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Visit Wabash County’s digital impact growing
By David Fenker
 
After hiring Marketing Manager Whitney Millspaugh more than a year ago, Visit Wabash County’s digital impact more than quadrupled.
 
That was the core of the report given by Christine Flohr, the organization’s executive director of tourism, at Monday’s meeting of the Wabash County Board of Commissioners.
 
Flohr said that Millspaugh’s work, which includes marketing the organization’s partners and events in addition to advertising the county in publications throughout the state and nation, has drastically improved its online presence and impact.
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 29
Wabash City Schools approves 2018 budget projections
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash City Schools Board of Education approved its 2018 budget projections Monday night, Aug. 21. Before advertising, however, the corporation will have to receive the budget’s final authorization from the Wabash City Council.
 
Since the WCS Board is one of approximately 13 statewide that is still appointed, state law mandates that the appointing body give final say on the school’s budget. Matt Stone, WCS chief business officer, reminded the board that while it approves the Capital Projects Fund and Bus Replacement Plan, the city council approves the General Fund.
 
Stone will present the budget projections at the Monday, Aug. 28, Wabash City Council meeting.
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 29
E-cigarette use down among teens, survey shows

By Joseph Slacian

BLOOMINGTON -- The 27th Indiana Youth Survey, conducted by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center at Indiana University's School of Public Health-Bloomington, highlights a significant decrease in the use of e-cigarettes and vapor products among students in all grades except grade seven. Yet e-cigarettes remain the primary form of nicotine consumption for Indiana youth.

"Even with a decline in use, we are concerned by the numbers of youth using electronic vapor products, as well as traditional tobacco products, such as cigarettes," said Ruth Gassman, executive director of the Indiana Prevention Resource Center. "All tobacco or nicotine-based products have health risks."

Posted on 2017 Aug 29
Crop yields to be similar to ‘16
By Emma Rausch
 
Indiana crops, including Wabash County, are yielding similar corn and soybean productions as 2016, according to a United States Department of Agriculture crop production report.
 
The report, which was released Monday, Aug. 14, stated that “cooler temperatures helped growing crops use less water,” but later added that some areas are starting to show signs of drought stress.
 
Curt Campbell, Purdue Extension – Wabash County extension educator, told The Paper of Wabash County that so far in the county, the crop yields are similar to last year’s.
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 22
County man honored for giving 55 years of service to 4-H

Duane Truss (center) receives his 55-year 4-H Volunteer Tenure Award from Dr. Jason Henderson (from left), Dr. Renee McKee, Caitlyn Tuholski and Todd Uhl. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

To say the 4-H program has been a constant in Duane Truss’ life would be an understatement.

A 10-year 4-H member as a youth, Truss has spent the last 55 years as leader of the Lucky Horseshoe 4-H Club in the Somerset and Waltz Township area..

He was one of 401 individuals honored on Saturday, Aug. 12, at the Indiana State Fair for their tenure as a 4-H leader.

Posted on 2017 Aug 22
MCS transportation official helps write children’s book about school bus safety

Imogene Knight watches as children prepare to board the bus at Manchester Elementary School. Photo by David Fenker

By David Fenker

NORTH MANCHESTER — After more than 30 years and more than one million miles of driving a school bus, Imogene Knight has added one more experience to her long list: helping to write a children’s book.

The Manchester Community Schools (MCS) transportation director recently finished an 18-month collaboration with New York City-based children’s author Kate McMullan on a book titled “I’m Smart”, the ninth book in a series that anthropomorphizes large vehicles (and two dinosaurs) to teach children about their role in society.

Posted on 2017 Aug 22
Lagro officials celebrate completion of road project

Lagro Town Board President Richard Monce (center) cuts the ribbon to mark the grand re-opening of Canal, Main and Webster streets in Lagro. Joining in the dedication were Council member Jim Curless, Utility Superintendent Scott Siders, U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski representative Christopher Lee (second, from right) and State Sen. Andy Zay. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Local, state and federal representatives celebrated the grand re-opening of Canal Street, Main Street and Webster Street in Lagro.

The improvements were made possible through new funding provided by the Indiana General Assembly. In 2016, state lawmakers created the Community Crossings grant program. During its inaugural year, the program provided nearly $86 million in road funding to Indiana’s cities and towns. Locally, Lagro received $22,782.50.

Posted on 2017 Aug 22
Midwest Eye, Chapman’s Brewing host Bark & Brew
By Emma Rausch
 
Every dog has its day and on Saturday, Aug. 26, it will be at Chapman’s Brewing Company for the Bark & Brew fundraising event.
 
Hosted by Midwest Eye Consultants (MEC) in collaboration with Chapman’s, the event will be raising funds for Leader Dogs for the Blind, a charity organization dedicated to empowering blind, visually impaired or deaf-blind individuals for independent lifestyles.
 
In January, Midwest Eye became a corporate sponsor of the organization, according to Amber Achor, MEC Bark & Brew cause committee member.
 
Posted on 2017 Aug 22

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