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Election filing to begin Wednesday
By Joseph Slacian
 
Filing for the 2016 election will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, Elaine Martin, Clerk of the Wabash Circuit Court, announced.
 
Several county seats, along with state and federal offices, including the presidency, will be on this year’s ballot.
 
Those interested in filing for local office can stop in Martin’s office in the Wabash County Judicial Center, 69 W. Hill St., between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday to pick up candidate packets. They also are available for download at www.in.gov/sos/elections.
Posted on 2016 Jan 05
Swearing-in set for local officials
By Joseph Slacian
 
The swearing in of local elected officials will take place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 30, at Wabash City Hall.
 
Superior Court Judge will administer the oath of office to Mayor-elect Scott Long and City Court Judge Tim Roberts.
 
He also will administer the oath to City Council members Mitch Figert (First District), Aaron McClary (Second District), Bob Greene (Third District), Doug Adams (Fifth District) and Bryan Dillon (At-Large).
Posted on 2015 Dec 29
Morbitzer shares experiences from volunteering in Ghana
Sarah Morbitzer poses with a group of youths with whom she worked in Ghana. Photo provided
 
By Shaun Tilghman
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Sarah Joy Morbitzer recently returned from her third trip volunteering in Ghana, West Africa, but she won’t be home for long, as she leaves for Ghana again in January. Before heading off though, Sarah shared pictures and stories from her recent experience during a special presentation at Peabody Retirement Community on Monday.
 
Sarah, who is the oldest daughter of Victory Christian Fellowship Pastor Tim Morbitzer, first traveled to Ghana in 2011, when she spent a year volunteering at a school there called Challenging Heights. 
 
James Kofi Annan, who was enslaved at the age of six and worked 17-hour days with scarce food or shelter, founded Challenging Heights in 2003 with hopes of rescuing children from modern-day slavery, primarily in the fishing industry.
 
“The first time I went, I was actually stationed at the school,” Sarah said. “They needed a child sponsorship program, so they asked me to start that up. Thanks to my dad, we got a lot of sponsors in this area. In fact, we had more sponsors from Northeast Indiana than anywhere else in the U.S. They had also gotten a new computer lab, so they asked me to manage that too. I also did play therapy at the shelter once a week, plus I ran the child mentor project."
Posted on 2015 Dec 29
Former Wabash resident named executive director of Connecticut conference center
Pastor Ryan Gackenheimer
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Officials at the Silver Lake Conference Center in Sharon, Conn., named former Wabash resident and United Church of Christ pastor Ryan Gackenheimer as the center’s new executive director, effective Feb. 1, 2016.
 
Through the summer, the center offers church camp to fourth through 12th grade students, or approximately 950 youths, according to Gackenheimer.
 
During the spring, fall and winter months, it serves as a retreat ministry for adults and youths.
 
Gackenheimer will be the executive director “over the whole thing.”
 
“I’m an ordained United Church of Christ pastor so one of the exciting things is that I bring a number of years of local church ministries, specifically working with youth, (to the new position),” Gackenheimer explained to The Paper of Wabash County in a telephone interview. “I grew up going to church camp myself so this is an opportunity to share the experiences I’ve had and love about doing ministry in an outdoor context.”
Posted on 2015 Dec 29
Hall named city’s park superintendent
By Joseph Slacian
 
Adam Hall will replace Todd Titus as Wabash Park Department superintendent.
 
Mayor-Elect Scott Long announced the appointment on Monday, Dec. 21, and the Wabash Board of Parks and Recreation unanimously approved the appointment.
 
Hall, a social studies teacher at the Wabash Middle School, was selected from a field of three candidates, Board Secretary Kerri Mattern said during a special board meeting on Monday.
 
Mattern, along with Board President John Salb, the city’s human resources director Judy Teague, Titus and Long interviewed the candidates prior to Long’s making the appointment. Under state statute the board must approve the appointment.
Posted on 2015 Dec 29
New consignment shop opens in LaFontaine
By Emma Rausch
 
LAFONTAINE—The Nelson Exchange, a new and locally owned consignment shop, has received positive feedback from LaFontaine residents after opening downtown in October.
 
“They’re thrilled that we’re there,” storeowner Brandy Nelson told The Paper of Wabash County. “Something has come to town and is selling in the (Old Parker Building).”
 
The store offers goods ranging from teens and older clothing, toys and home décor and items perfect for the holiday season, according to Nelson.
 
“It’s totally consignment,” she said. “So, from the outside, (customers) can bring items in that they no longer want and that can be clothing, teens and up.
 
“Also some local artists have brought some items in to do consignment as well.”
Posted on 2015 Dec 29
Banks looks forward to Statehouse return
By Joseph Slacian
 
State Sen. Jim Banks is looking forward to Tuesday, Jan. 5, for that’s the day the Indiana Legislature returns for the 2016 short session.
 
It also is the day that Banks will return to his seat representing Indiana’s 17th District in the Indiana Senate. For the last year, Banks was stationed in Afghanistan, where his Naval Reserve unit was deployed. His seat was filled by his wife, Amanda.
 
“I haven’t been a senator for almost two years, so I’m looking forward to getting back to work after being away last session,” Banks recently told The Paper of Wabash County. “I understand there will be a number of weighty issues from the religious freedom issues to some of the transportation and road funding issues.
 
“I expect there to be more controversial issues.”
Posted on 2015 Dec 29
NM officials remember Chris Garber
Chris Garber
 
By Emma Rausch
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- The North Manchester community is mourning the loss of Chris Garber, 60, who passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.
 
“He was always thinking forward,” North Manchester Chamber president and Town Council member Laura Rager told The Paper of Wabash County, “which you always need those people that worry about those day-to-day nuts and bolts and how you’re going to cover this or that and the other, but then you also need those dreamers that will give you the goals you’re going to go for.
 
“I don’t think he thought of it as dreaming. I think he thought very matter of fact about it. ‘Ok. Well there’s our goal. Let’s go for it.’
 
“That will be missed. He was very good at that.”
Posted on 2015 Dec 22

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