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High school seniors reflect on unusual year

The school year started out, in the words of one local high school senior, “like a dream.”

But with the onset of COVID-19, school days were canceled for a few weeks. Those few weeks turned into more than a month under a mandate from Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Shut down until at least May 1, no one knows what the rest of the 2019-20 school year holds for any of the students or faculties of the local school districts. And that means the current senior class doesn’t know what will become of what is supposed to be one of the highlights of their young lives.

The Paper of Wabash County sat down with a group of seniors from Northfield, Southwood and Wabash high schools to discuss their thoughts about their senior years, and what the future holds for them.

Posted on 2020 Mar 31
Custom Crafts opens store in downtown Wabash

Kyndra Baldwin has always enjoyed crafting. In fact, she used to host “Pinterest Parties” in the barn she and her husband, Adam, own.
“My friends would come, my family, and we would make a whole bunch of crafts,” she said. “Their friends started to want to do it, or their co-workers. So, strangers I didn’t know in my barn … that was kind of weird.”
The building at 14 W. Canal St. came up for sale, and she and her husband purchased it and, since last October, Custom Crafts has operated out of it.
The business offers all customized crafts, she said.

Posted on 2020 Mar 31
Paint, hardware stores keep busy

Small local businesses continue to see changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, including hardware and paint stores.

For these specific Wabash businesses, Big City Paints and Do it Best Wabash Hardware, business has been either the same, or more than usual.

Big City Paints owner Sam Frazier said that although they were not seeing a lack of business at the popular local paint store, the decision was made to close through April 6.

“We have been exceptionally busy. Business has been great,” said Frazier. “People have been kind and patient.  My reason for closing is now my personal fear of being exposed. I have Multiple Sclerosis. My health and others health are more important than sales and money. With so many people driving here from other counties I am exposed even more.”

Posted on 2020 Mar 31
Governor issues stay-at-home order

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address today to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7.

“The next two weeks are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we must slow the spread. You must be part of the solution, not the problem,” Gov. Holcomb said.

The first positive case of COVID-19 in Indiana was reported on March 6. Since then the number of positive cases has increased on a near daily basis, escalating as the capacity to test has grown. As of this morning, the number of tests completed in Indiana is 1,960, the number of positive cases is 259 and 7 deaths have been reported.

“I’m setting the example by sending state government personnel home to work to the maximum extent possible and closing our facilities to public interaction beginning Tuesday, for at least the next two weeks,” said Gov. Holcomb.

Posted on 2020 Mar 24
Local dancers advance to worlds competition

Two groups of dancers from The Dance Experience Company in Wabash earned an invitation to the Worlds competition.

The hopeful dancers traveled to Zionsville on the weekend of March 6 to compete. Many dance groups were taken to the competition and two of them received Golden Tickets which symbolizes an invitation to the Worlds competition in July.

The Dance Experience Company is committed to encouraging all dancers to strive for excellence and enjoy the journey along the way,” said Hannah Napier, director of The Dance Experience.

Posted on 2020 Mar 24
Case Street project progressing

As everyone knows, COVID-19 is having an impact on many aspects of life, most of it negatively.

However, there is one area where it is a plus – the city’s stormwater sewer separation project.

“The Cass Street project is progressing well, and with the closure of the YMCA and Honeywell Center for a period time, that actually works to our favor,” Mayor Scott Long told The Paper of Wabash County. “It is anticipated that (workers) will be at the intersection of Market and Cass streets within 30 days, so less traffic at the Honeywell Center will help them get pipe in the ground.

“That is the only blessing from this COVID-19 outbreak.”

Posted on 2020 Mar 24
Government buildings locked down

Local government buildings around Wabash County are virtually all on lockdown as a way to fight the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Public buildings in the City of Wabash have restricted access, as do the Wabash County Courthouse, Lagro Town Hall, LaFontaine Town Hall, North Manchester Town Hall and Roann Town Hall.

“This step is not being taken without great forethought and is the result of recommendations from organizations at the state and federal level to mitigate personal contact,” Mayor Scott Long said in announcing the change on March 17. “The City of Wabash website offers online bill pay services, wastewater, ambulance billing, building department permits and city court offers pay by phone services.

“I encourage citizens paying wastewater at that office to use the drive thru kiosk to pay the bill.”

On the county level, the Courthouse and Wabash County Health Department are closed to the public except by appointment, County Coordinator Jim Dils said announcing the closure on March 19.

Posted on 2020 Mar 24
Business feeling impact of COVID-19

Wabash County businesses, like many across the country, are starting to feel the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

Mom and pop operations are especially impacted by the current situation. Restaurants and bars are especially impacted by Gov. Eric Holcomb’s mandate to close to in-house dining, limiting service to delivery, drive-in or carry-out.

“We are very fortunate that our business in Wabash already catered to delivery, carry-out and access of a drive-thru window,” said Terri Weaver, who with her husband, Dean, own Goodfella’s Pizza. “Our new location in North Manchester also caters to delivery and carry out, but our dine-in service also did very well in Manchester.

“As a result of the current restrictions, our sales are down somewhat in Manchester, but again we are thankful that other areas of our business, such as delivery, have picked up at that location.”

But, she said, any further restrictions will hurt many small businesses.

“Of course, if restrictions tighten and they only allow delivery, that will be tough for any mom and pop business,” Weaver said. “We are praying for the best. We are unsure of the long-term effect that this will have on our economy and, of course, small business.

Posted on 2020 Mar 24

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