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
Rose appointed to Democrat ballot
By Joseph Slacian
The Wabash County Democrat Party has appointed Donald Rose to run as an at-large candidate for the Wabash County Council in the Nov. 8 General Election.
He is replacing David Monroe who filed for the office, but withdrew prior to the May 3 Primary Election. Monroe's name still appeared on the ballot because he withdrew after the ballots had been printed.
“I’ve lived here since I’ve been about 15,” Rose told The Paper of Wabash County in a telephone interview. “The last three years I’ve been very active in Howard County. I am a UAW member and I work for Chrysler.”
He said he’s been with the political action branch of the union.
Posted on 2016 Jun 28
4th of July brings various activities
By The Paper staff
With the Independence Day weekend at hand, the Town of North Manchester and the City of Wabash are planning special events for the holiday.
The Salamonie and Mississinewa Reservoirs will also be partaking in holiday celebrations with a variety of programs for the whole family to enjoy.
Manchester University will host its annual celebration on Sunday, July 3.
Posted on 2016 Jun 28
State, international visitors tour local farms
Nathan Fingerle discusses his farming operation with representatives of the Indiana Horticultural Society. Photos by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Visitors from around the world converged in Wabash County on Wednesday, June 22, for the annual Indiana Horticultural Society’s summer meeting.
The gathering began at Doud’s Countyline Orchard where the group spent most of the morning learning about David and Valerie Doud’s orchard, which has been in operation for about 30 years.
Following a lunch at the orchard, the group spent time at the Cordes Berry Farm, the Metzger Farm, RiverRidge Farm before ending at the Hawkins Family Farm.
Most of the nearly 50 visitors were from around Indiana. However, a contingent of international students from Purdue University brought people in from Iran, Turkey, China, Egypt, Ecuador and India to learn about the various planting practices the featured farms use at their respective site.
Posted on 2016 Jun 28

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