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Bus, tractor collision results in no injuries
A collision between a school bus and tractor on Tuesday, Nov. 15, resulted in no injuries. Photo by David Fenker
 
By David Fenker
 
LAKETON -- No injuries and little damage were reported in an accident Tuesday morning involving a Manchester Community Schools bus and a tractor.
 
Shortly after 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, the bus carrying children and a tractor collided near Manchester Intermediate School in Laketon.
 
According to MCS Business Manager Scott Bumgardner, who was on the scene with MCS Superintendent Dr. Bill Reichhart shortly after the collision, the bus and tractor were passing each other on Woodring Road when the bus caught on the edge of a piece of equipment pulled by the tractor.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 22
Storms cancel lighting ceremony
Aubrey Hanes, 5, tells Santa Claus what she would like for Christmas during a visit Friday night at the Wabash Marketplace office. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
The excitement was building in downtown Friday evening, Nov. 18, as people were anticipating the annual lighting of the Christmas lights atop the Wabash County Courthouse.
 
The skies were lit, but it was courtesy of Mother Nature. 
 
Thunderstorms rolled in about 45 minutes before the start of the lighting ceremony, causing officials to cancel the ceremony. It also slowed the annual Holiday Night to Remember celebration in the downtown area.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 22
MCS board discusses consolidation invitation
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- A meeting regarding countywide consolidation is on the agenda for the Dec. 13 meeting of the Manchester Community Schools Board of School Trustees.
 
The board heard a letter from Metropolitan School District of Wabash County Superintendent Mike Keaffaber at their November meeting. The letter, read by MCS Superintendent Dr. Bill Reichhart, invited Reichhart and the MCS board to meet with Keaffaber and the MSD board to look at options for the possible consolidation of the county”‘s three districts, among other items.
 
The MCS board discussed the invitation in an executive session after their public meeting Tuesday, Nov. 15.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 22
MCS considers marketing director
By David Fenker
 
The creation of a new marketing, communications and information director was a topic of contention at the November meeting of the Manchester Community Schools Board of School Trustees.
 
“One of the things the board has asked me to do is to improve the marketing, communication and data management in MCS,” Superintendent Dr. Bill Reichhart said.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 22
2 officers join Wabash Police
Mayor Scott Long presents the oaths of office certificates to Wabash’s newest police officers, Joseph A. Treska (left) and Colin A. Gouveia during the Nov. 14 Wabash City Council meeting.  Photos by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Two new police officers received ceremonial oaths when the Wabash City Council met on Monday, Nov. 14.
 
Mayor Scott Long gave the oaths to Colin A. Gouveia and Joseph A. Treska while family and friends, as well as fellow officers, looked on.
 
With the hiring of these two new officers, the Wabash Police Department is now back up to full strength, according to Capt. Matt Benson, the department’s Public Information Officer. They fill vacancies left by recent retirements.
Posted on 2016 Nov 22
NM Chamber seeks new executive director
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- The North Manchester Chamber of Commerce is in the process of hiring a new executive director.
 
The Chamber’s Board of Directors announced that previous executive director Laura Rager no longer held the position via an email to Chamber members Tuesday, Nov. 15.
 
The email stated that Rager’s time in the position ended on Oct. 18, and that Anne Myers will fill the executive director’s role as an interim director until such time as a replacement is hired.
 
Rager declined to comment on the transition. 
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 22
Small Business Revolution names semi-finalists
By Joseph Slacian
 
Eight communities around the United States were named semi-finalists in the Deluxe Corp.’s 2017 Small Business Revolution.
 
The eight were selected from more than 14,000 entries, Amanda Brinkman, chief brand and communications officer for Deluxe, announced Wednesday in a video.
 
Teams from Deluxe will spend the next two months visiting the communities – Marietta, Ohio, Woodland Park, Co., Georgetown, S.C., Frostburg, Md., Red Wing, Minn., North Adams, Mass., and Kingsburg, Calif. – to narrow the field down to between four and six finalists, Brinkman said.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 22
President Caray? VP Zobrist? Variety of candidates receive write-in votes
By Joseph Slacian
 
Imagine, President Snoop Dogg. 
 
How about President Harry Caray and Vice President Ben Zobrist?
 
What about Sen. Batman?
 
Those are just some of the candidates to receive write-in votes from Wabash County residents during the Nov. 8 General Election.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 22

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