Wabash Musicale invites community to Guest Night performance

Wabash Musicale practices for their upcoming Guest Night choral performance on April 21. The group includes (front row, from left) Sheri Shanks, Susan Jones, Pat Cassiday, Sue Gray, Kae Gifford, Judy Ward, Delight Howes, (top row, from left) Beth Perkins, Dorviky Merrich, Bettie Miller, Luvernia Wilson, Margie Gillespie, Sarah See, Susan Vanlandingham, director Carolyn Eppley, and (not pictured) accompanist Eileen Dye. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

On Tuesday April 21, the Wabash Musicale will perform their Guest Night spring concert at the First Methodist Church, announced Susan Jones, one of the group’s charter members.

Established in 1967, the group formed with the purpose to “keep music alive in Wabash,” said Sue Gray, president.

“I love Musicale. It’s an opportunity to perform music you never get to at any other time,” Gray said in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “Even if you’re not performing in public any more, you get to perform during the year with your peers. … And everyone brings something different to the group.”

Posted on 2015 Apr 14
Northfield High School hosts benefit concert for local senior

Northfield students (from left) Jeremy Nevil and Johnny Ritchie collaborated with other local artists to create the Jonathan Fawley Benefit Concert to help out the Fawley family with their medical expenses. Fawley (second to right), a senior at Northfield High School, was diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukemia in December 2014 and has since received support from his peers, family, and friends including Wabash graduate Josh Provance (far right). Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

When Northfield senior Jonathan Fawley was diagnosed with acute lymphoid leukemia on Dec. 30, 2014, he said had an idea that he had cancer after the doctors admitted him to Riley Children’s Hospital after a visit for a sinus infection.

Since the diagnosis, Fawley’s life has changed. Going in and out of hospital visits, he plans to graduate on time from Northfield, but he said that he no longer plans to attend college, but instead will take online courses.

Also, medical expenses are piling up.

Although the Fawley family has never asked for help, as word spread about Fawley’s condition a local group of artists took action to help out their peer.

On April 22, lead by Northfield senior Jeremy Nevil, a group of local students will share the stage and perform both cover and original songs for the Fawley Benefit Concert.

Posted on 2015 Apr 14
ARC of Wabash County honored at Statehouse

Rep David Wolkins (right) listens as a measure honoring ARC of Wabash County's 60th anniversary was read on the Indiana Statehouse floor. Joining him were (from left) Kim Opsahl, President of Indiana Association of Rehabilitation Facilities, ARC Program Director Linda Johnson and ARC President and CEO Nancy Hoffman. Photo Provided

By Joseph Slacian

ARC of Wabash County was honored on the floor of the Indiana House of Representatives for its 60th anniversary.

State Rep. David Wolkins authored the resolution to honor the local agency that provides services and opportunities for those with disabilities to live meaningful lives.

“It is an honor to recognize ARC of Wabash County in the House Chamber, said Wolkins, R-Warsaw. “This organization has impacted the lives of so many Hoosiers, and we are fortunate to have such an am azing group of individuals working in our community. “

Posted on 2015 Apr 14
Southwood’s Lengel named 2015 Lilly Scholar

Michael Lengel is informed by Julie Garber, program director for the Community Foundation of Wabash County, that he was selected as the 2015 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar. Looking on is his mother, Amy Lee Lengel. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

When Michael Lengel walked into a conference room in the main office of Southwood High School on Thursday afternoon, April 2, several family members and other individuals greeted him.

Perhaps the most important person there to welcome Lengel, a soon-to-be 2015 high school graduate, was Julie Garber, program director for the Community Foundation of Wabash County. For it was Garber who broke what could easily be called the best news that Lengel has received thus far in his fairly young life.

“Michael,” she said, “I’m here to tell you that you are the 2015 recipient of the Lilly Endowment Scholarship.”

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
Early voting to begin April 20

By Joseph Slacian

Early and absentee voting begins in the Wabash County Clerk’s office on Monday, April 20, and will continue for two weeks. Voting will be available from noon to 4 p.m. 

Also, the Clerk’s office will be open for voting from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 25 and May 2. The last day to vote early in the Clerk’s office is from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, May 4.

For those wanting to vote in the LaFontaine area, there will be early voting on Saturday, April 25 and May 2, at the Liberty Township Fire Department. Voting will take place from 8 a.m. to noon.

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
EDG to use CEDIT funds for three projects

By Joseph Slacian

The Economic Development Group of Wabash County (EDG) will use up to $45,000 in County Economic Development Income Tax for three projects it has planned.

EDG President and CEO Keith Gillenwater received permission to use the funds during the Wabash County Commissioners meeting on March 30.

Part of the funds will be used to update the organization’s website, while a new marketing initiative is planned to complement the website project. The third project is to support Wabash County’s buy-in for the Regional Cities Proposal.

Revamping the Website will take the biggest part of the funds, he said, roughly $25,000.

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
Northfield students uphold Tractor Day tradition

Northfield High School students (from left) junior Eli Schuler, junior Jake Schuler, and freshman John Schuler stand in front of Eli’s John Deere tractor in honor of FFA Tractor Day in the Northfield Jr./Sr. High School parking lot. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Three Northfield High School students drove tractors to school Wednesday morning as a part of "tradition," according to Eli Schuler, Northfield junior and FFA member.

On April 1, Eli, junior Jake Schuler, and freshman John Schuler participated in FFA Tractor Day where members are invited to drive their farm vehicles to school instead of their usual form of transportation.

"It shows FFA pride," John said.

"It's a fun old tradition," Eli added. "It's nice to get them cleaned up and parade them around.

"I know as a little kid, I enjoyed seeing the guys drive around. It's something we've always wanted to do."

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
County in need of foster families

April Arrowood, Foster Care Specialist with the Wabash County Department of Children Services, places pinwheels in the grass by the Wabash Middle School. She is helped by her daughters (from left) Paige and Brooklyn. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash County is in need of foster parents, according to officials from the local office of the Department of Child Services.

To help bring attention to the need, officials are having several special events in April to help mark Child Abuse Prevention Awareness. Saturday’s Shamrock Shuffle was the kickoff event, with three foster care agencies benefiting from the proceeds of a run and walk in the northern part of the city.

Pinwheels and signs were  also placed along the run course. The pinwheel is a symbol of a happy, carefree childhood. Pinwheel gardens represent a commitment to making the community a safe and nurturing place for all kids and families.

Posted on 2015 Apr 07

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