Wabash firefighter placed on administrative leave

by Joseph Slacian

A Wabash firefighter-paramedic requested that he be placed on administrative leave until an operating while intoxicated charge he received in Fulton County is resolved.

The firefighter, Scott Reese, had the request granted Jan. 7 by the Wabash Board of Public Works & Safety. He will begin the administrative leave once about 10 accumulated vacation and comp days have been used, Fire Chief Bob Mullett said.

Mullett requested disciplinary action from the board against Reese because of the Fulton County incident.

Posted on 2015 Jan 13
New EDG official calls on commissioners

by Joseph Slacian

Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County, introduced himself Monday morning to Wabash County Commissioners.

Gillenwater, who began his duties Jan. 5, replaced former President and CEO Bill Konyha, who resigned to become director of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs in Indianapolis.

Posted on 2015 Jan 13
Wabash County Travel Status returned to "Normal"

Wabash County Commissioners declared a local travel watch for Wabash County on Jan. 7 until further notice. The watch was cancelled at 10 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 8. 

All county schools remain closed. Current temperature is -5 degrees; a 14 mph wind makes it feel like -25 degrees.

Posted on 2015 Jan 07
4-H enrollment deadline nears










By Joseph Slacian

 The deadline to enroll online for the Wabash County 4-H and Mini 4-H programs is Thursday, Jan. 15.

   The enrollment deadline, set by the Indiana 4-H Council, is about two weeks earlier than in past years, according to Angela Christopher, 4-H Youth Educator for Wabash County. The local enrollment deadline had been Feb. 1.

   “It used to be up to the individual counties as to what they wanted their deadline to be, and it ranged anywhere from Dec. 15 to clear into March and April. So the state decided to pick one and it picked Jan. 15.

Posted on 2015 Jan 07
Manchester schools delayed Wednesday, Thursday

NORTH MANCHESTER – Manchester Community Schools will be on a two-hour delay on Wednesday and Thursday mornings, Superintendent Bill Reichhart announced Tuesday afternoon.


Posted on 2015 Jan 06
North Manchester town employees, elected officials receive salary increase

By Shaun Tilghman
North Manchester News-Journal

North Manchester Town Council members discussed the 2015 Salary Ordinance (General Ordinance No. 8, 2014) once again on Dec. 16, voting unanimously in favor of its approval following the third reading.

The ordinance, which took effect Jan. 1, includes a 2 percent salary increase for elected officials, while the salary increase for other Town of North Manchester employees will range from 0-3 percent.

Posted on 2015 Jan 06
MU alum intertwines faith and service through life

RAY HEDSTROM (back, center) on one of his many mission trips to Nicaragua. (photo provided)

It’s not too often that Ray Hedstrom, a former Manchester University football player, isn’t looking for an opportunity to help others.

Since 2003, Hedstrom has been a part of a church missions group that travels to Nicaragua and an area in Kentucky to assist communities in need.

“God has really given each one of us on the team a gift to be able to help these people,” he said. “It turns out that we gain more from spending time with and getting to know the people we are helping than the other way around.”

Posted on 2015 Jan 06
Primary filing to begin Wednesday

by Joseph Slacian

Filing for the 2015 Municipal Elections will begin at 8 a.m. today in the Wabash County Clerk’s office, Clerk Elaine Martin announced. The filing will continue until noon on Friday, Feb. 6.

Martin said the Wabash County Election Board and her office will oversee the elections in the City of Wabash and the towns of North Manchester, Lagro and LaFontaine.

The town of Roann, she continued, will have its own town convention when needed. The deadline for filing for the Roann convention is noon Monday, Aug. 3.

Posted on 2015 Jan 06

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