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Social workers learn about suicide prevention
By Joseph Slacian
 
Social workers from around the area received tips on how to intervene if someone is thought to be contemplating suicide.
 
Presented by representatives of the Youth Service Bureau of Huntington County, training was given Tuesday, March 1, during two, two-hour seminars at the Wabash County YMCA.
 
Instructors Stephen Ward and Chauncey Armstrong explained the QPR theory to 13 social workers gathered for the morning session. A second session took place Tuesday afternoon.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 08
Crowd pays tribute to Glenn Frey
By Joseph Slacian
 
More than 300 people converged on the Historic Eagles Theatre on Wednesday, March 2, to pay homage to Glenn Frey, the late singer-songwriter with The Eagles.
 
The concert, “A Tribute to Glenn Frey of the Eagles” was a memorial concert in honor of the late Eagles member who died in January. It also served as a fundraiser for the renovation project at the Historic Eagles Theatre. 
 
Wabash resident Bobby Velasquez spearheaded the effort for the concert, which featured musicians from around the area.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 08
Karsynís fundraiser to continue with new name
Karsyn Bratch, 12, gives a thumbs-up for a photo opportunity with her mother Linette Burchett at the second annual Kick It with Karsyn kickball tournament. Karsyn passed away in October. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Karsyn Bratch’s legacy will continue this year as organizers prepare for the third annual Kick It for Karsyn kickball tournament.
 
Karsyn, 12, of Wabash, passed away on Oct. 25, 2015, after she lost her fight with pediatric cancer, but not before raising approximately $60,000 for the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research.
 
To continue her legacy, Kick It for Karsyn, formerly Kick it With Karsyn, will return for its third year on Sept. 17 at the Morrett Sports Complex Field of Dreams in Wabash.
Posted on 2016 Mar 01
Bruss, Pilgrim get new positions
Mayor Scott Long (from left) poses with new Wabash Police Chief Matt Bruss and new Assistant Chief Bob Pilgrim. The two received their oaths of office on Feb. 22 and assumed their duties on March 1. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By The Paper staff
 
Matt Bruss and Bob Pilgrim have taken over as Wabash City Police Department chief and assistant chief, respectively.
 
The pair received the oath of office on Monday, Feb. 22, from Mayor Scott Long. They didn’t take office until Tuesday, March 1, when former Chief Larry Schnepp’s retirement took effect.
 
“I am privileged that Mayor Long has appointed me as the Chief of Police,” Bruss said. “I look forward to maintaining a professional department and continuing to serve the citizens of Wabash well.”
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 01
New state initiative encourages adults to complete college degrees
By Emma Rausch
 
Local officials are praising a campaign plan that will help Indiana adults return to college and complete previously started degrees.
 
Gov. Mike Pence and Teresa Lubbers, Commissioner for Higher Education, announced the plan in mid-February at the kick off of the “You Can.Go Back” Campaign.
 
The campaign is a coordinated effort to help 750,000 Hoosier adults, who have some college credit but no degree, finish what they started, according to a press release.
 
The effort is a key strategy point to reach Indiana’s goal to increase the percentage of Indiana adults with education beyond high school to 60 percent by 2025.
Posted on 2016 Mar 01
Harrison Avenue work progressing
By Emma Rausch
 
Construction at the Wabash Street and Harrison Avenue intersection is progressing “better” than originally expected, according to John Martin, Wabash County highway superintendent.
 
“Working is progressing actually better than I originally thought,” Martin told The Paper of Wabash County on Monday, Feb. 22. 
Posted on 2016 Mar 01
Cancer victims, survivors remembered at ceremony
Brian Chamberlain reads the names memorialized on the Wabash County Cancer Society’s Tree of Caring on Sunday afternoon at the Wabash County Courthouse. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
About a dozen people gathered Sunday afternoon at the Wabash County Courthouse to remember victims and survivors of cancer.
 
The group listened as Brian Chamberlain of the Urbana Yoke Parish read the names of 19 people being honored and another 46 being remembered on the Wabash County Cancer Society’s Tree of Caring.
 
Chamberlain also read scripture and reminded those attending that while we all will one day pass, the only true way to get into Heaven is to accept Jesus Christ into one’s life.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 01
Receptionist could be coming to City Hall
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash City Hall could be getting a receptionist after all.
 
The Wabash City Council on Monday, Feb. 22, approved amended salary ordinance that, among other things, included an appropriation of $21,840 for the post of receptionist and office assistant.
 
Mayor Scott Long, while still a council member late last year, attempted to have the position added to the salary ordinance. However, under state statute, changes to the ordinance could not be made until the year it was effective.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 01

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