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Dumpster Drummers make music from garbage at Southwood Elementary

THE DUMPSTER DRUMMERS, Larry, Doug, and Brandon, play their opening act for hundreds of students in the Southwood Elementary School gymnasium on Thursday, Jan. 15. Dumpster Drummers use music and comedy to teach students about recycling and reusing items that would otherwise go in the landfill. (photo by Eric Stearley)

by Eric Stearley

On Thursday, Jan. 15, Southwood Elementary School students hosted three special guests during a convocation about recycling. Dumpster Drummers, based out of Fort Wayne, brought its informative, musical, and often comical performance to the school gymnasium.

“Manchester College used to always come down for a week and do recycling classes, and then they lost their funding, so when I saw that, I thought, ‘Well, we could have them come in,” said Librarian Brenda Hegel, who coordinated the event. “Then I do recycling lessons the following week to reinforce what they did and go through what we recycle in Wabash through lessons, and I usually try to find some games that we can do.”

Posted on 2015 Jan 20
Filings continue for municipal elections

Democrat mayoral candidate Bob Mullett fills out paperwork at the Wabash County Clerk’s office Friday while Deputy Clerk Teresa Ehret looks on. Joining Mullett at the filing was his wife, Jeni, and his father, Michael Mullett. (Photo by Joseph Slacian)

by Joseph Slacian

There will be a Primary Election in the City of Wabash.

Bob Mullett, as expected, filed his candidacy papers on Friday, seeking the Democrat nomination for mayor. Mullett, the city’s fire chief, will face City Council Member Margaret “Boo” Salb in the May 5 Primary.

“We’re getting ready to get a good start on it,” Mullett told The Paper following the filing. 

Posted on 2015 Jan 20
MCS board elects officers

Flack tabbed as president, Krouse as vice president

By Shaun Tilghman
North Manchester News-Journal

NORTH MANCHESTER - The Manchester Community Schools (MCS) Board elected officers, designated corporation appointments, and discussed board members’ compensation during its meeting on Tuesday as part of the annual school board reorganization.

Corporation Attorney Al Schlitt began the reorganization activities by swearing in the recently elected board members – Brady Burgess, Sally Krouse, Tim McLaughlin, Brian Schilling, and Dr. Nate Trump.

When it came time for the election of officers, members of the board voted unanimously in favor of Trump retaining his position as secretary, while Steve Flack and Krouse switched roles, with the former elected president and the latter vice president, respectively.

Posted on 2015 Jan 20
Social media can be used productively, forum attendees told

by Joseph Slacian

Brock Rose has a simple question one should ask themselves before posting something on social media: Is this something I would want my grandmother to see?

Rose, a self-proclaimed social media non-expert, spoke Friday, Jan. 16, during a Youth Worker Cafe sponsored by the Indiana Youth Institute, the Purdue Extension Office in Wabash County and the Community Foundation of Wabash County.

He spoke to about 30 individuals  -- educators, social workers, parents and others from Wabash and Miami counties -- at the event, which took place at the Heartland REMC community room.
 

Posted on 2015 Jan 20
Wabash County Little League implements new age determination amendment

by Emma Rausch

This past April, Little League International Congress met in Minneapolis, where District Administrators and delegates voted to change the league’s age determination date from April 30 to Dec. 31.

Effective immediately, players, born in or after 2006, will be assigned to a division based on the age they will turn during the 2015 calendar year and will use the new age determination date for the remainder of their Little League career. Players born prior to Jan. 1, 2006, will not be subjugated to the age amendment and will still use April 30 as the cut-off date for division assignments.

In a press release, the league stated that this age amendment resulted from local leagues and districts requesting to provide a better transition for younger players.
 

Posted on 2015 Jan 20
Ivy Tech officials praise Obama's community college plan

By Joseph Slacian

Local and state officials at Ivy Tech Community College are praising President Obama’s plan to allow more students to attend community college.

In a Jan. 9 address at Pellissippi State College in Knoxville, Tenn., Obama unveiled a plan to offer free tuition to eligible students attending community college.

Posted on 2015 Jan 20
4-H enrollment tops 675, officials offer second chance to register

by Joseph Slacian

More than 675 youngsters from around Wabash County signed up for the regular and Mini 4-H programs before the Jan. 15 deadline.

Beginning this year, the Indiana 4-H program imposed the mid-January deadline, and all enrollments had to be done online.

Posted on 2015 Jan 20
Volunteers important to local reservoirs

By Joseph Slacian

Volunteers are important to properties around the state overseen by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

From maintaining trails to entering computer data to helping in nature centers, Hoosiers donate their time and talent around Hoosier state parks in a variety of ways, according to Jody Heaston, volunteer coordinator for the DNR Division of State Parks.

Posted on 2015 Jan 20

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