McCallen to seek re-election; Several candidates file in opening days
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash Circuit Court Judge Robert R. McCallen III made a courtesy filing Monday morning, Jan. 11, in the Wabash County Clerk’s office.
McCallen, in an email to The Paper of Wabash County on Sunday, announced his intention to seek re-election on the Republican ticket.  In announcing his bid for re-election, he noted his desire to build upon his accomplishments.
“Wabash County continues to be asked to do more with less,” he said in the email. “I am proud of the hard work of the Circuit and Superior Courts, Probation, Community Corrections and the Prosecutor’s office.  We are proactive in addressing the needs of our community.”  
Posted on 2016 Jan 12
Wabash baby is first born at Parkview Huntington in 2016
Lucas Allen Caley was born Jan. 1 at 7:10 a.m. and was the first newborn of the New Year at Parkview Huntington Hospital. Caley is the second child of Haley and Josh Caley of North Manchester. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
Lucas Allen Caley was born at 7:10 a.m. on Jan. 1, becoming the first baby of the New Year at Parkview Huntington Hospital.
Hayley and Josh Caley of North Manchester delivered their son at Parkview Huntington Hospital after Mrs. Caley began to have “very strong” contractions at 12:30 a.m. on New Year’s Day, she told The Paper of Wabash County in an email.
“We were schedule to be induced at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne (at) 6 a.m.,” she wrote. “So we knew he would be born on the first but didn’t know he would be the first one for Huntington’s hospital.”
Posted on 2016 Jan 12
Board deals with two downtown buildings
By Joseph Slacian
The owner of two downtown buildings is taking steps to refurbish the sites.
But before Julie Locke could make any more progress on the two buildings, she first needed some input from the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety.
Locke, a Paso Robles, Calif., resident, and her attorney, Justin Wall, asked the board to have Building Commissioner John Stephens inspect her property at 231-233 S. Wabash St. It also asked the board for a 120-day extension to complete repairs to 5 W. Canal St. which former owner Jack Francis was ordered to complete before selling the two building to Locke.
Posted on 2016 Jan 12
Firefighter to receive back pay, damages
By Joseph Slacian
A Wabash firefighter will receive more than $18,000 in back pay, damages and attorney fees following a punishment last year that has since been voided.
Firefighter Jacob Hierholzer agreed to work for six weeks without pay as punishment for failing to call in sick. The punishment was suggested by then-Fire Chief Bob Mullett and approved by the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety on May 20, 2015.
However at the first Board of Works meeting under new Mayor Scott Long’s administration, City Attorney Randi Zimmerman-Irgang recommended the city reach a settlement with Hierholzer.
Posted on 2016 Jan 12
‘Don’t quit working’: Wabash woman celebrates 105 years
Lucille Drook (front row, left) poses for a photo at her 105th birthday party on Dec. 30, 2015, with her son Leonard (front row, right), granddaughter Amy Miller (back row, from left) and great-grandchildren A.J. Bell and Kortnee Bell. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
A Wabash woman turned 105-years-old on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, at her Miller’s Merry Manor East residence.
Mary Lucille Drook, commonly known as Lucille, celebrated her 105th birthday Wednesday afternoon with friends and family, including her son Leonard Drook.
Drook admitted he couldn’t believe his mother turned 105 in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County.
“But she’s ornery enough she ought to,” he said, adding that he’s glad she’s still in his family’s lives.
Posted on 2016 Jan 12
NM Council members take oaths
By Shaun Tilghman
NORTH MANCHETER -- All five North Manchester Town Council members, as well as the Town Clerk-Treasurer, were sworn in during the council’s first meeting of the year, held last Wednesday at the North Manchester Public Safety Building.
Wabash Circuit Court Judge Robert McCallen III first led Clerk-Treasurer Carrie Mugford through her oath of office, then swore in the respective members of the council, which included three incumbents – Laura Rager, Jim Smith, and Tom Dale – and two new members – Chalmer “Toby” Tobias and Allen Miracle.
Tobias defeated incumbent candidate Diane Haupert in the District 5 Republican race last May and has been attending council meetings since then in preparation for his first official meeting. Miracle was attending his first meeting just one day after Wabash County Democratic Party Chair Bryan McCallen announced his appointment to fill the vacant District 4 seat held by the late Chris Garber.
Posted on 2016 Jan 12
County Council re-elects Ridenour, Rupple
By Emma Rausch
The Wabash County Council re-elected Councilmen Mike Ridenour and William Ruppel to serve as chairman and vice chairman, respectively.
This will be the fourth year Ridenour has held the position, serving as chairman before in 2009, 2010 and 2015. He served as vice chair in 2008 and 2014.
He told The Paper of Wabash County in an email that it feels good that the other six councilmen chose him to serve the position again.
Posted on 2016 Jan 12
Local woman searches for birth parents
Sally Gamsby poses for a photo as a child. Gamsby, now 67, hopes that the photo may help her birth parents or biological sister identify her as she continues the search for her family. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
NORTH MANCHESTER – Wabash County resident Sally Gamsby, 67, is searching for any information regarding the whereabouts of her birth parents and sister.
Born in the Wabash County Hospital in 1948, Gamsby told The Paper of Wabash County that one of the only leads she has is she was born to a Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hall. She said she believes her mother’s name might be Rachel, but she is not sure.
Posted on 2016 Jan 12

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