Wabash native, Hollywood director returns to show film
Actress Shaina Vorspan
portrays the character "Jill" in Wabash native Brandon Walter's film "Gone Doggy Gone." Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
Brandon Walter, Wabash native turned Hollywood director, will be returning to his hometown on July 16 for a one night only presentation of his film, “Gone Doggy Gone.”
Released in 2014, the film was received nine film festival awards including the Audience Award at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival and Best Comedy at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
“If you win an audience award, to me that’s better than getting some grand prize at a film festival because that means that actual people like your movie so it must be good,” Walter told The Paper of Wabash County in a phone interview. “Those awards will help see the movie. They’ll make people say, ‘Oh I want to see that movie because it has so many awards.’”
Area avoids major flooding issues
By Emma Rausch and Joseph Slacian
Whether they are willing to admit it publicly or not, it’s a sure bet that various governmental officials are breathing a sigh of relief, now that flooding situation in Wabash County didn’t get as bad as anticipated.
Predictions last week, prior to release of water at the J.Edward Roush and the Salamonie dams, had water in Wabash coming up as high as Market Street. The release was needed as the dams were at capacity, due to more than 14 inches of rain that fell in the area in June.
Some residents in low-lying areas, especially around the Lagro area, evacuated their homes as a precaution, while Wabash officials went door to door on the city’s west side, advising residents of the potential need to evacuate.
Wabash 8-year-old starts American Girl Project
speaks to a crowd of approximately 125 at her American Girl Tea Party, an event she personally organized to help collect American Girl dolls to donate to girls in foster care. The tea party, which took place on June 25 at Wabash Friends Church, offered American Girl themed craft-making and games as well as a dessert buffet and candy bar for the children to enjoy. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Eight-year-old Davy Falder “loves” American Girl dolls and her “heart is (also) full for girls in the foster care system,” so, with the help of some friends, she created a project that connected the two.
The American Girl Project collects used American Girl dolls that are no longer played with and spruces them up before being prayed over and donated to young girls in the foster care system.
“I think American Girl dolls are cool because they are made with care and I want girls to know that they’re made with care by God, unique and valuable to him,” Davy told The Paper of Wabash County in an interview.
Agencies making requests for county funding
By Joseph Slacian
With the county’s budgeting process in the early stages, a variety of local agencies are submitting requests with the Wabash County Commissioners for funding in 2016.
Two agencies – ARC of Wabash County and Living Well in Wabash County – were present the last two weeks to submit their budget proposals.
Living Well CEO Beverly Ferry was on hand June 29 to seek a slight increase in the agency’s budget for next year.
The Lordís Table relocates to south Wabash
Pastor Roxanne Mann
stands in front of The Lord’s Table church’s new building located on Vernon Street with her husband, Mike. The nondenominational church is now welcoming new members to its congregation. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
The Lord’s Table, a “versus-by-versus” church started by Wabash County resident and pastor Roxanne Mann, is now open in its new location on Vernon Street and is accepting new members to its congregation.
Founded in 2010, the church was originally located at 31 E. Market St.
Mann told The Paper of Wabash County that, while Wabash has a variety of churches, she saw a great need in the community who want to know and learn God’s word.
State Auditor pays visit to Wabash
State Auditor Suzanne Crouch
(left) chats with County Auditor Linda Conrad during a visit to Wabash in the afternoon of Wednesday, June 24. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
State Auditor Suzanne Crouch stopped by the Wabash County Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon to pay a visit to Wabash County Auditor Linda Conrad and her staff.
The visit, Crouch said, is part of her plan to visit auditors in all 92 Indiana counties.
During her visit, she and Conrad took time to discuss various procedures in the local office.
Crouch also took a moment to stress transparency in state government, noting that all transactions of state and county funds are available online.
Honeywell Golf Course gifted AED device
By Emma Rausch
The Honeywell Golf Course is now stocked with a new automated external defibrillator (AED) after a donation made by Crossroads Bank.
The AED will allow for faster and better first aid treatment in certain scenarios that may occur on a golf course, according to Dick White, Red Cross Instructor.
“Whenever you’re dealing with the public and golfers out there like myself, older, you just never know when the situation may arise (that it’s needed),” White told The Paper of Wabash County.
Flack Farms garners attention with innovative machinery; Local farm utilizes bale conversion system
By Shaun Tilghman
One local farm family has found a way to not only be more efficient, but also to expand their operations into other markets, and it’s all thanks to some innovative equipment.
Steve and Lisa Flack, owners of Flack Farms, Inc., located at 3124W 800N, have been producing, buying, and marketing hay and straw for almost 20 years from their home in rural North Manchester. Three years ago, they took their hay production facility to the next level, with the addition of the only Steffen Systems Bale Conversion System in Indiana.
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