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Wabash High School’s graduating class off to ‘live life’
Bayli Chenoweth receives a bouquet of flowers following the Wabash High School graduation ceremony on May 31. Friends and family congratulated Chenoweth and 107 of her peers for their academic achievements immediately following the ceremony’s closing at the Honeywell Center. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
One hundred and eight students left Wabash High School for good this past weekend as the 2015 graduating class and walked toward their futures, with diplomas in hand, to “live as [they] desire.”
 
Valedictorian Kevin Dong emphasized that at the school’s graduation ceremony on Sunday May 31 in the Honeywell Center.
 
Before his peers could throw their caps in celebration of the occasion, Dong posed a question to his classmates,“…How does conforming to the expectations of others benefit you, the individual?”
Posted on 2015 Jun 02
County workers may receive pay raise
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash County employees could receive their first pay raise in several years next year.
 
On Monday, Wabash County Commissioners approved recommending to the Wabash County Council to allow up to 3 percent pay raises for workers. 
 
However, Commissioner Barry Eppley told The Paper of Wabash County, that the action doesn’t guarantee any raises, just yet.
Posted on 2015 Jun 02
City Council OKs Harvey’s compliance report
By Joseph Slacian
 
Harvey Industries was found to be compliant with terms spelled out in the tax abatement it received from the City of Wabash.
 
Firms receiving abatements are required to appear before the council annually to show they are in compliance with the terms. The council voted 5-0 that it was in compliance.
 
The vote came after testimony from Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County, that the firm was in compliance, in spite of the fact that it has been undergoing some economic woes in recent months.
Posted on 2015 Jun 02
To Malawi on a mission - Local family plans move to Africa to assist in farming and serve God
The Carrothers family is moving from rural Wabash to Malawi to spread the gospel and assist a Harvest Hope Home with sustainable farming practices. (Second row, from left) Austin Carrothers and his wife Sarah will be relocating to the African country with their three children (first row, from left) Jayden, 7, Allis, 6, and Wyatt, 3. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A local family from rural Wabash County is moving to Malawi, Africa, to spread the seed of agriculture and God.
 
As early as June 1, Austin Carrothers, his wife Sarah, and three children Jayden, 7, Allis, 6, and Wyatt, 3, will be leaving behind their friends, family, home, and luxuries, such as electricity, to serve God and help develop sustainable farming in the bush region of Malawi.
 
The family, in conjunction with Gospelink, will be assisting Harvest Hope Homes, housing facilities that help children left behind by their families for various reasons, such as lack of food or medical complications.
Posted on 2015 Jun 02
Weekley distinguished as shooter
Jessica Weekley loads several rounds into her 1873 Winchester replica rifle. Safety glasses and ear protection are worn by both attendees and competitors during SASS competitions. Photo by Adam Smith
 
By Adam B. Smith
 
Annie get your gun, because Jessica Weekley is looking for a shootout.
 
The Cimarron Firearms Company selected Jessica, an eighth grader at Southwood Junior-Senior High School, to join the 2015 group of Cimarron and Pietta’s Young Guns program. The program selects six high-achieving students ages 13-18 from across the U.S. who regularly participate in their local Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) clubs.
 
Jessica began participating in 4-H Club shooting sports in 2011, and she said she heard about SASS, an organization that practices cowboy action shooting, through some of her fellow 4-H’ers.
Posted on 2015 Jun 02
County OKs bids for bridge work
By Joseph Slacian
 
Primco Inc. received the bid on Tuesday, May 26, for the Harrison Avenue bridge reconstruction project.
 
The work is expected to begin later this summer or possibly as late as this fall, and is expected to last about 120 days.
 
A Fort Wayne firm, Primco bid $647,290 for the project. One other firm, HIS Constructors, Indianapolis, bid $749,657.
Posted on 2015 Jun 02
A familiar taste of Italy returns to Wabash
By Emma Rausch
 
Previously local Italian restaurant Mike’s Little Italy is returning to Wabash later this week for two-night only dining event at the Wabash Elks Lodge.
 
Myrna Pavlick, the previous owner’s daughter, will be coming back to her childhood town to cook for two Little Italy nights and brining back all the town’s favorites on Throwback Thursday and Flashback Friday.
 
Posted on 2015 Jun 02
Fair's poultry show canceled by state

By Emma Rausch
emma@thepaperofwabash.com

All bird showings at the Wabash County 4-H Fair have been canceled this year as a precaution to the spread of avian influenza, according to Angela Christopher, Wabash County 4-H youth educator.

The cancellation is a result of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health’s (BOAH) ban on all public displays of birds, including shows, exhibitions, and public sales, as of May 27.

The decision was made “to protect Indiana’s poultry from potential exposure to H5 avian influenza virus,” the BOAH announced in a press release.

While virus is not dangerous to humans through poultry meat or egg consumption, it is often deadly for chickens, turkeys, exotic birds, and other fowl, according to the BOAH.

Posted on 2015 May 28

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