Housing complex gets BZA special exception
By Joseph Slacian
For the second time in as many years, a Chicago development company received a special exception to create a housing development in an area now zoned as General Business District.
The firm, JCF Real Estate, received the special exception on Thursday, Oct. 15, from the Wabash Board of Zoning Appeals.
Posted on 2015 Oct 20
Hospital gala to have French theme
By Joseph Slacian
Parkview Wabash Foundation will host the 21st annual Foundation Gala on Nov. 14 at the Honeywell Center.
The theme for this year’s event is “An Evening in Paris” and, as always, the benefit will raise money for hospital equipment.
Proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of a new stereotactic breast biopsy system for the Women’s Center at Parkview Wabash Hospital.
The equipment will enable women to receive a minimally invasive biopsy procedure with many benefits over surgically performed biopsies, the foundation’s new director, Beth Squires Stein said.
Posted on 2015 Oct 20
County enters Halloween spirit
By Emma Rausch
A wide variety of activities have been planned around Wabash County this year for Halloween.
Oct. 28
Manchester University invites area child to the All-Hall Trick-or-Treat on Wednesday, Oct. 28. The event is free and family friendly from 6-8 p.m. A parent or guardian must accompany all children.
For the best candy-collecting route, the university recommends to start at Schwalm Hall on the west side of campus then head to Helman and Oakwood halls, East Street Apartments, East Hall and, lastly, end the night at the haunted Garver Hall on East Street.
Garver Hall is aimed to frighten attendees and may not be appropriate for children younger than 10-years-old.
Posted on 2015 Oct 20
North Manchester church expands hall
By The Paper staff
The ground breaking ceremony for Saint Robert Bellarmine Catholic Church in North Manchester will be on Sunday, Oct. 18 immediately following 9 a.m. Mass.
The ceremony will celebrate the beginning of construction on a new 7,000 square foot Parrish Hall and is expected to finish in the summer of 2016.
Posted on 2015 Oct 15
Thousands expected for 13th Chili for Charity Chili Cook-off
By Joseph Slacian
Thousands are expected to converge on the Paradise Spring Historical Park on Saturday as the park will become, in the words of one local official, a giant front porch.
The park is the scene of the 13th annual Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity Chili Cook-off. Tasting will begin at noon and admission is $5.
As of late last week, about 90 chili teams were registered to participate in the event, Chili committee chair Todd Titus said.
“That’s pretty much in the range of what we’ve been used to in the past years,” he said. “It’s not much of a concern to us right now. We know we’ll have some of the CASI (Chili Appreciation Society International) teams coming in Saturday morning to register. 
“We’re pretty confident that we’ll be at 100 teams, or slightly more than 100 teams.”
Posted on 2015 Oct 13
WHS team raises funds for breast cancer awareness
Senior Kristin Cromer hugs a cancer survivor during the Wabash High School volleyball Pink Night/Senior Night on Thursday, Oct. 8. The local team recognized members of the community who have battled or are currently battling cancer and gave them gifts as a way of showing their support, according to Cromer and teammate Sydni Mullett. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
The Wabash High School volleyball varsity and junior varsity teams are donning pink jerseys throughout October for their seventh consecutive year in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raise funds for “Kills for a Cure.”
The Lady Apaches sported this year’s pink jerseys for the first time last Thursday, Oct. 8, for their Pink Night/Senior Night against the Peru Tigers.
Prior to Pink Night, the teams split into groups of three or four players and visited local service organizations and businesses informing the community about the fundraiser, its purpose and asking for participants to make flat donations or pledge a donation per kill.
Posted on 2015 Oct 13
Grammy-nominated songwriter visits local high school
Steve Seskin, a Grammy-nominated songwriter, visited Wabash High School on Friday, Oct. 9, to spread the word about respecting one another in the anti-bullying campaign, Operation Respect/Don’t Laugh at Me. Seskin collaborated with 15 students in GSA and TADA clubs to create a brand new song about acceptance before performing it for the high school’s student body. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Nashville singer and Grammy-nominated songwriter Steve Seskin entertained and educated the Wabash community Oct. 8-9 at two venues, though neither performance with the same message.
On Thursday Oct. 8, Seskin performed at the Eagles Theatre as the first of three acts in the Singer/Songwriter Series. He shared the stage with Shake Spear Music writer Pete Sallis and Brian White, a touring artist known for songs recorded by artists including Rascal Flatts, Trace Adkins and Gary Allan.
The three performed several of their songs and shared various stories about what inspired them to write the numbers.
Posted on 2015 Oct 13
County council adopts new LOIT credit rate
By Emma Rausch
In a special session on Wednesday, Oct. 7, the Wabash County Council voted 5-2 to adopt a 40-20-40 percent local option income tax rate for 2016.
Before the council discussed the available rate options, council chairman Mike Ridenour addressed the council and media that the meeting was to focus on local option income tax (LOIT) rates “and the ways that we allocate monies from our adopted additional tax which was 1 percent of the income tax,” he said.
The LOIT is reviewed by the council each year.
Posted on 2015 Oct 13

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