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2 area Wendy’s among those suspected of being hacked
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wendy’s in Peru and Warsaw were among the more than 1,000 restaurants that may have had credit card information hacked.
 
Company officials released the locations of 1,025 restaurants that were “potentially affected” by the hack. There are more than 6,500 Wendy’s across the United States. The hacking involved restaurants in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
 
The Wabash Wendy’s was not included on the list. That, according to the company website, means that restaurant “has not been identified as affected by our forensic investigation.”
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 12
Laketon couple faces felony drug charges
Timothy Burkett Jr. and Tina Ramirez
 
By Emma Rausch
 
LAKETON – A Laketon couple was arrested Friday, July 1, on felony drug-related charges following a police search.
 
Tina M. Ramirez, 37, and Timothy L. Burkett Jr., 37, were booked on felony charges after officers from the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant on their residence at 45 W. Lake St. in Laketon.
 
According to the probable cause affidavit, a search and arrest warrant was issued on Ramirez and Burkett’s residence on July 1 at approximately 3:26 a.m.
 
During the search, officers located three long-guns including a 12-gauge shotgun, a .308 caliber rifle and a .50 caliber muzzleloader; a .635 caliber handgun and several items related to methamphetamine, the documents continued.
Posted on 2016 Jul 12
City orders Miami Street home demolished
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety had hearings on five different structures around the city on Thursday afternoon.
 
In the end, just one of the structures, a house at 494 N. Miami St., was ordered demolished. The structure is owned by Begler Properties of Pueblo, Colo.
 
Building Commissioner John Stephens said the vacant structure had foundation problems, holes in the roof, trash in the yard and an opened crawl space. The board also learned that the city has a lien against the property for mowing the lawn from 2008-2012, and that it has resumed mowing the lawn at the property.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 12
Commissioners pass Rainy Day Fund amendment
By David Purvis-Fenker
 
The Wabash County Commissioners unanimously passed a new ordinance amending how the “Rainy Day Fund” is used on July 11. 
 
Steve Downs, county attorney, presented the ordinance amending the “Rainy Day Fund” ordinance to the commissioners.
 
According to Commissioner Scott Givens, the amendment will change the ordinance back to “its original purposes, which were unfunded liabilities generally pertaining to employment, but not always.”
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 12
Ridgeway crowned 2016 Festivals Queen
Makayla Ridgeway is crowned 2016 Wabash County Festivals Queen by her predecessor Ashley Price. Last year, Ridgeway served on Price’s court after receiving the Queen’s Choice award. As the next queen, Ridgeway said she hopes to serve as an ambassador to Wabash County. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Makayla Ridgeway is Wabash County’s 2016 Festivals Queen.
 
As Roderick Schram called Ridgeway’s name as winning contestant on Friday, July 1, the new queen immediately turned and smiled in disbelief at her predecessor Ashley Ridgeway before walking to center stage to accept her crown.
 
Ridgeway, a 2015 Southwood High School graduate, told The Paper of Wabash County was shocked when she heard her name.
Posted on 2016 Jul 12
NM man charged in auto theft investigation
Samuel Lopez
 
By The Paper staff
 
NORTH MANCHESTER – A North Manchester man was arrested for auto theft on Wednesday, July 6, after a NAPA Auto Parts employee reported a delivery vehicle missing Wednesday afternoon.
 
According to a press release by North Manchester Police Chief Steve Olsen:
 
At approximately 12:13 p.m., an employee from the auto store, located at 708 W. Main St., notified the NMPD that the business’s delivery vehicle had been stolen from the front of the facility.
 
The vehicle taken was a 2012 Ford Focus.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 07
Proposed river trail seeks $1.2 million of CEDIT funds

By Emma Rausch

The Wabash River Trail (WRT) is seeking county government’s assistance with its multi-million dollar project, specifically $1.2 million of County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) funds.

Amy Ford, Wabash River Trail Inc. chair, met with the County Council on Monday, June 27, to request the council’s support in pursuing the funding with the Wabash County Commissioners.

“Multi-use trails are high on the list for attracting individuals to work, live, raise a family and contribute to a community,” she said. “Wabash County has so much to offer and this trail would be another caveat to our community. … All of this can do nothing but help with economic development.”

Ford first announced the trail’s proposal on March 30, 2015, at a Wabash County Commissioners meeting.

In May, she released details on the project’s Phase I, which would connect Wabash to Lagro, a six-mile stretch along the Wabash River.

Posted on 2016 Jul 05
Wabash County 4-H Fair to begin 10-day run
Tate Fritchley, Miss Indiana State Fair 2016, will be a guest at the Wabash County 4-H Swine Show on Wednesday, July 13, at noon. Fritchley will hand out ribbons to contestants and speak with the audience about the Indiana State Fair. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County 4-H Fair kicks off tonight, July 6, and will continue for the 10 dayd as youth show off their skills in agriculture, education development, crafting and more.
 
Angela Christopher, local 4-H extension educator of youth development, told The Paper of Wabash County that the fair is about community.
 
“The fair is a great place for us to come together as a community and to have to good time, to recognize youth in our community for the hard work and efforts they put into 4-H projects on a large base effort,” she said. “It’s not one of those events where it’s this team against this team or this school against this school."
Posted on 2016 Jul 05

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