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Cantrell, Hipskind named to Wabash City board

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Rhonda Hipskind and Kipp Cantrell were selected by the Wabash City Council on Tuesday as the newest members of the Wabash City Schools board.


The pair, along with Bill Konyha, were interviewed by the council during a meeting at Wabash City Hall.


They will begin their term on the board in January, replacing Konyha and Liz Hobbs, who did not see another term.


The council voted 4-2 for Hipskind and Cantrell. Council members Bob Greene and Marc Shelley, who wanted Konyha to be reappointed, cast the no votes. Council President Eric Schoening was not present.


The council interviewed each of the candidates during an open session on Tuesday evening. Cantrell, who applied for the post last year, was the first to be interviewed, followed by Hipskind and then Konyha.
 

Posted on 2018 Dec 04
Komets to host Wabash night

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Fort Wayne Komets will host a second-annual Wabash Night with the Komets on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.


Wabash area businesses and community members are invited to join the Komets for a night out with family, friends while the Komets battle the Utah Grizzlies.


The attending will be treated to an exclusive discounted rate with this special ticket offer while supplies last.
 

Posted on 2018 Dec 04
Staff spotlight awarded at MSD meeting

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Metropolitan School District of Wabash County handed out its bi-weekly staff spotlight recognition award at the Tuesday, Nov. 27 meeting.


Parent Tanarae Pegg nominated Sheby Drake, a Southwood Littles teacher.


Pegg nominated Drake, but was involved in a very serious accident, so the nomination was postponed from September.

Pegg’s son, Colt, was in Littles last year, and is in kindergarten this year.


“We just want to congratulate Mrs. Drake on all that you do,” Superintendent Mike Keaffaber said.
 

Posted on 2018 Dec 04
Wabash County'd 157 bridges win good order: inspector

By Amanda Bridgman
abridgman@nmpaper.com

Wabash County Commissioners were given a report from on the county's annual bridge inspection.


Scott Minnich with United Consulting said Wabash County has 157 bridges, and bridges are required to be inspected on a 24-month cycle, with some on a 12-month cycle because they are nearing the end of their life. Any structure more than 20 feet in length is considered a bridge by the state and must be inspected, he said.


“Unfortunately bridges don't last forever,” said Minnich, adding that the average lifespan of a bridge is 75 years, so with 157 bridges with a 75 year lifespan, Wabash County can expect to replace about two bridges per year to stay in compliance with state and federal requirements.
 

Posted on 2018 Dec 04
Kugler resigns Y post

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Clint Kugler, CEO of the Wabash County YMCA the last 7 ½ years, has submitted his resignation from the organization. His last day will be Jan. 31, 2019.


Kugler and the staff of Promise Indiana will join the Indiana Youth Institute where he will serve as the Vice President of College Career and Community Initiatives.


Kugler submitted his resignation at the Nov. 15 YMCA board meeting.


“Clint’s passion for our community and the mission of the Y has propelled the impact of the Wabash County YMCA during his more than seven years with us,” said Sam Frazier, Wabash County YMCA board member and chief volunteer officer. “Now, his determination and vision will enrich lives throughout the state. We look forward to seeing the growth of Promise Indiana.”
 

Posted on 2018 Nov 27
Group seek to raise funds for virtual reality classroom

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash County 4-H Council, in conjunction with the Wabash County Purdue Extension and the Wabash County Farm Bureau, are seeking the public’s help in raising funds for a new program.


The organizations are seeking to raise $10,000 to purchase 30 Google Expedition. The goggles will enable the groups to have a virtual reality classroom to help education youth and adults alike.


Thanks to grants from several businesses and industries, the fundraising campaign is at the halfway point, according to Angela Christopher, 4-H Youth Education and County Extension Director.


A $3,000 grant was received from Owens Corning-Thermafiber, while Walmart and Halderman Farm Management and Real Estate each contributed $1,000 as well.
 

Posted on 2018 Nov 27
Chamber and Manchester Main Street merged, now called Manchester Alice

By Amanda Bridgman
abridgman@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- The North Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Manchester Main Street got the vote Wednesday, Nov. 14, to merge into one organization that is named Manchester Alive.


Members of both organizations were mailed ballots late October, and the votes were to be due by proxy or at the Nov. 14 meeting. A combined total of 83 yes votes and one no vote confirmed the merge. 
“This has been a great project,” Chamber Board President Sue Roesner said at the meeting. “This will be a really great thing I think for North Manchester.”


Wabash County Attorney Steve Downs chaired the vote meeting, and North Manchester Town Manager Adam Penrod tallied the votes. 

 

Posted on 2018 Nov 27
Local schools stress safety at bus stops

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

An unthinkable tragedy took place in rural Fulton County on Oct. 30.


Three children, siblings Xzavier Ingle, 6, Mason Ingle, 6 and Alivia Stahl. 9, were struck and killed while trying to get on the bus at 7:15 a.m. that day.


The investigation revealed that Alyssa Shepherd, 24, Rochester, disregarded the bus’ stop sign and the continued her line to travel, striking four children in all. Maverik Lowe, 11, was flown via Samaritan Helicopter to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne from injuries sustained in the crash, including multiple broken bones.


This type of tragedy could happen anywhere. Local administrators report that automobiles disregard bus stop signs almost on a weekly basis. The three siblings in Rochester were among five youngsters nationwide killed last week in bus stop accidents.
 

Posted on 2018 Nov 06

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