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New hospital still on schedule

By Joseph Slacian

 

Work on Parkview Wabash Hospital is on schedule, officials from Parkview and Hagerman Construction agree.

“It’s schedule to be turned over to us April 1,” Parkview Wabash President Marilyn Custer-Mitchell told The Paper of Wabash County during a recent tour of the facility. “We’re scheduled to open June 27. We’ll do some open houses the beginning of June, and then we’ll open June 27.

“The biggest issue we’ll have from April 1 to June 27 is to train the staff. Number one, to learn the building and know where they’re going. Number two, we have, I think, over 23 new pieces of technology in the building so, especially the clinical staff, making sure they are trained and really know how to operate those things is really our focus.

“For the rest of us, it’s just figuring out where we are and how to get there.”

Posted on 2018 Jan 02
NM Chamber director steps down

Debra Pyrah

By David Fenker

The North Manchester Chamber of Commerce will soon be under new leadership.

Executive Director Debra Pyrah, hired in February, is resigning, effective Dec. 29.

“We at the Chamber are grateful for Debra's dedication and commitment to advancing the vision of the Chamber of Commerce.  She's helped us get to a better place than the beginning of the year,” Chamber Board President Sebrena Cline said.

We are saddened by this turn of events but wish Debra the best.”

Pyrah's departure was announced in an email to chamber members dated Monday, Dec. 18. Her last day in the office was Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Posted on 2017 Dec 26
Tax caps cut into City Schools budget
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash City School’s 2018 budget received a few cuts on Wednesday, Dec. 13, under the 1782 Notice Notes Report provided by Indiana Department of Local Government Finance.
 
Matt Stone, Wabash’s chief business officer, reported the cuts to the Wabash City Schools Board of Education on Monday, Dec. 18.
 
“The 1782 Notice is the preliminary to our budget order that tells us what they’ve approved in our budget,” Stone said. “At first look, it came back great. The General Fund, they approved exactly what we asked for. Of course Debt Service, exactly what we asked for.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 26
Access Youth Center looks to add laundry, shower facilities
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Access Youth Center is looking to expand its program offerings to add a laundry and shower for its members and their families.
 
The facilities will be located on the main floor of the building, 75 W. Canal St., in the area that the current staff office is located.
 
“We’re in the process of utilizing our space better to serve our kids and parents better,” Director Liz Hobbs told The Paper of Wabash County. “We’re always looking to do that; trying to figure out the best way to do that.
Posted on 2017 Dec 26
Junior Achievement board member retires after 26 years

Tim Stiglich (center) retired this month after servicing 26 years on the Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana Wabash County Board. Board members (from left) Jeremy Stackhouse, Julie Dyson, Danielle Miller, board founder Dave Mann, Mark Frantz and Beth Bruss congratulated Stiglich on his retirement on Tuesday, Dec. 19. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

For 26 years, Tim Stiglich has been “the backbone” of Junior Achievement of Northern Indiana Wabash County Board, according to Julie Dyson, JANI area manager.

Now, Stiglich has decided to retire.

In November 1991, Stiglich took on a position at Ford Meter Box. Shortly after, Dave Mann, JANI Wabash County Board founding member, recruited him to the educational initiative.

Junior Achievement aims to provide youths practical economic education and learning experiences as well as offer community leaders the opportunity to teach, build relationship and increase student interest in business and economics, according to JANI officials.

Posted on 2017 Dec 26
Dillys looks to serve good food, drinks
By David Fenker
 
AKRON – The community’s newest restaurant and bar looks to serve up good food and good drinks.
 
Dillys, located at 117 W. Rochester St. in Akron, opened just more than a month ago.
 
“We have been open since Nov. 20, just a month,” co-owner Michelle Dielman said.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 26
School board to begin strategic planning
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- At a recent school board meeting, Manchester Community Schools interim Superintendent Mike Pettibone openly asked for help from the community.
 
Pettibone announced at the Dec. 12 meeting that he wants to steer the corporation through a strategic planning process throughout the next few months, a process that he feels needs input from outside of the school's administration.
 
“A strategic plan, hopefully, will allow people inside and outside the organization to see and understand what is taking place,” he said, reading from a slideshow.
 
“Hopefully, our decisions match our purpose.”
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 26
‘The Rabbit Man’ retires after 47 years

Don “the Rabbit Man” Weaver (right) retired his title this December with plans to spend more time with his wife, Elda Mae. Weaver raised meat and show rabbits for 47 years and decided now that he’s 82-years-old, it’s a good time to retire from the trade. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Since 1970, Don Weaver of Wabash County has raised and sold rabbits for meat and show.

Located near Northfield High School, for 47 years, Weaver has created a name for himself as the “Rabbit Man.”

Now, he told The Paper of Wabash County, it’s finally time to retire the title.

Weaver initially entered the business because of his son, Ray.

Posted on 2017 Dec 26

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