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General Motors invests $91 million in Marion plant
General Motors Marion Metal Center employees listen as GM representatives announce the company’s investment of $91 million in the Grant County plant. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
General Motors (GM) will invest $91 million in the GM Marion Metal Center over the next several years, officials announced Monday, Aug. 22.
 
Established in 1956, the plant provides steal blanks, stampings and sub-assemblies for a variety of GM products.
 
The multimillion-dollar investment will go toward updating the plant’s existing equipment, with expansion expected to start later this year and be completed by 2017. 
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 23
Brandt's named Chamber's 2016 Business of the Year

The showroom at Brandt's Harley-Davidson is filled with both new motorcycles for purchase as well as vintage motorcycles for display. Photo provided

By The Paper staff

Brandt’s Harley-Davidson is the 2016 Wabash County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year, Chamber Chair Aaron Campbell said.

“I’m excited to be able to honor Brandt’s Harley-Davidson and Michael Brandt, given their long-standing commitment and presence in Wabash County,” Campbell said. “They are an involved organization creating great benefit to the community through not only their economic contribution, but also through their philanthropy. They understand the impact they can have on issue awareness and put a great deal of both efforts and resources into making the impact happen.

Posted on 2016 Aug 23
Weekend events keep downtown busy
Ashley Robinson points out interesting plants to her daughter Lily, 8, at the 19th annual Wabash Garden Fest. Originally called the Herb Fest, the event experienced a name change this year to include all aspects of gardening such as decorations and foliage. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Rain or shine, everything at the 19th annual Wabash Garden Fest remained rosy on Saturday morning, Aug. 20.
 
The festival attracted hundreds of people to the Paradise Spring Historical Park with its variety of stalls, which sold various plants, locally made goods, t-shirts, candles and more.
 
Originally called the Herb Fest, the annual event received a name change this year in hopes that it’d draw a larger crowd this year and years to come, according to Lisa Betzner, festival co-chair.
Posted on 2016 Aug 23
DAV adds second van to fleet
Showing off the new DAV van are (from left) Robert Hettmansperger, Gladys Speicher, Rex Weimer, James Speicher, Herb Mullen, David Richards, John Boyer, Larry Radke, Larry Shaw and Roger Holiday. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash County veterans will now find it easier to arrange transportation to doctor appointments around the state, thanks to the addition of a second van to the local Disabled American Veterans van fleet.
 
The second van was made available through a donation from Hoosiers Helping Heroes and the Military Order of Purple Hearts.
 
The van was unveiled during a brief ceremony on Friday, Aug. 19, at the Wabash County Solid Waste Management facility, where the vehicles are stored.
 
Hoosier Helping Heroes was founded by Karen “Montana” Speicher Weimer and George Dean.
Posted on 2016 Aug 23
Wabash library presents ‘cheese-making in a nutshell’
Mark Lyons (right) ties a string around cheesecloth in preparation of separating the curds and whey with the help of an audience member. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash Carnegie Library hosted a cheese-making class on Wednesday, Aug. 17, and instructor Mark Lyons thought it was “a Gouda idea” to make it as cheesy as possible.
 
Nearly 30 people were in attendance as Lyons, a Green Thumb at Your Service garden coach from Palatine, Ill., led the group in simple culinary instruction while also cracking cringe-worthy puns.
 
“Either the string’s untwisting or we have a poltergeist,” he said referring to the bag of cheese curds that hung from a cabinet door. “Now if we were making a chicken dish it’d be a poultry-geist.”
Posted on 2016 Aug 23
Brian Regan returns to make Wabash laugh
Brian Regan
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Internationally touring comedian Brian Regan will be back in Wabash on Thursday, Sept. 8, for his fourth performance on the Honeywell Center Ford Theater stage.
 
Touring nonstop since 2005, Regan said he never stops creating new jokes to crack on the next stage, or even a stage he’s returning to.
 
“Since the last time I performed there (in Wabash), I’ve written one new adjective and I’m looking forward to sharing it with the audience,” Regan joked in a phone interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “No. I’m playing around. I sound boring when I say this but (my show) it’s the same old, same old.”
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 23
Red Cross, WFD distribute smoke detectors
Wabash Fire Chief Barry Stroup accepts a smoke detector from Kari Harmon, the American Red Cross Home Fire Campaign coordinator. Looking on are members of the Wabash Fire Department and American Red Cross volunteers (from left) Jacob Pegg, Jarod Tackett, Matt Long, A.C. Adam Copeland, Jeff Krom, Lt. Mark Jacobs, Inspector Mitch Meyer, Nate Wood, Samantha Beck, Mike Vance, Matt Smith and Bruce Harmon. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
The American Red Cross and the Wabash Fire Department teamed up Saturday morning to help make some local homes safer.
 
Red Cross representatives, along with local firefighters, visited homes on the city’s east side to check if the homes have working smoke detectors and, if not, offer to install the device at no charge.
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 23
No one attends school budget hearing
By Joseph Slacian
 
No one attended a public hearing Monday night on the 2017 Wabash City Schools budget. 
 
The budget, as advertised, stands at $13.3 million, according to the district’s Business Manager Matt Stone. 
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 23

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