Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity announces choice charities

Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity has announced the names of the non-profit organizations that will receive funding from this year’s chili for charity cook-off. A multitude of applications were submitted for consideration and nine were selected. 

Manchester Recreation Association, FAME, Teens Against Domestic Violence, Learn More Center, Manchester Early Learning Center, Wabash County Historical  Museum, Wabash County Promise, Honeywell Center Educational Outreach, and Wabash County Transit  will all benefit from the one-day fundraising event. 

“The selection process is the most difficult,” said Julie Deniston, long-time standing committee member. “There are many qualified organizations serving the community that need funding. It is the toughest decision we make every year.” 

Since the cook-off’s inception, nearly $300,000 has been reinvested into non-profit organizations serving Wabash County.

This year will mark the 12th anniversary of the event, which will be held on Oct. 18 at Paradise Spring Historical Park with gates opening at noon. All proceeds are earmarked for distribution to the nine charities selected as benefactors from this year’s chili cook-off.

Posted on 2014 Jul 08
International high school exchange students seeking host families in Wabash

Visiting students, ages 15-18, from around the world including Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand are seeking host families in and around Wabash for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic school year. Host families are needed for the fall semester and full school year.

Host families (traditional families, singles, empty nesters, etc.) serve as mentors and a home base for their student. Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host’s daily routines and traditions just like any other family member. Hosting an international student is a great way to explore a new culture and promote a sense of lifelong learning and adventure.

Posted on 2014 Jul 08
Tickets on sale for 4th annual Jazz on the Lawn concert

Spend a summer evening outdoors listening to the lively sounds of jazz at the 4th annual Jazz on the Lawn Concert, to take place at the Honeywell House on Friday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m.

This event is made possible by lead sponsors First Merchants Bank and Lundquist Appraisal & Real Estate. Associate sponsors are Beacon Credit Union, INGUARD, Midwest Eye Consultants, Ladd Dental Group of Wabash, J.M. Reynolds Oil Comp., Inc., and Wendy’s of Wabash.

Jazz on the Lawn will feature the Fishers-based Nickel Plate Jazz Orchestra, a 20-piece band that will please the crowd with a variety of big band favorites, golden standards, cross-genre fusion and more. The soulful singer-songwriter Adrienne Frailey will take the stage from 6-6:45 p.m. to kick off the event. The lawn will be open at 5 p.m.

Posted on 2014 Jul 08
North Manchester Fire Department responds to structure fire

On July 2 at 1:38 a.m., the North Manchester Dispatch Center received a report of a structure fire at 606 West Fourth Street. Upon arrival, the North Manchester Fire Department units found heavy fire involvement coming from the garage and kitchen areas.

Firefighters knocked down the flames from the outside of the residence with two handlines before an interior attack was initiated.

The fire was under control within 20-25 minutes. Fire units were on the scene until 4:32 a.m. The fire was believed to have started in the garage, and the cause is still under investigation.

Assisting at the scene were the Chester Township Fire Department, Pleasant Township Fire Department, North Manchester Police Department, Wabash County Sheriff’s Department and the American Red Cross.

Posted on 2014 Jul 08
Manure Management Field Day presents new technology with soil health and conservation in mind

The Wabash County Soil & Water Conservation District and the Conservation Cropping Systems Initiative will host a free Manure Management Field Day on July 29 at Brubaker Farms. The half-day program will address application technology and nutrient management as well as the ways in which manure management relates to conservation and soil health.

“We as farmers are responsible for stewardship of the resources that are available to us. Every acre we farm contains thousands of pounds of nutrients essential to growing the crops that we are accustomed to. The world demand for more and more food will require us to become more efficient with the application of commercial fertilizers and animal waste products that we heavily depend on in this area,” said Kevin Cordes, a Wabash County Soil & Water Conservation District Supervisor.

Cordes spoke highly of the event saying, “There are innovative ideas and new technology available to us that will help us achieve the goals of enhancing soil health and decreasing the amount of pollutants leaving our farms and entering the streams and rivers. The Manure Management Field Day is a great opportunity to learn about these ideas and see them demonstrated.”

Posted on 2014 Jul 08
Corporation-wide registration to be held at O.J. Neighbours Elementary School

Wabash City Schools will be holding corporation-wide registration at O.J. Neighbours Elementary on Monday, July 28 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. and Tuesday, July 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

New students to the corporation will need to call the individual buildings and schedule an appointment with the building principal or guidance counselors to register.

There will be an open house for kindergarten students on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m. If you have not received a letter from O.J. Neighbours, please contact O.J. Neighbours office at 260-563-2345.

Other school numbers include Wabash High School at 260-563-4131 and Wabash Middle School at 260-563-4137.

Bus route transportation forms must be filled out at the time of registration if your child will ride the bus. Parents will be notified by letter regarding time/stop location prior to the first day of school.

Any questions about bus routes should be directed to the Wabash City Schools Administration Office at 260-563-2151 ext. 3104 between 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Posted on 2014 Jul 08
County fair offers new events in 2014

by Aaron Johnson

The Wabash County 4-H Fair is an event that many people in the county look forward to every year, and this year there are some special events added to the schedule. Each of the main events listed here begin at 7 p.m.

On Monday, July 7, the fair will end its opening night with a mud bogging event. mud bogging is a race through a mud pit whose victor is determined by the furthest distance travelled through the pit. Should more than one competitor cross the pit, the winner is determined by the fastest time to cross the finish line. For the 4-H fair, there will be multiple classes in which riders may compete and these classes are separated by weight of the vehicles. The classes will be divided into heats and the winner of each heat will move into the final round of that class. The victor of the final round will be crowned as winner of the class.

Tuesday, July 8, will feature a Tractor Pull, in which competitors will pull sledges across the arena. These tractor pull events will also be divided into classes and each tractor will pull the sledge as far as it can. The driver that pulls the sledge the furthest wins that class.

On Wednesday, July 9, another new event will come to Wabash: the autocross. This autocross will include all vehicles such as pickup trucks, vans, and derby cars. There is a mini-size class and a full-size class for the vehicles involved in this event. The Fair Association Council and the 4-H Fair Board will prepare an obstacle course with rolling hills through which the competitors will drive. There is a heat lap for each of the classes, and the top three from each heat lap go to the final for a 20-lap race.

Wild Hog Mud Wrestling will occur on Thursday, July 10, which is another new addition to the fair this year. Participants can sign up for one of 12 classes that are divided by age and gender. They are ages 8-11, 12-15, 16-18, and 19 and older. In each age class there are divisions for team members to be all male, all female, or mixed. The entry cost is $40 per team and registration is open until Wednesday, July 9. Admission to the event is $5, and kids five years and younger get in free. Competitors will have to attempt to catch and place the hog on a barrel with bare hands in one minute or less. The winning team will be determined by the time that they took to place hog onto the barrel. Mary Hollingshead, the organizer of the new events, took pride in the Hog Wrestling event as she thought it would be a great addition to the fair.

Posted on 2014 Jul 01
Mississinewa algae alert issued; swimming and boating still allowed

by Sandy Johnson

The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently issued a Blue-Green Algae Advisory for Mississinewa Lake after samplings showed a level of blue-green algae high enough to warrant an alert. With the advisory, swimming and boating is still permitted.

Larry Brown, Mississinewa DNR Manager, advises visitors, “Do not drink the water, and shower after swimming.”

When an advisory is issued, pet owners should refrain from allowing their pets into the water where algae are present. Pets are more vulnerable to getting sick after swimming in lake waters because they tend to lick their fur clean, allowing the bacteria to enter their bodies.

Brown works together with Cyndi Wagner from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM), who supervises the testing for Mississinewa Lake and other Indiana lakes. 

Brown told The Paper, “We have done a good job with communication and letting people know about the advisory. We have signs on beaches, and at boat ramps.”

Brown confirmed samplings would continue weekly until the blue-green algae levels drop. Mississinewa was scheduled for further testing on June 30. Results from the samplings should be documented by the next day.

Currently, Mississinewa is the only lake with an alert in the state. The IDEM and DNR continue to work together to keep everyone informed. If high levels of blue-green algae are found during IDEM testing on any Indiana lake, a notice is posted at and alert notices are placed on those beaches until cell counts drop to a safe level. State parks and reservoir websites also include ‘property advisories’ to keep the public informed before heading out onto the waters.

Posted on 2014 Jul 01

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