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Minister Oakes retires from Treaty Church of Christ
Doug and Karen Oakes pose for a photo beside a giant, handcrafted quilt, which was a gift from the Church of Christ at Treaty congregation. Oakes (left) served as the church’s minister since 2005 and retired following his final sermon Sunday, Aug. 28. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
TREATY - After 10 1/2 years of leading the flock at Church of Christ at Treaty, Minister Doug Oakes preached his last sermon on Sunday, Aug. 28, and officially retired.
 
For 45 years, Oakes together with his wife, Karen, have been helping people learn and grow with God.
 
“I’ve really committed my life to ministry (since) I was 13,” Oakes told The Paper of Wabash County. “This has been what I wanted to do, so I’ve been blessed that I could do what I love. I love to preach. I love to develop sermons and messages for people to understand the Bible, to see how it can affect them and light up their lives.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 06
Wabash donates supplies to assist devastated Kokomo
Wabash High School Student Council members (from left) Kelsie Olinger, Kenda Mullen, Hope Decker and Cheyenne King pose for a photo with the supplies they purchased and donated to victims of the Kokomo tornado on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash County citizens, organizations and businesses gathered supplies last week to provide relief support for Kokomo’s tornado victims.
 
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, a tornado blew through Kokomo and damaged more than 1,000 residential structures, including a Starbucks located on U.S. 35 and State Road 22, according to an Indiana State Police press release.
 
As the ongoing assessment continued in the days that followed, the injury count remained at 15 to 20 people reported minor injuries, most of which were a result of flying debris, the release continued.
 
No deaths were reported.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 06
Three Dog Night singer has interesting career
Three Dog Night will perform Friday, Sept. 9, at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater. Photo provided
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
It’s safe to say that Danny Hutton has had an interesting career in music.
 
He once was employed as a writer and musician for Hanna-Barbera, and even was a character in an episode of “The Flintstones.” Along the way, he befriended Brian Wilson, the founding member of The Beach Boys, and was in the studio to see the recording of one of the iconic albums of the 1960s, “Pet Sounds.”
 
In the 1980s, he managed punk bands, including the band Fear, which was featured in the documentary “The Decline of Western Civilization,” and was the featured band on an episode of “Saturday Night Live,” at the insistence of the late John Belushi.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 06
Manchester University hosts annual Eel River clean up
By Emma Rausch
 
NORTH MANCHESTER – Manchester University students and North Manchester locals are returning to the banks of the Eel River Saturday, Sept. 10, for the annual Eel River Watershed Initiative clean up.
 
A university led event since 2009, volunteers from across the community are welcome to join the initiative, according to Herb Manifold, MU Environmental Studies grant coordinator.
 
“It’s part of a larger grant that we’re a part of from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management so part of our educational outreach includes this river clean up,” he said, “and every year … we’ll do different parts of the river and pick up anything from loose metal, old refrigerators, mattresses, bottles, plastics, pretty much anything that’s in the river that shouldn’t.”
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 06
Life Center hosts annual fundraising banquet
Keynote speaker Peter Heck speaks to the crowd about supporting the Wabash County Life Center at the local organization’s annual fundraising banquet. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Hundreds attended the annual Wabash County Life Center fundraising banquet Thursday night, Aug. 25.
 
The Life Center is a Wabash-based nonprofit organization that provides pregnancy support, post-pregnancy support, abstinence education and post-abortion support recovery.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 06
NM man sentenced for 2015 shooting
Joshua L. Wright
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The North Manchester man tied to a March 2015 shooting was convicted Monday, Aug. 22, for felony aggravated battery a March 2015 shooting.
 
Joshua L. Wright, 26, was sentenced to 16 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with three years suspended with probation after he accepted a plea deal and pled guilty to felony aggravated battery in July.
 
Wright will serve his sentence concurrently with two separate sentences for burglary charges stemming from 2011 and 2012.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 06
City may add code enforcement officer
By Joseph Slacian
 
A code enforcement officer may be joining the City Building Department in 2017.
 
The Wabash City Council, during a budget hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 31, opted to add the position to the budget submitted by Building Commissioner John Stephens.
 
The idea was broached by Council member Mitch Figert.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 06
Local law enforcement arrest 4 on drug related charges
By Emma Rausch
 
A North Manchester man and three others from outside Wabash County were arrested between Aug. 16 and Aug. 19 on various drug-related charges.
 
Wabash City Police arrested Robert H. Smith, 32, of Peru, on Tuesday, Aug. 16, after initially receiving a threat report.
 
At approximately 1:22 a.m., WPD officers responded to a threat report at Wal-Mart, wherein the victims told officers that Smith had entered their home uninvited and threatened to harm them over several misplaced items, according to the probable cause affidavit.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 06

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