Morrett Sports Complex going tobacco-free

By Joseph Slacian

The Morrett Sports Complex will become a tobacco-free facility beginning in April.

As the complex now stands, the areas surrounding the playing fields were smoke-free, but smoking was allowed in the parking lot. That is now changing.

“We will be tobacco free from the entrance gate on through,” Bill Barrows, president of the Field of Dreams board of directors, told The Paper of Wabash County. “Right now it is tobacco-free from the fields to the parking lot.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Wabash firefighter resigns post

By Joseph Slacian

Travis Keating, a Wabash firefighter and paramedic, has resigned from the Wabash Fire Department after just seven months on the job.

Fire Chief Bob Mullett told the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety on Wednesday, March 18, that Keating submitted his letter of resignation two weeks ago, and it is effective on March 21.

Keating has been on light duty since late December, after being injured on a fire department run. He and Mullett were to return before the board on March 18 to learn if light duty status would continue, or if he would have to be placed on a different type of leave.

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Preschoolers sign up at Kindergarten Round-Up

Parkview Wabash County Hospital demonstrates the difference between clean and dirty hands on a future Kindergartener at their hand-washing booth at Kindergarten Round-Up on March 18. Parents and students toured 10 stations to learn, prepare, and take care of any last minute tasks before school begins next fall. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Kindergarten Round-Up made signing up for school quick and easy, according to Melanie Wahl, future Kindergartener Brayden Wahl’s mother.

Parents and preschoolers convened at the Honeywell Center for Wabash City Schools’, Metropolitan School District’s, Emmanuel Christian School’s, and St. Bernard’s round-ups on March 18 to care of any last minute tasks before school begins next fall.

The event made children giggle as they looked at hand germs under a black light, received balloons and books, and played with therapy dogs in between stations, starting with a required school readiness screening.

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
City hires firm to design inclusive playground

By Joseph Slacian

A Fortville firm will develop preliminary designs for the city’s John Drook Memorial Park Inclusive Playground.

The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety approved a contract between the city and Context Landscape Architecture, Fortville, on Wednesday, March 18.

The design phase will cost $29,000, with up to $5,000 for additional expenses. The contract is not to exceed $34,000.

The park was included in the city’s Stellar Grant Application. However, after being named a Stellar Community in August, the city later learned that none of the agencies that fund the Stellar project – the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indiana Hosing and Community Development Authority – provide funding for parks.

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Buddy Holly returns to the stage in rock and roll musical

By Emma Rausch

On March 29, Buddy Holly returns life to take on the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theatre stage for a one-night only performance of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.”

The rock and roll musical tells the story of Holly, played by Todd Meredith, and his rise to fame in 1957.

When Meredith first took on his roll as Holly, he said he researched the singer, songwriter, and producer as much as he could, including analyzing Holly’s guitar playing.

“I read all of his biographies and tried to look up as many YouTube videos,” Meredith said in an interview with The Paper. “There aren’t many videos of him performing live, and there are even less of his speaking voice, but whatever I found I used to try and throw into the character.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
‘A flip’n good time’ at Wabash Kiwanis Pancake Day

Ryan Baker shows off the items he received for winning the second annual open division pancake eating contest on Saturday, March 21, during the Wabash Kiwanis Club’s annual Pancake Day breakfast. Photo by Jody Slacian

By Emma Rausch

The Wabash County community gathered at the 4-H Building on March 21 to support the Wabash Kiwanis Club’s Pancake Day.

As the club’s main fundraising event, all proceeds will go towards the club’s philanthropic projects, including Wabash’s Hanna Park and Kiwanis International’s Eliminate Project, according to Judy Ward, Pancake Day chairman.

“We’re glad the community came out to support us,” Ward said. “We had a good number, though of course you always welcome more to come.”

Ward thanks the community for coming out and the sponsors for their monetary donations to help with expenses.

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
City of Wabash Mayoral Debate planned

The Paper of Wabash County and the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce are sponsoring a mayoral debate on April 16 at the Wabash County Historical Museum. The debate will begin at 7 p.m.

A series of questions will be prepared by organizers. However, city residents are invited to submit questions for possible use in the debate.

Those wishing to ask questions may click on the following link:

Posted on 2015 Mar 19
Police seek info on rash of burglaries

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in solving a string of 10 burglaries that have taken place in Wabash County in recent weeks.

The burglaries, most of which have occurred during the day light hours, have taken place throughout the county, Sheriff Bob Land told The Paper of Wabash County.

Posted on 2015 Mar 18

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