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‘Perfect weather’ brings high attendance to 46th annual FunFest

Youths play in a corn pit provided by POET Biorefining, a North Manchester area business. The local business set up the play area for the 46th Annual FunFest by the River in North Manchester. Photo by David Fenker

By David Fenker

After months of planning, organizing and preparing, the 46th annual FunFest by the River is over.

The five-day festival provided hours of entertainment for attendees starting Wednesday, Aug. 9, through Sunday, Aug. 13.

“It was pretty amazing, in a lot of different ways,” Debra Pyrah, North Manchester Chamber of Commerce executive director, said. “The help, the people that supported each other, encouraged each other, worked alongside each other. … Everybody was just there for everybody, as far as setting up and taking down, and that was very impressive.”

Posted on 2017 Aug 15
Park Department to survey public
By Joseph Slacian
 
Sometime over the next few weeks, random Wabash residents will receive a survey asked about the Wabash Park Department and its various properties.
 
The survey is part of the procedure in updating the department’s Master Plan.
 
The plan is updated every five years, Park Superintendent Adam Hall told The Paper of Wabash County. As part of the update, two surveys are taken.
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 15
Lake flooding concerns property owner

Frank Nordman shows off a fish he caught at McColley Lake in 2012. The trees there no longer look like they do in this photo. Rather, they are all dead, save for a few willows and sycamores. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

Frank Nordman first fished in McColley Lake when he was about 14-years-old.

Nordman, who will turn 80 in a few weeks, still fishes the lake. But, he said, the sites beauty has drastically changed in the last five years.

Once vibrant maple trees that surrounded the lake now stand barren, resembling trees one might see in a haunted forest.

Posted on 2017 Aug 15
MSD discusses 2018 General Fund budget
By Emma Rausch
 
The MSD of Wabash County Board of Education continued its 2018 budget discussions Monday, Aug. 7, with review of the preliminary drafts of the General Fund appropriation.
 
Chris Kuhn, MSD assistant superintendent of finance, told the board that he would advertise a $15,634,900 General Fund.
 
“It is in much, much better shape than it was in the past,” he explained, comparing the fund to it three years ago.
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 15
3rd annual cellphone photo contest names 6 winners

Diane Morris, co-owner of Borders and Beyond, (back row) presented three individuals with certificates and cash prizes for their winning entries in the 2017 4x4 Phone Photo Contest. Winners were (front row, from left) Melissa Cardwell, Allie Pinkerton, Stacy Denton and (not pictured) Emily Bahney. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Borders and Beyond Gallery hosted the third annual 4x4 Phone Photo Contest on Friday, Aug. 4, and named six individuals as winners.

Three years ago, BBG co-owner Diane Morris created the contest after being inspired by social media.

“I had seen on Facebook and Instagram these really creative pictures,” Morris told The Paper of Wabash County, “and I thought, ‘How creative,’ and I wanted to host a contest to represent and encourage what I was seeing. It’s fun to have it in the (4-inch by 4-inch) format.”

Posted on 2017 Aug 15
County planners take no action on WRT setback request

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash County Plan Commission has yet to consider a setback requirement for the Wabash River Trail.

Opponents to the trail asked the commission in July to consider such a requirement to protect those who do not want the trail cutting through their property.

However, Plan Commission Director Mike Howard noted that he has been busy with other projects and has not yet had a chance to consider the request.

He did ask how a setback can be created on a continuous item, such as the trail?

 

Posted on 2017 Aug 08
Goff embraces new duties
Chris Goff
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
As a high school student, Chris Goff wasn’t certain he would go to college.
 
As a junior or senior at Southwood High School, he was convinced to apply to college. He did, and soon developed an interest in the legal profession.
 
It was a decision well made, for today, Goff is now in his second week as the newest justice on the Indiana Supreme Court. He was appointed to the post on June 12 by Gov. Eric Holcomb, and was sworn in on July 24.
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 08
FunFest takes place this week

The annual car show is one of the highlights of FunFest by the River. The Paper file photo

By David Fenker

NORTH MANCHESTER -- The 46th Annual FunFest by the River will come to North Manchester this week.

This year’s festival, themed “Car-toons by the River at FunFest”, will feature several new events, including a tractor show and industrial tours.

“A new event on Saturday is the Tractor Show. Right now, we know we have 50-70 tractors coming, and they’re old tractors to new tractors. Ed Egner has worked very hard on that,” FunFest Committee Co-Chair Karen Fawcett said.

Posted on 2017 Aug 08

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