Precious Gems and Metals to close

by Eric Stearley

Precious Gems & Metals, a retail shop located at 3 East Canal Street, will close its doors for good on May 22.

Precious Gems & Metals has been in the business of buying and selling quality jewelry, precious metals since 1979. The company has built its business on going into communities for short periods of time and buying up vintage and estate jewelry at competitive prices. Word spread over the years and past customers brought more jewelry, as well as friends and family interested in selling pieces. As much as 90 percent of the items purchased are melted down and sold as gold and silver bullion. A few years ago, owner Stan Walter opened a retail store in downtown Wabash to sell high quality items that he didn’t want to scrap.

With the recent drop in the prices of gold and silver, jewelry owners are less willing to sell their items. With fewer items available for Walter to purchase, there has been a notable decrease in the supply of qualities items to sell in the downtown store.

Posted on 2014 May 13
Ron White returns to Honeywell Center

Comedian Ron White returns to the Honeywell Center on Saturday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m. to entertain audiences with his new show “Nutcracker.” Tickets went on sale Friday, May. 9. The corporate sponsor is Market Street Grill and associate sponsors are D & J Radabaugh Construction and Louis Dreyfus of Claypool.

Comedian Ron “Tater Salad” White first rose to fame as the cigar-smoking, funnyman from the Blue Collar Comedy Tour phenomenon, but now as a chart-topping comedian and a feature film actor, Ron White has established himself as a star in his own right. He has sold over 14 million albums, received two Grammy nominations, and, over the past nine years, has been one of the top three grossing standup comedians on tour in America.

Posted on 2014 May 13
Opportunity to request soybean referendum available

Beginning May 5 and running through May 30, soybean producers are being given an opportunity to decide if they want to be offered a referendum on the Soybean Check-off program.  Producers who marketed soybeans between Jan. 1, 2012 and Dec.31, 2013 and paid an assessment are eligible to participate in the request for referendum. 

Producers who would like to be offered a referendum on the soybean program should contact their local FSA office for additional information or to complete a request form.  Completed forms must be returned to the FSA office by the May 30 deadline. 

In addition to the completed form, producers must submit proof that an assessment was paid in either 2012 or 2013.  In most cases copies of settlement sheets should include the required proof of assessment being paid.

The current Soybean Check-off Program became effective on July 9, 1991 and the first assessments began Sept. 1, 1991.  The Soybean Check-off Program is administered by the United Soybean Board, which has 70 members representing 30 states.  Funds from the current check-off program are used to advance soybean marketing, promote technology and develop new uses for soybeans.

Posted on 2014 May 13
Stirring it up with Angie Baer

If I were to make a list of everything I love about springtime, having an asparagus patch just a few feet from our back door would be right at the top of that list. I love the fact that I can pick fresh asparagus for that evening’s dinner.

A few years ago, my Husband and I went to one of our favorite restaurants in downtown Ft. Wayne. I ordered shrimp scampi pasta, which turned out to be absolutely fantastic. I requested the recipe from the chef and was quickly turned down. A few days later, I decided to try and create my own version of shrimp scampi pasta. I started with the basics, adding a little of this and a pinch of that and soon I had a winner! The asparagus tips paired with the fresh mint and basil is simply delicious. I often prepare this dish during my cooking classes and it quickly becomes a favorite among my students.

Posted on 2014 May 13
Honeywell Foundation thanks volunteers

by Eric Stearley

More than one hundred volunteers filled Legacy Hall on the evening of April 29 as the Honeywell Foundation thanked its volunteers with dinner, entertainment, and an awards ceremony.

The evening began as volunteers enjoyed a buffet of chicken calabash, baked steak, broccoli salad, Brussels sprouts with bacon, glazed carrots, whipped red skin potatoes with gravy, and a variety of desserts.

As dinner came to an end, the stage came to life with an a cappella quartet composed of Tony Millspaugh, Logan Horn, Lamar Horn, and Garry Texeira. The quartet mixed music with comedy as each member’s stage persona battled with the others for personal attention and order within the group.

After a few words from Volunteer Manager Michelle Campbell, the awards ceremony began. The most anticipated of the many awards was “Volunteer of the Year.”

“In the past, the volunteer of the year was based solely on the number of hours they worked,” said Campbell. “I wanted to change things up a little bit this year, and I wanted to value the volunteers that may not spend as much time here, but still do a lot for the Honeywell Center.”

Posted on 2014 May 13
W.C. Mills to hold open house

The news that W.C. Mills Elementary would be closing its doors and consolidating with O.J. Neighbours and Wabash Middle School came earlier this school year, and the news was difficult for many students and community members, including the school’s former principal and current Wabash mayor, Robert Vanlandingham.

“I was there for a long time. When they closed Carpenter School, I went to Mills and taught fifth grade for a year and then became principal,” Mayor Vanlandingham told The Paper.

“To me, it’s a great neighborhood. It just seemed like that corner lot, with all the kids coming to school; a lot of focus came on that lot. We had a great staff. I’ll never forget my 50th birthday. I used to have an IU flag hanging and I would mess with kids and make them salute the IU flag. I came to work on my 50th birthday, and the teachers had a hoop with black and gold paper I had to run through.

“I get through it and all the teachers are dressed in black and gold. The hallways were decorated in black and gold, and then students were all dressed in black and gold. Every half hour, there were five kindergarten girls, dressed in Purdue cheerleading outfits and they would stand outside my office and do a Purdue cheer. Everyone got along so great. We had a staff that was so creative. We got a lot of work done, but we did it in a fun manner,” Mayor Vanlandingham continued.

Posted on 2014 May 13
Wabash City Schools to participate in summer food program

The Wabash City Schools recently announced their plans to participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Free meals will be made available to all children 18 years of age and under, and to persons over 18 years of age, who are enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled. Free meals will be provided to all children without charge and are the same for all children. There will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service.

In accordance with Federal Law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, martial status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment program or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)

Posted on 2014 May 13
Wabash Middle School places third in Academic Bowl

Wabash Middle School Academic Bowl participants placed third at the state level in social studies on May 3, in the Class 3 competition. Team members included Claire Hipskind, James Wolfe and Dylan Johnson. Competitors were questioned about a wide range of information related to the topic “Westward Expansion.”

“It was shocking to see students correctly answer the first six questions and maintain the lead throughout the competition. And I was just ecstatic to see that we placed third in 3A in social studies. We found out later that we were only a point off from second place and two from first,” said Coach Adam Hall.

Posted on 2014 May 13

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