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The Paper adopts endorsement letter policy

Effective Jan. 1, 2022, all election-related letters to the editor endorsing or opposing a candidate or political party, including letters from candidates, will be considered advertising. This includes letters for or against ballot measures or general issues.

Posted on 2022 Jan 19
Library board seeking bids for expansion project

By Joseph Slacian

Officials with the Wabash Carnegie Public Library are cautiously hopeful that bids they will receive early in February will allow them to continue with plans to expand the facility.

The board is seeking bids to add a two-story, 4,400-square-foot addition to the building, located at the intersection of West Hill Street and South Cass Street.

Talks about expanding the facility have been in the works for at least eight years. The library board has been working with MKM, an architect and design firm from Fort Wayne.

Posted on 2022 Jan 19
Barbecue eatery planned for Wabash

By Phil Smith

Anthony Bourdain said “Barbecue may not be the road to world peace, but it’s a start.”

If that’s the case, Mark Hunt could be making things around Wabash a lot more quiet and peaceful, the result of everyone’s mouth being full of ribs, chicken or some other tastefully seasoned entrée.

“We’re going to open up a real simple, Carolina-style barbecue,” Hunt said last week. “I tell people that barbecue is like the Field of Dreams, if you have good barbecue, the people will come.”

Posted on 2022 Jan 19
Comic Regan to return to Honeywell

By Phil Smith

During the stand-up comedy boon of the 1980s, many comedians rose to prominence, before falling into relative obscurity, while some like Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall, Tim Allen, Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Murphy and Ellen DeGeneres headed into the final decade of the 20th Century with a seemingly indestructible legacy.

As the 1990s emerged, several new entertainers began to gain traction, fueled by the increasing popularity of cable television and the variety of comedy-centric vehicles such as Comic Strip Live on Fox, an Evening At The Improv and VH-1’s Stand-up Spotlight. While many of these upstart comedians entered the decade vying for laughs on both television and in the nation’s many comedy clubs, few persevered to the present day better than Brian Regan.

Regan returns to Wabash on Jan. 20 to bring his side-splitting brand of observational humor to the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater. The show begins at 7:30 p.m.

 
Posted on 2022 Jan 12
Access Youth Center gets new director

By Joseph Slacian

Jef Maslan is the new director of The Access Youth Center.

Maslan, who joined the agency on Jan. 3, replaces Liz Hobbs, who resigned the position last year.

A graduate of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn., Maslan has had a wide range of jobs since graduating. He received a bachelor’s degree in religion, with the goal of studying to be a pastor.

Posted on 2022 Jan 12
City Schools board re-elects Kelsheimer as president

By Phil Smith

Wabash City Schools’ board of trustees gathered for the first meeting of 2022 and began with a short meeting of that body’s board of finance. In both the board of finance meeting, as well as the regular meeting that followed Jan. 3 in Wabash City Hall, Rod Kelsheimer was re-elected board president.

The panel also elected Rhonda Hipskind as vice president and Stehen Dafoe as secretary.
Wabash Mayor Scott Long swore in re-appointed board member Hipskind and newly-appointed member Kristen Petruniw prior to the first meeting.

Posted on 2022 Jan 12
City Schools considers Covid protocol changes

By Phil Smith

Wabash City Schools’ board of trustees is considering changes to its Covid-19 protocols in order to remain in step with state guidelines.

“Tonight is really a time for discussion,” WCS Superintendent Dr. Amy Sivley said. “We have some time, but we have to put together our plan for OSHA’s (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) Emergency Temporary Standard. This is for businesses, and it does include schools. We have to develop a policy around vaccines and testing for employees. We will continue the discussion at our next board meeting.”

 
Posted on 2022 Jan 12
Mrs. Kate performs for youngsters at Honeywell Center

By Phil Smith

Over the holiday break, a gathering of vacationing youngsters, along with their parents or guardians, attended a show at the Honeywell Center designed to help kids become better citizens.

Kate Carpenter, a Marion-based entertainer known as Mrs. Kate, regaled several dozen attendees of a show called Songs, Stories and Puppets With Mrs. Kate, held at the center Dec. 29.

Posted on 2022 Jan 05

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