to restore or demolish.
The county commissioners have given Wabash Marketplace one year to find a party interested in restoring and using the building. It was recently placed on Indiana Landmark’s “Top 10 Most Endangered” properties list, with hopes that the right person or group will discover the building.
Dorothy Henderson knows the building well. Her father, Cecil Reynolds, served as the Wabash County Sheriff from 1947-1955, during which time she lived in the building. Now a resident of California, she shares her story. It’s easy to read and hard to forget.
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