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Academic banquet honors 39 students
Academic Honors seniors from Northfield High School include (front row, from left) Abby Keaffaber, Eryn Eckelbarger, Emily Unger, Drew Clark, Paige Holley, Lexus Biehl, (back row, from left) Jacob Schuler, Noah Shear, Eli Schuler, Jakob Hayes and Davie Shoue. (Not pictured Sarah Driscoll, Elizabeth Howenstine, Allison Middaugh and John Ritchie.) Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
MSD of Wabash County students were encouraged to own their mistakes, be grateful and remember to forgive at the 27th annual Academic Recognition Banquet on Tuesday, March 8.
 
Keynote speaker Christine Flohr, executive director of tourism for Visit Wabash County, shared her life mantras with 39 Northfield and Southwood seniors, which were honored Tuesday night for their academic excellences.
 
“You’re on the verge of leaving the nest and venturing out on your own,” Flohr said to the crowd of students and their families, “and so I decided to talk to each of you from the heart, sharing the words I would want shared with my own daughter.”
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 15
2 arrested on drug related charges
James Watson and Sheryl Stiddom
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Two Wabash County residents were arrested the week of March 7 on drug related charges.
 
James E. Watson, 36, Wabash, was arrested Monday, March 7, following an investigation at his private residence on Feb. 13.
 
Watson was charged with two counts of possession of methamphetamine and maintaining a common nuisance.
 
On Wednesday, March 9, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department arrested Sheryl A. Stiddom, 51, Laketon, following a routine traffic stop.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 15
March of Dimes asks locals to ‘march for babies’
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County March of Dimes kicked off its fundraising season on Tuesday, March 8, with a reminder of why it’s important to support the national cause on a local level.
 
“Stand up if you have polio,” Pat Vanlandingham, local committee chair, said to the team leaders and interested members at the meeting.
No one stood.
 
“Nobody,” Vanlandingham said. “Good. What you may not know is that is our first mission connection: you don’t have polio thanks to the March of Dimes. In our early works to eradicate polio in the United States, today children continue to receive this and many other vaccines.”
Posted on 2016 Mar 15
Thursday Night Blues hosts Smiley Tillmon Band
The Smiley Tillmon Band returns to Wabash on March 17 for Thursday Night Blues at the Historic Eagles Theatre. Tillmon and his crew first visited Wabash on March 14, 2015, to open for Buddy Guy. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Smiley Tillmon Band will be jamming in Wabash on March 17 at the Historic Eagles Theatre for Thursday Night Blues.
 
The band returns to the city exactly one year after its first visit, when it was the opening show to the Buddy Guy concert at the Honeywell Center Ford Theater on March 14, 2015.
 
“It was a great time. I wish we could have played long, it went so fast,” bassist and band manager Tom Rezetko told The Paper of Wabash County in a phone interview. “I’ll tell you what was amazing, the crowd. It was a great crowd."
Posted on 2016 Mar 15
Wabash Portable owner honored for 40th year in business
Wabash Portable Equipment owner Chuck Smith (second from left) shows off an award he received for his 40th year of ownership of the business. He is joined by (from left) Service Manager Tony Irwin, Parts Manager Ryan Riggs, salesman Kevin Baker, his wife Dianne Smith and Service Technician David Sparling. Photo provided
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash Portable Equipment owner Chuck Smith received a surprise on March 3 from his employees.
 
Smith, who joined the firm in 1972 and purchased it in 1976, was honored by his staff for his 40th year of owning the company, located at 1830 S. Wabash St.
 
Wabash Portable was hosting a service seminar for Exmark commercial customers. At the conclusion of the program, Smith was called to the podium.
 
Salesman Kevin Baker presented Smith with a plaque celebrating the anniversary of 40 years of ownership. Joining them were Smith’s wife Dianne Smith, Parts Manager Ryan Riggs, Service Manger Tony Irwin and Serviceman David Sparling.
Posted on 2016 Mar 15
Dorais now offering tire alignment
By Joseph Slacian
 
Dorais Chevrolet Buick GMC is now offering tire alignment and other tire-related services.
 
Service Manager Eric Skeens said the service began on March 7.
 
“We sold a few sets of tires and have done a few alignments already,” he told The Paper of Wabash County on March 10. “It’s the latest and greatest alignment machine and tire balancer and tire installation equipment.
 
“We actually had a guy come in on Monday who tried a couple other places that couldn’t mount a 20-inch tire on a certain wheel, and that machine did it with no problem at all.”
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 15
Zook’s offering expanded weekend hours, dining options
Showing off the café are (from left) owners Scott Zook, Jodi Zook, and employees Cassy Calloway, Bryce Zook, and Olivia Wise. Photo by Eric Christiansen
 
By Shaun Tilghman
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- When Scott and Jodi Zook opened Zook’s Café almost 10 years ago, they originally focused on the breakfast and lunch meals, along with their variety of coffee, latte, cappuccino, and smoothie options. After a recent transition, which included acquiring a full liquor license, they have now extended their weekend hours and added several specialty dinner items to the menu at the downtown North Manchester restaurant.
 
“Five months ago, we were finally able to obtain a three-way liquor license, which was a little bit of a process,” said Scott. “So, we’re now starting to incorporate dinner options in addition to our breakfast and lunch menu items. It really helps to be able to offer beer, wine, and spirits, especially if you want to attract the dinner crowd."
Posted on 2016 Mar 15
6 injured in U.S. 24 crash
By The Paper staff
 
Six people were injured in a two-vehicle crash on U.S. 24 on Sunday, March 13.
 
At approximately 4:13 p.m., the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a personal injury accident on U.S. 24, approximately 1/4 mile east of SR 13.
Posted on 2016 Mar 14

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