Wabash Cannonball kicks of season with two-day event

by Eric Stearley

Engines roared to life on the south side of town last weekend as Wabash Cannonball MX kicked off the 2014 motocross season with a vintage bike weekend in coordination with Midwest Vintage Motocross. The motorcycles were as varied as the riders in a weekend that started wet and ended dry and dusty.

Wabash Cannonball Motorcycle Club started in 1937. The track on the south side of Wabash is the third oldest sanctioned motocross track in the country, and as such, it draws people from across the country to ride the “old school” course. It was only appropriate that the first race weekend of the year was dedicated to vintage motocross.

Though races were held for modern bikes, the real star machines were those from the 60s, 70s and 80s, which, after all these years, still get the job done.

“The vintage era, it’s an extension of the sport that was nearly lost,” said Woody Graves of Midwest Vintage Motocross who organized the weekend’s races. “We’ve worked really hard to preserve the sport, and were trying to produce more riders with youth.”

Posted on 2014 May 20
Enser pronounced state champion in Agriculture Processing Proficiency

Sheere Enser of Wabash, member of the Southwood FFA Chapter, won the State Agriculture Processing Proficiency Award, which will be presented on June 17 at Purdue University in West Lafayette.

Sheere is the daughter of Mike and Deb Enser of Wabash. Her agriculture education instructor at Southwood High School is Mr. Chad Crews.

The Agriculture Processing Proficiency Award is one of 52 State FFA Proficiency Awards. Four finalists in each award area advanced through chapter, section and district competition. Sheere will receive the award during the Indiana FFA State Convention, June 16-18, 2014, at the Elliott Hall of Music on the Purdue campus. The 2014 Theme is “Ignite.”  Sheere will be recognized for igniting her potential in the agricultural, food and fiber industry.

Posted on 2014 May 20
Wabash County Habitat for Humanity moves to new office

The public is invited to an open house, from 2-6 p.m. on Friday May 30, at the Wabash County Habitat for Humanity’s new office at 375 Manchester Avenue in Wabash. Stop by for some light refreshments, check out the new office, find out how Habitat for Humanity changes lives and the community one home at time, and how you can be part of building the dream!

The new office was made possible by the generous donation of the property by Terrance and Debra Echard.  The office was designed and adorned by Pam Gamble and Tammy Lickey, both Habitat volunteers that also happen to be professional Interior Designers.   Office furniture and chairs were donated by RJE business interiors and Dennis Brubaker with Indoff.  A custom designed and crafted conference table was built by Randy Duhamell, Habitat Board President, provides a prefect training center for future educational programs.  This new office gives Habitat the room to grow, easy access and visibility for the community. 

Posted on 2014 May 20
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

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