Local police officers jump to help a friend
Brenton Yarger shows off some of the collectables in his bedroom. His trampoline was recently destroyed in high winds and his friends in law enforcement took a collection to purchase him a new one. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
For the last five years, 13-year-old Brenton Yarger has raised funds to help the local Shop With a Cop program.
Over that time, Brenton, a seventh-grade student at Northfield Jr.-Sr. High School, has raised nearly $19,000 -- $18,568 to be exact -- to help local police officers take underprivileged children from around Wabash County shopping at Christmas.
On April 2, Brenton found himself in need. High winds and snow that blew through the area throughout the day lifted his much-loved trampoline off the ground, smashing it into nearby trees.
“My grandpa and I forgot to tie it down,” Brenton said, sitting on an ottoman in the living room of his grandparents’ home in rural Urbana. “It just blew away on the hill.”
Posted on 2016 Apr 12
‘The Curb’ returns to brick and mortar
The Curb as it looked in 1963 and as it looked in 1976. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
After 26 years, the Curb-A-Teria restaurant, also known as The Curb, is reopening a brick and mortar business at the former Wabash Donut Shoppe.
Originally opened in 1963 by Richard Johnson, the restaurant closed in 1990.
In 2014, Mr. Johnson’s son Jim Johnson decided to bring back the business on a smaller scale, a food truck called “The Curb on Wheels.”

Johnson worked at the original Curb-A-Teria as a teenager and managed it and its sister restaurant, Curby’s  Crispy Chicken, at different times, he said.

When he decided to bring the restaurant back, Johnson was a regional manager for a local gas station, which ended up closing down, “and so I thought maybe I’ll get back into concessions and bring back some of the old Curb recipes,” he told The Paper of Wabash County.


Posted on 2016 Apr 12
Local man seeks to launch grassroots effort to help fight community drug problem
By Joseph Slacian
A Wabash County resident has had it with the drug problem facing Wabash County, and is getting ready to take a stand to help fight the problem.
Gary Henderson, better know to most as “The Dog Man of Wabash County,” hopes to launch a grassroots, educational program aimed at youngsters to teach about the problems of drug abuse. He hopes to incorporate a costume character into the program and pass out anti-drug material at various town festivals, fairs and other events.
“I’ve been doing the (dog) training for years,” Henderson told The Paper of Wabash County. “We use the dogs there to bring out the issues with the children, then we have to figure out how to deal with the children.
Posted on 2016 Apr 12
Kansas singer still living a dream
Members of Kansas are (from left) Richard Williams, Billy Greer, David Ragsdale, Ronnie Platt, Phil Ehart, and David Manion. Photo by Marti Griffin
By Joseph Slacian
Ronnie Platt is living a dream life.
Eighteen months ago Platt was a lead singer and keyboard player in the band, Shooting Star. After Steve Walsh, lead singer for the rock band Kansas announced his retirement, Platt received a call from drummer Phil Ehart, asking him to come to talk to the band about replacing its former singer.
That was in July 2014, and he performed his first concert with the band in September of that year. Platt and Kansas will be returning to the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater on Thursday, April 21, for a concert.
“It’s a dream come true. How could it go any better?” Platt told The Paper of Wabash County during a recent telephone interview.
Posted on 2016 Apr 12
Beki Brindle Band to close Thursday Night Blues series
The Beki Brindle Band is returning to Wabash April 14 as the final show of the Thursday Night Blues series. Brindle said she loved her last visit to the Historic Eagles Theatre because “the audience was super responsive” and the theatre was “absolutely stunning.” Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
The Beki Brindle Band returns to the Historic Eagles Theatre on April 14 as the final performance of the Thursday Night Blues series.
Last year, the band opened for the series in January. Beki Brindle, band namesake and lead singer, told The Paper of Wabash County she loved the local crowd and venue.
Posted on 2016 Apr 12
Wabash resident charged with child molestation
By Emma Rausch
A 16-year-old Wabash resident was arrested Tuesday, April 5, for two counts of child molestation following a Wabash Police Department investigation.
The WPD received a report on Friday, April 1, that the 16-year-old male had had sex with a girl younger than 14-years-old.
Posted on 2016 Apr 12
Silver Lake man charged with truck theft
David C. Small
By Emma Rausch
A Silver Lake man was arrested Thursday, March 31, in connection to a stolen vehicle from D&B Auto Sales in Wabash.
The Wabash Police Department arrested David C. Small, 43, at approximately 2:13 p.m. following the auto theft investigation.
Posted on 2016 Apr 12
Tornado touches down in Wabash County
A mobile home was knocked off its foundation on Thursday, March 31, when an EF-1 tornado came through Wabash County. No injuries were reported. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
The National Weather Service has determined that an EF-1 tornado touched down Thursday evening, March 31, in rural Wabash County.
According to the NWS storm summary, the tornado touched down and skipped for about three-quarters of a mile. It initially touched down on the south side of CR 100 S. about a quarter mile east of CR 400 W.
“The tornado initially damaged an old, small metal farm building, completely destroying it,” the report said. “Metal roofing was also torn off of the south side of a nearby metal pole barn.”
Posted on 2016 Apr 05

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