Mississinewa 1812: two centuries later

 by Ashley Flynn

Thousands walked through ancient Indian villages and military encampments as they traveled into history last weekend during the Battle of Mississinewa re-enactment. This annual event, in its 26th year, is the largest War of 1812 living history museum in the U.S.

Visitors experience the sounds, sights, scents and way of life as it was over 200 years ago.

Near the battlefield, spectators caught a whiff of gunpowder and held hands over their ears as canons blast and rifles fired. The War of 1812, a battle between American settlers, British troops, Canadian colonists, and Native Americans over territory control and trade restrictions, lasted two and a half years.

Indians who had been neutral began aligning themselves with the British and threatened the U.S. control over the Northwest Territory.

The Battle of Mississinewa began on Dec. 17, 1812, when Lt. Col. John Campbell surprised the first of four Indian villages, killing eight and taking 42 prisoners. The next day, approximately 300 Indians counterattacked. The battle took the lives of 12 federal troops, injured 48, and as many as 45 Indians were killed. Campbell’s troops hiked back to Ohio in knee-deep snow, resulting in 300 casualties from frostbite.


Posted on 2013 Oct 15
Agro-Chem, Ronald Woodward honored at 2013 Chamber of Commerce Dinner

by Eric Stearley

The Honeywell Center’s Legacy Hall was filled wall to wall Thursday, Oct. 10 as the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce held it’s annual dinner.  Agro-Chem was honored as business of the year. Former Wabash Jr. High School teacher and local historian Ronald Woodward was named the 2013 Distinguished Citizen.

Following a dinner prepared by the Honeywell Center staff, and a musical performance by the 24 member Magic City Music Men vocal ensemble, Chamber President and CEO Kim Pinkerton addressed the crowd, stressing the importance of business adaptability in the face of disruptive economic forces and the changing consumer values, as the millennial generation becomes an integral force in the business world.


Posted on 2013 Oct 15
Wabash father and son represent USA in World Martial Arts Games

by Kalie Ammons

Tommy Music, 37, and his son Trystin Music, 9, are making the trip to the Richmond Olympic Oval in Richmond, Canada to compete in the first TAFISA (The Association for International Sports for All) World Martial Arts Games in September 2014.

Team USA only has about 50 members, four from Indiana, and two of which are Tommy and Trystin. Amazingly, the father and son duo are only going together by chance.


Posted on 2013 Oct 15
Wabash Chili for Charity Cook Off this Saturday

by Kalie Ammons

The annual Wabash Chili for Charity Cook Off is this Saturday, Oct. 19, from 12-4 p.m. at Paradise Spring Historical Park. Proceeds of the event go to help 10 core charities in Wabash County.

In preparation for the event, T-shirts and sweatshirts are being sold at Kitchen’s Plus. Friermood’s Tires, M&B Body Shop and the Wabash County Visitor Center are selling raffle tickets.

Posted on 2013 Oct 15
Swine farmer to speak to Somerset Lions Club

Local Farmer Jim Erickson will address the Somerset Lions Club on Monday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. He will discuss how pork is different today; it’s definitely not your parents’ pork! 30 years ago, not many people could have imagined pork would be among the leanest meats available. How and why pork changed will take center stage at the regularly scheduled Somerset Lions Club meeting.

Posted on 2013 Oct 17
Salvation Army seeks Wabash representative, bell ringers for holiday season

By Eric Stearley

The Salvation Army’s Indiana Service Extension is seeking a representative for the Wabash area. The representative will assist families in need of the organization’s services. He or she will help to decide which families will receive assistance and what kind of assistance is needed. The extension’s northern liaison, Major Gerald Smelser, hopes to have the volunteer position filled by the end of October.

“It’s not a difficult thing, and they can do it on their own schedule,” said Smelser.

Posted on 2013 Oct 15
Beauchamp McSpadden sees promise in local youth, Oct. 13-19 is Promise Pledge Week


For the youngest students in Wabash County, college is no longer simply something they imagine—it is a place they have visited and seen for themselves. On Sept. 27, every kindergarten through third grader in Wabash County visited Manchester University for a day full of activities and fun. The community celebrated students’ dreams for the future at the “Walk Into My Future” event. 

The event and Promise initiative were successful thanks in large part to the efforts of presenting sponsor, Beauchamp McSpadden.


Posted on 2013 Oct 16
Animal Shelter adopts new programs

By Eric Stearley

The Wabash County Animal Shelter is making some changes, adding new services, while reinstating others that were not offered for a period of time.

The shelter has adopted a new vaccination and testing policy, through which each animal that arrives at the shelter is tested for likely diseases. Cats are tested for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), while dogs are tested for heartworm. Cats and dogs receive their respective vaccinations along with a one-year rabies vaccine, which both animals receive.

Posted on 2013 Oct 15

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