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GOP wins contested race in NM, Wabash

Republicans John Burnsworth and Bryan Dillon were elected Tuesday, Nov. 5, to fill the two Wabash City Council at-large seats.

The two received the highest number of votes in the three-candidate field.

Burnsworth received 496 votes, while Dillon received 401 votes and Democrat Dan Townsend received 261 votes.

The City Council at-large race was the only contested race in the city in the 2019 Municipal General Election, and one of just three contested races in all of Wabash County.

In the other contested races, Laura Rager defeated Kevin Shambarger, 312-172, in the North Manchester Town Council District 1 race. Meanwhile, Tom Dale defeated Michael J. Larson, 330-150, in the NM Town Council District 3 race.

Rager and Dale are Republicans, while Larson and Shambarger ran as Independents.

Posted on 2019 Nov 12
Elks, The Paper to host veterans' dinner

The Paper of Wabash County, in conjunction with the Wabash Elks Lodge No.471, will host a free spaghetti dinner for Wabash County veterans and active duty personnel on Monday, Nov. 11.

The dinner will be from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 225 W. Main St., Wabash.

Veterans’ families may accompany them for the dinner. Organizers are asking for a free-will donation for non-veterans. That money will be donated to the Elks Veteran Service Program.

“We are very happy to partner with the local Elks Lodge to provide this free dinner to honor veterans,” Hometown Media President Don Hurd said. “We at The Paper feel it is very important to honor those who served to protect our freedom.

Posted on 2019 Nov 05
Neighbours students celebrate Red Ribbon Week

Looks of awe and excitement flooded the faces of elementary students at O.J. Neighbours Elementary School on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 31 as they entered the school to find police officers, fire fighters, and Elroy the Elk greeting them with hugs, ribbons, stickers and bookmarks.

The purpose of this special morning greeting for the students was to raise awareness about drugs, encourage them to make good decisions, and to feel comfortable around law enforcement and let them know that they are there to help.

This year marked the second year that the Wabash Elks No. 471 put together this event.

Spearheading the plans was Susie Keffaber, Wabash Elks Drug Awareness chair.

“This week is Red Ribbon week, so we just want to raise extra drug awareness in the community,” she told The Paper of Wabash County.

Posted on 2019 Nov 05
Museum unveils new permanent exhibit

About a dozen people were on hand Friday afternoon when officials from the Wabash County Historical Museum unveiled its new, permanent exhibit: “Faces of Change.”

The exhibit, located on the museum’s second floor, features 18 local individuals who have influenced change in rural America. It is sponsored by Midwest Eye Consultants in partnership with Indiana Humanities and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The museum was awarded a grant to host a local program exploring themes from a traveling Smithsonian exhibit called “Crossroads: A Change in Rural America.” The grant allowed officials to design a local program based on the Smithsonian theme.

“We were able to design a program based on change in rural America, and we were able to put a Wabash County spin on it,” Museum President and CEO Mitch Figert said during the ceremony.

When compiling the exhibit, he said, museum officials wanted to incorporate residents from throughout Wabash County.

“We wanted people that influenced change throughout Wabash County and in a variety of ways,” Figert said. “They’re not all deceased. Some of these people are still influencing change today.”

Posted on 2019 Nov 05
Coats for Kids drive underway

Since 1991, Helping Hands of Wabash County has been working hard to serve the people of Wabash.

This volunteer organization has many different services to offer the less fortunate in the community such as a thrift store, meal services, food pantry, coats for kids, free haircuts and a gardening program, along with other services.

Currently, Helping Hands in conducting it’s Coats for Kids program.

Coats for Kids is done each fall and serves an average of 200 people a year. Children who qualify receive five pairs of underwear, five pairs of socks, a hat, gloves and a coat. All of those items are bought new with funds raised by the Helping Hands thrift store. All people who work within Helping Hands are unpaid volunteers which helps to supplement these funds.
In order for children to qualify for this generous gift, they must attend school within Wabash County and be between two years old to a high school senior.

To sign up for this service, a form, found at the front desk of Helping Hands thrift store needs to be filled out and turned in along with proof of registration at a Wabash County school.

Posted on 2019 Nov 05
Mochrie, Sherwood returning to Wabash

For those attending Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood’s eighth performance at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater, there’s no need to worry.

They promise the show, on Friday, Nov. 8, will be totally different than their first seven visits to the Center. That’s because, they proudly boast, no two shows are alike.

“We’re bringing audience members up, and we’re getting different suggestions and new suggestions every single night,” 

Sherwood told The Paper of Wabash County in a recent telephone interview. “We’re asking for them in a myriad of ways so that we don’t get the same suggestion twice.

“What we’ve been doing for the last few years, is we have these generic cards that have weird ways of asking for all sorts of different things. We shuffle them up and have an audience member randomly pick one. So it’s like a one in 15 chance that we’ll be even asking the same question for the same game twice. And then, the way the card is worded that it’s so obtuse that it’s almost one in a hundred that you’re ever going to get the same suggestion from the audience. So, it’s literally one in a thousand, on any particular game, that we would ever get the same suggestion twice.”

Posted on 2019 Nov 05
Group seeks names of vets for quilts

The Quilt of Honor quilters are seeking the names and addresses of veterans to invite to the Veterans Luncheon which will be Friday, Nov. 8 at 11:30 a.m. at Bachelor Creek Church of Christ.
During this luncheon, veterans will be provided a meal and then recognized and thanked by receiving a quilt made by the Quilt of Honor quilters. Veterans that have already received a quilt in past years are still very much welcomed and will receive a different gift to show appreciation for their sacrifice.

Posted on 2019 Oct 30
MAXSTRONG to concentrate on toughening laws

With the trial of Alyssa Shepherd completed, officials at the MAXSTRONG Foundation will turn attention to fighting to continue strengthening the state’s school bus stop laws.

The Foundation – named for twin brothers Mason and Xavier Ingle and their older sister, Alivia Stahl – is dedicated to improving safety for all children that ride buses around Indiana. The three siblings were killed and a fourth, Maverik Lowe, was critically injured, on Oct. 30, 2018, after being struck by Shepherd’s vehicle as they were crossing State Road 25 to board the school bus.

Shepherd was found guilty in Fulton County Superior Court of three counts of felony reckless homicide, as well as one count of criminal recklessness and one count of driving around a school bus with the stop arm extended. Sentencing is scheduled for 1 p.m. Dec. 18.

During the last legislative session, Foundation officials worked with legislators to develop a tougher law for drivers who go around school buses when they are loading and unloading school children.

The new law went into effect on July 1. Under the measure, it requires same-side pickups and drop offs of children to prevent them from having to cross busy roads or highways to get on or off buses. It also increases penalties for violators who ignore a stopped bus.

However, MAXSTRONG officials don’t believe the measure goes far enough, and they plan to work with lawmakers to add more teeth to the law.

Posted on 2019 Oct 29

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