Frampton-signed guitar to be raffled at Chili Cook-off
Local artist Michael “Hap” Hapner presents a specially designed guitar signed by Peter Frampton to Jessica  Brown, a member of the Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity Chili Cook-off committee. It took Hapner 26 straight hours to paint the guitar before Frampton added his signature. Photos by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
A guitar custom painted by local artist Michael “Hap” Hapner and signed by rock-n-roll legend Peter Frampton will be raffled off at the 13th annual Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity Chili Cook-off.
The event will be Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Paradise Spring Historical Park. Cooking begins shortly after 8 p.m., and tasting will begin at noon.
Hapner, who has donated a fiddle signed by Charlie Daniels and a guitar signed by the rock band The Moody Blues in the past, said it took him 26 straight hours to paint the guitar.
“I had something in mind (for the pattern) on this one,” he told The Paper of Wabash County after presenting the guitar to the Chili Cook-off committee on Thursday night.
Posted on 2015 Sep 08
Bike enthusiasts to descend on Wabash County
Bicycle enthusiasts make their way down a small hill in rural Wabash County during the 2014 Dam to Dam ride. The Paper of Wabash County file photo
By Joseph Slacian
Some 400 bicycle enthusiasts, some as from as far away at Virginia, are expected to descend on Wabash County this weekend for the annual Dam to Dam Wabash County Century Ride.
Riders will leave the Wabash County YMCA between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, to travel one of five routes available.
The routes are 100 miles, 62 miles (or a metric century), 50 miles (a half century), 30 miles and 15 miles.
As of midweek last week, more than 320 people had preregistered for the event, presented by Parkview Wabash Hospital and organized by the Rock City Bicycle Club and Visit Wabash County.
Posted on 2015 Sep 08
Race theme sets mood for Roann festival
Scott Dixon, the 2015 Verizon IndyCar champion, drives through the first turn at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during last May’s Indianapolis 500. Dixon’s car will be on display in Roann later this week during the Roann Covered Bridge Festival. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Emma Rausch
ROANN – The community is off to the races and donning checkered flags in preparation of its four-day jamboree, the Roann Covered Bridge Festival, which begins Thursday Sept. 10.
This year, the festival’s theme will be “Racin’ to Roann” and featuring the Target/Chip Ganassi racecar, driven by 2015 Verizon IndyCar Champion Scott Dixon, as the main attraction, according to Donna Harman, event coordinator.
The opportunity to feature the champion racecar arose thanks to Rick Morris, one of the new festival committee members, Harman said.
“I think the racecar theme this year will be really fun,” Harman told The Paper of Wabash County. “I just get excited about people coming and see our little town hold a big festival like ours.”
Posted on 2015 Sep 08
Rotary’s United Fund golf outing is Sept. 16
Officials from Brandt’s Harley-Davidson, Dorais Chevrolet GMC  Buick and the Wabash County United  Fund show off a Harley-Davidson and a Chevy Cruse that can be won with a hole-in-one at the upcoming Rotary  Club United Fund Golf Outing. Showing off the vehicles are Mark Shanks, Steve Johnson and Dave Dorais. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
The Wabash Rotary Club’s 24th annual United Fund kick-off golf outing will take place Sept. 16 at the Honeywell Golf Course.
The outing will begin with lunch at noon hosted by Miller's Merry Manor, followed by a shotgun start at 1 p.m.
This year's hole-in-one sponsors are Dorais Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Brandt's Harley-Davidson with insurance coverage provided by INGUARD.
Brandt’s is offering a 2015 1200 Custom Sportster, while Dorais is offering a 2016 Chevy Cruze.
Posted on 2015 Sep 08
North Manchester moving forward with land purchase
By Shaun Tilghman
It was standing room only during Wednesday’s public hearing at the North Manchester Public Safety Complex, as the Town’s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) received input from residents regarding the proposed purchase of 92 acres, located north of 9th Street from the railroad tracks west to SR 13, for a potential housing development.
The RDC and the Town Council both approved resolutions giving the green light to the project.
For more than 25 years, various discussions have been held throughout North Manchester about the need for a housing development, according to a recent news release issued by Town officials.
The main reasons nothing has been able to be accomplished thus far are identified as the unavailability of land in a large enough quantity, and the lack of interest from developers unless land became available.
Posted on 2015 Sep 08
Titus to retire as park superintendent; Longtime city employee to become county’s weights & measures inspector
By Joseph Slacian
After 37 years as Wabash Park Department superintendent, Todd Titus is retiring at the end of this year.
However, his retirement doesn’t mean an end to his public service. Rather, Wabash County Commissioners appointed Titus on Aug. 31 to serve as the county’s weights and measures inspector.
“I’ve been contemplating retirement for probably the last year or so,” he told The Paper of Wabash County. “I think my age and years of service makes that a realistic option. I think the missing piece was what would I do if I retired?
“I don’t need that much playtime. When this position became available, it just seemed like something I might be interested in.”
Posted on 2015 Sep 08
Berry Street home ordered demolished
By Joseph Slacian
A home at 52 Berry St. was ordered demolished by the Wabash Board of Works & Public Safety.
The home’s owners, Rick and Barbara Nelson, were ordered to have the home down within the next 30 days. If it isn’t torn down, the city will put into motion actions to tear it down.
Building Commissioner John Stephens said he has inspected the building several times, most recently on the morning of the unsafe building hearing, Sept. 2.
Posted on 2015 Sep 08
Fall clean up to begin Sept. 14
By Joseph Slacian
The City of Wabash will conduct fall clean up from Sept. 14-18, City Street Superintendent Scott Richardson announced.
As usual, pick-up will be divided into four sections, following the same route as weekly trash. Items for pick-up need to be in place by 7 a.m. on the day of pick-up or the items will not be picked up. 
Piles of items for pick-up can be no larger than 4-feet by 8-feet. Also, items for pick-up have to be separate from brush piles.
Brush will not be picked up the week of fall cleanup.
Posted on 2015 Sep 08

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