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Crystal Gayle helps celebrate museumís 10th anniversary
Crystal Gayle, international country music star and a former Wabash resident, performed at the Wabash County Historical Museum on Nov. 12 to celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary since it’s opening in 2005. Gayle performed several new songs she’s written for her new album, which should be released in the near future. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
International country music star Crystal Gayle performed at the Wabash County Historical Museum on Thursday, Nov. 12, to help celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary.
 
Although the museum originally planned for 75 to attend the event, due to public demand, museum executive director Mitch Figert said it opened the doors to approximately 100 museum members and non-members to see Gayle live.
 
Gayle, a former Wabash resident and Wabash High School graduate, was also present when the museum celebrated its grand opening in 2005. Since then, the singer said the museum has changed “for the better.”
Posted on 2015 Nov 17
Holiday season kicks off this weekend
By Joseph Slacian
 
The 2015 holiday season will officially kick off in Wabash later this week as the lights atop the Wabash County Courthouse will be turned on and the Holiday Night to Remember will take place downtown on Friday and Saturday.
 
Downtown businesses will have open houses from 4-8 p.m. Friday and again from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
 
Meanwhile, the Celebration of Light, which includes the lighting of the Wabash County Courthouse holiday lights, will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Posted on 2015 Nov 17
Hospital Gala honors Dugan as Healthcare Hero
Dr. William Dugan (center) received the Healthcare Hero Award from Parkview Wabash Foundation chair Jim Reynolds (left) and Parkview Health CEO Mike Packnett (right) at the hospital’s 21st annual Gala on Nov. 14. Dugan was nominated for the award for his work with Indiana Community Cancer Care and first starting the program at Wabash County Hospital. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Parkview Wabash Hospital Foundation recognized Dr. William M. Dugan as a Healthcare Hero at the foundation’s 21st annual Gala on Saturday, Nov. 14.
 
During his acceptance speech, Dugan took the opportunity to announce the hospital’s next screening project, colon cancer screening by utilizing Cologaurd Testing technology.
 
“Tonight it was a special thing to be able to announce our next screening project which we’re going to go with which is a new colon cancer screening project,” Dugan told The Paper of Wabash County. “There’s a new technology that measures the DNA in stool so if a person doesn’t want a colonoscopy – that’s the gold standard, that’s what everybody should have – but you can get Cologuard, which is a DNA test."
Posted on 2015 Nov 17
Chili committee disperses funds; Nine groups get share of $40,000
Melissa Ream (from left), Janet French and Chris McCallen accept the Chili for Charity check for the Manchester Early Learning Center from committee member Bob McCallen. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Nine local non-profit agencies received a portion of $40,000 dispersed by the Wabash County Cannonball Chili for Charity Chili Cook-off.
 
The agencies received the funds during a brief ceremony Thursday night, Nov. 5, at All Occasions.
 
“With tonight’s awards, we’re going to go over $400,000 (in donations) in 13 years,” Chili Committee chair Todd Titus said. “It’s all been given out to local charities in Wabash County.
 
“It’s a good time. We had a really good event this year.”
 
He thanked all those who helped organize the event – whether they are on the committee, members of the receiving agencies or on the various chili teams.
 
“This community has come through for many, many years, with its money, with its time, with its donations of services and prizes,” he continued. “We certainly appreciate it.”
Posted on 2015 Nov 17
Ribbon cutting marks Brad Metzger Allstate grand opening
Brad Metzger (third from left) cuts the red ribbon, signifying Brad Metzger Allstate Agency is officially opening. His team of representatives including (second from left) executive account manager Lizz Glass, (fourth from left) Storm Sinclair and Tracie Hensley (front row, second from right) joined him for the ceremony along with representatives from the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Brad Metzger Allstate celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 12, at the insurance company’s office located at 1005 N. Cass St. in Wabash.
 
Brad Metzger, local agency store owner, said he was excited for the grand opening.
 
“I am a Wabash County native, having graduated from Manchester High School and have lived in Wabash County nearly all my life,” he said. “We truly thank you for letting us serve Wabash County and hope to see new faces in our office where you are always in good hands.”
Posted on 2015 Nov 17
Local resident celebrates 105-year mark
Florence Bradley (center) celebrated her 105th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 10, with her great-grandson Chad Harris (left) and daughter Sharon Newhouse (right). Born in 1910 in Blackford County, Bradley has lived in Wabash County since 1930 after marrying the late J.D. Bradley and her daughter agrees that this is where Bradley’s legacy is. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Miller’s Merry Manor resident Florence Bradley celebrated her 105th birthday on Tuesday, Nov. 10, with a surprise party hosted by the nursing home staff.
 
Bradley’s great-grandson Chad Harris told The Paper of Wabash County he always thought she’d live to be pretty old.
 
“She’s always been active since I’ve known her,” Harris said. “I think she was 60 when I was born, so I always thought she’d live to be fairly old. I’m not sure 105. That’s a really impressive age.”
 
Bradley said the secret to her longevity is “exercising. I’ve been working on the farm and keeping after my family. You get a lot of exercising in that way, working in the garden.”
Posted on 2015 Nov 17
Quilts of Valor presented to Korean War veterans
Lois Vanmeter (right) presents a local Korean War veteran with a handcrafted quilt at the Quilts of Valor luncheon on Monday, Nov. 9. The quilters, a group of eight women, work all year on the quilts for the one-day only event. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
In remembrance of Veterans Day, Wabash County Quilts of Valor quilters honored and recognized local veterans on Monday, Nov. 9, at the group’s luncheon at the Presbyterian Church in Wabash.
 
The quilters, a group of eight women dedicated to handcrafting each quilt presented, gave Korean War veterans the blankets with hugs, handshakes and many thank you’s to show their appreciation for the veterans’ services.
 
The group also honored veterans who served in World War II, the Vietnam War and Iraq and presented the servicemen with mugs and handcrafted coasters as tokens of the group’s appreciation.
Posted on 2015 Nov 17
Local high school hosts college, career fair for all county students
Wabash County high school students gather around Saint Joseph’s College booth as representative talks about the school’s higher education opportunities. Students had a chance to meet with colleges like Saint Joseph’s at the Wabash High School second annual College and Career Fair on Nov. 11. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash High School hosted approximately 50 college and career vendors at its second annual College and Career Fair on Wednesday, Nov. 11.
 
In conjunction with the Community Foundation of Wabash County, the school opened its doors to MSD of Wabash County Schools, White’s Residential and Family Services, and Manchester Community School students to share in the opportunity to learn more about higher education and career opportunities.
Posted on 2015 Nov 17

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