10 honored at Arc of Wabash County’s annual dinner
Arc of Wabash County presented ten individuals with awards at their annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, July 21. (From left) Mary Ann Mast, John Troyer, Amber Lewis, Miranda Hahn, Connie Bailey, Brenda Decker, Danny Preston and Jonathan Hubbard were presented with various awards honoring their hard work and service over the past year to Arc. (Not pictured) Dr. Mary Anne Bain and Brian Howenstein were presented with Board Service awards for their aid on the organization’s board of directors. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
More than 150 people gathered on Tuesday, July 21, for the Arc of Wabash County’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner.
The dinner served, in part, to recognize to 10 individuals for their hard work and achievements over the last year as well as celebrate 61 years of Arc’s service to the Wabash County community.
First, the organization recognized two individuals that served on its board of directors.
“Arc of Wabash County is private. It’s a non-profit corporation governed by a volunteer board of directors,” Board chairman Jeff Myers said beginning the award ceremony.
Posted on 2015 Jul 28
Kiwanians dedicate Hanna Park

Mayor Robert Vanlandingham speaks to Wabash Kiwanis Club members, local volunteers and representatives of various groups who made contributions to the Hanna Park Project, while Kiwanis Club President Jordan Tandy looks on. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian
Screams of fun and laughter of little children were abundant Wednesday evening, July 22, when the new-look Hanna Park was dedicated.
About 50 people were in attendance to hear Wabash Kiwanis President Jordan Tandy and Mayor Robert Vanlandingham as they talked about the changes at the park and thanked all those who had a hand in the refurbishment.
“It started at a Wabash Kiwanis Club meeting,” Tandy said, explaining the project’s origins.
Posted on 2015 Jul 28
Arc of Wabash County announces annual report
Nancy Hoffman, Arc’s president and CEO, announced the organization’s annual report over the 2014-2015 fiscal year, which ended in June. Hoffman credited Arc’s achievements to its staff for their efforts and sacrifices. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Officials from the Arc of Wabash County gave the agency’s annual report at the organization’s Annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, July 21.
The meeting reported the organization’s accomplishments and grants during the organization’s 2014-15 fiscal year, which ended in June, according to Nancy Hoffman, Arc’s president and CEO.
Posted on 2015 Jul 28
Local pastor publishes daily devotional book
Tom Curry, pastor of Wabash Living Faith Lutheran Church, announced the release of his new book “Thoughts About God and Life.” The daily devotional book provides a five-minute devotion for every day of the year and follows different themes each month, Curry said. Originally, the book was meant to be something left to Curry’s family until a friend told the local pastor, “Hey, you know more people could benefit from that than just your own family.” Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
Wabash Living Faith Lutheran Church Pastor Tom Curry combined his faith with his experiences to write and publish his new daily devotional book, “Thoughts About God and Life.”
Although there are many daily devotionals, Curry told The Paper of Wabash County that he wanted to combine his life experiences, thoughts about God and his Christian faith into a five-minute daily read that “might be helpful” to a “a person like my children, like my grandchildren or my great-grandchildren and people in my family that I may never get a chance to meet.”
Because life is hard, Curry said.
“At some point along the way, the wheels come off for many of us and it’s hard to navigate,” he continued. “And so, that’s what I thought that I would like to do before my mind weakens.”
Posted on 2015 Jul 28
EDG official updates county on progress in 2015
By Joseph Slacian
The Economic Development Group of Wabash County has been involved with 38 active projects through mid-July.
EDG President and CEO Keith Gillenwater provided that information to the Wabash County Commissioners during its July 20 meeting. Each quarter Gillenwater updates Commissioners, the Wabash City Council and the North Manchester Town Council on its progress.
Of the 38 projects, 16 were carryovers from 2014, when former President and CEO Bill Konyha was still in office. In fact, Gillenwater noted, a few of the projects date back to at least 2013.
Posted on 2015 Jul 28
Plans for CR 200 W changed
By Joseph Slacian
Plans for construction work on County Road 200 W, just north of U.S. 24, have been changed.
Steve Jones, Vice President for United Consulting, told Wabash County Commissioners on Monday, July 20, that work at the site would need to be changed because of some right-of-way issues. 
The work had initially sought to make the curves on 200 W easier to negotiate.
Posted on 2015 Jul 28
SB mayor pays visit to Wabash
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (third from left), chats with (from left) Jordan Tandy, Chad Harris, Christine Flohr and Tod Minnich while walking along Market Street en route to the Eagles Theatre. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg was the keynote speaker Tuesday, July 21, at the inaugural Wabash County Democrat’s Jackson-Jefferson Day reception.
But in addition to rallying the nearly two dozen party faithful gathered at the Honeywell Center’s Honeywell Room, Buttigieg turned his visit to Wabash into a learning experience, as well.
For about an hour before the Democrat’s reception began, Buttigieg, along with a variety of local hosts, toured the Honeywell Center, Eagles Theatre, Charley Creek Inn and the Historic Downtown area.
Posted on 2015 Jul 28
MSD students utilize online enrollment; Enrollment ends August 5
By Emma Rausch
So far, Wabash County’s Metropolitan School District’s student registration is going well after incorporating online enrollment for this first time this year, according to Aaron Hyden, director of information technology.
Online registration began on July 15 and “is going really well for our first year,” Hyden told The Paper of Wabash County in a telephone interview.
Posted on 2015 Jul 28

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