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All-inclusive park back in Stellar program
By Joseph Slacian
 
An all-inclusive park that was removed from the city’s Stellar Community Grant program in February is once again a part of the program.
 
Mayor Robert Vanlandingham, in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County in mid-February, said the project was removed from the plans because none of the three agencies involved with the Stellar Grant – the Indiana Department of Transportation, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority – provide funding for such projects.
 
However, during the Wabash Stellar Team’s quarterly meeting in late May, OCRA Representative Kathleen Weissenberger notified local officials the agency had an additional $200,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds to be applied toward the playground.
Posted on 2015 Jun 09
The Access plans school supply fundraiser
By Joseph Slacian
 
While the 2015 school year has just finished, officials at The Access Youth Center are already turning their sights toward the 2015-16 school year. More specifically, they are turning their attention toward fundraisers to help obtain back-to-school supplies for area youth.
 
The AYC, located at 74 W. Canal St., will distribute backpacks with a variety of back-to-school supplies on July 30-31. However, between now and then, organizers are looking for funds to help purchase the items or community groups and individuals to donated the needed items.
Posted on 2015 Jun 09
Asbestos removal part of home demolition
By Joseph Slacian
 
It will cost the City of Wabash an additional $5,200 to demolish a home at 458 N. Allen St.
 
The additional money will be used to remove asbestos shingles on the structure, which the board ordered to be demolished in April.
 
The home was severely damaged by fire in October 2013. The owner, Eric Phillips, told the city he would like additional time to repair the structure.
Posted on 2015 Jun 09
County joins Regional Development Authority with close vote
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash County joined the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) after a close 4-3 for vote at the County Council meeting on May 26.
 
The vote passed an ordinance to establish the RDA, which added Wabash County’s name to a list of 10 others also in favor of establishing the authority with the purpose to apply for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s (IEDC) Regional Cities Initiative.
 
The initiative, which can only be applied for by RDAs, is a public-private partnership led by Gov. Mike Pence and the IEDC with the goal to support quality of life transformation plans by allowing “regional cities,” or self-identified regions, to compete for an initial $42 million in matching funds in the state’s 2015-2017 biennium budget, according to a Northeast Indiana Regional partnership press release.
Posted on 2015 Jun 09
NM shooting suspectís trial rescheduled
By Emma Rausch
 
North Manchester shooting suspect Joshua L. Wright’s trial dates have been rescheduled and set following the claim of new evidence on Monday, June 1.
 
Wabash County Circuit Court Judge Robert McCallen III granted Wright, 24, a trial continuation at the pre-trail conference on Monday after the defendant’s appointed counsel Craig Persinger, Marion, submitted the request.
Posted on 2015 Jun 09
IRS scammers reaching out to local residents
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash Police Department has received several reports of scammers claiming to be the IRS calling local residents, according to Sgt. Matt Benson, the WPD’s public information officer.
 
On April 19, the Indiana State Police (ISP) released a statement alerting Indiana residents about the scam making the rounds through Indiana again.
 
“We’ve been telling everybody that the IRS will not call you,” Benson said in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “The IRS will mail you important information. Do not ever give any personal information over the phone.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 09
Wabash firefighter forfeits 30-days of pay
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash Fire Department firefighter and paramedic Scott Reese will return to the line of duty, but forfeit 30-days of pay after a special Board of Public Works and Safety ruling on Friday, June 5.
 
The forfeiture came as a punishment response to an incident in December 2014 when Reese was arrested for operating a personal vehicle while intoxicated, according to Wabash City Attorney Doug Lehman.
 
Although Fire Chief Bob Mullett sought to take disciplinary action in January, Lehman said that Reese requested to be placed on administrative leave without pay at that time until the charges could be resolved via the legal system. 
Posted on 2015 Jun 09
Classic films return to the big screen
By Emma Rausch
 
Season passes and a new, throwback film series are now available at the 13-24 Drive In.
 
On June 4, the outdoor theater began Retro Reels, a film series offered Thursday nights throughout June with a $5 carload admission.
 
The film series’ addition came about as an idea to expand the drive-in’s programming, according to Andrea Zwiebel, Honeywell Foundation program manager.
 
“The drive-in seems to be a whole different audience than the guests that come to Eagles Theatre and they seem to be really passionate about the drive-in property,” Zwiebel said in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County.
 
“We thought that the natural way to pay tribute to the drive-in model was to do some throwback movies.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 09

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