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Wimberly to head local Habitat for Humanity
By Emma Rausch
 
After serving as Wabash County Habitat for Humanity executive director for two years, Steve Miller is resigning his position for personal reasons, the Wabash County Habitat for Humanity board announced on Oct. 15.
 
In a press release, Miller stated, “I am pleased to have been a part of building onto the strong legacy of this Habitat Affiliate and helping the Board achieve their goal of working in partnership with our community to address the problem of substandard and poverty housing here in Wabash and across the globe.”
 
Wabash resident Maggie Wimberly will take over Miller’s work and serve as business manager in the interim.
Posted on 2015 Oct 20
Candidates discuss TIF, other issues
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash’s mayoral candidates discussed the use of TIF funds, bringing housing to the community and the city’s role in helping with educational attainment, among other topics, during a recent debate at the Historic Eagles Theatre.
 
The candidates – Republican Scott Long, Democrat Margaret “Boo” Salb” and Independent Wade Weaver appeared in the only debate together prior to the election on Oct. 7 in an event sponsored by the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce and The Paper of Wabash County.
 
Between now and the Nov. 3 election, The Paper will bring questions asked of and responses from the candidates. The full debate can be viewed online on Wabash WebTV
Posted on 2015 Oct 20
Downs named WMI executive director; Former director resigned in mid-September
Steve Downs
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash attorney Steve Downs is the new executive director of Wabash Marketplace, Inc., WMI President Jason Callahan announced Tuesday in a press release.
 
He replaces Emily Gardner, who resigned her post more than one month ago.
 
“Emily resigned from Wabash Marketplace on Sept. 17,” Callahan told The Paper of Wabash County. “We were appreciative of the work she did for Wabash Marketplace and we wish her the best on future endeavors.  We are respecting her privacy on the resignation.”
 
Downs becomes the third WMI director this year. Patrick Sullivan resigned the post in January, and Gardner was named as his replacement in June. The Wabash County Convention & Visitors Bureau oversaw the agency in the interim.

 

Posted on 2015 Oct 20
Housing complex gets BZA special exception
By Joseph Slacian
 
For the second time in as many years, a Chicago development company received a special exception to create a housing development in an area now zoned as General Business District.
 
The firm, JCF Real Estate, received the special exception on Thursday, Oct. 15, from the Wabash Board of Zoning Appeals.
Posted on 2015 Oct 20
Hospital gala to have French theme
By Joseph Slacian
 
Parkview Wabash Foundation will host the 21st annual Foundation Gala on Nov. 14 at the Honeywell Center.
 
The theme for this year’s event is “An Evening in Paris” and, as always, the benefit will raise money for hospital equipment.
 
Proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of a new stereotactic breast biopsy system for the Women’s Center at Parkview Wabash Hospital.
 
The equipment will enable women to receive a minimally invasive biopsy procedure with many benefits over surgically performed biopsies, the foundation’s new director, Beth Squires Stein said.
Posted on 2015 Oct 20
County enters Halloween spirit
By Emma Rausch
 
A wide variety of activities have been planned around Wabash County this year for Halloween.
 
Oct. 28
Manchester University invites area child to the All-Hall Trick-or-Treat on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The event is free and family friendly from 6-8 p.m. A parent or guardian must accompany all children.
 
For the best candy-collecting route, the university recommends to start at Schwalm Hall on the west side of campus then head to Helman and Oakwood halls, East Street Apartments, East Hall and, lastly, end the night at the haunted Garver Hall on East Street.
 
Garver Hall is aimed to frighten attendees and may not be appropriate for children younger than 10-years-old.
Posted on 2015 Oct 20
North Manchester church expands hall
By The Paper staff
 
The ground breaking ceremony for Saint Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in North Manchester will be on Sunday, Oct. 18 immediately following 9 a.m. Mass.
 
The ceremony will celebrate the beginning of construction on a new 7,000 square foot Parrish Hall and is expected to finish in the summer of 2016.
Posted on 2015 Oct 15
Thousands expected for 13th Chili for Charity Chili Cook-off
By Joseph Slacian
 
Thousands are expected to converge on the Paradise Spring Historical Park on Saturday as the park will become, in the words of one local official, a giant front porch.
 
The park is the scene of the 13th annual Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity Chili Cook-off. Tasting will begin at noon and admission is $5.
As of late last week, about 90 chili teams were registered to participate in the event, Chili committee chair Todd Titus said.
 
“That’s pretty much in the range of what we’ve been used to in the past years,” he said. “It’s not much of a concern to us right now. We know we’ll have some of the CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International) teams coming in Saturday morning to register. 
 
“We’re pretty confident that we’ll be at 100 teams, or slightly more than 100 teams.”
Posted on 2015 Oct 13

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