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The energy of the band
By Bill Barrows
 
Most of the seats at the Ford Theater in Wabash on Thursday evening for the Styx concert were empty. That is because from the first note of the opener, “Grand Illusion”, the energy created by the band kept most of the sold-out crowd on their feet all evening. 
 
Legendary guitarist and lead singer Tommy Shaw and his mates put on a terrific show that rolled through a playlist of hits from the mid-‘70s through a career that has spanned 40-plus years of constant change both in their brand and styles of music to key personnel changes.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 28
Vernon Street facility takes on new mission, new patients
Vernon Health and Rehabilitation received a name change in November after undergoing internal changes that expanded its services to birth through end-of-life care. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Vernon Health and Rehabilitation (VHR), formerly Vernon Manor Children’s Home, is now more than just a pediatrics facility. It now provides care from birth to end-of-life, according to Reneé Hamilton, community liaison.
 
“There was a need. The community needed (the expansion),” Hamilton told The Paper of Wabash County. “It wasn’t necessarily that we were looking to be the only birth to the end of life facility, but it kind of worked out that way."
Posted on 2017 Mar 28
Commissioners approve vigil on courthouse lawn
By David Fenker
 
A vigil to raise awareness for child abuse and neglect is being planned for late April. 
 
County coordinator Jim Dils presented a request on behalf of Julie Hobbs, director of the Wabash County office of the Department of Child Services, at Monday’s meeting of the county commissioners.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 28
Broken headlight leads to meth charges
Thomas A. Marcum
 
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- A broken headlight resulted in a North Manchester man being charged with possession of methamphetamine last week.
 
The man, Thomas A. Marcum, 38, of North Manchester was charged with one count of possession of methamphetamine and one count of operating a vehicle as a habitual traffic offender, both level six felonies, after being pulled over on Wednesday, March 22.
 
 
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 28
Wabash attorney’s criminal case dismissed
By Emma Rausch
 
A Wabash attorney’s criminal case was dismissed Tuesday, March 14, following a motion granted in Miami County Circuit Court.
 
John Johnston, 79, Wabash, was facing felony theft and misdemeanor conversion after he was criminally charged in November.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 28
Fibromyalgia, rheumatic illness support group forms in Wabash County
By Emma Rausch
 
A new support group is hoping to provide friendship and fellowship to area residents suffering from fibromyalgia and rheumatic illnesses.
 
Created by Wabash County women Susan Mendoza and Mary Brown, the group hopes to help build relationships between those experiencing the same ailments, Mendoza told The Paper of Wabash County.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 28
Local law enforcement, child services officials attend human trafficking seminar
By Emma Rausch
 
Human trafficking cases are a rare occurrence in Wabash County, but local officials are still on the lookout if one were to travel through the area.
 
On Wednesday, March 22, Restored Inc., an Indianapolis-based facility aimed at providing services to sex trafficking victims, hosted a seminar at Northfield High School to educate local law enforcement and child services officials on how to spot a human trafficking situation.
 
“Human trafficking is tied as the second largest and fastest growing criminal industry in the world, just behind the drug trade,” speaker Brandon Davenport said, adding that “it is a growing problem affecting youth.”
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 28
Laketon Legion hosts VA town hall
Vietnam veteran William Shull (left) receives a pin from Michael Stephens, director of the Indianapolis Regional Office of the VA. All Vietnam veterans at the town hall who had not previously received a pin in honor of their service were invited to get one. Photo by David Fenker
 
By David Fenker
 
LAKETON -- For the third year running, the Laketon American Legion Post No. 402 hosted officials from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs for a town hall last week.
 
Michael Stephens, director of the VA’s Indianapolis Regional Office, along with Debrah Kendrick and Dr. Wayne McBride, presented information and fielded questions about the services and benefits offered to veterans.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 28

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