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O’Reilly Auto Parts headed to NM?
The former Burger King in North Manchester will be demolished to make way for a new O’Reilly Auto Parts store. Photo by David Pervis-Fenker
 
By David Pervis-Fenker
 
Demolition began at the site of the former Burger King restaurant on SR114 W last week in preparation for an O’Reilly Auto Parts store.
 
According to Steve Shumaker, ordinance officer and part-time building commissioner and inspector for the Town of North Manchester, the demolition should be completed by the week of Sept. 19.
Posted on 2016 Sep 13
Wabash to honor Karsyn's memory
By The Paper staff
 
Saturday, Sept. 17 will be Karsyn Bratch Day in the City of Wabash, according to an ordinance by Mayor Scott Long.
 
Karsyn, a local 12-year-old girl, passed away in October 2015 after an eight-year battle with childhood cancer.
 
However, before she passed, Karsyn raised more than $70,000 for the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation’s Pediatric Cancer Research Lab at the Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis through Kick It with Karsyn, an annual pediatric cancer fundraising program and kickball tournament.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 06
NM man pleads not guilty to impersonating public servant
Caleb Thomas
 
By David Purvis-Fenker
 
A trial date has been set for a local man has been charged with impersonation of a public servant, a level 6 felony.
 
The man, Caleb L. Thomas, 23, North Manchester, will have a trial beginning Jan. 17, 2017, in Wabash Circuit Court. Thomas was arrested on a warrant on Aug. 22, after charges were filed against him for two events that occurred earlier in the year.
 
At an initial hearing, Thomas pled not guilty to the charge.
 
According to a probable cause affidavit filed by North Manchester Police officer Nathaniel Birch, the events Thomas is being charged for occurred in May and June of 2016. 
 

 

Posted on 2016 Sep 06
350-plus to ride in Dam to Dam
Riders make their way along a country road during the 2015 Dam to Dam Century Ride. The Paper file photo
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
More than 350 bicycle enthusiasts from at least 11 states will travel the back roads of Wabash County on Sunday, Sept. 11 during the seventh annual Dam to Dam Century Ride.
 
Participants can pedal 100 miles or less along the Wabash County Trail, passing some 16 points of historical interest along the way.
 
“We’ve got riders from Colorado, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia, Washington State and Michigan,” according to Christine Flohr, director of tourism for the Wabash County Convention and Visitors Bureau. “And we’ve got riders from all around Indiana.”
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 06
Minister Oakes retires from Treaty Church of Christ
Doug and Karen Oakes pose for a photo beside a giant, handcrafted quilt, which was a gift from the Church of Christ at Treaty congregation. Oakes (left) served as the church’s minister since 2005 and retired following his final sermon Sunday, Aug. 28. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
TREATY - After 10 1/2 years of leading the flock at Church of Christ at Treaty, Minister Doug Oakes preached his last sermon on Sunday, Aug. 28, and officially retired.
 
For 45 years, Oakes together with his wife, Karen, have been helping people learn and grow with God.
 
“I’ve really committed my life to ministry (since) I was 13,” Oakes told The Paper of Wabash County. “This has been what I wanted to do, so I’ve been blessed that I could do what I love. I love to preach. I love to develop sermons and messages for people to understand the Bible, to see how it can affect them and light up their lives.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 06
Wabash donates supplies to assist devastated Kokomo
Wabash High School Student Council members (from left) Kelsie Olinger, Kenda Mullen, Hope Decker and Cheyenne King pose for a photo with the supplies they purchased and donated to victims of the Kokomo tornado on Wednesday, Aug. 24. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash County citizens, organizations and businesses gathered supplies last week to provide relief support for Kokomo’s tornado victims.
 
At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 24, a tornado blew through Kokomo and damaged more than 1,000 residential structures, including a Starbucks located on U.S. 35 and State Road 22, according to an Indiana State Police press release.
 
As the ongoing assessment continued in the days that followed, the injury count remained at 15 to 20 people reported minor injuries, most of which were a result of flying debris, the release continued.
 
No deaths were reported.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 06
Three Dog Night singer has interesting career
Three Dog Night will perform Friday, Sept. 9, at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater. Photo provided
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
It’s safe to say that Danny Hutton has had an interesting career in music.
 
He once was employed as a writer and musician for Hanna-Barbera, and even was a character in an episode of “The Flintstones.” Along the way, he befriended Brian Wilson, the founding member of The Beach Boys, and was in the studio to see the recording of one of the iconic albums of the 1960s, “Pet Sounds.”
 
In the 1980s, he managed punk bands, including the band Fear, which was featured in the documentary “The Decline of Western Civilization,” and was the featured band on an episode of “Saturday Night Live,” at the insistence of the late John Belushi.
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 06
Manchester University hosts annual Eel River clean up
By Emma Rausch
 
NORTH MANCHESTER – Manchester University students and North Manchester locals are returning to the banks of the Eel River Saturday, Sept. 10, for the annual Eel River Watershed Initiative clean up.
 
A university led event since 2009, volunteers from across the community are welcome to join the initiative, according to Herb Manifold, MU Environmental Studies grant coordinator.
 
“It’s part of a larger grant that we’re a part of from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management so part of our educational outreach includes this river clean up,” he said, “and every year … we’ll do different parts of the river and pick up anything from loose metal, old refrigerators, mattresses, bottles, plastics, pretty much anything that’s in the river that shouldn’t.”
 
Posted on 2016 Sep 06

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