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MCS board delays superintendent search

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Manchester Community Schools will remain with an interim superintendent for at least the next year.


The MCS board of school trustees voted 6-0, with board member Brice Bedke absent, to delay the start of its superintendent search until January 2019.

Posted on 2018 Jan 16
Quilting a way of life for Sparling

Miriam Sparling laughs at a remark in conversation while showing off some of her quilting and cross-stitching creations. The 93-year-old spends 10 hours a day on average quilting and cross-stitching. Photo by Josh Sigler

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Diane Guenin likes to surprise her 93-year-old mother Miriam Sparling.


A few weeks ago, she took her mother back to the house she was born in on Columbus Street in Wabash.
“My daddy was the first principal at Linlawn (school), but he preached too,” Miriam said, “and (Diane) took me to one of the churches he preached in east of Urbana.”


Diane chimed in: “I’m running out of things. I think, ‘What can I do for her?’”


Thursday, Jan. 11, Diane delivered another surprise, as she arranged for The Paper of Wabash County to come interview Miriam about her quilting and cross-stitching hobby.
 

Posted on 2018 Jan 16
Local stewards talk about homelessness

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Does Wabash County have a homelessness problem?

The answer to that question is often times more complex than just a simple yes or no.

According to Dale Bliss, Executive Director of Advantage Housing, it’s a multi-faceted issue because some people don’t want to be counted or discovered as homeless for various reasons. Maybe they have children and don’t want to get Child Protective Services involved. Maybe it’s because they’re a felon and don’t want to have to talk to anyone about their past.
 

Posted on 2018 Jan 16
Museum to take January Hiatus

By The Paper staff

The Wabash County Historical Museum is planning a temporary hiatus during the month of January.
The museum will be closed to the public beginning Jan. 7 and continuing through Jan. 20. It will reopen on Tuesday, Jan. 22, and resume regular operating hours.

Posted on 2018 Jan 09
Hartley to seek re-election as prosecutor

By The Paper staff

Wabash County Prosecuting Attorney William C. Hartley Jr. will seek re-election in the 2018 election.

Hartley, a Republican, graduated from Southwood High School in 1986 and served four years on active duty in the United States Army immediately following high school.  He served in airborne infantry units at Fort Clayton, Panama, and the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Ky., among other places.  He is a graduate of the Army's Jungle Warfare, Air Assault, and Light Infantry Leader schools.

Posted on 2018 Jan 09
MU Announces new Chinworth Center

By David Fenker

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Manchester University recently announced the planned construction of a new student-centered facility, beginning in May.

The 36,000-square-foot Lockie and Augustus Chinworth Center, named for MU alumnus Herb Chinworth’s parents, will be home to the College of Business, Student Financial Services and the Office of the Registrar, as well as a commuter lounge coffee bar and offices for study abroad, honors, student activities and other programs.

The $8.5 million center is anticipated to open in autumn 2019, and will be located just north of the Jo Young Switzer Center on East Street.

Posted on 2018 Jan 09
Ninja Express popular in first week

By Josh Sigler

When the co-owners of Ninja Express restaurant were looking to open a new franchise, they knew they wanted to pick a place where their fare would be unique to locals.

They also wanted a prime location for maximum exposure to traffic.

Wabash seemed to provide prime opportunities in both facets.

“There’s not really a restaurant like this in the area, said co-owner Ling Zhu. “And, the location in town is in perfect spot to be seen by customers.”

Posted on 2018 Jan 09
School Officials respond to PAC

By Joseph Slacian 

Officials from Wabash City Schools and MSD of Wabash County believe their boards acted appropriately in conducting executive sessions to discuss a feasibility study with representatives from the Community Foundation of Wabash County.

The boards met with CF officials several times under the auspices of discussing school consolidation.

Public Access Counselor Luke Britt, in response to an informal inquiry made by The Paper of Wabash County, believes that discussing the Studies for Advancement was not justifiable under the consolidation portion of the Indiana Open Door Law.
“I have reviewed the study and school consolidation is only a very small portion of the text, and only tangentially referenced,” he wrote. “It is much more a resource efficiency guide.”

Posted on 2018 Jan 09

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