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Cost of housing inmates increases

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash County Jail was below its capacity of 72 inmates just 13 days in 2014, Sheriff Bob Land reported to the Wabash County Commissioners on Monday morning.

The figures were part of a year-end wrap-up Land presented to both Commissioners and the Wabash County Council on Monday.

Posted on 2015 Jan 27
Resident complains about snow removal

By Joseph Slacian

A Liberty Township resident complained to Wabash County Commissioners on Jan. 20 about what he perceives to be a problem with snow removal by the Wabash County Highway Department.

The resident, Dwight Walls, told commissioners that the problem began last January, and continued again this winter.

Posted on 2015 Jan 27
Patrick Sullivan announces resignation during Celebration of Progress

By Emma Rausch

On Jan. 22, Patrick Sullivan announced his resignation during the Celebration of Progress hosted by Wabash Marketplace, Inc. Jason Callahan, committee president and Wabash City Schools superintendent, presented Sullivan with a plaque that commemorated his efforts as executive director.

Prior to his resignation, Sullivan announced the executive report, stating that, during the 2014 term, the committee was successful in working on some of the large-scale Stellar Communities projects, including Veteran’s Plaza and installation of Gateway Billboards. The committee also secured a $96,000 grant from Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs, which will assist in the development of future projects.

During his recognition speech to Sullivan, Callahan said that he had overheard a conversation someone saying, “Patrick didn’t know anything about historic preservation or Wabash Marketplace, and yet he made it look easy.”

Posted on 2015 Jan 27
Prom Style Show wows crowd with latest gown trends and after-prom attire

By Emma Rausch

At the Prom Style Show on Jan. 25, local high school students and their families clapped and cheered as local residents modeled the latest prom and after-prom trends.

Hosted by Ellen’s in partnership with Marelli’s and Bash Boutique, local high school students and alumni modeled a wide range of prom gowns, after-prom apparel, and corsages down a runway at the REMC Touchstone Energy Center. Heartland Career Center cosmetologists styled the models’ hair and makeup for the event, while Leah’s Cakery & Confections provided a variety of sweet refreshments for the show.

Posted on 2015 Jan 27
Dancing Pro Chelsea Hightower teaches Playhouse dancers some moves

CHELSEA HIGHTOWER, famous for time on “So You Think You Can Dance” and her work as a choreographer on the ABC show “Dancing with the Stars,” was in town on Friday, Jan. 16 as part of Friday’s “Dancing Pros Live” show at the Honeywell Center. Before taking the stage, Hightower spent her afternoon teaching a class of local dance students at Playhouse Studio of Dance. Owner Debbie Thomason said the studio just happened to be lucky enough to get the call.

“They wanted to know if we’d be interested in having Chelsea come and do a master class before the show, and I said, “Yes! Absolutely!”

Hightower taught 20 young dancers a routine she choreographed to the tune “Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That,” by Robert Randolph and the Family Band. (photo by Eric Stearley)

Posted on 2015 Jan 27
Stake park undergoes minor change

by Joseph Slacian

Changes to the John Drook Skate Park in the City of Wabash have cleared two hurdles and is likely to soon clear the third.

The changes are nothing that anyone will see, and will have no adverse effect on the park itself.

Rather, the change is in the sidewalk right-of-way, Building Commissioner John Stephens told the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety on Jan. 21.

Posted on 2015 Jan 27
Jim Smith as 2014 NM Citizen of the Year

By Shaun Tilghman
North Manchester News Journal News Editor

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Although last year’s recipients, Bob and Robin Shepherd, of Shepherd’s Chevrolet, were vacationing in Florida, Bob was still able to honor the 2014 Citizen of the Year, Jim Smith, via a video he recorded prior to the 71st Annual North Manchester Chamber of Commerce Dinner, which took place Jan. 22 in the Jo Young Switzer Center on the campus of Manchester University.

“The person we honor here tonight, as the 2014 Citizen of the Year, has touched many lives and impacted our community greatly,” said Shepherd. “He has worked tirelessly and sacrificially to make our hometown a better place to live and raise a family.”

Posted on 2015 Jan 27
North Manchester Beacon Credit Union receives Commerce Award for 2014

By Shaun Tilghman
North Manchester News Journal News Editor

NORTH MANCHESTER -- On Jan. 22, Jan Fahs-Brown and Andy Brown, owners of Fahs-Brown Plumbing and winners of the 2013 Commerce Award, were pleased to present Beacon Credit Union as Business of the Year for 2014 during the 71st Annual North Manchester Chamber of Commerce Dinner, held in Manchester University’s Jo Young Switzer Center.

In 1931, at the height of the Great Depression, a group of 75 farmers established Wabash County Farm Bureau Credit Union, which is now Beacon Credit Union, because they believed they could provide financial products and services for themselves better than relying on others to do it for them.

 

Posted on 2015 Jan 27

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