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‘The Rabbit Man’ retires after 47 years

Don “the Rabbit Man” Weaver (right) retired his title this December with plans to spend more time with his wife, Elda Mae. Weaver raised meat and show rabbits for 47 years and decided now that he’s 82-years-old, it’s a good time to retire from the trade. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Since 1970, Don Weaver of Wabash County has raised and sold rabbits for meat and show.

Located near Northfield High School, for 47 years, Weaver has created a name for himself as the “Rabbit Man.”

Now, he told The Paper of Wabash County, it’s finally time to retire the title.

Weaver initially entered the business because of his son, Ray.

Posted on 2017 Dec 26
2018 legislative session to stress jobs

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch chats with Keith Gillenwater (left), president and CEO of Grow Wabash County, and Mayor Scott Long during a recent visit to Wabash. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Indiana leaders are looking toward the 2018 legislative session with optimism, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch believes.
 
The session will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 3, in Indianapolis.
 
“Gov (Eric) Holcomb and I are looking forward to the 2018 session with great optimism,” she told The Paper of Wabash County during a recent visit to Wabash County. “I will share with you in my 12 years of experience with the Indiana General Assembly … I’ve never experienced a more collaborative, civil and cooperative session than we just went through."
 
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 26
NM library seeks donations for former staffer
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- A former North Manchester Public Library employee is in need of help this holiday season.
 
The library, located at 405 N. Market St., is taking donations for the family of Kelsey Patterson, who lost their Winona Lake home in a fire early Tuesday morning, Dec. 19.
 
According to Winona Lake Fire Department Chief Mitch Titus, the home was completely lost. The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, and the investigation has been turned over to an insurance company.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 26
Inclusive park committee nearing fundraising goal
By Joseph Slacian
 
For the past year, officials with the inclusive park committee have been concentrating on fundraising.
 
Those efforts have paid off, for as of Dec. 13, the group has raised 80 percent of the funds for the $1.7 million project. 
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 26
3 face drug, counterfeit charges

The three men charged were (photos appear in descending order) Zachariah J. Hunter, Tyrion McNair and Charles St. Clair. Photos provided

By The Paper staff

Two Fort Wayne men and one Angola man are facing drug and counterfeit charges following a Wabash Police Department traffic stop on Saturday, Dec. 16.

According to a press release provided by Cpt. Matt Benson, Wabash Police Department public information officer:

At approximately 5:35 p.m. on Saturday, Wabash Police Officer Drew Bender initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle near Vernon Street and Hale Drive. Bender alleged that the vehicle did not its headlamps on.

Posted on 2017 Dec 26
Love: The greatest gift

Emma Rausch (right) poses for a photo with her mother, Rebecca Rausch, during Christmas 2013. That holiday season Emma presented a special gift to Rebecca, who was undergoing chemotherapy treatments at the time. Photo provided

By Emma Rausch

Gifts, garland and glitter galore, Christmas creates smiles and memories each year it passes. The best holiday memories, though, typically aren’t picture perfect.

I hardly remember the gifts I received as a child or the wrapping paper or the decorations. What I do remember though were those imperfect moments that made the season memorable.

Not all of these moments were happy nor did they go as planned, but they were worth living all the same.

My favorite Christmas memory actually started the night before Halloween, on Oct. 30, 2013.

Posted on 2017 Dec 19
It's 'No': MSD board votes not to pursue CF school study

The MSD Board of Trustees discusses withdrawing from the Studies for Advancement Phase II on Tuesday, Dec. 12. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

MSD of Wabash County withdrew from the Studies for Advancement Tuesday night, Dec. 12, following an hour long discussion that concluded in a 3-2 vote in favor of withdrawing.

Specifically, the board voted in favor of a motion that withdrew the district from the Studies for Advancement Phase II and "instead take the lead to pursue an independent third-party feasibility study that includes not only consolidation but alternatives for consolidation," according to Todd Dazey, MSD board member.

Posted on 2017 Dec 19
Wabash Business Complex earns top site certification

Mayor Scott Long (second from left) and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch show off the certificate she presented the mayor during a ceremony at the Wabash Business Complex proclaiming it an Indiana Site Certified Prime. Joining in the ceremony were City Council President Doug Adams (from left), Keith Gillenwater, Grow Wabash County president and CEO, and Jodi Golden, Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs executive director. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash Business Complex is now a Prime Site Certified location.

Lt. Gov. Susan Crouch bestowed the honor on the city during a brief ceremony Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 12, in the conference room at Brodbeck Seeds.

Posted on 2017 Dec 19

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