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Norse graduates look back, move forward
A Northfield High School senior walks by his teachers on his way to graduation. Photo by Harold Chatlosh
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Seventy-four seniors stepped into Northfield High School as students on Friday, May 27, and walked out alumni at the 53rd NHS commencement ceremony.
 
Before throwing their caps into the air, the graduates reveled in the moment as Salutatorian Lexus Biehl said what was on each of their minds: “So this is what it feels like to graduate.”
 
Biehl told her peers she was stuck on the thought as she wrote her student address.
 
“All I could come up with is, ‘So this is what it feels like to graduate,’” she said. “Nothing else.
 
“It’s crazy to think about all that has happened over the past 12 years and I can’t even think of one sentence.”
 
Posted on 2016 Jun 07
95.9 KISS FM celebrates 50 years on air
KISS-FM staffers include (from left) Toni Metzgar, Robert Metzgar, Charles Adams, Dylan Curless, Daleena Bailey, Heather Allen, Bill Ruppel, Keith Martin. Photo provided
 
By Sarah Peters 
 
Wabash County’s first radio station, 95.9 KISS FM (WKUZ), took to the airways in April 1966.  Owner Toni Metzgar and the rest of the staff cannot believe that 50 years have already gone by.  
 
“It’s been such a long time!” Metzgar said with a laugh. “Time flies!”
 
KISS FM has big plans coming up to celebrate the station’s 50th anniversary.  Among those plans is a month long giveaway, looking to begin in August.  Concert tickets, cash, prizes, amusement park tickets, and so much more will be included in this giveaway as a thank you to the community for their support and devotion to keeping KISS FM as successful as it has been.  
 
Posted on 2016 Jun 07
Hoosier farmers benefit from recent rain decrease
By Sarah Peters 
 
Indiana farmer’s crops are finally on their way to planting completion.  Though many of them had early planting done, the cooler weather earlier this month caused many farmers to have to  start over.  
 
“Some farmers told me that they had to replant more corn than they ever had to in the past because the corn never grew,” said Curt Campbell, Wabash County, Extension Educator - Agriculture & Natural Resources. “It was too cold and then rainy weather (kept) people out.” 
 
The cool weather was more of an issue this season than rain and flooding, which caused a magnitude of problems for crops at this time last year. 
 
Posted on 2016 Jun 07
Wabash man injured in crash; Fort Wayne man dies in separate accident

ANDREWS -- A Wabash man was seriously injured in one of two separate accidents that took place in less than one hour on June 1 along U.S. 24 near the intersection of State Road 105.
Meanwhile, a Fort Wayne man was killed in the second accident that took place in Huntington County.
According to a press release from the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department:

Posted on 2016 Jun 02
Man convicted in 2015 hit-and-run
Timothy J. Shoemake
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A Marion man involved in a June 2015 hit-and-run was found guilty of felony charges Friday, May 27.
 
A jury found Timothy J. Shoemake, 34, guilty of felony leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death in connection with the June 27, 2015, hit –and-run accident that left Michael D. Leazenby dead.
 
Leazenby’s body was found at approximately 7 a.m. June 27 in a grassy area near AutoZone, according to the official police report.
 
Posted on 2016 May 31
Brinkman: People are key Wabash asset
Amanda Brinkman interviews Kent Henderson and Kris White during a filming segment on the third floor of Schlemmer Brothers. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Amanda Brinkman saw a glimpse of what makes Wabash special a few weeks ago.
 
She learned firsthand last week, spending two days in the city filming interviews with local business owners as part of a web-based series to be released later this year.
 
“I think it’s the people,” Brinkman, Deluxe Corporations Chief Marketing Officer, said when asked what made Wabash special. “Everyone is just so kind and authentic. I feel like it’s a town out of a movie or something.
 
“I feel like there’s a real sense of gratitude in this town.”
 
Posted on 2016 May 31
Troxel expansion to begin
Steel beams are unloaded at the site of the Troxel Equipment expansion on Thursday. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Sarah Peters 
 
Troxel Equipment broke the ground on its expansion project at 834 N. State Road 13, on Thursday, May 26. 
 
Dozens of people, including Chamber of Commerce members, Mayor Scott Long, Keith Gillenwater, EDG of Wabash County President and CEO and Troxel owners and workers, among others, gathered to dig their shovels into the dirt where Troxel’s equipment and new buildings will soon be located.
 
“I’m hoping that we can get moved in (by the) January to February timeframe, and be ready to go next spring,” said Troxel co-owner Dave Troxel. “That’s our hope.” 
 
Posted on 2016 May 31
Google Trekker helps document local parks, trails
Wabash Park Superintendent Adam Hall shows off one of the Google Trekker machines. Photo provided
 
By Sarah Peters 
 
The City of Wabash received a Google Trekker device on loan through the Indiana Parks and Recreation Association (IPRA).
 
The equipment, worth an estimated $50,000, photographs specific areas which will eventually be uploaded to Google Maps. Wabash Park Superintendent Adam Hall applied for the opportunity through the IPRA this past February.  
 
The equipment was on loan to the city for one week.
 
Posted on 2016 May 31

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