Library invites book, food lovers to new club
By Emma Rausch
The Wabash Carnegie Public Library invites the public to read and eat at the first meeting of the Foodie Book Club on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
The club, which is open to the public, is meant to bring individuals together by tying in two topics, books and food, according to Rachel Parks, assistant circulation and programming manager.
Attendees will bring food items inspired by any book of their choosing and can be homemade or store-bought.
“The food is a conversation starter for talking about whatever you’re reading at the moment or what you’ve read in the past,” Parks told The Paper of Wabash County.
Posted on 2016 Feb 18
Heartland Career Center to launch preschool; Preschool slated to begin in September
By Emma Rausch
Heartland Career Center will be opening a new preschool next September.
For the past year, Heartland Career Center officials researched the possibility of incorporating a preschool into its facility and early childhood education curriculum.
Now, the Center is taking its first steps to make the idea a reality.
The idea started with a conversation, according to Mark Hobbs, Heartland Career Center Director.
“Rachel (Higgins, Career Center educator) teaches the Early Childhood Education program,” Hobbs told The Paper of Wabash County, “and currently we work with several area preschools, daycares, elementary (schools) and though she collaborates with a lot of those teachers that actually gives her very little control over the daily curriculum, daily grading, daily experiences and that’s a lot of time spent on the road picking up and delivering kids.
“So we saw this idea could benefit our high school students who are looking at educational post-high school opportunities because she would have complete control over that.”
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Public forum addresses pros and cons of City Schools referendum
By Emma Rausch
Members of the public voiced their concerns against increased property taxes and the loss of staff jobs at the Wabash City Schools public forum on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
The meeting allowed voters located in the school’s district to ask questions and address concerns about the WCS Operating Fund Referendum, which will seek to implement a tax levy of 28 cent per $100 assessed valuation for the next seven years.
The tax levy would assist with the school’s operating funds and retaining the current number of employees as well as “keep up the cost of living and inflation for teachers and staff,” according to Jason Callahan, superintendent.
The School Board approved seeking the referendum, which will appear on the May ballot, at its Feb. 1 meeting.
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Farm to table bill facing tough fight, senator says
State Sen. Jim Banks (right) makes a point Saturday morning while State Rep. David Wolkins listens during a discussion sponsored by the Wabash County Farm Bureau. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
A farm to table measure that cleared the Indiana House of Representatives likely won’t be heard in Indiana Senate, State Sen. Jim Banks told The Paper of Wabash County.
“There’s a Senate bill and a House bill that are exactly the same,” Banks said Saturday following a legislative update sponsored by the Wabash County Farm Bureau. “The Senate bill didn’t get a hearing.
“The House bill went to the same (Senate) committee, so if the chairman is consistent, and I don’t have any reason to believe he won’t be, I’m not aware that the House bill will get a hearing either.”
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Local development class supports 7-year-old’s park efforts
The Leadership Development Wabash County Committee met with LaFontaine locals to discuss plans regarding the revitalized town park. Those attending the meeting included (front row, from left) Tom Polk, Pastor Crystal Jacobson, Bonnie Corn, Melisa Green, Donyell Adkins, (back row, from left) LaFontaine town clerk Cindy Erb, Ethel Eib, Lisa Medich, Kayla Sprayue, Megan Castle, Kayla Fulmer, Ramona Johnson, Gary Nose, Brian Zolman, Hugh Cook, Laurie Brane and Eva Simpson. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
LAFONTAINE – The Leadership Development Wabash County Program is making a boy’s dream come true in LaFontaine.
Since he was 3-years-old, LaFontaine resident Thatcher Simpson, 7, has wheeled his homemade lemonade stand to the LaFontaine Ashland Days Festival to raise awareness and collect donations to help save the town’s park.
Thatcher raised approximately $1,500 for the park fund and donated it to the town council to manage.
Sadly, in 2015, some of the playground’s equipment was torn down due to structural concerns. However, Thatcher and his family haven’t lost all hope thanks to the efforts of the Leadership Development Committee.
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Wellbrooke of Wabash donates ‘hope’
Beverly Ferry (left), Living Well in Wabash County CEO, smiles for a photo as she accepts a check from  Wellbrooke of Wabash executive director Ruth Fuchs (right). Wellbrooke of Wabash donated $1,170 to the Living Well Community Cupboard on Friday, Feb. 5. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Wellbrooke of Wabash donated more than $4,000 to local community service organizations this holiday season after raising the funds through its Hope for the Holidays event.
The fundraising event was created by Wellbrooke’s parent company Trilogy Health Services. Each year, Wellbrooke of Wabash and its sister health campuses across a four-state area participate in the annual fundraiser.
The year Hope for the Holidays raised more than $620,000 company-wide, which was an increase of more than $200,000 from the previous year.
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
New barbershop opens in Market Street Square
Andy’s Barber Shop owner Andy Culver finishes the final touches on Adam House’s haircut. Culver decorated his shop in sports memorabilia and other miscellaneous items to give the shops a comfortable feeling for visiting customers. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Market Street Square has a new tenant, Andy’s Barber Shop.
Owner and Wabash resident Andy Culver opened the store in January and hosted an open house on Jan. 2.
Culver told The Paper of Wabash County he likes the space because it’s centrally located and there’s opportunity for the building to grow more businesses.
“The fact that it’s more private and back a little ways (from the windows is a plus),” he said. “You’re not necessarily seeing or watching everything going on in the street. You can kind of come back here and feel like you’re getting away a little bit.”
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Huntington County YSB expanding programs here
By Joseph Slacian
A pair of suicide prevent training classes are planned for March 1 at the Wabash County YMCA.
The classes will be presented by the Youth Service Bureau of Huntington County, the agency’s executive director, Jan Williams, told the Wabash City Council on Monday, Feb. 8.
Williams appeared before the new Council to update it on a variety of programs it is or has been offering in Wabash County since the YSB of Wabash County closed in April 2013.
Posted on 2016 Feb 16

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