Wellbrooke of Wabash fundraiser draws crowd of 500
By Emma Rausch
An estimated 500 people attended the Wellbrooke of Wabash 2nd annual Car Show and Pork Smokin’ competition on Sunday, June 14.
In collaboration with Smokin’ for a Cause, the event raised proceeds to be donated to the Fraternal Order of Police’s (FOP) community charitable contributions and to the Wabash City Fire Department’s purchase of a “Get Out Alive” safety trailer.
Posted on 2015 Jun 23
NM man injured in one-vehicle crash

A North Manchester man is in serious condition following a one-vehicle accident Wednesday afternoon on State Road 114 near County Road 500 E.

Posted on 2015 Jun 18
Wenrich remembered for service to city, students
Jim Wenrich
By Joseph Slacian
An excellent teacher. A person who was always prepared. A person who had a quick, and unique, sense of humor.
Those remarks and more sum up the life of former Northfield High School teacher and current Wabash City Council member Jim Wenrich. 
Wenrich, 61, died Thursday, June 11, “losing a battle against his own immune system,” according to his obituary.
“What I enjoyed most about Jim was his sense of humor,” Mayor Robert Vanlandingham said. “We would work on one another pretty good. Jim was a good father, husband, teacher and public servant and a very good friend to all. He certainly will be missed. 
“We would talk about all kinds of stuff; anything that would come to mind. Jim had a different slant on things at times, but that’s good. It’s healthy.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 16
‘Come see the show!’

“Rats!” cast watch as (from left) Davy Falder, Will Galley, and Zander Rose rehearse a song for their upcoming performance. Director Jessica Keffaber and assistant director Lisa Fadil reminded students to “sing out” so the audience could hear them on stage. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch
The Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Theatre program students are in the final phases of their productions before taking to the Ford Theatre stage this week.
With rehearsals, sets, and costumes nearly completed within three weeks, there is no room for nerves, said Marilyn Mason, co-director of the seventh through 12th grade performance “Fiddler on the Roof.”
“It’s really just work mode right now,” said Mason’s co-director Emily France in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “I think the biggest thing right now is we know what’s coming up and what to expect and passing that to (the students) so that it does become their show next week and being able to do that as educators really.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 16
Marketplace names new director
By Joseph Slacian
Emily Gardner is the new director of Wabash Marketplace Inc. (WMI), the organization’s board of directors announced on Tuesday. She will begin July 6.
Gardner brings six years of business and retail development experience with a specific focus in marketing and operational execution. For the last three years, Gardner has worked for the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce.
“The amount of impact WMI is committed to generating within this community, paired with the increased programs offered by the organization requires a director with relational and organizational skills,” WMI Board President Jason Callahan said. “Emily (Gardner) was an ideal candidate because she already has strong relationships in downtown Wabash and with her experience at the Chamber, she has a strong knowledge of the various organizations that serve Wabash and their missions.” 
Posted on 2015 Jun 16
Commissioners to suggest full-time Veteran Service Officer
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash County Commissioners on Monday agreed to seeking a full-time Veteran Service Officer (VSO) for the county.
To do so, they must include it in the proposed 2016 budget, which is ultimately decided upon by the Wabash County Council.
The action came in light of two straight weeks of complaints from a group of veterans and their supporters who are dissatisfied with the help they are currently receiving from the Veteran Service Office.
Posted on 2015 Jun 16
City gets $1.235 million additional appropriation
By Joseph Slacian
The Wabash City Council approved an additional appropriation of $1.235 million on Monday, June 8.
The appropriations, which will be used for a variety of different projects, was unanimously approved, but not without a debate of nearly 40 minutes.
The largest bulk of the appropriation -- $500,000 – will be used for the city’s pledge to the Stellar Program. The council, in May 2014, pledged the funds should the city be named a Stellar Community. It received the designation in August 2014.
Posted on 2015 Jun 16
Museum completes phase one of caboose restoration
Christine Flohr gives a speech to celebrate phase one of Wabash County Historical Museum’s caboose restoration project. Flohr is the interim executive director of Wabash Marketplace, the organization the museum partnered with to get a grant for the project. Photo by Adam Smith
By Adam B. Smith
Driving up State Road 13 through downtown Wabash, visitors pass by a big red caboose sitting on a piece of track next to the Wabash County Historical Museum.
The train’s journey from active service to its current resting place has been a long haul, and the museum celebrated the completion of phase one of their restoration project Friday June 5.
Wabash Circuit Court Judge Robert McCallen III said the caboose went on its last ride sometime between 1906 and 1923 and found its way to a farmer’s field. He said his father saw the caboose while driving one day and asked about purchasing it, but the farmer told him it wasn’t for sale.
Posted on 2015 Jun 16

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