Local 12-year-old attempts to raise $20,000 for cancer research
Karsyn Bratch, a Wabash 12-year-old who was diagnosed with cancer at age 4, will be attending this weekend’s Kick-It with Karsyn event, aiming to $20,000 for pediatric cancer research. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
September is National Children’s Cancer Awareness Month and Karsyn Bratch is aiming to raise $20,000 to donate to the Jeff Gordon Pediatric Cancer Research Center at Riley Hospital for Children during the second annual Kick-It with Karsyn event on Saturday, Sept. 19.
This year, more than 29 teams have signed up for the event to support Karsyn, a Wabash native who was diagnosed with optic glioma – a type of brain tumor that affects the eyes – in 2007 when she was 4-years-old.
Posted on 2015 Sep 15
Mayor McCallen remembered as visionary
Mayor Robert McCallen Jr.
By Joseph Slacian
Former Wabash Mayor Robert McCallen Jr. is being remembered as someone whose love of Wabash will be felt for years to come.
Mayor McCallen passed away Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis. He was 88.
Mayor McCallen served in office from 1996-2000. His administration was instrumental in beginning the city’s downtown Streetscape program, and also moved Wabash City Hall from its former location at 101 S. Wabash St., to its current site, 202 S. Wabash St.
He also was the driving force behind the Riverwalk in the lower level of Paradise Spring Historical Park.
Posted on 2015 Sep 15
Pickup, semi collide; no severe injuries reported
A two-vehicle accident on Thursday, Sept. 10, resulted in no severe injuries, according to the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department official report. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
At approximately 7:52 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of U.S. 24 and State Road 13.
According to the official report, a green 1996 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Edward L. Tacker, 16, Wabash, was attempting to turn left from U.S. 24 onto S.R. 13 on his way to Northfield Junior-Senior High School.
Posted on 2015 Sep 15
Hands of Hope advocate retires after 15 years
Helen Chambers works on her computer on one of the last days on the job at Hands of Hope. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
When Helen Chambers enters someone life, it’s generally at a low point for the individual she is meeting.
Chambers is Wabash’s County Hands of Hope Victim’s Advocate Coordinator.
“I’m their legal voice,” she said of her work, sitting behind a desk with various knick-knacks on top and stacks of file folders piled on a nearby chair. “If something doesn’t happen and it’s supposed to, I let them know. I advocate very strongly for these people.
“It makes them feel better.”
Chambers, a 15-year employee of Hands of Hope, retired from her position on Aug. 31. An open house in her honor took place at the Wabash Presbyterian Church office, where the Hands of Hope site is located, on Monday.
Posted on 2015 Sep 15
Cyclists tour county in Dam to Dam ride
Members of Melanzana Cycling, an Indiana University Little 500 bicycle team, make their way along a road in rural Wabash County on Sunday morning. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
More than 450 bicycle riders from around the Midwest took to Wabash County roads on Sunday for the sixth Dam to Dam bicycle ride.
Riders from as far away as Virginia traveled between 15 and 100 miles, taking in many of the sites Wabash County has to offer along the way.
Christine Flohr, Visit Wabash County executive director and organizing liaison for the Dam to Dam steering committee, was pleased with the turnout. She was especially pleased with the number of people who registered on Sunday morning at the Wabash County YMCA.
Posted on 2015 Sep 15
Agencies to seek state grant
By Joseph Slacian
Two Wabash County agencies will join forces to seek a state grant of more than $388,000 with the ultimate goal of helping to ease jail overcrowding.
The agencies – Community Corrections and the Wabash County Probation Department --  are seeking  a supplemental grant of $388,299 from the Indiana Department of Corrections. Wabash County Commissioners on Tuesday, Sept. 8, signed a letter indicating the county was in support of them applying for the grant.
“This is part of the Department of Corrections (DOC) money that has been set aside by House Bill 1006,” Community Corrections Director Jeff Hobson told The Paper of Wabash County following the Commissioners meeting. 
Posted on 2015 Sep 15
Mary K. Peabody bicycle staying local
Former Manchester College Art Professor Stephen Batzka poses with the Mary K. Peabody bicycle that he won during the Peabody Home Foundation Endowment Benefit Auction. The bicycle will be displayed at the North Manchester Center for History. Photo by Shaun Tilghman
By Shaun Tilghman
NORTH MANCHESTER Leading up to the first-ever Peabody Home Foundation Endowment Benefit Auction on Saturday, it was obvious that not everyone was pleased with the Foundation Board’s decision to auction off several unique collections and items, especially those that had specific ties to the North Manchester community.
One item that drew a lot of local attention when listed for auction, was the bicycle owned by Mary K. Peabody. Early on, however, Peabody Home Foundation Director of Development Stan Williams stressed that, although they were putting such items up for bid in order to help fund their own mission, they did still hope that the items would ultimately remain local.
Posted on 2015 Sep 15
Camp Peabody’s USO Show: A Swinging Good Time
A couple dances to music from the 1940s during the 2nd Annual Camp Peabody’s USO Show on Saturday at the Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester. Photo by Shaun Tilghman
By Shaun Tilghman
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Peabody Retirement Community welcomed residents, donors, family, and friends to the 2nd Annual Camp Peabody’s USO Show on Saturday. Close to 400 people braved the slight chill to eat, laugh, dance, reminisce, and sing along to the tunes of some of America’s greatest composers and bandleaders from the World War II era.
“It was such a huge hit last year that we knew we had to bring it back again this year,” said Stan Williams, director of development for Peabody Home Foundation.
The Stardusters Orchestra from Indianapolis, featuring Janiece Jaffe and The Starlighters Singers, entertained attendees with their tribute to the great jazz bands of swing. Generous supporters of the Peabody Home Foundation and the George Leonhard Memorial Endowment, a designated perpetual endowment, made the event possible, according to Williams.
Posted on 2015 Sep 15

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