NM police chief retires
Chief Jeff Perry announced his retirement on June 1 at the North Manchester Town Council meeting.
By Eric Christiansen
NORTH MANCHESTER -- In a surprising turn of events at the June 1 North Manchester Town Council meeting, North Manchester Police Department Chief Jeff Perry announced his retirement effective that evening. 
"Forty-one years ago I started at this department. Tonight, I'm going to retire," Perry said. "It's been a long, interesting time. I'll give you a letter of the retirement after the meeting."
Posted on 2016 Jun 07
Alber Street work progressing
By Joseph Slacian
While work on Phase 1 of the Alber Street project is progressing, preliminary work on Phase 2 will soon begin.
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety approved a Right of Way Services Agreement with DLZ, an engineering firm with offices in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis.
Posted on 2016 Jun 07
Olympic trials athlete has ties to Wabash
Chuck Destro, a Ford Meter Box plant engineer, will be swimming the 50 Freestyle race at the 2016 Olympic Trials. Destro began his swimming career at 8-years-old and continued the sport throughout college. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
 A Ford Meter Box plant engineer will be competing in the United State Olympic Team Trials at Omaha, Neb., June 26 to July 3.
Chuck Destro, a Miami County resident, is currently preparing to race in the 50-meter Freestyle contest for a chance at a spot on the U.S. Olympic Swim Team.
Destro started his swim career when he was 8-years-old living in Pittsburgh, Pa.
“My mom kind of pushed me into that because my sister was in it and she didn’t want me playing football because that’s kind of dangerous, I guess,” he said jokingly.
He’s always had an affinity for “anything competitive.”
Posted on 2016 Jun 07
114 graduate from Manchester High School
Manchester Jr.-Sr. High School Class of 2016 prepares to enter the gymnasium for Commencent ceremonies. Photo by Eric Christiansen
By Eric Christiansen
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Manchester Jr.-Sr. High School said good-bye to 114 graduates at the school's 59th commencement ceremony Friday night, May 27.
With the class motto "Learn from the past; excel in the present; challenge the future," the Class of 2016 heard words of encouragement and counsel from fellow classmates and school administrators.
Student Council President Janzin Cripe welcomed graduates, friends and family to commencement. He continued his remarks with a story of his fascination with drones, to the point where he decided to build one.
"The view a drone has from the air is incredible. There is a clear view of everything from a whole new perspective. I guess that is one of the reasons I have become so interested in them," Cripe said. "This different field of view has many advantages, but like anything, it also has its disadvantages."
Posted on 2016 Jun 07
Apache graduates: “We’ll take it from here”
Wabash City Schools Superintendent Jason Callahan (left) congratulates Michael Dragoo, Valedictorian Skyler Hall and Reece McDonald following the Wabash High School Commencement ceremony. Photo by Harold Chatlosh
By Emma Rausch
Wabash High School’s 143rd graduating class tossed their caps on Saturday, May 29, at the 2016 WHS Graduation Commencement Ceremony.
The 90-student graduating class had a remarkable year and left a mark on the Wabash community, according to Valedictorian Skyler Hall.
“As part of the Wabash football team, I saw this firsthand,” Hall told his peers. “In the past, Wabash wasn’t quite know for its outstanding football program.”
Posted on 2016 Jun 07
Southwood seniors off to fulfill their calling
Southwood graduates Kayleigh Shearer (left) and David Siler reflect on the last 12 years. Photo by Harold Chatlosh
By Sarah Peters 
Southwood High School’s  70 seniors took their first steps into adulthood during the Southwood graduation ceremony on Saturday, May 28. 
Valedictorian and Lily Scholarship winner Kolten Kersey began his commencement address by recognizing the SHS faculty.  
“Whether you chose to believe it or not, Southwood has a great staff here and provides a lot of opportunities you will not find at other schools,” Kersey says as he thanks the faculty for their dedication to the teaching and learning of all Southwood students. “Without the hard work that they have provided, we would not be here today with the same results.” 
Posted on 2016 Jun 07
Norse graduates look back, move forward
A Northfield High School senior walks by his teachers on his way to graduation. Photo by Harold Chatlosh
By Emma Rausch
Seventy-four seniors stepped into Northfield High School as students on Friday, May 27, and walked out alumni at the 53rd NHS commencement ceremony.
Before throwing their caps into the air, the graduates reveled in the moment as Salutatorian Lexus Biehl said what was on each of their minds: “So this is what it feels like to graduate.”
Biehl told her peers she was stuck on the thought as she wrote her student address.
“All I could come up with is, ‘So this is what it feels like to graduate,’” she said. “Nothing else.
“It’s crazy to think about all that has happened over the past 12 years and I can’t even think of one sentence.”
Posted on 2016 Jun 07
95.9 KISS FM celebrates 50 years on air
KISS-FM staffers include (from left) Toni Metzgar, Robert Metzgar, Charles Adams, Dylan Curless, Daleena Bailey, Heather Allen, Bill Ruppel, Keith Martin. Photo provided
By Sarah Peters 
Wabash County’s first radio station, 95.9 KISS FM (WKUZ), took to the airways in April 1966.  Owner Toni Metzgar and the rest of the staff cannot believe that 50 years have already gone by.  
“It’s been such a long time!” Metzgar said with a laugh. “Time flies!”
KISS FM has big plans coming up to celebrate the station’s 50th anniversary.  Among those plans is a month long giveaway, looking to begin in August.  Concert tickets, cash, prizes, amusement park tickets, and so much more will be included in this giveaway as a thank you to the community for their support and devotion to keeping KISS FM as successful as it has been.  
Posted on 2016 Jun 07

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