Wabash Chili for Charity Cook Off this Saturday

by Kalie Ammons

The annual Wabash Chili for Charity Cook Off is this Saturday, Oct. 19, from 12-4 p.m. at Paradise Spring Historical Park. Proceeds of the event go to help 10 core charities in Wabash County.

In preparation for the event, T-shirts and sweatshirts are being sold at Kitchen’s Plus. Friermood’s Tires, M&B Body Shop and the Wabash County Visitor Center are selling raffle tickets.

Posted on 2013 Oct 15
Swine farmer to speak to Somerset Lions Club

Local Farmer Jim Erickson will address the Somerset Lions Club on Monday, Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. He will discuss how pork is different today; it’s definitely not your parents’ pork! 30 years ago, not many people could have imagined pork would be among the leanest meats available. How and why pork changed will take center stage at the regularly scheduled Somerset Lions Club meeting.

Posted on 2013 Oct 17
Salvation Army seeks Wabash representative, bell ringers for holiday season

By Eric Stearley

The Salvation Army’s Indiana Service Extension is seeking a representative for the Wabash area. The representative will assist families in need of the organization’s services. He or she will help to decide which families will receive assistance and what kind of assistance is needed. The extension’s northern liaison, Major Gerald Smelser, hopes to have the volunteer position filled by the end of October.

“It’s not a difficult thing, and they can do it on their own schedule,” said Smelser.

Posted on 2013 Oct 15
Beauchamp McSpadden sees promise in local youth, Oct. 13-19 is Promise Pledge Week


For the youngest students in Wabash County, college is no longer simply something they imagine—it is a place they have visited and seen for themselves. On Sept. 27, every kindergarten through third grader in Wabash County visited Manchester University for a day full of activities and fun. The community celebrated students’ dreams for the future at the “Walk Into My Future” event. 

The event and Promise initiative were successful thanks in large part to the efforts of presenting sponsor, Beauchamp McSpadden.


Posted on 2013 Oct 16
Animal Shelter adopts new programs

By Eric Stearley

The Wabash County Animal Shelter is making some changes, adding new services, while reinstating others that were not offered for a period of time.

The shelter has adopted a new vaccination and testing policy, through which each animal that arrives at the shelter is tested for likely diseases. Cats are tested for Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV), while dogs are tested for heartworm. Cats and dogs receive their respective vaccinations along with a one-year rabies vaccine, which both animals receive.

Posted on 2013 Oct 15
Manchester Community Schools receives $25,000 grant from Monsanto Fund


Manchester Community Schools were named a $25,000 grant winner in this year’s America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education program. A ceremony took place on Oct. 11 at Manchester High School.
America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education, sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, offers farmers the chance to nominate a local public school district, which will compete for a grant of up to $25,000 to enhance math and/or science education. More than 1,150 nominated school districts submitted applications. The Monsanto Fund will invest $2.3 million through America’s Farmers Grow Rural Education grants this year.
Manchester Community Schools faculty, local farmers and Monsanto representatives participated in a check presentation ceremony before kickoff at the homecoming football game.
America's Farmers Grow Communities, which offers winning farmers the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit organization in their county, is also part of this effort. To date, these programs combined have contributed more than $15 million to rural communities. To learn more about either program, please visit

Posted on 2013 Oct 16
Manchester Main Street announces holiday gala

Mark your calendars for North Manchester’s most memorable night out on the town. Manchester Main Street’s 2nd annual “Light up the Town” Holiday Gala will be held on Friday, Dec. 6, from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

This progressive dinner event will feature specialty treats from North Manchester’s finest restaurants, bars and entertainers. Four historic downtown venues will be transformed into holiday splendor, and filled with live music, dancing and silent auction treasures.

Posted on 2013 Oct 15
‘The Road Back’: Wabash author draws readers closer to God

In his new book on Christian theology, “The Road Back,” Wabash author Rick Tolley offers refreshing lessons to draw Christians even closer to God and re-ignite the love that Christians might have lost.

Many today are searching for relevance of the Christian life. In “The Road Back,” Tolley challenges those who are wrestling with the Christian life to think outside the box. With a unique look at how the Christian life fits into the world today, he uses stories and analogies that will challenge the readers’ thinking. His plain and simple approach challenges them to grow deeper in their walk with God by going outside traditional, religious thinking without compromising God’s Word.

Posted on 2013 Oct 15

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