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MAXSTRONG to concentrate on toughening laws

With the trial of Alyssa Shepherd completed, officials at the MAXSTRONG Foundation will turn attention to fighting to continue strengthening the state’s school bus stop laws.

The Foundation – named for twin brothers Mason and Xavier Ingle and their older sister, Alivia Stahl – is dedicated to improving safety for all children that ride buses around Indiana. The three siblings were killed and a fourth, Maverik Lowe, was critically injured, on Oct. 30, 2018, after being struck by Shepherd’s vehicle as they were crossing State Road 25 to board the school bus.

Shepherd was found guilty in Fulton County Superior Court of three counts of felony reckless homicide, as well as one count of criminal recklessness and one count of driving around a school bus with the stop arm extended. Sentencing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 18.

During the last legislative session, Foundation officials worked with legislators to develop a tougher law for drivers who go around school buses when they are loading and unloading school children.

The new law went into effect on July 1. Under the measure, it requires same-side pickups and drop offs of children to prevent them from having to cross busy roads or highways to get on or off buses. It also increases penalties for violators who ignore a stopped bus.

However, MAXSTRONG officials don’t believe the measure goes far enough, and they plan to work with lawmakers to add more teeth to the law.

Posted on 2019 Oct 29
County's Veteran's Day service set Nov. 11

The Veteran’s Organization of Wabash County will conduct Veteran’s Day services on Monday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Wabash County Courthouse.

These services are open to the public and will take place in the following order:

Invocation by American Legion Post #15 Chaplin, Don Cole.

National Anthem sung by Mrs. Robert (Jo) Wade.

Remarks by Wabash Mayor, Scott Long.

Remarks by Jerry Alexander, representative for Senator Mike Braun.

Remarks by Brian Spaulding, representative for congresswoman Jackie Walorski.

Laying of wreaths by the Ladies Auxiliaries.

Posted on 2019 Oct 29
Ribbon cut at Downtown Nutrition

On Monday, Oct. 28, a ribbon cutting took place at Downtown Nutrition, a new shop in downtown Wabash was recently opened by Lindsay Heck, a 2003 graduate of Wabash High School.

Downtown Nutrition has a goal to promote a healthier lifestyle by introducing Wabash to a shop that offers healthy shakes, energizing teas, aloe, and suggestions for workout guides.

“We offer free consultations by appointment for wellness profiles to help meet our customer’s health and wellness goals,” Heck told The Paper of Wabash County.

Not only does the shop offer free consultations, but it also gives away a complimentary tea and aloe with the purchase of a shake.

There was a line of customers eager to try a new flavor or shake or tea, before Heck had to stop serving for a few minutes to cut the ribbon.

Posted on 2019 Oct 29
Rochester woman convicted in 2018 bus stop deaths

Alyssa Shepherd was convicted on five counts on Friday, Oct. 18.

The 12-person jury presented its unanimous verdict at 6:48 p.m. after about three hours of deliberation at the Fulton County Courthouse.

Shepherd was convicted of striking four children at a Fulton County school bus stop on Oct. 30, 2018, killing three and critically injuring the fourth.

She faced three counts of reckless homicide, a Level 5 felony, one count of criminal recklessness, a Level 6 felony, and one Class A misdemeanor count of passing a school bus with its stop arm extended, causing bodily injury.

Shepherd was convicted of killing Alivia Stahl and her twin brothers, Mason and Xvavier Ingle while they crossed State Road 25 to board the bus. She also was convicted of critically injuring a fourth child, Maverik Lowe.

“I’m extremely happy,” Brittany Ingle, mother of the three deceased children, told The Paper of Wabash County. “It should have went that way. I kind of had a feeling it would, based on all the evidence.

“I’m really glad that they held her accountable.”

The children’s grandfather, Michael Schwab, echoed Ingle’s thoughts.

Posted on 2019 Oct 22
Neighbours students go back in time

Students, parents and teachers arrived to O.J. Neighbours on Thursday, Oct. 17, for the 31st annual Pioneer Re-enactment.

The re-enactment took place in the David F. Sodervick Outdoor Education Center, where OJN students demonstrated what life was like in the 1800’s for Native Americans and pioneers.

The event was free to the public, but donations were accepted to help with the costs for next year’s re-enactment.

Kindergarten students demonstrated pioneer songs and dances, first graders reenacted pioneer games, the second-grade classes reenacted Native American dances and blessings, third graders talked about Native American life in various tribes during the settlement period, and fourth graders presented about pioneer life.

 
Posted on 2019 Oct 22
Classmates dedicate bench to late friend

On Wednesday, Oct. 13, at the hot dog and ice cream emporium in Lagro, Richard Monce sat in silence on a bench dedicated to his late wife, Anita, looking at the high school photo of her propped up next to him, holding back tears.

Anita Elward Monce grew up in Lagro, married Richard Monce, lived in Fort Wayne for a few years, and then returned to the home she grew up in where she lived out the rest of her life.

Anita stayed close with her school mates from the time she was seven to the day she passed away.

At the dedication of the bench on Wednesday, Anita’s husband was joined by two of those friends, Cheryl Stewart Teague and Becki Behny Wagoner.

Teague and Wagoner, along with six other lifelong friends Cathy Poole Herrell, Rita Rehak Muellyer, Ruthanne Treska Richwine, Linda Clark Mallow, Shirley Gilbert Shellenbarger, and Peggy Schlemmer Ballschmidt joined in raising money to have a bench with a plaque on it placed in Lagro, where their friendship began.

Posted on 2019 Oct 22
Uptown Virtual Reality opens in Wabash

A new type of entertainment has made its way into Wabash in the form of a Virtual Reality studio.

Uptown Virtual Reality (VR) is located on 59 S. Wabash St. and is open Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., and closed on Sunday.

Ben Holbrook and Ethan Ryder are co-founders of the new business.

“I met Ben through working together at Zoomers RV,” Ryder told The Paper of Wabash County.

“We ended up having good chemistry and decided to start this, which was awesome.”

Virtual Reality is a type of video game where the player wears a headset that makes them feel as if they are in another world, and holding controllers that are often viewed as other things by the player when the headset is on.

“I prefer to call them experiences instead of games, because that is really what they are, experiences,” said Ryder.

Uptown VR offers many different experiences for people of all ages and interests.

Posted on 2019 Oct 22
Thousands expected at Chili Cook-off

Thousands are expected to converge on Paradise Spring Historical Park on Saturday for the 17th annual Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity Chili Cook-off.

“Our team count and our pre-event fundraising is right on part with last year,” Cook-off Committee chair Todd Titus told The Paper of Wabash County. “I think we’ll be somewhere around 90 teams the day of.

“They can still register that day. If anyone is interested, we’ll have room.”

Teams will be located both north and south of the Norfolk Southern Railroad track.

In addition to eating chili, there will be several other things for participants to do.
ABATE will have its interactive display for youngsters, Titus said, and Jeannie Cooper will have arts and crafts projects for youngsters to do.

Posted on 2019 Oct 15

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