By Emma Rausch
In early January, inclement weather caused Wabash County schools to classes for a few days. While Wabash City Schools missed two days, the Metropolitan School District and Manchester Community Schools missed three days at the start of the new semester.
MCS Superintendent Dr. Bill Reichhart said from a safety standpoint, snow days are a good thing because they keep children safe from accidents caused by bad weather.
“On the other hand, it causes us to make up those days if we can’t come in,” he said. “Any time you miss school there are challenges. We are accountable for meeting the state’s standards in our classrooms. It’s important to get as many educational days in as possible before our students take the standardized tests.”
The Nick Harless Band, a blues music group, will perform at the Eagles Theatre on Feb. 12. The musicians include (from left) Harless Brothers Band Nick Harless, lead guitar and singer, Dave Huff, drummer; and Sad Sam Blues Jam guitarist Sam Johnson on bass. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
The Nick Harless Band will perform at the Eagles Theatre on Feb. 12 as the second show in the Thursday Night Blues series. Known for his role in the Harless Brothers Band, Nick Harless will perform with drummer Dave Huff and Sad Sam Blues Jam guitarist Sam Johnson.
Harless is no stranger to the Eagles Theatre, having performed there in September 2013 with the Harless Brothers Band. Recalling the stage, Harless said the venue provides a great opportunity to be close to the audience.
“I enjoy the intimate settings because you can connect with people when you can see their faces and see how they react,” he said.
By Emma Rausch
A set of grandparents from Wabash County fell victim to an apparent phone scam that cost them more than $1,200.
Meanwhile, the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce warned its members in a business brief last week of another scam wherein the caller impersonated the Chamber.
Wabash resident Jennifer McSpadden chats with a history buff during an author's fair in December at the Indiana Historical Society. Her book, "A Leaf of Voices," is available on Amazon.com and the Barnes & Noble website, as well as at the Wabash County Historical Museum. Photo provided
By Joseph Slacian
As a volunteer at the Wabash County Historical Museum several years ago, Jennifer McSpadden was given a task to do.
“I had a Civil War project that was to find a list of all the people who died from Wabash County, because there’s no memorial anywhere,” she said. “There’s a little memorial in Center Grove Cemetery where they’ve got this stone column, and on each side of the four-sided column, they’ve got 10 names on each side. It’s for those who were unreturned from the area, which includes a lot of people from Huntington.”
By The Paper Staff
The Wabash County Historical Society will meet Tuesday, Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. at the Wabash County Historical Museum.
Sarah Siders will be presenting the program, “Wabash County Connections to the Miami Indians.”
The program is free and open to the public.
Those attending should enter through the doors from the east parking lot.
A North Manchester man was arrested Wednesday night on three counts of child molestation.
By Joseph Slacian
Ever since he was a foreign exchange student at Northfield High School in 1969-70, Ernie Cortabarria made sure to contact his host mother, Mary Schenkel, on her birthday.
This year, to celebrate Mrs. Schenkel’s 86th birthday, Cortabarria gave her a very special present. He and his family – wife, Mariatiela, son, Santiago, and daughter, Matilde – spent four days in Wabash as part of a trip to the United States from their native Uruguay.
On Friday morning, Cortabarria and his family toured Northfield High School. They were joined by Ron Schenkel, who was a Northfield student during Cortabarria’s visit 45 years ago, Tim Grossman, who lived down the road to the Schenkels and befriended Cortabarria, and NHS principal Mike Keaffaber, who is Schenkel’s brother-in-law.
by Eric Stearley
A class action lawsuit has been filed against Harvey Industries following the layoff of 143 workers on Dec. 31. The case was filed with the United States District Court’s Northern Indiana district on Jan. 16.
On Jan. 2, Harvey Industries announced the layoff of two-thirds of its employees due to “unforeseeable business circumstances,” namely the loss of two large contracts with General Motors and Modine, two of the company’s largest clients.
The lawsuit cites Harvey Industries’ failure to comply with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which requires companies to give workers 60 days notice of an impending mass layoff or plant closing. The plaintiffs, represented by Philip J. Gibbons Jr. of Gibbons Legal Group, P.C., based in Indianapolis, are seeking damages in the amount of 60 days’ pay and Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) benefits, totaling more than $1 million.
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