by Ashley Flynn
Living Well in Wabash County CoA, Inc, will be purchasing two new replacement buses sometime late next year thanks to unused funds from a previous American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant.
The announcement comes after Living Well CEO Beverly Ferry received a phone call from INDOT notifying that 100 percent of the money requested would come from this grant instead of from the 2014 5311 Capital Grant and 20 percent matching grant from the county that Living Well originally requested.
“This came as a complete surprise to the local public transportation system and eliminates the need to find the funds to pay the 20 percent matching funds,” said Ferry in a press release.
Wabash Area Community Theater and the Honeywell Center will present two opportunities to participate in the Madrigal Dinner in early December. Guests can choose to attend on Friday, Dec. 6 or Saturday, Dec. 7 with both events beginning at 6:30 p.m. To assure reserved seating, guests are encouraged to make reservations by Tuesday, Dec. 3.
Guests will begin congregating in the main lobby where they will be assigned to a specific English shire for seating in the grand hall (Legacy Hall) for the dinner. Shires represented will be Cornwall, Yorkshire, Dorset, Cheshire, Surrey, Kent, Devon, and Suffolk.
While assembling in the lobby, guests will be greeted by the lord and lady singers representing their shire and entertained by a brass ensemble, Father Christmas, the magician, fortuneteller, jester and wench. The court singers will sing, followed by the Lord Chamberlain and Town Crier announcing the beginning of the festivities as the Lord and Lady of the manor (Ham Sadler and Beth Perkins) are introduced.
Beefeater guards then escort the royalty to the grand hall where they will preside over the evening's festivities. Guests are then escorted to the hall by the page for their shire and their hosting singers. Upon arrival, their senses will be transported back to another era as the hall is decorated and pageantry represents an English manor in the year 1475.
The Economic Development Group of Wabash County, Inc. (EDG) announced significant improvement in per capita income in Wabash County as the labor force continues to grow.
Data released by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis indicates that per capita income levels for Wabash County increased by 6.6 percent during 2012. Growth in the Wabash County per capita income substantially exceeded the levels of growth in the State of Indiana (4.9 percent) and the U.S. (3.4 percent). This marks the third consecutive year that growth in the Wabash County per capita income has out-performed the state and the U.S. In 2002 the Wabash County per capita income was 90 percent of the State. With this report as of the end of 2012, the Wabash County per capita income now sits at 97 percent of the State.
The Wabash County Historical Museum is excited to announce their first annual Christmas at the Museum celebration! On Thursday, Dec. 12 from 5-8 p.m., guests will enjoy live entertainment, hors d'oeuvres, hot chocolate, and a cash bar. "We wanted to give the community a chance to celebrate another great year at the museum, and we thought that the holidays were the perfect opportunity for that," said Mitch Figert, Executive Director.
Both floors of the 20,000 square foot facility are decorated for the holidays, with historical holiday facts mixed in with the tinsel. Lamp posts sponsored by local businesses and individuals weave history and holiday together, the switchboard gals have decorated with cards from their customers and gifts from old local shops Beitman and Wolf and Dick's Men's Wear wait for lucky recipients under one of the Christmas trees.
by Eric Stearley
In a modern, technology-driven society, it’s easy to view technology as a force pulling us away from our past, away from a traditional way of life. Food comes from the grocery instead of the garden. Horses are pets more than transportation. Payphones are all but obsolete. Even movie rental is becoming a thing of the past. In one corner of Wabash County, however, technology is connecting people to principles of the past as it propels them into the future. Perhaps the most unusual part is that this story about technology connecting us with history starts with a beautiful, yellow sunflower.
If you drove on State Road 13 south of Somerset this fall, you may have noticed fields of sunflowers to the west. The sunflowers were grown by Darin Hadley. Hadley grew up around farming. His grandfather was a farmer in Allen County, where his father still tills the soil. Though Hadley works primarily as an agriculture banker for PNC, he continues the farming tradition in Wabash County, growing soybeans and wheat while raising pigs and cattle. This year, Hadley began growing something new; he planted 18 acres of sunflowers.
Sunflowers are useful for many things – birdseed, seasonal decorations, and a crunchy salad topping – but none of these uses inspired Hadley to grow the giant flowers. Where most people would scan the horizon and see a field full of flowers, Hadley sees a field full of fuel; more specifically, he sees a field containing the biodiesel that will power his entire farming operation for the next year.
by Ashley Flynn
Since Wabash County Sheriff Bob Land has been in office, he’s had to deal with an over-capacity jail. But the problem has been around longer than that and could potentially worsen with the revision of the Indiana Criminal Code in House Bill 1006.
The jail is 34-years-old this year, and when it was built, it could house 66 inmates. Years later, the jail went under construction, added space, and raised the number of rooms to 72. Though there are a few rooms with bunk beds, no more than 85 inmates can be accommodated. Limited jail space, however, does not reduce the crime rate or number of arrests, and in Wabash County, the latter exceeds the former. This means that every week, Sheriff Land and his jail commander decide which and how many inmates will be transferred to the Miami County Jail.
As of Monday, there were 21 Wabash County inmates being housed in the Miami County Jail, in addition to the 85 housed in the Wabash County Jail.
When Land took office in 2011, he paid $26,565 to Miami County for housing our prisoners. Last year in 2012, he spent $116,575. These numbers do not include transportation or personnel costs.
by Emily Armentrout
Storms ripped through the Midwest on Nov. 17, causing severe damage across most of Indiana. Parts of Peoria, Ill. were leveled. Clermont, Butler and Hamilton counties in Ohio were hit hard, as were Kenton and Campbell County in Kentucky. Indiana’s hardest hit counties included Howard, Tippecanoe, Bartholomew, Vigo, Clinton, Fountain, Tipton, Henry, Cass, Monroe, Hendricks, Carroll, Greene, Vermillion, Hancock, Brown and Wabash. Winds in Wabash County reached 69 miles per hour.
These storms caused over 57,000 power outages across Indiana. The outage numbers are thankfully dropping as Duke Energy and NIPSCO work to restore power to their many consumers. According to Duke Energy’s website, “some customers may be without power longer because they live in areas that are temporarily inaccessible due to fallen trees or areas where safety is a concern.”
The Boscoe France Band, featuring Guitar Center’s 2012 Battle of the Blues winner, is returning to Wabash for the final show in the three-part series Thursday Night Blues: Live At The Eagles Theatre. The show will start at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at the historic venue.
Boscoe France, the band’s namesake and lead guitarist, started playing guitar when he was three years old and has known he wanted to be a guitarist since he was in kindergarten. He lived in Nashville for a while and spent a lot of time playing backup guitar for “everybody who was any kind of country act.” He also worked setting up and running stage lights for acts out of Nashville, as they toured the country.
He eventually left the touring life and moved to Madisonville Ky. where he now raises his son, 9, and daughter, 4. During most weeks, France is home from Monday to Thursday with his kids, touring on weekends. He raises his kids 12 feet from where he grew up, on the same block as most of the rest of his family.
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