First Friday activities planned this week

By The Paper staff

“Live & Local” is the theme of First Fridays for August.

Posted on 2015 Aug 04
Grandstaff remembered for contributions to community
Ken Grandstaff
By Joseph Slacian
Throughout his life, Ken Grandstaff has always been interested in people.
“I probably got to first know Ken when I was his paperboy,” his longtime business partner Steve Hentgen said. “I got my paper route in about 1965 or 1966, when I was 10 or 11 years old, and Ken was one of my stops.”
Unlike other homes along the route, Hentgen said that he never could just deliver the paper to Grandstaff’s Roann home and then continue along the route.
“With Ken you didn’t do that,” Hentgen said. “He’d ask me about my day, or anything pertaining to my life. And I, of course, was interested in what he was doing.”
Posted on 2015 Jul 28
Wabash County mosquito tests positive for West Nile; City’s street department begins spraying
By Emma Rausch
A mosquito in Wabash County has tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).
The first positive mosquito was reported during the week of June 26 and is the earliest finding of West Nile virus in the county within the past eight years, according to data provided by Ken Severson, ISDH representative.
“Yes, this is the earliest on record for (positive mosquitoes),” Severson wrote to The Paper of Wabash County in an email. “However, there is nothing that can be deduced from that . We have had positives as early as May in some parts of the state over the years. Now that we have found in (in Wabash County) this year, people need to be more careful.”
Posted on 2015 Jul 28
Local family collects supplies to aid Kentucky city; Brandt’s Harley-Davidson to host rally for cause
More than 60 homes were destroyed in the flooding of Paintsville, Ky., on July 15. Natasha Collins, a Wabash resident collecting donations to help the southern city, said that she knew she had to help the moment she saw photos of families pulling pictures, clothes and “their favorite coffee cup” from the wreckage. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
Wabash residents Natasha and Steven Collins are rallying donations for Paintsville, Ky.
On July 15, floodwaters rose in Paintsville, claiming several lives, affecting at least 1000 residents, damaging 150 homes and destroying at least 60 homes, according to Mrs. Collins.
Collins, who was born and raised in the Kentucky city, said that his wife initiated the idea of helping out his hometown with donations that “can help these families rebuild as well as function on a daily basis. Things like toilet paper, tooth brushes, socks, diapers, and formula.”
Posted on 2015 Jul 28
Campaign raises more than 700 pounds in donations
Access Executive Director Liz Hobbs (left) waits as Assistant Director Laura Helm piles backpacks from an RV into a box she is holding. The Access, in conjunction with Zoomers RV and Walgreens, had a fill-the-RV event Saturday in which more than 700 pounds of school supplies were donated to the agency. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
More than 700 pounds in school supplies were donated to the Access Youth Center (AYC) on Saturday.
AYC, in conjunction with Zoomers RV and Walgreens, hosted the event in the Walgreens parking lot.
“We’re very pleased,” AYC Executive Director Liz Hobbs said. “First year events, you don’t ever know how those are going to go.
“But the community came out in force on Saturday. We’re pretty pleased with it."
Posted on 2015 Jul 28
10 honored at Arc of Wabash County’s annual dinner
Arc of Wabash County presented ten individuals with awards at their annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, July 21. (From left) Mary Ann Mast, John Troyer, Amber Lewis, Miranda Hahn, Connie Bailey, Brenda Decker, Danny Preston and Jonathan Hubbard were presented with various awards honoring their hard work and service over the past year to Arc. (Not pictured) Dr. Mary Anne Bain and Brian Howenstein were presented with Board Service awards for their aid on the organization’s board of directors. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
More than 150 people gathered on Tuesday, July 21, for the Arc of Wabash County’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner.
The dinner served, in part, to recognize to 10 individuals for their hard work and achievements over the last year as well as celebrate 61 years of Arc’s service to the Wabash County community.
First, the organization recognized two individuals that served on its board of directors.
“Arc of Wabash County is private. It’s a non-profit corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors,” Board chairman Jeff Myers said beginning the award ceremony.
Posted on 2015 Jul 28
Kiwanians dedicate Hanna Park

Mayor Robert Vanlandingham speaks to Wabash Kiwanis Club members, local volunteers and representatives of various groups who made contributions to the Hanna Park Project, while Kiwanis Club President Jordan Tandy looks on. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian
Screams of fun and laughter of little children were abundant Wednesday evening, July 22, when the new-look Hanna Park was dedicated.
About 50 people were in attendance to hear Wabash Kiwanis President Jordan Tandy and Mayor Robert Vanlandingham as they talked about the changes at the park and thanked all those who had a hand in the refurbishment.
“It started at a Wabash Kiwanis Club meeting,” Tandy said, explaining the project’s origins.
Posted on 2015 Jul 28
Arc of Wabash County announces annual report
Nancy Hoffman, Arc’s president and CEO, announced the organization’s annual report over the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which ended in June. Hoffman credited Arc’s achievements to its staff for their efforts and sacrifices. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Officials from the Arc of Wabash County gave the agency’s annual report at the organization’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, July 21.
The meeting reported the organization’s accomplishments and grants during the organization’s 2014-15 fiscal year, which ended in June, according to Nancy Hoffman, Arc’s president and CEO.
Posted on 2015 Jul 28

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