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City votes ‘no’ to WCS referendum
Looking at vote returns are former Wabash City Schools Business Manager Jan Roland, current Business Manager Matt Stone and Superintendent Jason Callahan. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The votes were tallied on Tuesday, May 3, and Wabash voted ‘no’ to passing the Wabash City Schools operating tax referendum.
 
A difference of 62 votes determined the referendum’s fate.
 
Of 2,502 registered voters who answered the question, the majority vote of 1,282 decided against the tax increase, which would have supported the local school system’s cost of operations.
 
Meanwhile, 1,220 constituents voted “yes” in support of the school.
 
Posted on 2016 May 10
Locals plan Wabash River 33-mile trail
A map of the proposed Wabash River Trail route along the Wabash River. Photo provide
 
By The Paper staff
 
A multi-purpose river trail is in the works to be constructed along portions of the Wabash River, the Wabash River Trail, Inc., a local nonprofit organization, announced Monday, May 9.
 
The proposed Wabash River Trail will be a 33-mile long paved pathway that will connect Huntington, Lagro, Wabash and Peru. It will also be 10 feet wide and mostly flat with a gentle grade in some areas.
 
Posted on 2016 May 10
Miller’s West celebrates National Nursing Home week
By Emma Rausch
 
From water balloon fights to an on-site petting zoo, Miller’s Merry Manor West will be pulling out all the stops to celebrate National Nursing Home Week, May 8-14.
 
The celebration kicked off on Saturday, May 7, with a Mother’s Day paint and punch party, according to Tammy Grizzle, director of life enhancement.
Posted on 2016 May 10
Urbana man charged for drug related crimes
Keith Williams
 
By Emma Rausch
 
LAGRO – An Urbana man was booked into Wabash County Jail on Tuesday, April 26, for drug related charges.
 
Keith L. Williams, 25, was charged with felony possession of a hypodermic needle and felony possession of methamphetamine following a Wabash County Sheriff’s Department (WCSD) investigation.
 
On March 16 at approximately 10:50 p.m., WCSD officers were dispatched to the 7000 block of East Division Road from a report that a man was showing signs of being under the influence of drugs and making suicidal threats, according to the probable cause affidavit.
 
Posted on 2016 May 10
Gregg pushes economy in Wabash visit
By Joseph Slacian
 
John Gregg, the Democratic governor nominee, wants local Democrats to reach out to their Republican friends and neighbors to explain to them why it’s time to get rid of Republican Gov. Mike Pence.
 
Gregg was the keynote speaker Friday night, May 6, at the Wabash County Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner.
 
“There are good Republican men and women out there who do not like the direction of their party and Gov. Pence is out of step with their party,” he told party faithful gathered at the Honeywell Center. “Gov. Pence is so focused on social issues, on women, on many many things. There’s not many Dick Lugar or Mitch Daniels type Republicans left. There are Republicans out there who voted for Evan Bayh and Frank O’Bannon.
 
“They share our concern for jobs and the economy, public education, infrastructure. One thing I’m going to ask you guys to do is talk to them. Reach out and talk to these people.”
 
Posted on 2016 May 10
Wabash Steel Supply has grand opening
Ben Gebhart cuts the ribbon during the grand opening celebration at Wabash Steele Supply. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash Steel Supply, 1705 S. Wabash St., cut the ribbon during a grand opening ceremony Thursday morning, May 5.
 
Owner Ben Gebhart discussed Wabash’s need for a business such as Wabash Steel Supply prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce.
 
“The idea came from Metal Source,” said Gebhart, who also owns that business. “There really wasn’t anywhere in town to buy steel or that advertised steel for the public, farmers or people like that.
 
“So we figured why not try something like that.”
Posted on 2016 May 10
Community gathers for World Day of Prayer
Terry Hinds prays for the church as others bow their heads at the World Day of Prayer event on Thursday, May 5. Other men and women of the community prayed for government, military and media among other topics on the Wabash County Courthouse lawn during the event. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Dozens of Wabash County pastors and citizens convened on the Wabash County Courthouse lawn Thursday, May 5, to pray for the community and the world on the National Day of Prayer.
 
“God, you have a lot of work to do,” Sherlyn Rensberger, event moderator, began the program.
 
“Sometimes, Satan tries to stop things in ways, to make it be that we’re not going to be able to step in to where God wants us to be, but God has grace and forgiveness and helps us to be able to turn around and go where we need to go.
 
“Thank God for that forgiveness.”
 
Posted on 2016 May 10
Wabash man charged with child molestation
Stoney Hobson
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A Wabash man was booked into the Wabash County Jail on Monday, May 2, for child molestation charges following an investigation by the Wabash Police Department.
 
Stoney Hobson, 51, was charged with felony attempted child molestation and felony attempted vicarious sexual gratification.
 
On March 16, WPD received information from the Division of Family Services of an alleged molestation incident involving a child younger than 10-years-old, according to the probable cause affidavit.
 
Posted on 2016 May 06

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