“Doug Konkle’s Miniature Circus” on display at Wabash County Historical Museum

Step right up to the Wabash County Historical Museum to see “Doug Konkle’s Miniature Circus”! This amazing collection of hand-carved circus figurines and memorabilia is the newest temporary exhibit on the museum’s second floor. This exhibit is accessible and entertaining for all ages. Guests will be amazed by the intricacy and detail of these carved pieces.

Doug Konkle has been carving miniature circus pieces since the mid-1980s. He carves and paints each piece by hand, builds tiny circus tents, and paints miniature circus and sideshow posters. The collection features specific real-life circus acts, such as Babe, the elephant whose big trick was to pick his trainer up by the head with her mouth.

Posted on 2014 Mar 25
Superintendent Ritz visits Manchester High School, discusses literacy

by Kalie Ammons

Superintendent of Public Instruction for Indiana, Glenda Ritz not only advocates that everyone reads, but is an avid reader herself, even keeping up with the popular young adult books students across the state immediately recognize.

Ritz addressed all the students at Manchester Jr./Sr. High School last Friday, encouraging students to read anything and everything while promoting the “Hoosier Family of Readers” initiative.

Ritz explained how reading helps not only your vocabulary and comprehension, but also improves your chances in the job market, especially when paired with a decent level of math.

Posted on 2014 Mar 25
Southwood High School has first musical in six years

This spring, the drama students at Southwood High School are taking you Back to the 80's.  Join the seniors of William Ocean High School as they live through their final year of high school, remembered and seen through the eyes of graduate Corey Palmer, now in his 30s. Watch the memories unfold as Corey's younger self tries to win the affections of his next-door neighbor, Tiffany Houston, who is too busy crushing on Michael Feldman, the most popular guy in school. Meanwhile, poor Eileen Reagan, the new girl, just wants to fit in, and resident nerd Feargal Bobby McFerrin III is busy perfecting both his karate and computer skills.

Posted on 2014 Mar 25
Lindsey Ogle describes time on CBS’s reality show Survivor: Cagayan

by Kalie Ammons

Season 28 of the hit reality show “Survivor” has been anything but easy for contestants this season. Competitors are left to survive on an island with little supplies, all while competing in challenges before voting each other off of the island.

This season, castaways are in the Filipino province of Cagayan and split into three different tribes; Luzon, Solana or Aparri, otherwise known as Brains, Beauty and Brawn.

Lindsey Ogle, a Northfield graduate and Wabash native, competed in season 28 on the Aparri, or Brawn tribe. Ogle describes her traits that made her a good contestant for the show.

“It’s because I’m such a people person,” Ogle said. “I think that I’m just a social person. I work well with my hands and I’m a hard worker, I don’t think that’s really represented well during the episodes we’ve seen, but I really am a hard worker. Plus, I’m athletic. There was a moment when we were making the shelter and I was weaving a lot of the bamboo leaves and that probably made our shelter a little bit more secure and I couldn’t have done that if I didn’t braid people’s hair every single day"

Posted on 2014 Mar 18
Wabash City Schools board meeting brings to light bright future

by Emily Armentrout

Wabash City Schools held the latest board meeting at the central office on Monday, March 17. This meeting shed light on a bright and exciting future for the students, the staff and the administration.

Wabash High School principal Josh Blossom started the board meeting by presenting the Spirit of the Apache Award to Payten Keffaber, a junior at Wabash High School. Keffaber has been serving Wabash High School in volunteer roles since she was a freshman.

“Payten is not the kind of kid that asks for attention at all. She deserves a lot high praise for the leadership she shows at our school,” said Principal Blossom. “There is rarely an event at the high school that you would go to and not see Payten doing something.”

Keffaber’s latest endeavor was taking charge of a student-driven blood drive. Mr. Blossom gave Keffaber the reins, and she took the event from there.

“I don’t think I touched base with Payten until two days before the drive,” said Blossom.  “Sure enough, she had talked to everybody she needed to.”

Keffaber scheduled volunteers to help at the event. She made sure that students were signed up to donate, and she even had a set up and tear down crew assembled for the event. The result was 57 students donating to the blood drive. 

“For this blood drive and for everything that Payten does for our school, I’m to happy give the Spirit of the Apache Award,” said Blossom.

Posted on 2014 Mar 18
Nancy Hoffman recognized for work with Arc of Wabash County

Nancy Hoffman the James M. Hammond III award on March 13 from the Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities (INARF). This award is presented to outstanding executives and administrators in the human services industry.

Hoffman graduated from Manchester University. Her first job after graduation was at Arc of Wabash County. She has been employed at Arc for 38 years. Nancy has performed many different job duties while working at Arc, and through her dedication and expertise, she has demonstrated compassion and determination towards serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Positions she has held are: Daily Living Skills teacher, Workshop Manager, Case Coordinator, Program Director, and Executive Director. While working at Arc, Nancy also taught Special Education classes at Manchester University. She was able to provide her students with a clear picture of the challengers and rewards a Special Education teacher may face in this field by sharing real life experiences she has had with people she has served in Wabash County.

Posted on 2014 Mar 18
Chamber announces Expo prizewinners

Wabash County Chamber of Commerce Expo Committee Chair Jill Vigar announces Jody McCoart, Wabash, as the winner of the Expo Grand Prize. The package includes a two-night stay at the French Lick Springs Hotel in French Lick, breakfast for two in the Colonnade, a round of golf for two at the Donald Ross Course, and dinner for two in 1875, all donated by French Lick Resorts.

Other prizewinners and donors during the two-day event included Dana Jelenek, Peru, who won a five-night stay at the Hampton Inn at Daytona Beach donated by Lundquist Appraisals & Real Estate and Hoffman Nursery & Landscaping. Theresa Carroll, LaFontaine, won one-night stay, dinner for two, and show for two at Essenhaus at Middlebury donated by Randall Miller & Associates. Kristi Lundquist, Wabash, won a 50-inch Emerson LED TV and LG Blu-ray DVD Player donated by Wabash Valley Abstract.

Posted on 2014 Mar 18
Vehicle strikes Wabash Donut Shoppe, at least one injured

by Eric Stearley

Just after 7 a.m. Friday morning, the Wabash Donut Shoppe got an unwelcomed surprise as Bruce Weatherspoon, 61, Marion, drove his black Chevrolet Trailblazer into the business’ front wall injuring owner Andy Phat.

“I just heard a loud bang and crash,” said Sam Phat, the owner’s son. “I thought that maybe the cooler fell down or something like that, because I heard glass. I saw my dad laying down on the ground, maybe 8 to 10 feet away from the wall. The trash can was knocked down in front of the showcase and I saw that the wall was broken down.”

Sam said that just seconds before the accident, Andy had walked in front of the building and entered through the main door.

“He saved himself from death by five seconds,” said Sam. “If he had been standing in that spot where he walked across the front, where the car hit the wall and came inside…that wall saved his life.”

Posted on 2014 Mar 18

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