by Eric Stearley
In 1996, local residents got together and organized Wabash County’s first annual Relay for Life, raising just over $2,000 for the American Cancer Society. Saturday, Sept. 14, Paradise Springs Historical Park hosted Wabash’s 18th consecutive Relay for Life, raising nearly $50,000 to fight the disease.
As confetti filled the air, the relay kicked off with the survivor lap. Nearly 100 cancer survivors walked triumphantly around the relay track as friends and family cheered them on. Jennifer Denney sang “You Raise Me Up” as a sea of purple encircled the park.
“The survivors wear purple, which represents all cancers,” said Amanda Wiley, one of two survivor chairs for this year’s event.
Twenty-eight years ago, Dr. Gordy Klatt raised $27,000 to fight the disease by walking and running around a track in Tacoma, Wash. for 24 hours straight. From one man’s idea, the Relay For Life has grown into a worldwide event, which has raised more than $5 billion for the American Cancer Society to date.
Since 1988, Sergeant Terry Hall has taught Wabash County students about their bodies, how to keep themselves safe, and what is and isn’t okay when it comes to their bodies. Former director of the Good Touch, Bad Touch program, Sgt. Hall developed his own program called Body Safety, which he will share with students at area schools during the week of Sept. 23.
Terry Hall is a 38-year veteran of the Indianapolis Police Department. He spent seven years in the IPD Sex Offense Branch and was named IPD Officer of the Year and Investigative Officer of the Year for having the highest arrest and conviction rate for five consecutive years.
Sgt. Hall is a certified law enforcement instructor for the State of Indiana. In the last 20 years, his passion and dedication for protecting children has led to his training of over 40,000 prosecutors, judges, and law enforcement officers at the local, state, and federal levels. Recently Sgt. Hall was asked to instruct employees at the Department of Human Services in Washington D.C.
by Ashley Flynn
Wine enthusiasts need not travel far to satisfy their taste buds. Just north of Peru off US 31 sits an 80-acre orchard that handcrafts a variety of flavorful, crisp – and not to mention award winning – wines and hard ciders.
McClure’s Orchard/Winery, a family operated business, sold their first batch of alcohol in 2010 after months of trial and error. Jason McClure and his wife Alison came up with the idea to add wine and hard cider to the orchard after making a few batches at home.
Open house held for employees and loyal customers
by Shaun Tilghman
Last Thursday, Shepherd’s Chevrolet, Inc., located at 1002 SR 114 W in North Manchester, hosted an open house to celebrate both the dealership’s grand re-opening and its 45th anniversary.
Just under nine months ago, the North Manchester branch of the Shepherd’s Family Auto Group, which also has locations in Kendallville and Rochester, began a two-phase remodeling project. The first phase included building a 10,000-square-foot facility for the new service department, while the second phase involved renovations to the existing retail facility.
“We started the remodel inside after we moved to the new service department, which was around the second or third week of April,” said Tim Shepherd, President of the North Manchester Shepherd’s dealership, “and we finished during the first week of September, so this phase took about five months. We converted the old service department into a drive-thru service lane, a new lounge, a new conference room, a new GM (General Motors) accessories room, a new car delivery area, and an expanded showroom with additional sales offices.
By Eric Stearley
Local hunters have discovered a way to enjoy their favorite pastime, control the population of a public nuisance and support a good cause all at the same time. Coyotes for Charity had sportsmen from Wabash, Miami, Fulton, Kosciusko, Grant and Howard counties taking aim at cancer and coyotes simultaneously in this, their 10th year. The group sends coyote pelts to auction, donating the proceeds to the American Cancer Society.
The group started in 2004 with four hunters harvesting five coyotes. This year the group, which exceeded 100 hunters, harvested 266 coyotes, more than the first five years combined.
The Board of Directors and Ambassadors of the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce invites the business community and the general public to attend the Ribbon Cutting for the new Edward Jones office run by Wayne Denger, Financial Advisor. The Ribbon Cutting will be held on Friday, Sept. 20, at 11:30 a.m. The new office is located at 760 Alber Street, Wabash.
"I entered the financial services industry because I like helping people achieve their long-term financial goals," Mr. Denger says. "Building relationships with my clients and in my community is key."
Edward Jones financial advisors meet face-to-face with clients to build strong relationships.
F.C. Tucker Company announces the opening of a new affiliate office, F.C. Tucker/Wabash Realty located at 503 North Cass St., Wabash.
A veteran real estate professional for more than 20 years, Christy Kisner, along with her husband Bob, has owned and successfully operated Wabash Realty, LLC. After working with agents in surrounding counties, they believe the time is right to partner with Indiana's largest independently owned comprehensive real estate firm.
Every year, Beacon Credit Union raises money for the Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation through their Credit Unions for Kids Campaign. The Riley Children’s Hospital Foundation offers hope to thousands of families seeking help for seriously ill and injured children; help that only Riley Hospital for Children can provide. Every gift makes an impact, as the dedicated medical team at Riley Hospital could not deliver compassionate expert care without external financial support.
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