‘I can’t fathom being 100’ - Local woman hits century mark
Pauline Pobst, a resident at Timbercrest Senior Living Center, will be turning 100 on May 9, 2015. From horse and buggy to flying to California, Pobst has watched the world advance in ideologies and technology from her109-acre farm just south of Urbana. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
NORTH MANCHESTER -- In just 100 years, mankind has survived two world wars, placed a man on the moon, and made advances in civil equality. Turning 100-years-old, local resident Pauline Pobst had a front row seat to these advances in history.
Since moving to Wabash County in the 1930s, Pobst met President Richard Nixon, saw “Gone with the Wind” when it originally came out in theatres, drove a Plymouth Coop as her first car, and watched ideological and technological advances develop through the ages.
“I started in a horse and buggy and I flew to California,” Pobst said. “It’s getting to the point now where I’m wondering where in the world are we going next?”
Posted on 2015 May 04
Early voting off to fast start
By Joseph Slacian
Early voting is off to a fast start for the 2015 Municipal Primary Election.
As of 4 p.m. Thursday, April 29, 186 people have cast early ballots foreither the Wabash, LaFontaine or Manchester primary races, Wabash County Clerk Elaine Martin told The Paper of Wabash County.
Of the 186 ballots cast, 48 ballots were cast in North Manchester, while 28 were cast in LaFontaine.
The number is surely to rise, as early voting was to continue on Friday afternoon, as well as Saturday and Monday. Any votes cast on those three days would have happened after The Paper’s deadline.
Posted on 2015 May 04
LaFontaine Town Council hopefuls debate before upcoming election
LaFontaine town council candidates (table, from left) Lori Brane, Bob Couch, Jay Gillespie, Janet Robbins-Pattee, and Jeremy Waite answer public concerns at the debate on April 20 as (far left Matt Dillon moderated. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Five of the seven LaFontaine Town Council candidates debated on Monday, April 20, in front of over 40 members of the community.
The candidates, all Republican, included Lori Brane, Walter “Bob” Couch, Jay Gillespie, Janet Robbins-Pattee, Tyler Guenin, and Jeremy Waite. Kinnie Sollars was not present at the event.
Before questioning began, however, candidate Tyler Guenin announced his withdraw from the race. He and his wife, Brooklyn, are moving out of the Town of LaFontaine, Guenin said to the audience.
However, since his request for withdraw came after the Feb. 9 cut off date, Guenin’s name will still appear on the ballot and he could potentially be one of the top three voted into the council. He asked that everyone to use their votes wisely and not elect him.
The candidates debated for nearly two hours on topics ranging from their qualifications to be on the council to the town debt, government mandates, and financial issues within the water department. The questions were submitted by members of the community.
Posted on 2015 May 04
Three county schools receive Four Star status
By Joseph Slacian
Three Wabash County schools were named Four Star Schools for the 2013-14 school year.
Manchester Elementary School, LaFontaine Elementary School and St. Bernard Elementary School all received recognition on Tuesday, April 28, from the Indiana Department of Education.
Superintendent Ritz congratulated these schools.
“I am honored to name these schools as our Four Star Schools for this year,” Ritz said in a news release. “Winning this award is a testament to the excellent work done by teachers, administrators, students and parents throughout the year. On behalf of the entire Indiana Depart
ment of Education, I send them my sincere congratulations.”
In order to achieve this designation, a school must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in two ISTEP-based categories.  Additionally, a qualifying school must have earned an “A” in the state’s accountability system and be accredited by the Indiana Department of Education.
Posted on 2015 May 04
EDG reflects on past, looks toward future
By Joseph Slacian
Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County, looked back on 2014 and forward to 2015 during the agency’s annual meeting on Thursday, April 30.
Gillenwater, just a few months on the job, praised his predecessor, Bill Konyha, for all his efforts the past nine years. Konyha resigned in late 2014 to become director of the state’s Office of Community and Rural Affairs. Gillenwater was named Konyha’s replacement in December.
“Everyone in this room knows Bill, is friends with Bill, has worked with Bill on projects over the years,” Gillenwater said. “I will be forever grateful for Bill recruiting me to come and check out Wabash County.”
Many, he continued, have told him what big shoes he will have to fill in replacing Konyha.
Posted on 2015 May 04
Town of LaFontaine over $1.7 million in debt
By Emma Rausch
LAFONTAINE -- The town of LaFontaine is over $1.7 million in debt, according to Jay Gillespie, a candidate in the upcoming town council race.
Specifically, the town has a State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan out for $1.7 million and a second loan out for $600,000, approximately. The SRF Loan Program provides low-interest loans to Indiana communities for projects that improve wastewater and drinking water infrastructure, according to the Indiana Finance Authority. 
The debt was announced to the public originally at a prior LaFontaine Town Council meeting, Gillespie said.
At the council’s “special” meeting on April 22, Council President Gary Henderson kept the meeting informal to open the floor for public opinion.
Posted on 2015 May 04
Wabash named America’s Best Communities quarterfinalist
Mike Boebinger (left), Frontier Communications General Manager, presents Wabash Mayor Robert Vanlandingham a framed certificate proclaiming the City of Wabash one of 50 America's Best Communities quarterfinalist. Photo by Joseph Slacian 
By Joseph Slacian
Eight months after being named a Stellar Community in the State of Indiana, the City of Wabash learned Wednesday, April 29, that it is in the running for a national honor.
Wabash is among 50 communities nationwide to be named a quarterfinalist in the America’s Best Communities competition. With it comes a $50,000 grant, which must be matched by another $15,000 from city coffers.
The program is a privately funded venture sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, The Weather Channel and CoBank. 
By being named a quarterfinalist, the city is in the running for up to $3 million, should it be named the ultimate winner.
Posted on 2015 May 04
Have a plan for your life, soon-to-be graduates told
Wabash County high school honor students were recognized for their academic achievements on April 23 during the 15th annual Honor Student Luncheon. The students, like Chase Dirig, Wabash High School senior, were asked to share their college and career plans with the audience. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Joseph Slacian
When members of the Class of 2015 were in second grade, Tyler Olson was a senior in high school. 
Today, as class members are just weeks away from receiving their diplomas, Olson is a teacher at the Wabash Middle School.
Olson, during the 15th annual Honor Student Luncheon, told the top seniors at Wabash, Northfield, Manchester and Southwood high schools to find something they are passionate about and then pursue that dream.
Posted on 2015 May 04

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