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Abuse survivor, mother of murder victim warn of teen dating violence

by Emily Armentrout

emily@thepaperofwabash.com

February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness month. Southwood High School recently held a convocation for their students on abusive relationships. Speakers Laura Craig, an abuse survivor, and Debbie Norris, mother of Heather Norris, who was brutally murdered by an abusive boyfriend in 2007, were on hand to tell of their experiences with abuse.

Laura Craig is currently a nursing student at Indiana Wesleyan. Her story began when she was 16. Like most teenage girls, she started dating a guy who “started out nice. He was very flattering and supportive, but he started to become controlling.” Craig told the students she was never physically abused but the psychological pain began manifesting itself outwardly.

“I stopped eating. I lost 15 pounds in three months. I wore baggy sweatpants all the time, and I didn’t wash my hair for days. You could see circles under my eyes,” Craig told The Paper.

Craig shared that she had become suicidal. She began cutting herself and actually attempted to kill herself. Finally, she reached a point where she decided to fight back, which she said her boyfriend did not like.

Posted on 2014 Feb 18
A different kind of highwayman

by Eric Stearley

eric@thepaperofwabash.com

Harsh winter weather returned with a vengeance Monday afternoon, causing MSD of Wabash County schools to send students home at 1 p.m. It was yet another episode in a dramatic series of winter storms that have reminded northern Indiana residents that this is snow country.

Prior to Monday’s snow, the area’s last major snowstorm started the night of Feb. 4. At 5 a.m. the next morning, fifteen Wabash County Highway Department workers met with Highway Superintendent John Martin to go over their assignments and special instructions for their next 10 hours behind the wheel of a plow truck. Though there was a good amount of snow on the ground, this routine was something with which the crew had become very familiar. Since the snowstorm at the start of the year that closed schools for the entire week of Jan. 6, the plow drivers only managed to get a single day away from plowing roads.

If snow isn’t falling, the winds are blowing roads shut. In a year with seven travel watches and five days at a warning level, the work has been nonstop. The money allotted to pay the department’s overtime for all of 2014 was nearly gone by Valentine’s Day.
 

Posted on 2014 Feb 18
Fatal wreck on S.R. 13 claims the life of local man

by Eric Stearley

eric@thepaperofwabash.com

On Thursday, Feb. 13, the Wabash County Sheriff's Department received a call concerning a two-vehicle, head-on collision, which occurred on S.R. 13 just south of 100 N., in front of 13-24 Drive-In.

According to a press release from Sheriff Bob Land, initial investigation indicates that a silver Pontiac Grand Am driven by Timothy R. Forbes, 44, Wabash, was northbound on S.R. 13 when it collided with a white QSI Inc. van driven by Glen E. Sheveily, 58, Huntington.

Posted on 2014 Feb 18
City receives funding for Alber Street Project

by Eric Stearley

eric@thepaperofwabash.com

On Wednesday, Feb. 5, the Indiana Department of Transportation announced that Wabash is among the rural cities, towns and counties to which it is awarding $86 million in federal transportation funds.

This announcement came after Mayor Vanlandingham and Wabash City Street Department Superintendent Scott Richardson made a presentation to the Fort Wayne District of INDOT on Jan. 6 in hopes of acquiring funding for the second phase of the Alber Street Project. On Wednesday, it was released that the City of Wabash would receive 80 percent of the project’s cost from the state, totaling more than $1.6 million.

The Alber Street Project is a $5.6 million expansion of the street on the city’s north side. It will include widening the road to include a parking lane to the east, adding a sidewalk adjacent to the parking lane, and installing new curbs, gutters, and a sewer system.

Posted on 2014 Feb 11
Sara Evans lights up the Honeywell Center

by Eric Stearley

eric@thepaperofwabash.com

For country music fans, Friday night’s concert at the Honeywell Center was one to remember. For anyone unimpressed by Evans’ many awards, including Female Vocalist of the Year and Video of the Year, her live show erases any doubts that she is among the best country music artists of her time.

The concert began with an acoustic opening act, with Cheryl LuQuire behind the microphone accompanied by a single guitar. The played a short set in front of the Ford Theatre’s red curtain, LuQuire’s southern accent and charm coming through. The unassuming opening act was a perfect contrast to the main event, as floor-to-ceiling backdrops, hundreds of colored lights, loud electronic instruments, and seven performers took the stage to declare before a single word was spoken that Sara Evans was in the house.

Posted on 2014 Feb 11
Tim Cavanagh kicks off Thursday Night Comedy series

by Eric Stearley

eric@thepaperofwabash.com

Thursday Night Blues is back in action Feb. 13 as Chicago native Tim Cavanagh takes the Eagles Theatre stage at 7:30 p.m. B.I.S.C. B.O.Y.S. will continue the series on March 13, followed by Michael Palascak on April 17, but Cavanagh’s show will be the first in the series of the comedic performances as the winter comes to an end and a (hopefully) warmer spring begins.

Cavanagh grew up on the south side of Chicago. This makes him a white sox fan, which he says, “nobody chooses to be…you’re born into it.” Growing up, Cavanagh says he didn’t have much of a problem with bullies, because of two very useful skills, which he still possesses.

“I’ve always used humor. That’s how I survived as long as I have,” said Cavanagh. “I’ve been able to be funny, and I can run fast, so those are two really important skills that I had growing up, so I didn’t have any bully problems.”

Posted on 2014 Feb 11
Marketplace holds annual meeting, Callahan named president

by Eric Stearley

eric@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash Marketplace celebrated past accomplishments and looked toward the future during their informal annual meeting Thursday, Jan. 30. The group of nearly 50 met at Marelli’s, the recently opened boutique located at 35 W. Market Street, before heading to the convention and visitors bureau welcome center for drinks, hors d’oeuvres, and a brief business meeting. After serving as Wabash Marketplace president for several years, Parker Beauchamp passed the torch to Wabash City Schools Superintendent Jason Callahan.

“I kind of looked around and thought about who was best positioned and who I trusted the most to follow, and he was obviously my “A” pick,” said Beauchamp. “He’ll do a really, really good job.”

After steering the Marketplace ship for half a decade, Beauchamp saw this as the perfect time to hand the reigns to Callahan.

Posted on 2014 Feb 04
Sara Evans talks about music and family prior to her show at Honeywell

by Eric Stearley

eric@thepaperofwabash.com

Country music star Sara Evans is coming to the Honeywell Center Friday, Jan. 7., just two months before the release of her seventh studio album “Slow Me Down.”

One of seven children, Evans got an early start on her music career, singing in her family band from the age of 5.  A Missouri native, Evans lived in Nashville for most of her career, releasing her first studio album Three Chords and the Truth in 1997. Her second album, No Place That Far, earned Evans her first Gold record, it’s title track climbing to the number one spot on the Hot Country Songs chart.

After a short stint on Dancing With The Stars, Evans filed for divorce in late 2006. She remarried in 2008 and currently resides outside Birmingham with her husband and three children.

 

Posted on 2014 Feb 04

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