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St. Joseph’s closing hits close to home
Leann Kooi poses for a photo in front of the Modoc’s mural on Market Street, which she repainted in 2016. Kooi told The Paper of Wabash County had it not been for Saint Joseph’s College, she would have never had the courage to take on such an important task. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash native Leann Kooi will graduate from Saint Joseph’s College in May and then immediately lose her school forever.
 
Rensselaer’s St. Joseph’s College (SJC) will be “temporarily” closing following graduation and, despite being 80 miles away, Wabash locals will be feeling the effects, if not now then in the soon future, according to Kooi.
 
In January, the 127-year-old Catholic institution announced it would be “temporarily” closing as of May 12 due to financial distress. The college would need a cash influx of $100 million, with $20 million in commitments by June, according to Robert Pastoor, SJC’s president.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14
Rowe takes over as Garber-Simmons director
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- The Garber-Simmons Senior Center is under new leadership.
 
The center recently hired Sandy Rowe as its director, following the retirement of Melinda Sweeten late last year.
 
Rowe began working in early January, and says she has many ideas for programs for the seniors.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14
Wabash River Trail to learn about funding request
By Joseph Slacian
 
Representatives of the Wabash River Trail should learn Tuesday, if their request for $960,236 from the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority has been granted.
 
The RDA board will meet at 2 p.m. March 14 in the Ventura Room in Fort Wayne to discuss that request and others it received at its February meeting. Among the other requests was one from the Eagles Theatre for $996,567 for its renovation project.
 
Glenn Butcher, who is spearheading a campaign of opponents of the river trail, said representatives from his group plan to be at the meeting Tuesday.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14
Styx to perform at Honeywell
By Eric Christiansen
 
They have played at the Super Bowl, and now Styx will be playing at the Honeywell Center in Wabash on Thursday, March 23. 
 
Styx will present many of their greatest hits to the Honeywell Center crowd, including "The Grand Illusion," "Renegade," and "Come Sail Away" to the Wabash crowd.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14
Wabash man charged in Big R gun theft
By Emma Rausch
 
A Wabash man is facing a felony charge in connection to a February Big R gun theft.
 
Derrick L. King, 19, Wabash, was charged with felony theft and misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license following a Wabash Police Department (WPD) investigation.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14
Park Board OKs plans for south side park
By Joseph Slacian
 
A committee seeking to improve a park on the south side of Wabash received permission from the Wabash Park Board to pursue its plans.
 
With that green light received Wednesday night, March 8, the committee is now able to purchase playground equipment for the site.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14
City considers south side land purchase
By Joseph Slacian
 
The New Journey Church and the City of Wabash are considering a sale of land that could help the city resolve a decades-old problem.
 
New Journey, which is located in the old W.C. Mills Elementary School on Vernon Street, is considering selling some of the land it acquired when it purchased the school.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14
NM man charged with burglary, theft
Bryce L. Zook
 
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER – A North Manchester man is facing additional felony charges after DNA evidence linked him to a burglary from November 2016.
 
Bryce L. Zook, 19, of North Manchester was charged with burglary and theft from a home in North Manchester, according to court documents.
 
 
 
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14

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