Dillon's Bar & Grill reopening ends in tragedy

DILLON'S BAR & GRILL in Lagro caught fire in the early morning hours of Sunday, Jan. 11. The building is described as a total loss, and the fire remains under investigation by the state fire marshal. “I’ll be honest with you, I think everything burnt inside of that except for the sign hanging out in front of that building,” said owner Marcella Dillon. (photo by Eric Stearley)

by Eric Stearley

LAGRO -- Dillon's Bar & Grill hosted an all-holiday reopening party here on Jan. 10 following a brief hiatus. At 3:30 a.m. Jan. 11, the Lagro Township Fire Department responded to heavy smoke and flames coming out of the bar's roof.

Lagro Fire Chief Scott Siders said that Urbana and Lincolnville fire departments also responded to the fire, which took more than an hour to put out. In the process of cutting power to the building, power to the much of the town was interrupted. No neighboring buildings were damaged, but Siders described the bar as a total loss. 

Posted on 2015 Jan 20
Examining the stats: Does Wabash have a drug problem

by Emma Rausch

Last week, the Wabash Sheriff’s Department released its yearly statistics for arrests in Wabash County. The statement reported a total of 80 drug arrests with 85 felony counts and 113 misdemeanor counts. In an interview, Wabash Police Department Drug Task Force Sergeant Matt Rebholz reported 80 arrests for 2014, all resulting in felony charges. It is unknown how many arrests were made through collaboration of the two departments.

For the Sheriff’s Department, these statistics have increased since 2013, when the department made 61 drug arrests, resulting in 58 felonies and 54 misdemeanors. Sheriff Land said that these cases have been one of the department’s main tasks, but he has no “good” answer for why there was an increase over the last year.

Posted on 2015 Jan 20
NM church to present musical

The cast of the Manchester Church of the Brethren’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar.” Performances will be on Jan. 23 and Jan. 24 at the church. (Photo provided)

By The Paper Staff

NORTH MANCHESTER – The Manchester Church of the Brethren Youth Group will perform the rock opera, “Jesus Christ Superstar” at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 and Jan. 24 in the church’s sanctuary.

Both performances will be preceded by a dessert buffet from 6 to 6:45 p.m. 

Posted on 2015 Jan 20
Local storeowners partner up to hold Prom Style Show

The Prom Style Show, host by Ellen’s, will be a one-stop-shopping experience for local high school students this prom season. (Photo by Emma Rausch)

By Emma Rausch

On Sunday Jan. 25, Ellen’s Dress to Impress, in partnership with Marelli’s and Bash Boutique, presents the Prom Style Show, a vendor showcase and fashion show where prom-goers and parents can reserve all of their prom preparations and dressing needs. Doors will open at 2 p.m. with the fashion show starting at 2:20 p.m.

Models will be wearing three different styles of Ellen’s dresses and Marelli’s corsages and boutonnieres. Two male models will escort the girls down the runway in the latest trends in men’s prom attire. Leah Hines of Leah’s Cakery & Confections will be providing assorted desserts for sampling. Attending patrons also have the chance to win a variety of door prizes that will assist with prom preparation and dressing.

“You’ve seen [fashion shows] in bigger cities, and I just think ‘why not Wabash,’” said Lisa Downs, owner of Ellen’s. “We want the girls to shop local, so why not show them what they can get local. It’s just been fun to join with downtown businesses and kind of form that synergy. We keep preaching to all these kids, ‘You don’t have to leave town,’ but we need to show them what’s available.”

Downs said she hopes to show the local high school girls the one-stop prom shopping opportunities in Wabash.

Posted on 2015 Jan 20
Dumpster Drummers make music from garbage at Southwood Elementary

THE DUMPSTER DRUMMERS, Larry, Doug, and Brandon, play their opening act for hundreds of students in the Southwood Elementary School gymnasium on Thursday, Jan. 15. Dumpster Drummers use music and comedy to teach students about recycling and reusing items that would otherwise go in the landfill. (photo by Eric Stearley)

by Eric Stearley

On Thursday, Jan. 15, Southwood Elementary School students hosted three special guests during a convocation about recycling. Dumpster Drummers, based out of Fort Wayne, brought its informative, musical, and often comical performance to the school gymnasium.

“Manchester College used to always come down for a week and do recycling classes, and then they lost their funding, so when I saw that, I thought, ‘Well, we could have them come in,” said Librarian Brenda Hegel, who coordinated the event. “Then I do recycling lessons the following week to reinforce what they did and go through what we recycle in Wabash through lessons, and I usually try to find some games that we can do.”

Posted on 2015 Jan 20
Filings continue for municipal elections

Democrat mayoral candidate Bob Mullett fills out paperwork at the Wabash County Clerk’s office Friday while Deputy Clerk Teresa Ehret looks on. Joining Mullett at the filing was his wife, Jeni, and his father, Michael Mullett. (Photo by Joseph Slacian)

by Joseph Slacian

There will be a Primary Election in the City of Wabash.

Bob Mullett, as expected, filed his candidacy papers on Friday, seeking the Democrat nomination for mayor. Mullett, the city’s fire chief, will face City Council Member Margaret “Boo” Salb in the May 5 Primary.

“We’re getting ready to get a good start on it,” Mullett told The Paper following the filing. 

Posted on 2015 Jan 20
MCS board elects officers

Flack tabbed as president, Krouse as vice president

By Shaun Tilghman
North Manchester News-Journal

NORTH MANCHESTER - The Manchester Community Schools (MCS) Board elected officers, designated corporation appointments, and discussed board members’ compensation during its meeting on Tuesday as part of the annual school board reorganization.

Corporation Attorney Al Schlitt began the reorganization activities by swearing in the recently elected board members – Brady Burgess, Sally Krouse, Tim McLaughlin, Brian Schilling, and Dr. Nate Trump.

When it came time for the election of officers, members of the board voted unanimously in favor of Trump retaining his position as secretary, while Steve Flack and Krouse switched roles, with the former elected president and the latter vice president, respectively.

Posted on 2015 Jan 20
Social media can be used productively, forum attendees told

by Joseph Slacian

Brock Rose has a simple question one should ask themselves before posting something on social media: Is this something I would want my grandmother to see?

Rose, a self-proclaimed social media non-expert, spoke Friday, Jan. 16, during a Youth Worker Cafe sponsored by the Indiana Youth Institute, the Purdue Extension Office in Wabash County and the Community Foundation of Wabash County.

He spoke to about 30 individuals  -- educators, social workers, parents and others from Wabash and Miami counties -- at the event, which took place at the Heartland REMC community room.

Posted on 2015 Jan 20

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