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City educates exercise pad

Eager members of the Wabash community gathered in winter coats, hats and gloves early on Saturday, Oct. 12, for the launch party and dedication of The Fitness Court.

Guests were encouraged to arrive in workout attire to take part in demonstrations of exercises and equipment.

Nutritious snacks, provided by Cathy’s Natural Market, and swag, including hats and bandanas, provided by Visit Wabash County were all available to guests until they ran out.

Back in May, $30,000 was awarded to the city of Wabash from the National Fitness Campaign (NFC) through its annual grant program in the 2019 Healthy Cities Campaign.

This grant program exists to place outdoor gym facilities in cities to bring free, world-class fitness to everyone.

Through donations from other corporations and individuals, the Wabash Fitness Court was made a reality in Wabash, located at River Front Plaza.

Posted on 2019 Oct 15
SHS teacher discusses externship with MSD board

Southwood High School teacher Kari Johnson gave a presentation Tuesday, Oct. 8, to the Metropolitan School District board about an externship she did in order to better understand the field she teaches about.

Johnson is a Business Teacher at Southwood High School and chose to do her internship at The Progress House in Indianapolis. The Progress House is not for profit men’s residential home for men recovering from addiction.

Johnson said she chose a not for profit for her externship because there are more than 1.5 million not for profits in the United States.

“The current business curriculum that we have at Southwood doesn’t really address not for profits at all,” said Johnson.

“I have always really struggled with that because I think that they are a huge part of our economy, it’s a great way for people to give back to the community, and there are tons of opportunities that exist in that field.”

Johnson expressed that it was a struggle to get her choice of business approved for the externship because it was not what was originally envisioned for the program.

Posted on 2019 Oct 15
Randel named '20 Riley Champion

Jace Randel, a 16 year-old sophomore at Northfield High School student, received recognition as the 2020 Riley Champion and was honored at the Metropolitan School Board meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

People are able to nominate patients of Riley Children’s Hospital between the ages of 8-18 to be considered to be Riley Champions.

The patients who are selected are Riley advocated and they must demonstrate the spirit of Chad Keown, a young man who passed away while serving as a Riley Champion. Keown overcame many obstacles and challenges, all while keeping a positive attitude and a giving and helpful heart.

Posted on 2019 Oct 15
Plans underway for ARC's annual annual art show

“A Touch of Arc” art show and reception, featuring works created by the South Miami Street Artists, will be on Friday, Nov. 1, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Borders and Beyond Gallery located at 24 West Canal Street in downtown Wabash during November’s First Friday event.

The art works featured in this show were created by 26 people with disabilities who receive services at Arc of Wabash County.

Art classes are made available for those exhibiting an interest in learning to express themselves through art. The classes are taught by Arc staff who have backgrounds in art and are artists in their own right.

Most of the paintings are collaborations between Arc staff and persons served by Arc.

“The artists take a lot of pride in what they do and they are very talented,” said Lindsay Swihart, Senior Vice President of Programs and Services.

 
Posted on 2019 Oct 08
WPD concerned about citizen watch groups

Recently, citizens of Wabash have been creating neighborhood crime watch pages in order to band people together to keep an eye on neighborhoods and report any suspicious activity to the page to make others aware.

Amelia Delcamp, a worried mother in Wabash, has started a Facebook page called Neighborhood Watch In or Around Wabash, Indiana.

Delcamp is hoping that this page will aide in creating a safer community for the children of Wabash to grown up in.

“When I was a kid I could go outside and not have to worry about empty drug needles,” said Delcamp.

“I also didn’t have to worry about strangers coming up to me and trying to talk to me. I could just be a kid playing outside until the street lights came on. I want my two kids and everyone’s kids in Wabash County and surrounding areas to be safe to play outside again like it was when I was a kid and not have to worry about the dangers that come with playing outside.”

The page is set up to be secure and safe for people to post about dangerous situations and suspicions that they have. 

Delcamp has made it so that people who want to join the page have to answer a series of questions before being able to join the group. She did this so that the people who are joining the group are joining for the right reasons.

Posted on 2019 Oct 08
Whelm to premiere on Oct. 13

The world premiere of “Whelm,” a movie written and directed by a Southwood High School graduate and filmed in and around Wabash County, will take place during the Heartland Film Festival in October.

The film will premiere at 7:45 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, at the Toby Theatre at Newfields in the Indianapolis Museum of Art, according to writer and director Skyler Lawson. A second screening is planned for 7:10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17.

“The entire cast and crew will be there,” he said.

In addition, a panel discussion entitled “The Making of the Indiana Epic on Film” will take place at 1 p.m. Oct. 13.

Panelists will include Lawson, cinematographer Ed Herrera, co-composer Chris Dudley and Delil Baran, one of the lead actors in the film.

“Whelm” is set in the Great Depression where two brothers get tangled in a rivalry between a legendary bank robber and an eccentric young criminal.

“Wabash looks absolutely stunning in the movie,” Lawson told The Paper of Wabash County. “It was such a pleasure capturing my hometown in such an epic scope. It deserves it.

Posted on 2019 Oct 01
Elks to host benefit for 5-year-old boy

The Wabash Elks Lodge No.471 will host a benefit trivia night on Friday, Oct. 4, at 7 p.m. in honor of 5-year-old Elliot Culwell who was recently diagnosed with B Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL).

Proceeds will go to his family to help with the costs of his weekly visits to Riley Children’s Hospital and treatment. The cost to participate in the trivia night is $10 per person and teams can consist of up to 10 people. There will be 10 rounds of trivia plus fun games and a silent auction.

The Elks will also have a pulled pork dinner available for purchase, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

On July 5, Elliot went to see his pediatrician for some weakness and leg and back pain that he was experiencing.

A check up for some pain quickly turned into a more serious diagnosis when his doctor recognized his symptoms and ordered immediate blood work.

Elliott and his parents were sent directly to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne to see an oncologist who in turn sent them to 

Riley Hospital for Children to get his diagnosis confirmed.

Posted on 2019 Oct 01
Toto to celebrate 40th anniversary with stop in Wabash

More than 40 years ago, a group of session musicians decided to form a band. Toto hit the scene in the mid ‘70s to mixed reviews. The band, with various members in the lineup, stayed together until 2008. It reformed in 2010 and has been going strong ever since.

It will be bringing its current tour, “40 Trips Around the Sun,” to the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater on Saturday, Oct. 12.

“Man, we didn’t see it coming,” vocalist and guitarist Steve “Luke” Lukather said of the band’s longevity. “When we started out, we thought if we got eight to 10 years, that would be insanely cool. Never in a million years did we think we’d be sitting her 43 years later, despite every possible good and horrible think happening to us.

“On the other hand, we just kept going. I never really think about how much time has gone by unless it’s brought up to me. Lately it’s been brought up a lot because of what it is.”

In the early days, the band wasn’t a fan of music critics around the country. However, in recent years, Toto’s popularity has, as Luke notes, “blown up again in the last three to four years.”

Posted on 2019 Oct 01

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