Primary Elections in store for three of four local communities

By Joseph Slacian

Voters in Wabash, North Manchester and LaFontaine will participate in a Primary Election on May 5.

With the filing deadline passed at noon Feb. 6, three races shaped up in Wabash, while one will take place in North Manchester and one will take place in LaFontaine.

Republican voters in the City of Wabash’s first and fifth City Council Districts will choose candidates in the Primary. Meanwhile, Democrat voters will choose a mayoral candidates.

Posted on 2015 Feb 10
Wabash Relay for Life shortened to 12-hour event, scheduled for Aug. 29

The Relay for Life of Wabash County kicked off its first meeting Feb. 5 at the Beacon Credit Union Administration Building on Wabash Street. The meeting discussed changes to this year’s program, including a shortened walking schedule and craft bizarre. Over five team captains were in attendance including captains for Team Kroger and Wabash High School. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

The 2015 Wabash Relay for Life walk has been shortened to a 12-hour event instead of the usual 24-hours, members of the Relay for Life of Wabash County Committee announced at its kick-off meeting on Feb. 5.

The committee decided to reduce the walking schedule in the hopes that it will encourage more participation, event chair Amanda Wiley said.

Posted on 2015 Feb 10
Wolkins, lawmakers raise funds for American Cancer Society

By Joseph Slacian

INDIANAPOLIS -- State Representative Dave Wolkins, fellow legislators and staff wore sneakers at the Statehouse Thursday in support of the “Suits and Sneakers” challenge to raise awareness of the fight against cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), in 2012, 35,000 Hoosiers were diagnosed with cancer, and of those, 13,000 lost their lives to the disease.

The Suits and Sneakers challenge is an annual event sponsored by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches to help raise cancer awareness and support those affected by it.

Posted on 2015 Feb 10
Education bill dominates legislative forum

State Rep. David Wolkins makes a point Saturday morning, Jan. 31, in the Third House Session Legislative Forum at the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce. He and State Sen. Amanda Banks met with about 30 constituents during the  hour-long forum. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Senate Bill 1 dominated the conversations on Saturday Jan. 31 during the Third House Legislative Forum at the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce.

The bill, State Sen. Amanda Banks explained to the more than 30 people present, “seeks to fix the impasse with the State Board of Education.”

Posted on 2015 Feb 03
75th annual Lincoln Pilgrimage is Feb. 7-8

Boy Scouts and Club Scouts fill the former Honeywell Center gymnasium, now Legacy Hall, during a Lincoln Pilgrimage from the 1950's. The 75th annual Pilgrimage will take place Feb. 7-8. Photo courtesy of Wabash County Historical Museum & Wabash Carnegie Public Library.

By Joseph Slacian

Scouts from around Central Indiana will converge on downtown Wabash on Sunday, Feb. 8, for the 75th annual Lincoln Pilgrimage.

Activities will actually begin on Saturday, Feb. 7, when scouts will hike from Mt. Olive United Methodist Church in Marion to the LaFontaine Community Building.

They will arrive in LaFontaine about 5 p.m. and will have a chili supper and sleep overnight at the community building. After a breakfast of biscuits and gravy Sunday morning, the group will continue the nine-mile trek to Wabash, arriving at the Honeywell Center about noon for the start of Pilgrimage activities there.

Pilgrimage organizer Tom Chekouras said the hike is something that had taken place at past Pilgrimages, but has not taken place in recent years.

Posted on 2015 Feb 03
YMCA and Parkview Wabash Hospital team up to teach students how to swim

An O.J. Neighbours Elementary School student uses a floatation device to him in the YMCA pool. Photo by Eric Stearley

by Eric Stearley

For third graders at OJ Neighbours Elementary School, gym class is a little different this month. Instead of changing their shoes and heading to the gymnasium, they grab a swimsuit and get on a bus; they’re going to the YMCA to learn how to swim.

“The kids are having a blast with this. They look forward to coming, and it’s a great opportunity for them to learn by doing,” said YMCA Aquatics Director Dave Ringler. “This program has been going on now for at least two or three years.”

Posted on 2015 Feb 03
Flu season hits county, state

By Joseph Slacian

The flu season has been a rough one on the State of Indiana, and Wabash County didn’t escape the brunt of the illness. State and local officials report an increase in the disease in recent months.

So far, 85 deaths around the state have been linked to the flu, officials from the Indiana State Department of Health said. That figure is higher than the total deaths in each of the previous 10 years, they said, and the flu season is only half over.

Wabash County has seen a significant increase, according to officials at the Wabash County Health Department and Parkview Wabash Hospital.

Posted on 2015 Feb 03
Adult Farm Classes are underway

By Joseph Slacian

The 37th annual Adult Farm Classes have started.

The program, which takes place at the Heartland REMC community room on select Mondays through March, kicked off Feb. 2 with a program on alternate energy sources.

“The programs are open to anyone interested,” Purdue University Extension Educator Curt Campbell said. “They can attend only classes they are interested in with no pre-registration.”

(Read more to view full class schedule)

Posted on 2015 Feb 03

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