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‘Don’t quit working’: Wabash woman celebrates 105 years
Lucille Drook (front row, left) poses for a photo at her 105th birthday party on Dec. 30, 2015, with her son Leonard (front row, right), granddaughter Amy Miller (back row, from left) and great-grandchildren A.J. Bell and Kortnee Bell. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A Wabash woman turned 105-years-old on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, at her Miller’s Merry Manor East residence.
 
Mary Lucille Drook, commonly known as Lucille, celebrated her 105th birthday Wednesday afternoon with friends and family, including her son Leonard Drook.
 
Drook admitted he couldn’t believe his mother turned 105 in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County.
 
“But she’s ornery enough she ought to,” he said, adding that he’s glad she’s still in his family’s lives.
Posted on 2016 Jan 12
NM Council members take oaths
By Shaun Tilghman
 
NORTH MANCHETER -- All five North Manchester Town Council members, as well as the Town Clerk-Treasurer, were sworn in during the council’s first meeting of the year, held last Wednesday at the North Manchester Public Safety Building.
 
Wabash Circuit Court Judge Robert McCallen III first led Clerk-Treasurer Carrie Mugford through her oath of office, then swore in the respective members of the council, which included three incumbents – Laura Rager, Jim Smith, and Tom Dale – and two new members – Chalmer “Toby” Tobias and Allen Miracle.
 
Tobias defeated incumbent candidate Diane Haupert in the District 5 Republican race last May and has been attending council meetings since then in preparation for his first official meeting. Miracle was attending his first meeting just one day after Wabash County Democratic Party Chair Bryan McCallen announced his appointment to fill the vacant District 4 seat held by the late Chris Garber.
 
Posted on 2016 Jan 12
County Council re-elects Ridenour, Rupple
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County Council re-elected Councilmen Mike Ridenour and William Ruppel to serve as chairman and vice chairman, respectively.
 
This will be the fourth year Ridenour has held the position, serving as chairman before in 2009, 2010 and 2015. He served as vice chair in 2008 and 2014.
 
He told The Paper of Wabash County in an email that it feels good that the other six councilmen chose him to serve the position again.
Posted on 2016 Jan 12
Local woman searches for birth parents
Sally Gamsby poses for a photo as a child. Gamsby, now 67, hopes that the photo may help her birth parents or biological sister identify her as she continues the search for her family. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
NORTH MANCHESTER – Wabash County resident Sally Gamsby, 67, is searching for any information regarding the whereabouts of her birth parents and sister.
 
Born in the Wabash County Hospital in 1948, Gamsby told The Paper of Wabash County that one of the only leads she has is she was born to a Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hall. She said she believes her mother’s name might be Rachel, but she is not sure.
Posted on 2016 Jan 12
Two face drug, gun charges
Brenda Buckley and Robert Persley
 
By The Paper staff
 
A month long investigation between Wabash Police and the Wabash Drug Task Force led to the preliminary arrest of two individuals.
 
The arrest of the two, Robert L. Persley, 58, Wabash and Brenda K. Buckley, 42, Wabash, was announced last week on the Wabash Police Department’s Facebook page.
 
A search warrant was executed in the 400 block of W. Market St. and approximately 125 grams of controlled substance, approximately 7 pounds of marijuana, four handguns, a rifle, and approximately $20,000 cash was seized. 
Posted on 2016 Jan 12
Honeywell Foundation celebrates 75 years
Pete Jones was the keynote speaker at the Honeywell Foundation’s 75-year anniversary kickoff on Thursday, Jan. 7. Jones recollected the history of the Foundation and its founder Mark C. Honeywell at the event which took place at the Honeywell House in Wabash. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Honeywell Foundation celebrated its 75th anniversary with a kick off on Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Honeywell House.
 
“Try, if you will, try to imagine life in Wabash County without the Honeywell Foundation,” keynote speaker and local historian Pete Jones said. “Try if you will to imagine life without the programming provided by the Honeywell Foundation. Try if you will to imagine life without the magnificent Honeywell Center.
 
“It can’t be done, can it? We cannot imagine this town with the presence of the Honeywell Foundation.”
Posted on 2016 Jan 12
Clean Team investigations lead to arrests
Article provided
 
Recent drug investigations by members of the CLEAN Team resulted in six people being arrested on various drug related charges. 
 
During a recent narcotics investigation, by officers from the CLEAN Team, a 17-year-old Peru boy was allegedly observed selling methamphetamine. The teen was arrested and incarcerated in a juvenile detention facility for dealing methamphetamine (two counts), possessions of methamphetamine (two counts), and maintaining a common nuisance. 
 
Further investigation led to officers obtaining a search warrant for a residence at 458 West Fifth Street, Peru. During a search of the residence, officers allegedly found methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Shelly Wright, 41, the 17 year-old boy’s mother, was arrested for two counts of conspiracy to deal methamphetamine, possession of methamphetamine, maintaining a common nuisance, and neglect of a dependent.
Posted on 2016 Jan 12
Wabash residents challenged to prove city is America’s Best Community

By The Paper staff

Local residents are asked to share personal stories on why Wabash is a great place to live and work.

The request, from the Economic Development Group of Wabash County and the Wabash America's Best Communities Committee, is designed to be a final push effort to prove why Wabash should advance to the semifinal round of the America's Best Communities competition.

“We’re issuing this challenge to make sure we have all the help we can get to share Wabash’s unique story,” said Keith Gillenwater, president and CEO of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County. “This truly is one of America’s best communities, and no matter what happens in the next rounds of the competition, we need to be doing everything we possibly can to help more people understand why they should locate their business and raise their family right here in Wabash.”

Posted on 2016 Jan 05

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