Dr. Dugan to be named Healthcare Hero
Dr. William M. Dugan Jr., Medical Oncologist/Hematologist, has been named the PWB Foundation’s Healthcare Hero 2015. He was nominated by the Parkview Wabash Oncology staff. Pictured with Dr. Dugan are his nominators, from left: Paula Holmes, RN, OCN; Debbie Reahard, department secretary; Robin Cooper, RN, OCN; and Tara Leland, RN. Photo provided
By The Paper staff
Medical Oncologist/Hematologist Dr. William M. Dugan Jr. is the 2015 recipient of Parkview Wabash Hospital Foundation’s Healthcare Hero Award, Foundation Director Beth Squires Stein announced. Dugan will receive the award at the Foundation’s annual gala on Saturday, Nov. 14.
“Dr. Dugan has a long and remarkable history with our hospital,” Stein said. “The oncology program would certainly not be where it is today without his foresight, his vast knowledge and his dedication. It is truly our pleasure to recognize him with this award.”
Posted on 2015 Nov 10
85 Hope names Boone new executive director
Sandra Boone
By Emma Rausch
Sandra Boone is the new executive director of 85 Hope, Wabash County’s free medical clinic, medical director Dr. Rose Wenrich announced Thursday, Nov. 5.
Boone told The Paper of Wabash County that she’s excited to be a part of the ministry and hopes to keep the clinic running well.
“I’m going to bring enthusiasm to (85 Hope),” she continued. “I believe in this ministry and I’m hoping to communicate more and spread the word that 85 Hope is a great clinic for those who need it.
“I love the people I work with (at the clinic) and I think we have a great board who is dedicated and works very hard for the community. The volunteers are awesome and I love our clients that come in. I feel very blessed to be a part of the ministry.”
Posted on 2015 Nov 10
Veterans’ memorial to be dedicated Nov. 14
By Joseph Slacian
LAFONTAINE – A trip to Markle to visit family sparked an idea with local resident George Barnes.
The idea will come to fruition on Saturday, Nov. 14, when a memorial dedicated to United States veterans will be unveiled near the LaFontaine Community Building. The ceremony is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.
“Right downtown in Markle they have a veterans memorial,” Barnes told The Paper of Wabash County during a recent telephone interview. “We stopped and looked at it, and I asked my wife, ‘Why can’t we have one in LaFontaine?’”
Upon returning to LaFontaine, Barnes said he “started talking it up to different people” and the work began.
That was about 18 months ago.
Posted on 2015 Nov 10
Former Wabash resident performs at Beef & Boards
Amanda Butterbaugh is Grandma Addams in the musical comedy "The Addams Family." Butterbaugh performs at the the Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
Former Wabash resident Amanda Butterbaugh is performing at Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre in Indianapolis in the musical comedy “The Addams Family”.
From Oct. 8 through Nov. 22, eight shows a week, Butterbaugh plays the part of Grandma Addams, the grandmother of the Addams children, Pugsley and Wednesday.
Butterbaugh told The Paper of Wabash County that’s she’s “absolutely mad” about acting, but had to take some time from it to take care of her family.
Posted on 2015 Nov 10
City OKs pact with United Consulting
By Joseph Slacian
The City of Wabash entered a professional services agreement with United Consulting for work near a new housing complex along Manchester Avenue.
The board unanimously approved the $98,900 agreement.
The developer, JCF Real Estate, will pay a portion of the construction fee, according to Keith Bryant of United Consulting.
A 30-building, 60-unit complex will be located in the area of 1300 Manchester Avenue. 
Posted on 2015 Nov 10
‘America’s Got Talent’ star to perform at Honeywell Center
Jackie Evancho, who gained fame on the NBC television show “America’s Got Talent” will bring her “Awakening Live in Concert” tour to the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater on Friday, Nov. 20. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” star Jackie Evancho will be performing on the Honeywell Center Ford Theater stage Friday Nov. 20, as a part of her “Awakening Live in Concert” tour.
A Pittsburgh native, Evancho launched her musical career when she was 10-years-old after performing on the fifth season of “America’s Got Talent,” finishing as runner-up.
The 15-year-old performer told The Paper of Wabash County in an interview that it’s been a “crazy ride” since then.
Posted on 2015 Nov 10
Republicans sweep City Council races
By Joseph Slacian
For the first time in as long as many can remember, one political party will fill all the seats on the Wabash City Council.
Republican candidates captured four contested city council races on Tuesday, and had two uncontested GOP candidates, meaning the Republicans will fill all seven council seats for the next four years. 
City Court Judge Tim Roberts, a Republican, was unopposed in his bid for re-election, making incumbent Clerk-Treasurer Wendy Frazier the lone city official who is a Democrat.
Republicans Marc Shelley and Bryan Dillon captured the two at-large seats up for election, while Aaron McClary won the council’s 2nd District seat, Bob Greene won the 3rd District seat and Doug Adams won the 5th District seat.
Mitch Figert and incumbent Bonnie Corn were unopposed for the 1st District and 4th District seats, respectively.
Posted on 2015 Nov 10
Erb retains LaFontaine Clerk-Treasurer post
By Joseph Slacian
Cynthia Erb, the incumbent clerk-treasurer for the Town of LaFontaine, won re-election Tuesday, Nov. 3, in the town’s lone contested race.
Erb defeated Democrat Karen Benedict, 129-107, to win re-election.
Erb credited hard work and 40 years of living in the community as reasons for her victory.
Posted on 2015 Nov 10

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