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Officials cancel 18th Chili Cook-off

The 18th annual Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity Chili Cook-off will not take place this year, at least in its traditional form.

Cook-off committee members met on Tuesday, June 16, and opted to cancel this year’s event.

“The traditional cook-off is not going to happen,” committee chair Todd Titus told The Paper of Wabash County. “We are looking at doing something with the event to keep the spirit of the event alive, doing some fundraising. We have some ideas about where the funds would go.”

Formal announcements of what format the cook-off will take is still a few weeks off.

“There will be opportunities for people to cook chili that include all the elements of the traditional cook-offs, it just won’t be happening at Paradise Spring with the usual crowd,” Titus said.

The committee, he said, “was pretty much all in agreement that it just wasn’t a good idea” to have the cook-off this year.”

“If you look at what the CDC and health officials recommend – essential distancing, frequent handwashing, wearing facemasks – none of that can happen at the Chili Cook-off,” Titus said. “Then you throw in the other elements with 80 to 90 teams cooking in an unregulated environment, many people handling ingredients, serving from one hand to someone else’s hand into their mouth, it’s just not a good thing to do.”

Posted on 2020 Jun 23
Manchester Board OKs school financial plan

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Two Manchester Community Schools teachers will be cut due to Reduction in Force (RIF) and Manchester Intermediate School in Laketon will stay as-is and not be repurposed. Six other open certified positions will also not be replaced.

Those cost-cutting measures, along with savings that have already been in place such as transportation, maintenance, utilities and insurance will save the corporation $879,941.

The MCS Board of Trustees approved a revised financial savings plan that was presented by Superintendent Dr. Teresa Gremaux and Business Manager Jeremy Markham at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday, June 16.

After the board granted an extension to a cost-cutting plan that was presented in a Special Meeting Wednesday, June 3, after school administrators and the Manchester Teachers Association were unable to come to a decision on where cuts were to be made, the Board ultimately voted 3-2-1 to approve the new plan.

The approved plan means MCS is facing eight RIFs that includes six current open positions and two current certified positions (teachers), as well as the seven Board members taking a self-imposed 10 percent pay cut.

Posted on 2020 Jun 23
4-H Junior Leaders launches fundraiser

Junior Leaders, a facet of 4-H is a program for 4-H members in grades 7-12 which focuses on the development of leadership skills, as well as service learning and fellowship.

During this time of the COVID-19 pandemic, Junior Leader members have seen the effects of the virus in many ways.

“We have not been able to go out and serve our community like in the past years,” Blake Huston, president of the Wabash County Junior Leaders, told The Paper of Wabash County. “We would have had monthly meeting and services projects. However, we are having zoom meetings and planning the rest of the year out. Hopefully, we will be able to have a great rest of the year, with service projects, fun, and educational meeting.”

 
Posted on 2020 Jun 16
Manchester Schools facing financial crisis

NORTH MANCHESTER -- The Manchester Community Schools Board of Trustees met for a special meeting Wednesday evening, June 3, to discuss the financial situation of the school district. 

Within the report by MCS Business Manager Jeremy Markham, the district is facing a potential $1 million cut in funding for the 2020-21 school year that could result in school building consolidation and Reduction in Force (RIF), meaning potential loss of staff, including teachers.

The biggest reason for the loss of funding is the anticipation of MCS losing approximately 65 students for the 2020-21 school year.

The consolidation of school resources would include Manchester Elementary School to house students grades PreK-5 (640 students), Manchester Junior High (current Manchester Administration Office building) to house grades 6-7 (245) and Manchester Junior-Senior High School building to house grades 8-12 (609).

Posted on 2020 Jun 09
Brown wins GOP nomination for Wabash County Coroner

Wabash County will have a new coroner in January.

Republican challenger Ken Brown defeated Republican incumbent Suzie Lewis in the June 2 Primary Election.

The election, generally held in May, was pushed back by Gov. Eric Holcomb because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of COVID-19, there were just two voting centers in the county, one in Wabash and the other in North Manchester.

In the coroner’s race, the lone contested race on the county level, Brown received 1,942 votes, or 56.47 percent, to Lewis’ 1,497.

All the other county races were uncontested.

Posted on 2020 Jun 09
Wabash board OKs fall sports coaches

On Monday, June 1, Wabash City School Board met virtually and broadcast their meeting on YouTube for the public to view.

During the meeting on Monday, the board:

Accepted donations in the amounts of: $250 from Michael Grey to the Pete Rish Memorial, $25 from the Class of 1972 to the Pete Rish Memorial, $50 from Tony and Jeanie Cooper to the Pete Rish Memorial, $50 from Kiwanis Club to the Pete Rish Memorial, $25 from Kelly’s Ice Cream to the WHS SADD/Post Prom fund, $100 from Ford Meter Box to the WHS SADD/Post Prom fund.

Approved the resolution to transfer $400,000 from the rainy-day fund to the operations fund.

Approved the following plans and staff for summer school 2020:

Summer school for O.J. Neighbours will be from June 1 - July 31, 2020 and last 4 hours a day.

Posted on 2020 Jun 09
MSD board honors teachers, staffers of the year for 2019-20

During the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County board meeting on Tuesday, May 26, select teachers and staff members were highlighted from each facility as teacher and staff members of the year.

Those recognized were:

Metro North Elementary - Teacher of the Year: Angela Herring, Staff Member of the Year: Jodi Roser.

Sharp Creek Elementary - Teacher of the Year: Charles Bair, Staff Member of the Year: Amanda Lyons.

Posted on 2020 Jun 02
Moon Cats to open concert series

The Moon Cats will kick off the 2020 version of the Honeywell Center’s summer concert series on June 10.

However, there are some changes this year to the series, most notably the time and location of the concerts.

Usually scheduled to take place on Thursday evenings at the Honeywell Center Plaza, the concert series will now take place on Wednesdays at the 13-24 Drive-In.

The Drive-In Summer Music Series will be from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays from June 10 to July 1.

“We’re thrilled to be able to offer live entertainment at the Drive In, which will bring arts and music into our community’s lives while still abiding by social distancing measures,” said Tod Minnich, President/CEO of The Honeywell Foundation.

Making a return to the music series, The Moon Cats consist of Mark Most on vocals, Scott Herzog on drums, Michael Miller on lead guitar and Matt Butler on bass.

Posted on 2020 Jun 02

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