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Ground broken on Wabash Street expansion

Participating in the groundbreaking on Wabash Street were (from left) Wabash Street Superintendent Scott Richardson, State Sen. Andy Zay, Mayor Scott Long, Gregg Koppelmann of E&B Paving, and Brian Campbell of Randall Miller & Associates. Photos by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Work on the Wabash Street expansion project was scheduled to begin this week.

Ground was broken during a brief ceremony on Friday, July 7, near the Wabash Apostolic Church. Mayor Scott Long, State Sen. Andy Zay and representatives from E&B Paving and the city’s Street Department turned spades of dirt while standing under a tent during a steady rain.

Long said equipment was likely to be put into place on Monday, July 10, and work on the project was to begin in earnest by mid-week.

Posted on 2017 Jul 11
ISP officer pulls Roann man from submerged vehicle
Trooper Dustin Rutledge wades through high water to rescue a Roann man trapped in his vehicle Friday night, July 7. Photo provided
 
By The Paper staff
 
An Indiana State Police officer pulled a Roann man to safety after the county resident’s vehicle had submerged in rushing water on County Road 600 West Friday night, July 7.
 
According to an ISP press release:
 
At approximately 11:53 p.m., officers from the Indiana State Police, the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and firefighters from the Roann Volunteer Fire Department responded to the report of a submerged vehicle on C.R. 600 West near County Road 500 North.
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 11
4-H Fair activities to begin this week
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash County 4-H Fair will begin later this week, with a variety of activities planned through the weekend.
 
The fair begins in earnest on July 17-22 at the Wabash County 4-H Fairgrounds.
 
While the fair officially takes place next week, pre-fair activities began Tuesday, July 11, with the public fashion review at the Honeywell Center’s Legacy Hall. Activities begin at 7 p.m.
Posted on 2017 Jul 11
NMPD begins fundraising for K9

North Manchester Police Department Sgt. Nate Birch plays fetchwith his K9 partner, Strider, at their home in North Manchester. Photo by David Fenker

By David Fenker

North Manchester Police Department is looking to the community to help support and grow its K9 team.

NMPD’s K9 unit, Strider, lives with Sgt. Nate Birch, his wife Jennifer and their two dogs in their North Manchester home. While the department pays for Strider’s food and any veterinary expenses, the cost of entertaining, comforting and treating the dog falls on the Birches.

“Chief [Jim Kirk] came up with the idea to set up collection jars at local businesses. How long they’ll stay out, I don’t know. It was just an idea we tossed around, and a couple stores said they’ll do it,” Birch said.

Posted on 2017 Jul 11
Numbers up in City Schools summer food program
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash City Schools’ summer food service program is yielding higher student counts, but program director Melanie Honeycutt said she would still encourage more youth to join.
 
“We’ve had higher participation at some sites and lower at some,” Honeycutt told The Paper of Wabash County. “We did a figure at the end of June and we’re up about 100 (youth attending).
 
“We would still highly encourage getting out and taking advantage of the program.”
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 11
MSD Board approves student, athletic handbooks changes
By Emma Rausch
 
The MSD of Wabash County Board of Education approved changes to its student and athletic handbooks at its meeting Tuesday, June 27. However, the decision was not unanimous.
 
The changes passed after 3-1 with Board member Todd Dazey acting as the sole vote against. Board member Gary Fadil was absent.
 
Dazey told the board that his disapproval was based on discussion of the athletic handbook’s policy that arose at the board’s June 13 meeting.
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 11
Manchester U has new outdoor statue

A sculpture of a white oak leave was recently erected in front of Cordier Auditorium on the Manchester University campus. Photo by David Fenker

By David Fenker

Visitors to Manchester University’s campus may notice a new sculpture on the university’s mall.

Thanks to a gift from a donor, a 12-foot-tall polished bronze oak leaf installed on a new patio in front of the university’s Cordier Auditorium starting Tuesday, June 27.

“The sculpture is a white oak leaf, designed specifically for Manchester because the oldest tree on our campus is a white oak,” Thelma Rohrer, dean of the MU College of Arts and Humanities, said.

Posted on 2017 Jul 11
WHS Class of 72 donates memorial stone

Members of the Wabash High School Class of 1972 inspect the boulder after it was put in place Monday morning. Photos by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

A 50,000-pound granite boulder was delivered Monday morning, July 10, to the Wabash High School.

The boulder will soon be turned into a legacy gift from the WHS Class of 1972 to the Wabash City Schools.

WHS Assistant Principal Jeff Galley said class representatives contacted the school to see about making a donation.

At first, those involved discussed possibly planting a tree. However, school officials had always wanted to set up a type of memorial at the intersection of Alber Street and Harrison Avenue, just northwest of Alumni Field.

Posted on 2017 Jul 11

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