Wabash County Historical Museum announces fall campaign

by Emily Armentrout

Every year the Wabash Historical Museum holds their annual campaign to raise funds to operate the museum. As their fall campaign kicks off, the museum is not only looking to raise funds for the day-to-day operations but they are looking to add two new exhibits for the community to enjoy. They will be adding an education center and a National Science Foundation exhibit.

“While it is important to raise funds for the day-to-day operations, the exciting part is we have these two large exhibits going in, plus the caboose, so there’s just a lot of opportunities for donors to get involved this year and to support the museum,” Mitch Figert, Executive Director of the Wabash County Historical Museum, told The Paper.

The annual campaign along with donations throughout the year is what keeps the museum funded. “We’re not county funded, we’re not through tax levies. We really do rely on the communities support,” continued Figert. The museum operates on just short of $300,000 a year. “We want the local residents to understand how valuable the museum is not only as a tourist destination but also as an educational resource and to encourage them to support the museum this year.”

The museum will be closing in January to accommodate the installation of the two new exhibits and will reopen in February. The education center will be a 1,500 square foot area on the second floor that will be highly interactive for families. “This change was driven by our strategic vision to involved new generations in the museum and provide high quality educational programming that focuses on teaching local history,” said Figert. The education center will include a village area, featuring a barn, store and home, along with learning tables, a science center, a dramatic play area, which will have different costumes for children to play with, a large play structure, a train table and a constructed reading hive.

Posted on 2014 Oct 07
Man faces charges after shooting road sign

Indiana Conservation Officers arrested Mark Barber, 22, LaFontaine, for shooting road signs near the intersection of 1050 South 50 East in Wabash.

Indiana Conservation Officer Jerry Hoerdt was patrolling the area for poachers last night just before ten o’clock when he witnessed a vehicle stop and fire two gunshots. This time conservation officers did not find any poached wild game but instead found that a road sign had been vandalized. Nonetheless, Officers arrested and charged Mark Barber with criminal mischief, operating a vehicle without ever being issued a driver’s license, and shooting from a public roadway.

Even though shooting road signs may not seem to be that serious an offense to some, when you fire a gun without a proper backstop that round may end up hitting a home or worse a person. It is imperative that everyone follow safe firearm practices especially as many of us will be entering the woods this hunting season is search of game. Indiana Conservation Officers will be watching to make sure everyone follows the rules this fall.

All charges are merely allegations. All suspects are presumed innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law.

Posted on 2014 Oct 07
USDA Farm Service Agency announces key dates for new 2014 Farm Bill Safety Net programs

USDA recently announced key dates for farm owners and producers to keep in mind regarding the new 2014 Farm Bill established programs, Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC). The new programs, designed to help producers better manage risk, usher in one of the most significant reforms to U.S. farm programs in decades.

Dates associated with ARC and PLC that farm owners and producers need to know:

*Sept. 29, 2014 to Feb. 27, 2015 - Land owners may visit their local Farm Service Agency office to update yield history and/or reallocate base acres.

*Nov. 17, 2014 to March 31, 2015 - Producers make a one-time election of either ARC or PLC for the 2014 through 2018 crop years.

*Mid-April 2015 through summer 2015 - Producers sign contracts for 2014 and 2015 crop years.

*October 2015 - Payments for 2014 crop year, if needed.

USDA leaders will visit with producers across the country to share information and answer questions on the ARC and PLC programs.

Posted on 2014 Oct 07
Scott Long announces run for mayor

by Eric Stearley

On Friday, Sept. 26, Scott Long gathered friends, family, and members of the press at Paradise Spring Historical Park for an important announcement. As a police officer and sitting member of city council, Long could have announced a number of things, but on that day, he announced his intentions to run for mayor.

“I love this community and want to give back for all that it has given me, and most importantly, I want to continue serving the community in the future,” Long announced. “That being said, I would like to announce that I am running for the office of mayor in next year's election on the republican ballot.”

The announcement came just a week after Mayor Robert Vanlandingham announced that he will not run for re-election to a fourth term in 2015. This made Long’s decision to run easier, as he will avoid challenging an incumbent in the primary, but he was planning to run either way.

“Quite frankly, I’ve had a lot of members of the community approach me and ask me to run, and they said, ‘regardless of whether Mayor Vanlandingham was going to run, you should go ahead and run.’ I was hesitant,” said Long. “The mayor and I started out on the council…we were on the council together. I probably would have ran, but I probably wouldn't have enjoyed it. There was a sense of relief when Bob made his announcement that he wasn't going to run again.”

Long made the announcement surrounded by friends, family, and supporters. For some, the announcement was a surprise, while others knew it was coming. In a classic case of mothers always finding out what their children are up to, Scott’s mother, Annabelle, learned of his plans to run for mayor from the ladies at her beauty shop.

Posted on 2014 Sep 30
Second annual “Touch of Arc” art show and reception to be held

The 2nd annual “Touch of Arc” Art show and reception, featuring works created by the South Miami Street Artists, will take place Friday, Oct. 3 from 5-8 p.m. at the Artistica Art Gallery, located at 70 West Market Street in historic downtown Wabash.

The paintings to be displayed were created by people with disabilities at Arc of Wabash County as a result of classes taught by Arc staff members Kathy Bakehorn and Nanette DuBois, who are both revered local artists. Arc’s art program began in April of 2013 when the organization was awarded a grant from REMC’s Operation Roundup to purchase start-up art supplies. This year, the cost of art materials was covered by the proceeds from last year’s art sale and with donations from Arc staff and others in the community. Jo Wood, of Woods Framing and Art, also gave Arc a generous discount on the cost of art supplies and framing. Because of these contributions, art classes were made available at no cost to individuals attending Arc, who exhibited an interest in learning to express themselves through painting.

South Miami Street Artists is comprised of individuals with disabilities and Arc staff members. Most of the pieces are a result of collaborations between Arc staff and persons served by Arc. This year, the art show will also feature paintings that were created independently.

Posted on 2014 Sep 30
Chairs of Hope Auction to benefit Wabash County Cancer Society

By Shaun Tilghman

On Saturday, Oct. 11th, several works of art will be auctioned during the Harvest Festival in North Manchester, with all proceeds benefitting the Wabash County Cancer Society.

According to North Manchester Congregational Christian Church Pastor Sebrena Cline, the local Chairs of Hope project got its start last year during preparation for the Relay For Life North Manchester event.

One of the Relay teams was trying to find projects that could be done to raise funds and Cline had read about Chairs of Hope online. “This is not an original idea by any means, but it just seemed like it would work in our community so I guess we’ll see how it turns out,” said Cline.

“It is a program that is done nationally, and I believe Wabash even has one,” she continued. “We thought it would be something fun to do, plus I wanted to engage the junior high students in the project because I thought that would help rally the community.

“We ended up raising enough money to meet our goals for Relay For Life, so at that point we kind of shifted over to Wabash County Cancer Society because they provide funds for transportation, medicine, etc. for individuals living in our county. We wanted to support the American Cancer Society, but this was another group working on the cancer front and we wanted to support them as well.

“From my perspective, the Wabash County Cancer Society is kind of a quiet group, and I just want people to know they’re there and I want people that are facing these types of things to be aware of the services they provide. So, we decided we would use the Chairs of Hope project for that.”

Posted on 2014 Sep 30
Young visitor takes first flight during Fly-In and Cruise-In

by Eric Stearley

On Saturday, Sept. 20, Northern Indiana Aviation hosted a Fly-In and Cruise-In at the Wabash Municipal Airport to benefit local Special Olympics.

The day got off to an early start with car show participants arriving at 8 a.m. They were met with a breakfast of biscuits and gravy as music filled the hangar. Dozens of classic cars were displayed on the lawn. Entry into the show was free, but donations were accepted to support Special Olympics. Among the many cars was Bruce Fleck’s red 1981 Chevrolet Corvette.

He and his wife, Deb, traveled from Harlan, located northeast of Fort Wayne, for the car show. They attend car shows regularly, but rarely do they come with the opportunity to take a flight around the area. For $10, attendees could take a short flight in one of two small planes. Bruce and Deb jumped on the opportunity early in the day.

“We went up this morning,” said Bruce. “They take you up and around Wabash.”

“That's my first time up in a little plane,” said Deb. “It’s a nice view.”

Having enjoyed their flight and recognizing the great deal, they called their son-in-law, Greg Munster, who hurried out to the airport with his son, Preston.

Having recently returned from a skydiving trip near Cincinnati, a flight in a small plane may have seemed pretty tame for Greg, but for Preston, who had never been in an airplane, the idea of flying was as exciting – and scary – as it gets.

Posted on 2014 Sep 30
Life Center hosts annual banquet with Rebecca Kiessling

by Emily Armentrout

The Life Center held their annual banquet on Tuesday, Sept. 16 with guest speaker Rebecca Kiessling sharing her story, “Conceived in Rape: From Worthless to Priceless.”

Many community members were on hand to support the Life Center and learn how the year has gone and what to expect in the coming year.

With Wabash County Chamber of Commerce President, Kim Pinkerton, as emcee, the banquet began with dinner and opening remarks from Pastor Tim Morbitzer.

“The days in which we live are filled with many uncertainties,” said Morbitzer. “The continued war on terror has been renewed in our nation’s conscience.  Before our eyes is the high price of war, and a heightened desire for peace.  Yet, despite these valid concerns, we have an unnoticed war right before our very eyes, within our own borders, and often within our own hometowns.  This war has claimed over 56 million American lives in the last 41 years. This war strikes at the very core of humanity and at the very heart of God.”

“Abortion is never simply a ‘choice.’ God has uniquely crafted his creation, a creation which comes into existence at conception.  One of the first instincts of human nature is the preservation of life.  By terminating a pregnancy, the beating heart of a growing human being stops, her life no longer existing.  This is a direct contradiction to preserving human life,” he continued.

Morbitzer went on to question how the ‘right to life’ is terminated legally when so many of the arguments today are about people’s rights.

Posted on 2014 Sep 30

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