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Shepherd's Chevrolet sponsors National FFA scholarship

Shepherd's Chevrolet in North Manchester sponsored three National FFA scholarships for $1,000 each. Lindzy Shepherd (left) and Tyler Shepherd (right), both of Shepherd’s Chevrolet, pose with scholarship recipients (second from left) Northfield’s Jacob Schuler and Manchester’s Hallie Sorg and Audrey Wilcox. Photo by Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Two Manchester High School graduates and one Northfield High School graduates received help with their college funds, thanks to Shepherd's Chevrolet sponsoring a national FFA scholarship.

Manchester’s Audrey Wilcox and Hallie Sorg, and Northfield’s Jacob Schuler all received $1,000 scholarships through the National FFA Organization, sponsored by Shepherd's Chevrolet in North Manchester.

Posted on 2017 Jun 27
Commissioners hear jail report
By David Fenker
 
Last week’s jail numbers were one of only two items reported during the Monday, June 26, meeting of the Wabash County Board of Commissioners.
 
“As of this morning, I have 92 in our facility, we’re holding 41 in Miami County, eight in Elkhart County and seven in Wells County for a total of 148,” Sheriff Bob Land said.
 
Posted on 2017 Jun 27
Manchester Early Learning Center opens new facility

Past and present students of the Manchester Early Learning Center cut a paper chain ribbon, made by the current students, at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Center's new location Saturday, June 24. Photo by David Fenker

By David Fenker

NORTH MANCHESTER -- After nearly four years of fundraising phone calls, letters and presentations, Manchester Early Learning Center’s (MELC) new facility opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday, June 24.

“What a day, what a celebration, what a facility,” MELC Board President Jim Smith said, speaking to a large crowd gathered at the Center’s new location, at 705 N. Market St. in North Manchester.

Smith thanked several people and organizations, including past and present MELC board members, the North Manchester Town Council and the donors and organizations that help fund the Center.

Posted on 2017 Jun 27
Indiana House bill expands school background checks to every 5 years
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash County teachers and school employees will be required to undergo background checks every five years after a new Indiana law takes effect July 1.
 
Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Indiana House Bill 1079, which incorporates regulations for school employment and teacher licensure, into effect on April 26. The bill provides that “a school corporation, charter school or nonpublic school conduct an expanded criminal history check on each employee every five years.”
 
The same entities will also be required to conduct an expanded child protection index check on applicants no later than 60 days after the applicant’s start date. However, a school “may obtain an expanded criminal history check or expanded child protection index check at any time if the school … has reason to believe the applicant or employee is the subject of a substantiated report of child abuse or neglect or has been charged with or convicted of ... an offense requiring license revocation.”
 
Posted on 2017 Jun 27
MSD moves forward with Southwood well plans
By Emma Rausch
 
The Southwood sewer system’s well will be refurbished this year following a discussion at the MSD of Wabash County Board of Education’s meeting Tuesday night, June 13.
 
Since February, the board has explored options for updating the existing Southwood sanitary system, which runs between the high school and elementary school.
 
While the system needs to be updated in its entirety, replacing a piece at a time may be more cost effective and worthwhile in regards to time, according to Steve Holley, MSD maintenance and transportation supervisor.
 
Posted on 2017 Jun 27
Former Bulldog Battery CFO sentenced to 2 years
Thomas A. Wagner
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A Wabash man was sentenced on Monday, June 19, to two years in connection to a Bulldog Battery racketeering case.
 
Thomas A. Wagner, 60, was sentenced to four years each for felony theft and felony insurance fraud with two years suspended with probation. Terms are to be served concurrently.
 
In May, Wagner accepted a plea agreement and plead guilty to the two felonies. Seven other charges were dismissed on motion.
Posted on 2017 Jun 27
Wabash City Schools update high school, middle school student handbooks
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash City Schools Board of Education approved changes to the Wabash high school and middle school student handbooks Monday night, June 19.
 
“The student handbook is a living document,” Jeff Galley, WHS assistant principal, said. “It’s changed, it’s morphing, it represents the times that it exists in. So every year, we take a look at it and realize ‘We need to change this,’ ‘We need to come to reality with this’ and ‘Maybe we don’t necessarily need this any more.’”
 
Posted on 2017 Jun 27
State OKs funding for WRT
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash River Trail’s request for funding from the Regional Cities Initiative was approved last week by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. The IEDC announced late on the afternoon of June 12 that the WRT’s request for $941,031 was approved.
 
However, that doesn’t mean the WRT will immediately receive the funds for work on the first phase of the Lagro to Wabash portion of the trail. When the Regional Development Authority approved the funding at its April meeting, it listed with it two stipulations that WRT officials must meet before it would receive the funds.
 
One of the stipulations is that the WRT have at least two public meetings to discuss the trail and its route. It has had one of those meetings, thus far.
 
Posted on 2017 Jun 20

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