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City revises Owner Occupied Rehab resolution
By Joseph Slacian
 
A revised resolution providing more matching funds for the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation project was unanimously approved Monday night, Aug. 28, by the Wabash City Council.
 
The move was basically a technicality, increasing the amount spent in the second phase of the project from $25,000 to $27,000.  Plans had originally called for spending $25,000 per each of the two phases.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 05
Remembering 100 years, a Wabash centenarianís story

Hensley Crum was surrounded by family as she shared her story with The Paper of Wabash County. Joining her at the interview were (front row, from left) granddaughter Angela Hershberger, daughter Carolyn Konrath, (back row, from left) daughter Sue McConniel, granddaughter Ronda Webb, daughter Judy Gale, granddaughter Georgia Wilson and sister-in-law Regina Monroe. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

On Thursday, Aug. 17, Georgia Hensley Crum hit a milestone not many can claim.

She turned 100-years-old.

Throughout the last century, Hensley Crum, a former Wabash resident, lived through some of the United States’ most historical moments, watched technology advance from oil lamps to solar energy, and, most notable of all, worked hard to raise a family.

For this centenarian, age is only a number while her mind is still as sharp as a tack.

“I could tell you stories for hours,” Hensley Crum told The Paper of Wabash County. “I could talk forever and I remember it all.”

Posted on 2017 Aug 29
106-year-old made honorary Secretary of State

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson (left) and Wabash County Clerk Elaine Martin stopped by Timbercrest Retirement Community on Thursday afternoon to honor Wabash County's "most seasoned" voter, Bernice Keppler. Photo by David Fenker

By David Fenker

NORTH MANCHESTER -- When North Manchester resident Bernice Keppler voted in the 2016 election, she had no idea that that action would lead to her meeting Indiana’s Secretary of State.

On her way back to Indianapolis from a visit to several northeastern Indiana counties, Secretary of State Connie Lawson stopped by Timbercrest Senior Living Community to present the 106-year-old Keppler with a certificate making her an honorary Secretary of State.

“We came here because [Wabash County Clerk] Elaine Martin and her staff found out that there was a voter here in Wabash County who was 105-years-old, and had voted regularly in this county since 1988," Lawson said. "We were in the area, and we wanted to make sure that we had the opportunity to honor Bernice Keppler and her dedication to the election process.”

Posted on 2017 Aug 29
Local artist donates guitar; Chili for Charity to raffle item signed by legend Willie Nelson

Michael “Hap” Hapner shows off the hand-painted guitar signed by country music legend Willie Nelson. The guitar will be raffled during the Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity Chili Cook-off. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

A specially painted guitar signed by country music legend Willie Nelson will be among the items raffled off at the 15th annual Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity Chili Cook-off.

The guitar was prepared by nationally recognized and local reuse artist, Michael “Hap” Hapner, who wanted to do something in honor of the event’s 15th anniversary.

He presented the guitar to the Chili for Charity organizing committee on Thursday, Aug. 24.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on 2017 Aug 29
MSD Board approves advertising 2018 budget
By Emma Rausch
 
The MSD of Wabash County Board of Education will be advertising its 2018 budget following a unanimous vote Tuesday night, Aug. 22.
 
The board began budget discusses in July. 
 
At Tuesday night’s meeting, Kuhn informed the board that the 2018 budget will be advertised at $26,352,336 with an assessed value of $623,684,399. For 2017, the advertised assessed value was $652,215,425 while the actual was $733,746,352.
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 29
AgVenture McKillip Seeds hosts annual field day
By Joseph Slacian
 
This past spring was a challenge for all farmers, Mike McKillip, president of AgVenture McKillip Seeds, told a crowd of several hundred farmers Friday, Aug. 25.
 
He made the remarks during the firm’s annual field day.
 
“We started out, and we thought we were in a really great position,” he continued. “Most of the seed was either picked up from the seed house, or staged for pick up. And then Mother Nature threw us a curve ball for about three or four weeks.”
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 29
Event helps raise funds for leader dogs
Karen Eilts takes a paw print from a visitor’s dog at Bark and Brew on Saturday. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Downtown Wabash literally went to the dogs on Saturday afternoon … but it was all for a good cause.
 
Bark & Brew, hosted by Midwest Eye Consultants in conjunction with Chapman Brewing Co., took place on Miami Street between Market and Canal streets. Proceeds from the event will go to Leader Dogs for the Blind.
 
The firm pledged $25,000 to the group, and Saturday’s event will likely put the firm at the pledge mark, according to Leslie Frantz, of Midwest Eye.

“This is obviously our first year to do this, and we didn’t know what to expect, but the streets have been crowded all day long,” she said.

 

Posted on 2017 Aug 29
Visit Wabash Countyís digital impact growing
By David Fenker
 
After hiring Marketing Manager Whitney Millspaugh more than a year ago, Visit Wabash County’s digital impact more than quadrupled.
 
That was the core of the report given by Christine Flohr, the organization’s executive director of tourism, at Monday’s meeting of the Wabash County Board of Commissioners.
 
Flohr said that Millspaugh’s work, which includes marketing the organization’s partners and events in addition to advertising the county in publications throughout the state and nation, has drastically improved its online presence and impact.
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 29

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