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Four arrested on narcotics charges

The Wabash City Police Department was serving warrant papers to Matthew J. Hayslip when responding officers allegedly discovered a meth lab. Photo by Emma Rausch

By The Paper staff

Four Wabash locals were arrested Tuesday night on narcotic charges.

The Wabash City Police reported that on June 29, around 8:24 p.m. second shift patrol officers went to 80 ½ N. Miami St. in Wabash in attempt to serve two Wabash County arrest warrants on Matthew J. Hayslip, 28, Wabash.

Officers on scene reported that while at the residence they allegedly discovered an active meth lab.  A subsequent search warrant was then served on the residence, according to the WPD.

Posted on 2015 Jun 30
Weaver to run for mayor; Candidacies filed for other races
Wade Weaver
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wade Weaver has filed candidacy papers to run for mayor of Wabash as an Independent candidate.
 
Weaver, owner of Dream Weaver Marketing, filed his paperwork Friday afternoon in the Wabash County Circuit Court Clerk’s office.
 
“I’m running because I really believe that Wabash needs another choice in the Mayoral election,” he said in a prepared statement. “I wanted to run Independent but you can’t run Independent in the primary. So, I’m doing this in the General Election and I don’t want to be tied to a certain party at this point in my political career – which is brand new.  I want to do things independently, but also together with this community and make this the greatest community in Indiana.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
Local dams release water, roads closed from flooding
Volunteers from various city agencies tie sandbags being filled by a machine borrowed from Huntington County. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash County Board of Commissioners issued a local disaster emergency declaration at their meeting on Monday June 29.
 
Last week, the Wabash and Eel Rivers flooded to 18.41 feet and 12.73 feet respectively, thereby causing residents to evacuate their homes, emergency measures to be imposed and caused major damage to sewer, roads and wastewater treatment facilities, according to the official declaration document.
 
The declaration called upon “all citizens … to comply with necessary emergency measures, to cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operation plans, and to obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
Price crowned 25th Festivals Queen
Ashley Price was crowned as the 25th Wabash County Festivals Queen by 2014 Festivals Queen Kaytlyn Eberly. Price radiated on stage, according to Brandy Barrett, pageant judge. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
As Roderick Schram announced the winning contestant of the 2015 Festival Queen’s title, Ashley Price’s jaw dropped, literally.
 
On Friday June 26, Price was crowned as the 25th Wabash County Festivals Queen to her surprise.
 
Price, a 2013 Wabash High School graduate, told The Paper of Wabash County she didn’t think she was going to win.
 
“I didn’t even believe it,” Price said. “My friend Sydney (Enyeart) was contestant number two and she’s been on court every year and she’s always done really well and I was really pulling for her to win.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
Wabash man charged in arson, burglary
Curt Long stands in front of his barber shop which was recently damaged in what Wabash Fire Department officials are calling an arson fire. Photo by Mike Rees
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
A Wabash man is facing charges for the June 18 fire at Curt’s Barber Shop, 1593 Stitt St., and burglary at the at the barbershop and adjoining Alcoholic’s Anonymous building.
 
Fire Chief Bob Mullett told The Paper of Wabash on Thursday that an investigation by the Wabash Fire Department and the Indiana State Fire Marshal determined the fire to be arson.
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
City Council Oks $1.2 million special appropriation
By Joseph Slacian
 
In an unusual, but apparently legal, move last week, the Wabash City Council approved a special appropriation of $1.2 million.
 
What made the move unusual was it took two votes by the Council to pass the measure. On the first vote, Council members Doug Konkle, Margaret “Boo” Salb and Bryan Dillon voted for the measure, while Scott Long and Bonnie Corn voted against it. council member Joan Haag was absent, and the seventh seat is vacant, as a replacement for the late Jim Wenrich was not yet named.
 
While the measure appeared to pass by a 3-2 vote, City Attorney Doug Lehman, before the meeting adjourned, noted that the measure had not passed, as a majority of the council, or four of the seven members, had to vote in favor of it.
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
State discusses plans to close NM WIC office
By Shaun Tilghman
 
Last week’s edition of The Paper of Wabash County contained the first story in a two-part series describing the upcoming closure of the North Manchester Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program office.
 
WIC serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5, who are at nutritional risk, by providing nutritious supplemental foods and health care referrals, as well as information on healthy eating, including breastfeeding promotion and support, at no charge to participants.
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
City Schools proposed budget down from 2015
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash City Schools budget will be down considerably in 2016, Business Manager Matt Stone informed the Wabash City Council last week.
 
Under a new funding formula developed by the Indiana Legislature, Wabash’s General Fund is down $600,000, he said, going from $10.9 million last year to between $10.2 and 10.3 million.
 
“We certainly thank the state Legislature for adding $466 million to education,” he told the council. We are one of the unfortunate ones in that deal.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 30

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