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Churches help to eliminate families' debt

Donations from local and surrounding churches have helped to relieve 1,683 families, including several from Wabash County, of their medical debts equaling $2,091,635.43.

Pastor Aaron McClary from Markle Church, Pastor Brandon Kelley from the First Church of Christ in Bluffton, and Solomon David, pastor at Bachelor Creek Church of Christ in Wabash, along with those churches congregants raised money and contributed it towards the Christmas offerings. They were able to raise $15,000 which they then donated to RIP Medical Debt.

Posted on 2019 Dec 30
MCS community, board meet for transgender discussion.

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Roughly 300 people attended a special meeting of the Manchester Community Schools Board of Trustees to hear about and discuss the corporation's transgender policy Wednesday night, Dec. 18.

The meeting was a result of parents' concerns that MCS was allowing a Manchester Elementary School boy who identifies as a girl to use the girls restroom.

The meeting was in the auditorium of the Manchester Administration Office building (former junior high building) with people standing along the back and side walls after all 250 seats were filled.

School attorney Mark Frantz started the meeting discussing Title IX and case law interpreting Title IX which states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

Posted on 2019 Dec 23
Shepherd gets 4 years in jail

ROCHESTER -- Alyssa Shepherd received a 4 year jail sentence in connection with the 2018 deaths of three Fulton County children and the injury of a fourth.

In addition, she will spend 3 years on home detention and 3 more years on probation.

Shepherd, who could have been sentenced to 21 years in jail, was convicted October 18 in the deaths of Alivia Stahl and her twin brothers Mason and Xzavier Ingle and the injury of Maverick Lowe. She was charged with three counts of reckless homicide (Level 5 felonies), one count of criminal recklessness – aggressive driving resulting in serious bodily injury (a Level 6 felony) and one count of passing a school bus causing injury when arm is extended where bodily injury results (a Class A misdemeanor).

She also will lose her license for 10 years.

Posted on 2019 Dec 23
Rettig's under new management

Rettig’s Industrial Supply of Wabash came under new ownership this past Oct. 2019.

Rettig’s has been in Wabash since 1888, when it was founded by Frank J. Rettig.

The company was later sold to a group of investors headed by the Collings Co. The company then saw two new co-managers, Don Brittain and Robert Rumpf, who then bought out the company in 1961, making them co-owners.

Fast forward to Dec. 1999, when Adam Winer began working for then owner, Grant Long. Winer began working and quickly was made Manager of Purchasing and Inside Sales.

Posted on 2019 Dec 23
Neighbours receives DOE grant

On Dec. 5, officials from the Indiana Department of Education (DOE) announced O.J. Neighbours Elementary School as a recipient of $20,000 of grant money from the Indiana Dual Language Immersion (DLI) Program.

The DLI Program distributes financial assistance to school corporations or charter schools for either the establishment of new programs or the introduction of new languages within existing programs.

DLI programs must begin in kindergarten or first grade and use an instructional model that provides at least 50 percent of its instruction in a target language, with the remaining instructional time in English.

Posted on 2019 Dec 23
Sodervick named 2020 Wabash County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar

Payton Sodervick was named the 2020 Wabash County Lilly Endowment Community Scholar on Monday, Dec. 9.

He received the honor during a ceremony following a dinner at the Honeywell Center.

Sodervick, a Wabash High School senior, was selected from a field of six candidates. He will receive a four-year, full tuition scholarship to any accredited public or private college or university in Indiana and a $900 stipend annually for books and supplies.

“I was just thinking of the opportunity to go to college debt free and get that burden off my family,” he told The Paper of Wabash County. “It’s something that I always knew would be special. I never thought I would have this opportunity.

Posted on 2019 Dec 17
Wabash Christian Church plans Living Creche

Wabash Christian Church members will present their annual Living Crèche (Nativity) on Saturday, Dec. 22, from 6 to 8 p.m.

There will be three live, 15 minute shows each hour in front of the church, complete with animals, music, and beautiful costumes.

Diane Kirlin, chair of the Living Crèche, told The Paper of Wabash County that the church has been putting on this show since the early 1960s.

“We don’t know exactly the date, but we are saying that we are getting close to probably 58 years.”

Kirlin has been in charge of this production for more than 20 years.

Posted on 2019 Dec 17
City Council rejects tougher smoking ban

A proposed ordinance that would have banned smoking in public parks and at city-sponsored events on public property was defeated Monday, Dec. 9, by the Wabash City Council.

The Council voted 4-2 to defeat the measure on second reading. It had approved the same measure on first reading at its Nov. 25 meeting.

Council members Doug Adams, Marc Shelly, Mitch Figert and Bryan Dillon voted against the ordinance while members Bob Greene and Eric Schoening backed the measure. Adams was the lone person to vote against the measure in November.

The vote took place following a brief discussion among council members and about 15 minutes of input from the public.

Posted on 2019 Dec 17

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