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Local Special Olympians to compete in State Games

An athlete takes his turn competing in the softball throw in the Special Olympics meet at Wabash High School on May 11. Photo by Josh Sigler

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Thirty-five athletes from the Wabash County Special Olympics will be headed to Terre Haute this weekend to participate in and celebrate the 50th anniversary of Special Olympics Indiana’s summer games.


The games will be June 7-9 at Indiana State University and Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.


The local athletes will participate in numerous running events, as well as shot put and bocce ball, according to coaches Katelin Lloyd and Doug Adams. In addition, athletes from around Indiana will participate in volleyball, bowling and swimming.


Special Olympics Indiana was founded in June 1969, one year after the inaugural Special Olympics International Games in Chicago. The program uses year-round sport, health, education and leadership programs to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 04
Summer food programs now underway

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Summer food programs will be available at eight sites around Wabash County from June 3 through July 19.


Three of the eight sites will offer both breakfast and lunch, while seven will offer lunch and one will offer supper.


Locations, hours and offerings are as follows:


Wabash Middle School, 150 Colerain St., Wabash: Breakfast 7:45-9 a.m.; Lunch 11 a.m.-1 p.m.


O.J. Neighbours Elementary School, 1545 N. Wabash St., Wabash: Breakfast 8-9 a.m.; Lunch 11 a.m.-Noon.


Wabash County YMCA, 500 S. Cass St., Wabash: Breakfast 9-10 a.m.; Lunch 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Fire Station Park, 1470 Vernon St., Wabash: Lunch 11:55 a.m.-12:15 p.m.


Living Faith Church, 242 S. Huntington St., Wabash: Lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Roann United Methodist Church, Adams & Arnold streets, Roann: Lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


LaFontaine United Methodist Church, 2 W. Kendall St., LaFontaine: Lunch 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.


Access Youth Center, 74 W. Canal St., Wabash: Supper 3:45-5 p.m.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 04
ARC makes budget request

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Arc of Wabash County CEO Jeff Patton was on hand at the Tuesday, May 28, Wabash County Commissioners meeting to make a 2020 budget request.


Patton asked for a 5 percent increase in the annual request, for the amount of $71,662.


The Commissioners explained that they will take the request to the County Council during budget hearings for approval.
Living Well in Wabash County CEO Beverly Ferry was also on hand, to present documents related to the 5311 Public Transportation Grant for signature.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 04
Rain slows planting season

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Farmers in this area normally start getting into fields to plant their crops in the middle of April to late April.


But, due to the copious amounts of rain that has fallen in North Central Indiana this spring, farmers have been able to do only a minute amount of planting so far this season.


“They’ve planted up around the Eel River where we have some sandy ground,” said Curt Campbell, Wabash County Purdue Extension educator. “I’m guessing, less than 5 percent of the ground has been planted. We normally, by this time of this time of the year, are wrapping things up for corn.”
 

Posted on 2019 May 28
City Schools has hearing on building projects

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash City Schools held a public preliminary determination hearing Monday night to unveil its plan for building projects that it plans to undertake in the near future.


Superintendent Jason Callahan explained that there were three total projects, including an expansion of the L.H. Carpenter Center, a high school-middle school connection project which will include upgrades to Coolman Gymnasium and Alumni Field, as well as maintenance projects throughout the district.


Brian Bolander of Barton Coe Vilamaa was on hand to explain the projects.
 

Posted on 2019 May 28
Curt's Barber Shop welcomes new barber

Carrie Leach

By Josh Sigler

jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash has a new barber, but she’s not all that new to the area.
Carrie Leach recently began cutting hair at Curt’s Barber Shop after several stops at other places.


Leach was raised in Wabash, and got her licensing at Heartland Career Center.


She’s been cutting hair since 1997.


Her mother and father were both school teachers here.
“So, I know pretty much everybody,” Leach said.
 

Posted on 2019 May 28
Raising awareness

Carson McKee rings a bell at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, signifying the Food & Drug Administration's approval of the experimental drug he was on to combat his cystic fibrosis. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Like any set of parents, Heather and Jarrod McKee like to hear others compliment their three children. When it comes to their middle son, Carson, they especially like to hear one thing – “You would never know.”


Carson was born in November 2013. He was just two weeks old that the family learned he had cystic fibrosis (CF).


“I went in for his one-week height and weight check, and they said his newborn screen came back abnormal,” Heather said. “So then a couple days after that we were mailed a package in the mail that said he had cystic fibrosis, even though we were still under the impression that maybe he was just a carrier.
“At two weeks, we went to Fort Wayne and they did a sweat test to confirm that he had cystic fibrosis.”


CF causes thick mucus to build up in the lungs which, over time, leads to sinus issues, difficult food digestion and could eventually cause permanent lung damage due to constant infections.
 

Posted on 2019 May 21
Groups plan Memorial Day services

By The Paper staff

Memorial Day Services will take place Monday, May 27, 2019.


These services are open to the public and are conducted by the veterans’ organizations of Wabash County and their associated auxiliaries.


The members of the Veterans Organizations will begin the day with a ceremony at the Carroll Street Bridge honoring those who have died in maritime service. There will also be a dedication service at the Wabash Courthouse War Memorial. The public is invited and encouraged to participate in all events.


The Carrol Street Bridge ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m.


The Courthouse ceremony will begin at 10 a.m.


 

Posted on 2019 May 21

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