Stellar Community Finalist Site Visit to be held June 25

The Wabash County Chamber of Commerece will be showcasing our community to the Stellar Committee beginning with a Wabash movie at Eagle’s Theatre. They need to fill the theater with supporters. Everyone who is interested in being part of this MUST BE in their seats by 1 p.m.; HOWEVER, it is important that there be no supporter interaction with the Stellar Committee. Your effort is to show support by filling the theater. Key project coordinators will be the only ones speaking and taking questions from the committee. However, by having the theater filled it would show the whole community is behind this project.

If interest in volunteering, please call Emily Gardner at 260-563-1168 or e-mail

Posted on 2014 Jun 19
Hobson heading back to India mission field

by Emily Armentrout

Brittany Hobson, Indiana Wesleyan University student and 2011 graduate of Southwood High School, began making jewelry as a hobby when she was in the 8th grade. As a sophomore, Hobson was able to go to India on a mission trip with Friends Church. Never did Hobson think that such a “girly” hobby could be used to bring people to Christ, but as she has learned over the past five years, “God’s a creative God,” Hobson told The Paper.

“I met Eric Fleck from Friends Church and he just randomly asked me if I wanted to go to India. I didn’t even know him, but I was going to India,” Hobson explained.

Fleck works a lot creating sustainable income while in India. Hobson was able to work for the first time with some women in making jewelry while visiting India in 2009. After her first visit to India, she knew she wanted to return. Her second trip to India actually began in Atlanta, Ga., at Passion conference in May 2013. 60,000 youth members gathered at the Georgia Dome and Hobson found in her group of 10 people someone who had been praying for her. He was not praying for Brittany specifically, but for a woman to come along and help him with his business venture. Cole Johnson had decided to build a factory in India for women to make scarves to make and sell to support their families. Though Hobson doesn’t make scarves, she was the woman he had been waiting for, and Hobson found herself back in Kolkata, India in August 2013, a few months after meeting Johnson.

“This was a total God thing. 60,000 people and he had been praying for a woman to come along,” Hobson told The Paper.

Posted on 2014 Jun 17
Peru Community Schools, principal honored

Sam Watkins, Peru Junior High principal and Peru Junior High were honored at a ceremony on Friday, June 6. Watkins was awarded the key to the city of Peru and was named Peru Community Schools principal of the year. Peru Junior High received a Four Star Academic Excellence award.

“It’s humbling to me,” Watkins said of receiving the key to the city. “I didn’t expect this. This is only the fourth or fifth time he has given a key to the city. It’s humbling.”

Watkins was quick to move the attention off himself, praising his staff and even the mayor. “I’m part of something that s doing He’s been an unbelievable community supporter. He’s been very good for Peru. He cares about the city. He cares about the schools. For him to do this is humbling and it makes me feel very proud to be the principal of Peru Junior High,” added Watkins.

Peru Junior High also received a four star rating in academic excellence, which Watkins attributes to his staff and their students. “This is the first time any school in Miami County has received a four star status. It solidifies our methods and our hard work. The teachers of Peru are the hardest working teachers in the area and this kind of says thank you and lets them know they are doing a great job,” Watkins told The Paper.

Posted on 2014 Jun 17
Culpepper & Merriweather Circus coming to Andrews

Thanks to the sponsorship of The Andrews Summer Festival, Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, America’s Favorite Big Top Circus is coming to Andrews, on Friday, June 20 at the Town Lot-End of Terrel Street, with two scheduled performances at 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Now in its 30th edition, C&M Circus has become internationally known for quality family entertainment. This authentic One-Ring, Big Top Circus has been featured on National Geographic’s Explorer TV series, Entertainment Tonight, The Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, Arizona Highways Magazine. It has also been featured on the A&E Special: Under the Big Top and most recently, On the Road with Circus Kids, a Nickelodeon special featured on the Nick News Program.

Bring your friends and family out circus morning to watch as a familiar place in your town is transformed into a bustling Circus City. Activity swirls around the grounds as animals are unloaded, the Big Top is erected, and rigging is prepared for performances later in the day. Enjoy the magic and tradition of the American Circus with your family and create memories that will last a lifetime. 

Between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. come watch the raising of the Big Top, then stay for the free tour. This presentation offers a unique face-to-face opportunity for families, schools, and interested community members to meet and learn all about the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus family and includes a walking tour of the circus grounds. Learn interesting facts about our performers, the history of our show and the different species of animals in our Circus Family.

Posted on 2014 Jun 17
Local non-profit meets with Indiana Senator Jim Banks

By Adam Smith

“On the battlefield, the military pledges to leave no soldier behind. As a nation, let it be our pledge that when they return home, we leave no veteran behind.”

This quote from Illinois Congressman Dan Lipinski is an accurate summary of the mission behind the meeting that took place on the morning of Monday, June 9, between Indiana State Senator Jim Banks and the tentative board members of a newly-forming, local non-profit organization. Mr. Greg Metz, one of the tentative board members who attended the meeting, said that the mission of the organization, Wabashiki Development, Inc., is to “develop housing for underserved citizens.”

Wabashiki’s first intended project is to create a residential area for veterans and this project was the subject of the organization’s meeting with Senator Banks.

“The main reason we approached him was to get his support and see what help he would be able to offer,” shared Mr. Metz.

Senator Banks directed the organization’s attention to available grants that could be used to get the project off the ground and was “very receptive to the idea.”

Posted on 2014 Jun 17
North Manchester Farmers’ Market kicks off Wednesday, June 18

The North Manchester Farmers' Market Wednesday market began Wednesday, June 18, and will be open each Wednesday from 4:30-6:30 p.m. 

Vendors and customers will gather at the Riverbridge Electric parking lot at the intersection of Main and Wayne Streets.

In addition to already having WIC-approved vendors the market is also preparing to accept SNAP vouchers. Come check out this primarily locally-grown and crafted, community building effort.

Vendors interested in becoming part of this good spirit venture may call Brittany Denny at 260-352-2602 or Cliff Kindy at 260-982-2971.

Posted on 2014 Jun 17
One injured in two-vehicle crash

On June 12 at approximately 4:32 p.m., officers from the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a personal injury crash at 800 South and State Road 15. Preliminary investigation shows that a semi/tanker, driven by Gary Guenther, 50, Fairfield, Ohio, was eastbound on 800 South and was stopped at the intersection, waiting to proceed southbound on State Road 15.

Mr. Guenther stated he saw another southbound vehicle approximately half a mile away. Guenther proceeded into the intersection and turned southbound on State Road 15. Mr. Guenther stated he was traveling approximately 30 miles per hour. A southbound vehicle driven by Joshua Walker, 31, Marion, failed to observe the semi/tanker and struck the rear end.

Mr. Walker was airlifted by Lutheran Air and transported to Lutheran Hospital, where he was listed in critical condition, as of print date. The investigation is continuing.

Assisting at the scene was Liberty Township Fire Department and the Wabash City Fire/Rescue.



Posted on 2014 Jun 17
Visual and Performing Arts program to hold performances June 20-22

Students in Honeywell Foundation’s Visual and Performing Arts Summer Theatre program are preparing for their productions this weekend at Honeywell Center. This year’s programming includes shows presented by three separate casts as the program was expanded to include 2nd grade students this year.

The new component, 2nd and 3rd grade students, will present Rock and Roll Forever- how it all Began as matinee performances on Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22 at 2 p.m. The 4th through 6th grade cast will present Katastrophe Kate at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 20 and Saturday, June 22, followed by performances of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s popular classic, Oklahoma by grades 7 through 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Rock and Roll Forever features songs from the 1950s, with dancing and some spoken dialog to tie the songs together in the presentation. The show is being directed by Jessica Keaffaber and Lisa Fadil, with assistance from Samantha Kramer.

Katastrophe Kate was written by Stephen Murray and is being produced by special arrangement with Eldridge Publishing Company. This musical tall tale begins when Katherine, a mild-mannered, Eastern born and bred protégée of world-famous chef, Madame Julia Enfant, must transform herself in Katastrophe Kate in order to conquer the Wild West with her chili recipe. The train they ride to Texas might even travel through Wabash, where the town’s own Chili Cook off is held. This show is directed by Judy Ward and Charyl Dye, assisted by Beth Miller and Vicki Smith.

Posted on 2014 Jun 17

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