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School size ‘impacts student achievement,’ Indiana Chamber-Ball State study says
By Emma Rausch
 
A school corporation’s student body size has a direct impact on the learner’s achievement and more than half of Indiana schools --including Wabash County’s -- are “too small to produce effective outcomes,” according to research commissioned by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Foundation.
 
Conducted by Ball State University Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), the study, “School Corporation Size and Student Performance: Evidence from Indiana,” reported “poorer academic performance, on average,” for students attending corporations containing less than 2,000 students.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 12
NM area residents supporting Harvey survivors
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Despite being more than 1,000 miles away, the effects of Hurricane Harvey are being felt in North Manchester as several local individuals and organizations are reaching out to those in need.
 
According to various national news outlets, Harvey has claimed more than 60 lives as a result of the damaging amount of water it dropped on the southeast coast of Texas.
 
The storm made landfall on Aug. 25 as a Category 4 hurricane, bringing wind speeds of more than 130 miles per hour when it made landfall near Corpus Christi, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 12
County Council discusses ‘rearranging’ LIT credits
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash County homestead property owners may see an increase on their taxes this year.
 
The Wabash County Council may rearrange the Local Income Tax (LIT) credits upon advisement by Darren Bates, of DataPitStop.
 
At the council’s meeting Monday, Aug. 28, Bates reminded the council members that Wabash County has the second highest income taxes in the state, but it’s still “losing money,” or not bringing in as much as it could, because not all taxation options are being utilized. 
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 12
City orders 2 homes to be demolished
By Joseph Slacian
 
Two more homes have been ordered to be demolished by the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety.
 
The board, at its Thursday, Sept. 7 meeting, ordered a home owned by Jan Bailey, 20 W. Harrison, and Justin Brooks, 1326 Adams St., to be demolished.
 
The board, at its Aug. 3 meeting, gave Bailey 30 days to begin cleaning up her property so the home could be inspected by City Building Commissioner John Stephens.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 12
Wabash man convicted of murder

Waylon Sadler

By Emma Rausch

A Wabash man was convicted of murder Friday, Sept. 1, following a three-day jury trial.

Waylon Sadler, 31, was found guilty of murder, felony battery resulting in serious bodily, felony criminal confinement and felony intimidation.

In January 2016, Sadler was charged in connection to the homicide investigation of James L. Zook, 55, of Marion. Zook was pronounced dead at 7:05 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2016, as a result of a punctured jugular vein and fractured trachea, according to the Grant County Coroner’s report.

Posted on 2017 Sep 12
PBS program to feature Wabash
By Joseph Slacian
 
A Muncie-based PBS station plans to feature Wabash on an upcoming television series, and it needs help from local residents to do so.
 
“Now Entering Wabash” is the fourth installment of the PBS station’s series. Portland and Pendleton have already been featured, and Knightstown will be featured later this month.
 
Michelle Kinsey, WIPB’s Community Engagement Coordinator, and Sam Clemmons, the stations’ senior producer, were in town Thursday, Sept. 7, to discuss the station’s plans with about a dozen people at the Wabash County Historical Museum.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 12
Commissioners update bulk copy ordinance
By David Fenker
 
At its Monday, Sept. 11, stated meeting, the Wabash County Board of Commissioners passed its fourth ordinance of 2017.
 
Ordinance No. 2017-85-04, “An ordinance providing for the manner and form for providing bulk form copies to a bulk form user,” essentially increases the cost of purchasing copies of county documents from the recorder’s office by three cents.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 12
New event center opens in Wabash

A look at the interior of the RK Auction Center, 808 Manchester Ave. Photo by Mike Rees

By Joseph Slacian

A new facility to host wedding receptions, family reunions and everything in between has opened in Wabash.

The 99-seat event center is located in the RK Auction Center, 808 Manchester Ave.

“We can seat 99 very comfortably in here,” owner Robert Kisner said. “We’ve got rectangle tables and chairs for them, so you don’t have to worry about bringing that.

“You can bring your own food or you can have it catered.”

Posted on 2017 Sep 12

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