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Gov. Eric J. Holcomb signed an executive order Thursday requiring all K-12 schools in Indiana to provide instruction via remote learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year and outlines options for districts to continue education during the fight against COVID-19.

Wabash County courts will be closed through April 30, according to a Monday statement to the Plain Dealer by Judges Robert R. McCallen III, of the Wabash County Circuit Court, and Benjamin D.R. Vanderpool, of the Wabash County Superior Court.

In response to the COVID-19 public health emergency, some policy and program changes have been made “to help ensure members in our managed care programs (Healthy Indiana Plan, Hoosier Care Connect, Hoosier Healthwise), as well as our Traditional Medicaid members, can maintain continuous coverage in this critical time,” according to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA).

In support of Governor Eric Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-02 declaring a public health disaster emergency in Indiana due to COVID-19, Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) Commissioner Bob Grennes has waived several Motor Carrier Services (MCS) requirements until May 22, according to a press release.

In honor of Easter, Passover and spring, I share this roasted lamb recipe. Mind you, this is not your traditional springtime lamb roast studded with garlic and served with mint (which is always a good option, of course). Instead, this roast veers to North Africa with a generous smear of chermoula, a heady concoction of aromatic spices, fresh herbs, chiles and garlic. Consider it Easter break on holiday -- a spring fling for culinary travelers.

With Gov. Eric Holcomb's order last week to “shelter in place” lasting for the time being, local and state officials are working to ensure Hoosiers are able to find and keep a shelter in the first place.

During the week of March 9, the Wabash County United Fund delivered 547 board books to the Area Five Head Start classes in North Manchester and Wabash and to pre-kindergarten classes in the L.H. Carpenter Early Learning Center, Southwood Elementary School, Manchester Elementary School, Metro North Elementary School and the Manchester Early Learning Center.

In response to recommendations from Gov. Eric Holcomb, Secretary of State Connie Lawson, and the leadership of Indiana’s major political parties, the Indiana Election Commission has issued an order “making it easier for Hoosiers to vote” in the June 2 Primary Election, according to a press release.

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education is encouraging all students to file the 2020-21 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) before the approaching April 15 deadline. As part of the state’s annual Cash for College campaign, the Commission is joining with INvestED Indiana to host a virtual FAFSA Frenzy event on Saturday, April 4, according to a press release.

Direct support professionals are needed to provide critical care for older Hoosiers and those with disabilities. And child care providers are needed to care for children of first responders, health care and other essential workers, “so the rest of us can stay safe and healthy,” according to a press release.

The Hoosier Boys State 2020 has been canceled, according to Scott Weyler, director of Hoosier Boys State, a program of the American Legion.

Due to the declaration of a public health emergency throughout the State of Indiana as a result of COVID-19, and the issuance of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-05, on March 19, the Indiana Department of Insurance (IDOI) issued Bulletin 252 to assist consumers, businesses, and entities regulated by the IDOI, according to a press release.

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Several people took advantage of the fresh air and sunshine on Wednesday afternoon, which is encouraged by local health officials despite the state’s stay at home order.

In a statement to the Plain Dealer on Saturday, Mayor Scott Long stated the previously announced closure of Wabash City Hall through Monday, March 30 would continue for another week, at minimum.

Due to the extended closing of Wabash County school corporations until May 1 in response to COVID-19, Grow Wabash County has decided to cancel the 2020 INnovate Wabash County Pitch Competition originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 29, according to a press release.

The United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA’s) Farm Service Agency (FSA) county offices are open in Indiana by phone appointment only until further notice, and FSA staff are available to continue helping agricultural producers with program signups, loan servicing and other important actions, according to a press release.

Make It Your Own Mural Fest, organized by the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, is asking artists to apply for the Artist and Mentorship Programs as part of the 11-day mural festival scheduled for September 8 to 18, according to Kate Virag, vice president of marketing and strategic communications.

“For the safety of patients and caregivers,” Parkview Physicians Group (PPG) has created designated “respiratory clinics,” focused on treating patients with signs and symptoms of novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19), according to a press release.

With increasing businesses closing and employees temporarily out of work, in addition to Governor Holcomb’s necessary “Stay at Home” order, many Wabash County citizens need assistance to pay their rent, utility, childcare and medical expenses.

When Gov. Eric Holcomb ordered all Hoosiers to stay at home until at least April 7, that included church services.

Parkview Health continues to implement additional precautions to mitigate the spread and impact of the novel coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic and conserve the resources and personnel necessary to meet emerging health needs related to the pandemic, according to a press release.

At Tuesday's MSD school board meeting, the signs of the times were everywhere. No audience was allowed. Public comment was solicited through the Facebook Live stream's commenting system. Several members joined via video conferencing. And one of the items under new business was a recommendation to approve the “Resolution Authorizing Administration to Handle Work Disruption For Employees Impacted By Coronavirus.”

American Red Cross – Indiana Region's “Zero to Hero” is a free weekend training program for new and existing volunteers, preparing them to be a Red Cross Disaster Action Team (DAT) member, according to a press release.

If you are looking for a cake that you can eat for breakfast, with tea, as a snack or dessert, this is the cake for you. And it also happens to be gluten-free.

Start your morning off right with this fresh fruit oatmeal. 

All 2019-2020 basic hunting, basic fishing, hunt/fish combo, youth licenses and stamps set to expire March 31 will be valid for use until Friday, May 22, according to a press release from Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA) called on Monday on Hoosiers to help keep the state’s network of food pantries open. FSSA is tracking the number of food pantries operating across the state as part of the state’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), according to a press release.

Local libraries in Wabash County may be closed for the time being due COVID-19, but that doesn't mean patrons still can't utilize their services while stuck at home.

Due to the extension of school closures to May 1 by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb in response to COVID-19, Grow Wabash County has decided to cancel its annual Honor Student Luncheon originally scheduled for Thursday, April 16, according to a press release.

While many things are postponed, delayed, or even canceled during this unprecedented time, one thing is not changing -- scammers are hard at work trying to take your hard-earned money, according to a press release from the Indiana State Police (ISP).

The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) announced Thursday that culvert replacements are scheduled for Indiana 114 from County 1200 North to Indiana 15 in Wabash County, according to a press release.

Parkview Health is partnering with businesses and volunteers to protect its supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic, stated Tami Brigle, public relations manager for Parkview Health, in response to a Plain Dealer request Monday.