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Mochrie, Sherwood returning to Wabash

For those attending Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood’s eighth performance at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater, there’s no need to worry.

They promise the show, on Friday, Nov. 8, will be totally different than their first seven visits to the Center. That’s because, they proudly boast, no two shows are alike.

“We’re bringing audience members up, and we’re getting different suggestions and new suggestions every single night,” 

Sherwood told The Paper of Wabash County in a recent telephone interview. “We’re asking for them in a myriad of ways so that we don’t get the same suggestion twice.

“What we’ve been doing for the last few years, is we have these generic cards that have weird ways of asking for all sorts of different things. We shuffle them up and have an audience member randomly pick one. So it’s like a one in 15 chance that we’ll be even asking the same question for the same game twice. And then, the way the card is worded that it’s so obtuse that it’s almost one in a hundred that you’re ever going to get the same suggestion from the audience. So, it’s literally one in a thousand, on any particular game, that we would ever get the same suggestion twice.”

Posted on 2019 Nov 05
Group seeks names of vets for quilts

The Quilt of Honor quilters are seeking the names and addresses of veterans to invite to the Veterans Luncheon which will be Friday, Nov. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at Bachelor Creek Church of Christ.
During this luncheon, veterans will be provided a meal and then recognized and thanked by receiving a quilt made by the Quilt of Honor quilters. Veterans that have already received a quilt in past years are still very much welcomed and will receive a different gift to show appreciation for their sacrifice.

Posted on 2019 Oct 30
MAXSTRONG to concentrate on toughening laws

With the trial of Alyssa Shepherd completed, officials at the MAXSTRONG Foundation will turn attention to fighting to continue strengthening the state’s school bus stop laws.

The Foundation – named for twin brothers Mason and Xavier Ingle and their older sister, Alivia Stahl – is dedicated to improving safety for all children that ride buses around Indiana. The three siblings were killed and a fourth, Maverik Lowe, was critically injured, on Oct. 30, 2018, after being struck by Shepherd’s vehicle as they were crossing State Road 25 to board the school bus.

Shepherd was found guilty in Fulton County Superior Court of three counts of felony reckless homicide, as well as one count of criminal recklessness and one count of driving around a school bus with the stop arm extended. Sentencing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 18.

During the last legislative session, Foundation officials worked with legislators to develop a tougher law for drivers who go around school buses when they are loading and unloading school children.

The new law went into effect on July 1. Under the measure, it requires same-side pickups and drop offs of children to prevent them from having to cross busy roads or highways to get on or off buses. It also increases penalties for violators who ignore a stopped bus.

However, MAXSTRONG officials don’t believe the measure goes far enough, and they plan to work with lawmakers to add more teeth to the law.

Posted on 2019 Oct 29
County's Veteran's Day service set Nov. 11

The Veteran’s Organization of Wabash County will conduct Veteran’s Day services on Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Wabash County Courthouse.

These services are open to the public and will take place in the following order:

Invocation by American Legion Post #15 Chaplin, Don Cole.

National Anthem sung by Mrs. Robert (Jo) Wade.

Remarks by Wabash Mayor, Scott Long.

Remarks by Jerry Alexander, representative for Senator Mike Braun.

Remarks by Brian Spaulding, representative for congresswoman Jackie Walorski.

Laying of wreaths by the Ladies Auxiliaries.

Posted on 2019 Oct 29
Ribbon cut at Downtown Nutrition

On Monday, Oct. 28, a ribbon cutting took place at Downtown Nutrition, a new shop in downtown Wabash was recently opened by Lindsay Heck, a 2003 graduate of Wabash High School.

Downtown Nutrition has a goal to promote a healthier lifestyle by introducing Wabash to a shop that offers healthy shakes, energizing teas, aloe, and suggestions for workout guides.

“We offer free consultations by appointment for wellness profiles to help meet our customer’s health and wellness goals,” Heck told The Paper of Wabash County.

Not only does the shop offer free consultations, but it also gives away a complimentary tea and aloe with the purchase of a shake.

There was a line of customers eager to try a new flavor or shake or tea, before Heck had to stop serving for a few minutes to cut the ribbon.

Posted on 2019 Oct 29
Rochester woman convicted in 2018 bus stop deaths

Alyssa Shepherd was convicted on five counts on Friday, Oct. 18.

The 12-person jury presented its unanimous verdict at 6:48 p.m. after about three hours of deliberation at the Fulton County Courthouse.

Shepherd was convicted of striking four children at a Fulton County school bus stop on Oct. 30, 2018, killing three and critically injuring the fourth.

She faced three counts of reckless homicide, a Level 5 felony, one count of criminal recklessness, a Level 6 felony, and one Class A misdemeanor count of passing a school bus with its stop arm extended, causing bodily injury.

Shepherd was convicted of killing Alivia Stahl and her twin brothers, Mason and Xvavier Ingle while they crossed State Road 25 to board the bus. She also was convicted of critically injuring a fourth child, Maverik Lowe.

“I’m extremely happy,” Brittany Ingle, mother of the three deceased children, told The Paper of Wabash County. “It should have went that way. I kind of had a feeling it would, based on all the evidence.

“I’m really glad that they held her accountable.”

The children’s grandfather, Michael Schwab, echoed Ingle’s thoughts.

Posted on 2019 Oct 22
Neighbours students go back in time

Students, parents and teachers arrived to O.J. Neighbours on Thursday, Oct. 17, for the 31st annual Pioneer Re-enactment.

The re-enactment took place in the David F. Sodervick Outdoor Education Center, where OJN students demonstrated what life was like in the 1800’s for Native Americans and pioneers.

The event was free to the public, but donations were accepted to help with the costs for next year’s re-enactment.

Kindergarten students demonstrated pioneer songs and dances, first graders reenacted pioneer games, the second-grade classes reenacted Native American dances and blessings, third graders talked about Native American life in various tribes during the settlement period, and fourth graders presented about pioneer life.

 
Posted on 2019 Oct 22
Classmates dedicate bench to late friend

On Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the hot dog and ice cream emporium in Lagro, Richard Monce sat in silence on a bench dedicated to his late wife, Anita, looking at the high school photo of her propped up next to him, holding back tears.

Anita Elward Monce grew up in Lagro, married Richard Monce, lived in Fort Wayne for a few years, and then returned to the home she grew up in where she lived out the rest of her life.

Anita stayed close with her school mates from the time she was seven to the day she passed away.

At the dedication of the bench on Wednesday, Anita’s husband was joined by two of those friends, Cheryl Stewart Teague and Becki Behny Wagoner.

Teague and Wagoner, along with six other lifelong friends Cathy Poole Herrell, Rita Rehak Muellyer, Ruthanne Treska Richwine, Linda Clark Mallow, Shirley Gilbert Shellenbarger, and Peggy Schlemmer Ballschmidt joined in raising money to have a bench with a plaque on it placed in Lagro, where their friendship began.

Posted on 2019 Oct 22

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