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Court-issued halt complicates status of same-sex marriages in Indiana

by Shaun Tilghman

Three weeks ago, the state of Indiana experienced a whirlwind of legal action that included the brief legalization of same-sex marriages. Although a federal appeals court issued a stay just days later, the ultimate verdict on the constitutionality of banning gay marriage is still a long way off, which leaves many couples across the state questioning their official status.

U.S. District Judge Richard Young initially struck down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage on Wednesday, June 25, citing that it “violates the due process clause and equal protection clause and is, therefore, unconstitutional.” On Friday, June 27, the U.S. 7th Circuit Court of Appeals approved an emergency stay request filed by Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller’s office.

While many expected the stay, it still raises a number of questions regarding the status of those marriages that took place during the two ban-free days, as well as the merit of the licenses issued to couples that were not officially wed prior to the halt.

Posted on 2014 Jul 15
Steve Weir receives Edward Jones Award

Steve Weir, of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Wabash, recently won the firm’s Jim McKenzie Award for his exceptional achievement in building client relationships.

Edward Jones, a FORTUNE 500 company, provides financial services for individual investors in the United States and, through its affiliate, in Canada. Every aspect of the firm’s business, from the types of investment options offered to the location of branch offices, is designed to cater to individual investors in the communities in which they live and work. The firm’s 12,000–plus financial advisors work directly with nearly 7 million clients to understand their personal goals – from college savings to retirement – and create long-term investment solutions that emphasize a well-balanced portfolio and a buy-and-hold strategy. Edward Jones embraces the importance of building long-term, face-to-face relationships with clients, helping them to understand and make sense of the investment options available today.

Headquartered in St. Louis, Edward Jones ranked No. 4 overall in FORTUNE magazine’s 2014 “100 Best Companies to Work For” ranking.

Posted on 2014 Jul 15
Stirring it up with Angie Baer

It's summertime and grilling season is in full swing. So, pull out the grill, tie on your apron, and let's get grilling! For the next few weeks I will be sharing some of my most loved grilling recipes.

I will tell you, Dave is not a fan of chicken. I don't know what it is, but poultry of any kind does not appeal to him. It must be a Baer trait. He comes from a large family of beefeaters. This recipe for Kielbasa Chicken Kabobs always gets rave reviews whenever I serve it. There's just something about the almond rice pilaf that makes this a mouthwatering dish. It will quickly become your favorite go to summer supper recipe.

Posted on 2014 Jul 15
Member2Member Chamber card enrollment open

For the tenth consecutive year, the Membership Committee of the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce is pleased to offer the Member2Member Discount Card. Enrollment period is currently under way until Aug. 31, 2014.  The Membership committee will begin making calls to our members about joining the discount card.   If your business wants to participate in the Member2Member Discount Card, please call the Chamber office at 260-563-1168.  You may also register to be on the card by logging into your member account at www.wabashchamber.org .

Posted on 2014 Jul 08
Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity announces choice charities

Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity has announced the names of the non-profit organizations that will receive funding from this year’s chili for charity cook-off. A multitude of applications were submitted for consideration and nine were selected. 

Manchester Recreation Association, FAME, Teens Against Domestic Violence, Learn More Center, Manchester Early Learning Center, Wabash County Historical  Museum, Wabash County Promise, Honeywell Center Educational Outreach, and Wabash County Transit  will all benefit from the one-day fundraising event. 

“The selection process is the most difficult,” said Julie Deniston, long-time standing committee member. “There are many qualified organizations serving the community that need funding. It is the toughest decision we make every year.” 

Since the cook-off’s inception, nearly $300,000 has been reinvested into non-profit organizations serving Wabash County.

This year will mark the 12th anniversary of the event, which will be held on Oct. 18 at Paradise Spring Historical Park with gates opening at noon. All proceeds are earmarked for distribution to the nine charities selected as benefactors from this year’s chili cook-off.

Posted on 2014 Jul 08
International high school exchange students seeking host families in Wabash

Visiting students, ages 15-18, from around the world including Germany, Spain, Switzerland, and Thailand are seeking host families in and around Wabash for the upcoming 2014-2015 academic school year. Host families are needed for the fall semester and full school year.

Host families (traditional families, singles, empty nesters, etc.) serve as mentors and a home base for their student. Visiting students participate as active members of the family and integrate into their host’s daily routines and traditions just like any other family member. Hosting an international student is a great way to explore a new culture and promote a sense of lifelong learning and adventure.

Posted on 2014 Jul 08
Tickets on sale for 4th annual Jazz on the Lawn concert

Spend a summer evening outdoors listening to the lively sounds of jazz at the 4th annual Jazz on the Lawn Concert, to take place at the Honeywell House on Friday, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m.

This event is made possible by lead sponsors First Merchants Bank and Lundquist Appraisal & Real Estate. Associate sponsors are Beacon Credit Union, INGUARD, Midwest Eye Consultants, Ladd Dental Group of Wabash, J.M. Reynolds Oil Comp., Inc., and Wendy’s of Wabash.

Jazz on the Lawn will feature the Fishers-based Nickel Plate Jazz Orchestra, a 20-piece band that will please the crowd with a variety of big band favorites, golden standards, cross-genre fusion and more. The soulful singer-songwriter Adrienne Frailey will take the stage from 6-6:45 p.m. to kick off the event. The lawn will be open at 5 p.m.

Posted on 2014 Jul 08
North Manchester Fire Department responds to structure fire

On July 2 at 1:38 a.m., the North Manchester Dispatch Center received a report of a structure fire at 606 West Fourth Street. Upon arrival, the North Manchester Fire Department units found heavy fire involvement coming from the garage and kitchen areas.

Firefighters knocked down the flames from the outside of the residence with two handlines before an interior attack was initiated.

The fire was under control within 20-25 minutes. Fire units were on the scene until 4:32 a.m. The fire was believed to have started in the garage, and the cause is still under investigation.

Assisting at the scene were the Chester Township Fire Department, Pleasant Township Fire Department, North Manchester Police Department, Wabash County Sheriff’s Department and the American Red Cross.

Posted on 2014 Jul 08

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