To Malawi on a mission - Local family plans move to Africa to assist in farming and serve God
The Carrothers family is moving from rural Wabash to Malawi to spread the gospel and assist a Harvest Hope Home with sustainable farming practices. (Second row, from left) Austin Carrothers and his wife Sarah will be relocating to the African country with their three children (first row, from left) Jayden, 7, Allis, 6, and Wyatt, 3. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
A local family from rural Wabash County is moving to Malawi, Africa, to spread the seed of agriculture and God.
As early as June 1, Austin Carrothers, his wife Sarah, and three children Jayden, 7, Allis, 6, and Wyatt, 3, will be leaving behind their friends, family, home, and luxuries, such as electricity, to serve God and help develop sustainable farming in the bush region of Malawi.
The family, in conjunction with Gospelink, will be assisting Harvest Hope Homes, housing facilities that help children left behind by their families for various reasons, such as lack of food or medical complications.
Posted on 2015 Jun 02
Weekley distinguished as shooter
Jessica Weekley loads several rounds into her 1873 Winchester replica rifle. Safety glasses and ear protection are worn by both attendees and competitors during SASS competitions. Photo by Adam Smith
By Adam B. Smith
Annie get your gun, because Jessica Weekley is looking for a shootout.
The Cimarron Firearms Company selected Jessica, an eighth grader at Southwood Junior-Senior High School, to join the 2015 group of Cimarron and Pietta’s Young Guns program. The program selects six high-achieving students ages 13-18 from across the U.S. who regularly participate in their local Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) clubs.
Jessica began participating in 4-H Club shooting sports in 2011, and she said she heard about SASS, an organization that practices cowboy action shooting, through some of her fellow 4-H’ers.
Posted on 2015 Jun 02
County OKs bids for bridge work
By Joseph Slacian
Primco Inc. received the bid on Tuesday, May 26, for the Harrison Avenue bridge reconstruction project.
The work is expected to begin later this summer or possibly as late as this fall, and is expected to last about 120 days.
A Fort Wayne firm, Primco bid $647,290 for the project. One other firm, HIS Constructors, Indianapolis, bid $749,657.
Posted on 2015 Jun 02
A familiar taste of Italy returns to Wabash
By Emma Rausch
Previously local Italian restaurant Mike’s Little Italy is returning to Wabash later this week for two-night only dining event at the Wabash Elks Lodge.
Myrna Pavlick, the previous owner’s daughter, will be coming back to her childhood town to cook for two Little Italy nights and brining back all the town’s favorites on Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday.
Posted on 2015 Jun 02
Fair's poultry show canceled by state

By Emma Rausch

All bird showings at the Wabash County 4-H Fair have been canceled this year as a precaution to the spread of avian influenza, according to Angela Christopher, Wabash County 4-H youth educator.

The cancellation is a result of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health’s (BOAH) ban on all public displays of birds, including shows, exhibitions, and public sales, as of May 27.

The decision was made “to protect Indiana’s poultry from potential exposure to H5 avian influenza virus,” the BOAH announced in a press release.

While virus is not dangerous to humans through poultry meat or egg consumption, it is often deadly for chickens, turkeys, exotic birds, and other fowl, according to the BOAH.

Posted on 2015 May 28
State Road 15 crash leaves several injured
Article provided
A three-car collision left nine individuals injured, two with head trauma, on Monday, May 25.
At approximately 5:18 p.m., the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, along with rescue units from Pleasant Township, Roann, and Wabash Fire Departments, responded to a personal injury crash on SR 15 near 800 North.
The crash involved three vehicles.
Posted on 2015 May 26
LaFontaine group seeks to restore old cemetery
Mark Davis, owner of Stone Saver Cemetery Restoration, shares a scrapbook documenting the restoration of a different cemetery. Davis said careful records of everything going on need to be kept during the restoration process. Photo by Adam B. Smith
By Adam B. Smith
LAFONTAINE -- Visitors to LaFontaine’s Rennaker Cemetery have a clear view of the timeworn gravestones and monuments that fill the broken rows of the Old La Fontaine Cemetery. Some small markers covered up by grass sit in the shadows of taller, dirt-covered monuments.
The Friends of the Old La Fontaine Cemetery gathered a group at the cemetery Saturday, May 16, for a cemetery restoration workshop. The group sought to gather support for the restoration of the largely neglected cemetery.
Posted on 2015 May 26
County crops face rain delays but still seeing progress
By Emma Rausch
Despite delays caused by scattered showers and several days of cold weather, Indiana crops are still ahead on growing progress, according to Curt Campbell, Purdue Extension Office agriculture educator.
Overall, Indiana’s crop progress as of May 17 is in line with the state’s five-year crop activity average, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
“In fact, we’re a little bit ahead (of the five-year average) on corn planted and soybeans are about the same,” Campbell told The Paper of Wabash County. “We also had record yields a year ago, so at this point we’re not, from an industries standpoint, we’re not overly alarmed by the weather.”
Posted on 2015 May 26

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