CASA in need of volunteers

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash County Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) program is in need of volunteers.

CASA Director Dee Street said that in recognition of April being Child Abuse Prevention Month, she would like to find 30 people to sign up to be CASA volunteers.

The volunteers serve as the voice of children who are removed from their homes due to such things as abuse or neglect.

“They are the voice of these children during team meetings, court proceedings and finding safe, permanent resolutions,” she said.

Currently, there are 25 CASA volunteers in Wabash County. Ideally, she added, about 50 volunteers are needed.

Posted on 2015 Apr 14
Wabash FAME spotlights Chinese culture at upcoming festival

A Chinese dragon will be a special guest star at the ninth annual Wabash FAME Festival. This year, the festival will spotlight Chinese culture and teach children artistic and historical aspects of China through activities, musical performances, and guests like the dragon, who a part of the Fort Wayne Chinese Families and Friends Association. Photo provided

By Emma Rausch

On Saturday, April 18, area students will bring the heart of China to the Honeywell Center in celebration of the ninth annual Wabash Foundation for Art and Music in Education (FAME) Festival.

The foundation, an organization based in Fort Wayne, sponsors art activities for students in elementary and middle schools in Northern Indiana.

“FAME has existed for 27 years at our parent organization in Fort Wayne,” said Judy Ward, planning committee head, in an interview with The Paper.

Over nine years ago, Ward collaborated with the organization to bring the music and art festival to Wabash.

“We’re excited that this is year nine here and that this program keeps growing,” she said. “Last year, we had around 2,200 people come and we’re hoping to do that well again this year.”

Posted on 2015 Apr 14
17 properties sold at tax certificate sale

Participants in the Wabash County Commissioners’ tax certificate sale check out paperwork listing various properties up for auction. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Seventeen properties were sold Wednesday, April 8, at the Wabash County Commissioners’ tax certificate sale.

In all, 69 properties were up for auction for failure to pay taxes. The 51 properties that failed to receive bids are still up for auction online at beginning April 13 and continuing for one week.

Twelve of the 17 properties sold at the event were purchased for the minimum bid of $200. The other five properties ranged in price from $350 to $6,000. Actually, three of the properties sold for at least $1,000, with the other two selling for $1,400 and $5,800, respectively.

Posted on 2015 Apr 14
Honeywell House hosts ‘The Dog with the Doughnut-Shaped Tail’ author

Local author, Peggy V. McCallen, shows off her books. She will be at the Honeywell House on Thursdy to read one of them. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Although Wabash resident Peggy V. McCallen will present her book “The Dog with the Doughnut-Shaped Tail” at the Honeywell House on Thursday, April 16, she admits that she had no idea she was an author until after an afternoon lunch with her children.

“I didn’t know anything about (the book) until it was published,” McCallen said in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “When I first saw it, our daughter came home from Oklahoma and we were just having a nice lunch just before Thanksgiving and Penny (French-Deal) had come too, and I thought that was very nice and they suddenly handed me the book.”

While McCallen originally wrote the tale about a dog named Thoughtful over 60 years ago, she never expected to publish it.

“I took a famous writer’s course and I found out I’m not a very good writer,” McCallen joked. “I’ve written other things before, but nothing worth publishing. … So, I was totally shocked when I saw the book.”

Posted on 2015 Apr 14
City officials urge residents to fill our surveys

By Joseph Slacian

City of Wabash officials are urging residents who have not yet filled out income surveys they received to do so.

“This survey will be used to determine eligibility for certain grant-funding programs as part of our Stellar Communities designation,” Mayor Robert Vanlandingham said. “It is vitally important that you return this survey as quickly as possible, in the pre-addressed stamped envelope, as we need to receive a designated number of responses for our survey to be considered valid.”

In February, The Region III-A Development and Regional Planning Commission sent out about 700 surveys to local residents.

As of Thursday, April 9, 356 responses were returned, according to City Hall officials. That means another survey will be sent to the 344 non-responsive households.

Posted on 2015 Apr 14
Wabash Musicale invites community to Guest Night performance

Wabash Musicale practices for their upcoming Guest Night choral performance on April 21. The group includes (front row, from left) Sheri Shanks, Susan Jones, Pat Cassiday, Sue Gray, Kae Gifford, Judy Ward, Delight Howes, (top row, from left) Beth Perkins, Dorviky Merrich, Bettie Miller, Luvernia Wilson, Margie Gillespie, Sarah See, Susan Vanlandingham, director Carolyn Eppley, and (not pictured) accompanist Eileen Dye. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

On Tuesday April 21, the Wabash Musicale will perform their Guest Night spring concert at the First Methodist Church, announced Susan Jones, one of the group’s charter members.

Established in 1967, the group formed with the purpose to “keep music alive in Wabash,” said Sue Gray, president.

“I love Musicale. It’s an opportunity to perform music you never get to at any other time,” Gray said in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “Even if you’re not performing in public any more, you get to perform during the year with your peers. … And everyone brings something different to the group.”

Posted on 2015 Apr 14
Northfield High School hosts benefit concert for local senior

Northfield students (from left) Jeremy Nevil and Johnny Ritchie collaborated with other local artists to create the Jonathan Fawley Benefit Concert to help out the Fawley family with their medical expenses. Fawley (second to right), a senior at Northfield High School, was diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukemia in December 2014 and has since received support from his peers, family, and friends including Wabash graduate Josh Provance (far right). Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

When Northfield senior Jonathan Fawley was diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukemia on Dec. 30, 2014, he said had an idea that he had cancer after the doctors admitted him to Riley Children’s Hospital after a visit for a sinus infection.

Since the diagnosis, Fawley’s life has changed. Going in and out of hospital visits, he plans to graduate on time from Northfield, but he said that he no longer plans to attend college, but instead will take online courses.

Also, medical expenses are piling up.

Although the Fawley family has never asked for help, as word spread about Fawley’s condition a local group of artists took action to help out their peer.

On April 22, lead by Northfield senior Jeremy Nevil, a group of local students will share the stage and perform both cover and original songs for the Fawley Benefit Concert.

Posted on 2015 Apr 14
ARC of Wabash County honored at Statehouse

Rep David Wolkins (right) listens as a measure honoring ARC of Wabash County's 60th anniversary was read on the Indiana Statehouse floor. Joining him were (from left) Kim Opsahl, President of Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, ARC Program Director Linda Johnson and ARC President and CEO Nancy Hoffman. Photo Provided

By Joseph Slacian

ARC of Wabash County was honored on the floor of the Indiana House of Representatives for its 60th anniversary.

State Rep. David Wolkins authored the resolution to honor the local agency that provides services and opportunities for those with disabilities to live meaningful lives.

“It is an honor to recognize ARC of Wabash County in the House Chamber, said Wolkins, R-Warsaw. “This organization has impacted the lives of so many Hoosiers, and we are fortunate to have such an am azing group of individuals working in our community. “

Posted on 2015 Apr 14

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