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City grants additional time to repair home
By Joseph Slacian
 
A Huntington man received an additional 90 days to continue repairs on a home at 1344 Middle St.
 
The man, John G. Davis, appeared before the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety on Thursday, April 7, to provide a status report on the home.
 
In March, the home was the subject of an unsafe building hearing.
 
Posted on 2016 Apr 19
Deputy joins Sheriff’s Department
By Amanda Bridgman
 
Deputy Mat Galligan began his duties on Sunday, April 10, with the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department.
 
Sheriff Bob Land reported to Wabash County Commissioners on Monday morning, April 11, that Galligan, a former North Manchester police officer, has joined the department. He replaces Deputy Dustin Hurst who resigned to become a worship leader at the LaFontaine Christian Church.
 
Galligan’s resignation from the North Manchester department is expected to be discussed when the North Manchester Town Council meets on April 13.
 
Posted on 2016 Apr 19
Dyson appears again before Commissioners
By Amanda Bridgman
 
Wabash County Commissioners heard from local resident Douglas Alan Dyson at its Monday morning meeting, April 18.
 
Dyson asked Commissioners last Monday to sign a document that stated the commissioners are not a common law court nor are they common law judges. At that meeting, County Attorney Steve Downs advised commissioners not to sign anything for Dyson. 
 
Downs said the meeting’s official minutes will reflect Dyson’s request by commissioners stating that they are not a common law court nor common law judges, and that Dyson could then retrieve a copy of the minutes for what his purpose may be.
 
Posted on 2016 Apr 19
LaFontaine man charged with burglary
By Emma Rausch
 
LAFONTAINE – A LaFontaine man was arrested on felony burglary charges following a three-month Wabash County Sheriff’s Department burglary and theft investigation.
 
Matthew D. Auler, 28, was booked into the Wabash County Jail on Friday, April 8, on charges of felony burglary, felony conspiracy and misdemeanor theft of great than $750 and less than $50,000 of a Branson Street residence.
 
Officers responded to the residence on Jan. 24 after receiving a report of burglary, according to the probable cause affidavit. Deputy Matt Cox spoke to the sole occupant of the residence, the documents continued.
 
Posted on 2016 Apr 19
Wabash City Schools continues operating tax referendum discussion
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash City Schools’ operating tax is on May ballot and it is up to the community to decide if it’s implemented or not.
 
Superintendent Jason Callahan emphasized that point at the second tax referendum meeting on Tuesday, April 12, asking WCS district residents to vote “yes.”
 
“This is a community decision,” Callahan said. “All I did, all the school board did was put it to the voter. We put it on the ballot, so it is a community decision."
 
Posted on 2016 Apr 19
Early voting begins
By Joseph Slacian
 
After one week of early voting, 69 people have cast ballots in the Wabash County Clerk’s office for the May 3 Primary Election.
 
For the same time period in the 2012 election, 25 people had cast early ballots.
 
Wabash County Clerk Elaine Martin said she doesn’t know why the increase this year.
 
Posted on 2016 Apr 12
Mayor looks back on the first 100 days
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash Mayor Scott Long marked the first 100 days of his administration on Saturday, April 9.
 
The Paper of Wabash County and Wabash WebTV sat down with Long on Thursday, April 7, and talked about a variety of issues related to the city. The complete interview, about 30 minutes in length, is available on Wabash WebTV.
 
“Things are busy, extremely busy,” Long said of the first 100 days. “We hit the ground running and we haven’t stopped.”
 
Posted on 2016 Apr 12
Local police officers jump to help a friend
Brenton Yarger shows off some of the collectables in his bedroom. His trampoline was recently destroyed in high winds and his friends in law enforcement took a collection to purchase him a new one. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
For the last five years, 13-year-old Brenton Yarger has raised funds to help the local Shop With a Cop program.
 
Over that time, Brenton, a seventh-grade student at Northfield Jr.-Sr. High School, has raised nearly $19,000 -- $18,568 to be exact -- to help local police officers take underprivileged children from around Wabash County shopping at Christmas.
 
On April 2, Brenton found himself in need. High winds and snow that blew through the area throughout the day lifted his much-loved trampoline off the ground, smashing it into nearby trees.
 
“My grandpa and I forgot to tie it down,” Brenton said, sitting on an ottoman in the living room of his grandparents’ home in rural Urbana. “It just blew away on the hill.”
 
Posted on 2016 Apr 12

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