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NM native launching new web series
By Shaun Tilghman
 
Later this month, veteran actress and North Manchester native Rebecca Klingler will launch a 10-episode web series, entitled “The Calamities of Jane.” 
 
The series is loosely based on her own life as “an actress of a certain age” still pursuing her dream in a town and an industry that worships youth.
 
The weekly series will feature Klingler as the quirky Jane Singer, an actress with a Midwestern sensibility, who juggles auditions, ageism, crazy day jobs, and strange suitors, all en route to finding her place in the world.
 
Klingler was born in Kokomo, but her family moved to North Manchester when she was an infant. Her father, Charles, taught English at Manchester College while her mother, Susie, raised their seven children, of which Klingler was the fourth.
Posted on 2016 Jan 19
Regional Cities Initiative moves forward after funding snag
By Emma Rausch
 
The Regional Cities Initiative project-funding hit a snag on Tuesday Dec. 15, after Gov. Mike Pence announced three recipient winners instead of the approved two. But as of Jan. 5, plans will continue moving forward as state legislators voiced their approval to back the third region.
 
On Dec. 15, Pence announced plans to award three regions – North Central, Southwest and Northeast Indiana which encompasses Wabash County – $126 million to support regional development plans.
 
However, last May when the Initiative was originally signed into law, legislators only approved $84 million in state matching funds to award two recipients of the RCI program. The Initiative’s funding was generated by the 2015 Tax Amnesty program, which allowed people and businesses to pay up on overdue taxes.
 
Each region would receive $42 million in state matching funds.
Posted on 2016 Jan 19
Dillon elected City Council president
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash City Council member Bryan Dillon will serve as council president for 2016.
 
He was unanimously elected to the position on Monday, Jan. 11, during the first City Council meeting of Mayor Scott Long’s administration.
 
Among the council president’s duties is serving as a liaison between the council and the mayor’s office. The president also fills in for the mayor at various functions when the mayor is unable to attend.
 
“I’m honored that the council had the confidence in me,” Dillon told The Paper of Wabash County following the meeting.
Posted on 2016 Jan 19
Wabash man lead suspect in Marion homicide
Waylon Sadler
 
By Emma Rausch
 
MARION – A Wabash man is the lead suspect in a Marion homicide investigation as of noon Tuesday, Jan. 12.
 
Waylon Sadler, 31, Wabash, is currently being held at Grant County Jail following the death of James L. Zook Jr., 55, Marion.
 
The Marion Police Department was alerted to the death after Shannon Collins, Zook’s daughter and Sadler’s girlfriend, called 911 on Tuesday.
Posted on 2016 Jan 13
Fire damages Wabash home
Wabash firefighters enter the smoke-filled home at 39 W. Sinclair St. early Sunday morning. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A Wabash residence suffered $55,000 in damage costs in an early morning fire on Sunday, Jan. 10.
 
The Wabash City Fire Department was dispatched to 39 W. Sinclair St. at 5:54 a.m. on Sunday after being alerted by homeowner Justin Kelly.
 
Fire department personnel were on scene for approximately three hours, according to an official report.
Posted on 2016 Jan 12
Wabash Court sentences Muncie paramedic
Kyle Meyers
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A former Muncie paramedic received a 2 ½ year sentence in the Indiana Department of Corrections during a Wabash Circuit Court hearing on Jan. 4.
 
The paramedic, Kyle Myers, pled guilty in November 2015 to the sexual battery of a Vernon Manor Children’s Home resident in November.
 
The Wabash Police Department arrested Meyers, 32, Muncie, in 2014 after receiving and investigating a report that a mute and physically challenged female had been sexually assaulted by  Meyers, according to a 2014 story published in The Paper of Wabash County.

At the time, Meyers was a Heartland Ambulance Service paramedic and allegedly assaulted the female while traveling back from a doctor’s appointment in Carmel.

 

Posted on 2016 Jan 12
McCallen to seek re-election; Several candidates file in opening days
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash Circuit Court Judge Robert R. McCallen III made a courtesy filing Monday morning, Jan. 11, in the Wabash County Clerk’s office.
McCallen, in an email to The Paper of Wabash County on Sunday, announced his intention to seek re-election on the Republican ticket.  In announcing his bid for re-election, he noted his desire to build upon his accomplishments.
 
“Wabash County continues to be asked to do more with less,” he said in the email. “I am proud of the hard work of the Circuit and Superior Courts, Probation, Community Corrections and the Prosecutor’s office.  We are proactive in addressing the needs of our community.”  
Posted on 2016 Jan 12
Wabash baby is first born at Parkview Huntington in 2016
Lucas Allen Caley was born Jan. 1 at 7:10 a.m. and was the first newborn of the New Year at Parkview Huntington Hospital. Caley is the second child of Haley and Josh Caley of North Manchester. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Lucas Allen Caley was born at 7:10 a.m. on Jan. 1, becoming the first baby of the New Year at Parkview Huntington Hospital.
 
Hayley and Josh Caley of North Manchester delivered their son at Parkview Huntington Hospital after Mrs. Caley began to have “very strong” contractions at 12:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, she told The Paper of Wabash County in an email.
 
“We were schedule to be induced at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne (at) 6 a.m.,” she wrote. “So we knew he would be born on the first but didn’t know he would be the first one for Huntington’s hospital.”
Posted on 2016 Jan 12

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