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2015 hit-and-run perpetrator sentenced to 3 years
By Emma Rausch
 
Exactly one year after the incident, a Marion man has been convicted 3in connection to the 2015 hit-and-run that ended Michael D. Leazenby’s life.
 
Tim Shoemake, 34, was sentenced Monday, June 27, to three years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with six months suspended with probation. Shoemake’s license was also suspended for two and a half years.
 
In 2015, Shoemake was involved in a June 27 hit-and-run accident that resulted in the death of Leazenby, a local Wabash man.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 05
Wabash man faces drug charges following overdose investigation
Dustin Schipper
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A Wabash man is facing drug-related charges following a Wabash Police Department investigation for two drug overdoses in mid-June.
 
Dustin Schipper, 28, was arrested Thursday, June 30, following an investigation of a June 16 incident.
 
At approximately 9:25 p.m. on June 16, WPD officers were dispatched to an East Main Street residence in reference to report that two people had overdosed, according to the probable cause affidavit.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 05
The Access grant helps make local homes safer
The Access Youth Center volunteers, Donna Hobbs, Irene Whiteman, and Marilyn Montgomery fill the safety bags. Photo provided
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
More than 35 area homes are safer today, thanks to a grant received by The Access Youth Center.
 
The Access recently received a $5,000 grant from the Region 6 Local Prevention Grant through SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect), Executive Director Liz Hobbs told The Paper of Wabash County.
 
The money was used to create 40 safety bags, which were then donated to families around the area, according to Laura Helm, director of the Access Learning Academy.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 05
Deluxe Corporation begins Wabash beautification projects
A new garden patio is under construction in the lot that once housed the Mammoth building at the corner of Canal and South Wabash streets. The patio will be open to the public and include seating, garden boxes, umbrellas for shade and a trash can. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Construction is underway at the corner of Wabash and Canal streets where a new garden patio will replace an empty gravel lot, the first of several Deluxe Corporation beautification projects to come this summer.
 
Renovations on the lot, which once housed the Mammoth building, began Tuesday, June 28, but the project has been in development for quite some time, according to Shelby McLaughlin, Wabash Marketplace Inc. project manager.
 
“I’m really excited about Mammoth lot,” McLaughlin told The Paper of Wabash County in a phone interview. “That is something I know (the) Public Art (Committee) has been trying to work on for a while to get the funding to do something cool there and Deluxe graciously decided to pick that project up.”
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 05
Wabash Municipal Airport looking to expand
By Joseph Slacian
 
Officials at the Wabash Municipal Airport are looking to lengthen one of its runways in the next several years.
 
The lengthening is needed, Jeff Traver, owner of Northern Indiana Aviation told the Wabash City Council on Monday, June 27, to allow the airport better handle jets. Northern Indiana Aviation manages the airport for the City of Wabash.
 
“The biggest thing we’re faced with right now at the Wabash airport is the length of our east-west runway,” Traver told Council. “It’s 4,400 feet. There’s a magic number of 5,000.”
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 05
City Council gets early look at Wabash City Schools budget
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash City School’s General Fund budget will continue to drop in 2017, WCS Business Manager Matt Stone told the Wabash City Council on Monday, June 27.
 
“Two years ago, our General Fund budget was adopted at $10.9 million,” he told the Council. “This year I’ll probably bring you a budget of about $9.6 (million). So, we’ve lost $1.3 million from our General Fund in two years.
 
“But we have the same amount of students. Our student population has not gone anywhere.”
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 05
Wellbrooke car show dunks mayor for good cause
Mayor Scott Long (left) talks with car owner Lawrence Denney about his vehicle at Wellbrooke of Wabash’s annual charity Dunk and Car Show. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Wellbrooke of Wabash put Mayor Scott Long in the dunk tank Saturday, June 18, as one of the main attractions at the Wabash Dunk and Car Show.
 
This year, the event raised funds for the City of Wabash all-inclusive park project, which will create a playground that will allow children of all ability levels to play side-by-side.
 
“Wellbrooke does this car show annually and they pick a charity to give the money to,” Long told The Paper of Wabash County. “I’m on the Wellbrooke advisory board and … I was at one of the meetings talking to Maia Brainard (Wellbrooke marketing director) and I said, ‘You know we’re trying to raise money for the all-inclusive playground,’ and then she came up with the idea of all the proceeds from this (event) going to that.”
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 05
Local hog farm expands facility
By Emma Rausch
 
NORTH MANCHESTER - River Bend Farms celebrated the completion of its new wean-to-finish barn with a ceremonious ribbon cutting on Friday, July 1.
 
Owner Mark York with his wife, Chris, commemorated the opening of Barn II by allowing members of the public inside to tour the facility before the swine were moved in on Tuesday, July 5.
 
“We wanted to open our doors so that people can see what we actually are doing in these facilities,” York told The Paper of Wabash County. “It’s transparent to show the actual gating that’s in the barn, the actual ventilation that’s in the barn, the feed system or quality of feed that the pigs are going to be eating, how clean the pigs are actually going to be over the slats.
 
"We’re essentially making an investment in the pigs as they come in.”
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 05

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