Maurizi joins staff at Wabash County Y
By Adam B. Smith
While the Wabash County YMCA tested the waters with a new initiative to promote saving for post-secondary education in the fall of 2013, Philip Maurizi was working firsthand on the retention of low income, first generation and high-risk students at the University of Saint Francis.
The problems these students face, Maurizi said, most often stem from beliefs developed through childhood that education just isn’t for people from their station in life, not from any intentional drive for failure. When he began talking to Wabash County YMCA CEO Clint Kugler about research being looked at in relation to the Promise, Maurizi said he got excited about the prospect of reaching children at a young age instead of waiting until they’re about to graduate high school or already facing challenges in college.
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
MU graduate on trip across U.S.
By Joseph Slacian
Manchester University graduate Nick Barbknecht is on the opening days of a month-long trek that will take him to all 48 of the continental United States.
Barbknecht left Indianapolis on Saturday morning, June 27, bound for a night’s stay in St. Louis. Along the way, though, were stops in French Lick, as well as at Abraham Lincoln’s home in Springfield, Ill., and at the Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
Sunday saw him traveling through Kansas and Iowa, while Monday he was in Wisconsin and Minnesota, again visiting various attractions along the way.
The idea for the trip, Barbknecht told The Paper of Wabash County in a telephone interview, came from a piece he saw on a Washington Post blog. 
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
Fireworks shows planned around county
By Joseph Slacian
Celebrations for the Fourth of July are planned around Wabash County on Saturday.
Manchester University will have its annual celebration with music and a fireworks display on the campus’ east end.
The evening kicks off at 7 p.m. with music by JP Freeman’s 4th and Walnut cover band, presenting The Eel River Rambler Show with a variety of musicians, genres and instruments.
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
New look 4-H Queen pageant to debut this year
By Joseph Slacian
The 2015 Wabash County 4-H Queen pageant will have a new look this year, including live judging.
The pageant will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater.
“This is the first time the queen’s pageant will not be held on a Sunday night,” Angela Christopher, Extension Educator – 4-H Youth Development, told The Paper of Wabash County. “It’s great to have a fabulous facility like the Honeywell Center, but that means everyone wants to use it.”
The Wabash County Fair Board took longer than expected to choose the dates for this year’s fair, she said, noting it was trying to avoid conflicts with the Fourth of July weekend.
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
Historical Wabash business closes ‘forever’
By Emma Rausch
After 135 years of operation, Wilkinson Lumber closed its doors “forever” on May 30, according to owner Chris Lee.
Originally opening in the 1880s as the Treaty Creek Lime and Stone Company, the lumberyard underwent three name changes, multiple renovations and ownership transfers, all the while making friendships and long-term partnerships along the way, Lee said.
Lee said that there’s a combination of reasons that the historical business closed.
“After 2008, the economy crashed,” he told The Paper of Wabash County. “It was hard to build back up. We don’t consider the box stores a competition. We had our own niche, but building back up to regain that niche was difficult. That coupled with everyone but me wanted to retire.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
Horses to be on display throughout 4-H Fair

Members of the 4-H Horse & Pony Club show their horses in the show arena during the 2014 Wabash County 4-H Fair. The Paper of Wabash County file photo

By Joseph Slacian
One 4-H club’s loss is another one’s gain.
The 4-H Poultry Club will not have a poultry show at this year’s Wabash County 4-H Fair. Poultry shows across the state were canceled by the Indiana State Board of Animal Health as a precaution to the spread of avian influenza.
Since Poultry Club members won’t have their animals on display next week during the fair, it opened up a chance for members of the 4-H Horse and Pony Club to keep their animals at the fairgrounds. In year’s past, the horses were there for the competition on Friday and Saturday before the start of the actual fair. They were taken home to make room for the other livestock judged during fair week.
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
Weather moves Gallery Walk indoors

By The Paper staff

The Friday night Gallery Walk will be moved indoors after Wabash received more rain earlier today, announced Katie Beauchamp, Charley Creek Arts Festival committee chair.

Starting at 5 p.m., galleries and downtown businesses will remain open despite the weather.

Posted on 2015 Jun 26
Charley Creek Inn to add outdoor dining, event area

An artist's conception of the new outdoor dining and event area.

By The Paper staff

An outdoor dining and event area is planned immediately south of the Charley Creek Inn.

The building, which most recently housed Smith Furniture, will be demolished to make room for the new plaza area, Charley Creek officials said.

Posted on 2015 Jun 26

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