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Andy Williams tribute coming to Honeywell

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

There’s no denying, Andy Williams had a major factor in the success the Osmond family has had in show business.


“He was my mentor, my friend,” Jimmy Osmond, the youngest of the Osmond siblings, told The Paper of Wabash County in a recent telephone interview. “I started performing over 50 years ago, when I was 3, on his show. My brothers were already going.”


Jimmy will bring the program, “Andy Williams: Moon River” to the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater on Saturday, May 19.
 

Posted on 2018 May 15
Ground broken for inclusive park

Cason Myers (from left) looks on as Chelly Myers, Mayor Scott Long, former Mayor Robert Vanlandingham, Patty Grant, Adam Hall and Keith Gillenwater break ground for the Inclusive Park. Photo by Joseph Slacian. 

By Joseph Slacian

jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Ground was broken Wednesday afternoon for the city's Inclusive Park. More than two dozen individuals gathered to listen as officials spoke about the park going from a dream to soon being a reality.


Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO of Grow Wabash County and Mayor Scott Long spoke, as did park committee co-chairs Shelly Myers and Adam Hall. Patty Grant, Executive Director of the Community Foundation of Wabash County, also gave brief remarks.


All of those speaking noted that while the committee did the work, the park would not have been able to become a reality without the help of residents of Wabash, Wabash County and other locations around the state and country.
 

Posted on 2018 May 07
County voters head to polls Tuesday

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Voters around the State of Indiana will be taking to the polls on Tuesday, May 8, to choose candidates for local, state and federal seats up for election in November.


Locally, Republican voters will decide candidates for the Wabash County Council’s second and third districts. In addition, they will choose a candidate for Wabash County sheriff.


There also are some races for the township seats on both the trustee and advisory board level.


On the Democrat ballot, voters have no local races to decide. However, they do have races for the Indiana House and U.S. House of Representatives to cast votes in.
 

Posted on 2018 May 07
Tip leads to 2nd arrest

Corey Kelch

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com


MARION – A citizen’s tip on Friday, May 4, led to the arrest of the second suspect in the death of a LaFontaine resident.


The unidentified citizen notified the Marion Police Department that the suspect, Corey Kelch, 22, Marion, was at a home at 1813 E. 38th St. in Marion.


Further investigation by the Marion Police as well as the Indiana State Police revealed that Kelch was most likely at the home, according to a news release Friday night from Sgt. Tony Slocum, the Public Information Officer at the Indiana State Police Post in Peru.

Posted on 2018 May 07
Career Expo designed to help students find interests

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Deciding what young adults are going to do with their lives following high school can be a daunting task for some.
Events like the interactive Career Expo on Wednesday, May 2, at the Honeywell Center are designed to help children find their career path a little easier in the coming years.


Students from all around the area, including Wabash City, MSD of Wabash County, North Manchester, Huntington and Heartland Career took part in the expo, which exposed students to countless potential career paths.
 

Posted on 2018 May 07
City to review bids for two projects

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety took two sets of bids under advisement when it met on Thursday, May 3.
One set of bids was for a new ambulance for the Wabash Fire Department, while the second set was for the city’s phosphorus removal project.


Bidding for the ambulance were Horton Emergency Vehicles – Robert Brew Midwest Sales, 187,351, and Crossroads Ambulance Sales and Service, Middlebury, $171,600.


Bidding on the phosphorus removal project were James S. Jackson Co., Bluffton, $585,701; Mason Engineering and Construction, Fort Wayne, $590,000; Ottenweller Contracting, Fort Wayne, $869,000, and Thieneman Construction, Westfield, $747,000.
 

Posted on 2018 May 07
MSD reinstates youth sports programs

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Metropolitan School District of Wabash County Board of Education approved the reinstatement of some elementary school sports programs at the Tuesday, April 24 meeting.


Sixth grade volleyball and sixth grade girls and boys basketball will be among the new offerings for the 2018-19 school year at Sharp Creek Elementary and Southwood Elementary.

The goal is to offer additional teams the following school year.


The additions will require the district to hire additional coaches the program, and the board approved the purchase of a new activity bus to help with the influx of athletes in the programs.


“The benefits are being able to allow the students to have more opportunities to be able to be involved in after school programs, and to also build the programs up into the junior high and high school,” Superintendent Mike Keaffaber said. “It’s fantastic. I’m happy that the board approved it, and that we are able to offer other opportunities. So, we are very excited to offer this opportunity to the kids. And, it is revitalized with more rigor, We want to be able to have it to be a very formalized program for our students.”
 

Posted on 2018 May 07
Area officials sign code of ehtics

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Two people with ties to Wabash County were among the area officials to sign a Code of Ethics agreement sponsored by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.


Wabash Mayor Scott Long and Bill Konyha, president of the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana, were among the officials signing the document during a ceremony April 18 in Fort Wayne.


The document, signed by officials in from all 11 counties in Northeast Indiana, is designed to serve as a public proclamation of the region’s commitment to higher levels of performance and accountability through a culture of trust and respect.
 

Posted on 2018 May 07

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