4-H enrollment deadline nears










By Joseph Slacian

 The deadline to enroll online for the Wabash County 4-H and Mini 4-H programs is Thursday, Jan. 15.

   The enrollment deadline, set by the Indiana 4-H Council, is about two weeks earlier than in past years, according to Angela Christopher, 4-H Youth Educator for Wabash County. The local enrollment deadline had been Feb. 1.

   “It used to be up to the individual counties as to what they wanted their deadline to be, and it ranged anywhere from Dec. 15 to clear into March and April. So the state decided to pick one and it picked Jan. 15.

Posted on 2015 Jan 07
Manchester schools delayed Wednesday, Thursday

NORTH MANCHESTER – Manchester Community Schools will be on a two-hour delay on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, Superintendent Bill Reichhart announced Tuesday afternoon.


Posted on 2015 Jan 06
North Manchester town employees, elected officials receive salary increase

By Shaun Tilghman
North Manchester News-Journal

North Manchester Town Council members discussed the 2015 Salary Ordinance (General Ordinance No. 8, 2014) once again on Dec. 16, voting unanimously in favor of its approval following the third reading.

The ordinance, which took effect Jan. 1, includes a 2 percent salary increase for elected officials, while the salary increase for other Town of North Manchester employees will range from 0-3 percent.

Posted on 2015 Jan 06
MU alum intertwines faith and service through life

RAY HEDSTROM (back, center) on one of his many mission trips to Nicaragua. (photo provided)

It’s not too often that Ray Hedstrom, a former Manchester University football player, isn’t looking for an opportunity to help others.

Since 2003, Hedstrom has been a part of a church missions group that travels to Nicaragua and an area in Kentucky to assist communities in need.

“God has really given each one of us on the team a gift to be able to help these people,” he said. “It turns out that we gain more from spending time with and getting to know the people we are helping than the other way around.”

Posted on 2015 Jan 06
Primary filing to begin Wednesday

by Joseph Slacian

Filing for the 2015 Municipal Elections will begin at 8 a.m. today in the Wabash County Clerk’s office, Clerk Elaine Martin announced. The filing will continue until noon on Friday, Feb. 6.

Martin said the Wabash County Election Board and her office will oversee the elections in the City of Wabash and the towns of North Manchester, Lagro and LaFontaine.

The town of Roann, she continued, will have its own town convention when needed. The deadline for filing for the Roann convention is noon Monday, Aug. 3.

Posted on 2015 Jan 06
Car-train accident kills teen

by The Paper Staff

An 18-year-old Wabash man was killed early Monday afternoon in a car-train accident at the Norfolk Southern railroad crossing on Bond Street.

Wabash County Coroner Carol Whitesel identified the driver as Dustin Shepler.

According to Wabash Police Sgt. Matt Benson, the department’s Public Information Officer, an investigation showed that at approximately 12:17 p.m., a 2004 silver Ford sports utility vehicle was northbound on Bond Street and failed to yield for the eastbound train.

Posted on 2015 Jan 06
Julia (Perkins) Nelson consecrated as ELCA Diaconal Minister


By Shaun Tilghman

North Manchester News-Journal

Julia (Perkins) Nelson, a 2003 graduate of Manchester High School, returned to her hometown recently to share her consecration as a Diaconal Minister with her family, friends, and the community. The North Manchester native grew up as a member of Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, which is where the service was held on Saturday, Dec. 13.

“I was blessed by the education I received by former staff members Sister Sabine Thomas and Pastor Jeff Hawkins,” Julia said. “Sabine is a member of the Deaconess community of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) and moved to North Manchester to serve Zion when I was around eight years old. The Deaconess community is one of four rosters of ministry in the ELCA – Deaconess, Diaconal Minister, Associate in Ministry, & Pastor. As early as age 14, the Holy Spirit started a stir in my heart and head to pursue full-time ministry.”


Posted on 2015 Jan 02
Access Youth Center hosts Christmas party

The Access Youth Center held it's annual Community Christmas Party on Dec. 13, which included a visit from Santa, lots of food, and gifts for each family.

“It's always great to celebrate this time of year together,” said Liz Hobbs, executive director of AYC. “Each year, we have so many different groups that make our Christmas celebration possible, and we are so thankful for each of their contributions.”



Posted on 2015 Jan 02

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