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Wabash City Schools unveils Alumni Field

The newly renovated football field at Wabash High School’s Alumni Field was dedicated during a brief ceremony Thursday, Sept. 10.

Apache football coach Adam Handley and athletic director Floyd McWhirt cut the ribbon at the center of the field with the Wabash football team and other dignitaries looking on.

The field was the first of many construction projects taking place in Wabash City Schools to be finished. It includes field turf and a new scoreboard, and is available for both football and soccer games. Work is continuing on expanding the running track around the field.

“I spent a lot of time out here as they were building this, and I’ll give a shout out to the crew,” Mayor Scott Long said. “I’ve never seen a crew hustle as they did, sewing this field together.

Posted on 2020 Sep 15
Honeywell to host interactive seminars

Jones Loflin, professional speaker, author, and trainer will be coming to the Honeywell Center, virtually on Wednesday, Sept. 16, to stream two different interactive leadership seminars via Eagles Theatre studios.

Registration is open via honeywellcenter.org/jones-loflin. Each session is $50 per person with a $10 discount for groups of five or more. To register with the discount, call 260-653-1102.

Loflin, was a former middle and high school teacher. He made the switch to this line of work in 1994. Initially, Loflin started out as a generalist when it came to speaking, and as his career went on, he began to focus in on time management, productivity and work-life balance.

According to Loflin, the books he has written stem from personal experience.

“My books have usually grown out of wanting to grow and develop myself, and then I find something that works and I want to share that with other people. That has certainly been the case with ‘Juggling Elephants’ and ‘Always Growing.’”

When asked what made him decide to pursue this path of being a speaker and author, Loflin said that he asked himself how he wanted his future to look, and then took the needed steps to get there.

Posted on 2020 Sep 15
Waste Reduction: Area residents try different ways to help 'slash the trash'

Many people and companies alike have been taking steps to be eco-friendly, which means “not harmful to the environment,” as well as implementing more natural ingredients and materials into homes and products.

Visible climate change and more accessible research that shows the harmful effects of many toxins and materials used in everyday life has caused the surge of efforts to “go green.”

In Wabash county, this can be seen in restaurants such as Modoc’s café serving their drinks in reusable cups, and providing paper straws instead of plastic ones, which are attributed to polluting our oceans and waterways and harming wildlife.

Environmentalists are being started out young here in Wabash as well as seen last year when a group of students at O.J. Neighbours Elementary School began collecting plastic caps in order to recycle them into a bench to be placed in front of the school. These students were passionate about preserving the earth and were already thinking of other ways to make changes in our community such as campaigning for more eco-friendly practices in schools and businesses throughout Wabash.

The Paper of Wabash County reached out to Anne Eddingfield, the teacher from O.J. Neighbours who led the group of kids making the above efforts. She told The Paper that many efforts that they planned on continuing have been halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted on 2020 Sep 15
Crow's Nest to close after 10 years

The Crow’s Nest Antique Mall located in Downtown Wabash is closing its doors after more than 10 years.

The store was opened on June 1, 2010 by co-owners and husband and wife Melanie and Tom Boyll.

Melanie is originally from Wabash while Tom hails from Peru. Both of them worked full time jobs, him at Chrysler and her at Ford Meter Box, they decided to give their dreams a shot.

“I’ve always wanted to do antiques and he always loved coins, so it was a good mix,” said Melanie.

Although they are sad to say goodbye to this chapter in their lives, they are excited to move onto retirement and to spend more time with their grandkids and also spend time traveling.

Posted on 2020 Sep 15
Changes afoot for East Market Street

The north side of the 100 block of East Market Street in downtown Wabash will be getting a new look in the not-too-distant future.

The Wabash Historical Preservation Commission granted the Wabash County Business Alliance Foundation permission to raze seven of the nine homes between 104 and 192 E. Market St. to make room for new, high-end housing.

It also granted permission for the Foundation, an offshoot of Grow Wabash County, to raze the remaining two structures, if or when it gains ownership for those two sites.

Grow Wabash County President and CEO Keith Gillenwater explained to the commission the thinking behind the request.

Gillenwater, who began his current role in 2014, said one of the projects he zeroed in on was the end of East Market Street.

“One of the things that I identified as a weakness for our community was there hadn’t been anything that had really touched that East Market Street corridor at the end,” he said. “There were a lot of houses there that, for the most part, were rental units. Not all of them were occupied. Some were occupied, some were not. But all of them were in a state of disrepair and needed some work done to them.”

Posted on 2020 Sep 08
Penguin Point opens North Manchester location

After months of anticipation, an iconic eating establishment opens its doors in North Manchester last week.

Penguin Point, already with a restaurant at State Roads 13 and 15 on the south side of Wabash, added a second restaurant in Wabash County with the opening of the North Manchester store Thursday, Sept. 4.

“We are excited to bring Penguin Point to North Manchester,” Penguin Point CEO Pat Hilton said. “There is a lot of opportunity to grow, not only in store count but in our guest service and the quality of our food. We are really looking forward to just improving our overall operations.”

Penguin Point is famous for its tenderloin sandwich, fried chicken, crinkle cut French fries and the double deck Big Wally sandwich, all of which are prominently featured on the North Manchester menu.

Posted on 2020 Sep 08
Metro North students receive handmade masks

During the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 25, the board accepted donations amounting to $750.

Other donations accepted included the Church of Christ at Treaty offering all MSD staff a drink at 50 East as a thank you for all that the team has done and continues to do, Bachelor Creek offered all of our staff a drink at Modoc’s as a thank you for all that the team is doing.

Also, on Tuesday, Dr. Chris Kuhn, Assistant Superintendent shared that MSD received a certificate of appreciation from the Indiana Department of Education for the contributions made to continue meal service and feed students during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Janette Moore, principal at Metro North Elementary (MNE) shared several staff recognitions, including:

Parent, Jennifer Nesler, made 100 custom masks for students at MNE. Because of her generosity, students needing masks were able to receive an extra special one - mermaid print, Little Miss/Little Mister print, Paw Patrol, Harry Potter, farm animals, Disney princess, and Incredibles.

MNE bus drivers were recognized as being amazing. The North schools have implemented new drop-off and pick-up procedures at and they have been incredibly flexible and patient as kinks get worked out.

Posted on 2020 Sep 01
Family Video to close Wabash location

After serving the Wabash Community for over 20 years, which opened in 1999, Family Video, located in Downtown Wabash is closing its doors.

The Paper of Wabash County spoke with district manager, Suzi Peterson about the closing.

“The store had been struggling before COVID and unfortunately never recovered after the shutdown,” said Peterson.

Posted on 2020 Sep 01

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