Indiana’s largest body of public officials is undergoing several changes to longstanding regulations. Indiana Notaries Public can now discharge their duties remotely, and new rules for continuing education will soon take effect, according to Ian Hauer, deputy communications director for the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State.

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On Tuesday afternoon at OJ Neighbors school gymnasium, Mallory Hipskind was busy serving as a poll worker for the first time. By that point in the day, 112 people had taken advantage of the first day of early in-person voting for the 2020 primary election.

A business based in Sandy, Utah, called Smilelove is causing concern for Better Business Bureau (BBB), according to Nichole Thomas, director of communications, public relations and community outreach.

[Editor’s note: The Wabash Plain Dealer is launching an interactive campaign to celebrate our Wabash County seniors! With COVID-19 disrupting graduation plans and daily life for our students, we want to do something special to commemorate their hard work and memories. We are posting photo ch…

Commencement at Northfield High School will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 19 at Northfield’s main gymnasium, 154 W. 200 North. Commencement at Southwood High School will also be at 5 p.m. Sunday, July 19 at Southwood’s main gymnasium, 564 Indiana 124.

Now that it's officially almost June, I am obsessed with strawberries. When June rolls around, I behave as though I haven't seen a strawberry since, well, forever. (Full disclosure: I live in California, so this is not the actual case.) However, this reflex -- which I fully embrace -- stretches back to when I lived in Denmark.

Have you tried cranberry beans? Also known as borlotti, romano or Roman beans, these cream-colored beauties with crimson swirls, streaks and speckles become a pretty pink-brown color when cooked. Conveniently canned cranberry beans are quickly simmered with aromatic onion, garlic, thyme, parsley and broth and finished with a squeeze of lemon and a sprinkle of lemon zest for a beneficial boost of fiber, plant protein and all the phytonutrients pulses have to offer.

With the support of the North Manchester Public Library (NMPL) board and the Wabash County Health Department, the NMPL plans to re-open the building to the public Monday, June 15, according to Jeanna Hann, adult department manager and marketing coordinator.

Indiana University Kokomo (IUK) awarded $1,000 scholarship certificates to 233 Wabash County eight grade students, according to Melissa Ford, development associate at the Community Foundation of Wabash County.

The Honeywell Center Summer Plaza Music Series is moving to the 13-24 Drive In as an additional form of drive in entertainment, according to Morgan Ellis, public relations and marketing coordinator.

Duke Energy is warning its Indiana customers to be on guard against phone calls from scammers who are demanding that utility customers pay their electric bill immediately or risk having their electric service disconnected within the hour, according to Angeline Protogere, strategic public relations consultant.

Indiana college students who volunteer with a public safety organization can now apply for the fiscal year 2021 round of the Indiana Homeland Security Foundation scholarship, according to a press release.

Justin Self and Avery Snyder have been named co-valedictorians, and Caleb Stout has been named salutatorian for the class of 2020 at Manchester Junior-Senior High School, accord to a press release.

[Editor’s note: The Wabash Plain Dealer is launching an interactive campaign to celebrate our Wabash County seniors! With COVID-19 disrupting graduation plans and daily life for our students, we want to do something special to commemorate their hard work and memories. We are posting photo ch…

After gathering information from the Indiana Department of Education, Gov. Eric Holcomb, area high schools and the Wabash County Board of Health, we have finalized a date to honor the Class of 2020 with a graduation celebration. Although no plan honoring you will be “traditional,” nor is there a perfect plan to accommodate everyone, we knew we wanted to find a way for you to all be together one last time.

Retro Reels will make a comeback as a Drive In “fan favorite” in the 2020 season, according to Morgan Ellis, public relations and marketing coordinator for the Honeywell Foundation.

The Second Harvest Food Bank tailgate food distribution event scheduled for this week is a familiar enough sight, but the thousands of live plants being donated alongside it will be new. The event is set to last from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 28 at the Dallas L. Winchester Senior Center, 239 Bond St., according to Robby Tompkins, director of philanthropy.

A total of five candidates have filed to seek the Republican nomination this year in races for Indiana lieutenant governor or attorney general, according to Jake Oakman, director of strategic communications.

After two months of dedicated handiwork by hundreds of local volunteers producing thousands of fabric face masks for health care professionals, seniors and others, the administrators of the Facebook group Wabash Strong have decided to hang it up, for now.

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On Saturday, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) added another positive COVID-19 case to Wabash County's count, making the local total 72.

The North Manchester Public Library (NMPL) has announced an extension of their curbside pick up hours on Mondays and Wednesdays, according to Jeanna Hann, adult department manager and marketing coordinator.

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced Friday he asked the State Budget Agency (SBA) to initiate plans to reduce state agency appropriations by 15 percent for Fiscal Year 2021 because of the sharp drop in state revenues that was reported for April and to prepare for a continued decline in state revenue because of the economic impact of COVID-19, according to Rachel Hoffmeyer, press secretary.

Make It Your Own Mural Fest, organized by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc., has extended the deadline for the Artist and Mentorship Programs, according to Kate Virag, vice president of marketing and strategic communications.

Grow Wabash County welcomes Manchester University student, Ava Barefoot, to the team as the organization’s summer intern, according to Chelsea Boulrisse, project manager for marketing and events.

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb announced Thursday that “because health indicators remain positive,” most of the state will advance to stage 3 of the Back On Track Indiana plan on Friday, May 22, according to Rachel Hoffmeyer, press secretary.

The Honeywell Foundation is excited to share a new addition to its 36th annual tradition of Visual and Performing Arts Programs (VPA) via a virtual approach through Zoom classes and newly created Facebook Groups called VirtuART and VirtuACT, according to Morgan Ellis, public relations and marketing coordinator.

The Wabash Police Department (WPD) recently purchased two Ford Hybrid Police sport utility vehicles, stated Capt. Matt Benson, public information officer, in a statement to the Plain Dealer on Saturday.

At the Wabash Carnegie Public Library (WCPL) board meeting Tuesday, members looked forward to re-opening the building to the public Monday, June 15.

Do you have job or internship openings this summer for Wabash County students? If so, Grow Wabash County Wants to hear from you, according to Chelsea Boulrisse, project manager for marketing and events.

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced that households in 13 new states – Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and Virginia – will soon be able to purchase food online with their Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, according to a press release.

Prosciutto rolls are a fresh and fun start to a summery meal. The method to make them is inspired by Vietnamese spring rolls, which are packed with fresh herbs and crisp vegetables and wrapped in rice paper. These rolls are equally fresh and raw, but with an Italian twist. Salty, savory prosciutto replaces the rice paper and bundles up crisp fennel, arugula leaves, fresh mint and piquant Parmesan shards.

Asparagus is a vegetable that is packed with nutrients including fiber, folate and vitamin A. In this recipe, garlic gives the dish a unique flavor and added health benefits, as garlic contains allium compounds, which have been linked with anti-cancer activity. This dish is easy to make and …

North Manchester Police Department (NMPD) Chief Jim Kirk warned area businesses against contributing to a company named FIVEFISH in a Tuesday statement to the Plain Dealer. However, Sean Sieja, the business' founder, president and CEO, called it a “simple misunderstanding.”

Some families obeying stay-at-home orders have turned to the internet to look for a pet, thinking they would have plenty of time to help the pet adjust to its new surroundings. Many, though, have come across scammers who advertise on websites for animals that don't exist and are never shipped. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has given scammers reasons to ask for money or explain why buyers can’t see the pet in person before those heartbroken, would-be pet owners figure out they have been conned, according to Nichole Thomas, director of communications and public relations and community outreach for the BBB Serving Northern Indiana.

Contestants are being sought for the 30th Annual Wabash County Festivals Scholarship Pageant, stated Bev Vanderpool, co-director, in a statement to the Plain Dealer. The pageant will be held Friday, July 24, in the Ford Theater at the Honeywell Center. The deadline for applications is Thursday, May 28.

The Laketon American Legion and Auxiliary will hold a Memorial Day service at 1 p.m. Monday, May 25 at the Laketon Cemetery, 950 N. 200 West, North Manchester, stated Thelma Butler in a statement to the Plain Dealer.