by Emily Armentrout
After traveling to Mexico on a mission trip, Wabash local, Jenny Wilson, knew that there was a mission waiting for her somewhere. Knowing she could not travel to Mexico every year to serve, Wilson set out on a search for a mission she could begin in Wabash County.
“I wanted to do something that would help our local kids and I just started researching,” Wilson told The Paper.
Wilson found Blessings in a Backpack, a national program that “provides elementary schoolchildren who are on the federal Free and Reduced Price Meal Program with a backpack of food to take home for 38 weekends during the school year,” according to blessingsinabackpack.org. Wilson approached the principals of the three younger elementary schools in the area, O.J. Neighbours, Southwood Elementary and Metro North, and she was met with great enthusiasm.
Indiana has long been recognized as a leader in soil health, visibly evident by widespread adoption of cropping systems that reduce soil disturbance, maximize residue, increase diversity and provide continuous living roots.
Indiana's leadership was recently recognized by the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD) by a decision to move their summer board meetings to the landscape after 10-12 years of location in Washington, DC. In 2014, the meeting will be held in Indianapolis. According to Earl Garber, NACD president, Indiana is "on the forefront and cutting edge of soil health."
Indiana 4-H is kicking off a new healthy living campaign, which includes a greater focus for 4-H members, families, volunteers, and community members on making healthy choices. The state 4-H is working to rollout updated health and foods project curriculum with a greater emphasis on exercising and cooking healthy.
As part of the kick off for this new initiative, there will be color runs in every county in the state between now and July. The first annual Wabash County color run will be at the Field of Dreams on March 29. Check-in will be between 8-8:45 a.m., with a 1-mile fun run/walk at 9 a.m. and a 5k at 9:30 a.m.
Hoosier Salon’s Gallery in Wabash will close at its current location March 30.
“We have been aware for some time that the managers of Charley Creek Inn, where our gallery is located, would like to have that space for their catering operation,” said Donnae Dole, Hoosier Salon executive director. “We have explored other locations and have not yet found an appropriate space.
Manchester University’s academic leader, Glenn Sharfman, will assume a similar position with Oglethorpe University in Atlanta this summer. Sharfman joined Manchester in 2005 as vice president and dean for academic affairs.
For Manchester, Sharfman led a total restructuring of the core requirements for all students. The University added new graduate programs in education and athletic training and opened a College of Pharmacy on a new Fort Wayne campus. The University also constructed a new Academic Center and new learning facilities in the Physical Education and Recreation Center. The Holocaust scholar taught popular January session classes on the North Manchester campus.
The Wabash County Board of Commissioners has proclaimed March 16-22 Severe Weather Preparedness Week.
2014 is the 40th anniversary of the April 1972 Super Outbreak, which is still the largest tornado outbreak in the United States. The third largest tornado outbreak ever recorded in Indiana was as recent as Nov. 17, 2013.
Peru – A traffic stop by Indiana State Police Sergeant T.J. Zeiser led to the arrests of two Peru men.
Friday, March 7, at approximately 12:18 a.m., Indiana State Police Sergeant T.J. Zeiser initiated a traffic stop on a 2010 Chevrolet Traverse, which was being driven by Clark Bailey, 21, Peru. Zeiser stopped the Chevrolet on Miami County Road 250 South near Strawtown Pike for improper display of a license plate.
During the course of the traffic stop, Zeiser allegedly smelled the odor of burnt marijuana emitting from the Chevrolet. Zeiser then took Bailey into custody and secured him in his police car.
by Emily Armentrout
On Sunday, Feb. 23, Sheriff Bob Land terminated Walter Woods, Reserve Deputy and Wabash County Sheriff candidate, from the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department. Following the termination, Sheriff Land issued a statement explaining the action. After reviewing Sheriff Land’s statement with legal council, Woods issued a response. As both are candidates in the upcoming Republican primary election for Wabash County Sheriff, Woods’ response has been included in full, just as Land’s statement was included in full last week. Woods responded as follows:
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