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Chili for charity gives out $46,000

The Cannonball Chili for Charity Cook-off handed out checks to the recipients of funds on Tuesday, Nov. 12.

Organizations deemed recipients of this year’s raised funds gathered on Tuesday at the Wabash Elks Lodge where Wade Weaver of 105.9 The Bash, presented a check along with others who serve on the cookoff board.

Teams that received funds are as follows, with comments from officials of organizations represented that night.

Teens Against Dating Abuse (TADA) received $2,000.

“This money will help us spread awareness in the schools and in the community about healthy relationships,” said Megan Long of Teens Against Dating Abuse, a division of Hands of Hope

Honeywell Center Educational Outreach Program received $2,000.

“This money helps us provide more than 50,000 arts opportunities for students throughout the academic year,” said Cathy Gatchel, Vice President of Development and Marketing at the Honeywell Foundation.

ABATE received $2,000.

Posted on 2019 Nov 19
Walorski: impeachment hearings are a 'sham'

U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, the U.S. Representative for Indiana's 2nd congressional district joined Wabash County on Monday, Nov. 11 for the Veteran’s Day Program at the Wabash County Courthouse.

Before the program began, Walorski, R-2nd District, spoke with The Paper of Wabash County about her thoughts on the President Donald Trump’s pending impeachment hearings.

“This is a gigantic sham. It’s a waste of money for the tax payers,” she said.

The House’s impeachment inquiry of Trump will be going public this week with two days of hearings.

“When they come up empty handed in January, what are they going to do then?” she asked. “They tried the Mueller report, nothing. They’re trying impeachment, nothing. What are they going to do in January? This is a group of people that don’t like the president. Elections have consequences and they are trying to move him out of office.”

Posted on 2019 Nov 12
Heartland unveils new machine

Officials with the Heartland Career Center unveiled a state-of-the-art piece of equipment for its Precision Machining program.

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, donors of a new, $107,000 Wire EDM machine gathered at the center for brunch and to see what their investment has been used for. The machine uses a very thin wire and electricity to cut parts to a precise measure.

Supervisor of Student Services Pete Dupont told The Paper of Wabash County how the idea of getting this machine came to be.

“A local employer was walking through the building and asked, ‘If you could get something, what would you like?’ and that was the idea we had, was the Wire EDM.”

The donors that made this idea a reality were the 80/20 Foundation Trust, The Community Foundation of Wabash County, and the Pauline Barker Foundation.

Precision Machining instructor Joe Halverson spoke about the importance of having this machine available to students participating in the program.

Posted on 2019 Nov 12
Group presents quilts to veterans

The Quilt of Honor Quilters hosted more than 100 veterans and their guests for a luncheon to honor the sacrifices they have made to ensure freedom in the United States.

The guests of honor began arriving to Bachelor Creek Church of Christ at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 8, where they were greeted and then led into the banquet hall to be seated for a complimentary meal consisting of salad, meatloaf, green beans, mashed potatoes, and a cherry dessert.

The stage in the room was covered with quilts, handmade by the Quilt of Honor quilters to hand out to veterans. Veterans that have already received a quilt in the past received a travel mug decorated with the American flag.

Before lunch was served, Bachelor Creek pastor, Solomon David prayed. Before doing so though, he pointed out the hard work of the quilters.

“I know these ladies do not do this for one shred of recognition, but I think it is important that we do recognize the time they have put into this event,” he said, followed by applause from all of the guests.

The ladies in this group volunteer their time and skills to make quilts for veterans, plan the event, and serve the food and pass out the gifts on the day of the luncheon.

Posted on 2019 Nov 12
GOP wins contested race in NM, Wabash

Republicans John Burnsworth and Bryan Dillon were elected Tuesday, Nov. 5, to fill the two Wabash City Council at-large seats.

The two received the highest number of votes in the three-candidate field.

Burnsworth received 496 votes, while Dillon received 401 votes and Democrat Dan Townsend received 261 votes.

The City Council at-large race was the only contested race in the city in the 2019 Municipal General Election, and one of just three contested races in all of Wabash County.

In the other contested races, Laura Rager defeated Kevin Shambarger, 312-172, in the North Manchester Town Council District 1 race. Meanwhile, Tom Dale defeated Michael J. Larson, 330-150, in the NM Town Council District 3 race.

Rager and Dale are Republicans, while Larson and Shambarger ran as Independents.

Posted on 2019 Nov 12
Elks, The Paper to host veterans' dinner

The Paper of Wabash County, in conjunction with the Wabash Elks Lodge No.471, will host a free spaghetti dinner for Wabash County veterans and active duty personnel on Monday, Nov. 11.

The dinner will be from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 225 W. Main St., Wabash.

Veterans’ families may accompany them for the dinner. Organizers are asking for a free-will donation for non-veterans. That money will be donated to the Elks Veteran Service Program.

“We are very happy to partner with the local Elks Lodge to provide this free dinner to honor veterans,” Hometown Media President Don Hurd said. “We at The Paper feel it is very important to honor those who served to protect our freedom.

Posted on 2019 Nov 05
Neighbours students celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Looks of awe and excitement flooded the faces of elementary students at O.J. Neighbours Elementary School on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 31 as they entered the school to find police officers, fire fighters, and Elroy the Elk greeting them with hugs, ribbons, stickers and bookmarks.

The purpose of this special morning greeting for the students was to raise awareness about drugs, encourage them to make good decisions, and to feel comfortable around law enforcement and let them know that they are there to help.

This year marked the second year that the Wabash Elks No. 471 put together this event.

Spearheading the plans was Susie Keffaber, Wabash Elks Drug Awareness chair.

“This week is Red Ribbon week, so we just want to raise extra drug awareness in the community,” she told The Paper of Wabash County.

Posted on 2019 Nov 05
Museum unveils new permanent exhibit

About a dozen people were on hand Friday afternoon when officials from the Wabash County Historical Museum unveiled its new, permanent exhibit: “Faces of Change.”

The exhibit, located on the museum’s second floor, features 18 local individuals who have influenced change in rural America. It is sponsored by Midwest Eye Consultants in partnership with Indiana Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The museum was awarded a grant to host a local program exploring themes from a traveling Smithsonian exhibit called “Crossroads: A Change in Rural America.” The grant allowed officials to design a local program based on the Smithsonian theme.

“We were able to design a program based on change in rural America, and we were able to put a Wabash County spin on it,” Museum President and CEO Mitch Figert said during the ceremony.

When compiling the exhibit, he said, museum officials wanted to incorporate residents from throughout Wabash County.

“We wanted people that influenced change throughout Wabash County and in a variety of ways,” Figert said. “They’re not all deceased. Some of these people are still influencing change today.”

Posted on 2019 Nov 05

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