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O.J. Neighbours opens to harbor citizens from heat

Wabash City law enforcement are taking precaution with rising temperatures reported for the upcoming weekend, July 23-24.

Due to the rising temperature, the Wabash City Police in cooperation with Wabash City Schools are notifying residents that O.J. Neighbors Cafeteria will be open for the next two days.

Posted on 2016 Jul 22
Council to hear request to fund Lagro bike trail
By Joseph Slacian
 
Amy Ford, chair of Wabash River Trail Inc., is expected to appear before the Wabash County Council on Monday, July 25, to formally request $1.2 million in County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) funds to be used toward the trail between Wabash and Lagro.
 
Wabash River Trail Inc. seeks to put an east-west trail through Wabash County, from the Huntington County line to the Miami County line. The total length of the trail is expected to be 33 miles.
 
Ford is listed on the council’s agenda distributed on Thursday, July 14, by County Manager Jim Dils.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 19
MSD merger vote in question, may have violated Open Door Law
By Emma Rausch
 
The Southwood and Northfield school systems will be merging in 2017 following the MSD of Wabash County School Board’s unanimous vote on Tuesday night, July 12.
 
The Norse and the Knights’ high schools will officially reconfigure into one system in the 2017-2018 school year.
 
There are many aspects of the plan that have not been decided or discussed yet, such as transportation for the students, Board member John Gouveia explained, but the merger plan will include the following:
• The Northfield High School building will become the new senior high school site for grades ninth through 12th grade.
• The Southwood High School facility will become the junior high school site for grades five through eight.
• Metro North and Southwood elementary schools will remain as kindergarten through fourth grade education facilities.
• Sharp Creek Elementary School will close as an elementary school, but it may be repurposed in the future as an alternative learning base, administration building or another opportunity, according to Gouveia.
• ”The school names, mascots and cultures will be named appropriately by the administration and approved at a later time by the board of education,” Gouveia said.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 19
Vote upsets many

By Joseph Slacian

The news of the reconfigured MSD of Wabash County caught many parents off guard. That, consequently, created a stir on social media.

The vast majority leaving comments on The Paper of Wabash County’s Facebook page are against the reconfiguration. Many also are upset that parents were left out of the mix when discussing and deciding on the issue.

Posted on 2016 Jul 19
2016 fair was success, officials believe
Brenton Yarger parades his Reserve Grand Champion Meat Chicken around the auction ring on Friday night. Half the funds he received for the bird will be donated to Shop With a Cop. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
It started with Cash Cartwright’s Grand Champion Egg Chicken and ended several hours later with Joshua Watkins’ 225-pound Spot Barrow.
 
In between, more than 350 head of livestock and other goods crossed through the auction ring Friday night during the annual Wabash County 4-H Livestock Auction.
 
In total, the auction raised $157,261.75.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 19
Part of Alber Street may be done by start of school year
By Joseph Slacian
 
A portion of Alber Street received its asphalt pavement last week.
 
Crews have been concentrating on the portion of the road from Cass Street to Harrison Avenue in hopes of having that portion of the roadway open in time for school, Mayor Scott Long and Street Superintendent Scott Richardson told the Wabash City Council on July 11.
 
“It’s coming along,” Richardson said. “They should be, within the next week, be putting the finish surface on it.” 
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 19
Arc of Wabash County recognizes excellence at annual dinner
Arc of Wabash County honored its employees, enrolled-individuals and friends at the organization’s annual Meeting and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, July 12, at the Honeywell Center. Those recognized include (front row, from left) Award for Personal Growth recipient Kayla Rasmussen, Community Award recipient Janet Shoue, Outstanding Merit Award recipient John White, (back row, from left) Benefactor of the Year Award recipient Doug Adams, Volunteer of the Year Award recipient Amy Moore, Employee of they Year Award recipient Grace Parker, Shelter Worker of the Year Award recipient Alexandra Traver, (not pictured) Benefactor of the Year Award recipient Pat Lynn and Industry of the Year Award recipient Holly Pfeiffer. Photo provided
 
By The Paper staff
 
Arc of Wabash County honored its staff, patrons and community members on Tuesday night, July 12, at the annual Arc of Wabash County Meeting and Awards Dinner.
 
This year, the dinner recognized 22 staff for their years of service and awarded five individuals for their hard work over the past year. Arc’s Board of Directors also recognized two members of the community and one business for their support of the organization.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 19
City’s ambulance rates to increase
By Joseph Slacian
 
Ambulance rates in the City of Wabash will increase Aug. 1 under an ordiance approved by the Wabash City Council on Monday, July 11.
 
The 3 percent increase is the first increase since Jan. 1, 2014. 
 
Fees are then set to increase by 3 percent again on Jan. 1, 2018, and Jan. 1, 2020.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 19

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