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Huntington County YSB expanding programs here
By Joseph Slacian
 
A pair of suicide prevent training classes are planned for March 1 at the Wabash County YMCA.
 
The classes will be presented by the Youth Service Bureau of Huntington County, the agency’s executive director, Jan Williams, told the Wabash City Council on Monday, Feb. 8.
 
Williams appeared before the new Council to update it on a variety of programs it is or has been offering in Wabash County since the YSB of Wabash County closed in April 2013.
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Anonymous takes stand in Wabash
Drew, supporter of the nationally known group Anonymous, stands on the sidewalk at the corner of Cass and Stitt Streets with his signs that say, “Wake Up. Stand Up. Be Free.” Drew, who did not provide his last name, said his demonstration was against “corrupt” government. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A Wabash man is asking locals to “wake up, stand up and be free” against the United States government.
 
Since Thursday, Feb. 11, a local man who goes by Drew has dawned a Guy Fawkes mask and waved at passing vehicles at the corner of Cass and Stitt Streets.
 
Drew is demonstrating against “corrupt” government and is taking his stand in Wabash because it’s his home, he told The Paper of Wabash County.
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Local EMA to host amateur emergency radio class
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County Emergency Management and Miami County Amateur Radio Clubs will be hosting amateur emergency radio class beginning Tuesday, Feb. 23.
 
Hosted by the Wabash County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the class is intended to “spur” new interest in the local club and amateur radio, which is also referred to as ham radio.
 
“The Amateur Radio Club of Wabash County has been around for a long time,” said Keith Walters, EMA director and class instructor. “We’re trying to re-spur interest in amateur radio, get some new members, get some old members to come back and get the club to be a bit more active again and the way to do that is to put on one of these classes.”
 
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Clark family overwhelmed by community support
“Mr. Action Auctioneer” JP Pitts, and his wife, Dana, conduct the auction of over 100 items during the benefit for Brian Clark, and his family, held Jan. 23 at the North Manchester Moose Family Center. Photo by Eric Christiansen
 
By Shaun Tilghman
 
Kenny and Kathie Clark, and their sons Brian and Chris, have always taken pride in being part of a close-knit community like North Manchester, but even they admit that the recent outpouring of love and support from their fellow community members took them by surprise.
 
On Jan. 23, the local Moose Family Center hosted a benefit for Brian, 37, who is in the debilitating stages of Multiple Sclerosis. The event featured a freewill donation hog roast dinner and a live auction conducted by “Mr. Action Auctioneer” JP Pitts, as well as music and dancing.
 
Donations for the auction were accepted at the Moose in the weeks leading up to the benefit, which was planned as a fundraiser to help the family purchase a transport vehicle and furnish Brian’s apartment with handicap-accessible equipment.
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Visitor spending up in 2014, study shows
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash County visitors spent 2.9 percent more in 2014 than in 2013, according to a new study released this week by Visit Wabash County and the Economic Development Group of Wabash County.
 
According to the Tourism Economic Impact Analysis for Wabash County, visitors here spent $43.1 million in 2014. Of that money, visitors spent $3.7 million on lodging, $11.9 million on food and beverages, $12.5 million on shopping, $5 million on entertainment and recreation, and $10 million on transportation. 
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Annual spelling bee provides ‘alternative’ educational opportunity
Brooklyn Stout, a fifth grade student from Sharp Creek Elementary, spells her final word correctly as runner-up Micah Pence waits on the sidelines to see if he gets another chance. Stout and Pence were the final contests in the Kiwanis Club Spelling Bee fifth grade competition. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash Kiwanis Club hosted its annual spelling bee competition at the Wabash Middle School auditorium on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
 
While the bee provides another educational opportunity for area students, it also provided kids students with a different opportunity to shine, according to Jack Thomas II, Kiwanis member and event coordinator.
 
“I think it’s another alternative for kids,” Thomas told The Paper of Wabash County. “Some kids might not be the greatest the athlete or might not be a band member or whatever but maybe they’re great at spelling and this is their chance to shine in that event.”
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
City Schools Board seeks tax referendum
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash Community Schools School Board will seek voter approval for a tax levy referendum to be placed on the May 3 ballot.
 
The board unanimously approved seeking the referendum at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 1. The referendum, if approved, would implement a tax levy of 28 cents per $100 assessed valuation to assist the school system’s finances.
 
Voters in the area the school will cast a “Yes” or “No” on the referendum, according to City Schools Superintendent Jason Callahan.
Posted on 2016 Feb 09
Wabash County Promise launches scholarship program
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Community Foundation of Wabash County received a $430,000 grant from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, which will be used to provide scholarships for Wabash County Promise Initiative (WCPI) students in fourth through eighth grade.
 
The scholarships were announced on Monday, Feb. 8, during a joint luncheon of WCPI and the Wabash Rotary Club. The grant was made to the Community Foundation of Wabash County.
 
“The WCPI – known formally as the Promise Early Distribution Scholarship Program – was initiated in 2013, when only seven percent of the county’s youth under 18 had a college saving account,” Community Foundation Executive Director Patty Grant noted. “Today, more than 70 percent of families with children in grades K through five in Wabash County are saving for college."
Posted on 2016 Feb 09

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