The Washington Times-Herald

Local News

November 29, 2013

Putting children first

If you ask Larry Mattes about Junior Beta Club, he’ll tell you it’s all about the kids. “They do it all. I just kind of help guide them along,” he said as several members of the club ask him about the books being collected for Jubilee Christmas. “Count the books again. There should be 124,” he tells them.

“We want 250. I think we can do that,” one student says, peeking his head around the corner.

“That’s our goal. It’s important that you set goals that you can attain. Then you can set other goals,” he tells the student, who has been joined by a handful of others.

Mattes has been the Junior Beta sponsor for over 30 years at Washington Junior High where he also works as the guidance counselor.

Junior Beta Club has been a huge part of Mattes’ life over the last three decades. “I always tell them, we are leading by serving others. When the kids can do projects like this one (collecting books for Jubilee Christmas) they get really excited.”

Over the years Mattes has “watched” over students as they hold dances to benefit organizations and projects within the school and community. He has rang bells for countless hours with students for the Salvation Army. He spent 18 hours one very cold April outside with students participating in 15 Hours of Hope (an event he has since moved to later in May when it’s a bit warmer!) and he started Heritage Day, one of his personal favorites, an event designed to showcase and experience the various cultures found in Washington. “If for some reason the school decides not to do Heritage Day, I’m hoping our church (Central Christian) will take it over.”

Heritage Day was started 13 years ago and has grown into an event for the whole community. “We have people that have participated in this since the beginning. We’ve had people who come back every year, and most of the time we have over two dozen cultures represented. The kids have committees for this just like they do for other projects. We have refreshments, a program that gives information on the cultures represented and the kids do publicity as well.”

Text Only
Local News
  • Today's police report CITY REPORT Tuesday 8 a.m. - Terry Evans, 100 W. Main St., reported a go-cart stolen from his property. The cart was found in a nearby alley and extra patrol was requested. 1:33 p.m. - A female caller at 7 E. Main St., Apt. 3, said a male stole a ce

    July 29, 2014

  • Illinois man faces multiple sex charges in Daviess County An investigation into an event last May in a Washington store has led to multiple charges against an Illinois man. Washington City Police have charged Stephen Michael Mulkey, 26, of Lawrenceville, Illinois with attempted child molesting, performance

    July 29, 2014

  • New gateway to Washington already raising hopes for development Work on Gateway Drive keeps moving forward and local officials continue to look at the area for potential commercial and industrial development. Gateway Drive is expected to provide Washington with a new entrance to the community off of U.S. 50 to Bu

    July 29, 2014

  • Washington City Council approves rezoning request Washington will be expanding its housing options after the Washington City Council approved an ordinance to rezone land on Bussard Road. The property, owned by Jason Knepp of J and L Home Center, is just over 10 acres and will be rezoned Residential

    July 28, 2014

  • NWS - WT072914 - HaitianSummit - NBS State Haitian organization holds town hall meeting The Haitian Association of Indiana hosted a town hall meeting for local Haitians Sunday, officially meeting the largest Haitian population outside of Indianapolis. Around 50 Haitian residents, along with 30 other local residents, listened to state an

    July 28, 2014 1 Photo

  • Today's police report CITY REPORT Monday 2:25 p.m. – A female caller said two juvenile males were picking up and throwing green apples near 310 Ogdon St. The apples were clogging storm drains. The males were then asked to pick up the apples. 8:55 a.m. – An employee of Che

    July 28, 2014

  • CR 900 East project stays on schedule

    Phase 1 of the expansion project on CR 900E (Odon-Cannelburg Road) is due to be completed this week and officials say they expect the bulk of the work to be done on time. "They have a number of small things that need to be finished," said Daviess Cou

    July 28, 2014

  • Leg of I-69 project now due to open by end of 2015 INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Department of Transportation now plans for the Interstate 69 extension to reach Bloomington by the end of 2015, a year later than originally planned. INDOT spokesman Will Wingfield tells the Evansville Courier & Press

    July 28, 2014

  • NWS - WT072614 - Theater6 - NBS VIDEO: Coming Attractions

    The Indiana Theater in downtown Washington is under new owner Brent Barnhart and plans to open this fall after being closed for over three years.

    July 26, 2014 1 Photo

  • Ruth Gilmore Ruth Gilmore, 80, of Washington, died at 4:38 p.m. at Prairie Village Nursing Center, with family by her side. Born Nov. 10, 1933, in Knox County, she was the daughter of James Howard and Blanche (Chadd) Weibel. She worked for 10 years as a certified

    July 26, 2014