Annual spelling bee provides ‘alternative’ educational opportunity
Brooklyn Stout, a fifth grade student from Sharp Creek Elementary, spells her final word correctly as runner-up Micah Pence waits on the sidelines to see if he gets another chance. Stout and Pence were the final contests in the Kiwanis Club Spelling Bee fifth grade competition. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
The Wabash Kiwanis Club hosted its annual spelling bee competition at the Wabash Middle School auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
While the bee provides another educational opportunity for area students, it also provided kids students with a different opportunity to shine, according to Jack Thomas II, Kiwanis member and event coordinator.
“I think it’s another alternative for kids,” Thomas told The Paper of Wabash County. “Some kids might not be the greatest the athlete or might not be a band member or whatever but maybe they’re great at spelling and this is their chance to shine in that event.”
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
City Schools Board seeks tax referendum
By Emma Rausch
The Wabash Community Schools School Board will seek voter approval for a tax levy referendum to be placed on the May 3 ballot.
The board unanimously approved seeking the referendum at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 1. The referendum, if approved, would implement a tax levy of 28 cents per $100 assessed valuation to assist the school system’s finances.
Voters in the area the school will cast a “Yes” or “No” on the referendum, according to City Schools Superintendent Jason Callahan.
Posted on 2016 Feb 09
Wabash County Promise launches scholarship program
By Joseph Slacian
The Community Foundation of Wabash County received a $430,000 grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which will be used to provide scholarships for Wabash County Promise Initiative (WCPI) students in fourth through eighth grade.
The scholarships were announced on Monday, Feb. 8, during a joint luncheon of WCPI and the Wabash Rotary Club. The grant was made to the Community Foundation of Wabash County.
“The WCPI – known formally as the Promise Early Distribution Scholarship Program – was initiated in 2013, when only seven percent of the county’s youth under 18 had a college saving account,” Community Foundation Executive Director Patty Grant noted. “Today, more than 70 percent of families with children in grades K through five in Wabash County are saving for college."
Posted on 2016 Feb 09
Justice terminated from DCS post
By Joseph Slacian
Margery Justice, director of the Wabash County office of the Department of Child Services, has been terminated.
Ashley Hungate, Director of Communications for the Indiana State Personnel Department, confirmed the termination to The Paper of Wabash County.
“Margery Justice was terminated January 28, 2016, for violating DCS Code of Conduct and State of Indiana/DCS policies,” Hungate said in an email to The Paper.
Posted on 2016 Feb 03
Homeowner’s trail camera aids investigation
An image captured on a trail camera at the home of Chris and Mika Clark. Photo provided
By Shaun Tilghman
NORTH MANCHESTER -- During the evening on Friday, Jan. 29, Chris and Mika Clark’s vehicles were broken into while parked outside their home, located just west of here on State Road 114. It was the third time in as many months that someone had taken items from their vehicles, but this time was different, as the Clarks had recently installed a trail camera in order to monitor their vehicles.
According to Clark, the first time they realized that someone had been in their vehicles and taken things was around Thanksgiving, and neither of the vehicles had been locked at the time.
Posted on 2016 Feb 09
Another firefighter receives back pay, damages
By Joseph Slacian
The City of Wabash has reached an agreement with a second firefighter paramedic who worked for 30 days last year without pay.
Firefighter paramedic Scott Reese agreed to the 30 days without pay in June 2015. The punishment stemmed from a December 2014 arrest in Fulton County for operating a personal vehicle while intoxicated.
The Board of Public Works and Safety agreed to give Reese $10,878,30 in back pay and damages in the settlement with the city. 
Posted on 2016 Feb 09
McCallen resigns as Democratic Party chair
By Joseph Slacian
Bryan McCallen, the long-time chair of the Wabash County Democratic Party, has resigned.
“I just felt it was time for a fresh face and new start,” McCallen, who has had the position for more than 30 years, told The Paper. “All my mentors who I relied on these 30-plus years are now gone. My father, Shirley Hipsher, Ira McClurg, Dallas Winchester, John and Ombra Keffaber and Don Branson.”
A caucus has been scheduled for Feb. 18 to choose a replacement.
Posted on 2016 Feb 09
Heartland culinary students get hands-on demonstration
Heartland Career Center student Lili Kuczewski (left) watches as classmate Ashley Enyert makes a cut on a chicken. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Karen Lackey hoped to teach students in Chef Brad Luzadder’s culinary arts class at the Heartland Career Center the fine art of cutting apart a whole chicken.
She did that and more last week.
Lackey, a long time home economist with the Indiana Farm Bureau, taught students in Luzadder’s morning and afternoon classes several things to consider when grocery shopping as well as about chicken and poultry in general.
“People don’t really know what parts a chicken has anymore,” she told nine students in the morning class. “Some may think the only part of a chicken has is the breast because they like white meat. They really don’t stop to think there are legs and wings and thighs and backs and giblets, all the things that go along with (chickens).”
Posted on 2016 Feb 09

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