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City declares May as Poppy Month

Mayor Scott Long presents a proclamation making May Poppy Month in the City of Wabash to representatives from the Wabash American Legion Auxiliary. Participating in the presentation were (from left) Helena Samons, 2017 Poppy Princess Arie Holley, Maria Short, and the 1958 Poppy Princess, Susan Bonfitto (right). Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

May will be known as American Legion Poppy Month in the City of Wabash.

Mayor Scott Long on Monday night, April 24, read a proclamation during a brief City Council meeting.

The Legion was the first national organization to adopt the poppy as its flower, Long noted in the proclamation. It did so during its National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, in September 1920.

Posted on 2017 May 02
‘Appeals on Wheels’ brings state Court of Appeals case to MU
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Students at Manchester University, as well as North Manchester community members, had the opportunity to sit in on a case in the Indiana State Court of Appeals Tuesday, April 18.
 
The case, Larry C. Perry, Jr. v. State of Indiana, involved the appeal of a Fort Wayne man convicted of several counts of battery, as well as a finding that he is a habitual offender. Oral arguments for the case were heard in the upper level of MU’s Jo Young Switzer Center.
 
“Students get to witness first-hand how appellate courts operate. What most people know about courts from movies and television relates to trial courts, but appellate courts are relatively unfamiliar. Further, by asking questions of the judges once the argument ends, students have a chance to learn about legal and judicial decision making, career paths, and government in general,” Leonard Williams, MU professor of political science and dean of the College of Education and Social Sciences, said.
 
Posted on 2017 May 02
MSD Board approves Little Norse, Little Knight preschool programs

The Little Norse and Little Knights preschool program was approved by the MSD of Wabash County school board Tuesday night, April 25, and will begin Aug. 9. Photo provided

By Emma Rausch

The MSD of Wabash County Board of Education approved the Little Norse and Little Knights preschool programs for the 2017-2018 school year at its meeting Tuesday, April 25.

The programs, which will be offered at Metro North Elementary and Southwood Elementary schools, will provide local youth with learning and enrichment opportunities to better prepare the students for kindergarten, according to Janette Moore, Metro North Elementary School principal and one of the program’s spearheads.

Posted on 2017 May 02
More than 2,600 removed from local voting rolls
By Joseph Slacian
 
More than 460,000 Hoosiers have been removed from Indiana voting rolls since 2014 under a plan from the office of Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson.
 
In Wabash County, 2,664 voters have been removed from the rolls, according to Teresa Ehret, Election and Voter Registration Clerk in the Wabash County Clerk’s office.
 
While federal law requires removing inaccurate voter list information, this work was formerly done almost entirely at the county level and not all county voter registration offices had the funding to do this work on a regular basis, Lawson noted in a news release.
 
Posted on 2017 May 02
The Midtown Men bring Broadway to Wabash May 4

The Midtown Men will be stopping by Wabash Thursday, May 8, to entertain Wabash and area residents with their favorite 60s hit songs. Photo provided

By Emma Rausch

The Midtown Men will be bringing Broadway to Wabash on Thursday, May 4, during their seventh national tour.

The Midtown Men, a production with reunites four stars from the original Broadway cast of “Jersey Boys,” features Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer.

Spencer told The Paper of Wabash County that the group has been a blessing because, originally, it was “supposed to be a side gig.”

Posted on 2017 May 02
Commissioners give answers on insurance, storage sheds
By David Fenker
 
The Wabash County Board of Commissioners approved spending more than $135,000 on several items at their Monday, May 1, meeting.
 
County Coordinator Jim Dils asked the commissioners to revisit three items that they had said they would take under advisement at previous meetings.
 
Posted on 2017 May 02
County schools continue summer food programs
By Emma Rausch
 
Two Wabash County schools announced plans to continue their participation in the Summer Food Service Program.
 
Wabash City Schools and Manchester Community Schools will provide free breakfasts and lunches Monday through Friday at various locations around the county to all children ages 1-18.
 
“I feel it is important to have the summer food service program as we supply a healthy meal to the kids while summer is out,” Melanie Honeycutt, Wabash City Schools food service director, told The Paper of Wabash County. “This is a great benefit we are able to offer to all the kids that are in a lot of different activities throughout the summer."
 
The programs will take place at various sites in North Manchester, Wabash, Roann and LaFontaine. Honeycutt told The Paper that the program hopes to extend services in Lagro this summer as well.

 

Posted on 2017 May 02
CF releases plans for school study
The school boards from Wabash City Schools, MSD of Wabash County and Manchester Community Schools were all in attendance for the first “Studies for Advancement” meeting on Thursday, April 20. The boards’ presidents told The Paper of Wabash County they’re excited for the studies’ outcomes. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash County’s three public school districts met Thursday evening, April 20, to learn the specifics about the “Studies for Advancement,” a Community Foundation of Wabash County initiative focused on assisting the corporations meet current and future educational needs.
 
In January, the Community Foundation offered to fund and coordinate feasibility studies and research from jointly submitted proposals for the three school districts, Manchester Community Schools, MSD of Wabash County and Wabash City Schools. All three corporations accepted the invitation in February.
 
“Many of you know that in 2012, the Community Foundation of Wabash County prioritized educational attainment as the county’s number one most pressing, urgent need,” Patty Grant, Foundation executive director, said. “We often quote statistics from Indiana Works that by the year 2023, over 16,000 will become available in Indiana and all of those jobs require education beyond high school."
Posted on 2017 Apr 25

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