by Eric Stearley
In 2012, Collin Tennant won the Wabash County Showmanship Round Robin and was named Supreme Showmanship Champion. This took many by surprise, as the soon-to-be eighth grader was in only his 5th year of 4-H. This year at the Indiana State Fair, Collin was the youngest contestant in the Showmanship Round Robin field, and once again, he defied the odds and was named Supreme Showmanship Reserve Grand Champion.
At the state fair, the top two showmen in cattle, sheep, and swine compete for the Supreme Showman title. In his first round robin at the state fair, Tennant didn’t think he had much of a chance to win.
“These kids that were in there with me knew what they were doing, because it’s the state fair, and everybody knows the people that win at the state fair just don’t mess around,” said Tennant. “I was really nervous going into it, and when I got out there, I kind of loosened up a little bit and did what I was supposed to do.”
Tennant said he’s been in the barn ever since he could walk. His parents, Brad and Kim Tennant, showed animals in their youth and taught Collin and his sister, Chaynee, how to work with animals.
As a former county round robin champion, Collin is ineligible to compete for the county title, but still had an impressive run at this year’s county fair, showing the Grand Champion Market Lamb. Chaynee appears to have a bright future as well, showing the Grand Champion Ewe, Reserve Grand Champion Market Lamb, and bringing home the Junior Supreme Sheep Showmanship title at the county fair.
Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of nine articles outlining each of the proposed projects included in this year’s Stellar Communities application.
by Eric Stearley
The Stellar Communities program is all about revitalization and community rebirth. Many of the projects are focused on bringing money into the area. A newly remodeled theatre will attract visitors interested in the arts. Connectivity improvements will make it easier for everyone to access the city’s many assets. The neighborhood owner-occupied rehabilitation projects is unique in this way; rather than investing in public spaces, this project will directly help current residents make improvements to the homes they own.
“This program will essentially help these homeowners make necessary repairs to their homes,” said Wabash Marketplace Executive Director Patrick Sullivan. “It’s not going to be aesthetics, it’s going to be, ‘Hey, we really have these major issues.’”
Marketplace reached out to homeowners in the area through a number of avenues, including a partnership with Living Well in Wabash County. Information on the grants was distributed at the senior center and during food bank tailgates. This year, 50 applications were requested, and of those returned, 17 homeowners qualified for the program.
“In this client acquisition process, we’ve really found that there’s a major need for this in Wabash,” said Sullivan. “Everything from calls from people who haven’t had a water heater in three years. This is Indiana. You can’t survive without a water heater.”
Wabash Area Community Theater is excited to announce their all-star cast for the upcoming fall production “Carousel”. “Carousel” will be performed at the Ford Theater in the Honeywell Center on Sept. 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Sept. 28 at 2 p.m.
The cast includes: Rex Tharp, Alyssa Lehman, Amanda Lehman, Lauren Millspaugh, Eric Seaman, John Minkler, Bob Wade, Josie Wade, Sandy Ploss, Todd Dazey, Ware Wimberly, Amira Siddiqui, Susie Jones, Alex Peterson, Kasey Neuman, Megan Smith, Erik Ziner, Zayne Hunter, Diane Eshelman, Molly Dazey, Madeline Dazey, Samantha Kramer, Eric Reichenbach, Bruce Rovelstad, Charly Dye, Lee Arwood, Jeremy Neuman and Casey Reaves.
The production team includes: Marsha Vermillion, director; Judy Ward, musical director; Ham Sadler, stage manager; Jenny Steele-Payne, costumes; Chynna Fry, choreography; Marilyn Mason, lighting; Eileen Dye and Jane Willmert, rehearsal pianists; Mike Higgins, set design; Gary Dale and Mark Sapusek, set construction; Lisa Rice and Lindy Griffith props; Mandi Shull, assistant stage director; Beth Miller, Bev Vanderpool and Cindy Rich, producers.
by Emily Armentrout
On Saturday, Aug. 23, Wabash City Schools held the inaugural induction ceremony for the Wabash City Schools Hall of Distinction, inducting 13 former graduates and four non Wabash High School graduates. These members were inducted “in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in life, dedicated service to others, enriching the history of Wabash City Schools and maintaining the highest standard of conduct and character.”
“The committee felt like there have been people who have had incredible influences, like Mark Honeywell, that should be in the Hall of Distinction. We span 145 years of our history. John Olsen graduated from Northwestern University but he didn’t graduate from high school. If you said we were only going to honor those who graduated from the high school then I think we were going to limit some people,” explained Wabash City Schools Superintendent, Jason Callahan.
With the long history of Wabash High School and the recent creation of the Wabash High School Athletic Hall of Fame, WCS felt like they were missing people who had profound influences on the school and the city of Wabash in only honoring athletics.
The ceremony began with a welcome from WCS Superintendent Jason Callahan, with the National Anthem sung and a performance by Symphonic Voices. The ceremony was followed by a reception and tour of Wabash High School.
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of nine articles outlining each of the proposed projects included in this year’s Stellar Communities application. With all nine projects scheduled for completion within the next four years, there are a lot of changes coming to Wabash in the near future. We wanted to look into each of these projects to better explain what the Stellar Communities designation means for Wabash.
by Eric Stearley
Wabash is now a Stellar Community. With the wait over and the anxiety gone, there is a lot of work to be done.
“We realized as soon as we exhaled that the real work was starting,” said Marketplace’s Patrick Sullivan following the announcement.
Some of the first changes residents are likely to see will be streetscape and connectivity improvements coming to downtown.
“These improvements will activate underutilized public space and restore aging streetscape through new pavement, curbs, and sidewalks,” the Stellar application outlines.
The project will focus on Market Street, part of Canal Street, and Allen Street, which connects the two near Paradise Spring Historical Park. The biggest change will be the conversion of Market and Canal Streets east of Wabash Street into two-way streets.
“One of the issues we have with fully utilizing Paradise Spring Historical Park and the museum and some other opportunities down there is the fact that it’s so difficult for out-of-towners to find because of one-way streets,” said Economic Development Group CEO Bill Konyha. “You’ll actually be able to turn right on Market Street and go to the museum, instead of having to make three right turns; same with Paradise Spring. You can go to Paradise Spring by going down either Market or Canal Street, and you’ll be able to leave Paradise Spring by taking either Canal or Market Street.”
by Eric Stearley
In this year’s election cycle, both Manchester Community Schools and the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County have open seats on their school boards. Manchester has 4 of 7 seats open, and MSD has two seats open on its board of five. When the deadline came and filing closed on Friday, Aug. 22, there were eight total candidates, four from each district.
There is some competition for positions on the MSD school board, which will see a new face in at least one of its two seats up for election. Vice President Ryan Rosen from the Northwest District is not seeking reelection, and two candidates, Todd Dazey and Jeffrey N. Snyder, hope to take his spot. President Matthew P. Driscoll from the Northeast District has filed for reelection, with Bradley A. Fleck looking to take his seat. Seats held by Troy Baer (Northwest District), John Gouveia (Northeast District), and Kevin Bowman (Southern District) are not up for election this year.
School board election rules prohibit more than two board members from a single district. With Gouveia and Baer already on the board, there is only one seat open for candidates from each district. This breaks the four-man field into two head-to-head races. Dazey will battle Snyder for the Northwest District seat, and Fleck will challenge sitting President Driscoll for the Northeast District seat.
In North Manchester, it appears this year’s election will be little more than a formality, with four incumbents running unopposed. President Sally Krouse filed to run in the Chester District, and Secretary Nathan Trump will run in Pleasant District. Timothy McLaughlin looks to once again represent the Town District, as does Brian Schilling. Seats held by Vice President Steve Flack, Byron Brunn, and Brady Burgess are not up for election this year. Barring any unforeseen developments, the Manchester school board will emerge from the Nov. 4 elections unchanged.
Polls open at 6 a.m. on Nov. 4 and will be open until 6 p.m.
by Eric Stearley
In the information age, it seems that something is always going viral. Whether it’s planking, coning, or cute cat videos, there is always a new fad sweeping the Internet. Usually, these are funny and frivolous. This time, it’s more serious, a viral video challenge raising money for a good cause. If you haven’t heard of the ALS ice bucket challenge, you haven’t been on social media – or watched the news – for a long time. This is officially the summer of the Ice Bucket Challenge, and TIME reported on Monday that the challenged has raised nearly $80 million for the ALS Association. But what exactly is it?
ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease. It was made famous when the New York Yankee’s first baseman, Lou Gehrig, was diagnosed, forced to retire and ultimately died. It causes motor neurons to deteriorate, diminishing and ultimately eliminating the neurons’ ability to transmit signals from the brain to the muscles they control. As the disease progresses, it causes paralysis.
Wabash County CASA is happy to announce they have scheduled a new volunteer training.
CASA is “court appointed special advocate.” Volunteers are serving children in the most difficult situations of their young lives. These children depend upon volunteers to help insure their placements into safe, stable, permanent homes. Volunteers are the voices of innocent children in the courtroom. They provide consistent and caring support of a child going through the though personal legal process due to his/her parent(s) or guardian’s abuse or neglect.
The CASA volunteer can help assure that placements and services provided truly are in the best interest of each child. CASA volunteers review the case, gather data, meet with the child(ren) and go to Family Team meetings. They are officials of the court and provide the judge with third part, nonbiased recommendations in the best interest of the child(ren) they are representing so that the judge has as much information as possible to make difficult decisions for the lives of these children.
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