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Little Knights, Little Norse youth build skills preparing for kindergarten

Youths play and learn the alphabet during the Little Knights, Little Norse program. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

The Little Knights and Little Norse preschool students are learning through play and building independence and confidence before entering kindergarten, according to MSD of Wabash County officials.

The MSD-based pre-kindergarten program kicked off in August and, so far, “it has exceeded all expectations,” according to Janette Moore, Metro North Elementary School principal.

Hosted at Metro North and Southwood Elementary, the LKLN program has started nearly 50 youth, referred to as “the littles,” on the academic track.

Posted on 2017 Nov 07
Ogden Road’s 3-way stop may change
By David Fenker
 
After more than five years of allegedly not affecting enough change, the stop signs on Ogden Road at its intersection with 200 West might soon be removed.
 
County Highway Superintendent John Martin presented the county commissioners with a 47-signature petition at the board’s Nov. 6 meeting requesting that the three-way stop on the north side of Laketon become a one-way stop.
 
“I actually agree with the petition,” Martin said.
 
“I quite honestly don’t know why it was put there. It didn’t have the desired effect; it didn’t slow anybody there. I think it’s a waste for it to be there, to stop [traffic] twice in that short of a distance.”
 
Posted on 2017 Nov 07
‘Get a bike and go’: WPD sergeant takes 400-mile bike trip

Sgt. Nick Brubaker poses for a photo in Traverse City, Mich., following a 400-mile bike ride from LaFontaine. Brubaker packed light for the journey, carrying his belongings on a homemade trailer. Photo provided

By Emma Rausch

When Wabash Police Sgt. Nick Brubaker set out on his 400-mile bike ride to Traverse City, Mich., on Sept. 9, he packed light and hoped for the best.

“It was unsupported and solo,” Brubaker told The Paper of Wabash County. “I went by myself and there were no support vehicles. … And I didn’t want to stop.”

From Sept. 9-16, Brubaker pedaled his way up the coast of Lake Michigan, stopping in campgrounds along the way before concluding the journey in Traverse City.

Posted on 2017 Nov 07
Jail to contract out commissary
By David Fenker
 
The Wabash County Jail will soon be contracting out what were two positions for its commissary.
 
Wabash County Sheriff Bob Land reported to the County Commissioners on Monday, Oct. 30, that he hopes to have a contracted position replace one full-time and one-part time position at the jail.
 
Posted on 2017 Nov 07
YMCA raising funds for indoor park

The Rainforest Play Park project will feature a two-story jungle-themed playground, a bouldering wall and an interactive pond. Photo provided

By Emma Rausch

A new rainforest play park room at the Wabash County YMCA could be on its way. That is, if organizers are able to raise $50,000 by Dec. 15.

Similar to the 2016 Wabash Riverfront Development campaign, the Rainforest Play Park project, which would repurpose the YMCA’s Teen Room to a youth-friendly indoor park, needs to raise $50,000 to serve as matching funds for an Indiana Housing and Community Development Agency (IHCDA) grant program called “CreatINg Places.”

The campaign went live Wednesday, Nov. 1, and “have 45 days to get it done,” according to Jordan Tandy, YMCA Board Chief Volunteer Officer.

Posted on 2017 Nov 07
Manchester Marketplace celebrates grand opening at new location

Gary Long helps a customer fill an order at the Manchester Marketplace deli. Photo by Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Six years ago, an idea turned into a small reality when Gary Long and his family opened Manchester Marketplace in downtown North Manchester.

On Oct. 30, the bulk and discount grocery, which also added a deli a couple of years after opening in 2011, made the move to State Road 13, just south of SR 114.

“It was all in the Lord’s time,” Long said. “We have been trying to look for a bigger space for a few years now, and time was all up to Him.”

Posted on 2017 Nov 07
City gets 2 bids for fire training building
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety received two bids Thursday afternoon, Nov. 2, for construction of a new building behind the north side fire station.
 
D.T. Construction Services Inc. bid $193,416 for the work, with an add-on amount of $9,000 should any of the masonry work take place in the winter.
 
Randall Construction bid $179,165.15, with no add-on amount.
 
Posted on 2017 Nov 07
Marksmen’s Guns opens in downtown Wabash

Mark Baun cuts the ribbon Friday afternoon at the grand opening of Marksmen’s Guns, while family and representatives of Grow Wabash County look on. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Marksmen’s Guns opened for business on Friday, Nov. 3, in downtown Wabash.

The business, located at 9 E. Canal St., is owned by Mark Baum, and is a family-run enterprise. His son, Brent Woodyard, will man the business day-to-day.

“I have another job that, well, pays better than this one,” Baum joked during a grand opening celebration. “I’ll be here on weekends and maybe some days after work, but (Woodyard) will be the one here day in and day out.”

Posted on 2017 Nov 07

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