2014 Harley, $5,000 offered at Chamber Golf Outing

Chamber members Wabash County REMC and Brandt’s Harley-Davidson are sponsoring the Hole-In-One contest at the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce 18th WACCY Golf Outing, which will includes an opportunity to win a cash-prize of $5,000 and a 2014 Harley-Davidson motorcycle on Hole #7.
Other Hole-In-One prizes include $3,000 cash and two round-trip airline tickets at Hole #3; $1,000 cash and a five-day/four-night cruise for two at Hole #15; or $1,000 cash and a premium electronics package at Hole #16.
WACCY Golf Chair, Brian Campbell, has announced the afternoon flight of the Chamber’s Annual Golf outing to be held on Wednesday, June 4, at the Honeywell Golf Course, Wabash, is quickly selling out.  The event is a Best Ball Scramble with a shotgun start and still has a limited number of spots available.  The fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart, driving range, lunch, door prize and multiple games and prizes.
“This is a great opportunity for our members and their clients, vendors and friends to come out and enjoy a really good day of networking and building those relationships.  We hope not only our members, but the public, will take advantage of this chance for fun and fellowship,” said Mr. Campbell.

Posted on 2014 May 20
Wabash Carnegie Public Library to participate in International Big Library Read program

Wabash Carnegie Public Library announced recently that it will be taking part in the Big Library Read program. Library card holders will be able to borrow and read the mystery eBook, A Pedigree to Die For, Book 1 of the Melanie Travis Mystery Series by Laurien Berenson, starting June 3 and concluding June 18, by visiting

Big Library Read is an international program that gives libraries and library patrons unlimited simultaneous access to a popular title during the program dates, creating a virtual, global book club.

Interested patrons will be able to borrow the book using a valid library card, and read it on all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad, Nook, Android phones and tablets, and Kindle without worrying about wait lists or holds. Titles will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and best of all, there are no late fees.

Posted on 2014 May 20
Livestock Disaster Assistance sign-up underway

Livestock disaster program enrollment opened on April 15. These disaster programs are authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill as permanent programs and provide retroactive authority to cover losses that occurred on or after Oct. 1, 2011.

To expedite applications, all producers who experienced losses are encouraged to bring records documenting those losses to their local FSA Office. Producers should record all pertinent information of natural disaster consequences, including:

•Documentation of the number and kind of livestock that have died, supplemented if possible by photographs or video records of ownership and losses

•Dates of death supported by birth recordings or purchase receipts

•Costs of transporting livestock to safer grounds or to move animals to new pastures

•Feed purchases if supplies or grazing pastures are destroyed

•Crop records, including seed and fertilizer purchases, planting and production records

Posted on 2014 May 20
Museum extends hours for summer and brings local additions to circus exhibit

The Wabash County Historical Museum will be extending its hour for the summer months. “We are so proud of our facility,” said executive director Mitch Figert, “and we want to engage as many guests as possible. We’re hoping that extended hours will allow greater accessibility to the museum.”

Beginning May 13, the Wabash County Historical Museum will be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. It will remain open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The extended hours will give visitors more opportunities to see “Doug Konkle’s Miniature Circus,” which received some unique local additions. The DeLong Sisters (Augusta, Malvina, and Emily) were an acrobatic team that traveled the world with the Ringling Brothers Circus, performing across the country and around the globe from time they were early teens. They even performed in Germany to great acclaim, with a pre-World War II Hitler in attendance. When they retired from the circus, each of the sisters married and settled in the Wabash County area.

Posted on 2014 May 20
Wabash County holds primary elections; race for sheriff a “Land”slide

by Eric Stearley

Wabash County residents headed for the polls on May 6 to cast their ballots in the 2014 Primary Election. When the voting centers closed, a total of 4,104 county residents had exercised their right to vote, representing 18.35 percent of those registered. While this number was significantly lower than the 5,609 who made it to the polls during the 2012 primary, (which represented 25.28 percent of registered voters) the low turnout was typical of midterm election cycles, which typically garner only 70 percent of the ballots that presidential election cycles bring.

When the votes were tallied in the most notable primary race, it was clear that Sheriff Robert E. Land came out ahead in the republican primary race for Wabash County sheriff. Land received 2,567 (72.21 percent) of the 3,605 votes cast in the race. Opponent Walter W. Woods received 24.66 percent of the votes, totaling 889, with Tim Eubank pulling in 149 votes, or 4.13 percent. The magnitude of this win surprised Sheriff Land.

“I thought it would be closer than what it was,” said Sheriff Land. “I’d like to thank everyone that supported me, and I’m asking for that support in November.”

No candidate filed to run for Wabash County Sheriff in the democratic primary.

Other notable races in the Republican Primary included:

-County Council District 1, where Claude Markstahler received 69.38 percent of the 565 total votes over Anthony DeLaughter;

-County Council District 2, where Jeff Dawes took 52.61 percent of the 825 total votes over Philip L. Dale;

-County Council District 3, where Matt Dillon took 60.65 percent of the 887 total votes over James Kaltenmark;

-Lagro Township Trustee, where Andrew DeLong took 56.69 percent of the 381 total votes over Gary Knable;

-Lagro Township Board Member, where four candidates were vying for three positions. Of the 1,023 votes cast in the race, Deb Schenkel received 29.91 percent, Lee Ann Pefley received 27.86 percent, and Rob Cole received 23.95 percent, beating out Lou Studio, who received 18.28 percent of the votes.

-State Convention Delegate, where the following 11 delegates were chosen from a field of 18 candidates in a very close race: Matt Dillon, Bonnie Kay Corn, Rob Cole, Laura Cole, Gary Nose, Dee M. Byerly, Louella J. Krom, Todd Dazey, Sandra Ferguson, Jack Ferguson, and William J. Ruppel. Ruppel beat out John W. Brunn by just 6 votes.

In the race for United States Representative for District 2, the only contested race of the democratic primary, Joe Bock beat out three opponents with 34.07 percent of the 405 total votes cast.

Posted on 2014 May 13
Brandt’s hosts Support the Troops Freedom Rally, free concert

Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1, Brandt’s Harley-Davidson will host the inaugural Freedom Rally in support of past and present military.

Our men and women that have served and are currently serving are the backbone of our country, and this Freedom Rally will be hosted not only as recognition of service, but also to bring our troops together in support of each other. Joining the Freedom Rally will be many respected organizations on-site that benefit the military and their families, including: Tunnel to Towers Foundation from New York, Honor Flight of Northeast Indiana, Operation Troop Aid from Tennessee, Iraq & Afghanistan Veterans of America from New York, US War Dogs, Troops First Foundation, Vohne Liche Kennels, Marine Moms, Two Wheels for Warriors from Michigan, Quilts of Valor, Indiana Patriot Guard, and the Freedom Riders.  There will be free, live music on Friday night, as well all day Saturday, and many other events, as well!

Posted on 2014 May 13
Manchester Marketplace expands, offering deli items

By Shaun Tilghman

When Manchester Marketplace (137 E. Main St.) opened for business in December 2012, owner Gary Long’s goal was to provide the local community with good products at good prices. Now, just a year and a half later, he has taken that goal one step further by expanding the bulk food & discount grocery store to include a fresh deli section.

“We opened Manchester Marketplace on Dec. 15, 2012, and on Feb. 27, 2014, we expanded and added the deli,” said Long. “It’s something we’ve been trying to do for a while now and we’ve been looking forward to offering this to the people of North Manchester and surrounding communities. It’s going really well and I’m excited about the products – we’ve gotten really good compliments so far.”

Basically, they’re just striving to continue in their effort to offer good products at good prices, according to Long.

“We even have several products in our deli that are gluten-free and have no MSG,” he added.

Posted on 2014 May 13
Precious Gems and Metals to close

by Eric Stearley

Precious Gems & Metals, a retail shop located at 3 East Canal Street, will close its doors for good on May 22.

Precious Gems & Metals has been in the business of buying and selling quality jewelry, precious metals since 1979. The company has built its business on going into communities for short periods of time and buying up vintage and estate jewelry at competitive prices. Word spread over the years and past customers brought more jewelry, as well as friends and family interested in selling pieces. As much as 90 percent of the items purchased are melted down and sold as gold and silver bullion. A few years ago, owner Stan Walter opened a retail store in downtown Wabash to sell high quality items that he didn’t want to scrap.

With the recent drop in the prices of gold and silver, jewelry owners are less willing to sell their items. With fewer items available for Walter to purchase, there has been a notable decrease in the supply of qualities items to sell in the downtown store.

Posted on 2014 May 13

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