Longtime businessman remembered for his support of Wabash

By Emma Rausch

A longtime Wabash business man, John W. “Jack” Miller, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne. He was 87.

A U.S. Army veteran, Miller was the founder and co-owner of Miller Furniture in Wabash, which opened in 1954, with his business partner Hubert G. Vrooman. He retired from the business in 1994. He also was involved with a variety of local organizations, including Wabash Community Service Board, the Peabody Foundation Board, and the Falls Cemetery Board.

He was a longtime member of the Presbyterian Church in Wabash, where he served as elder, deacon, Sunday school teacher, and also enjoyed singing in the choir. He also was a member of the Wabash Kiwanis Club, and is a past president of the organization.

Posted on 2015 Feb 24
Furnas retires after 30 years of coaching youth baseball

Steve Furnas holds a player's batting glove while standing in the coaching box in recent years. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

In 30 years as a youth baseball coach, Wabash resident Steve Furnas has been involved in hundreds of games – 688 games, to be exact.

But don’t ask him his winning percentage. That, he is quick to note, is something he doesn’t know.

“Why are you there as a coach?” he asked rhetorically during an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “It’s not about the wins. It’s about teaching.”

Furnas, who has coached in T-Ball, Little League, Babe Ruth, Junior-Senior League and American Legion Ball, has decided to step away.

“I figured at the 30-year mark maybe it was just time to hang it up,” he said.

Posted on 2015 Feb 24
Changes made to Primary Election voting

By Emma Rausch

Early voting hours will be reduced to four hours per day this year for the city and town Primary elections, Wabash County Election Board. Decided Friday, Feb. 20. Also, early voting will be available for two weeks prior to Election Day instead of the usual four weeks prior to election.

In addition, the board also decided to eliminate the Democrat ballot in North Manchester and LaFontaine due to no races. Lagro will not be having a Primary since there are no contested races.

County Clerk Elaine Martin said that hours were shortened from seven hours last year down to four hours for the upcoming Primary early voting period, including the Saturday early voting days.

Posted on 2015 Feb 24
20 attend ceremony at Cancer Tree

Brian Chamberlain, lay speaker at Urbana Yoke Parish, reads the names of the individuals listed on the Wabash Cancer Society Cancer Tree on Sunday afternoon at the Wabash County Courthouse. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

About 20 people gathered Sunday afternoon at the Wabash County Courthouse to participate in the Wabash County Cancer Society's Cancer Tree Ceremony.

Brian Chamberlain, lay-speaker from the Urbana Yoke Parish read the names of the 72 individuals remembered on the tree. He also discussed how life is like a race. Some lives are sprints, while others are marathons. Many lives are like hurdles, with all the ups and downs individuals have. In the end, he said, the Father will be there to greet individuals as the cross the finish line.

Posted on 2015 Feb 24
Percy Jackson battles creatures during Honeywell Educational Outreach program

The Lightning Thief is a musical adaption of the nationally known children’s novel, “Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief.” The story follows Percy and his half blood companions as they battle their way to Hades to rescue Percy’s mom, stop a war between the gods, and prove to their Olympian parents that they’re worthy to be their children. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

On Feb. 17, elementary and middle school students from seven rural northern Indiana counties packed the Honeywell Center Ford Theatre to watch Percy Jackson and his friends stop a war among the gods in the Theatreworks USA non-for-profit musical “The Lightning Thief.”

Schools from Wabash, Miami, Cass, Fulton, Huntington, Grant, and Koskiusko counties left not one seat unattended at the 10 a.m. showing and still filled the theatre for a second showing at noon.

As part of the center’s Educational Outreach program, author Rick Riordan’s best-selling children’s novel “Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief” was brought to life through song and sword fights by a six-person acting crew.

“The goal of our Page-to-Stage Student Matinees is to bring the literature students are reading in the classroom to life,” Educational Outreach Manager Teresa Galley told The Paper  of Wabash County.

Posted on 2015 Feb 24
J & Ks Mega Pet! to celebrate 25th anniversary with open house

J & K’s Mega Pet! joined the Wabash community in 1990. On Feb. 28, the pet store will hold an open house to celebrate its 25th anniversary complete with a cookout and door prizes. Photo provided

By Emma Rausch

In 1990, J & K’s Aquarium opened in downtown Wabash to bring the community a local fish-specialized pet store. On Feb. 28, the firm will celebrate its 25th anniversary and its development into J & K’s Mega Pet!, a one-stop shop for all pet needs.

Originally founded by Jeff Figert, John Huston and his wife, Lisa, took over the business in 1992, making a few changes.

Posted on 2015 Feb 24
Income surveys to be sent to Wabash residents

By Joseph Slacian

Some Wabash residents will receive an income survey from the Region III-A Development and Regional Planning Commission. The survey, which will be mailed to about 700 households around Feb. 23, is part of the city’s Stellar Community project.

The information from the survey is required to ensure the city qualifies for the various Community Block Development Grants associated with the Stellar Award, including the Eagles Theatre Community Center project.

“This step is necessary for various grant opportunities in the CDBG Stellar Program,” Mayor Robert Vanlandingham said. “We know we have a Stellar Community already, now we need local residents to rally with us to help achieve our strategic goals outline din the Stellar Strategic Plan.”

Posted on 2015 Feb 24
Local soldier critically ill in D.C. hospital

By Joseph Slacian

A local family is in Washington, D.C., to be reunited with their son, a former Northfield star athlete who is fighting for his life after taking ill while serving with the U.S. Army in Kuwait.

Joseph Ross, 19, was flown to Germany from his military base in Kuwait after coming down with a mysterious illness in recent days. On Sunday, he became stable enough to be flown from Germany to Washington where he will undergo further treatment.

After treatment in Washington, he will next be sent to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, for further treatment.

Doctors believe Ross came down with some type of bacterial infection, his mother, Jill Ross, told The Paper of Wabash County. Mrs. Ross and her husband, Joe, were to travel to Washington to be with their son.

Posted on 2015 Feb 24

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