Annual Trucks in Paradise Show to be held Aug. 24

The sixth annual Trucks in Paradise Show is on Saturday, Aug. 24, and will include something for everyone.  In addition to the wonderful display of vehicles, visitors can learn some local history and travel back in time to the 1826 Treaty of Paradise Spring. 

The registration hours for all types of trucks, custom cars, and motorcycles is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the shelter house in Paradise Springs Park.  Dash plaques will be given to the first 50 entries that register. 

Posted on 2013 Aug 20
Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program helps preserve reading skills

This summer, the Wabash County YMCA was one of only 25 cities in the nation piloting the Summer Learning Loss Prevention Program. Locally, 55 students entering first and second grade this fall participated in SPARK, which stands for Summer Program of Awesome Reading for Kids.

In collaboration with MSD of Wabash County and Wabash City Schools, SPARK provided literacy instruction from certified teachers to ensure that students in the program did not experience summer learning loss, but in fact gained reading skills and can begin this coming school year at grade level. The program was made possible through support from YMCA of the USA and The Lutheran Foundation.

Posted on 2013 Aug 20
Silent auction fundraiser to support Senior Center

When Rita walked into the Senior Center for the first time she saw a great little community. “To walk in here at age 84 and feel as if you are a part of a team, and that you are needed, is a wonderful feeling,” she said. “I don’t mind coming here alone, because once you walk in, you are never alone again.”

Many who come to the Senior Center share Rita’s feelings. They’ve found a new group of friends and opportunities in addition to the many programs, resources, and services offered at the Center located at 239 Bond St., Wabash. According to CEO Beverly Ferry, the Senior Center group is family for many who either don’t have family nearby or who enjoy fellowship during the day.

Posted on 2013 Aug 20
Halderman companies earn national marketing awards

The marketing team at Halderman Farm Management and Halderman Real Estate Services was recognized for their award winning marketing efforts by placing first in two categories of a national marketing contest sponsored by the National Auctioneers Association and USA TODAY.

The competition comprises 63 categories in six divisions: Photography, Postcards, Brochures and Catalogs, Newspaper/Magazine Print Advertising, Public Relations and Marketing, Digital & Social Media and Auction Marketing Campaign of the Year.

Posted on 2013 Aug 20
Wabash County Promise exceeds goal

by Kalie Ammons

School registration throughout the county is underway, and already the Wabash County Promise has exceeded their goal to have 50 percent of students in grades K-3 sign up for a CollegeChoice 529 savings account.

Nine hundred and thirty students in grades K-3 have signed up for the savings account, which equals approximately 60 percent of the students in those grades. The students signed up during registration from the following schools: Manchester; OJ Neighbors; Metro North; and Southwood. Students from St. Bernard’s and Emmanuel Christian have not yet been calculated into the results. The Y will hold an open house for three nights for those who were unable to attend school registration.

Sixty-seven percent of these 930 participants were from O.J. Neighbors and Manchester, with the other third coming from the county schools.

There were a total of 1044 students in all grades K-12 who signed up for the savings accounts.

Posted on 2013 Aug 13
SonRise Communications LLC offers rural internet services

by Emily Armentrout

Locally owned and operated, SonRise Communications LLC is a fairly new internet service provider out of rural Wabash, catering to surrounding rural areas, from Bippus to Disko, and heading to LaFontaine by the end of the month.

SonRise Communications is a wireless IP Internet provider that uses radio frequencies from their multiple facilities to transmit Internet to people who cannot get service otherwise. SonRise Communications Internet service allows their customers in rural areas to do more advanced things on the Internet beyond just checking your email. You can watch Netflix and Hulu. “Gamers really love our service. That is something I have heard a lot,” said owner Doug Brown.

Their client list is currently at just over 200 customers but it is growing. They have the capacity to have 2,000 customers and Brown says once they reach that number they will decide whether to expand or not. “Once you go beyond that number, I feel like we could lose some of that personal touch. We’ll have to make a decision when we get to that point I guess,” added Brown

Posted on 2013 Aug 13
Dr. John Conner moving practice to new location

by Emily Armentrout

After moving his dental practice into its current location in the Shopper’s Mart two and a half year ago, Dr. John Conner, DDS, has found the new location for his practice at 556 N. Cass Street, an empty lot next to Peeble’s.

Dr. Conner had purchased Dr. Fuller’s dental practice across from Wabash High School with the plan to rebuild on that property. However, he was constricted when it came to space. Edward Jones took over that building at the beginning of the year after Conner purchased the lot on Cass Street. 

“The new location became available and it has better visibility and traffic. Overall, space was the issue and we will no longer be limited when it comes to space or parking,” said Dr. Conner.

Posted on 2013 Aug 13
Harris to be part of 2013 Emerging Leaders Project class

INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Democratic Party today announced that Chad Harris, Wabash, has been selected for the 2013 Emerging Leaders Project class, a group of 40 up-and-coming Hoosier Democrats under the age of 40 who will work together over the next year to grow their political leadership skills and ensure the long-term success of the party.

Harris, a native of Wabash, is the current President of the Wabash County Democratic Club, A vice—Precinct Committeeman for Noble 6, 2012 State Delegate to the Indiana Democrat convention in Fort Wayne, Wabash County coordinator for the John Gregg for governor Campaign, Harris has also served on the campaigns of Joe Donnelly, and Jill Long Thompson, and Many local campaigns.

Posted on 2013 Aug 13

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