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Y to begin social sports club

The Wabash County Social Sports Club will begin later this month at the Wabash County YMCA.

The idea behind the program is to take games many played in their backyard as youngsters and put completely new spins on them.

“This was an idea that, since I’ve moved into town, I’ve been looking for ways to fill a need in the community,” CEO Dean Gogolewski told The Paper of Wabash County. “It’s a population the Y really was community.”

The existing adult sports leagues, he said, were getting a bit too competitive.

“We needed to change that,” Gogolewski continued. “So, in order to change the culture, we needed to change the whole scope of the adult sports landscape.”

The new program also will help to engage some of the community’s young professionals and other working individuals in the community.

Posted on 2019 Sep 03
Former Miami County Sheriff seeks Indiana senate position

A former Miami County sheriff is seeking the Indiana Senate seat formerly filled by Randy Head.

Tim Miller announced his plans to seek the District 18 seat “after prayerful consideration and discussion with my family, friends and some community leaders.”

Head, who was first elected to the Indiana Senate in 2008, resigned effective Aug. 12 to become Pulaski County’s chief deputy prosecutor.

“Currently, the senate does not have a former sheriff on the team,” Miller said. “With some of today’s pressing issues, such as school safety and funding, mass shootings, gun control, jail overcrowding and many more, I believe my experience in law enforcement, leadership positions, business and administration would be beneficial to representing our communities.

Posted on 2019 Sep 03
Education system key to population growth, local residents say

Nearly 200 people had input last week on what needs to be done to stop Wabash County’s population decline.

In the end, a combined 195 people attended meetings in Wabash on Tuesday, Aug. 20, and North Manchester on Aug. 22, deemed it important to maintain a competitive public K-12 education system to help stop population loss.

Their input was just part of the meetings that discussed a study on the decline that was commissioned by the Community Foundation of Wabash County and Grow Wabash County. It included findings prepared by Amanda Lopez, president of Transform Consulting group. The consulting firms of Make No Small Plans and Becker Consulting also worked on the study.

The county’s population peaked at 36,582 in 1980, and has declined 14.05 percent since then, and is projected to continue through 2050.

In the end, Mark Becker of Becker Consulting, told the audience that there is no magic bullet to stop the decline. Rather, he continued, local leaders should focus on what they can control.

Posted on 2019 Aug 28
Friendship Hill is dedicated

A young child’s squeal of glee Sunday afternoon was all Shelly Myers needed to know that Friendship Hill was a big hit.

Friendship Hill, the city’s inclusive playground, was dedicated during a brief ceremony that saw Matthew Hipskind and Cason Myers cut the ribbon made of paper chains.

The park was then open to the public to enjoy, and that is precisely what they did. Youngsters of all ages and of all abilities took to the swings, the slides and other play things, smiles on their faces.

The park, a dream of Myers for five years, was part of the city’s Stellar Grant program. It is located on South Carroll Street, adjacent to the John Drook Skate Park.

Posted on 2019 Aug 28
Carson becomes the newest Spartan

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Introducing ... from Wabash, Indiana … No. 44 … Carson McKee!

Five-year old Carson McKee is the newest member of the Manchester University mens soccer team after signing a two-year deal with the NCAA Div. III Manchester Spartans.

McKee, the son of Jarrod and Heather McKee, was formally introduced to Spartan fans Sunday, Aug. 25, at a press conference where family and friends joined him in celebration of his two-year contract.

Manchester University President Dave McFadden welcomed the crowd and media to the signing event.

Posted on 2019 Aug 28
Events keep downtown busy

Rain on Saturday couldn’t keep the crowd away from downtown Wabash this past weekend.

Sidewalk sales and the Dave Kunkel Memorial Cruise-in drew people to town on Friday. Those two events, along with the annual Garden Fest kept them coming downtown on Saturday, Aug. 17.

Booths, food trucks, and activity tables filled Paradise Spring and people of all ages found something to enjoy.

Cindy White sat at the Adult Education booth wrapping balloons with Mod-Podge covered string to create decorative yarn ball ornaments. Jason and Alison McClure sat at their booth with daughter, Freya, selling products from their orchard/winery located in Peru.

Peggy and Philip Siders put on demonstrations of how they turn their home-grown flax into linen.

Posted on 2019 Aug 20
Chinese exchange students tour Wabash

A group of Chinese exchange students visiting Wabash Middle School toured the City of Wabash on Tuesday, Aug. 13.

The students, along with members of their host families and school officials, visited the Wabash County YMCA, met Mayor Scott Long at his office at Wabash City Hall, toured the backstage area of the Ford Theater, and ended the tour with a visit to the Wabash County Historical Museum.

A highlight of the tour was the tour of the YMCA. The tour started off in the gym, made stops at the tennis court, pool, and equipment room, and ended back in the gym with some free time for the exchange students and their host students from WMS to play basketball and other activities.

Throughout the tour, the exchange students were listening intently and fascinated by all aspects, wanting to try out the workout equipment and try and jump to touch the rims of the basketball hoops in the gym.

Posted on 2019 Aug 20
Healthy Families program offered in Wabash County

Area Five Agency of Aging and Community Services of Wabash County offers a Healthy Families Program designed to support and encourage parents.

This program is free to any parent who qualifies for the program, and is completely voluntary, allowing parents to end services at any time. To qualify for Healthy families, there are financial requirements and a screening process upon inquiry.

“We don’t want someone on their own to determine whether or not they are going to qualify for the program,” said LeAnne Breeden, Program Director of Healthy Families.

Breeden encourages parents who have any interest to reach out and get information even if they think they may not qualify.

Posted on 2019 Aug 20

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