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NM native becomes community’s new Town Manager
Adam Penrod is the new Town Manager of North Manchester following his appointment to the position by the North Manchester Town Council. Penrod has worked for the town for 13 years, most recently as the Utilities Superintendent from 2014 until his recent appointment. Photo by David Fenker
 
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- A familiar face will be taking the lead as North Manchester’s new town manager.
 
The North Manchester Town Council appointed Adam Penrod to the position of town manager at its Sept. 7 regular meeting. Penrod currently serves as the Utilities Superintendent in charge of the Wastewater and Water departments.
 
“Adam’s awareness of our structure, our current projects, and our employees will facilitate a smooth transition,” Town Council President Jim Smith said. 
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 27
Youth institute encourages Wabash educators, mentors to build grit in youngsters
Tracy Butler informs Wabash County youth educators about grit and how chronic stress can factor into a child’s level of grit. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
To succeed in post-secondary education, kids need grit, according to Tracy Butler, Indiana Youth Institute (IYI) director of college and career readiness.
 
Butler spoke to local educators and youth mentors about the importance of grit at IYI’s Youth Café on Friday, Sept. 9. She also encouraged them to build grit within the students they work with.
 
While students may breeze through elementary, middle school and high school levels, those grades do not exemplify that they will succeed in college or other post-secondary education endeavors beyond then, according to Butler.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 27
Weather can’t dampen Kick it for Karsyn fun
A youngster slides through the mud to score a run at the Kick it for Karsyn event on Sept. 17. Photos by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Karsyn Bratch’s presence could be felt Saturday morning, Sept. 17, at the Morrett Sports Complex.
 
Early morning rain that threatened to hamper participants on the 18 teams at the Kick it for Karsyn kickball event stopped at 10 a.m. when the opening ceremonies were to begin.
 
Event organizer Larry Graff knows exactly why.
 
“Every visit this week that I made to her gravesite, I asked, I prayed,” he said after the opening ceremony. “I said, ‘Karsyn, whatever you can do with the weather forecast …’

“And as bad as it looked on Thursday, as bad as it looked even (Friday), at 10 a.m. when we were going to start the opening ceremony, it became clear. I truly believe she had a hand in this.

“She would be so proud of this event.”

 

Posted on 2016 Sep 27
O.J. Neighbours students revive history at 28th annual reenactment
O.J. Neighbours student Messiah dances with his Native American maraca as this class travels through the David F. Sodervick Outdoor Education Center during the school’s 28th annual 1800s reenactment on Thursday, Sept. 15. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Local elementary students brought history to life at the 28th annual O.J. Neighbours 1800s Reenactment on Thursday, Sept. 15.
 
Hundreds of parents and supporters flocked to school’s David F. Sodervick Outdoor Education Center to watch as the students demonstrated how pioneers and Native Americans lived nearly 200 years ago.
 
Students like Jaycee Jones exhibited how Navajos weaved their cloth as her peer Amaya Sellers explained how she cooks for her tribe.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 27
Comedian Kathleen Madigan invites Wabash to come laugh Oct. 1
Kathleen Madigan
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Comedian Kathleen Madigan will take the Honeywell Center Ford Theater stage for her first time Saturday, Oct. 1.
 
A comedian that’s appeared on late night shows with Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien and Craig Ferguson, Madigan began making people laugh from the stage 25 years ago.
 
“I worked at a bar and went to the bar next door to drink,” she said. “It happened to be a comedy club and me and another bartender did open mic nite for fun. I just kept doing it.
 
“It was literally an accident.”
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 27
1 injured in Sept. 17 accident
One Wabash man reported minor injuries following a collision with a parked vehicle Saturday, Sept. 17. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A Wabash man suffered minor injuries following a two-vehicle accident the morning of Saturday, Sept. 17.
 
According to the official Wabash City Police report:
 
At 11:45 a.m., a silver 1998 Chevrolet driven by Scott H. Miller, 24, Wabash, was traveling south on Miami Street when he lost control of his vehicle as he neared the intersection of Main Street.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 27
Driver charged in MU student deaths pleads guilty
Deangelo R. Evans
 
By David Fenker
 
MARION -- Deangelo R. Evans, the man charged in connection with the deaths of three Manchester University international students, pleaded guilty to all eight counts against him on Sept. 19.
 
Evans, 27, of Chicago, Ill., was accused of causing the deaths of Nerad Mangai, Brook Dagnew and Kirubel Hailu, as well as the injury of Israel Tamire, in a vehicular accident that occurred on Feb. 21, 2016 while the students were returning to MU after visiting friends.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 27
RDA approves MELC funding
Crews work at the site of the new Manchester Early Learning Center. Photo by David Fenker
 
By David Fenker
 
The Board of the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority approved the Manchester Early Learning Center's project for funds from the Regional Cities Initiative.
 
"In Northeast Indiana, we know that investing in early childhood education is critical to long-term educational attainment and workforce outcomes as we work to reach the Big Goal. By supporting the Manchester Early Learning Center, we are providing families the quality of life assets we need to attract and retain talent while also investing in the education of our future leaders," Michael Galbraith, director of the Road to One Million said.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 27

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