by Emily Armentrout
Locally owned and operated, SonRise Communications LLC is a fairly new internet service provider out of rural Wabash, catering to surrounding rural areas, from Bippus to Disko, and heading to LaFontaine by the end of the month.
SonRise Communications is a wireless IP Internet provider that uses radio frequencies from their multiple facilities to transmit Internet to people who cannot get service otherwise. SonRise Communications Internet service allows their customers in rural areas to do more advanced things on the Internet beyond just checking your email. You can watch Netflix and Hulu. “Gamers really love our service. That is something I have heard a lot,” said owner Doug Brown.
Their client list is currently at just over 200 customers but it is growing. They have the capacity to have 2,000 customers and Brown says once they reach that number they will decide whether to expand or not. “Once you go beyond that number, I feel like we could lose some of that personal touch. We’ll have to make a decision when we get to that point I guess,” added Brown
by Emily Armentrout
After moving his dental practice into its current location in the Shopper’s Mart two and a half year ago, Dr. John Conner, DDS, has found the new location for his practice at 556 N. Cass Street, an empty lot next to Peeble’s.
Dr. Conner had purchased Dr. Fuller’s dental practice across from Wabash High School with the plan to rebuild on that property. However, he was constricted when it came to space. Edward Jones took over that building at the beginning of the year after Conner purchased the lot on Cass Street.
“The new location became available and it has better visibility and traffic. Overall, space was the issue and we will no longer be limited when it comes to space or parking,” said Dr. Conner.
INDIANAPOLIS—The Indiana Democratic Party today announced that Chad Harris, Wabash, has been selected for the 2013 Emerging Leaders Project class, a group of 40 up-and-coming Hoosier Democrats under the age of 40 who will work together over the next year to grow their political leadership skills and ensure the long-term success of the party.
Harris, a native of Wabash, is the current President of the Wabash County Democratic Club, A vice—Precinct Committeeman for Noble 6, 2012 State Delegate to the Indiana Democrat convention in Fort Wayne, Wabash County coordinator for the John Gregg for governor Campaign, Harris has also served on the campaigns of Joe Donnelly, and Jill Long Thompson, and Many local campaigns.
A brief ceremony held in downtown Wabash at 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 16, will dedicate a new mural at the northeast corner of Wabash and Canal Streets. The mural is part of a long-term plan to create a number of public art works here. The project includes new bike racks, benches and trash receptacles, which have already been installed in the downtown area.
The mural, the theme of which was inspired by elements of Wabash history, features a scene from a vintage postcard showing downtown Wabash Street from just south of its intersection with Canal Street. Eric Schoening, Vertical Communications, drafted the design of the mural, which was then created by artist Rick Fischer of Deco Illusions LLC, Roanoke.
The Good Deeds Grant program of the Community Foundation of Wabash County distributes 50,000-75,000 dollars annually in small grants to nonprofits in Wabash County for charitable work. This fall, new grant guidelines will bring greater focus to the formerly broad program. While the Foundation’s grant program is open to all organizations doing charitable work in the county and will continue to be, the CFWC is focusing on the effectiveness of grants.
The Community Foundation will consider an application effective if it proposes to meet the basic needs of people in Wabash County and provide enrichment experiences for those with limited resources and opportunities. The Foundation will give preference to programs, projects, and organizations that address economic development, education, the arts, health, civic activity, as well as recreation as long as the grant provides opportunities for people with limited resources.
Kristi Lundquist, Wabash County Chamber of Commerce Board Chair, announces Agro Chem, Inc. as the 2013 Business of the Year. “The level of dedication that Agro Chem has invested in this community is evident through their commitment to quality products and services,” stated Lundquist. “Celebrating their success and community impact is part of the Chamber’s mission.”
Gary Cooper founded Agro Chem, Inc. in 1975. Gary’s first employee was his lifelong friend, Ernie Peas. The business operated outside of Wabash on the Cooper’s home farm located on SR 124. As the business continued to grow there was opportunity for Ernie’s three sons, Brian, Brad and Mark, to join the business following their graduations from Purdue University.
In 1994, Ernie purchased Gary’s shares of the business and a year later opened a second Agro Chem location in Wilmington, Ohio, to meet the need of a growing customer base outside of Indiana. In 2003, Agro Chem, Inc. had expanded beyond the capacity of their original location and moved the business to a vacant retail facility located closer to town on SR 15. Ernie retired from Agro Chem in 2009; however Brian, Brad and Mark Peas continue to manage the daily operations of Agro Chem, Inc. in Wabash and Wilmington.
Wabash County roads, bridges and highways will benefit from a $1,573,158 funding increase over the next two years, said State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City).
During the 2013 legislative session, the General Assembly passed the 2014-2015 state budget, which increased transportation funding by $210 million per year. This includes $100 million for local units each year.
Officials at Dallas L. Winchester Senior Center recently announced that the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) awarded $15,505 in Neighborhood Assistance Program (NAP) tax credits to the Center, one of 217 Indiana nonprofit organizations selected in the State for participation in the program.
NAP Tax Credits may be awarded to individuals or corporations who donate a minimum of $100 (cash, check, credit card or stock). Donors receive half the amount of the gift as a credit on their Indiana Department of Revenue taxes. However, the entire amount of the gift is considered a charitable contribution. For example, a gift of $1000 to Dallas L. Winchester Senior Center results in a $500 tax credit against State of Indiana taxes. Therefore, a gift of $1000 with $500 NAP credits costs the taxpayer the same as a $500 gift without NAP credits. In essence, the taxpayer is giving the amount paid to the State of Indiana to Dallas L. Winchester Senior Center, when they receive NAP credits.