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NM fire still under investigation
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- The investigation into a recent fire in North Manchester is still ongoing.
 
North Manchester Fire Department Chief Cam Kissinger said that, as of Monday, Nov. 28, there is no information that can be shared regarding the cause of the Saturday, Nov. 19 fire at 216 E. Main St. He said that an update would hopefully be available by Tuesday, but indicated that it may be later.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 29
LIFE Center resumes ultrasound service
By Emma Rausch
 
The LIFE Center is again able to provide ultrasound services at its facility after hiring a new nurse manager. 
 
From July to the beginning of November, the facility was unable to offer the service to local women in need.
 
That was until Amanda Holmes joined the team, according to Cheryl Meyer, Life Center executive director.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 29
Lagro man held in connect to stabbing
Trenton R. Wuensch
 
By The Paper staff
 
A Lagro man is being held on a 72-hour hold in connection with the Friday afternoon stabbing of a Wabash man.
 
According to a Saturday afternoon news release from Wabash Police Capt. Matt Benson, Trenton R. Wuensch, 29, Lagro, is in custody for the stabbing, which took place shortly after 4 p.m Friday.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 29
Northfield graduate begins sea turtle rescue
Brandi Biehl assists a sea turtle at New England Aquarium in Boston, Mass., to prepare for opening Sea Turtle Recovery. Biehl was assisting the marine reptile, which had a neck injury, swim and stay mobile. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Brandi Wyatt Biehl, a Wabash County native, is living her lifelong dream: working with marine animals.
 
Since childhood, Biehl, a Northfield graduate, has had her eyes set on ocean life.
 
“I’m originally from Indiana and literally sitting on my mom’s lap when I was 5-years-old I went to a sea life show at SeaWorld and I looked back at her and I said, ‘I like those fish,’ and, I’ll never forget this, but she goes, ‘Well maybe you’ll work with them someday,’” Biehl told The Paper of Wabash County with a smile. “And to her disappoint and peril, I never stopped thinking of that. I since became obsessed.”
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 29
Wabash child fights on as ‘miracle baby’
Ava Gibson, 20-months-old, is a Wabash native that lives with Gastroschisis, a rare birth defect that has caused the youth to face and survive several life-threatening situations. Doctors have deemed her a miracle baby, according to Brittany Gibson, her mother. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash resident Ava Gibson is a miracle baby.
 
Born prematurely, Ava has faced many challenges and nearly died several times, but keeps fighting, according to Brittany Gibson, her mother.
 
Thursday, Nov. 17, marked World Prematurity Day, an event that raises awareness about premature birth’s health risks in children younger than 5-years-old.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 29
MSD board accepts Metro North roof bid
By Emma Rausch
 
The Metro North Elementary School roof project progressed Tuesday night, Nov. 22, after the MSD of Wabash County School Board accepted a bid from a Bourbon-based contractor.
 
The board unanimously accepted the lowest base bid submitted, which amounted in $695,726, from Morris & Sons Roofing with two alternate specifications for the design. The first alternate amounted in $4,225 with the second priced at $7,515.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 29
State releases spring ISTEP scores
By Emma Rausch
 
Manchester Community Schools’ spring 2016 ISTEP scores exceeded the statewide average for grades three through eight, according to Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) data.
 
ISTEP, or the Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress, is the state’s standard for measuring student learning in areas including English and language arts (ELA) and mathematics.
 
On Thursday, Nov. 17, the state education department released the spring assessment’s results. School grades are still embargoed until December.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 29
Indiana Landmarks considers Roann Bridge for conference
By David Fenker
 
The Roann Covered Bridge is being scouted as a site for a dinner in late April 2017.
 
Wabash County Coordinator Jim Dils informed the County Commissioners that Indiana Landmarks, an organization devoted to restoring and revitalizing historic buildings in Indiana, would like to use the bridge as a location for their Preserving Historic Places Conference.
 
“They’re inquiring about using the Roann Covered Bridge for a dinner,” Dils said.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 29

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