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MSD approves design and fee proposal for HS upgrades

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The MSD of Wabash County School board approved a fee of roughly $66,000 to proceed with getting quotes for aesthetic approvals to both Northfield and Southwood high schools at Tuesday’s board meeting.


Adam Weesner from Barton-Coe-Vilamaa Architects and Engineers was on hand to take the board through the different scenarios of what such a renovation project would look like.


The project would have a base bid project cost of roughly $630,000 per school, with an alternative bid total of approximately $724,000 per school.


The renovations call for mostly paint and flooring updates.


The goal is to stay around $1.6 million for the entire project, Assistant Superintendent of Finance Chris Kuhn said.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
Blues Brothers Revue returns to Honeywell Center

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty will be returning to the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater stage on Friday night, Feb. 22.


If you don’t recognize their real names, perhaps their stage names – Jake and Elwood Blues – will ring a bell. The pair will be returning to Wabash with The Blues Brothers Revue, a tribute act which has received the seal of approval from Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s widow, Judy Belushi. Aykroyd and Belushi developed the characters as part of a Saturday Night Live skit in the late 1970s.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
Harting Furniture to close

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- After 86 years of serving the North Manchester community, a local legacy will be no more.
In a letter sent out to “valued customers, friends and neighbors,” Harting Furniture Gallery announced they will soon be going out of business.


In the letter, Harting Furniture expressed its thanks to its customers.


“After serving the good people of North Manchester and the surrounding communities, we would like to say 'thank you' for your many years of loyal patronage,” the letter stated.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
Bills seek to ease jail overcrowding

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

A report by WFYI in late January reported that nearly half Indiana’s county jails are over capacity.


That’s no surprise here in Wabash County, as Sheriff Ryan Baker tells the County Commissioners every week during his jail report that the local county jail is over capacity 100 percent of the time.


Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Winona Lake) told The Paper of Wabash County that jail overcrowding has been on his radar “for quite a few years.”


“Ever since we did the revamping of the sentences, where we decided ‘hey, we’re going to keep the non-violent offenders down in the local jails,’ that pretty much started overcrowding all of our local jails,” Wolkins said. “That was two or three years ago when we changed all the sentencing guidelines.”
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 12
Palascak ready for visit home

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash High School graduate Michael Palascak will bring his standup comedy routine back to the Honeywell Center on Thursday, Feb. 14.


Palascak will perform in Legacy Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m.


“I didn’t realize how long I’ve been gone until I get ready to go back,” he told The Paper of Wabash County in a telephone interview. “Then I’m excited to go back.”


Palascak was a finalist in NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and performed at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater as part of a comedy tour featuring the show’s finalists.


“That tour was really fun,” he said. “Since then I’ve been continuing to do that. I’ve got to do Colbert and Conan, too.”
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 12
Fundraiser planned for BSU student

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A fundraiser to help a Ball State University student raise funds to participate in a class project in Europe is planned Friday, Feb. 22, at the Wabash Elks Lodge.


Alix Latta will be traveling to England in March to study authoress Jane Austen.


“We’re going there to see her house and all the places she wrote about,” Latta told The Paper of Wabash County in a telephone interview. “We’ve got a bunch of tour guides who are going to show us around to get a really deep look at her life and the things that she did.”
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 12
Blanket Binders provide help for those in need

Volunteers work on quilts at the Dallas L. Winchester Senior Center. Photo by Joseph Slacian. 

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A group of quilting enthusiasts gather every-other-month at the Dallas L. Winchester Senior Center to make quilts for needy residents around Wabash County.¬¬


The Blanket Binders program started in 2013 thanks in part to Claire Coyne, former director of the Lighthouse Mission. Coyne first approached Carolyn Kellam, a member of the Sew Pieceful Guild, about that organization overseeing the program.


“I didn’t think our quilt guild would want to do it because we have too many charity things going on,” she told The Paper of Wabash County. “I went home … thinking about, praying to God, and it came upon in my heart, let’s just get the non-profits together – we have a lot of great groups – and make quilts.”
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 12
Local choir headed to Carnegie Hall

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Jack Benny once quipped, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. Practice. Practice.”


A group of local young women are doing just that, preparing for a March 17 choir performance in New York City’s Carnegie Hall.


The choir, the Wabash Community Women’s Choir, is under the direction of former Wabash High School choir director Emily France. It is made up of 20 young women between 14 and 23 years of age.


France told The Paper of Wabash County that she was approached in the fall of 2017 by her former choir teacher at St. Mary’s College, Nancy Menk, about bringing a woman’s choir to be part of the choir composed of about 250 women from around the country.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 05

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