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INDOT to begin 2 Wabash County railroad crossing improvement projects
By Emma Rausch
 
Two Wabash County railroad crossings will be undergoing improvements, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation.
 
John Martin, Wabash County highway superintendent, informed the Wabash County Board of Commissioners of INDOT’s notification at the board’s meeting Tuesday, Sept. 5, according to the minutes.
 
The two crossings—one being the east-west rail line where it intersects Old U.S. 24 east of Lagro and the other being on County Road 750 East just south of Blue Star Highway—will both be completed within a 12-month period, according to Martin.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 12
Studies for Advancement public meetings scheduled; Officials to report results Sept. 20, 21
By The Paper staff
 
The public will soon learn the results of the Studies for Advancement, a feasibility-study initiative to assist Wabash County’s school corporations.
 
The Community Foundation of Wabash County announced Monday, Sept. 11, that the studies’ first phase completed and the summary report will soon be presented.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 11
USS Indiana crew meets local residents

Lt. Christopher Reilly, of the USS Indiana, shakes hands with local Herb Mullen following a “namesake visit” at Modoc’s Market Friday morning, Sept. 1. Reilly answered questions from locals like Mullen about the USS Indiana, a Virginia class fast attack nuclear submarine. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Wabash County residents learned more about the USS Indiana SSN 789 submarine by directly questioning its crewmen Friday morning, Sept. 1, at Modoc’s Market.

Nearly a dozen locals, including veterans from North Manchester, Wabash and Lagro, attended the meet and greet with Naval Officers Lt. Christopher Reilly, Torpedoman’s Mate Petty Officer Third Class Brandon Hernandez, Sonar Technician Petty Officer Third Class James Dickers and Electronics Technician Seaman Hassan Corley-Perry.

The event was one in a series to introduce Hoosiers to the crew of the USS Indiana and vice versa, according to Ray Shearer, chairman of the U.S.S. Indiana Commissioning Committee.

Posted on 2017 Sep 05
Annual Roann Covered Bridge Festival celebrates 100-plus years of festivals
By Emma Rausch
 
The annual Roann Covered Bridge Festival returns on Thursday, Sept. 7, and this year’s will be celebrating the rural Wabash County town’s accomplishment of hosting more than 100 festivals.
 
Festival Committee Co-Chair Donna Harman told The Paper of Wabash County that the town’s festivals have been documented back to 1913 and is a miraculous feat.
 
“I don’t think there are many other towns that can say that (they’ve had town festivals for 100 years),” Harman said, later adding, “I think that people care about their little small towns and want to keep it going.”
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 05
Dam to Dam ride is Sunday
By The Paper staff
 
Between 600 and 700 bicycle riders are expected to converge on Wabash County this weekend for the eighth annual Dam to Dam Century Bike Ride. The ride is on Sunday, Sept. 10.
 
Riders will depart the Wabash County YMCA between 7:30 and 9 a.m. and can ride 15, 30, 50, 62 or 100 miles.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 05
Parkview Wabash nurses strive for certification

Parkview Wabash Hospital nurses (from left) Rebecca Lines, Lori L. Miller, Emily Jones, Cathy Wolfe, Tara Engel, Laurie McCullers and Alison Pershing celebrate the Parkview Health’s recognition as a Magnet facility. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

More than 30 percent of the nurses at Parkview Wabash Hospital have received certification, and that number is expected to grow.

Certification is the formal process by which a certifying agency, such as American nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), validates a nurse’s knowledge, skills and abilities in a defined role and clinical area of practice, based on predetermined standards, according to Cathy Wolfe, Vice President of Patient Care Services at Parkview Wabash.

Posted on 2017 Sep 05
WFD gets new firefighter-paramedic

Firefighter-paramedic Robert Lynn receives the oath of office from Mayor Scott Long. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Robert Lynn became the newest firefighter first class and paramedic on the Wabash Fire Department.

Lynn received the oath of office from Mayor Scott Long on Monday, Aug. 28.

A lifelong Wabash resident, Lynn was hired September 21, 2015. He had fire fighter 1&2 and EMT-B status at the time of his hiring, Wabash Fire Chief Barry Stroup said.

Lynn finished his paramedic course through Ivy Tech Kokomo in May.

Posted on 2017 Sep 05
Former Miss America helps rebuild local Habitat house
Miss America 2009 Katie (Stam) Irk (left) and Robert Lynn work to install a soffit at the future home of Tyler and Shailea Singleton, Wabash County Habitat for Humanity's current partner homeowners. Photo by David Fenker
 
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER Wabash County Habitat for Humanity’s current project home received help from a former Miss America on Saturday, Aug. 26.
 
Katie Stam Irk, Miss Indiana 2008 and Miss American 2009, worked with volunteers from Beacon Credit Union (BCU) throughout the morning on the Habitat home.
 
While homeowners Tyler and Shailea Singleton were not present due to work schedules, several volunteers from Habitat and BCU worked throughout the day Saturday to pull weeds, wrap the home, install soffits and fascia and much more.
 
This was Irk’s first time on a Habitat site.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 05

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