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Wabash, Manchester enrollments increase
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash County schools received their preliminary student Average Day Membership (ADM) counts Friday, Sept. 16, and one district reported a drop in numbers.
 
Wabash City Schools (WCS) and Manchester Community Schools (MSC) both experienced an increase among their student populations while MSD of Wabash County reported a decline compared to last year’s numbers.
 
MSD reported 2,045 enrolled students on Friday, a loss of 92 students compared to last year’s preliminary count of 2,137, according to MSD Superintendent Mike Keaffaber.
 
Meanwhile, WCS gained 79 students and MCS gained 10 students compared to last year’s counts, according to superintendents Jason Callahan and Dr. Bill Reichhart respectively.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 27
Local groups to benefit from Chili Cook-off
By Emma Rausch
 
In just three weeks, dozens of teams will stir things up at Paradise Spring Historical Park at the 14th annual Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity Chili Cook Off.
 
On Oct. 15, chili lovers and connoisseurs will have another opportunity to taste a variety of recipes that include chicken, beef or exotic meats and range anywhere from white to green to black bean.
 
Although the festivities draw the masses, the event’s purpose is to assist local organizations continue to serve Wabash County.
 
In just 13 years, Chili for Charity has raised and donated more than $430,000 to charity, according to Marc Shelley, Chili Planning Committee member.
 
Each year, several organizations are chosen to receive a portion of the event’s raised funds.
 
This year, 10 organizations, including the Lagro Park Board, Best of the Best and Blessings in a Backpack, were selected as fund recipients.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 27
MSD board to consider talks with Wabash
By Emma Rausch and Joseph Slacian
 
The Metropolitan School District board of education will consider a recommendation Tuesday night, Sept. 27, to invite the Wabash City Schools board to open talks about consolidation.
 
The item will be considered under new business when the MSD board meets at 6 p.m.
 
“I would characterize the planned discussion for Tuesday nights meeting as a next step, following our prior executive sessions, as a process of gathering additional information while the MSD board continues to look at all options regarding sustainability,” MSD board vice chair John Gouveia told The Paper of Wabash County.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 27
Historic Preservation panel distributes awards
Mayor Scott Long congratulates Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kaler for receiving the Historical Preservation residential award. Looking on are City Council member Mitch Figert and Susan Stewart, president of the Historic Preservation Committee. Photos by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Three Historic Preservation Awards were presented Monday night, Sept. 12, during the Wabash City Council meeting.
 
Laura Stevens, owner of Market Street Square in downtown Wabash, received the award for commercial buildings, while The Access Youth Center received the award for non-profit agencies. The residential award was presented to Mr. and Mrs. Howard Kaler for their home on North Wabash Street.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 27
NM native becomes community’s new Town Manager
Adam Penrod is the new Town Manager of North Manchester following his appointment to the position by the North Manchester Town Council. Penrod has worked for the town for 13 years, most recently as the Utilities Superintendent from 2014 until his recent appointment. Photo by David Fenker
 
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- A familiar face will be taking the lead as North Manchester’s new town manager.
 
The North Manchester Town Council appointed Adam Penrod to the position of town manager at its Sept. 7 regular meeting. Penrod currently serves as the Utilities Superintendent in charge of the Wastewater and Water departments.
 
“Adam’s awareness of our structure, our current projects, and our employees will facilitate a smooth transition,” Town Council President Jim Smith said. 
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 27
Youth institute encourages Wabash educators, mentors to build grit in youngsters
Tracy Butler informs Wabash County youth educators about grit and how chronic stress can factor into a child’s level of grit. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
To succeed in post-secondary education, kids need grit, according to Tracy Butler, Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) director of college and career readiness.
 
Butler spoke to local educators and youth mentors about the importance of grit at IYI’s Youth Café on Friday, Sept. 9. She also encouraged them to build grit within the students they work with.
 
While students may breeze through elementary, middle school and high school levels, those grades do not exemplify that they will succeed in college or other post-secondary education endeavors beyond then, according to Butler.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 27
Weather can’t dampen Kick it for Karsyn fun
A youngster slides through the mud to score a run at the Kick it for Karsyn event on Sept. 17. Photos by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Karsyn Bratch’s presence could be felt Saturday morning, Sept. 17, at the Morrett Sports Complex.
 
Early morning rain that threatened to hamper participants on the 18 teams at the Kick it for Karsyn kickball event stopped at 10 a.m. when the opening ceremonies were to begin.
 
Event organizer Larry Graff knows exactly why.
 
“Every visit this week that I made to her gravesite, I asked, I prayed,” he said after the opening ceremony. “I said, ‘Karsyn, whatever you can do with the weather forecast …’

“And as bad as it looked on Thursday, as bad as it looked even (Friday), at 10 a.m. when we were going to start the opening ceremony, it became clear. I truly believe she had a hand in this.

“She would be so proud of this event.”

 

Posted on 2016 Sep 27
O.J. Neighbours students revive history at 28th annual reenactment
O.J. Neighbours student Messiah dances with his Native American maraca as this class travels through the David F. Sodervick Outdoor Education Center during the school’s 28th annual 1800s reenactment on Thursday, Sept. 15. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Local elementary students brought history to life at the 28th annual O.J. Neighbours 1800s Reenactment on Thursday, Sept. 15.
 
Hundreds of parents and supporters flocked to school’s David F. Sodervick Outdoor Education Center to watch as the students demonstrated how pioneers and Native Americans lived nearly 200 years ago.
 
Students like Jaycee Jones exhibited how Navajos weaved their cloth as her peer Amaya Sellers explained how she cooks for her tribe.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 27

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