Local man plows marriage proposal in farmerís field
Kyle Shoemaker’s proposal is read from above in an airplane. Shoemaker proposed to his then-girlfriend, Hidi Hix, on Christmas Eve by writing the marriage proposal in his employer’s Roger Peeble’s field. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
An area woman received a special airplane ride over Wabash County on Christmas Eve, but little did she know it would change her life forever.
Wabash resident Kyle Shoemaker surprised his then-girlfriend Hidi Hix, of Marion, with a holiday flight in a Cherokee airplane.
“I told (Hix) I had a Christmas present that I needed to give to her and we needed to leave the house,” Shoemaker told The Paper of Wabash County. “So we drove to the airport and she still didn’t have a clue what was going on.
“I told her, ‘I thought I’d do something different and take you for an airplane ride,’ and she was real happy with that. The whole time she kept saying how neat it was flying.”
Posted on 2016 Jan 26
Krouse named NM Citizen of the Year
Sally Krouse (third from right) was named the 2015 Citizen of the Year. She is pictured with her family, (from left), daughter-in-law Paige Krouse, son Dan Krouse, husband Bob Krouse, son Sam Krouse, and daughter-in-law Amy Krouse. Photo by Eric Christiansen
By Shaun Tilghman
NORTH MANCHESTER – Sally Krouse was named 2015 Citizen of the Year on Thursday, Jan. 21, during the 72nd Annual North Manchester Chamber of Commerce Dinner.
In addition, Education for Conflict Resolution received the 2015 Spirit of the Community Award, while Werking Studio received the 2015 Commerce Award during the event, which took place at the Jo Young Switzer Center on the Manchester University campus.
Also during the dinner, Executive Director Laura Rager recapped the Chamber’s 2015 year, and Incoming Executive Board Chair Elizabeth Smith shared her outlook for 2016.
Posted on 2016 Jan 26
LaFontaine native returns for book signing
Melody S. (McVicker) Deal presented her novel “On the Wings of a Dove” to Troyer Memorial Library librarian Janice Dawes. Deal’s novel is a period piece set in LaFontaine, the author’s hometown. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
LAFONTAINE – Melody S. (McVicker) Deal, a first-time author raised in LaFontaine, returned to her hometown on Sunday, Jan. 17, for a meet-and-greet and book signing of her novel, “On the Wings of a Dove,” a novel based in 20th century LaFontaine.
“Small town life, and especially when we growing up … it was a different world then,” Deal told The Paper of Wabash County. “It was a safe place. We could leave the house at night and go play and stay gone all day and just be home by dark was the rule. Just so many sweet memories and just wonderful people here.
“So my book’s a period piece, 1903, so it just lent itself really well. This was a farming community when I was a kid and it still has that flavor to it. … So when I knew it was going to about a farming family, I knew it’d have to (take place) in my hometown.”
Posted on 2016 Jan 26
Lagro resident files for County Coroner
Suzie Lewis
By Emma Rausch
Lagro resident Suzie Lewis filed for the Republican nomination for the Wabash County Coroners position on Tuesday, Jan. 19.
For the past two years, Lewis has worked as Deputy Coroner with current Coroner Carol Whitesel and she told The Paper of Wabash County she’s ready now to step up and run for the position.
Lewis became interested in the Deputy Coroner’s position after working as an EMT with the volunteer Lagro, Urbana and Noblesville fire departments for several years. She has served the community as a volunteer EMT for 17 years.
Posted on 2016 Jan 26
Local womanís search for birth parents receives update
By Emma Rausch
NORTH MANCHESTER – Wabash County resident Sally Gamsby has searched for her birth parents since she was 18-years-old. Finally, she has a lead.
After publishing an article in The Paper of Wabash County on Jan. 13, Gamsby, 67, received a letter regarding her family’s whereabouts from the Wabash County Department of Public Welfare.
According to the Department, Gamsby was born Sally Sue Hall on Aug. 25, 1948.
Posted on 2016 Jan 26
Marelliís Bloom Boutique celebrates second birthday
By The Paper staff
Marelli's Bloom Boutique in downtown Wabash is getting ready to celebrate the boutique’s second anniversary. 
The business opened on Jan. 29, 2014, and is located at 35 W. Market St. Marelli’s plans on celebrating the anniversary with a pajama birthday bash. 
“We are so excited to celebrate the boutique’s second birthday,” owner Maria Marshall said. “We are thrilled to be a part of the growing and ever changing downtown and are looking forward to just having fun and celebrating the boutique with our customers.”  
Posted on 2016 Jan 26
Paradise Spring annual meeting to focus on Miami Indians
By The Paper staff
Dr. Stewart Rafert will be speaking on “The Miami Indians, Past and Present” at the annual meeting of Paradise Spring Historical Park at 6:30pm Jan. 27 in the Wabash County Historical Museum meeting room. 
The evening will begin with a carry-in soup and sandwich supper.  The public is invited to this free event, though donations will be accepted to the Paradise Spring Park Maintenance Fund. RSVP by calling 260-571-2879.
Posted on 2016 Jan 19
Two City Schools board members resign
By Joseph Slacian
Just weeks after being reappointed by the Wabash City Council and assuming positions with the Wabash City Schools board, Bill Konyha and Matt Bruss have submitted their resignations.
Superintendent Jason Callahan, in a news release issued Saturday, Jan. 16, announced that the school board was to meet on Tuesday, Jan. 19, to accept the resignation and approve replacements for the pair.
The board was notified that their appointments could likely fall within the prohibition of holding two lucrative positions as defined in the Dual Office Holders Guide prepared by the Indiana Attorney General, Callahan said in the release.
Posted on 2016 Jan 19

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