NORTH MANCHESTER - Cardinal Services, which operates WIC offices in Kosciusko, Wabash and Miami counties, will close the North Manchester WIC office and add hours at the Wabash office.

The North Manchester closure is effective Sept. 16.

The North Manchester location does not meet WIC standards. After searching available property for possible relocation of the clinic site within North Manchester, Cardinal Services was unable to find a suitable space. In addition, the cost of renovating the current clinic site is not fiscally feasible.

WIC participants are free to use any clinic location throughout the state, and there are five WIC offices within 25 miles of North Manchester:

• Wabash (16 miles), which can be reached via free transportation provided by Wabash County Transit

• Warsaw (19 miles)

• Huntington (22 miles)

• Columbia City (24 miles)

• Rochester (25 miles)

To assure no interruption of services, files of WIC participants will be transferred in advance to the clinic location of their choice.