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Family atmosphere part of Hawkins Family Farm

The Jeff Hawkins family was named one of two Farm Families of the Year by the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce. The Hawkins family will be honored with the Nathan Fingerle family at the seventh annual Salute to Agriculture on Tuesday, March 21. Members of the Hawkins family are (from left) David Moan, Sarah Hawkins Moan, Zach Hawkins, Nila Hawkins, Kira Lace Hawkins, Kathy and Jeff Hawkins. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

NORTH MANCHESTER – The name Hawkins Family Farm is somewhat appropriate to the farming operation here at 10373 N 300 E. That’s because everyone, from employees to customers, feel they are treated like family.

The Hawkins Family Farm will be one of two Wabash County farming operations to be named the 2016 Farm Family of the Year by the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce. The Hawkins operation, along with the Nathan Fingerle Farm, will be honored at the Chamber’s Salute to Agriculture on Tuesday, March 21, at the Heartland REMC Community Room.

The 99-acre farm has been in the Hawkins family for 60 years.

Posted on 2017 Mar 14
The Paper of Wabash County to celebrate 40th anniversary
By Joseph Slacian
 
On March 16, 1977, the first issue of The Paper of Wabash County was published. On Thursday, the Paper will celebrate its 40th year in business.
 
Owner and founder Wayne Rees hoped to create a community newspaper. Because of the support of Wabash County residents and businesses, he believes that goal has been accomplished.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14
St. Joseph’s closing hits close to home
Leann Kooi poses for a photo in front of the Modoc’s mural on Market Street, which she repainted in 2016. Kooi told The Paper of Wabash County had it not been for Saint Joseph’s College, she would have never had the courage to take on such an important task. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash native Leann Kooi will graduate from Saint Joseph’s College in May and then immediately lose her school forever.
 
Rensselaer’s St. Joseph’s College (SJC) will be “temporarily” closing following graduation and, despite being 80 miles away, Wabash locals will be feeling the effects, if not now then in the soon future, according to Kooi.
 
In January, the 127-year-old Catholic institution announced it would be “temporarily” closing as of May 12 due to financial distress. The college would need a cash influx of $100 million, with $20 million in commitments by June, according to Robert Pastoor, SJC’s president.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14
Rowe takes over as Garber-Simmons director
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- The Garber-Simmons Senior Center is under new leadership.
 
The center recently hired Sandy Rowe as its director, following the retirement of Melinda Sweeten late last year.
 
Rowe began working in early January, and says she has many ideas for programs for the seniors.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14
Wabash River Trail to learn about funding request
By Joseph Slacian
 
Representatives of the Wabash River Trail should learn Tuesday, if their request for $960,236 from the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority has been granted.
 
The RDA board will meet at 2 p.m. March 14 in the Ventura Room in Fort Wayne to discuss that request and others it received at its February meeting. Among the other requests was one from the Eagles Theatre for $996,567 for its renovation project.
 
Glenn Butcher, who is spearheading a campaign of opponents of the river trail, said representatives from his group plan to be at the meeting Tuesday.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14
Styx to perform at Honeywell
By Eric Christiansen
 
They have played at the Super Bowl, and now Styx will be playing at the Honeywell Center in Wabash on Thursday, March 23. 
 
Styx will present many of their greatest hits to the Honeywell Center crowd, including "The Grand Illusion," "Renegade," and "Come Sail Away" to the Wabash crowd.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14
Wabash man charged in Big R gun theft
By Emma Rausch
 
A Wabash man is facing a felony charge in connection to a February Big R gun theft.
 
Derrick L. King, 19, Wabash, was charged with felony theft and misdemeanor carrying a handgun without a license following a Wabash Police Department (WPD) investigation.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14
Park Board OKs plans for south side park
By Joseph Slacian
 
A committee seeking to improve a park on the south side of Wabash received permission from the Wabash Park Board to pursue its plans.
 
With that green light received Wednesday night, March 8, the committee is now able to purchase playground equipment for the site.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14

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