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Kiwanis Club flips pancakes for the children
Blayke McCallen reacts as her father, Robert, attempts to pour syrup on her pancake during Saturday's pancake-eating contest. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash Kiwanis Club stacked pancakes up high on Saturday, March 12, for its annual Pancake Day fundraising event.
 
The event collects funds for the purpose of supporting the club’s local service projects and other causes including the Riley Hospital for Children and the Wabash County Special Olympics.
 
“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year for Wabash Kiwanis Club,” Jay Vanderburg, club president elect and event organizer, told The Paper of Wabash County, “and one of the biggest things that we support is Riley’s Children’s Hospital, but then there’s lots of other things we donate to (such as) FAME Festival in town, we support both Key Clubs in Wabash and in Northfield and lots of other music and arts programs in town.”
Posted on 2016 Mar 15
New license branch opens
By The Paper staff
 
INDIANAPOLIS—A new Wabash license branch opened Tuesday, March 15, at 1679 N. Cass St., Kent Abernathy, Commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), announced.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 15
‘What can we do for our community?’: Local educators, community leaders discuss preventing teen dating violence
By Emma Rausch
 
Every year, 1.5 million high school students report physical abuse from their boyfriend or girlfriend, according to Matthew Graham, director of the Bowen Center.
 
“One in 10 high school students has been hit purposefully, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend,” he continued. “One in 10. That’s 2 percent (of all U.S. students). That’s a lot.
 
“It gets to the point where do we begin calling it normal? I bet you some people think it’s normal. I wonder if that’s why it continues to occur.”
 
On Friday, March 11, Graham spoke to local educators, community leaders and representatives of local youth-based organizations about the dangers and reality of teen dating violence and ways “we” as a community can prevent the violence and help victims found in those situations.
Posted on 2016 Mar 15
Safe Places to have special week
By Joseph Slacian
 
Mayor Scott Long, during the Wabash City Council meeting on Monday night, declared March 20-26 as National Safe Place Week.
 
Safe Places are sites around Wabash County that are safe locations for children and teenagers to go if they find themselves in compromising situations. Those can be anything from contemplating running away, to a violent date or the fear that someone is following them to do them harm.
 
There are currently 45 Safe Places throughout Wabash County, according to Jan Williams, executive director of the Youth Service Bureau of Huntington County.
 
For a list of Safe Places in your area, click the jump!
Posted on 2016 Mar 15
Kick It for Karsyn announces spring, summer fundraisers
By Emma Rausch
 
Kick It for Karsyn will be hosting five spring and summer fundraising events starting April 22.
 
All five events will benefit the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation for childhood cancer research and will lead up to the third annual Kick It for Karsyn Kickball Tournament on Sept. 17.
 
For every $50 raised, one hour of childhood cancer research is funded, according to Larry Graff, national Kick It event organizer and pediatric cancer advocate.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 15
Academic banquet honors 39 students
Academic Honors seniors from Northfield High School include (front row, from left) Abby Keaffaber, Eryn Eckelbarger, Emily Unger, Drew Clark, Paige Holley, Lexus Biehl, (back row, from left) Jacob Schuler, Noah Shear, Eli Schuler, Jakob Hayes and Davie Shoue. (Not pictured Sarah Driscoll, Elizabeth Howenstine, Allison Middaugh and John Ritchie.) Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
MSD of Wabash County students were encouraged to own their mistakes, be grateful and remember to forgive at the 27th annual Academic Recognition Banquet on Tuesday, March 8.
 
Keynote speaker Christine Flohr, executive director of tourism for Visit Wabash County, shared her life mantras with 39 Northfield and Southwood seniors, which were honored Tuesday night for their academic excellences.
 
“You’re on the verge of leaving the nest and venturing out on your own,” Flohr said to the crowd of students and their families, “and so I decided to talk to each of you from the heart, sharing the words I would want shared with my own daughter.”
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 15
2 arrested on drug related charges
James Watson and Sheryl Stiddom
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Two Wabash County residents were arrested the week of March 7 on drug related charges.
 
James E. Watson, 36, Wabash, was arrested Monday, March 7, following an investigation at his private residence on Feb. 13.
 
Watson was charged with two counts of possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.
 
On Wednesday, March 9, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department arrested Sheryl A. Stiddom, 51, Laketon, following a routine traffic stop.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 15
March of Dimes asks locals to ‘march for babies’
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County March of Dimes kicked off its fundraising season on Tuesday, March 8, with a reminder of why it’s important to support the national cause on a local level.
 
“Stand up if you have polio,” Pat Vanlandingham, local committee chair, said to the team leaders and interested members at the meeting.
No one stood.
 
“Nobody,” Vanlandingham said. “Good. What you may not know is that is our first mission connection: you don’t have polio thanks to the March of Dimes. In our early works to eradicate polio in the United States, today children continue to receive this and many other vaccines.”
Posted on 2016 Mar 15

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