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MSD Board approves study

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Metropolitan School District of Wabash County’s school board voted 3-2 in favor of approving Yager Educational Services to conduct a study for advancement at Tuesday, March 27’s three hour meeting.


Superintendent Mike Keaffaber discussed the reasons as to why the decision was made to go with Yager, and not the other candidate, Administrator Assistance.


“The biggest thing is because it is a qualitative study, and really being able to receive information from the community and our stake holders,” Keaffaber said. “What we did with Phase 1 is something that Administrator Assistance would do. A lot of those things the Community Foundation did for us, and we’re very appreciative of.


“They gave us that information. It really has to do with that community voice. That’s what I’ve been saying. The knowledge and respect that Dr. (Steve) Yager has through his experiences as an educator and also the state board of education (is invaluable).”
 

Posted on 2018 Apr 03
Inclusive Park reaches funding goal

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The people of Wabash County stepped up once again.

This time, they helped the city’s Inclusive Park Committee reach its goal of raising $50,000 in 50 days. Doing so qualified the committee to receive a $50,000 matching grant from the state’s patronicity grant.


Committee co-chair Shelly Myers announced the success with her son, Cason, in a video posted Wednesday, March 28, on the It’s More Than a Playground Facebook page.


The drive’s success helped the committee reach its $1.7 million goal for the park, which will be located on South Carroll Street, just south of the current John Drook Skate Park.
 

Posted on 2018 Apr 03
Officials update residents on WRT

Lagro Town Council president Richard Monce speaks during the Wabash River Trail public meeting. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

LAGRO – The Lagro portion of the Wabash River Trail could be dedicated in early June.


Meanwhile, work on the Wabash to Lagro portion of the trail – specifically, a portion near the Paradise Spring Historic Park – could begin later this year.


Those were the main messages Wednesday, March 28, during a public meeting of the Wabash River Trail committee. The meeting, the second of two public meetings, was ordered by the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority so the WRT committee would qualify for more than $900,000 for the project.

Posted on 2018 Apr 03
Southwood fans, county residents cheer team's historic effort

Southwood sophomore Jackson Simons speaks to the crown during a welcome home rally Saturday evening at the Southwood High School gymnasium after the team returned from Indianapolis. Photo by Joseph Slacian. 

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The reaction of the community following the Class A State boys basketball championship was evident: Win or lose, the Southwood Knights are still champions in their hearts and minds.


Throughout the contest at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Southwood faithful stood and cheered, hoping beyond hope that a miraculous comeback would be at hand. Sadly, it wasn’t. The Knights fell to Morristown, 89-60.


But that didn’t matter to the contingent of fans that braved a Central Indiana snowstorm to attend the Saturday morning contest.

When Carson Blair was announced as the recipient of the Ray Craft Mental Attitude award winner for Class A basketball, the northwest corner of the fieldhouse erupted with cheers.
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 27
Dawes family honored at banquet

The Dawes family pose for a group photo. Photo by Joseph Slacian. 

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

There were few words spoken when Ralph and Greg Dawes accepted the 2017 Wabash County Farm Family of the Year Award on Tuesday, March 20.


However, the words that were spoken were sincere and from the heart.


“We thank the committee, Grow Wabash County and all of you who came tonight,” Ralph said after he and Greg accepted the award on behalf of Liberty Acres Dairy Farm. “We are extremely honored and when we found out the news, we were surprised. We surely appreciate it.”


Ralph said he was once asked why he decided to go into farming instead of a factory job.


“Well, we can’t all work at Fisher Body or Ford or Chrysler,” he said. “We all can’t be doctors or lawyers. Somebody has to produce the food.”
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 27
Washed out bridge to cost county more than $230,000

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

Repairs to the bridge washed out by February's flooding will cost the county roughly $234,000.


County Highway Superintendent John Martin presented the inspection report for the bridge carrying 1050 South over Grant Creek at the March 26 meeting of the county commissioners, and asked for permission to have an engineer continue studying the damage.
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 27
County schools have Kindergarten roundup

Dentist John Conner checks the teeth of Jameson Dennis a the Wabash County Kindegarten Roundup on Wednesday, March 21. 

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Several Wabash County schools participated in Kindergarten Roundup Wednesday, March 21 at the Honeywell Center.


Schools, including Wabash City Schools, Metropolitan of Wabash County, Emmanuel Christian and St. Bernard participated in the event, designed to streamline the process for parents who have a child signing up for kindergarten in the fall.
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 27
Animal shelter responds to NM

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- The Wabash County Animal Shelter recently reached out to the Town of North Manchester regarding animal control services, but the town has moved on.


Shelter Manager Doug Bogert also sent a press release on Friday to the media “to explain the situation between the Town Council of North Manchester and the Wabash County Animal Shelter (WCAS),” according to the release.
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 27

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