FFA members celebrate special week

By Emma Rausch

Feb. 21 marked the beginning of National FFA Week, a weeklong tradition that began in 1947. Since the organization’s founding in 1928, National FFA has changed and adapted with the times to meet today’s needs for farming and agriculture education, however, not all the changes are for the better, according to one local Wabash County FFA advisor.

Today the organization spans all 50 states and two U.S. territories, totaling in 610,240 FFA members and 7,665 chapters.

“FFA is an excellent opportunity for students to discover and create their own type of leadership skills,” said Gwen Mize, Manchester High School’s FFA chapter advisor. “I feel very fortunate to work as an FFA advisor and agriculture teacher every day.”

Posted on 2015 Feb 24
Flohr to serve as WMI interim director

By Joseph Slacian

Christine Flohr, executive director of tourism for Visit Wabash County, will serve as interim director of Wabash Marketplace, Inc.

Mayor Robert Vanlandingham made the announcement during the Wabash City Council meeting on Feb. 9.

She will temporarily replace WMI Executive Director Patrick Sullivan who resigned the post in January.

“We (named Flohr to the post) so we don’t miss a beat on the Stellar Community Grant,” Vanlandingham said. “We didn’t want someone to come in and relearn everything.

Posted on 2015 Feb 24
Measles making comeback in United States

By Emma Rausch

Unvaccinated people in Wabash County could be at risk for measles, said Lori Foust, Wabash County Health Department public nurse.

As of Feb. 13, there were 141 measles cases reported across 17 states, including Michigan and Illinois, most relating to one outbreak linked to Disneyland in California, according to a CDC release.

Although it is classified as a preventable disease, with a rise in parents opting out of vaccinations, the disease has made a comeback in recent years, scoring a record high of 644 cases in 2014, according to the CDC.

“Potentially, everyone who is not vaccinated against the (measles) is at increased risk to contract the disease,” said Dr. Joan Duwve, Indiana State Health Department chief medical consultant.

Posted on 2015 Feb 24
Court hearing set for Elmwood Drive home

By Joseph Slacian

A hearing in Wabash Superior Court is scheduled for March 6 in the case of a home at 7 Elmwood Drive.

Building Commissioner John Stephens told the Wabash Board of Public Works & Safety that following an initial hearing in early February, the March hearing was set.

The city ordered the home to be razed in December. In January, the board awarded a demolition contract to Brainard Excavating.

However, at the board’s Feb. 4 meeting it learned the estate of the late owner, Jo Jinks Dietzer, filed an injunction.

Posted on 2015 Feb 19
Local high school student recognized for outstanding musicianship

By Emma Rausch

Jeremy Nevil leans into his guitar and curls his fingers around the neck, his pre-recorded audio track displayed on the projected screen behind him. Sitting in a boardroom filled with friends, family, and members of Metropolitan School District Education Board, all eyes are on him as he starts to play one of his original songs, “Let’s Get Crazy.”

On Monday Feb. 9, the MSD Board of Education recognized Nevil, a 17-year-old singer, songwriter, producer and Northfield senior, for his outstanding musicianship.

Since starting high school, Nevil has performed in All-State Honor Choir and Wabash County High School Honor Choir all four years, participated in the Visual and Performing Arts Summer Theater, performed vocally and instrumentally in musical concerts for Manchester University, and produced and published his own three-song album, “Here’s to Firsts” on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.

Posted on 2015 Feb 19
Stellar plans undergo changes

By Joseph Slacian

The City of Wabash’s plans for the Stellar Grant program have changed somewhat in the last few weeks.

Most notably, two programs – the outdoor amphitheater at Paradise Spring Historical Park and the all-inclusive park at the John W. Drook Skate Park – have been removed from the list of projects.

The amphitheater, Mayor Robert Vanlandingham noted, was removed because it is in a flood plain of the Wabash River.

The all-inclusive park, he continued, was removed because none of the three agencies involved with the Stellar Grant – the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority – provide funding for such projects.

Posted on 2015 Feb 19
Local educators believe ISTEP changes needed

By Emma Rausch

The Indiana 2015 ISTEP exam is undergoing emergency revision to shorten its 12-hour length before it is administered in March, the Department of Education announced.

On Feb. 9, Gov. Mike Pence signed an executive order to shorten the length.

“Doubling the length of the 2015 ISTEP test is unacceptable and requires an immediate solution,” said Pence in a statement. “As soon as I learned of this issue, I vowed to support efforts to shorten the test while preserving the accountability that Hoosier students and families deserve.”

Posted on 2015 Feb 19
Secretary of State honors Timbercrest

By Shaun Tilghman

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Just months after Timbercrest Senior Living Community residents and staff concluded their yearlong celebration of the 125th anniversary, Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson sent a letter congratulating the institution for being a registered business entity in good standing for more than 115 years.

In the letter, Lawson said, “I commend you and your business for your continued success. There are very few entities in our state that can claim the same dedication to the communities they serve. This type of hard work and commitment exemplifies what it means to be a Hoosier. I look forward to many more great things to come from you and the Church Of The Brethren Home Inc. Thank you again for all your hard work and dedication. Congratulations!”

Posted on 2015 Feb 19

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