County Council passes resolution to fund local health department despite state complaints

By Emma Rausch

On Feb. 23, the Wabash County Council approved a resolution to transfer appropriated funds from the County Health Maintenance Fund to the County Health Fund despite complaints received from the Wabash Health Department.

In a 6-1 vote, the council passed a resolution authorizing the transfer of $104,821.43 from the Health Maintenance Fund to the County Health Fund to assist with the Health Department’s costs. Council member Randy Curless cast the lone no vote.

The controversy with the transfer arose when Dr. Jeffrey Pyle explained to the council that, while the funds are needed and appreciated, there is a series of steps required by the Indiana State Department of Health to make the transfer.

“My concern is what I’m told directly by the people of the state,” Pyle told the board. “I talked to Kathryn Nicely, who is the (State Department of Health) grant administrator. … What she is saying is you can move monies, but there’s more to it.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 10
East St. fire still under investigation


Flames shoot from a home at 824 East St. while Wabash firefighters unload hoses at the scene. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

The cause of a house fire on Wednesday, March 4, is still under investigation, Wabash Fire Chief Bob Mullett told The Paper of Wabash County of Friday.

The fire, at 824 East St., was reported at 10:36 a.m. Flames were coming from the front portion of the structure when firefighters arrived on the scene. It took about 30 minutes for the fire to be brought under control.

Posted on 2015 Mar 10
Groups dedicate new sign

Abby Hoy, a member of the Public Art Sub Committee of Wabash Marketplace Inc., cuts the ribbon at one of the new gateway signs leading into the city during a dedication ceremony on Wednesday, March 4. Joining her at the dedication ceremony are members of the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Wabash, Wabash Marketplace and Visit Wabash County. All the groups collaborated to place the signs, one at the northern entrance to the city and the other at the southern entrance. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

A new gateway sign along Manchester Avenue on the north side of the City of Wabash was dedicated during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Wednesday, March 4.

The new signs grace the north and south entrance into the City of Wabash.  Due to a collaborative effort between the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce, the City of Wabash, Wabash Marketplace and Visit Wabash County, two gateway signs were installed to complement the “Explore Wabash” brand created by the Public Art Sub-Committee for Wabash Marketplace (WMI). 

“The second phase of the Creative Placemaking Plan includes addressing current promotional infrastructure that needs updated to fit the brand-message of our community,” according to Andrea Zweibel chair of the public art sub-committee for WMI.

Posted on 2015 Mar 10
Manchester Meals-on-Wheels now accepting new clients

Meals on Wheels driver Kay Batdorf hands client Eileen Little her day’s worth of meals on Wednesday, March 4. After Little underwent several surgeries in 2012, she joined Meals on Wheels and said it’s a great service to the community. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

The Manchester Meals-on-Wheels is now accepting new clients, announced Debbie Chinworth, president of the board of directors.

“We’re in our eleventh year and we have the capability to expand our client list,” Chinworth said. “We serve the town of North Manchester and four miles out and we try to have as many as ten clients per driver.”

The non-for-profit organization works with Timbercrest Senior Living Community food services to provide clients with an individualized, nutritious meal. Meals are created to meet a client’s dietary needs and are planned in collaboration with an individual’s doctor and the dietary staff at Timbercrest.

Clients can range from homebound to citizens who are able to get out of their home, “but still are not safe to cook or just can’t seem to get their meals together,” Chinworth said.

Posted on 2015 Mar 10
Board continues firefighter’s light duty status

By Joseph Slacian

A Wabash firefighter-paramedic had his light duty status continued for two weeks by the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety.

The firefighter, Travis Keating, was injured in December. In January, the board granted light duty status for him, and that status expired at the board’s first meeting in March, which was Wednesday, March 4.

Fire Chief Bob Mullett asked the board to consider extending the status for two weeks, until its March 18 meeting.

Posted on 2015 Mar 10
Wabash County Historical Museum engages community in open house

Blake Henderson explores a miniature train play set at the Wabash County Historical Museum open house on March 6. The museum’s executive direct board president Mitch Figert said that the new exhibit breaks the traditional museum mold, providing space for children to pretend play, laugh, and squeal in enjoyment. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

On Friday March 6, the Wabash County Historical Museum opened its doors to the Wabash community to invite children and parents alike to experience the museum’s new kids-play exhibits.

Mitch Figert, the museum’s executive director board president, said that it was great to see the community support the museum’s open house and development.

“It’s been fun to see (the new exhibit) come together and this is really kind of the finale for us, to see everyone come and enjoy the space,” Figert said. “With First Friday and everything going on, the show at Honeywell tonight, we didn’t know (how many people would come) and it really is great to see everyone come out and I think it speaks volumes to the support we have from the community.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 10
Indianapolis Opera tours Wabash County for Senior Outreach Program

The Indianapolis Opera Ensemble toured Wabash senior centers last week to spread awareness and the enjoyment of opera. The ensemble included vocalists (from left) Daniel López, Lyndsay Moy, Briana Sosenheimer, and Jacob Pence. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Last week, the Indianapolis Opera Ensemble visited several Wabash senior facilities as part of the Honeywell Foundation’s Senior Outreach Program.

According to a Honeywell Foundation press release, the purpose of the outreach program is to provide fun and entertaining art-related opportunities for older, active adults, reaching senior living facilities in a five-county region including Wabash, Miami, Huntington, Grant and Fulton.

The ensemble included vocalists Briana Sosenheimer, Lyndsay Moy, Daniel Lopez, Jacob Pence, and accompanist Greg Gibson on piano.

Posted on 2015 Mar 10
Faith-based childcare providers gather at conference

Deb Hughes, director of Kiddie Prep at the Grace Point Church of the Nazarene in Fort Wayne, welcomes attendees to the Indiana Association of Child Care Resources and Referral conference on Friday morning, March 6. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Faith-based child care providers from around Indiana gathered Friday and Saturday, March 6-7, for “Caring in Faith – A Child Care Ministry Conference” at the Honeywell Center.

“We have child ministry directors coming (Friday),” according to Traci Marshall, Early Childhood Education Specialist with the Indiana Association for Child Care Resource and Referral (IACCRR). “We have about 100 of them. Then (Saturday) they’ll be their staff and teachers, and we have about 200 of them attending.”

Participants chose from a variety of different breakout seminars to attend throughout the two days, she said.

Posted on 2015 Mar 10

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