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2 local businesses receive Duke grants

Grow Wabash County has received $5,000 in grant funding from Duke Energy’s Economic Development Relief Grant program

The $5,000 grant will be administered by Grow Wabash County to two Wabash County businesses that have gone above and beyond during this pandemic to serve their community despite financial challenges.

The grant funds will allow for both of these businesses to pay for expenses incurred due to COVID-19 and its resulting restrictions such as operating costs (payroll, debt relief, etc.), assistance in navigating state and federal programs and/or technology needs to remain connected with their clients, customers and community at large.

In Wabash, the grant will be awarded to Cannonball Lanes in recognition of owner Cindy Solloway’s efforts to make and donate face masks.

Posted on 2020 May 12
Wabash museum receives two grants

The Wabash County Museum is among 20 schools, libraries and other organizations from Gary to Evansville recently received grants from Indiana Humanities for projects ranging from a four-hour reading of Shakespeare’s sonnets to a program at an Indiana cemetery teaching fifth graders about African Americans in the Civil War.

The museum received one of 20 organizations to receive Action Grants, and was one of 12 other organizations to receive Historic Preservation Education Grants. Three INcommon Grants were presented to various organizations.

Museum President and CEO Mitch Figert told The Paper of Wabash County that the Action Grant will be used to continue our Explore Home program series which will include an onsite speaker series, expanding our Then and Now exhibit, and joint programming with the Wabash Carnegie Public Library.

Posted on 2020 May 12
County has second COVID-19 death

Wabash County suffered its second COVID-19 related death over the weekend.

The death was announced Sunday afternoon by Keith Walters, Executive Director of the Wabash County Homeland Security Agency and chair of the Wabash County Health Board.

According to the data provided by the Indiana State Department of Health on Monday afternoon, the county has 63 positive cases. There have been 236 total tests done.

Walters noted that no further details on patients or positive COVID-19 cases will be released due to privacy concerns.

One reason for the jump is that 46 employees at the Peabody Retirement Community tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating at home. Some of those workers may life in Wabash County, causing the number to increase. (Cases are reported in the person’s home county, not county of employment.)

Posted on 2020 May 05
Work underway on City Schools projects

By Mandy Underwood

In the fall of 2018, Wabash City Schools building principals, head of facilities, and district leadership walked through all of the corporation facilities and identified the most pressing needs when it came to updating those facilities.

“We identified eight projects and after prioritizing those projects, we sought financing to be able to accomplish those projects without impacting the tax rate,” said WCS superintendent Jason Callahan.

“We were approved to complete $18 million worth of facility work across the district over the next 18 months. In 2019, we were able to renovate our tennis courts and complete facility projects such as paving the drives at Wabash Middle School and the parking lot at OJ Neighbours.  Late this winter we were able to connect a new chiller at Wabash Middle School.”  

Posted on 2020 May 05
YMCA receives Duke Energy grant

The Wabash County YMCA was one of 25 organizations to receive grant awards from the Duke Energy Foundation.

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to meet the needs of communities where Duke Energy customers live and work. The Foundation contributes more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts and is funded by Duke Energy shareholder dollars.

In Indiana, the Foundation provides approximately $2 million in charitable gifts to a wide variety of nonprofit groups. Of that, $382,000 in grants was awarded to support Indiana K-12 programs focused on summer reading programs, STEM and experiential learning.

Posted on 2020 May 05
Autumn Ridge residents see family, friends during drive-by parade

On Wednesday, April 22, the residents of Autumn Ridge Rehabilitation Center were greeted by their friends and family during a greeting parade in front of the building.

Director of Marketing and Admissions at Autumn Ridge, Joyce Johnson told The Paper of Wabash County that she originally got the idea from seeing similar things being done in videos online.

“I thought this could work for our residents to see families and vice versa.  I ran it past Nathan Jackson, our Executive Director.  Monday a plan was put in place and I started calling families,” she said.

Posted on 2020 Apr 28
CAW-SOME - IB crow to fly again

MONTICELLO -- Gene Staples, president of Indiana Beach Holdings, LLC, announced Wednesday, April 22,  that he is the new owner of the 94 year old iconic amusement park called Indiana Beach.

“Once again it will become a family run midwestern amusement park,” Staples stated about Indiana Beach. Depending on the current pandemic status, Staples plans to open the park hopefully in July.

Staples, who lives in the Chicago area, is a U.S. Navy veteran who loves to pay attention to the details. He plans to do just that when it comes to managing Indiana Beach.

“It's still a vintage amusement park and we're going to take care of what we can take care of over those next few months,” Staples explained. “Like I said, tracking the Hoosier Hurricane. We're going to do lots of painting. We're going to do lots of small improvements that some people may know, some people may not know, but it's important improvements that we talked about may not provide a return on investments, but to me, the one thing that's lacking is a lot of attention to detail and we're slowly going to be doing that attention to detail.”

 
Posted on 2020 Apr 28
Pantries feel impact of pandemic

Citizens of Wabash County, along with the entire world are experiencing unprecedented times currently with the COVID-19 pandemic taking over, causing stay-at-home orders, job loss, and uncertainty.

Due to the unemployment and children not being in school and receiving a daily meal, many families are wondering how they will feed their family. Luckily, many businesses, school corporations and others are coming together as a community to help those in need during this time.

For those families and individuals who are still facing the fear of hunger, food pantries, such as FISH of Wabash, Campus Pantry at Manchester University and The Community Cupboard of Living Well in Wabash County are continuing to serve the community.

Janet Shoue, director of FISH of Wabash told The Paper of Wabash County that the pantry has been seeing many new families signing up for food each week, but that their total numbers have not increased a significant amount.

Posted on 2020 Apr 21

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