In The News
By Sadie Fowler- Sunday, October25, 2009 SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE
Preston and Jeffrey Sweeney said they felt "lucky" to have found their 200 acre plot of land in Normandy on the day it went up for sale. That may be true, if you consider that luck is really when preparation meets opportunity. The Sweeneys' lifelong dream of opening a ranch for boys in need of a safe place to live is about to become a reality in Arrowhead Ranch, the once large Normandy dairy farm of Randall Banks. The ranch, which held an open house last night, is now open, accepting applications, and ready to change the course of lives for boys -- mainly boys whose parents can no longer care for them -- between the ages of 10-17.
By Sadie Fowler- Sunday, October 31, 2010 SHELBYVILLE TIMES GAZETTE
Almost one year ago to the day, the Arrowhead Ranch, beautifully laid out across nearly 200 acres in Normandy, was structurally ready to begin its mission of serving boys in need of a home, love, structure and stability. The former location of a dairy farm, the grounds had been transformed into a top-notch facility with a few new homes, a horse barn, workshop, multi-purpose building and administration offices. Jeff and Preston Sweeney, founders, were looking for horses to fill the pastures, a staff that would include a wrangler and sets of house parents for each home, and they were about to start reviewing applications for boys to fill the homes of the level one Licensed Residential Child Care Facility.
"Teach A Man To Fish: Patterson Instructs Fly Fishing At Arrowhead"
By Chris Siers – Wednesday, June 27, 2012 SHELBYVILLE TIMES-GAZETTE
Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. But teach a man to fish, eats for a lifetime. That's the philosophy Warren Patterson uses when approaching fly fishing. Using this philosophy patterned jumps at the opportunity to teach newcomers the end than out supply fishing. Patterson, a lifelong fisherman, got his start fishing like many fisherman these days, using cast rod and reel's. Eventually he began competing against other anglers in bass tournaments but after the stresses of competition, high-stakes prize money, and people bending the rules caught up to him, he looked to a new outlet for his enjoyment – – fly fishing. "I really enjoyed the tournament fishing for the Fellowship and the competition. But when prize money got big and people started cheating, it took the fun out of fishing and I didn't enjoy it. So I got out picked up a fly rod and found peace, quiet, and tranquility," he said.
www.t-g.com/story/1898365 Home on the Ranch (Thursday, September 27, 2012)
www.t-g.com/story/1891639 Spaghetti Dinner benefits Arrowhead Ranch (Sunday, September 9,2012)
www.t-g.com/story/1864608 Teach a man to fish: Patterson instructs fly fishing (Wednesday, June 27, 2012)
www.t-g.com/story/1773398 Spaghetti at the Ranch (Thursday, October 13, 2011)
www.t-g.com/story/1739163 Arrowhead Ranch thrive and grows (Friday, June 24, 2011)
www.t-g.com/story/1631049 Home on the ranch (May 02, 2010)
www.t-g.com/story/1676815 Safe haven Troubled boys find new life at Arrowhead (Sunday, October 31, 2010)
www.t-g.com/story/1581469 Arrowhead Ranch hopes to point boys in the right direction (October 25, 2009)
www.t-g.com/story/1581358 Boys ranch to hold open house (October 23, 2009)