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WHS has annual recognition program

By The Paper staff

On the morning of Thursday, May 24, Wabash High School had its annual Academic Awards and Scholarships Program.

 
During the first half of the ceremony 155 different students were recognized for their academic achievements and successes in the classroom.  The second half focused on the awarding of more than $550,000 in scholarships and grants to graduating seniors. 
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 05
Ashland Days set for June 8-9

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

LAFONTAINE -- Festivities for the 2018 LaFontaine Ashland Days Festival are set for Friday and Saturday, June 8 and 9 in downtown Lafontaine, with a variety of activities and events for the family to partake.


The theme for the 2018 Ashland Days is “Flashback”


“Flashback to the days of the LaFontaine Festivals of old,” the festival’s webpage on visitwabashcounty.com says. “Get out your leather jackets, hoop skirts, bell bottoms and neon t-shirts and celebrate your favorite decades of past festivals.”


Several fan favorite events are returning to this year’s festival.


Registration for the Seth Zahalka Memorial Car and Bike Show will start downtown at 10 a.m. Saturday.


Other returning events include the Pet Parade (6 p.m. Friday), Rubber Duck Race (1 p.m. Saturday), Tractor Show (5 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday), and the Water Ball Fight (3 p.m. Saturday).
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 05
river defenders receive grant

By The Paper staff

The Community Foundation of Wabash County awarded a $12,000 grant to the Wabash River Defenders. The funds, a cash match for a State of Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) project and an Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) 319(h) project, will assist in the next phase of regional water improvement activities.


The Wabash River Defenders (WRD), a local non-profit entity whose mission is to preserve, protect, and defend the Wabash River, promotes water quality, habitat, recreation, and awareness of Indiana’s primary river watershed.


The DNR awarded $38,000 to the River Defenders, enabling them to engage professional services to perform a diagnostic study of the Silver Creek—Wabash River watershed in Wabash and Huntington Counties. In addition, the IDEM awarded $129,097 to create a watershed management plan for Treaty Creek—Wabash River watershed in Wabash and Miami counties.
 

Posted on 2018 May 29
County looks at 1050 South bridge options

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

The Wabash County Highway Department will further investigate rehabilitating the bridge carrying County Road 1050 South over Grant Creek, at an estimated cost of $325,000.


The county commissioners instructed County Highway Superintendent John Martin to pursue rehabilitation of the structure while awaiting a response regarding funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which recently made federal disaster assistance funds available to Indiana counties affected by the February flooding.
 

Posted on 2018 May 29
Bumgardner resigns as MCS business manager

By The Paper staff

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Manchester Community Schools Business Manager Scott Bumgardner recently submitted his letter of resignation, effective June 30, 2018.


Bumgardner has served as the business manager for the past four years. During that time, he played an integral role in maintaining health insurance rates without an increase in premiums. Also during his tenure, he worked closely with the Manchester Teachers Association to give an increase in pay each of the last four years to all certified and classified faculty.
 

Posted on 2018 May 29
VWC expands promotional tools

By The Paper staff

Visit Wabash County (VWC) continues to focus on ways to improve the county’s gateways, signage, and interpretation in an effort to cross promote the county in areas where large groups of visitors tend to gather. 


The two newest installations have included an information display placed at the Glenn Ruppel Sports Complex in North Manchester and at the Morrett Sports Complex Field of Dreams in Wabash.  The two 4-foot-by-5-foot, all-weather displays showcase what there is to experience in the community. 


“Nearly 25,000 people utilize the Morrett Sports Complex annually,” said Bill Barrows, senior program director for the Wabash County YMCA, “When Christine (Flohr) pitched the idea of installing this type of display, I was immediately thrilled.  We have visiting families who have time between games and are looking for places to eat and things to do.”
 

Posted on 2018 May 29
WCS superintendent gives First Merchants building update

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Superintendent Jason Callahan gave some insight as to where Wabash City Schools was in its process toward taking over the First Merchants Bank building as it prepares to move its administrative offices downtown, following Monday night’s school board meeting.


At a previous board meeting, the board voted to approve two appraisals on the property.


“We’re still waiting on the second appraisal to come in,” Callahan said. “Once we have that second appraisal in, we can start to negotiate price and move forward with that.”
 

Posted on 2018 May 29
Grow Wabash County leadership class graduates

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- After eight day-long courses, 26 up-and-coming Wabash County leaders are better prepared to lead in the workplace.


Continuing a decades-old program of the former Wabash County Chamber of Commerce, Grow Wabash County offered its first Wabash County Leadership Development course last November.


Grow Wabash County President and CEO Kieth Gillenwater said that before starting the class this year, the organization looked at past classes' feedback.


“We used the opportunity to go back and look at feedback from previous participants, and try to figure out, based upon the last few class's feedback, what can we do to make this program better, to be more responsive, because it had kind of stayed the same throughout that period of time,” Gillenwater said. “At that point, we realized there were some things we could do to make it more of a true leadership development program. We brought in a new facilitator … Jim Smith. Jim's a retired educator, retired superintendent, former principal here at Manchester High School, sat on the town council here in town.


“That was also important for me from the standpoint of, this is a countywide program. I wanted to bring in someone who wasn't necessarily a Wabash person.”
 

Posted on 2018 May 29

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