Heartland culinary students get hands-on demonstration
Heartland Career Center
student Lili Kuczewski (left) watches as classmate Ashley Enyert makes a cut on a chicken. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Karen Lackey hoped to teach students in Chef Brad Luzadder’s culinary arts class at the Heartland Career Center the fine art of cutting apart a whole chicken.
She did that and more last week.
Lackey, a long time home economist with the Indiana Farm Bureau, taught students in Luzadder’s morning and afternoon classes several things to consider when grocery shopping as well as about chicken and poultry in general.
“People don’t really know what parts a chicken has anymore,” she told nine students in the morning class. “Some may think the only part of a chicken has is the breast because they like white meat. They really don’t stop to think there are legs and wings and thighs and backs and giblets, all the things that go along with (chickens).”
Pat McGann kicks off Historic Eagles comedy series
By Emma Rausch
The Thursday Night Comedy Series kicks off on Feb. 18 with Chicago comedian Pat McGann at the Historic Eagles Theatre.
McGann began his comedic career in 2007 when he transitioned from packaging salesman to stand up comedian.
“I wanted to make less money and travel more and have to work harder,” he kidded in a phone interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “No, I just always loved about being involved in comedy as a writer, probably is what I thought at first.
“Then I realized in Chicago there’s not a lot of big opportunities to write so I just started writing stuff, going to open mics and loved performing.”
Local court awaits OK to buy new computer system; Indiana Supreme Court fails to approve first request
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash City Court Judge Tim Roberts has mailed a second request to the Indiana Supreme Court seeking permission to buy a CSI (Computer Systems, Inc.) Judicial Tracking System.
A request from Roberts sent to the state’s high court late last year was returned recently without permission to purchase the system.
Rather, Roberts said as he updated the Wabash City Council on Monday, Jan. 25, that the court’s response was rather confusing.
County schools’ accountability grades released, no changes
By Emma Rausch
The Indiana Department of Education released the 2015 school accountability grades on Tuesday, Jan. 26. However, the records show no local school corporation has improved since 2014, but scores haven’t dropped either.
The grades are based off of the Indiana’s standardized assessment, the ISTEP exam. In 2015, late changes made to the exam as well as problems with distributing the exam led to big drops in student scores and caused discord among state and local educators.
On Thursday, Jan. 21, Gov. Mike Pence signed Senate Bill 200 into effect. The bill “provides that a school’s or school corporation’s category or designation of performance for the 2014-2015 school year may not be lower than the grade assigned … by the state board of education for the 2013-2014 school year” and that it may only improve, according to the bill.
Pyle resigns from Health Department Board
By Emma Rausch
Dr. Jeffrey Pyle resigned from the Wabash County Health Department Board on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
After serving on the Board for 17 years, Pyle wrote that “I can no longer associate myself with the Wabash County government” in his resignation letter to the Wabash County Commissioners.
Commissioner chairman Barry Eppley told The Paper of Wabash County that Pyle’s resignation was not a surprise.
“I thank Dr. Pyle for his years of service to the Health Board and wish him well in future endeavors,” Eppley said.
Bill would impact local family farm
By Shaun Tilghman
A measure prohibiting farms from selling food directly to restaurants was expected to be considered on Monday in the Indiana House of Representatives.
The measure would impact the work of the J.J. Hawkins Family Farm in North Manchester, according to Jeff and Zach Hawkins.
The two were in Indianapolis the last several weeks, testifying before the House Committee on agriculture and Rural Development. The committee passed House Bill 1267 last week and it was scheduled for a second reading before the full House on Monday.
In addition, they spoke before the Wabash County Council on Jan. 25, prior to the Council taking a stand on behalf of the local business. Wabash County Commissioners passed a similar measure earlier in the day.
Ribbon cutting marks Livelihood Computers grand opening
(center) cuts the red ribbon marking the grand opening for Livelihood Computers. Lively was joined by his fiancée Jennifer Hipsher (second from left), Mayor Scott Long (third from right) and Chamber representatives. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Livelihood Computers celebrated its grand opening in Wabash on Wednesday, Jan. 27, with a ceremonious ribbon cutting with representatives of the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce.
Storeowner Adam Lively, a North Manchester resident and Ivy Tech Wabash Campus graduate, started the computer-maintenance store on Jan. 4.
He decided to open the store last year after getting engaged to his girlfriend, Jennifer Hipsher, and saw a need for his expertise in Wabash.
Statehouse hosts statewide Chamber Day
By The Paper staff
On Feb. 9, the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce and more than a dozen other chambers from around Indiana will convene at the Statehouse for the 2016 Statewide Chamber Day, coordinated by the Indiana Chamber Executives Association (ICEA).
County officials and small business owners will have the opportunity to watch the Indiana General Assembly, take a tour of the Statehouse, take a first hand look at the legislative process and have lunch with other chamber advocacy teams from throughout Indiana.
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