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MSD board honors outgoing members

John Gouveia and Troy Baer (from left) read plaques they were presented at the MSD of Wabash County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 13. Gouveia and Baer left the board after their terms expired this year. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

MSD of Wabash County Board of Education members John Gouveia and Troy Baer bid their goodbyes Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the group’s final meeting of the year.

After serving eight years on the board, both Gouveia and Baer’s terms expired this year.

Posted on 2016 Dec 27
Riverfront development reaches fundraising goal

The plans to develop along the Wabash River will continue forward after the Wabash Marketplace Inc. designs committee reached its $50,000 fund raising goal by Dec. 31. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

Plans for a development along the Wabash River, just west of the Wabash Street bridge, has raised its needed funding to receive a state matching grant.

The Wabash Marketplace Inc. design committee needed to raise $50,000 by Dec. 31 to qualify for a $50,000 matching grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Agency’s “CreatINg Places.”

Posted on 2016 Dec 27
Accident injures Urbana man

Wabash City firemen responded to an overturned vehicle on Wednesday, Dec. 21, in which two Urbana residents were entrapped following a single-vehicle accident. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

An Urbana man was injured Wednesday, Dec. 21, following a single-vehicle accident on U.S. 24.

According to a Wabash County Sheriff’s Department report:

At around 1:30 p.m., a 2005 Jeep Liberty driven by Andrea M. Lee, 48, Urbana, was westbound on U.S. 24 in the passing lane when she went to pass another vehicle by merging into the driving lane.

Posted on 2016 Dec 27
King named Lilly Scholar
Cheyenne King bursts into tears when she learns she is the 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar in Wabash County. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
When Wabash High School’s Cheyenne King was in fifth grade, her teacher, Karen Vanderpool, encouraged her to apply for the Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship when she was a high school senior.
 
Vanderpool told her that she stood a good chance at winning it. Seven years later, that prediction came true. 
 
On Wednesday, Dec. 14, Cheyenne King was notified she was Wabash County’s 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship winner.
 
She received the news from Julie Garber, Community Foundation of Wabash County program director, who gathered with Cheyenne’s family in the Wabash High School conference room. She was lured to the conference room by WHS counselor Terry Nicely under the auspices of talking to her about her grades.
Posted on 2016 Dec 20
Talks about new jail continue
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County Jail Committee explored design and funding options on Thursday, Dec. 15, concerning the possibility of constructing a new county jail in the future.
 
The committee, which consisted of Commissioner Barry Eppley, Sheriff Robert Land and County Council members William Ruppel, Jeff Dawes and Kyle Bowman, received updates on the building programming, preliminary design and financing possibilities from DLZ Principal Architect Eric Ratts and Umbaugh Executive Partner Todd Samuelson.
 
“The thing that we’re looking at is the six-side concrete box,” Ratts said. “Just throwing (inmates) in there and expecting change to happen, it doesn’t happen. So what we’re doing in new facilities is really addressing mental health and addiction issues (through design concepts).”
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 20
Youth is new captain

“Capt.” Brenton Yarger (right) poses with Wabash Police Officer Larry Long. Long is a longtime mentor of Brenton’s. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash Police Department has a new captain.

Northfield Jr.-Sr. High School student Brenton Yarger received his honorary captain bars from Mayor Scott Long and Wabash Police Assistant Chief Bob Pilgrim during a brief ceremony prior to the start of the Shop With a Cop program on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Brenton raised more than $9,500 for the Shop With a Cop program by standing outside of Walmart several weekends in October and November, dressed in his police uniform. He also recycled aluminum cans and other metals, and received donations from friends and family members.

Brenton, during the ceremony, was rather subdued and, by his own admission, surprised by the gift.

Posted on 2016 Dec 20
Salb honored for 32-year service to Wabash Park Board
Todd Titus (left), former Wabash Park Superintendent, shows off a plaque that will be placed by a tree planted in his honor. He is joined by Wabash Park Board member Jon Baker. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
A longtime Wabash Park Board member was honored Wednesday night, Dec. 14, during his last meeting with the board.
 
John Salb is leaving the board Dec. 31 after 32 years of service.
 
Park Superintendent Adam Hall present Salb with a plaque which will be bolted to a bolder at the Paradise Spring Historic Park.
 
Salb said he enjoyed his time on the board, and said he was fortunate to work with many good and caring board members, mayors and City Council members.
Posted on 2016 Dec 20
Search for new Wabash Chamber executive director ‘put on hold’; Agness named interim project manager
Shelley Agness (center) poses for a photo with Wabash Chamber of Commerce Board members (from left) Rich King, Chair Paul McCann, Missy Lundmark and Douglas Mays. Agness took over the role of the Chamber’s interim project manager in August. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The search for a new Wabash County Chamber of Commerce executive director has been put on hold and a new interim project manager is overseeing the organization’s duties in the meanwhile, according to Paul McCann, Chamber Board chair.
 
“That decision was put on hold,” McCann told The Paper of Wabash County. “We were not going to replace an executive direction position at this time. We have not been advertising for that at all.”
Posted on 2016 Dec 20

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