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Hall named city’s park superintendent
By Joseph Slacian
 
Adam Hall will replace Todd Titus as Wabash Park Department superintendent.
 
Mayor-Elect Scott Long announced the appointment on Monday, Dec. 21, and the Wabash Board of Parks and Recreation unanimously approved the appointment.
 
Hall, a social studies teacher at the Wabash Middle School, was selected from a field of three candidates, Board Secretary Kerri Mattern said during a special board meeting on Monday.
 
Mattern, along with Board President John Salb, the city’s human resources director Judy Teague, Titus and Long interviewed the candidates prior to Long’s making the appointment. Under state statute the board must approve the appointment.
Posted on 2015 Dec 29
New consignment shop opens in LaFontaine
By Emma Rausch
 
LAFONTAINE—The Nelson Exchange, a new and locally owned consignment shop, has received positive feedback from LaFontaine residents after opening downtown in October.
 
“They’re thrilled that we’re there,” storeowner Brandy Nelson told The Paper of Wabash County. “Something has come to town and is selling in the (Old Parker Building).”
 
The store offers goods ranging from teens and older clothing, toys and home décor and items perfect for the holiday season, according to Nelson.
 
“It’s totally consignment,” she said. “So, from the outside, (customers) can bring items in that they no longer want and that can be clothing, teens and up.
 
“Also some local artists have brought some items in to do consignment as well.”
Posted on 2015 Dec 29
Banks looks forward to Statehouse return
By Joseph Slacian
 
State Sen. Jim Banks is looking forward to Tuesday, Jan. 5, for that’s the day the Indiana Legislature returns for the 2016 short session.
 
It also is the day that Banks will return to his seat representing Indiana’s 17th District in the Indiana Senate. For the last year, Banks was stationed in Afghanistan, where his Naval Reserve unit was deployed. His seat was filled by his wife, Amanda.
 
“I haven’t been a senator for almost two years, so I’m looking forward to getting back to work after being away last session,” Banks recently told The Paper of Wabash County. “I understand there will be a number of weighty issues from the religious freedom issues to some of the transportation and road funding issues.
 
“I expect there to be more controversial issues.”
Posted on 2015 Dec 29
NM officials remember Chris Garber
Chris Garber
 
By Emma Rausch
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- The North Manchester community is mourning the loss of Chris Garber, 60, who passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 16, at St. Joseph Hospital in Fort Wayne.
 
“He was always thinking forward,” North Manchester Chamber president and Town Council member Laura Rager told The Paper of Wabash County, “which you always need those people that worry about those day-to-day nuts and bolts and how you’re going to cover this or that and the other, but then you also need those dreamers that will give you the goals you’re going to go for.
 
“I don’t think he thought of it as dreaming. I think he thought very matter of fact about it. ‘Ok. Well there’s our goal. Let’s go for it.’
 
“That will be missed. He was very good at that.”
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
The gift of joy delivered through the eyes of children
Santa's "helper," Bill Barrows, and staff members at the YMCA and children pose for a photo. Photo provided
 
By Bill Barrows
 
Have you ever had one of those weeks where you just couldn't get much to go as it should? Well, I had one of those this past week. It seemed that nothing much went the way it was supposed to … until I agreed to do something that I haven't done for a few years. I was asked to play Santa Claus for a group of kids who were participating in Kids Day Out at the Y on Dec. 12. 
 
The brainchild of Danielle Darnell, Kids Day Out, was a day for Christmas projects, letter writing skills, and having holiday fun. Assisted by Jana Slacian and Addi Harden, 17 wide-eyed kids ranging in age from 4 to 9 were happily composing letters and playing when Santa arrived.
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
The special gift of time
By Barb Maggart
 
The light was beginning to fade, on a lite winter afternoon in mid-December. Sara, delivering her daily newspapers, was enjoying the neighborhood Christmas lights. Nearly all the homes had some type of festive illumination to greet the coming holiday. But, she noted, as always, Grandma Katie’s home was nearly dark. Only one dim light burned in the back kitchen.
 
Grandma Katie was Sara’s favorite customer, as she was also endeared by many others in her neighborhood. She wasn’t Sara’s real grandmother, but everyone called her that.
 
The weather had turned cold and Sara’s hands were numb. She was hoping a cup of hot chocolate would be waiting for her at Grandma’s house. She always delivered her paper to the door, and many times was invited in for a cookie and a cup of cocoa.
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Titus, Haag receive Keys to the City
Mayor Robert Vanlandingham presents Council member Joan Haag with the Key to the City during his farwell luncheon on Friday afternoon, Dec. 18. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash Park Superintendent Todd Titus and outgoing City Council member Joan Haag received the Keys to the City.
 
Titus received his on Monday night, Dec.14, during the last Wabash City Council meeting of the year.
 
Titus received the honor from Mayor Robert Vanlandingham, who presided over the last Council meeting of his three terms in office. It also was Titus’ last meeting, as he is retiring at the end of the year.
 
“Sometimes things happen that deserve special recognition,” Vanlandingham said. “We have a gentleman that’s been working for the city since July 3, 1978. I think that’s over 37 years, Mr. Titus."
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Pence announces Regional Cities Initiative winners; Northeast Indiana to move forward with 70 projects
By Emma Rausch
 
Gov. Mike Pence and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) Board of Directors approved and awarded three Indiana Regional Cities Initiative applications $126 million on Tuesday Dec. 15, including Northeast Indiana, which encompasses Wabash County.
 
Seven regions, which represented 70 percent of the state’s population, submitted plans to the Initiative for more than 420 quality of place improvement projects across the state.
 
Pence and the IEDC Board narrowed down the applicants to award North Central, Southwest and Northeast Indiana with regional development support.
 
Each region will receive up to $42 million in state matching funds, which is subject to legislation approval, through the Initiative. The funding will assist communities across the three districts with quality of place projects that will “attract talent,” or new residents, to the area. Local projects include renovating the Historical Eagles Theatre and developing an all-inclusive park.
Posted on 2015 Dec 22

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