After losing 275 pounds, local man thanks trainer on The Steve Harvey Show

by Eric Stearley

Personal trainer Jakae Francis, owner of Wabash’s F.I.T. personal training, got the surprise of a lifetime when it was revealed that two of her most successful clients set her up for an appearance on The Steve Harvey Show.

“It was just so unbelievable,” said Francis. “It’s still so surreal that this even happened. I feel like I had tunnel vision. I don’t remember a lot of what I said or what Josh said to me.”

Josh Steele was the mastermind behind the surprise. A client for the past year and a half, he shed nearly half his body weight after deciding to get serious about losing weight two years ago.

“My starting weight was 579 pounds,” said Steele. “Basically, to sum it all up, I hated life. Just getting up in the morning, just doing normal activities that normal people take for granted like tying shoes, going up and down stairs, getting in vehicles. That kind of stuff, it was all a struggle for me every single day. I basically gave up all hopes of my dreams and passion for the future.”

Posted on 2014 Mar 25
Moon Over Buffalo a hit for Wabash Area Community Theater

by Emily Armentrout

Wabash Area Community Theater just finished its production of Ken Ludwig’s Moon Over Buffalo. Moon Over Buffalo is a comedy set in 1953 Buffalo, New York, at the Erlanger Theater. Moon Over Buffalo marked Carol Burnett’s return to Broadway after 30 years according to Ludwig.

Traveling actors, George and Charlotte Hay, played by Gary Dale and Candy Russell, are currently putting on dual performances of Private Lives and Cyrano De Bergerac, with a small group of actors.

George and Charlotte find themselves drifting as George’s infidelity with Eileen, a young actress in the troupe, portrayed by Megan Smith, is brought to light and Charlotte receives an offer to run away with family friend and lawyer, Richard, played by Keith Martin.

Posted on 2014 Mar 25
Tri-City Dart League to hold benefit

The Tri-City Dart League is holding its second annual Linda Foote Memorial Steel Tip Dart Tournament on Saturday, March 29 at Elks Lodge #365, located at 122 N. Broadway, Peru.

The proceeds from this event will be donated to Deb Ross, who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 Follicular Lymphoma.

The bar will be open to the public at 2 p.m., with food being served from 4-7 p.m. There will be raffles, split pot, tip boards, and triple out.

The first tournament will be men and women singles, with registration starting at 4 p.m. and the tournament beginning at 5 p.m. The second tournament will begin at 8 p.m. with registration at 7 p.m. and it will be a luck-of-the-draw, blind draw tournament.

The format for both tournaments is double elimination, 501/Cricket/Choice.

If you have questions or would like more information, contact John Renn at 260-377-9875.

Posted on 2014 Mar 25
“Doug Konkle’s Miniature Circus” on display at Wabash County Historical Museum

Step right up to the Wabash County Historical Museum to see “Doug Konkle’s Miniature Circus”! This amazing collection of hand-carved circus figurines and memorabilia is the newest temporary exhibit on the museum’s second floor. This exhibit is accessible and entertaining for all ages. Guests will be amazed by the intricacy and detail of these carved pieces.

Doug Konkle has been carving miniature circus pieces since the mid-1980s. He carves and paints each piece by hand, builds tiny circus tents, and paints miniature circus and sideshow posters. The collection features specific real-life circus acts, such as Babe, the elephant whose big trick was to pick his trainer up by the head with her mouth.

Posted on 2014 Mar 25
Superintendent Ritz visits Manchester High School, discusses literacy

by Kalie Ammons

Superintendent of Public Instruction for Indiana, Glenda Ritz not only advocates that everyone reads, but is an avid reader herself, even keeping up with the popular young adult books students across the state immediately recognize.

Ritz addressed all the students at Manchester Jr./Sr. High School last Friday, encouraging students to read anything and everything while promoting the “Hoosier Family of Readers” initiative.

Ritz explained how reading helps not only your vocabulary and comprehension, but also improves your chances in the job market, especially when paired with a decent level of math.

Posted on 2014 Mar 25
Southwood High School has first musical in six years

This spring, the drama students at Southwood High School are taking you Back to the 80's.  Join the seniors of William Ocean High School as they live through their final year of high school, remembered and seen through the eyes of graduate Corey Palmer, now in his 30s. Watch the memories unfold as Corey's younger self tries to win the affections of his next-door neighbor, Tiffany Houston, who is too busy crushing on Michael Feldman, the most popular guy in school. Meanwhile, poor Eileen Reagan, the new girl, just wants to fit in, and resident nerd Feargal Bobby McFerrin III is busy perfecting both his karate and computer skills.

Posted on 2014 Mar 25
Lindsey Ogle describes time on CBS’s reality show Survivor: Cagayan

by Kalie Ammons

Season 28 of the hit reality show “Survivor” has been anything but easy for contestants this season. Competitors are left to survive on an island with little supplies, all while competing in challenges before voting each other off of the island.

This season, castaways are in the Filipino province of Cagayan and split into three different tribes; Luzon, Solana or Aparri, otherwise known as Brains, Beauty and Brawn.

Lindsey Ogle, a Northfield graduate and Wabash native, competed in season 28 on the Aparri, or Brawn tribe. Ogle describes her traits that made her a good contestant for the show.

“It’s because I’m such a people person,” Ogle said. “I think that I’m just a social person. I work well with my hands and I’m a hard worker, I don’t think that’s really represented well during the episodes we’ve seen, but I really am a hard worker. Plus, I’m athletic. There was a moment when we were making the shelter and I was weaving a lot of the bamboo leaves and that probably made our shelter a little bit more secure and I couldn’t have done that if I didn’t braid people’s hair every single day"

Posted on 2014 Mar 18
Wabash City Schools board meeting brings to light bright future

by Emily Armentrout

Wabash City Schools held the latest board meeting at the central office on Monday, March 17. This meeting shed light on a bright and exciting future for the students, the staff and the administration.

Wabash High School principal Josh Blossom started the board meeting by presenting the Spirit of the Apache Award to Payten Keffaber, a junior at Wabash High School. Keffaber has been serving Wabash High School in volunteer roles since she was a freshman.

“Payten is not the kind of kid that asks for attention at all. She deserves a lot high praise for the leadership she shows at our school,” said Principal Blossom. “There is rarely an event at the high school that you would go to and not see Payten doing something.”

Keffaber’s latest endeavor was taking charge of a student-driven blood drive. Mr. Blossom gave Keffaber the reins, and she took the event from there.

“I don’t think I touched base with Payten until two days before the drive,” said Blossom.  “Sure enough, she had talked to everybody she needed to.”

Keffaber scheduled volunteers to help at the event. She made sure that students were signed up to donate, and she even had a set up and tear down crew assembled for the event. The result was 57 students donating to the blood drive. 

“For this blood drive and for everything that Payten does for our school, I’m to happy give the Spirit of the Apache Award,” said Blossom.

Posted on 2014 Mar 18

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