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WCS unveils Ambassador Program

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash City Schools recently announced plans to start an Ambassador Program, which according to the school, is an engaging, year-long learning experience for select Wabash community leaders and school district parents to enjoy a deeper understanding of Wabash City Schools.


“Our vision statement is really important to us,” Superintendent Jason Callahan said. “It’s building a legacy of opportunity for all students. We think the ambassador program helps build out those opportunities for our kids.”


The program is designed to better engage the Wabash Community in the work that’s going on at Wabash City Schools, specifically around the district’s pillars of relationships, innovation, academics, wellness and safety, and global citizenship.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 18
Extension Office has events planned

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Purdue Extension educator Mindy Mayes was on hand during the Wabash County Commissioners meeting Monday morning to deliver the commissioners the Extension’s annual report and remind them of a couple of important upcoming dates.


Mayes led off the brief meeting.


Mayes said the Wabash County Fair is from July 12-20 this year, while the Extension’s farm management tour is June 27 and 28.


A handout Mayes presented showed that Wabash County 4-H increased enrollment by 3.5 percent in 2018, creating a two-year increase of 7 percent.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 18
Leckrone to conduct local concert

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

A North Manchester native and lauded college band director will return to the area for one night only to lead a local band.


Mike Leckrone recently retired from the University of Wisconsin as the Director of Marching Band and Director of Bands after 50 years at the helm. He will join the Mississinewa Valley Concert Band, a community band out of Marion, for its Patriotic Pops Concert Thursday, June 27 at Honeywell Center's Ford Theater.


Mississinewa Valley Concert Band director John Brane has been instrumental in bringing Leckrone back to the area for the concert. Brane started the community band out of Marion in 2000 after retiring from Eastbrook School Corporation.


Both from Wabash County, Leckrone and Brane both attended the Jordan College of Music of Butler University in Indianapolis where they met.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 18
Area businesses to help couple

By David Brinson
news@thepaperofwabash.com

After their wedding two years ago, Sam and Amanda Hann knew immediately they wanted to start a family. Their road to becoming parents has turned into a long, expensive adoption process, blocked with endless fees and disappointment.


However, June 20, from 5 to 8 p.m., many of Wabash’s small business owners are rallying around the Hanns by donating 10 percent of their sales to the couple.


The businesses participating in the event include Tiny Threads Children’s Boutique, Eclectic Shoppe, Wooden Ivy Boutique and Floral, Center Court Barber Shop, Bash Boutique, Nick’s Hotdog Cart, Wabash’s Pizza King and more. Prizes for donating are available, which were provided by other businesses throughout Wabash, like the Auto Laundry and Charley Creek Wine Shop.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 18
Loehmer named Hometown Media's business manager

Julie Loehmer is the new business manager for Hometown Media, Inc. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By The Paper staff

Julie Loehmer is the new business manager for Hometown Media, Inc., the parent company of The Paper of Wabash County and the North Manchester News-Journal.


“I am very fortunate to have such a high caliber and dedicated person such as Julie to head up our business department,” said Don Hurd, President and CEO of Hometown Media Inc. “As we continue to grow our company and product lines, Julie will be an integral part of our operations.


“I've been very blessed to be surrounded with so many talented team members working at Hometown Media. Julie has proven herself to be an outstanding leader for the organization.”
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 11
Roann set to make precedent for Indiana

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

ROANN – The Town of Roann is on the verge of setting a statewide precedent.


The Roann Town Council will have a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 18, to create a park that includes a portion of land where the former Roann School building once stood.


The building was razed in June 2018, thanks in part to a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) received from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) by the town and Wabash County Commissioners to demolish the building and create a green space at the site.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 11
County amends CAFO measure

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash County Commissioners passed a measure which made several amendments to the county’s confined feeding ordinance.


Commissioner Jeff Dawes explained the changes.


The amendment moves the setbacks for CAFOs in unincorporated towns, from 1,320 feet to 2,640 feet.


Also, the setback is to be 1,000 feet from public water supplies. That was amended to include on-site water wells.


All confined feeding structures must be a minimum 1,320 feet from any residence or non-agricultural business under the amended ordinance.


Also, screening or landscaping barriers shall be required at all new CAFO structures.


The commissioners approved the amended ordinance, suspended the rules, and approved it again on second reading.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 11
Roann group receives Main Street certificate

Roann Heritage Group members (from left) Barb Burge, Jerry Nelson, JoEllen Nelson and Kathie Grandstaff, accept the Main Street certificate from Andrea Kern, a representative from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.. Photo by Joseph Slacian. 

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

ROANN – The Town of Roann is now an official Main Street member.


The town received notification in February that it had been approved for the program. Representatives from the Roann Community Heritage Group accepted a certificate indicating its membership in the organization on Monday, June 3, from Andrea Kern, a representative from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs.


Indiana Main Street encourages community driven revitalization of downtown areas in Indiana cities and towns, according to the OCRA web page.


Kern, who is on OCRA’s regional field staff, explained that the regional staff works to connect the local communities with the programs available statewide through OCRA and other agencies.


“We like to say we’re the front door to state government,” she said. “I don’t do a whole lot with Fort Wayne in my region, but pretty much everywhere else is considered rural.”

Posted on 2019 Jun 11

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