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Harting Furniture to close

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- After 86 years of serving the North Manchester community, a local legacy will be no more.
In a letter sent out to “valued customers, friends and neighbors,” Harting Furniture Gallery announced they will soon be going out of business.


In the letter, Harting Furniture expressed its thanks to its customers.


“After serving the good people of North Manchester and the surrounding communities, we would like to say 'thank you' for your many years of loyal patronage,” the letter stated.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
Bills seek to ease jail overcrowding

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

A report by WFYI in late January reported that nearly half Indiana’s county jails are over capacity.


That’s no surprise here in Wabash County, as Sheriff Ryan Baker tells the County Commissioners every week during his jail report that the local county jail is over capacity 100 percent of the time.


Rep. Dave Wolkins (R-Winona Lake) told The Paper of Wabash County that jail overcrowding has been on his radar “for quite a few years.”


“Ever since we did the revamping of the sentences, where we decided ‘hey, we’re going to keep the non-violent offenders down in the local jails,’ that pretty much started overcrowding all of our local jails,” Wolkins said. “That was two or three years ago when we changed all the sentencing guidelines.”
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 12
Palascak ready for visit home

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash High School graduate Michael Palascak will bring his standup comedy routine back to the Honeywell Center on Thursday, Feb. 14.


Palascak will perform in Legacy Hall beginning at 7:30 p.m.


“I didn’t realize how long I’ve been gone until I get ready to go back,” he told The Paper of Wabash County in a telephone interview. “Then I’m excited to go back.”


Palascak was a finalist in NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” and performed at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater as part of a comedy tour featuring the show’s finalists.


“That tour was really fun,” he said. “Since then I’ve been continuing to do that. I’ve got to do Colbert and Conan, too.”
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 12
Fundraiser planned for BSU student

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A fundraiser to help a Ball State University student raise funds to participate in a class project in Europe is planned Friday, Feb. 22, at the Wabash Elks Lodge.


Alix Latta will be traveling to England in March to study authoress Jane Austen.


“We’re going there to see her house and all the places she wrote about,” Latta told The Paper of Wabash County in a telephone interview. “We’ve got a bunch of tour guides who are going to show us around to get a really deep look at her life and the things that she did.”
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 12
Blanket Binders provide help for those in need

Volunteers work on quilts at the Dallas L. Winchester Senior Center. Photo by Joseph Slacian. 

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A group of quilting enthusiasts gather every-other-month at the Dallas L. Winchester Senior Center to make quilts for needy residents around Wabash County.¬¬


The Blanket Binders program started in 2013 thanks in part to Claire Coyne, former director of the Lighthouse Mission. Coyne first approached Carolyn Kellam, a member of the Sew Pieceful Guild, about that organization overseeing the program.


“I didn’t think our quilt guild would want to do it because we have too many charity things going on,” she told The Paper of Wabash County. “I went home … thinking about, praying to God, and it came upon in my heart, let’s just get the non-profits together – we have a lot of great groups – and make quilts.”
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 12
Local choir headed to Carnegie Hall

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Jack Benny once quipped, “How do I get to Carnegie Hall? Practice. Practice. Practice.”


A group of local young women are doing just that, preparing for a March 17 choir performance in New York City’s Carnegie Hall.


The choir, the Wabash Community Women’s Choir, is under the direction of former Wabash High School choir director Emily France. It is made up of 20 young women between 14 and 23 years of age.


France told The Paper of Wabash County that she was approached in the fall of 2017 by her former choir teacher at St. Mary’s College, Nancy Menk, about bringing a woman’s choir to be part of the choir composed of about 250 women from around the country.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 05
City OKs tax abatements for Hampton Inn

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Rahee Hospitality, the group that plans to build a Hampton Inn in Wabash, received two 10-year tax abatements from the Wabash City Council on Monday, Jan. 28.


The council unanimously approved the two abatements, one for real estate and the other for personal property.


Work on the Hampton Inn, which will be located just north of the intersection of Wedcor Avenue and State Road 15, is expected to begin in April and will have a target of May 2020 for completion, according to Raj Chandat, one of the partners in Rahee Hospitality.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 05
Wabash County YMCA names Gogolewski as new CEO

By The Paper staff

Dean Gogolewski is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Wabash County YMCA.


Gogolewski, of Ohio, was announced in the position Friday, Feb. 1, after an extensive, nationwide search. He replaces Clint Kugler, whose last day was Thursday, Jan. 31.


Gogolewski will begin his new position on Feb. 25.


Gogolewski has over 15 years of operations and community leadership experience with YMCAs in Ohio. Over the past 12 years, he has been with the YMCA of Central Stark County.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 05

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