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Feature film to be produced in Wabash County

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A feature film is scheduled to be filmed in downtown Wabash and other sites around the county in early October.


Skyler Lawson, a Southwood High School graduate and up-and-coming movie producer, plans to film the period piece “Whelm” from Oct. 8-Oct. 22.


The film is a 1933 Depression era film that’s a gangster film about a small-town family that gets tangled between a legendary gangster and another criminal, Lawson told The Paper of Wabash County. Two brothers who have trouble connecting with one another try to avenge their father’s being caught in the crossfire of a heist and, in the end, are drawn together.
 

Posted on 2018 Sep 11
Deputy to retire

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash County Sheriff’s Department is losing a longtime deputy.


Deputy Ron Nordman has submitted a retirement letter from the department, effective Oct. 6, Sheriff Bob Land informed Wabash County Commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 4.


In addition, a jail officer retired effective Aug. 31, Land also informed Commissioners.


“That would put us a total of six down right now, due to academy and medical leave,” Land said.
 

Posted on 2018 Sep 11
Converse Library to celebrate 100th anniversary

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

CONVERSE -- The Converse Jackson Township Public Library is turning 100, and a grand celebration is in store.


The library is hosting a Black Tie Gala banquet and fundraiser Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018 from 7-10 p.m. at the Roseburg Event Center, located at 2983 W. 38th St. in Marion to celebrate the libraries heritage.


“It’s a pretty big accomplishment,” Library Director Andy Horner said. “Especially in a small town like Converse. To have any library at all is great. And, to have a wonderful Carnegie Library that’s lasted 100 years, that’s a pretty big accomplishment. We’re pretty pleased that we’ve been able to do it.”


 

Posted on 2018 Sep 11
Riders brave weather for Dam to Dam ride

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Riders from 16 states and one foreign country braved strong winds, cool temperatures and a rainy morning to participate in the ninth annual Dam to Dam Century Ride.


Bike enthusiasts began leaving the Wabash County YMCA shortly before 8 a.m., destined to ride either 15, 30, 50, 62, 80 or 104 miles around Wabash County. There were 565 riders registered for the event, though not all participated. Some opted out because of the weather conditions.
 

Posted on 2018 Sep 11
Presbyterian School going to all-day format

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash Presbyterian Church Pastor Jonathan Cornell recently announced that the Church’s school, the Presbyterian School, will begin offering an all-day option for parents of local children.


Two years ago, the board of the Presbyterian Preschool realized that to continue to serve the families of Wabash well, it would need to change. Having served the community for over five decades is important, but resting on its laurels would not help it meet the shifting needs of an emerging community.


Beginning with a full curriculum review – complete with a new vision and new name – the Presbyterian school was reborn.
 

Posted on 2018 Sep 11
WCS establishes new funds

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash City Schools’ budget, which will be put under the microscope by the Wabash City Council and School Board in the coming weeks, will have a much different structure to it this time around due to state mandates.


Chief Business Officer Matt Stone laid out the changes and what they mean at the Tuesday, Sept. 4 school board meeting.
The General Fund is no more. Additionally, there is no more Capital Projects Fund, Transportation Fund or Bus Replacement Fund.


Capital Projects, Bus Replacement and Transportation, along with some of what used to be in the General Fund will now be in what’s called the Operations Fund.


About 80 percent of what used to be the General Fund will now make up the Education Fund.
 

Posted on 2018 Sep 11
Rain causes problems at Covered Bridge Festival

Visitors to the Roann Covered Bridge Festival don't let a wet Saturday afternoon stop them from having fun. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

ROANN -- Rain wreaked havoc on the Roann Covered Bridge Festival over the weekend, with several main attractions having to be canceled due to the steady fall of precipitation Friday and Saturday.


The parade, both tractor pulls, and mud volleyball were among the popular events that had to be cancelled over the weekend due to the weather.


“I think we did pretty well for what we could do,” festival coordinator Donna Harman said. “You just have to make due with what you can for the weather. We are thankful it wasn’t a washout. We didn’t have storms. The sun was shining some place. I was amazed at the people that did come even with the rain.”
 

Posted on 2018 Sep 11
Roann festival to begin Thursday

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

ROANN – The theme for the 2018 Roann Covered Bridge Festival came together seamlessly for festival coordinator Donna Harmon.


She heard of a Beach Boys tribute group named Sounds of Summer through the local Chevy Club. The band was at the national Chevy Convention last year, and Harmon heard nothing but rave reviews about them.


Then, at the Kunkel Cruise-In she saw a little Volkswagen with surfboards and umbrellas sticking out of it.


“It was painted with palm trees and the sunset,” Harmon said. “He’s from Fort Wayne and he’s going to come be in our parade. I asked him if he’d park his car up near the stage on the night the Beach Boys group plays.”
 

Posted on 2018 Sep 04

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