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Munn sentencing set for July w24

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

Mikayla Munn, a former Manchester University student charged in connection with the death of her infant child, will be sentenced Tuesday, July 24.


The sentencing hearing date change is the result of a June 27 hearing, in which Wabash County Circuit Court Judge Robert McCallen III accepted Munn's guilty plea and reset the sentencing hearing date.


Munn pleaded guilty to one count of neglect of a dependent as a level three felony Monday, June 4. She originally faced charges of murder and neglect of a dependent as a level one felony.


According to the plea agreement, Munn waived her right to appeal the court's decision regarding her sentence, and faces a maximum sentence of 16 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
 

Posted on 2018 Jul 03
NM resident owns flag from 1812

Dennis Haller holds up an 1812 flag hig family has owned for generations. Haller has been offered as much as $250,000 for the heirloom. Photo by Josh Sigler

By Josh Sigler

 

jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

NORTH MANCHESTER – Dennis Haller seems like an ordinary man, living out his years in a small-town, Main Street fashion.
But, tucked away in his house is a secret which is very old and possibly very valuable.


Haller has in his possession a war flag from the Texas secession from Mexico in 1812, making the flag well over 200 years old.

Posted on 2018 Jul 03
Bass players from across U.S. flock to Wabash

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Nine double bass students from around the country were in Wabash last week, participating in the 11th annual Wabass Institute.


The students gathered Monday through Thursday to receive group and individual instruction from three of the premiere bass players in the world, Harold Robinson, Eric Larson and Ranaan Meyer. On Friday evening, the group performed in a recital at the Honeywell Center.


“Things are amazing,” Meyer, the institute’s artistic director, told The Paper of Wabash County during a break in the instructions. “Every year we say the same thing. It sounds redundant, but it just always seems like it’s better than the last year.

Posted on 2018 Jul 03
Shutz brothers closing doors after 72 years

Mitch Shutz shows off a piiece of leather in the Schutz Brothers workshop. Photo By Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen
Echristiansen@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- A staple in the North Manchester community has closed its doors after 72 years in business.


Located at 1604 East St., just north of State Road 13 in North Manchester, Schutz Brothers has been a family business that has made an impact in every state in the country and in at least 15 countries around the world.


Owner Mitch Schutz said that it was time to move on to the next stage of his life.


“I'll miss the people the most that we've met over the years … the people we've sold to, the vendors,” he said. “I've realized how much I've learned over the years. It's a unique industry, and it's been good to us.


“We've met some of the best horsemen from all over the world who have endorsed our stuff, and I call them my friends.”
Founded in 1946, Schutz Brothers specialized as manufacturers and wholesalers of horse tack, high-end leather, and tack and training equipment.
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 26
Northfield choir performance to be feature on PBS

Northfield students practice for their performance of A Family Portrait, which will air on PBS 39 on Sunday, July 8 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and again on August 26 from 1-2 p.m. Photo provided. 

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Northfield High School’s A Capella and Treble choirs spent the fall and winter practicing for a 200-voice joint performance with Warsaw High School, Fairfield High School and Manchester University.


Now, they’ll be able to see the fruits of their labor, as the performance will be broadcast on PBS 39 on Sunday, July 8, from 2:30  to 3:30 p.m. and again on Sunday, Aug, 26 from 1-2 p.m.


Northfield Jr. Sr. High School director of vocal music Mark Nevil was asked by Dr. Debra Lynn, the choral conductor at Manchester University to participate with his choirs in a combined performance of a work she had written.


The work, “A Family Portrait,” is based on a series of letters between a family and their family member, a civil war soldier.


“She set several to music, and decided to create work for orchestra, soloists and choir,” Nevil said. “We have collaborated with her on several different occasions – three times at least before with her and Manchester Symphony. So, she knew the quality of our program and that we would be able to handle the repertoire and perform it accurately.”
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 26
Miller resigns from O.J. Neighbors

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash City Schools board accepted the resignation of O.J. Neighbours Elementary School Principal Danielle Miller at its Monday, June 18 meeting.


Miller was named the new principal at North Miami Elementary School earlier in the month.


"Danielle and I have worked together for a long time now," Superintendent Jason Callahan said. "I worked as a colleague with her. I came here 13 years ago. So, I've known Danielle as long as I've been at Wabash City Schools. It was difficult, but it's also bittersweet because Danielle is not just an employee. She's a friend. This is good for her family, so I am happy for that."


Wabash City Schools already has Miller’s replacement lined up.


Emily Tracy had been named O.J. Neighbours’ assistant principal for the 2018-19 school year, but will now move into the principal’s position.


Tracy had been an administrator in the Madison Grant School system but has children in the Wabash City Schools system.
"Emily is a highly committed educator," Callahan said. "She's been an administrator for nearly a decade, in either elementary or middle school education. She is, just like Danielle, very strong in curriculum and instructional leadership, She is highly committed to the community. Commitment to this community is very important to the DNA of Wabash City Schools."
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 26
County signs morgue agreement with Grandstaff-Hentgen

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

With the upcoming closing of the old Parkview Wabash Hospital facility, the county's morgue is in need of a new home.
As a temporary fix, the county commissioners signed a memorandum of understanding with Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service Monday, June 25. County Attorney Steve Downs originally presented the memorandum at the commissioners' June 18 meeting.


“You're aware that the hospital is closing the morgue at the end of the month, and arrangements have been made with Grandstaff-Hentgen to store and autopsy bodies at their facility,” Downs said at the June 18 meeting … that will be effective when the morgue closes in the hospital, and will last until we find a permanent replacement location for the morgue.”


Per the memorandum, the county will pay Grandstaff-Hentgen $400 for a body stored and autopsied at the funeral service's Manchester Avenue location in Wabash. Bodies stored but not autopsied will incur a $200 per body cost.
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 26
Local agencies stress firework safety as July 4 nears

Matt Cressell of Boomers Fireworks rearranges a display on Friday, June 22. With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, authorities are preaching firework safety to prevent as many injuries as possible. Photo By Josh Sigler

By Josh Sigler

jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

While children and adults are out enjoying firework displays this season, the Wabash City Fire Department is asking the public to err on the side of caution to promote safety, prevent structure fires and limit injuries.


Firefighter Carl Hall says the most important aspect to discharging fireworks is to promote adult supervision for any children using fireworks.


People should keep their fireworks in a cool, dry place away from flames to prevent accidental ignition.


“Always make sure there is enough space for the fireworks,” Hall said. “In case something goes wrong, everyone will be a safe distance away.”


Fireworks should never be launched in a crowded area, nor should they be used indoors.


The fire department puts out public service announcements throughout the year to keep patrons up to speed on firework safety.


“Firework season seems to be so broad,” Hall said. “I’ve seen them used on New Year’s Eve, as well. There are laws that specifically spell out the time you can do fireworks – the time of the day and the time you have to quit.”
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 26

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