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City, county to provide CVB additional funds
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash County Commissioners and the City of Wabash are joining forces to provide $75,000 to the Wabash County Convention and Visitors Bureau this year.
 
At April’s Wabash County Council meeting, CVB Director Christine Flohr asked for and received permission to seek an additional appropriation from the commissioners for this year.
 
Mayor Scott Long, at the May 16 Commissioners meeting, announced the city would join the county in providing $37,500 each from their respective County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) funds.
 
“We’ll look to see how that funding could possibly be split for 2017 when I submit the budget for the full calendar year for the expansion of services plan,” Flohr told The Paper of Wabash County.
 
Posted on 2016 May 24
Locals send Wabash care package to Silverton
By Joseph Slacian
 
While the competition was fierce, the new friendship built between residents of Wabash and Silverton, Ore., isn’t.
 
Several local residents downtown business owners have reached out to their counterparts in Silverton, many ordering various wares from the businesses there.
 
Wabash and Silverton were competing for the top prize in the Deluxe Corporation’s Small Business Revolution Main Street competition. Wabash won and will receive $500,000 in goods and services for its small businesses.
 
Posted on 2016 May 24
Ivy Tech names Ellspermann new president
Dr. Sue Ellspermann was the keynote speaker at the 51st annual Heartland Career Center Certificate Presentation and Career Excellence Recognition ceremony on Wednesday, May 18. Ellspermann was named president of Ivy Tech Community College just hours prior to her speech. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Former Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann was named the new president of Ivy Tech Community College on Wednesday, May 18.
 
Ellspermann served as lieutenant governor from 2012 to March 2, 2016, when she announced her resignation to pursue the community college’s presidency.
 
On Wednesday afternoon, Ivy Tech Community College trustees voted 11-0 to appoint Ellspermann starting July 1.
 
Posted on 2016 May 24
Heartland Career Center recognizes certified senior class
Jay Morris and Brian Evans (from left) shake hands with senior Jospehine Marchetti as they present her with a certificate in Entrepreneurship and New Ventures. More than 100 seniors were presented certificates at the Heartland Career Center’s 51st Certificate Presentation and Career Excellence Recognition ceremony on Wednesday, May 18. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Heartland Career Center honored more than 100 seniors Wednesday night, May 18, at its 51st Anniversary of the Certificate Presentation and Career Excellence Recognition.
 
Students in the 2016 graduating class earned certificates in professions including automotive collision repair, automotive service technology, construction technology, cosmetology, criminal justice, culinary arts and hospitality management, diesel service technology, early childhood education, electronics and computer technology, entrepreneurship and new ventures, health science education, interactive media, servers and security, precision machining, and welding technology.
 
Posted on 2016 May 24
Bringing the Revolution to Life
By Amanda Brinkman
Chief Brand and Communications Officer, Deluxe Corporation
 
Now the hard work begins. 
 
For months, my colleagues and I at Deluxe Corporation anticipated the day we would announce the winner of the Small Business Revolution – Main Street contest, but we never imagined the outpouring of emotion that would erupt in the Eagles Theatre on May 12. I said it at the time – that was truly the best work day ever.
 
Watching the Wabash mini-documentary, seeing the incredible vote count and hearing from your residents just how much you love the community and how instinctively you all came together to rally the town, well, we knew that we made the right choice in making you a finalist. Yet I still have never experienced the jubilation shown when the announcement was made. It was pure, it was heartfelt and it was genuine and we loved being part of it. 
 
Posted on 2016 May 24
Local high schools inspire students with send off
Manchester High School seniors Keelan Norward (left) and Janzine Cripe (right) high-five Manchester Elementary students during the Senior Walk on Wednesday, May 18. The walk celebrated the end of the school year and the accomplishments of all the students. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Two Wabash County high schools congratulated its graduating senior class with a special send off: a trip to back to elementary school.
 
Seniors from Southwood Junior-Senior High School and Manchester Junior-Senior High School stopped by their corresponding elementary schools, Southwood Elementary and Manchester Elementary, to share high fives, hugs and congratulations with students just beginning their academic careers.
 
“We wanted the seniors to inspire our elementary students,” Southwood Principal Tim Drake told The Paper of Wabash County. “It also allowed many seniors to show their appreciation to the staff at Southwood Elementary who helped them get a good start toward graduation.”
 
Posted on 2016 May 24
Sheriff’s Department vehicle damaged in Peru police chase
By The Paper staff
 
PERU – A police chase in Miami County on Monday, May 16, traveled across the Wabash County line and resulted in a collision with an unoccupied Wabash County Sheriff’s Department vehicle.
 
At approximately 1:50 p.m., the Miami County Central Dispatch received a call of a 17-year-old suicidal male who had left a residence in the Oakdale area of Peru.
 
The male was possibly en route to Seven Pillars along State Road 124 and was also possibly in possession of a handgun, according to a Peru Police Department press release.
 
Posted on 2016 May 24
Traffic stop leads to two arrests
Trevor Miller
 
By The Paper staff
 
Two Wabash men are facing drug-related charges after the vehicle in which they were riding was stopped for having just one headlight.
 
The driver, Trevor Miller, 20, Wabash, was preliminarily charged with unlawful possession of 60 syringes, possession of a narcotic drug, possession of Methamphetamine, O.W.I with a controlled substance, possession of Paraphernalia, and resisting law enforcement. 
 
His passenger, Evan M. Schlemmer, 20, was preliminarily charged with possession of a hypodermic needle.
 
Posted on 2016 May 24

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