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Jim Smith as 2014 NM Citizen of the Year

By Shaun Tilghman
North Manchester News Journal News Editor

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Although last year’s recipients, Bob and Robin Shepherd, of Shepherd’s Chevrolet, were vacationing in Florida, Bob was still able to honor the 2014 Citizen of the Year, Jim Smith, via a video he recorded prior to the 71st Annual North Manchester Chamber of Commerce Dinner, which took place Jan. 22 in the Jo Young Switzer Center on the campus of Manchester University.

“The person we honor here tonight, as the 2014 Citizen of the Year, has touched many lives and impacted our community greatly,” said Shepherd. “He has worked tirelessly and sacrificially to make our hometown a better place to live and raise a family.”

Posted on 2015 Jan 27
North Manchester Beacon Credit Union receives Commerce Award for 2014

By Shaun Tilghman
North Manchester News Journal News Editor

NORTH MANCHESTER -- On Jan. 22, Jan Fahs-Brown and Andy Brown, owners of Fahs-Brown Plumbing and winners of the 2013 Commerce Award, were pleased to present Beacon Credit Union as Business of the Year for 2014 during the 71st Annual North Manchester Chamber of Commerce Dinner, held in Manchester University’s Jo Young Switzer Center.

In 1931, at the height of the Great Depression, a group of 75 farmers established Wabash County Farm Bureau Credit Union, which is now Beacon Credit Union, because they believed they could provide financial products and services for themselves better than relying on others to do it for them.

 

Posted on 2015 Jan 27
Forum looks at e-cigarettes, other products

by Joseph Slacian

Stricter regulations are needed for e-cigarettes, a state official said Jan. 22 during a Town Hall Forum on the subject.

That is just one of the steps that need to be taken to make e-cigarettes safer for users and non-users alike, according to Miranda Spitznagle, the Director to Tobacco Prevention Cessation Commission of the Indiana Department of Health.

Spitznagle was one of four panelists at the forum sponsored by Parkview Wabash Hospital, AACTION, and Wabash County Tobacco Free Coalition and moderated by Roderick Schram. The program, which took place at the Wabash County YMCA, was designed to educate the public about the e-cigarette.

Posted on 2015 Jan 27
County OKs new bridge contract

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash County Commissioners approved changes in the contract with two entities for bridge inspections in Wabash County on Jan. 20.

One of the supplemental contracts was with the engineering firm of Butler Fairman & Seufert, which does the actual inspections. The other contract was with the Indiana Department of Transportation, which helps pay for the inspections.

The new agreement is “due to federal highway changes in regulations of bridge inspections,” County Highway Superintendent John Martin said. “Federal highways are now requiring bridges with a rating of four or under on the deck, substructure or superstructure must be inspected every 12 months instead of every 24.”

Posted on 2015 Jan 27
City to proceed with home demolition

by Joseph Slacian

The City of Wabash gave Building Commissioner John Stephens the OK to proceed with the demolition of a home at 7 Elmwood Drive.

On Jan. 21, the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety ordered Stephens to send the estate of the late owner, Jo Jinks Dietzer, notification that work on demolishing the home would begin in at least 10 days, which is required by statute. 

Posted on 2015 Jan 27
Thursday Night Blues features the Beki Brindle Band as series-starting performance

By Emma Rausch

On Jan. 22, the Beki Brindle Band took to the stage at the Eagles Theatre as the first of four performers in the Thursday Night Blues series lineup.

Since she was discovered at Indiana University, Hoosier-born lead singer Beki Brindle has performed internationally, sharing the stage with members of U2, Joe Lewis Walker, and Johnny Mars. In 2014, she was honored with induction into the New York Blues Hall of Fame.

Before she began her first song of the evening, Brindle welcomed the audience to enjoy her music and dance if they want to, because she was “pretty sure that’s not illegal.” Blues lover Mimi Snyder made the most of her front row seat and took up the singer’s invitation, grooving to Brindle’s beats to her heart’s content. Synder said it was worth seeing the show Thursday night, even though it was a work night.
 

Posted on 2015 Jan 27
Brian Regan returns in February for third Honeywell performance

By Emma Rausch

On Feb. 13, comedian Brian Regan returns for his third visit to Wabash's Honeywell Center's stage to entertain friends and family with his nationally acclaimed stand-up.

Throughout his career, Regan has made 27 appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” has been featured on Jerry Seinfeld’s web series “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee,” made his film debut this past December as an engineer in the Chris Rock comedy “Top 5,” and was nominated for 2014 American Comedy Award for Best Concert Comic.

Touring nonstop since 2005, Regan’s stand-up takes him to nearly 100 cities in the U.S. and Canada per year. However, through the steady lineup of gigs, Regan never stops creating new jokes to crack on the next stage, eventually resulting in an entirely new show after about two years.

Posted on 2015 Jan 27
2 injured in early-morning crash

Two men were injured, one critically, in a one-vehicle accident at 5:53 a.m. Tuesday.

The accident took place on County Road 550 N, east of CR 700 W.
 

Posted on 2015 Jan 20

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