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Singleton-Anderson family begins work on Habitat house

Jeanettah Lyons, Wabash County Habitat for Humanity bookkeeper, (left) helps volunteers roll a dilapidated doghouse to a disposal pile during the county’s Women’s Build day on Saturday, May 13. Photo by Emma Rausch

By David Fenker

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Those traveling State Road 13 between North Manchester and Urbana recently may have noticed activity at the house located at 9124 N. SR 13.

The house is currently owned by Wabash County Habitat for Humanity, which originally built it around 20 years ago, and is in the process of being remodeled for a new Habitat family to move in.

“This home was previously built by Habitat,” County Habitat Executive Director Maggie Wimberly said. "Unfortunately, after working with the last family for five years, we had to foreclose on their mortgage.  Tyler and Shailea fell in love with the bones of the house and are eager to live in the country with their 3 young children.  We will add on about 300 square feet to accommodate the size of their family.”

Posted on 2017 May 16
St. Bernard named Four Star School
By Joseph Slacian
 
St. Bernard Catholic School was named a Four Star School by the Indiana Department of Education.
 
The ranking, announced Friday, May 12, means that St. Bernard is among the very best schools in Indiana, according to Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction.
 
Posted on 2017 May 16
Council OKs statement of benefit reports
By Joseph Slacian
 
Three local industries received approval from the Wabash City Council for their compliance with statement of benefit reports on Monday, May 8.
 
Businesses or individuals receiving tax abatements from the council are required to provide the annual reports. The abatements can run up to 10 years, depending on a variety of things, including, in the case of business and industry, the cost of improvements and number of jobs created. 
 
Posted on 2017 May 16
3 Wabash County schools rank in state’s ‘best high schools’ report

By Emma Rausch

Three Wabash County high schools ranked in the U.S. News & World Report 2017 Best High Schools of Indiana with two also receiving national rankings.

Manchester Junior-Senior High School (MHS), Southwood Junior-Senior High School (SHS) and Wabash High School (WHS) each placed in the top 70 schools of Indiana for their college readiness and Advanced Placement (AP) exam scores.

The annual report ranks schools based on the school’s overall performance on standardized tests and internationally available exams on college-level course work, such as AP classes, as well as the school’s ability to prepare students for the exams and college.

Posted on 2017 May 16
Heartland criminal justice course graduates return as professionals

Heartland Career Center students listen as Carmel Police Department Officer Nick Striker (center) shares some of his experiences in the law enforcement field. Striker joined law enforcement officers (back row, from left) Devin Bechtold, Hunter Law and Parker Stouffer to exhibit the importance of the Heartland class’s teachings and how they will remain important even into professional careers. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Four law enforcement officers returned to their former Heartland Career Center classroom Monday, May 8, and provided current criminal justice students a glimpse into their possible futures in the profession.

Officers Nick Striker, Hunter Law, Parker Stouffer and Devin Bechtold, all Southwood High School graduates, shared their experiences in the law enforcement field. However, their stories weren’t the primary reason for their return to Heartland, according to Leroy Striker, criminal justice course instructor.

Posted on 2017 May 16
Commissioners, Roann move forward with old school
By David Fenker
 
The Wabash County Commissioners and Town of Roann took the next step toward demolishing the town’s old school building.
 
Roann Clerk-Treasurer Bob Ferguson presented the commissioners with a resolution, passed by the Roann Town Council Tuesday, May 9, regarding the old school at the board’s Monday, May 15, meeting.
 
Posted on 2017 May 16
Manchester superintendent resigns
By David Fenker
 
Manchester Community Schools Superintendent Dr. William Reichhart resigned this week after seven years as the head of the district.
 
His resignation was announced Monday morning in an email to teachers and staff, and was accepted at the MCS Board of School Trustee’s meeting Tuesday, May 9, and is effective June 30.
 
“Dr. Reichhart had agreed to resign prior to the expiration of a three year contract for a settlement of one year salary paid over two years,” Board President Steve Flack said, reading from the board’s agenda item covering its separation agreement with Reichhart.
 
Posted on 2017 May 16
Best of Best recognizes 17 talented youth at 10th annual gallery showing

Kendra Auler, Manchester High School junior, prices her artwork for the 10th annual Best of the Best gallery showing. The Best of the Best program encourages Wabash County youth to further explore their artistic talents while also teaching entrepreneurship and marketing in the art business. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Seventeen Wabash County students will be exhibited at the Honeywell Center Sunday, May 21, during the 10th annual Best of the Best Art Gallery.

Since its establishment in 2007, the Best of the Best, a countywide art program, has aimed to expand local youths’ artistry and develop entrepreneurial skills needed to sell their artwork.

However, to those participating, the program has offered much more.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on 2017 May 16

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