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Plan Commission OKs Bradley Building change

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

In somewhat a repeat of its May meeting, the Wabash Plan Commission granted permission to Vandermark Duffey Enterprises to subdivide 5 W. Canal St. into five tracts.


Dave Vandermark and Kathleen Alspaugh purchased the site, the former Bradley Building, in 2017, and have been working on refurbishing it, and four other buildings on West Canal Street, since then.


According to their plans for the Bradley Building, the owners plan to split the parcel into five tracts – two on the ground floor, two on the second floor and one on the third floor. The ground floor tracts would remain commercial space, while the second and third floors would be residential.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 11
City Schools has project hearing

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash City Schools once again received no public input during a second public hearing Monday night regarding building projects it plans to undertake in 2020.


The school board heard, for a second time, a presentation about the projects, as well as a presentation on how much the projects will cost the school district.


The plan calls for three separate projects.


Brian Bohlender, Vice President of Barton Coe Vilamaa, was on hand to lay out the projects for those in attendance.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 11
NHS adds 64 to alumni roll

Bailey Burcroff and Cara Kowalczuk make their way to their seats during the opening procession at Northfield High School. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Sixty-four high school seniors turned their tassels Saturday night during commencement ceremonies at Northfield High School gym, officially becoming the school’s newest alumni.


The students, some of whom had their caps decorated with various items, walked down the aisle to the school band’s performance of “Pomp and Circumstance,” quietly making their seats in front of the stage.


They listened as classmates Erin Whetstone and Erin Proebstle gave a welcome message and brief message from the students.


Following a performance by the school’s a capella choir, Valedictorian Emily Clendenon and Salutatorian Faith Macy shared a few words of encouragement with their classmates, as well as friends and relatives who filled the bleachers and seats on the gym floor.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 04
MHS graduates 134 students

Kaleena Tico celebrates getting her diploma from Manchester High School. Photo by David Fenker

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Manchester Jr.-Sr. High School said good-bye to the Class of 2020 at the 62nd Annual Commencement ceremony on Friday.


In front of a near capacity crowd of fellow students, teachers, family and friends, 134 seniors prepared for their next journeys.
Student Council president Cora Barnett opened the ceremony by welcoming those in attendance, followed by words from Senior Council Jirni Cripe, who shared her “business card” that describes who she is.


“We each have our own personal business card that reflects on who we are and have become,” Cripe said. “We are identified by the name at the top of our business card … [and] we each have a grasp of who we are and who that name has defined us to be.


“But as we look further onto each of our business cards, do we like what we see?”
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 04
98 earn diplomas from Wabash

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

One by one Friday night, Wabash High School seniors walked across the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater stage, shook hands with school officials, received their diplomas and prepared, in the words of Salutatorian Kiley Stone, begin a new chapter in their lives.


Ninety-eight students became the newest alumni of Wabash High School in front of a theater filled with family, friends, teachers and others who have made an impact on their lives.


The students listened to words of advice from Valedictorian Kaitlan Tracy and the aforementioned Stone, watched a slide show, shared memories and, yes, even shed a tear or two.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 04
Council OKs new stop sign

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A new three-way stop sign will soon be placed at the intersection of Pike Street, Mill Creek Pike and Yankee Road.


The Wabash City Council approved on two readings an amendment to a city ordinance allowing the placement of the stop sign.


Two sides of the three-way stop sign are within the city limits, while the third is outside the limits. Because of that, the Wabash County Commissioners had to approve the stop sign, which they did earlier this year.


Mayor Scott Long, when he broached the idea of the stop sign in March and again on Monday night, said he has received numerous complaints about vehicles speeding through the intersection. Some vehicles, he said, have damaged local lawns while at least once a building near the site was hit by a vehicle.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 04
MCS board names new superintendent

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

In a quick, 5-minute meeting Tuesday morning, May 28, the Manchester Community School Board of Trustees announced the names of the new school superintendent, Dr. Teresa L. Gremaux, and the new member of the board, Craig Haecker.


Gremaux comes to MCS from North White School Corporation where she has been superintendent the past four years.


“I really wanted a quality corporation, and Manchester seemed to fit that bill,” she said. “Also, I have seven grandchildren born in the last four years. I've been at North White, and they are all in the Fort Wayne area, so I wanted to get closer to family. It was a good win-win on both parts.”
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 04
NHS, SHS receive awards

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

MSD of Wabash County Superintendent Mike Keaffaber announced at Tuesday night’s school board meeting that Northfield and Southwood High Schools were named recipients of a pair of awards.


The first award is a College Success Award from GreatSchools.org.


The College Success Award, Keaffaber explained, is awarded to schools who stand out based on school-level college readiness and postsecondary data collected, which gauges whether students enroll in college, are ready for college-level coursework, and advance to a second year of college.


Both schools also received mention in the U.S. News and World Report Best High School rankings.


That award recognizes the schools’ ability to help students succeed at state assessments and prepare for college.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 04

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