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Local development class supports 7-year-old’s park efforts
The Leadership Development Wabash County Committee met with LaFontaine locals to discuss plans regarding the revitalized town park. Those attending the meeting included (front row, from left) Tom Polk, Pastor Crystal Jacobson, Bonnie Corn, Melisa Green, Donyell Adkins, (back row, from left) LaFontaine town clerk Cindy Erb, Ethel Eib, Lisa Medich, Kayla Sprayue, Megan Castle, Kayla Fulmer, Ramona Johnson, Gary Nose, Brian Zolman, Hugh Cook, Laurie Brane and Eva Simpson. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
LAFONTAINE – The Leadership Development Wabash County Program is making a boy’s dream come true in LaFontaine.
 
Since he was 3-years-old, LaFontaine resident Thatcher Simpson, 7, has wheeled his homemade lemonade stand to the LaFontaine Ashland Days Festival to raise awareness and collect donations to help save the town’s park.
 
Thatcher raised approximately $1,500 for the park fund and donated it to the town council to manage.
 
Sadly, in 2015, some of the playground’s equipment was torn down due to structural concerns. However, Thatcher and his family haven’t lost all hope thanks to the efforts of the Leadership Development Committee.
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Wellbrooke of Wabash donates ‘hope’
Beverly Ferry (left), Living Well in Wabash County CEO, smiles for a photo as she accepts a check from  Wellbrooke of Wabash executive director Ruth Fuchs (right). Wellbrooke of Wabash donated $1,170 to the Living Well Community Cupboard on Friday, Feb. 5. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Wellbrooke of Wabash donated more than $4,000 to local community service organizations this holiday season after raising the funds through its Hope for the Holidays event.
 
The fundraising event was created by Wellbrooke’s parent company Trilogy Health Services. Each year, Wellbrooke of Wabash and its sister health campuses across a four-state area participate in the annual fundraiser.
 
The year Hope for the Holidays raised more than $620,000 company-wide, which was an increase of more than $200,000 from the previous year.
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
New barbershop opens in Market Street Square
Andy’s Barber Shop owner Andy Culver finishes the final touches on Adam House’s haircut. Culver decorated his shop in sports memorabilia and other miscellaneous items to give the shops a comfortable feeling for visiting customers. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Market Street Square has a new tenant, Andy’s Barber Shop.
Owner and Wabash resident Andy Culver opened the store in January and hosted an open house on Jan. 2.
 
Culver told The Paper of Wabash County he likes the space because it’s centrally located and there’s opportunity for the building to grow more businesses.
 
“The fact that it’s more private and back a little ways (from the windows is a plus),” he said. “You’re not necessarily seeing or watching everything going on in the street. You can kind of come back here and feel like you’re getting away a little bit.”
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Huntington County YSB expanding programs here
By Joseph Slacian
 
A pair of suicide prevent training classes are planned for March 1 at the Wabash County YMCA.
 
The classes will be presented by the Youth Service Bureau of Huntington County, the agency’s executive director, Jan Williams, told the Wabash City Council on Monday, Feb. 8.
 
Williams appeared before the new Council to update it on a variety of programs it is or has been offering in Wabash County since the YSB of Wabash County closed in April 2013.
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Anonymous takes stand in Wabash
Drew, supporter of the nationally known group Anonymous, stands on the sidewalk at the corner of Cass and Stitt Streets with his signs that say, “Wake Up. Stand Up. Be Free.” Drew, who did not provide his last name, said his demonstration was against “corrupt” government. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A Wabash man is asking locals to “wake up, stand up and be free” against the United States government.
 
Since Thursday, Feb. 11, a local man who goes by Drew has dawned a Guy Fawkes mask and waved at passing vehicles at the corner of Cass and Stitt Streets.
 
Drew is demonstrating against “corrupt” government and is taking his stand in Wabash because it’s his home, he told The Paper of Wabash County.
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Local EMA to host amateur emergency radio class
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County Emergency Management and Miami County Amateur Radio Clubs will be hosting amateur emergency radio class beginning Tuesday, Feb. 23.
 
Hosted by the Wabash County Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the class is intended to “spur” new interest in the local club and amateur radio, which is also referred to as ham radio.
 
“The Amateur Radio Club of Wabash County has been around for a long time,” said Keith Walters, EMA director and class instructor. “We’re trying to re-spur interest in amateur radio, get some new members, get some old members to come back and get the club to be a bit more active again and the way to do that is to put on one of these classes.”
 
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Clark family overwhelmed by community support
“Mr. Action Auctioneer” JP Pitts, and his wife, Dana, conduct the auction of over 100 items during the benefit for Brian Clark, and his family, held Jan. 23 at the North Manchester Moose Family Center. Photo by Eric Christiansen
 
By Shaun Tilghman
 
Kenny and Kathie Clark, and their sons Brian and Chris, have always taken pride in being part of a close-knit community like North Manchester, but even they admit that the recent outpouring of love and support from their fellow community members took them by surprise.
 
On Jan. 23, the local Moose Family Center hosted a benefit for Brian, 37, who is in the debilitating stages of Multiple Sclerosis. The event featured a freewill donation hog roast dinner and a live auction conducted by “Mr. Action Auctioneer” JP Pitts, as well as music and dancing.
 
Donations for the auction were accepted at the Moose in the weeks leading up to the benefit, which was planned as a fundraiser to help the family purchase a transport vehicle and furnish Brian’s apartment with handicap-accessible equipment.
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Visitor spending up in 2014, study shows
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash County visitors spent 2.9 percent more in 2014 than in 2013, according to a new study released this week by Visit Wabash County and the Economic Development Group of Wabash County.
 
According to the Tourism Economic Impact Analysis for Wabash County, visitors here spent $43.1 million in 2014. Of that money, visitors spent $3.7 million on lodging, $11.9 million on food and beverages, $12.5 million on shopping, $5 million on entertainment and recreation, and $10 million on transportation. 
Posted on 2016 Feb 16

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