From the Wabash River to the Gulf of Mexico - Kayaking couple stops in Wabash on their way downstream
LaNae and John Abnet are heading south for the next four months on a kayaking trip from the source of the Wabash River to the Gulf of Mexico. To their knowledge, they will be the first couple to make and document this journey. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
From the source of the Wabash River, John and LaNae Abnet plan to spend the next four months kayaking and camping on their voyage to the Gulf of Mexico, and, to their knowledge, they’ll be the first to document it.
“Life is too short to sit on the banks watching the water go by, wondering … wondering where the water flows,” the Abnets wrote on their blog. “Sitting is safe, but all these questions will never be answered, and we stay in a state of wondering, while sitting in silence, so … we decided to ‘LIVEout-loud.’”
On April 12, just two weeks into their trip, the Abnets stopped in Wabash to camp for the night on the River Walk near the Wabash Street bridge.
Posted on 2015 May 04
Chamber to celebrate National Chamber Week
By Joseph Slacian
Mayor Robert Vanlandingham, during the April 27 Wabash City Council meeting, read a proclamation making the week on May 4-8 as the Chamber of Commerce Week.
The Wabash “Chamber of Commerce provides citizens with a strong business environment that increases employment, retail trade and commerce and industrial grown in order to make the City of Wabash a better place to live,” the mayor noted, while reading the proclamation.
Posted on 2015 May 04
North Manchester man arrested for stabbing
Nathaniel Baston
By The Paper staff
NORTH MANCHESTER – The investigation to a stabbing reported on April 25 has resulted in the arrest of Nathaniel Baston, 30, North Manchester.
Baston is incarcerated in the Wabash County Jail on a felony charge of aggravated battery.
At approximately 10:42 on Saturday, officers responded to a 911 call reporting a stabbing in the second floor corridor of 224 East Main St. in North Manchester.
Posted on 2015 Apr 28
Crash claims rural Wabash man
By Joseph Slacian
A rural Wabash man was killed in a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon at the intersection of State Road 15 and State Road Ind. 115.
The man, Mark A. Rickner, 45, was pronounced dead at the scene by Wabash County Coroner Carol Whitesel. The accident occurred at 4:21 p.m.
Posted on 2015 Apr 28
Indiana Court of Appeals wheels into Manchester University for session
Manchester University hosted its third Appeals on Wheels session on Tuesday April 14. Students, faculty, and local members of the Wabash County Bar Association watched the oral hearing of Johnson v. State as the Court of Appeals panel judges questioned both attorneys about their arguments. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Court was in session on April 14 at Manchester University when the Indiana Court of Appeals visited for the college’s third traveling oral argument hearing, or Appeals on Wheels.
Appeals on Wheels is an educational initiative which brings oral argument hearings into schools and other venues across Indiana to inform citizens about the appellate court as well as provide an opportunity to meet the judges and ask questions, according to a press release.
Students and members of the Wabash County Bar Association watched as Judges Michael Barnes and Terry Crone joined presiding Judge Paul Mathias in questioning arguments regarding the case Johnson v. State.
“I think part of our job, in addition to deciding the cases in a rational, legal, and fair way, is to allow people to see how the court works,” Barnes said. “If you heard about the Indiana Court of Appeals, did you really know how it worked?
Posted on 2015 Apr 28
Knights of Columbus plan Tootsie Roll drive
By Joseph Slacian
Volunteers from the Knights of Columbus and three other organizations will be a stationed around the city on May 8-9 for the Knights’ annual Tootsie Roll Drive.
All the proceeds from the event will remain in Wabash County to benefit ARC of Wabash, Vernon Manor and Wabash County Special Olympics, drive co-chair Mike Davis said.
The Knights, through its annual campaign, has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars over the past 30 years, according to Knights member Dan Roland.
Posted on 2015 Apr 28
Butner crew members share memories at 41st annual reunion
Former USS Gen. H.W. Butner crew members (from left) John Elder and Howard Tucker listen as P.J. Smith tells a story during the group’s 41st annual reunion over the weekend. Wabash County residents Duane and Bonnie Truss hosted the event. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Eleven veterans, former crew members of the USS Gen. H.W. Butner, gathered in Wabash for their 41st reunion over the weekend.
While the group consisted of nine Navy veterans, a Marine veteran and an Army veteran, the men all insisted “we’re all in the Navy this weekend.”
The group had a busy weekend, touring various sites around Wabash and Miami counties on Friday, followed by a day to wander through Wabash on Saturday morning and afternoon, and a banquet Saturday night. While many of the wives and other family members took advantage of the chance to tour downtown and its offerings, the veterans opted to stay at the Charley Creek Inn, where they swapped stories and viewed thousands of photos of the Butner and past reunions.
The idea for the reunion was born in the Pottstown, Pa., area.
Posted on 2015 Apr 28
Four local students receive Self-Reliance Awards
INGUARD Self Reliance Award recipients (second from left) Sierra Pennington, Michael Lengel, Abby Houlihan and Julian Hobson, pose with Wabash Kiwanis Club president-elect Judy Ward and INGUARD representative Emerson Poort. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Four local high school students were honored Tuesday afternoon, April 21, during the INGUARD Self-Reliance Awards program at the Honeywell Center.
Honored were Julian Hobson of Wabash High School, Abby Houlihan and Michael Lengel of Southwood High School and Sierra Pennington of Manchester High School.
The youths each received $1,000 to be used as they wished.
Posted on 2015 Apr 28

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