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Historical Wabash business closes ‘forever’
By Emma Rausch
 
After 135 years of operation, Wilkinson Lumber closed its doors “forever” on May 30, according to owner Chris Lee.
 
Originally opening in the 1880s as the Treaty Creek Lime and Stone Company, the lumberyard underwent three name changes, multiple renovations and ownership transfers, all the while making friendships and long-term partnerships along the way, Lee said.
 
Lee said that there’s a combination of reasons that the historical business closed.
 
“After 2008, the economy crashed,” he told The Paper of Wabash County. “It was hard to build back up. We don’t consider the box stores a competition. We had our own niche, but building back up to regain that niche was difficult. That coupled with everyone but me wanted to retire.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
Horses to be on display throughout 4-H Fair

Members of the 4-H Horse & Pony Club show their horses in the show arena during the 2014 Wabash County 4-H Fair. The Paper of Wabash County file photo

By Joseph Slacian
 
One 4-H club’s loss is another one’s gain.
 
The 4-H Poultry Club will not have a poultry show at this year’s Wabash County 4-H Fair. Poultry shows across the state were canceled by the Indiana State Board of Animal Health as a precaution to the spread of avian influenza.
 
Since Poultry Club members won’t have their animals on display next week during the fair, it opened up a chance for members of the 4-H Horse and Pony Club to keep their animals at the fairgrounds. In year’s past, the horses were there for the competition on Friday and Saturday before the start of the actual fair. They were taken home to make room for the other livestock judged during fair week.
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
Weather moves Gallery Walk indoors

By The Paper staff

The Friday night Gallery Walk will be moved indoors after Wabash received more rain earlier today, announced Katie Beauchamp, Charley Creek Arts Festival committee chair.

Starting at 5 p.m., galleries and downtown businesses will remain open despite the weather.

Posted on 2015 Jun 26
Charley Creek Inn to add outdoor dining, event area

An artist's conception of the new outdoor dining and event area.

By The Paper staff

An outdoor dining and event area is planned immediately south of the Charley Creek Inn.

The building, which most recently housed Smith Furniture, will be demolished to make room for the new plaza area, Charley Creek officials said.

Posted on 2015 Jun 26
2 NM residents face charges in meth-related incident

Two North Manchester residents are facing a variety of charges following a methamphetamine-related incident Thursday evening in the 200 block of East Main Street.

Posted on 2015 Jun 26
Barber shop fire ruled arson

A June 18 fire at Curt’s Barber Shop, 1593 Stitt St., has been ruled arson, Fire Chief Bob Mullett told The Paper of Wabash on Thursday.

Posted on 2015 Jun 25
Two file candidacy papers for November election

Two candidates filed for positions on the Municipal Election ballots in November.

One of the candidates is for the Wabash City Council, while the other is for the LaFontaine Clerk Treasurer position.

Posted on 2015 Jun 25
Internet posting draws fire from local officials
By Joseph Slacian
 
Local officials are downplaying an Internet report that lists Wabash as the worst city in Indiana to get a job.
 
Mayor Robert Vanlandingham and Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County, put little value in the report, prepared by the website Zippia.com.
 
According to the report, Wabash is the worst of the state’s 78 largest cities to find a job. Peru is second on the list, followed by Marion. 
 
Also listed, by order of ranking, are Connersville, Gary, Muncie, East Chicago, Michigan City, Crawfordsville and Bedford.
 
The website limited its analysis to those places in Indiana with at least 10,000 people and isn’t a township, according to the report. The criteria considered, it continued, was the unemployment rate, recent job growth, future job growth, income taxes and median household income.
 
Of Wabash, the report said, the city “takes the dubious distinction of being the worst city in Indiana to get a job.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 23

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