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LaFontaine native returns for book signing
Melody S. (McVicker) Deal presented her novel “On the Wings of a Dove” to Troyer Memorial Library librarian Janice Dawes. Deal’s novel is a period piece set in LaFontaine, the author’s hometown. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
LAFONTAINE – Melody S. (McVicker) Deal, a first-time author raised in LaFontaine, returned to her hometown on Sunday, Jan. 17, for a meet-and-greet and book signing of her novel, “On the Wings of a Dove,” a novel based in 20th century LaFontaine.
 
“Small town life, and especially when we growing up … it was a different world then,” Deal told The Paper of Wabash County. “It was a safe place. We could leave the house at night and go play and stay gone all day and just be home by dark was the rule. Just so many sweet memories and just wonderful people here.
 
“So my book’s a period piece, 1903, so it just lent itself really well. This was a farming community when I was a kid and it still has that flavor to it. … So when I knew it was going to about a farming family, I knew it’d have to (take place) in my hometown.”
Posted on 2016 Jan 26
Lagro resident files for County Coroner
Suzie Lewis
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Lagro resident Suzie Lewis filed for the Republican nomination for the Wabash County Coroners position on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
 
For the past two years, Lewis has worked as Deputy Coroner with current Coroner Carol Whitesel and she told The Paper of Wabash County she’s ready now to step up and run for the position.
 
Lewis became interested in the Deputy Coroner’s position after working as an EMT with the volunteer Lagro, Urbana and Noblesville fire departments for several years. She has served the community as a volunteer EMT for 17 years.
Posted on 2016 Jan 26
Local woman’s search for birth parents receives update
By Emma Rausch
 
NORTH MANCHESTER – Wabash County resident Sally Gamsby has searched for her birth parents since she was 18-years-old. Finally, she has a lead.
 
After publishing an article in The Paper of Wabash County on Jan. 13, Gamsby, 67, received a letter regarding her family’s whereabouts from the Wabash County Department of Public Welfare.
 
According to the Department, Gamsby was born Sally Sue Hall on Aug. 25, 1948.
Posted on 2016 Jan 26
Marelli’s Bloom Boutique celebrates second birthday
By The Paper staff
 
Marelli's Bloom Boutique in downtown Wabash is getting ready to celebrate the boutique’s second anniversary. 
 
The business opened on Jan. 29, 2014, and is located at 35 W. Market St. Marelli’s plans on celebrating the anniversary with a pajama birthday bash. 
 
“We are so excited to celebrate the boutique’s second birthday,” owner Maria Marshall said. “We are thrilled to be a part of the growing and ever changing downtown and are looking forward to just having fun and celebrating the boutique with our customers.”  
Posted on 2016 Jan 26
Paradise Spring annual meeting to focus on Miami Indians
By The Paper staff
 
Dr. Stewart Rafert will be speaking on “The Miami Indians, Past and Present” at the annual meeting of Paradise Spring Historical Park at 6:30pm Jan. 27 in the Wabash County Historical Museum meeting room. 
 
The evening will begin with a carry-in soup and sandwich supper.  The public is invited to this free event, though donations will be accepted to the Paradise Spring Park Maintenance Fund. RSVP by calling 260-571-2879.
Posted on 2016 Jan 19
Two City Schools board members resign
By Joseph Slacian
 
Just weeks after being reappointed by the Wabash City Council and assuming positions with the Wabash City Schools board, Bill Konyha and Matt Bruss have submitted their resignations.
 
Superintendent Jason Callahan, in a news release issued Saturday, Jan. 16, announced that the school board was to meet on Tuesday, Jan. 19, to accept the resignation and approve replacements for the pair.
 
The board was notified that their appointments could likely fall within the prohibition of holding two lucrative positions as defined in the Dual Office Holders Guide prepared by the Indiana Attorney General, Callahan said in the release.
Posted on 2016 Jan 19
Wabash man charged with murder
Waylon Sadler
 
By Emma Rausch
 
MARION – A Wabash man was charged with murder in the death of a Grant County man.
 
Waylon Sadler, 31, Wabash, is being held at Grant County Jail following the death of James L. Zook Jr., 55, Marion. He does not have any bond because of a parole violation from a previous outstanding Wabash County warrant.
 
Formal charges against Sadler were filed Friday afternoon.
Posted on 2016 Jan 19
Wabash ‘finished 16th’ in America’s Best Communities competition
By Emma Rausch
 
Officials from the America’s Best Communities (ABC) competition named 15 communities that advanced into the semi-finals on Wednesday morning, Jan. 13. Wabash did not make the cut.
 
Last year, 138 applications representing 347 communities were submitted by the competition’s March 25 deadline. On April 29, Wabash was named among 50 communities as a quarterfinalist in the competition.
 
Since then, ABC Wabash’s steering committee developed the “Dream big. Be big.” campaign, which planned projects to submit to the competition and exhibited Wabash’s positive aspects in a series of videos developed by Green Hat Productions.
 
While representatives of the local committee admit there is some disappointment in not advancing, this is not a loss.
 
“I’m disappointed that we didn’t advance obviously,” Mayor Scott Long told The Paper of Wabash County on Wednesday, “but the team we have in place will drive the projects that were under the America’s Best Communities veil.”
Posted on 2016 Jan 19

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