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Crash claims Peru man
A Peru man was killed in a one car accident Tuesday night on Old U.S. 24, according to the Wabash County Sheriff's Department.
 
At approximately 9:35 p.m. Oct. 27, the Wabash County Sheriff's Department responded to a single vehicle accident on Old U.S. 24 west of County Road 700 West.
Posted on 2015 Oct 28
Late mayor named Distinguished Citizen
Members of the McCallen family – (from left) Bryan and Sylvia McCallen, Alan and Peggy Grossnickle, Peggy McCallen, Page and Shane Himes, and Chris and Robert McCallen III – show off the Distinguished Citizen plaque awarded posthumously to former mayor Robert McCallen Jr. Photo by Joseph Slacian 
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Late Mayor Robert McCallen Jr. was posthumously named the 2015 Distinguished Citizen at the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner on Thursday, Oct. 22.
 
McCallen, who passed away Sept. 8, was selected to receive the award over the summer, Chamber President Kim Pinkerton told the nearly 250 people gathered at the Honeywell Center’s Legacy Hall for the event.
 
Mayor McCallen’s sons, Bryan McCallen and Judge Robert McCallen III, accepted the award on behalf of the family.
 
“On behalf of my family … thank you for this honor,” Judge McCallen said. “Dad always said brevity is a virtue. While I don’t think he thought that applied to him, I will honor that tonight. 
 
“We are sorry he could not be here for this wonderful award. He would be humbled and grateful. He genuinely loved this community and he wanted to make it the best it could be.”
Posted on 2015 Oct 27
Kirtlan Automotive honored at Chamber dinner
Wabash County Chamber of Commerce chair Brian Campbell (right) introduces Steve Kirtlan, owner of Kirtlan Automotive, the 2015 Business of the Year. Photos by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Kirtlan Automotive received the 2015 Business of the Year award Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner.
 
Owner Steve Kirtlan accepted the award from outgoing Chamber Chair Brian Campbell during the ceremony at the Honeywell Center’s Legacy Hall.
 
“I started writing down some questions on a piece of paper and thought, ‘this might help me select this business by answering some questions,” Campbell said. “Every time I wrote something, I kept having one locally owned family business pop into my head. I knew they were the one.”
 
He called Kirtlan Automotive “more than deserving” to be named Business of the Year.
Posted on 2015 Oct 27
7-year-old LaFontaine residentís lemonade stand raises funds for local park
Thatcher Simpson, 7, mans his lemonade stand while his sisters Tianna and Elliana look on. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Town of LaFontaine tore down most of its park’s wooden playground equipment last week after being instructed to do so by the town’s insurance representative, but not without a local first attempting to save it.
 
Three years ago, LaFontaine resident Thatcher Simpson, who is currently 7-years-old, and his family noticed the town’s park was rusting away and breaking.
 
After years of wear, the equipment’s wood was dry rotting and bolts and screws were being to rust.
 
“The grass would be mowed, but the wood play equipment was not being kept up on,” Thatcher’s mother, Eva, wrote to The Paper of Wabash County in an email. “The wood was dry rotting, screws and bolts (began) to rust away and break, the bleachers for the ball diamond were falling apart and more.”
 
Thatcher, who was 3-years-old at the time, decided he wanted to help fix it and “didn’t understand why people were just allowing it to fall apart or worse trying to tear it down,” Mrs. Simpson continued.
Posted on 2015 Oct 27
ĎAmerican Idolí to perform at Honeywell
Scotty McCreery will perform Nov. 8 at the Honeywell Center. Photo provided
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
To say Scotty McCreery’s life the last four years has been a whirlwind might be an understatement.
 
McCreery won Season Ten of television’s “American Idol” contest that year. Since then, he has sold nearly 2.5 million albums, has toured on his own and with the likes of Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley and The Band Perry. He will appear at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, part of the “See You Tonight” tour.
 
McCreery has been in the recording studio working on a new album expected to be released sometime in 2016. His newest single, “Southern Belle” is the first song to be released from the work.
Posted on 2015 Oct 27
Southwood grad returns for Eagles Theatre performance
Southwood graduate J.D. Cable poses with his family – (from left) nephew Jake, mother Connie, sister Jill and niece Emma – following his performance Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Historic Eagles Theatre. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
J.D. Cable was admittedly nervous on Thursday night, Oct. 22, before his performance at the Historic Eagles Theatre in downtown Wabash.
 
“I was very nervous,” said Cable, a Wabash County native who with his band, J.D. Cable and the Empty Bottle Band, performed at the Honeywell Center’s singer-songwriter series.
 
“I’ve done a lot of songwriter things, but never have I had to go so in depth into songs,” he continued. “They were more showcases rather than storytelling. I was a little worried about how I was going to do that and how it was going to come out.”
Posted on 2015 Oct 27
VFW exterior gets makeover; Local artist donates time to add mural to outside wall
Bill Bayliss (from left) shows off the mural he painted on the Wabash VFW Post No.286 wall, to Post Commander Herb Mullen and Melvin Harrell, president of the VFW Men’s Auxiliary. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
A love of painting and the urging of a sibling have resulted in a new look at the Wabash Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No.286 building.
 
Wabash resident and veteran Bill Bayliss painted the VFW emblem on the exterior wall to the east of the building’s main entrance, and Post No.286 on the wall to the west. The building is located off of Old U.S. 24 at 1 Veterans Lane.
 
“I love to paint, and I always have to a certain degree,” Bayliss told The Paper of Wabash County. “My brother (Carl Bayliss) invited me out here, and they were talking about a painting out here.”
Posted on 2015 Oct 27
Beacon Credit Union sponsors five organizations, projects
Wabash Beacon Credit Union bank managers (front row, from left) Lisa Medich and Beth Alston presented five charitable organizations and project representatives with a $2,500 check donation on Oct. 19. The representatives included (second row, from left) Janet Shoue, Nancy Hoffman, Regina Hiple, Linda Jervis, (back row from left) Dwight Fouts, Roger Harman, Robert Kirtland and Ron McColley. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Beacon Credit Union of Wabash wrapped up its fifth annual Project Spotlight Program in early October, announcing five Wabash County charitable organizations and projects as recipients of the credit union’s $2,500 donation.
 
This year, the winners include first place recipient Stockdale Mill Foundation, second place awardee Friendship of the Old LaFontaine Cemetery, third place recipient F.I.S.H. of Wabash, Inc., fourth place winner Heartland Career Center Culinary Arts & Hospitality and fifth place recipient Arc of Wabash County, Inc.
Posted on 2015 Oct 27

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