Audience participation required; ‘Whose Line?’ comedy duo returns to Wabash
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood joke with an audience member during a 2013 performance at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theatre. The Paper of Wabash County file photo
By Emma Rausch
Comedy duo Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood will be back at the Honeywell Center on Friday, Dec. 11, to bring more laughs with their improvisational show.
Known for their roles on the ABC, Emmy nominated series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” the two comedians have been touring together for 13 years and still have no idea what they’re going to do from night to night, according to Sherwood.
“Well (improv) is always exciting,” he told The Paper of Wabash County during a phone interview. “Every night that we go out on stage, we have no idea what we’re going to do. So, it never gets monotonous because you always have to be on top of your game because you’re making it up completely as you go along.”
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
Wabash Marketplace dedicates new art project
Steve Downs (left), Wabash Marketplace Inc. executive director, listens as Mayor-elect Scott Long addresses those gathered Friday evening for the dedication of the new parking gabions in downtown Wabash. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
A series of gabions that spell the word “parking” were dedicated Friday night, Dec. 5, at the municipal parking lot at the intersection of East Cass and Huntington streets.
“A month ago we didn’t know what gabions were,” Wabash Marketplace Inc. Executive Director Steve Downs joked. “Now today we’re dedicating seven of them.”
Gabions are a cage, cylinder, or box filled with rocks, concrete, or sometimes sand and soil for use in civil engineering, road building, military applications and landscaping. 
Gabions are now used in creating public art, Downs continued.
“Public art includes any art displayed in public spaces with the goal of being accessible to everyone,” he said.
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
Heartland Career Center receives $100,000 grant
By Emma Rausch
The Indiana State Department of Education awarded Heartland Career Center a $100,000 grant, representatives of the local educational facility announced this week.
In early September, the school applied for the Perkins Rural Grant, a grant which focuses on rural communities and assists with meeting needs of career and technical education.
“There were 23 career centers that were invited to apply and there were 18 grants that were awarded,” Heartland director Mark Hobbs told The Paper of Wabash County.
“We met with Ivy Tech representatives from Kokomo that we partner with, because this timeframe that they gave us was pretty short. So we didn’t have a lot of time to hem and haw around. We had to get after it.”
The state announced the grant opportunity on Aug. 31 with submission due by Sept. 15.
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
Local veteran takes trip of lifetime
Wabash resident Ron Shaw (right) and his son, Bruce, were among those traveling to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 7, as part of the Honor Flight. Photo provided
By Joseph Slacian
Oct. 7 was a long day for Wabash resident Ron Shaw. But it also is safe to say that it is a day that he will never forget.
A Korean War veteran, Shaw was among 80-plus veterans plus their guardians to travel to Washington, D.C., on the latest Honor Flight.
Honor Flights take World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans from their home state to Washington to see the various memorials dedicated to them over the years.
But for veterans like Shaw, one of four Wabash veterans on the Oct. 7 flight, it was more: It was a long overdue thank you for the sacrifices they made to help their country.
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
‘Strategic partnership’ establishes entrepreneurial support program
By Emma Rausch
The Economic Development Group of Wabash County (EDGWC), INGUARD and Manchester University announced the creation of a strategic partnership on Thursday, Dec. 3, that will establish an entrepreneurial support program for students.
The new program, Entrepreneurs EDG, will provide students with real-world business experience, encourage social entrepreneurialism in the region and help coach participating business owners on how to establish and launch a viable business model as well as accelerate growth and replicate success.
President and CEO of EDGWC Keith Gillenwater spoke with INGAURD CEO Parker Beauchamp about the idea, Beauchamp told The Paper of Wabash County in an interview.
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
City OKs ambulance contract
By Joseph Slacian
The City of Wabash has proposed three-year contract with Wabash County to provide ambulance service to nearly three-fourths of the county.
The measure, approved Wednesday, Dec. 2 by the Wabash Board of Public Works & Safety, must now go to Wabash County Commissioners for their approval. The current contract expires on Dec. 31.
The contract, as it has for at least the last six years, will carry with it a 2 percent increase per year. 
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
Fog blamed in two serious accidents
Heavy fog was reported in the area of U.S. 24 and County Road 200 W just prior to an accident Tuesday morning, Nov. 24. Photo by Emma Rausch
By The Paper staff
Heavy fog on Tuesday morning, Nov. 24, is blamed for two traffic accidents that left one person dead and five others injured.
One person was killed and three others were injured Tuesday morning in a car-semi-tractor and trailer accident on U.S. 24 and Alber Street about 9:20 a.m.
According to a news release from the Wabash County Sheriff Bob Land, Cheryl K. Koehler, 71, Wabash, was killed after the car she was driving struck the rear end of the tractor-trailer driven by Jackie C. Hazeltine, 64, Columbus, Ohio. Wabash County Coroner Carol Whitesel pronounced her dead at the scene.
Posted on 2015 Dec 01
Construction work begins on Wabash St., Harrison Ave. intersection

Work began on replacing the bridge at the intersection of Wabash Street and Harrison Avenue on Monday morning, Nov. 30. Photo by Emma Rausch

Posted on 2015 Dec 01

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