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WCS seeks zoning variance for O.J. Neighbours
By Emma Rausch
 
O.J. Neighbours Elementary School may soon have access to a mobile classroom to help ease its increased student population.
 
In a unanimous vote, Wabash City Schools Board approved a recommendation Monday, Feb. 6, to seek a variance of the elementary facility’s zoning plan through the Board of Zoning Appeals to include a mobile classroom’s placement. The BZA will hear the request when it meets on Feb. 15.
 
“I wouldn’t say we’re struggling, but we continue to have some space concerns, especially this past year when we increased the number of students at O.J. Neighbours,” Superintendent Jason Callahan said, “and so we’ve been talking about how to alleviate that and one of the ideas was to get a couple of mobile classrooms (as) mobile classrooms can be a temporary solution.”
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
City Schools’ budget cut $345,000
By Emma Rausch
 
The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) cut $345,000 from Wabash City Schools’ budget, a “hit” taken by the corporation’s taxable funds, according to Matt Stone, chief business officer.
 
The DLGF announced the cut in its 1782 notice, Stone told the Wabash City Schools Board on Monday, Feb. 6
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
‘Come and meet those dancing feet’: ‘42nd Street’ brings Broadway to Honeywell Center stage
By Emma Rausch
 
The backstage musical comedy “42nd Street” invites Wabash to “come and meet those dancing feet” at the Honeywell Center Ford Theater on Friday, Feb. 17.
 
Set in 1933, the musical tells the story of two “quintessential” American dreams coming to fruition on the Broadway stage. The first is of Peggy Sawyer, played by Clara Cox, and her goal of becoming a lead in a Broadway show.
 
The second is of director Julian Marsh, portrayed by Matthew J. Taylor, and his aim to rise back to the top.
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
City of Wabash awarded Active Living Workshop
By Emma Rausch
 
The City of Wabash received the Active Living Workshop Jan. 30 and is taking its next steps toward becoming a healthier community.
 
The spring and summer workshop series was constructed Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) partnered with Health by Design to assist seven Indiana communities, including Wabash, to become healthier as well as more walkable, bikeable and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.
 
The six other workshop recipients include Fort Wayne, Monticello, Rockport, Sheridan, Southport and Whiteland.
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
Members to decide on Chamber, EDG merger
By Joseph Slacian
 
Members of the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce and EDG of Wabash County will have final say on a possible merger between the two groups.
 
Chamber Board Chair Paul McCann told a crowd gathered at a Business Before Hours program Wednesday morning, Feb. 8, that Chamber officials hope its members vote for the merger.
 
The idea for the merger was broached with members last week via a letter from Emily Boardman, chair of a Chamber committee overseeing the possible transition.
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
Inclusive Park organizers near halfway mark for funding
An artist’s conception of what the city’s Inclusive Park will look like. Photo provided
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
A committee overseeing the creation of an inclusive park in Wabash is about halfway to its $1.7 million goal.
 
The park is part of the city’s Stellar Project program and will be located on Carroll Street near the existing John Drook Skate Park.
 
“The construction documents are 90 percent complete,” committee member Shelly Myers said. “Some things have come up, some have gone down … the estimated cost is $1.7 million now.”
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
Promise, YMCA, Duke University partnership aims to increase national financial wellbeing

Wabash’s community leaders listen at the Common Cents Lab Wednesday, Feb. 8, as its announced that the Wabash County Promise and Wabash County YMCA will be partnering with Duke University’s financial success initiative. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

The Wabash County Promise, Wabash County YMCA and Duke University announced a new partnership Wednesday, Feb. 8, that aims to increase the financial wellbeing in low- to moderate-income households locally and nationwide.

The local YMCA hosted the Common Cents Lab (CCL), a financial research lab at Duke University, to educate local community leaders on behavioral economics and its importance in finances, according to Mariel Beasley, CCL co-director and head of partnerships.

Posted on 2017 Feb 14
Daywalt was more than a racer, IMS historian says
Donald Davidson (seated) Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian, listens as Mike Harmless, former mayor of Greencastle, introduces him to the Wabash Kiwanis Club. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Donald Davidson, Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian, spun tales of Jimmy Daywalt, Dick Miller and more during a visit Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 7, with the Wabash Kiwanis Club.
 
Davidson and former Greencastle Mayor Mike Harmless were in Wabash as part of the Speedway’s outreach program to promote the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 in May.
 
This was Davidson’s third visit to Wabash in the last year. Each time he spoke about Daywalt and Miller. But this time, there were new twists to the tales.
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14

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