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Heartland to offer training for CDLs

 Officials from Heartland Career Center have announced that after two years of planning, local students are getting ready to participate in a spring training focused on earning a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

“This has been a partnership between Heartland Career Center, Wabash Learning Center (Ivy Tech), Grow Wabash County, Driving Dynamics Center for Transportation Safety CTS Driving Academy and countless others to make this happen,” says Mark Hobbs, Heartland Career Center’s Director. “We have taken our time, worked with many local businesses and our partners to create a pathway for students of all ages to earn a CDL A License. Our interest has focused on high school students; however, the program has developed into an opportunity for students of all ages.”

The high school students will start the CDL A internship at Heartland on March 2. The program includes a 10-week course of both written classroom work and actual driving time, ending with students taking their CDL A test. 

Posted on 2020 Feb 18
Area officials look back on '19, discuss plans for coming year

Elected officials from around Wabash County had the opportunity to highlight the progress of their respective communities made in 2019, as well as to point toward plans for the future during the third annual State of the Communities breakfast on Wednesday, Feb. 12.

Representatives from the five municipalities and Wabash County spoke at the event, sponsored by Grow Wabash County, in the Honeywell Center’s Legacy Hall.

Wabash County

The county replaced two bridges and chip and sealed 75 miles of roads, County Commissioners President Brian Haupert told those present. It also partnered with the town of North Manchester, through the use of Community Crossing Matching Grants, repaired County Road 1100N.

Posted on 2020 Feb 18
Officials discuss plans for Imagine One85

Plans for a joint effort to address Wabash County’s population decline was unveiled Wednesday, Feb. 12, during the third annual State of the Communities breakfast.

The effort, called Imagine One85, is a result of the work with community stakeholders and outside consultants to determine the factors that have led to the county’s population decline and ways to reverse the trend and encourage growth.

The project will involve formulating a comprehensive strategic plan that includes officials from Wabash County and all of its municipalities.

Posted on 2020 Feb 18
Haupert family presents MSD funds for FFA scholarship

The Metropolitan School District of Wabash County board met on Tuesday, Feb. 11. During this meeting the board accepted a donation of $9,750 to the Northfield FFA from the Dan Haupert family.

Haupert was a local farmer who tragically passed away during a grain bin entrapment earlier this year. He  loved farming and was a former FFA president.

Many members of the Haupert family were present at the meeting, including his son, Ryan Haupert, and his granddaughter, Meredith, who was wearing her grandfather’s FFA jacket from when he was in High School. 

Posted on 2020 Feb 18
Local educators play host to visiting teachers from Brazil

Two teachers from the southernmost state of Rio Grande do Sol in Brazil are visiting Wabash County and living with and learning from local teachers who will then make the trip to Brazil in June.

The Paper of Wabash County sat down with Mark Nevil and his exchange teacher, Odilnei Vieira, and Tammy Farlow and her exchange teacher, Denise Stroschön to learn about the experiences they have had while participating in this program.

Posted on 2020 Feb 11
Blessings in a Backpack expands Wabash program

The number of students served by the Wabash Blessings in a Backpack organization has grown substantially this school year.

The increase, according to Megan Henderson, Wabash County Program Coordinator, is because the local program started serving students at the Wabash Middle School.

Blessings in a Backpack is a non-profit organization that feeds school children in the United States who currently are fed during the week on the federally funded Free and Reduced Meal Program and are at risk of going hungry on the weekends.

“Every single pre-K through sixth grade student who is food insecure and qualifies for free and reduced school lunch, every single student in Wabash County is now eligible to receive food,” Henderson told The Paper of Wabash County.

The Wabash program serves students in the Wabash City Schools and MSD of Wabash County districts. North Manchester has its own Blessings program to serve Manchester Community Schools.

 
Posted on 2020 Feb 11
Anytime Fitness is under new ownership

Last year, the Anytime Fitness of Wabash closed unexpectedly, but is now open again under new ownership.

Bridgette Harmon and Jeremy Gouvan have worked hard to better the fitness center so that they can help community members reach their fitness goals.

The couple has rearranged the fitness equipment and made some open spaces bigger to allow for more use.

“Every piece of equipment has been moved at least three times,” said Harman with a laugh.

Posted on 2020 Feb 11
Wabash board deals with personnel

Wabash City Schools board met on Tuesday, Feb. 4 rather than the normal meeting time of Monday. The next meeting will also be held on a Tuesday, Feb. 18.

During this meeting, the board:

Approved the recommendation for Isaac Ray to fill the six-week temporary position as ISD teacher beginning Monday, Jan. 26 at an hourly rate of $13 for 40 hours per week.

Posted on 2020 Feb 11

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