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More bridgework planned for SR 13
By David Fenker
 
Another summer, another bridge replacement on State Road 13.
 
The Indiana Department of Transportation has tentative plans to replace the bridge on SR 13 over the Eel River in July 2017, according to County Highway Superintendent John Martin.
 
Martin presented a letter of understanding from INDOT at the Monday, March 20, meeting of the Wabash County Commissioners regarding an unofficial detour for the planned construction.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 21
Silver Lake man facing fourth set of HIV-related charges
Travis R. Spoor
 
By David Fenker
 
Officers with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department recently arrested a Silver Lake man in response to allegations that he failed to disclose his HIV positive status to a sexual partner.
 
Travis R. Spoor, 37, of Silver Lake now faces his fourth set of charges stemming from failing to inform partners of his HIV positive status. The most recent charge is malicious mischief with food, defined by Indiana Code as when “a person recklessly, knowingly or intentionally places human body fluid or fecal waste in a location with the intent that another person will ingest” it.
 
 
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 21
Wabash Presbyterian launches revamped preschool program
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash Presbyterian Church (WPC) will be launching a refreshed preschool program with brand new curriculum in September.
 
For 40 years, the church has offered preschool services to the Wabash community and, this year, the board decided to deepen its program’s quality, according to Jonathan Cornell, WPC pastor.
 
“We undertook a curriculum redevelopment process,” Cornell told The Paper of Wabash County. “About eight months ago we started discussing this. Seeing an opportunity to deepen the quality and intentionality of our preschool."
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 21
RiverRidge Farm produces crops throughout the year

The Nathan Fingerle family was named one of two Farm Families of the Year by the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce. The Fingerle family includes (front row, from left) Serena Fingerle, Elma Cook, Doug Cook, Chloe Fingerle, Isaiah Fingerle, Marlin Fingerle, Selah Fingerle, Marcia Fingerle, Salome Fingerle, (back row, from left) Cheri Reiman, Esther Shankster, Logan Fingerle, Nathan Fingerle, Diane Fingerle, Carson Fingerle, Malachi Fingerle, Hadassah Fingerle and Grace Fingerle. Reiman and Shankster are RiverRidge Farms employees. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

ROANN – Rain, shine, sleet or snow, for nine years Nathan Fingerle’s RiverRidge Farm has supplied Wabash County with organic greens throughout all four season.

The 1.5-acre farm, located at 9559 N. 250 W. in Roann, home-grows all-organic vegetables and sells fruits, meats, honey, soil fertilizer and much more.

This year, the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce will honor Fingerle and his family as one of two Farm Families of the Year for his farm’s practices. On Tuesday, March 21, Fingerle and the Hawkins Family Farm will receive recognition during the annual Ag Day Dinner at the Heartland REMC community room.

Posted on 2017 Mar 14
Family atmosphere part of Hawkins Family Farm

The Jeff Hawkins family was named one of two Farm Families of the Year by the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce. The Hawkins family will be honored with the Nathan Fingerle family at the seventh annual Salute to Agriculture on Tuesday, March 21. Members of the Hawkins family are (from left) David Moan, Sarah Hawkins Moan, Zach Hawkins, Nila Hawkins, Kira Lace Hawkins, Kathy and Jeff Hawkins. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

NORTH MANCHESTER – The name Hawkins Family Farm is somewhat appropriate to the farming operation here at 10373 N 300 E. That’s because everyone, from employees to customers, feel they are treated like family.

The Hawkins Family Farm will be one of two Wabash County farming operations to be named the 2016 Farm Family of the Year by the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce. The Hawkins operation, along with the Nathan Fingerle Farm, will be honored at the Chamber’s Salute to Agriculture on Tuesday, March 21, at the Heartland REMC Community Room.

The 99-acre farm has been in the Hawkins family for 60 years.

Posted on 2017 Mar 14
The Paper of Wabash County to celebrate 40th anniversary
By Joseph Slacian
 
On March 16, 1977, the first issue of The Paper of Wabash County was published. On Thursday, the Paper will celebrate its 40th year in business.
 
Owner and founder Wayne Rees hoped to create a community newspaper. Because of the support of Wabash County residents and businesses, he believes that goal has been accomplished.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14
St. Joseph’s closing hits close to home
Leann Kooi poses for a photo in front of the Modoc’s mural on Market Street, which she repainted in 2016. Kooi told The Paper of Wabash County had it not been for Saint Joseph’s College, she would have never had the courage to take on such an important task. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash native Leann Kooi will graduate from Saint Joseph’s College in May and then immediately lose her school forever.
 
Rensselaer’s St. Joseph’s College (SJC) will be “temporarily” closing following graduation and, despite being 80 miles away, Wabash locals will be feeling the effects, if not now then in the soon future, according to Kooi.
 
In January, the 127-year-old Catholic institution announced it would be “temporarily” closing as of May 12 due to financial distress. The college would need a cash influx of $100 million, with $20 million in commitments by June, according to Robert Pastoor, SJC’s president.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14
Rowe takes over as Garber-Simmons director
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- The Garber-Simmons Senior Center is under new leadership.
 
The center recently hired Sandy Rowe as its director, following the retirement of Melinda Sweeten late last year.
 
Rowe began working in early January, and says she has many ideas for programs for the seniors.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 14

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