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Heartland Career Center receives $100,000 grant
By Emma Rausch
 
The Indiana State Department of Education awarded Heartland Career Center a $100,000 grant, representatives of the local educational facility announced this week.
 
In early September, the school applied for the Perkins Rural Grant, a grant which focuses on rural communities and assists with meeting needs of career and technical education.
 
“There were 23 career centers that were invited to apply and there were 18 grants that were awarded,” Heartland director Mark Hobbs told The Paper of Wabash County.
 
“We met with Ivy Tech representatives from Kokomo that we partner with, because this timeframe that they gave us was pretty short. So we didn’t have a lot of time to hem and haw around. We had to get after it.”
 
The state announced the grant opportunity on Aug. 31 with submission due by Sept. 15.
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
Local veteran takes trip of lifetime
Wabash resident Ron Shaw (right) and his son, Bruce, were among those traveling to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 7, as part of the Honor Flight. Photo provided
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Oct. 7 was a long day for Wabash resident Ron Shaw. But it also is safe to say that it is a day that he will never forget.
 
A Korean War veteran, Shaw was among 80-plus veterans plus their guardians to travel to Washington, D.C., on the latest Honor Flight.
 
Honor Flights take World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans from their home state to Washington to see the various memorials dedicated to them over the years.
 
But for veterans like Shaw, one of four Wabash veterans on the Oct. 7 flight, it was more: It was a long overdue thank you for the sacrifices they made to help their country.
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
‘Strategic partnership’ establishes entrepreneurial support program
By Emma Rausch
 
The Economic Development Group of Wabash County (EDGWC), INGUARD and Manchester University announced the creation of a strategic partnership on Thursday, Dec. 3, that will establish an entrepreneurial support program for students.
 
The new program, Entrepreneurs EDG, will provide students with real-world business experience, encourage social entrepreneurialism in the region and help coach participating business owners on how to establish and launch a viable business model as well as accelerate growth and replicate success.
 
President and CEO of EDGWC Keith Gillenwater spoke with INGAURD CEO Parker Beauchamp about the idea, Beauchamp told The Paper of Wabash County in an interview.
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
City OKs ambulance contract
By Joseph Slacian
 
The City of Wabash has proposed three-year contract with Wabash County to provide ambulance service to nearly three-fourths of the county.
 
The measure, approved Wednesday, Dec. 2 by the Wabash Board of Public Works & Safety, must now go to Wabash County Commissioners for their approval. The current contract expires on Dec. 31.
 
The contract, as it has for at least the last six years, will carry with it a 2 percent increase per year. 
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
Fog blamed in two serious accidents
Heavy fog was reported in the area of U.S. 24 and County Road 200 W just prior to an accident Tuesday morning, Nov. 24. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By The Paper staff
 
Heavy fog on Tuesday morning, Nov. 24, is blamed for two traffic accidents that left one person dead and five others injured.
 
One person was killed and three others were injured Tuesday morning in a car-semi-tractor and trailer accident on U.S. 24 and Alber Street about 9:20 a.m.
 
According to a news release from the Wabash County Sheriff Bob Land, Cheryl K. Koehler, 71, Wabash, was killed after the car she was driving struck the rear end of the tractor-trailer driven by Jackie C. Hazeltine, 64, Columbus, Ohio. Wabash County Coroner Carol Whitesel pronounced her dead at the scene.
Posted on 2015 Dec 01
Construction work begins on Wabash St., Harrison Ave. intersection

Work began on replacing the bridge at the intersection of Wabash Street and Harrison Avenue on Monday morning, Nov. 30. Photo by Emma Rausch

Posted on 2015 Dec 01
New recycling program to begin Jan. 1
By The Paper staff
 
As of Jan. 1, the Wabash County Solid Waste Management District will begin a new drop-site recycling program to better assist county residents.
 
The new program was made possible with the partnership of Whitley Environmental from Columbia City, an environmental consulting company that won the local district’s 2016-2018 recycling program bid.
 
With this change in vendors also comes a change to the program, in that residents will no longer need to separate their recyclables.
Posted on 2015 Dec 01
12th annual Winter Banner Contents awards 39
Alisha Music (center) stands with the McCallen family and her teacher David Brace (far right) after receiving the Bob McCallen Award at the Honeywell Center’s Winter Banner Contest awards ceremony. The McCallen family includes (from left) Shane and Page Himes, Robert McCallen III, Peggy McCallen, Peggy Grossnickle and Bryan and Sylvia McCallen. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Honeywell Center named 39 students as award winners of the 12th annual Winter Banner Contest at the contest’s award ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
 
Students from Manchester Community Schools, MSD of Wabash County School District, Wabash City Schools, St. Bernard Catholic School, Emmanuel Christian School, Heartland Career Center and various local home schools participated in the contest.
 
The annual competition, which is open to Wabash County students, was founded by the late Peggy McCallen and her husband the late Robert McCallen Jr.
Posted on 2015 Dec 01

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