Four candidates to run for MSD school board, four to run

by Eric Stearley

In this year’s election cycle, both Manchester Community Schools and the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County have open seats on their school boards. Manchester has 4 of 7 seats open, and MSD has two seats open on its board of five. When the deadline came and filing closed on Friday, Aug. 22, there were eight total candidates, four from each district.

There is some competition for positions on the MSD school board, which will see a new face in at least one of its two seats up for election. Vice President Ryan Rosen from the Northwest District is not seeking reelection, and two candidates, Todd Dazey and Jeffrey N. Snyder, hope to take his spot. President Matthew P. Driscoll from the Northeast District has filed for reelection, with Bradley A. Fleck looking to take his seat. Seats held by Troy Baer (Northwest District), John Gouveia (Northeast District), and Kevin Bowman (Southern District) are not up for election this year.

School board election rules prohibit more than two board members from a single district. With Gouveia and Baer already on the board, there is only one seat open for candidates from each district. This breaks the four-man field into two head-to-head races. Dazey will battle Snyder for the Northwest District seat, and Fleck will challenge sitting President Driscoll for the Northeast District seat.

In North Manchester, it appears this year’s election will be little more than a formality, with four incumbents running unopposed. President Sally Krouse filed to run in the Chester District, and Secretary Nathan Trump will run in Pleasant District. Timothy McLaughlin looks to once again represent the Town District, as does Brian Schilling. Seats held by Vice President Steve Flack, Byron Brunn, and Brady Burgess are not up for election this year. Barring any unforeseen developments, the Manchester school board will emerge from the Nov. 4 elections unchanged.

Polls open at 6 a.m. on Nov. 4 and will be open until 6 p.m.

Posted on 2014 Aug 26
Iced for ALS

by Eric Stearley

In the information age, it seems that something is always going viral. Whether it’s planking, coning, or cute cat videos, there is always a new fad sweeping the Internet. Usually, these are funny and frivolous. This time, it’s more serious, a viral video challenge raising money for a good cause. If you haven’t heard of the ALS ice bucket challenge, you haven’t been on social media – or watched the news – for a long time. This is officially the summer of the Ice Bucket Challenge, and TIME reported on Monday that the challenged has raised nearly $80 million for the ALS Association. But what exactly is it?

ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. It was made famous when the New York Yankee’s first baseman, Lou Gehrig, was diagnosed, forced to retire and ultimately died. It causes motor neurons to deteriorate, diminishing and ultimately eliminating the neurons’ ability to transmit signals from the brain to the muscles they control. As the disease progresses, it causes paralysis.

Posted on 2014 Aug 26
CASA to hold volunteer advocate training

Wabash County CASA is happy to announce they have scheduled a new volunteer training.

CASA is “court appointed special advocate.” Volunteers are serving children in the most difficult situations of their young lives. These children depend upon volunteers to help insure their placements into safe, stable, permanent homes. Volunteers are the voices of innocent children in the courtroom. They provide consistent and caring support of a child going through the though personal legal process due to his/her parent(s) or guardian’s abuse or neglect.

The CASA volunteer can help assure that placements and services provided truly are in the best interest of each child. CASA volunteers review the case, gather data, meet with the child(ren) and go to Family Team meetings. They are officials of the court and provide the judge with third part, nonbiased recommendations in the best interest of the child(ren) they are representing so that the judge has as much information as possible to make difficult decisions for the lives of these children.

Posted on 2014 Aug 26
Harvey Hinklemeyers, Breakaway Bike and Fitness Shop team up to promote Dam to Dam Ride

by Eric Stearley

If you’ve visited Harvey Hinklemeyers in the past couple weeks, you may have noticed bicycles hung from the ceiling and cycling paraphernalia around the restaurant. While they aren’t trying out a new restaurant/bike shop hybrid business model, they are collaborating with Peru’s Breakaway Bike and Fitness Shop to promote the upcoming Dam to Dam Century Bike Ride, scheduled to take place Sept. 14.

“It’s part of our endless summer promotion, and with that, we’re going to give away bicycles,” said Jeff Butts, who owns the local chain, including the store in Wabash, which opened less than three years ago.

Anyone who turns in a Dam to Dam entry form at the restaurant will get five entries into the drawing for one of four bicycles. In addition, any customer who spends over $25 at the restaurant will get an entry into the drawing. It’s part of the restaurant’s “Endless Summer” promotion, which runs until Sept. 11, the Thursday before the race. Those who don’t win a bike have a chance to win a water bottle filled with gift cards, coupons for free food, and other prizes.

Posted on 2014 Aug 26
Rodney Carrington coming to the Honeywell Center

Comedian Rodney Carrington will perform on the Ford Theater stage at the Honeywell Center on Sunday, Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are currently on sale for the show. This performance is recommended for mature audiences.

Rodney Carrington is a multi-talented comedian, actor and writer who has recorded eight major record label comedy albums, which have sold millions of copies. Carrington has been one of the top ten highest grossing touring comedians for the last ten years and among the top 4 or 5 the last several years. 

Starring in his own TV sitcom “Rodney,” which ran for two seasons on ABC, Carrington also co-wrote and co-starred with Toby Keith in the feature film “Beer for My Horses” which won the Tex Ritter Award from the ACM. Carrington also added “author” to his list of accomplishments with the release of his first hard cover book entitled “Rodney Carrington, Coming Clean” published by Hatchette Books. 

Posted on 2014 Aug 26
Stirring it up with Angie Baer

Don't let the word caviar frighten you away from making this wonderful vegetable bean dip. Whether you are hosting a family reunion or tailgating with friends at a football game this fall, this Cowboy Caviar is sure to be a hit. I always make this at least two days before I am serving it.( Three days is even better.) This gives the flavors a chance to marry together. The original recipe says to drain the liquid off before serving but I never do. You will want to use Fritos Scoops or Tostitos Scoops to "scoop " up the bean mixture and liquid with each scrumptious bite. Keep this recipe in the front of your recipe box. You will use it over and over.

Posted on 2014 Aug 26
10-day Europe opportunity offered to Northfield High School students

Northfield High School students and families have an opportunity to join a 10-day trip to England and Scotland in June of 2016. 

Leaving on June 6, the group will visit London, Bath, Stratford, Stonehenge, Winchester Cathedral, Salisbury Cathedral, Edinburgh and much more.  Because the school group is traveling with Explorica, a leader in the student travel business, they will be able to see twice as much as those who travel there on their own.

The added bonus to this trip is that trip goers have a 99 percent chance of visiting Highclere Castle, also known as Downton Abbey, and the group would be the first to do so with Explorica.  

Planning this far in advance allows students to pay for this trip gradually through an online payment plan. 

Details can be found online at   or by emailing 

If students are interested, there is a $250.00 discount for signing up before Aug. 31, 2014. 

Posted on 2014 Aug 26
Grants awarded to local volunteer fire departments

Rural and volunteer fire departments from 29 counties across Indiana have been awarded more than $194,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants.

The Lagro Volunteer Fire Department, Wabash County, was award $5,000 to purchase radios. The Roann Volunteer Department, Wabash County, was award $4,506, also for radios.

The grants are administered by the DNR Division of Forestry and made available through the USDA Forest Service. DNR Forestry staff reviews grant applications and selects recipients on the basis of population density, acres of public wildlands protected, and wildland fire reporting to DNR Fire Control Headquarters.

As in years past, the Wildland Fire category was again highlighted, with departments purchasing equipment and gear to combat wildland fires.

Grants may be used for training, installation of dry hydrants, or to purchase necessary firefighting equipment and personal protective gear in an effort to increase firefighting capacity and personnel safety.

Grants awarded ranged from $969 to $5,000 and were given to 44 departments in Indiana.

Fire departments interested in applying for VFA grant opportunities should contact Crystal M. Hunt, Program Coordinator, Fire Control Headquarters, 6220 Forest Road, Martinsville, 46151, or call 765-342-4701.

Posted on 2014 Aug 26

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