Best of the Best returns with new artists, artwork
Chloe Steele presses a stamp onto a hand-decorated apron during the Best of the Best program’s fabric art workshop on April 27. Steele is one of 18 students presenting her artwork in the Best of the Best Gallery on Sunday, May 15. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Eighteen Wabash County student artists will be exhibiting their artwork and honing their entrepreneurial skills at the ninth annual Best of the Best Art Gallery on Sunday, May 15.
Established in 2007, the program was created to expand student art abilities and develop entrepreneurial skills needed to sell the artwork.
However, to the participating artists, it has provided much more than that.

Garrett Labuda, Heartland Career Center representative and first year participant, told The Paper of Wabash County that the program helped him realize his passion for art.

“(Heartland) encouraged me to come here toward the end of my junior year because I’d work ahead in class, get stuff done and so I’d then start drawing in class,” Labuda told The Paper of Wabash County.


Posted on 2016 May 10
Wabash Elks honor 2 local youth
Wabash Elks Exalted Ruler Keith Walters presents a cake to Dharma Klug (left) and Dani Lee. The two students were honored May 4 as part of the local Lodge’s celebration of Elks National Youth Week. Photos by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
The Wabash Elks Lodge No.471 in recognition of Elks National Youth Week honored two local youth Wednesday evening, May 4.
The pair, Wabash Middle School eighth grader Dani Lee and Dharma Klug, a senior in the Wabash Alternative School, received certificates and gifts from the Lodge. The youth and their families also were treated to the Lodge’s Wednesday Night Buffet.
“National Youth Week is designed to guide, inspire and encourage our youth to serve their community and to help prepare them for the duties and opportunities of citizenship across the country,” Lodge Exalted Ruler Keith Walters said. “Our nation’s young people are becoming active citizens and learning their civic involvement.
“I firmly believe and encourage the sense of community demonstrated by these ambitious and engaged young people.”
Posted on 2016 May 10
Alleged shooter back on trial calendar
By Emma Rausch
A North Manchester man connected to a 2015 shooting is back on the trial calendar after appearing in Wabash Circuit Court on Monday, May 2.
Joshua Lee Wright, 25, requested a continuance on April 18 to have several questions answered before entering a plea agreement to the charges against him, according to attorney Craig R. Persinger.
On Monday, Wright and his counsel did not reach a plea agreement with the State, represented by Wabash County Prosecutor William Hartley Jr., and was therefore set back on the trial calendar.
Posted on 2016 May 10
City votes ‘no’ to WCS referendum
Looking at vote returns are former Wabash City Schools Business Manager Jan Roland, current Business Manager Matt Stone and Superintendent Jason Callahan. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
The votes were tallied on Tuesday, May 3, and Wabash voted ‘no’ to passing the Wabash City Schools operating tax referendum.
A difference of 62 votes determined the referendum’s fate.
Of 2,502 registered voters who answered the question, the majority vote of 1,282 decided against the tax increase, which would have supported the local school system’s cost of operations.
Meanwhile, 1,220 constituents voted “yes” in support of the school.
Posted on 2016 May 10
Locals plan Wabash River 33-mile trail
A map of the proposed Wabash River Trail route along the Wabash River. Photo provide
By The Paper staff
A multi-purpose river trail is in the works to be constructed along portions of the Wabash River, the Wabash River Trail, Inc., a local nonprofit organization, announced Monday, May 9.
The proposed Wabash River Trail will be a 33-mile long paved pathway that will connect Huntington, Lagro, Wabash and Peru. It will also be 10 feet wide and mostly flat with a gentle grade in some areas.
Posted on 2016 May 10
Miller’s West celebrates National Nursing Home week
By Emma Rausch
From water balloon fights to an on-site petting zoo, Miller’s Merry Manor West will be pulling out all the stops to celebrate National Nursing Home Week, May 8-14.
The celebration kicked off on Saturday, May 7, with a Mother’s Day paint and punch party, according to Tammy Grizzle, director of life enhancement.
Posted on 2016 May 10
Urbana man charged for drug related crimes
Keith Williams
By Emma Rausch
LAGRO – An Urbana man was booked into Wabash County Jail on Tuesday, April 26, for drug related charges.
Keith L. Williams, 25, was charged with felony possession of a hypodermic needle and felony possession of methamphetamine following a Wabash County Sheriff’s Department (WCSD) investigation.
On March 16 at approximately 10:50 p.m., WCSD officers were dispatched to the 7000 block of East Division Road from a report that a man was showing signs of being under the influence of drugs and making suicidal threats, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Posted on 2016 May 10
Gregg pushes economy in Wabash visit
By Joseph Slacian
John Gregg, the Democratic governor nominee, wants local Democrats to reach out to their Republican friends and neighbors to explain to them why it’s time to get rid of Republican Gov. Mike Pence.
Gregg was the keynote speaker Friday night, May 6, at the Wabash County Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner.
“There are good Republican men and women out there who do not like the direction of their party and Gov. Pence is out of step with their party,” he told party faithful gathered at the Honeywell Center. “Gov. Pence is so focused on social issues, on women, on many many things. There’s not many Dick Lugar or Mitch Daniels type Republicans left. There are Republicans out there who voted for Evan Bayh and Frank O’Bannon.
“They share our concern for jobs and the economy, public education, infrastructure. One thing I’m going to ask you guys to do is talk to them. Reach out and talk to these people.”
Posted on 2016 May 10

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