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‘Come and meet those dancing feet’: ‘42nd Street’ brings Broadway to Honeywell Center stage
By Emma Rausch
 
The backstage musical comedy “42nd Street” invites Wabash to “come and meet those dancing feet” at the Honeywell Center Ford Theater on Friday, Feb. 17.
 
Set in 1933, the musical tells the story of two “quintessential” American dreams coming to fruition on the Broadway stage. The first is of Peggy Sawyer, played by Clara Cox, and her goal of becoming a lead in a Broadway show.
 
The second is of director Julian Marsh, portrayed by Matthew J. Taylor, and his aim to rise back to the top.
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
City of Wabash awarded Active Living Workshop
By Emma Rausch
 
The City of Wabash received the Active Living Workshop Jan. 30 and is taking its next steps toward becoming a healthier community.
 
The spring and summer workshop series was constructed Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) partnered with Health by Design to assist seven Indiana communities, including Wabash, to become healthier as well as more walkable, bikeable and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.
 
The six other workshop recipients include Fort Wayne, Monticello, Rockport, Sheridan, Southport and Whiteland.
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
Members to decide on Chamber, EDG merger
By Joseph Slacian
 
Members of the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce and EDG of Wabash County will have final say on a possible merger between the two groups.
 
Chamber Board Chair Paul McCann told a crowd gathered at a Business Before Hours program Wednesday morning, Feb. 8, that Chamber officials hope its members vote for the merger.
 
The idea for the merger was broached with members last week via a letter from Emily Boardman, chair of a Chamber committee overseeing the possible transition.
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
Inclusive Park organizers near halfway mark for funding
An artist’s conception of what the city’s Inclusive Park will look like. Photo provided
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
A committee overseeing the creation of an inclusive park in Wabash is about halfway to its $1.7 million goal.
 
The park is part of the city’s Stellar Project program and will be located on Carroll Street near the existing John Drook Skate Park.
 
“The construction documents are 90 percent complete,” committee member Shelly Myers said. “Some things have come up, some have gone down … the estimated cost is $1.7 million now.”
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
Promise, YMCA, Duke University partnership aims to increase national financial wellbeing

Wabash’s community leaders listen at the Common Cents Lab Wednesday, Feb. 8, as its announced that the Wabash County Promise and Wabash County YMCA will be partnering with Duke University’s financial success initiative. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

The Wabash County Promise, Wabash County YMCA and Duke University announced a new partnership Wednesday, Feb. 8, that aims to increase the financial wellbeing in low- to moderate-income households locally and nationwide.

The local YMCA hosted the Common Cents Lab (CCL), a financial research lab at Duke University, to educate local community leaders on behavioral economics and its importance in finances, according to Mariel Beasley, CCL co-director and head of partnerships.

Posted on 2017 Feb 14
Daywalt was more than a racer, IMS historian says
Donald Davidson (seated) Indianapolis Motor Speedway Historian, listens as Mike Harmless, former mayor of Greencastle, introduces him to the Wabash Kiwanis Club. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Donald Davidson, Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian, spun tales of Jimmy Daywalt, Dick Miller and more during a visit Tuesday afternoon, Feb. 7, with the Wabash Kiwanis Club.
 
Davidson and former Greencastle Mayor Mike Harmless were in Wabash as part of the Speedway’s outreach program to promote the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 in May.
 
This was Davidson’s third visit to Wabash in the last year. Each time he spoke about Daywalt and Miller. But this time, there were new twists to the tales.
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
IMS officials hope 101st running continues momentum
By Joseph Slacian
 
The 2016 running of the Indianapolis 500 – the 100th in race history -- drew one of the biggest crowds in recent memory.
 
Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials hope to build on that momentum, and it appears to be working.
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
Commissioners anticipate transfer of old jail by April
By David Fenker
 
Indiana Landmarks and the old Wabash County Jail were discussed once again at the weekly commissioners’ meeting.
 
At the Feb. 13 meeting, County Attorney Steve Downs informed the commissioners that he had redrafted the memorandum of understanding, which is to be reviewed by County Coordinator Jim Dils and Indiana Landmarks Northeast Field Office Director Paul Hayden.
 
“I think the only real issue is how much time we need to get our stuff out of there,” Downs said, referencing last week’s discussion regarding the county property that is still stored in the building.
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14

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