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Wabash City Schools update high school, middle school student handbooks
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash City Schools Board of Education approved changes to the Wabash high school and middle school student handbooks Monday night, June 19.
 
“The student handbook is a living document,” Jeff Galley, WHS assistant principal, said. “It’s changed, it’s morphing, it represents the times that it exists in. So every year, we take a look at it and realize ‘We need to change this,’ ‘We need to come to reality with this’ and ‘Maybe we don’t necessarily need this any more.’”
 
Posted on 2017 Jun 27
State OKs funding for WRT
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash River Trail’s request for funding from the Regional Cities Initiative was approved last week by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. The IEDC announced late on the afternoon of June 12 that the WRT’s request for $941,031 was approved.
 
However, that doesn’t mean the WRT will immediately receive the funds for work on the first phase of the Lagro to Wabash portion of the trail. When the Regional Development Authority approved the funding at its April meeting, it listed with it two stipulations that WRT officials must meet before it would receive the funds.
 
One of the stipulations is that the WRT have at least two public meetings to discuss the trail and its route. It has had one of those meetings, thus far.
 
Posted on 2017 Jun 20
Eagles Theatre renovations opens up for media arts educational programming
Artist renderings of the Media Arts studios on the second floor of the Historic Eagles Theatre. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Historic Eagles Theatre will be undergoing changes later this year and not just for structural renovations, but for programming as well.
 
The Media Arts program, a new educational endeavor and partnership with Heartland Career Center, will begin its pilot run next fall and aim to instruct high school youth in all things media, according to Teresa Galley, the Honeywell Foundation educational outreach manager.
 
“About two years, a group of us started meeting just to dream about Eagles might be, and over the course of trial and error, one of the things that came up was Mark Honeywell was an amateur film maker,” Galley told The Paper of Wabash County, “and actually the studio with the (Honeywell) Golf Course was his film studio as one in Boca Chita, his home in Florida."
Posted on 2017 Jun 20
Hicks to run for sheriff
Steve Hicks
 
By The Paper staff
 
Steve Hicks has announced his intentions to run as a Republican candidate for Wabash County Sheriff in the May 2018 Primary Election.
 
“I am dedicated to the department and have a passion for law enforcement,” Hicks said. “It has been an extremely rewarding career and I have been preparing myself for this opportunity.”
 
A lifelong Wabash County resident, Hicks began his law enforcement career in 1994 and for 20 years has served at the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department as a merit officer.
 
Posted on 2017 Jun 20
28 seek 2017 Wabash County 4-H Queen title
Twenty-eight contestants will vie for the title of 2017 Miss Wabash County 4-H Fair Queen this year. The pageant will be Wednesday, July 12, at the Honeywell Center in Wabash.
 
The Miss Wabash County 4-H Fair Queen will serve as the official host of the Wabash County 4-H Fair, July 14-22. The queen will also represent Wabash County in the 2018 Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant that will be held in Indianapolis January 5-7, 2018.  The queen will receive a scholarship which is provided and supported by the past Wabash County 4-H Fair Queens.  Members of the queen court will receive scholarships provided by the Wabash County Extension Homemakers, Beacon Credit Union and the Wabash County Fair Board.
 
The contestants will be judged on the basis of the ability to converse, speaking ability, poise, personality and ability to be an ambassador for the Wabash County 4-H Fair. The judging is divided into three phases of competition which include a personal interview, professional wear/overall impressions and formal wear.  The interview and professional wear judging is closed to the public.  The public pageant will conclude the judging with the formal wear phase after which the 10 finalists will be announced.  The final phase of the competition is the onstage question in which each finalist will answer a question submitted by fellow contestants.
 
Posted on 2017 Jun 20
Indiana Landmarks rescues Wabash historic home

The Albers House, located at 45 E. Sinclair St. in Wabash, is undergoing fašade renovations after being threatened with demolition last year. Indiana Landmarks, the organization behind the Wabash historic home’s rescue, hopes to fix for a new owner to later purchase and call home. Photo provided

By Emma Rausch

After withstanding nearly 170 years of weather and time, demolition loomed over Albers House last year. That was, at least, until Indiana Landmarks intervened.

Located at 45 E. Sinclair St. in Wabash, the pre-Civil War era residence, a two-and-a-half story brick and stone home, was built in only 10 days in 1848 by Phillip Albers and his brother, Jacob, according to Indiana Landmarks officials.

In 2016, due to years of wear and tear that damaged the structure’s roof, the Federal-style home faced being razed.

 
Posted on 2017 Jun 20
MCS board hires interim superintendent

Mike Pettibone

By David Fenker

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Mike Pettibone will serve as interim superintendent of Manchester Community Schools for the 2017-2018 school year.

The MCS Board of School Trustees voted 6-0 to hire Pettibone at its Tuesday, June 13, meeting.

Pettibone’s education experience spans five school systems and nearly three decades.

“Mike comes to us with many years of experience,” Board President Steve Flack said.

 

 

Posted on 2017 Jun 20
Byerly steps down from Board of Works

Dee Byerly accepts a plaque from Mayor Scott Long honoring him for his 13 ½ years on the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Dee Byerly, a 13 1/2-year member of the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety, participated in his last board meeting Thursday, June 15.

Byerly will leave the board effective July 1.

He said he enjoyed his time on the board, but believes it is time to move on.

Posted on 2017 Jun 20

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