Local high school student recognized for outstanding musicianship

By Emma Rausch

Jeremy Nevil leans into his guitar and curls his fingers around the neck, his pre-recorded audio track displayed on the projected screen behind him. Sitting in a boardroom filled with friends, family, and members of Metropolitan School District Education Board, all eyes are on him as he starts to play one of his original songs, “Let’s Get Crazy.”

On Monday Feb. 9, the MSD Board of Education recognized Nevil, a 17-year-old singer, songwriter, producer and Northfield senior, for his outstanding musicianship.

Since starting high school, Nevil has performed in All-State Honor Choir and Wabash County High School Honor Choir all four years, participated in the Visual and Performing Arts Summer Theater, performed vocally and instrumentally in musical concerts for Manchester University, and produced and published his own three-song album, “Here’s to Firsts” on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.

Posted on 2015 Feb 19
Stellar plans undergo changes

By Joseph Slacian

The City of Wabash’s plans for the Stellar Grant program have changed somewhat in the last few weeks.

Most notably, two programs – the outdoor amphitheater at Paradise Spring Historical Park and the all-inclusive park at the John W. Drook Skate Park – have been removed from the list of projects.

The amphitheater, Mayor Robert Vanlandingham noted, was removed because it is in a flood plain of the Wabash River.

The all-inclusive park, he continued, was removed because none of the three agencies involved with the Stellar Grant – the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority – provide funding for such projects.

Posted on 2015 Feb 19
Local educators believe ISTEP changes needed

By Emma Rausch

The Indiana 2015 ISTEP exam is undergoing emergency revision to shorten its 12-hour length before it is administered in March, the Department of Education announced.

On Feb. 9, Gov. Mike Pence signed an executive order to shorten the length.

“Doubling the length of the 2015 ISTEP test is unacceptable and requires an immediate solution,” said Pence in a statement. “As soon as I learned of this issue, I vowed to support efforts to shorten the test while preserving the accountability that Hoosier students and families deserve.”

Posted on 2015 Feb 19
Secretary of State honors Timbercrest

By Shaun Tilghman

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Just months after Timbercrest Senior Living Community residents and staff concluded their yearlong celebration of the 125th anniversary, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson sent a letter congratulating the institution for being a registered business entity in good standing for more than 115 years.

In the letter, Lawson said, “I commend you and your business for your continued success. There are very few entities in our state that can claim the same dedication to the communities they serve. This type of hard work and commitment exemplifies what it means to be a Hoosier. I look forward to many more great things to come from you and the Church Of The Brethren Home Inc. Thank you again for all your hard work and dedication. Congratulations!”

Posted on 2015 Feb 19
Hanna Park Project designs finalized

By Emma Rausch

On Feb. 9, the Hanna Park Project Committee finalized the renovation design plans for the Hanna Park and playground installation date.

Since October 2014, the committee raised approximately $37,000 for the park renovations, including donations from the Ford Meter Box Foundation, Living Essentials, and in-kind donations from Marty Winkleman of Pappy’s Grills who will donate new grills and Hank’s Construction which will be leveling and preparing the site to install the playground.

Posted on 2015 Feb 19
Chief seeks to raise funds for fire safety trailer

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash Fire Chief Bob Mullett is seeking community support to purchase a fire safety trailer for use by the various fire departments around Wabash County.

Mullett discussed his plans publicly on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Business Before Hours program sponsored by the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce.

“This something that I actually brought up a few years ago,” he said. “I was trying to figure out how to educate not only children, but also seniors in the community.”

The trailer, which could be used at schools, fairs and other events, would cost about $77,000, “with all the bells and whistles,” he said.

Posted on 2015 Feb 19
City Council OKs change to TIF District

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash City Council unanimously approved a resolution amending the city’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district in the downtown area Feb. 9.

The move paves the way to help collect funding to be used toward its Stellar Community Grant initiative.

According to Richard Starkey, an attorney for Barnes & Thornburgh in Indianapolis, the measure adds “parcels to the plan impacted by the Stellar project so we can do all the projects promised in the Stellar application.”

Posted on 2015 Feb 19
Wabash County Transit provided nearly 35,000 rides in 14

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash County Transit (WCT) provided 34,748 rides to 1,726 individuals in 2014, according to figures provided The Paper of Wabash County by Beverly Ferry, Chief Executive Officer of Living Well in Wabash County.

The number of riders, she said, was down less than 100 from 2013. However, the total number of rides was down by 7,000.

She attributed the drop in ridership to two things. The harsh winter weather in January and February prevented the WCT vehicles from operating several days in early 2014.

Posted on 2015 Feb 19

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