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NM Chamber director steps down

Debra Pyrah

By David Fenker

The North Manchester Chamber of Commerce will soon be under new leadership.

Executive Director Debra Pyrah, hired in February, is resigning, effective Dec. 29.

“We at the Chamber are grateful for Debra's dedication and commitment to advancing the vision of the Chamber of Commerce.  She's helped us get to a better place than the beginning of the year,” Chamber Board President Sebrena Cline said.

We are saddened by this turn of events but wish Debra the best.”

Pyrah's departure was announced in an email to chamber members dated Monday, Dec. 18. Her last day in the office was Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Posted on 2017 Dec 26
Tax caps cut into City Schools budget
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash City School’s 2018 budget received a few cuts on Wednesday, Dec. 13, under the 1782 Notice Notes Report provided by Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.
 
Matt Stone, Wabash’s chief business officer, reported the cuts to the Wabash City Schools Board of Education on Monday, Dec. 18.
 
“The 1782 Notice is the preliminary to our budget order that tells us what they’ve approved in our budget,” Stone said. “At first look, it came back great. The General Fund, they approved exactly what we asked for. Of course Debt Service, exactly what we asked for.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 26
Access Youth Center looks to add laundry, shower facilities
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Access Youth Center is looking to expand its program offerings to add a laundry and shower for its members and their families.
 
The facilities will be located on the main floor of the building, 75 W. Canal St., in the area that the current staff office is located.
 
“We’re in the process of utilizing our space better to serve our kids and parents better,” Director Liz Hobbs told The Paper of Wabash County. “We’re always looking to do that; trying to figure out the best way to do that.
Posted on 2017 Dec 26
Junior Achievement board member retires after 26 years

Tim Stiglich (center) retired this month after servicing 26 years on the Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana Wabash County Board. Board members (from left) Jeremy Stackhouse, Julie Dyson, Danielle Miller, board founder Dave Mann, Mark Frantz and Beth Bruss congratulated Stiglich on his retirement on Tuesday, Dec. 19. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

For 26 years, Tim Stiglich has been “the backbone” of Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana Wabash County Board, according to Julie Dyson, JANI area manager.

Now, Stiglich has decided to retire.

In November 1991, Stiglich took on a position at Ford Meter Box. Shortly after, Dave Mann, JANI Wabash County Board founding member, recruited him to the educational initiative.

Junior Achievement aims to provide youths practical economic education and learning experiences as well as offer community leaders the opportunity to teach, build relationship and increase student interest in business and economics, according to JANI officials.

Posted on 2017 Dec 26
Dillys looks to serve good food, drinks
By David Fenker
 
AKRON – The community’s newest restaurant and bar looks to serve up good food and good drinks.
 
Dillys, located at 117 W. Rochester St. in Akron, opened just more than a month ago.
 
“We have been open since Nov. 20, just a month,” co-owner Michelle Dielman said.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 26
School board to begin strategic planning
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- At a recent school board meeting, Manchester Community Schools interim Superintendent Mike Pettibone openly asked for help from the community.
 
Pettibone announced at the Dec. 12 meeting that he wants to steer the corporation through a strategic planning process throughout the next few months, a process that he feels needs input from outside of the school's administration.
 
“A strategic plan, hopefully, will allow people inside and outside the organization to see and understand what is taking place,” he said, reading from a slideshow.
 
“Hopefully, our decisions match our purpose.”
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 26
‘The Rabbit Man’ retires after 47 years

Don “the Rabbit Man” Weaver (right) retired his title this December with plans to spend more time with his wife, Elda Mae. Weaver raised meat and show rabbits for 47 years and decided now that he’s 82-years-old, it’s a good time to retire from the trade. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Since 1970, Don Weaver of Wabash County has raised and sold rabbits for meat and show.

Located near Northfield High School, for 47 years, Weaver has created a name for himself as the “Rabbit Man.”

Now, he told The Paper of Wabash County, it’s finally time to retire the title.

Weaver initially entered the business because of his son, Ray.

Posted on 2017 Dec 26
2018 legislative session to stress jobs

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch chats with Keith Gillenwater (left), president and CEO of Grow Wabash County, and Mayor Scott Long during a recent visit to Wabash. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Indiana leaders are looking toward the 2018 legislative session with optimism, Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch believes.
 
The session will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 3, in Indianapolis.
 
“Gov (Eric) Holcomb and I are looking forward to the 2018 session with great optimism,” she told The Paper of Wabash County during a recent visit to Wabash County. “I will share with you in my 12 years of experience with the Indiana General Assembly … I’ve never experienced a more collaborative, civil and cooperative session than we just went through."
 
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 26

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