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December 14, 2011

School House of Educated Wicker to close

HOBBS — For 32 years, the School House of Educated Wicker was the one business that identified the tiny town of Hobbs, in eastern Tipton County.

Whether people visited the converted schoohouse, they were aware of the catchy jingle used to promote the business.

Saturday, the Hobbs Elementary School that housed the business since 1979 will be sold at auction. The School House of Educated Wicker will close its doors for the last time.

Auction of the building starts at 1:30 p.m.

Aside from the wicker and rattan furniture lining the walls, the building still has vivid reminders of when it served as a school from 1930 to 1972.

The scoreboard still sits in the northeast corner of the gym, the original wooden bleachers line the former basketball court, and the backdrop of the final school play remains on stage.

Upstairs are four classrooms, complete with slate blackboards.

Judy Logan, a Tipton County native, and her husband, Patrick, have operated the business since 1997.

“We saw it as a great business opportunity,” Logan said. “The business was good until the economy took a downturn. I’m retiring.”

The Saturday auction only includes the building and 1.9 acres. Logan hopes most of the furniture, discounted by 75 percent, is sold.

Logan said nine people, mostly locals, have expressed an interest in the historic building. She said some want to convert the upstairs into living space and have a business on the first floor.

Plans for the building include an antique mall, renting out the basketball court and other businesses.

“I don’t want to see the building destroyed,” Logan said. “The Tipton Historical Society took a lot of the historical documents.”

Logan said closing the business was a tough decision.

“It’s very sad,” she said. “We knew it was the right thing to do. It was the right time.”

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