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Metro North learns of the land down under

MUSIC: Australian performer Paul Taylorleads students at Metro North Elementary in performing an Australian dance.

by ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@wabashplaindealer.com Metro North Elementary students had a chance to learn about the stories and culture of Australia Thursday morning. The school played host to Paul “Walking Stick” Taylor, an Australian storytell

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God cares for you

by Doug Givan I hope at some time in your life you have had a “God-encounter.” I am sure you have had, at some time or another, at some place, something happen to you that you know without a doubt was from God. Some people have these kinds of encounters

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MSD school board prepares for vote on study options

by ANDREW MACIEJEWSKI - amaciejewski@wabashplaindealer.com It is likely the Metropolitan School District (MSD) of Wabash County’s Board School of Trustees will vote on a final plan for an independent study at their next meeting on March 27, but leaders don

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MCS approves pre-kindergarten funding

by MACKENZI KLEMANN - mklemann@wabashplaindealer.com NORTH MANCHESTER — Up to 48 students will have the opportunity to attend preschool at Manchester Community Schools beginning in August. The MCS Board of School Trustees on Tuesday approved a one-year fundin

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Rock City Lofts celebrate grand opening

LOFTS: Mayor Scott Long was joined by representatives of Rock City Lofts on Wednesday morning for the formal ribbon cutting ceremony.

by ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@wabashplaindealer.com The Rock City Lofts hosted its grand opening ceremony Wednesday morning, becoming the first Stellar Communities project to reach completion. The lofts will serve as affordable downtown housing for area seniors

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Indiana Supreme Court justice advises MSD students

GOFF: Indiana Supreme Court Justice Christopher Goff told students to trust in who they are and what they’ve learned at MSD.

by ANDREW MACIEJEWSKI - amaciejewski@wabashplaindealer.com Indiana Supreme Court Justice Christopher Goff gave students advice at the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County (MSD) 29th Academic Recognition Banquet on Tuesday night, emphasizing forming healthy

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'Our voices need to be heard'

WALK: More than 250 MHS students chose to walk out of class on Wednesday as a part of a national movement to promoteschool safety.

by MACKENZI KLEMANN mklemann@wabashplaindealer.com and ANDREW MACIEJEWSKI amaciejewski@wabashplaindealer.com Manchester Jr. - Sr. High School senior Ben Reichenbach's voice came over the school's loud speaker, promptly at 10 a.m., encouraging his classmates to walk

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Duke Energy upgrades infrastructure

REPLACE: Duke Energy crews are at wok on Canal, Columbus and Smith streets to replace transmission lines.

by ANDREW MACIEJEWSKI - amaciejewski@wabashplaindealer.com Duke Energy vehicles are hoisting workers above Columbus Street to replace the wooden poles with more durable, steel transmission lines as part of an ongoing maintenance program. Crews have been at work on

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Cast prepares for comedy 'Rumors'

SET: John Minkler moves an escape platform that the cast will use to safetly exit the set backstage.

by ANDREW MACIEJEWSKI - amaciejewski@wabashplaindealer.com After a year of preparation, actors and actresses with Wabash Area Community Theater (WACT) are perfecting their act of the comedy “Rumors,” which will open this weekend at O.J. Neighbours Eleme

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Jobless rate edges down to 3.3 percent

By the Associated Press and WPD STAFF INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana’s unemployment rate has edged lower to 3.3 percent in January, continuing a decline in the state that was seen starting in November. The Indiana Department of Workforce Development said Monday

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Development fund tax rate re-established

by ANDREW MACIEJEWSKI - amaciejewski@wabashplaindealer.com The Wabash County Board of Commissioners re-established the Cumulative Capital Development Fund, which increases the tax rate to the level first established when the fund was created in 2002. The tax is col

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Residents want better drug addiction programs

by ANDREW MACIEJEWSKI - amaciejewski@wabashplaindealer.com The Wabash County Board of Commissioners say they will consider moving the meeting’s hours after two women asked the board questions about drug addiction issues in the community on Monday. Wabash resi

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Introducing young audiences to theatre

STAGE: Dozens of area preschools and parents brought their kids for a live production of “Go, Dog. Go!” The popular children’s book and television series was presented as part of the Honeywell Center’s student matinee program.

by the WPD STAFF Three hundred or so elementary and preschool students came to the Honeywell Center on Monday for a special performance of “Go, Dog. Go!” based on the children’s book and television show of the same name by P.D. Eastman. Performers

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No charges in Feb. 14 shooting

by MACKENZI KLEMANN - mklemann@wabashplaindealer.com There will be no criminal charges filed against the four officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of Travis D. Tucker, a 29-year-old Kokomo man who was killed in Wabash County on Feb. 14, Wabash County Pr

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Schools come together for honors band, choir performance

by ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@wabashplaindealer.com The Honeywell Center played host to the 44th annual Wabash County Honors Band and Choir Concert on Friday evening. The concert acted as the first scheduled event during “National Music in Our Schools̶

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Illegal dumping threatens recycling program

COUCH: Jen Rankin removesa brown loveseat that was dumped illegally overnight last Thursday at the Solid Waste Management District’s main office on Manchester Avenue.

by ANDREW MACIEJEWSKI - amaciejewski@wabashplaindealer.com The executive director of Wabash County’s Solid Waste Management District says she is running out of options to stop people from illegally dumping items at the department’s recycling drop-off st

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NMPD releases body cam footage from shooting

by MACKENZI KLEMANN - mklemann@wabashplaindealer.com NORTH MANCHESTER — Body camera footage released by the North Manchester Police Department on Friday answers some questions regarding last Tuesday’s fatal police shooting at the Eel River Inn. The foot

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