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Wa-Nee school board member steps down

February 21, 2012

NAPPANEE — One of the most noteworthy issues to be brought forth at the recent session of the Wa-Nee Community Schools Board of Trustees was a matter that wasn’t even on the agenda.
During the meeting held Monday, Feb. 13, the members were informed about the impending departure of Chris Gillam, who is the at-large representative. His resignation from the board becomes effective March 1, which will leave his seat open for a suitable replacement.

Three cheers for NW’s Pam Slagle

February 21, 2012

NAPPANEE – It all started out as a favor to her kid sister and 25 years later, Pam Slagle has finally decided to call it a “career” as the coach of NorthWood’s cheerleading squad.
“I always said when it stopped being fun, I would quit,” said Slagle, “but after 25 years, it’s still fun! However, I want to be able to go watch my daughter (NorthWood senior captain Emily) cheer in college so I decided this would be a good time to step down.”

Comfort foods good for the soul

February 21, 2012

NAPPANEE — Area residents who are craving home-style cooking and all-American classics and don’t want the hassle of having to prepare them at home, the newly-established White Dove family restaurant is an appetizing, cost-efficient alternative.

Hall buzzes through bee

February 21, 2012

NAPPANEE — One Nap-panee Elementary School fifth grader buzzed her way through winning her school’s contest, and will continue on to compete at a regional spelling bee at Bethel College March 1.

Utilimaster moving

February 21, 2012

WAKARUSA — Utilimaster has recently confirmed what has been widely reported.

Citizens invited to speak up

February 21, 2012

NAPPANEE — Nappanee residents have been given an opportunity to do a little to help their community and put their city “on the map.”
A nationwide initiative, “We Hear You America” hosted by Reader’s Digest is in its second year and was designed to encourage towns all across the country to compete to win money and gain recognition for their cities.

Valentine King and Queen for the day

February 21, 2012

Two residents of LuAnn Nursing Home, Nappanee, were crowned king and queen for Valentine’s Day as is the annual tradition at the facility. Activity director Linda Blough has been working for the nursing home for 13 years. She explained that all the residents and staff members are asked to vote for who they think should earn the honor of a framed certificate claiming their temporary royalty and to wear the regal crowns for the day. While 31 residents live at the facility, a handful awaited the counted votes in a room adorned in holiday pinks and reds.

‘Unsung hero’ recognized

February 21, 2012

“Unsung hero” Wendy Johnson was presented a plaque for her 22 years serving the community on the Wa-Nee Drug Awareness Committee. Johnson has served on the committee longer than any current member.
“It’s parents like this that make the Wa-Nee community so great,” said committee president and Nappanee Police Officer Steve Rulli. “She truly will be missed. There are real unsung heros standing in the wings that don’t get recognized for how they contribute to our community.”

Early morning crash fatal for Nappanee man

February 21, 2012

BOURBON — Shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday morning, Indiana State Police Troopers Rodd Schuh and Patrick O’Keefe responded to a vehicle crash on Beech Rd. north of Bourbon that claimed the life of one man. The crash was reported by a passerby that had noticed tire tracks that left the roadway and disappeared into a ditch.

George will direct Toledo Symphony, local students

February 17, 2012

GOSHEN — Nappanee native and world-renowned Director Emeritus of The San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Vance George, will entertain in Goshen with a concert Feb. 19. But first, he will spend some time working with the NorthWood High School choir, and musical director Jeff Cramer.
“Vance was a guest conductor for several events when I was a student at Penn High School,” Cramer said, “he is a close friend of my former director, C. Lamar Holoway — and I reconnected with him when I took the job at NorthWood.”

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