The Wabash County Special Olympic Bowling Team competed in the Area Five Regional Tournament in Logansport on Nov. 2 and 3.
The following athletes competed: Blade Christle, John Cox, Allen Davis, Steven Downey, Reggie Flitcraft, Miranda Hahn, Wilma Hinkle, Richard Hundt, Amber Hunt, Marion “Buddy” Ireland III, Charles Kreider, Kim Krom, Lee Lambert, Kenith Larrowe, Sean Larrowe, Jodi Lowdenslager, Kristin Leming, Darlene McCarty, Kathy McCarty, Gwen Mankey, Grace Parker, Blake Parrett, Michelle Pell, Tracy Riddell, Karen Ridenour, Linda Sands, Chester Shenfeld, Carla Stellar, Debora Stoffer, Steven Straitiff, Gabe Teems, Heather Thrope and Alley Traver.
The Honeywell Center is announcing the on sale date for several new shows. Tickets for country music superstar Vince Gill, the lively "Branson on the Road" event, entertainer extraordinaire Ronnie Milsap and legendary coach Bob Knight go on sale at 8 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.
WWKI welcomes An Evening with Vince Gill to the Honeywell Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 9. The concert is sponsored by Beacon Credit Union. Gill, who recently performed at the Honeywell Center as part of the Time Jumpers, is no stranger to Wabash. "It's a great little place," Gill said when asked about his return to the Honeywell Center. "People have come out to see me no matter what I'm doing." What the Grammy Award winner and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year will be doing on May 9 is performing many of his hits with a full band during the show. In addition to his top singles, including "Go Rest High On That Mountain," "Look At Us," "I Still Believe In You" and "Pretty Little Adriana," Gill will perform music from his latest CD, "Bakersfield," with Paul Franklin.
As soon as students walk in the door, they are handed a packet simulating their adult lives. Annually, groups of junior high students from Northfield, Southwood, Wabash Middle School and Manchester Jr. High spend approximately four hours at Junior Achievement's Finance Park learning about lifelong financial issues. Area students will visit the Finance Park facility next semester after completing a four to six week in classroom curriculum. Each student is given their age, marital status, number of children, education, gross income and Social Security and taxes owed. From that information, they have to budget their lives from home improvement decisions to credit cards.
by Kalie Ammons
This year, 16-year-old Southwood junior Emily Lehner spent her time competing in track and field, running cross-country, helping with activities in the Optimist Club and working with her youth group. Next year, however, Lehner will be running in the land down under with other students chosen for their athletic talents and community service.
Down Under Sports was founded in February of 1989. It was based on the dream of New Zealander George O’Scanlon. O’Scanlon fell in love with athletics native to his country, but also loved American football, known to Australians as gridiron. Initially, O’Scanlon wanted to promote football in New Zealand and Australia and started the Down Under Bowl. This eventually led to Down Under Hoops Classic and Down Under International Games
According to a press release from the organization, “the Down Under Sports programs use the common language of sports to bridge the continents and provide a forum for athletes from around the globe to compete head to head in the sport they love.”
As many high school juniors and seniors do, Lehner received a letter from Down Under Sports in the mail.
“We almost ignored it because of how much stuff they get in the mail. But this was sent through the school, which was different,” said Annie Lehner, Emily’s mother. “We looked into it and found out it was legit.”
In the letter, Down Under Sports explained that Lehner was chosen for her outstanding athletic ability and her commitment to community service. Lehner currently holds the record for the 800-meter relay run at Southwood High School, where she runs under Coach Troy Andrews. This is the event she will be competing in while in Australia.
The Paper’s Ashley Flynn goes bow hunting with uncle Tim Yohe
by Ashley Flynn
In the back corner of a bean field, camouflaged behind sticks and leaves, we sat in a ground blind anxiously waiting for a deer to tempt its fate.
My Uncle Tim Yohe had been out earlier in the week to set up the ground blind. He placed it approximately 50 feet from some deer scrapes – a place where a buck routinely marks in the mud with a hoof and pees to let other deer know he’s around.
“It takes some time for deer to get used to ground blinds,” Uncle Tim explained to me. He usually hunts from a deer stand up in a tree, but since I would be tagging along, he decided a ground blind would be safest.
We arrived at the location, a private property field near Salamonie Reservoir, around 4:30 p.m., and approximately 30 minutes later, the first deer appeared. A doe and her fawn stepped out into the recently harvested bean field to eat, and we just watched.
This Veteran’s Day, businesses are looking to honor veterans by offering discounts.
Locally, Ponderosa in Wabash is offering a free buffet and ice tea. If you’re in the mood for pizza, Pizza King is offering a 20 percent discount, while Goodfellas is offering a 10 percent discount. Veterans can visit Famous Dave’s, North Manchester, to get a special meal deal. At Subway, veterans can get a free six-inch sub or flatbread. McDonald’s will also be offering free meals. Houtman’s Friendly Computer Service is will cover half the cost of labor.
by Ashley Flynn
Wabash County is in good hands. The county’s Emergency Management Program was recently awarded Emergency Management Program of the Year by the State of Indiana.
They scored a 352 out of 396 on an assessment that made them number one in the state out of 92 departments, leading by seven points.
“We knew we were in the hunt,” EMA Director Bob Brown said when asked if he was surprised about the award. “Anything over 300 usually puts you in the top 10 percent.”
The Honeywell Foundation, a public charity, recently announced plans to raise $8 million to benefit its mission of providing artistic, social, cultural and recreational opportunities for all. Campaign contributors will grow the non-profit organization’s endowment fund, which provides financial stability for the foundation and its many programs and offerings.
“The Honeywell Foundation relies on earnings from its endowment to provide our exemplary programs and offerings,” says executive director Tod Minnich.
“We are fortunate to have a loyal patron base that not only attends programs, but also provides philanthropic support,” he continued. “We appreciate all donations to the foundation, and this campaign allows supporters a way to make a most meaningful contribution that will benefit generations to come.”