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Manchester leaves WMAP
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Manchester Community Schools is leaving the Wabash-Miami Area Program (WMAP).
 
The MCS Board of School Trustees chose to leave WMAP in a 7-0 vote at its December meeting.
 
“We have been members of the Wabash-Miami Area Program for quite some time. The four districts – MSD of Wabash County, Peru Community Schools, Wabash City Schools and us – are members of a consortium and we share services with the four districts,“ MCS Superintendent Dr. Bill Reichhart said.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 20
Recorder nearly finished with computer upgrades
By David Fenker
 
Wabash County Recorder Lori Draper needs one more part to finish the computer upgrades for the recorder’s office.
 
At the Monday, Dec. 19 meeting of the County Commissioners, Draper requested additional funds to complete the computer upgrades for her department.
 
“With installation you need more parts than what was bid,” she said.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 20
MCS says no to consolidation talks
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Countywide consolidation is not on the table for Manchester Community Schools.
 
In a 6-0-1 vote at its December meeting, the MCS Board of School Trustees decided to decline an invitation from the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County to discuss the benefits of sharing services, a reorganization study and possible consolidation.
 
“I would wait…The timing isn’t the best at the moment,” Board Secretary Dr. Nathan Trump said, noting that MSD will have several new board members starting in January.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 20
Not all can find holiday spirit
By Emma Rausch
 
‘Tis the season to be jolly, the adage goes, but for those battling seasonal depression, getting into the holiday spirit isn’t easy and at times even impossible.
 
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), also known as the winter blues or seasonal depression, is a type of depression related to changes in season, beginning and ending around the same time each year.
 
In fact, SAD looks exactly the same as any other major depressive episode, according to Matthew Graham, Wabash Bowen Center director.
 
“But the key difference here is that it has an onset that occurs typically late fall, early winter and onto into the spring then you see some … movement away from that seasonal affective disorder state,” Graham told The Paper of Wabash County. “So really what it is is a state that can come and go with intensity levels."
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 20
Dog Park closer to becoming reality
By Joseph Slacian
 
A dog park in Wabash could become a reality in 2017.
 
Stan and Patsy Myers donated land to the organization, headed by longtime dog enthusiast Gary Henderson, earlier this year.
 
On Thursday, Dec. 15, the park’s steering committee designated several subcommittees that will explore various areas and report back when the committee meets again in January.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 20
1 youngster injured in car-bus accident
One youngster reported a minor injury as a result of a car-bus accident on Monday, Dec. 12. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
One youngster suffered minor injuries Monday, Dec. 12, following an accident involving a Wabash City Schools bus.
 
According to a Wabash City Police report:
 
At 10:23 a.m., a vehicle driven by Leah C. Gatchel, 17, Wabash, was traveling south on North Wabash Street when she came upon a stopped bus driven by Teresa Smith Jr., 62, Wabash.
 
Gatchel, a Wabash High School student, attempted to brake after Smith had activated the bus’s safety lights to pick up children for the school day. However, due to ice on the roadway, Gatchel lost control of the vehicle and slid into the back of the bus.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 20
Wabash woman sentenced for double-fatal accident
Emilee J. Bowyer
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A Wabash woman was sentenced Monday, Dec. 12, for felony charges relating to a March car crash that led to the deaths of two Grant County women.
 
In October, Emilee J. Bowyer, 28, pleaded guilty to two counts felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in death and two counts felony operating a vehicle while intoxicated resulting in serious bodily injury.
 
On Dec. 12, Bowyer was sentenced to seven years each in the Department of Corrections for the two counts of operating a vehicle while intoxicated while resulting in death, which are to be served consecutively.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 20
State releases school accountability grades
By The Paper staff
 
The Indiana Department of Education released the 2015-2016 accountability grades Tuesday, Dec. 13, and reported the majority of Wabash County schools received B’s.
 
Of the 13 participating schools, nine received B scores, two received C grades and one received an F.
 
St. Bernard Elementary School was the sole facility to receive an A grade.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 20

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