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Women's Clubhouse members learn about Turpentine Creek: Wabash resident is former board chair for wildlife refuge

It was during a trip to Branson, Mo., that Bill and Nancy Plummer first heard of the Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge.

Located in Eureka Springs, Ark., the 460-acre ranch provides refuge for abused lions, tigers, leopards, cougars and more.

Plummer became involved with the facility and is a retired Chairman of the Board of Directors for the facility. On Tuesday, April 13, he spoke to members of the Woman’s Clubhouse about the facility.

Turpentine Creek is a federally accredited sanctuary licenses by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As such, Plummer said, the facility is regulated and must maintain records on such things as drugs administered to the animals, food fed the animals and necropsy (or autopsy) results on animals that have passed.

The facility has 100 animals from across the United States, mostly lions and tigers. It also has about 10 or 15 bears, Plummer said, and it recently received its first hyena.

Animals come from a variety of places. Some come from sanctuaries that are forced to close. Last year, he noted, the facility received some of the animals seized when the government forced the Wildlife in Need sanctuary in the Southern Indiana town of Charlestown to close.

Posted on 2021 Apr 20
Deb's Cleaning Service to get new owners, new name

Deborah Wagner, owner of Deb’s Cleaning Service, is retiring after 27 years of service to the people of Wabash County.

Two of her employees, Michele Hollingshead and Ebbie Turner are taking over the business, beginning in November. The new business will be named M&E Cleaning.

Wagner said she has enjoyed her time “helping people that are not able to clean or don’t have time to clean because of work or health issues.”

“I would like to thank everyone for letting Deb’s Cleaning Service help the community of Wabash and around Wabash County,” she continued. “I have made a lot of friends. Thank you.”

Hollingshead has been with the company for 17 years, and Turner has been with it for 12 years.

Posted on 2021 Apr 20
Getting back to normal: Most festivals returning this year

Among many things changed by the COVID-19 Pandemic, many summer festivals in Wabash County were canceled last year to keep community members safe and healthy.

As many people will be getting vaccinated and as COVID cases go down, many festivals will be back this summer for people to enjoy.

Donna Harman, chairman of the Roann Covered Bridge Festival told The Paper of Wabash County that the festival will be taking place on Sept. 9, 10 and 11.

“It will be the ‘full deal’ festival that we have had in the past,” she said. “The entertainment is already booked. And since many have asked why we don't have a horse pull anymore, we want people to know that we are adding a horse pull this year on Friday night at the pull field.”

Lagro Good Ole Days festival is also on for this summer. The festival will be June 17, 18 and 19.

“We will be following the state guidelines at the time of the festival,” said Kristie Boone, Lagro Good Ole Days board member. “We are accepting entries for the parade & vendors. We will have live bands all weekend and on Saturday at dusk a fireworks display. We invite everyone to come and join us at the festival, let’s put the bad times behind us and let the good times roll.”

Posted on 2021 Apr 13
Hoosier senator meets business leaders

Indiana Sent. Todd Young said he’s working to ensure entrepreneurs and investors have the tools “to go out there and create wealth and meet consumer demand and grow jobs and businesses.”

Young, a Republican, made the remarks on Monday, April 5, during a meeting at the Grow Wabash County office with local businessmen and industry representatives. The meeting was arranged through the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.

“We have seen the rate of startup creations decline the last couple of generations, and that should be of concern to all of us,” Young told the dozen gathered in the GWC conference room. “During my lifetime all net new job creation has been through young firms and new firms. So, the extent to which we can encourage more people to go out there and start new ventures – sometimes they fail, sometimes the success – we want to do that.

“So, obviously there’s a public policy role in making sure we’re helpful in that regard.”

Young, continuing to discuss the issue, took a partisan shot at President Joe Biden’s proposed tax plan.

“I thought we were helpful in that regard in recent years when it came to regulatory reform and tax reform, and I’m proud of what we did on that,” he said. “I have some concerns that much of that will be undone in the coming months and years.

“I’ll do my part to stay vigilant as it relates to that.”

Young said he is working on two pieces of legislation to help businesses.

Posted on 2021 Apr 13
Pathfinders cuts ribbon on newest group home

Pathfinder Services CEO Danielle Tips and Wabash Mayor Scott Long cut the ribbon Tuesday morning on the newest Pathfinder group home in Wabash.

The home, located on Half Street, is the third in Wabash and the fourth in Wabash County. There also is a Pathfinder group home in North Manchester.

The 4,000-square-foot home will house seven Pathfinder clients.

“We are so thankful for our partners who have helped make this possible,” Tips said during a brief ceremony before the ribbon cutting. “As you know, aging in place is such an important aspect for everyone, especially for individuals with disabilities. That, in combination with finding affordable, accessible housing is an issue in communities all across the state.

“We are so thankful to have such great partners who have helped make that possible for the individuals we support.”

Posted on 2021 Apr 06
Montessori School spends class time in great outdoors

When Addie Neher, director of the Montessori School at Wabash Prebyterian school, had the idea for a summer forest school, she imagined a “school that provides an opportunity for children to develop a strong, tangible relationship with the natural world.”

“I sent an email to the ACRES Foundation back in March of 2020,” Neher told The Paper of Wabash County.  “With thanks to Casey Jones, Grady Stout, the Asherwood Property Manager, and Jason Kissel, Executive Director of ACRES, we were able to get a program up and running by July 2020. The school developed a morning program that included exploration hours, hiking, journal reflections, and so much more.”

Last summer, the program had 20 students, ages 3 through 9.

“The kids seemed to really love it! We’ve been back a couple times over the school year. When we come back to school, many students ask me, ‘When will we go back to forest school?’” said Neher.

Posted on 2021 Apr 06
Wabash CrossFit moves

Wabash CrossFit, previously located in the Wabash Village Shopping Center, cut the ribbon to its new location at 120 W. Canal St. in Downtown Wabash, during First Friday festivities on Friday, April 2.

“We wanted to wish you the best of luck with coming downtown,” said Keith Gillenwater, CEO of Grow Wabash County, during the event. “I know we started talking about a year and a half ago or so when you started looking for a facility downtown and finding the right place downtown that had high enough ceilings to actually accommodate what you do. I’m glad you were able to find this. (Your business) is a great fit for the revitalization of our community, a healthy community, a strong community.”

 
Posted on 2021 Apr 06
Area program has new assistant director

The Metropolitan School District of Wabash County School Board members met to conduct business on Tuesday, March 23.

During this meeting, donations were approved for a total of $360.

Tiffani Flora was approved as the new Assistant Director of Special Education for the Wabash-Miami Area Program.

Summer School programming was discussed and approved, which includes new programs such as “Minds in Action,” a program similar to the former “Science in Motion,” along with the Supervised Agriculture Experience Program. Additional educational advancements and remediations will be offered as well. More information on summer school options will be provided to the public in the coming weeks.

Also, during the meeting, staff and students were recognized from each school.

Southwood and Northfield students who performed in the County Honors Band and Choir performance on Friday, March 12 were congratulated.

Congratulations were given to the Southwood Boys' Basketball Team on their season, which resulted in a Regional Championship, making it to the final four teams in Class A basketball.

Posted on 2021 Mar 30

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