Pyle resigns from Health Department Board
By Emma Rausch
Dr. Jeffrey Pyle resigned from the Wabash County Health Department Board on Tuesday, Jan. 26.
After serving on the Board for 17 years, Pyle wrote that “I can no longer associate myself with the Wabash County government” in his resignation letter to the Wabash County Commissioners.
Commissioner chairman Barry Eppley told The Paper of Wabash County that Pyle’s resignation was not a surprise.
“I thank Dr. Pyle for his years of service to the Health Board and wish him well in future endeavors,” Eppley said.
Posted on 2016 Feb 02
Bill would impact local family farm
By Shaun Tilghman
A measure prohibiting farms from selling food directly to restaurants was expected to be considered on Monday in the Indiana House of Representatives.
The measure would impact the work of the J.J. Hawkins Family Farm in North Manchester, according to Jeff and Zach Hawkins.
The two were in Indianapolis the last several weeks, testifying before the House Committee on agriculture and Rural Development. The committee passed House Bill 1267 last week and it was scheduled for a second reading before the full House on Monday.
In addition, they spoke before the Wabash County Council on Jan. 25, prior to the Council taking a stand on behalf of the local business.  Wabash County Commissioners passed a similar measure earlier in the day.
Posted on 2016 Feb 02
Ribbon cutting marks Livelihood Computers grand opening
Adam Lively (center) cuts the red ribbon marking the grand opening for Livelihood Computers. Lively was joined by his fiancée Jennifer Hipsher (second from left), Mayor Scott Long (third from right) and Chamber representatives. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Livelihood Computers celebrated its grand opening in Wabash on Wednesday, Jan. 27, with a ceremonious ribbon cutting with representatives of the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce.
Storeowner Adam Lively, a North Manchester resident and Ivy Tech Wabash Campus graduate, started the computer-maintenance store on Jan. 4.
He decided to open the store last year after getting engaged to his girlfriend, Jennifer Hipsher, and saw a need for his expertise in Wabash.
Posted on 2016 Feb 02
Statehouse hosts statewide Chamber Day

By The Paper staff

On Feb. 9, the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce and more than a dozen other chambers from around Indiana will convene at the Statehouse for the 2016 Statewide Chamber Day, coordinated by the Indiana Chamber Executives Association (ICEA).

County officials and small business owners will have the opportunity to watch the Indiana General Assembly, take a tour of the Statehouse, take a first hand look at the legislative process and have lunch with other chamber advocacy teams from throughout Indiana.

Posted on 2016 Jan 26
Suspect: Stabbing was ‘accidental’
Waylon Sadler
By Emma Rausch
The lead suspect in the Marion homicide investigation claims the stabbing was “accidental,” according to the oral probable causing hearing conducted on Friday, Jan. 15, at the Grant County Circuit Court.
Waylon Sadler, 30, Wabash, was formally charged with murder that afternoon following an investigation into the death of James L. Zook, 55, Marion. Zook was pronounced dead at 7:05 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 12, as a result of a punctured jugular vein and fractured trachea, according to the Grant County Coroner’s report.
At the time, Sadler and Zook resided together at a residence on West 9th Street with Zook’s daughter and Sadler’s girlfriend, Shannon Collins.
Posted on 2016 Jan 26
Region launches Road to One Million
A celebratory cake is lit during the Road to One Million kick-off on Thursday, Jan. 21, at the Grand Wayne Convention Center. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
FORT WAYNE – Wabash County community leaders joined officials from 10 other Northeast Indiana counties at the Road to One Million kick-off celebration at the Grand Wayne Convention Center on Thursday, Jan. 21.
The event commemorated Gov. Mike Pence named Northeast Indiana as one of three recipients of the Regional Cities Initiative program in December.
The three regions, which also include Southwest and North Central Indiana, received $126 million or $42 million each to support regional development plans.

Northeast Indiana was told that it would never win, according to John Sampson, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

“In all honesty, it’s very humbling,” Sampson told The Paper of Wabash County. “A lot of people told us we would never win. To see what it took for the region to come together and produce this, I was blessed to be in a position of leadership.


Posted on 2016 Jan 26
Hobbs, Tandy join City Schools board
By Joseph Slacian
Liz Hobbs and Jordan Tandy are the two newest members to the Wabash City School Board.
The two were recommended by Superintendent Jason Callahan and approved by the remaining three board members during a meeting on Thursday, Jan. 21.
The pair will replace Matt Bruss and Bill Konhya, respectively, after the board approved both of their resignations moments before. Bruss and Konhya were forced to resign after it was learned their appointments by the Wabash City Council were prohibited under the Dual Office Holders Guide as prepared by the Indiana Attorney General. 
Posted on 2016 Jan 26
Two face drug-related charges
By The Paper staff
Two Wabash residents were arrested by Wabash Police late Saturday night, Jan. 23, on drug-related charges.
According to WPD’s Public Information Officer Sgt. Matt Benson, uniform officers went to a home in the 400 block of West Maple Street to serve a Clinton County warrant on Kristina N. Fields, 26, Wabash.
On Jan. 23, at approximately 11:56 p.m. uniform officers from third shift went to a residence in the 400 block of West Maple Street to serve a warrant. Officers located Fields in the residence. 
Posted on 2016 Jan 26

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