Fireworks shows planned around county
By Joseph Slacian
Celebrations for the Fourth of July are planned around Wabash County on Saturday.
Manchester University will have its annual celebration with music and a fireworks display on the campus’ east end.
The evening kicks off at 7 p.m. with music by JP Freeman’s 4th and Walnut cover band, presenting The Eel River Rambler Show with a variety of musicians, genres and instruments.
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
New look 4-H Queen pageant to debut this year
By Joseph Slacian
The 2015 Wabash County 4-H Queen pageant will have a new look this year, including live judging.
The pageant will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 1, at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater.
“This is the first time the queen’s pageant will not be held on a Sunday night,” Angela Christopher, Extension Educator – 4-H Youth Development, told The Paper of Wabash County. “It’s great to have a fabulous facility like the Honeywell Center, but that means everyone wants to use it.”
The Wabash County Fair Board took longer than expected to choose the dates for this year’s fair, she said, noting it was trying to avoid conflicts with the Fourth of July weekend.
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
Historical Wabash business closes ‘forever’
By Emma Rausch
After 135 years of operation, Wilkinson Lumber closed its doors “forever” on May 30, according to owner Chris Lee.
Originally opening in the 1880s as the Treaty Creek Lime and Stone Company, the lumberyard underwent three name changes, multiple renovations and ownership transfers, all the while making friendships and long-term partnerships along the way, Lee said.
Lee said that there’s a combination of reasons that the historical business closed.
“After 2008, the economy crashed,” he told The Paper of Wabash County. “It was hard to build back up. We don’t consider the box stores a competition. We had our own niche, but building back up to regain that niche was difficult. That coupled with everyone but me wanted to retire.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
Horses to be on display throughout 4-H Fair

Members of the 4-H Horse & Pony Club show their horses in the show arena during the 2014 Wabash County 4-H Fair. The Paper of Wabash County file photo

By Joseph Slacian
One 4-H club’s loss is another one’s gain.
The 4-H Poultry Club will not have a poultry show at this year’s Wabash County 4-H Fair. Poultry shows across the state were canceled by the Indiana State Board of Animal Health as a precaution to the spread of avian influenza.
Since Poultry Club members won’t have their animals on display next week during the fair, it opened up a chance for members of the 4-H Horse and Pony Club to keep their animals at the fairgrounds. In year’s past, the horses were there for the competition on Friday and Saturday before the start of the actual fair. They were taken home to make room for the other livestock judged during fair week.
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
Weather moves Gallery Walk indoors

By The Paper staff

The Friday night Gallery Walk will be moved indoors after Wabash received more rain earlier today, announced Katie Beauchamp, Charley Creek Arts Festival committee chair.

Starting at 5 p.m., galleries and downtown businesses will remain open despite the weather.

Posted on 2015 Jun 26
Charley Creek Inn to add outdoor dining, event area

An artist's conception of the new outdoor dining and event area.

By The Paper staff

An outdoor dining and event area is planned immediately south of the Charley Creek Inn.

The building, which most recently housed Smith Furniture, will be demolished to make room for the new plaza area, Charley Creek officials said.

Posted on 2015 Jun 26
2 NM residents face charges in meth-related incident

Two North Manchester residents are facing a variety of charges following a methamphetamine-related incident Thursday evening in the 200 block of East Main Street.

Posted on 2015 Jun 26
Barber shop fire ruled arson

A June 18 fire at Curt’s Barber Shop, 1593 Stitt St., has been ruled arson, Fire Chief Bob Mullett told The Paper of Wabash on Thursday.

Posted on 2015 Jun 25

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