Participants sought for Teens as Teachers Conference
By Joseph Slacian
Local 4-H members will have a chance to attend a Teens as Teachers Conference in early 2016.
The program is open to youngsters around Wabash County who are in ninth through 11th grade. 
“They have to go as a team,” said Angela Christopher, Extension Educator - 4-H Youth Development. “We have to have teams of three to five youth go.”
Wabash County hasn’t sent any youngsters in recent years.
“We can’t send a single individual, and that has been our hold up in the past,” Christopher continued. “We might have had one or two that are interested, but we need to send a team.”
Posted on 2015 Dec 15
County council amends Rainy Day Fund
By Emma Rausch
The Wabash County Council passed an ordinance Monday, Dec. 7, amending the county’s Rainy Day Fund’s use to collect unexpended funds and, eventually, help to finance and construct a new jail.
The Wabash County Board of Commissions adopted the ordinance earlier Monday morning as part of the requirement to pass the ordinance on the County Council level, according to Mike Ridenour, council chairman.
“This is something that we’ve discussed (for) several months now, (but we’re) not necessarily going to start automatically start funding this Rainy Day Fund,” Ridenour said to the council.
Posted on 2015 Dec 15
New program designed to ‘spark’ interest in 4-H
By Joseph Slacian
A new program designed to “spark” interest in 4-H is now being offered in Wabash County.
Spark Clubs “are just short-term, special interest clubs to spark an interest in 4-H and an interest about a given topic,” according to Angela Christopher, Extension Educator - 4-H Youth Development.
Christopher said local 4-H officials first learned of the clubs during an October meeting with state 4-H officials. The state has since granted Wabash County permission to begin offering Spark Clubs.
Posted on 2015 Dec 15
Blanket bonds assist with county’s official costs
By Emma Rausch
The Wabash County Council passed an ordinance authorizing the acquisition of a blanket bond, or crime insurance policy, fixing the minimum coverage amounts for individual county officials and employees at its Monday Dec. 7 meeting.
The blanket bonds will replace individual surety bonds, a contract which insures an official during their time in office.
“Prior to July 1 this year, a list of specific public elected officials had to have individual surety bonds,” county attorney representative Mark Frantz told the council. “As of July 1, now county employees whose official duties include handling money also need to be covered on their own bonds.
“What the new law does is provide that instead of individual surety bonds for each individual employee, we can do a blanket bond to cover all of them.”
Posted on 2015 Dec 15
County youth spread holiday cheer to community
O.J. Neighbours K-Kids Club caroled on Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the halls of Wellbrooke of Wabash spreading holiday cheer to the facility’s residents. The fourth grade students sang songs including “The 12 Days of Christmas” and “Frosty the Snowman.” Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Children throughout the Wabash County community spread holiday cheer last week, beginning Sunday Dec. 6, with a variety of activities.
Posted on 2015 Dec 15
Parkview to break ground in ‘16; New hospital has targeted opening of 2018
By Joseph Slacian
Parkview Wabash Hospital will break ground for a new facility in 2016.
“We expect to break ground in spring or early summer next year,” Parkview Wabash President Marilyn Custer-Mitchell told The Paper of Wabash County. “We expect to open in early 2018. It’s about an 18-month building process.”
The building will be located at a site south of U.S. 24 and east of the Wellbrooke of Wabash campus.
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
‘Small Town USA’: Television series pilot shot in Wabash
Bearfruit Films crews followed around Wabash native Michael Palascak and actress Clare Kramer as the two met local community and business leaders while filming the pilot episode of “Small Town USA.” The film crew toured the Honeywell Center as well as the Wabash County Historical Museum all for the purpose of creating a television show highlight Wabash’s charm. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Bearfruit Films crews were spotted in Wabash last Tuesday, Dec. 1, filming the pilot episode of a new travel television series, “Small Town USA.”
The show’s producer and director Jeff Dykhuizen told The Paper of Wabash that the series is meant to highlight the nation’s hidden gems.
“James Simmons (owner of Bearfruit Films) had this fantastic idea of a show about highlighting small towns across the country that would normally be overlooked,” Dykhuizen said. “The main thing about the show is trying to prove to someone from the big city why the next destination they might visit could be a small town near them.”
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
Wabash’s answer to ‘Mr. Rogers’ is retiring; Snyder to leave Wabash library’s Children’s Department at end of ‘15
Nancy Snyder, Children’s Librarian at the Wabash Carnegie Public Library, tries her hand at spinning a plate during one of the programs last summer that was part of the library’s summer reading program. Snyder, who is retiring at year’s end, will be honored at an open house from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the library. The Paper of Wabash County  file photo
By Joseph Slacian
Over the last 31 years, Nancy Snyder has touched the lives of thousands of children in the City of Wabash. Along the way, however, she hopes she has instilled something very important to all of them: a love of reading.
Snyder became the Children’s Librarian at the Wabash Carnegie Public Library in June 1984. Later this month, she is retiring, looking to start the proverbial new chapter in her book of life.
She will be honored from 1-4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, during an open house at the Wabash library.
A teacher by trade, Snyder was teaching in Newton County when she and her husband, Tom, returned to Wabash County in 1984.
“We moved back to this area and I couldn’t find a job teaching,” she told The Paper of Wabash in an interview earlier this year. “I decided maybe if I couldn’t find a job teaching I’d look for something else.”
Posted on 2015 Dec 08

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