Garden and Herb Festival draws statewide crowd

The 18th Annual Garden and Herb Festival offered attendees a variety of programs and vendors to enjoy for purchases including outdoor decorations, garden herbs and flowers on Saturday, Aug. 15. Attendees could also participate in the Chair Affair, a decorated chair contest and auction to donate proceeds to Happy Days Pre-School and Dog Works in association with “The Dog Man” Gary Henderson. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch
Locals mixed with out-of-towners at the 18th Annual Garden and Herb Festival, according to Diane Morris, in-coming festival co-chair.
“(The festival) has been great,” Morris told The Paper of Wabash County. “There were so many people here, some of which were from out of town, and it looked like people were caring around bags. So that’s a great sign and it was a very nice, beautiful day.”
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Peabody Home Foundation hosting endowment benefit auction
Samples of the Homer G. Davisson artwork to be auctioned this weekend by the Peabody Home Foundation in North Manchester. Photo by Shaun Tilghman
By Shaun Tilghman
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Peabody Home Foundation will offer a unique opportunity to purchase countless works of art, timeless collectibles, and one-of-a-kind items during an Endowment Benefit Auction from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22, on the Peabody Retirement Community campus, located at 400 W. 7th Street.
The auction, which will feature more than 250 lots of fine antiques, is the result of the Foundation’s recent comprehensive inventory and valuation of their older collections, according to Peabody Director of Development Stan Williams.
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
City’s mowing fee increase passes
By Joseph Slacian
It will now cost more for property owners if the City of Wabash is required to mow their lawns.
The Wabash City Council on Monday, Aug. 10, unanimously approved on second reading of an ordinance increasing fees from $15 to $50 per hour, with a minimum fee of $50. Because this was second reading, the ordinance is now in effect.
However, the change did not come without opposition from one member of the public.
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Consolidation talks possible, MSD official says
By Emma Rausch
MSD of Wabash County School Board does “want to discuss” consolidation however it is still unclear when, according to Dr. Sandra Weaver, the school corporation’s superintendent.
Weaver commented on the topic after the MSD of Wabash County School Board meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 11, a week after the topic was broached at the Wabash City School Board meeting on Aug. 3. by WCS board member Bill Konyha.
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
City to consider smoking ban
By Joseph Slacian
Smoking near playground equipment in parks around the City of Wabash may soon become illegal.
City Attorney Doug Lehman was ordered to draft such an ordinance near the conclusion of the Aug. 10 Wabash City Council meeting.
Council member Scott Long broached the topic during the portion of the meeting in which the Council is asked if its members have any remarks.
“I’ve been approached by several parents who take their kids to the parks,” Long said. “Their kids are up on the playground equipment and there are parents smoking below them.
“I’m not asking for the whole park, just where the children don’t have a choice.”
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
American Red Cross vacates local office, maintains county presence
By Emma Rausch
The Wabash County American Red Cross has not renewed its lease for its Wabash office, according to Katherine MacAulay, executive director of the Northeast Indiana American Red Cross. 
Previously, volunteers headed the local Red Cross chapter’s services, with guidance from staff located out of the county, and worked out of their homes. The office space, located at 88 W. Hill St. in Wabash, was “unutilized for a period of time,” MacAulay said.
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Firm gets abatement on home renovation
By Joseph Slacian
E.W. Miller Investments received a five-year tax abatement on a home the company is currently refurbishing on the city’s south side.
“I want to use the tax abatement to make it more appealing to the buyers,” E.W. Miller Investments owner Brian Evans told the council. “I typically have each property for six to eight months.”
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Health officials investigate possible E. coli
By Emma Rausch
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is currently investigating several possible E. coli cases in Wabash and Fulton counties.
With the assistance of the Wabash County Health Department, the ISDH is investigating possible cases of E. Coli 0157: H7, a strain of the bacterium that “can cause harmful and spreadable illness in humans,” according to ISDH Media Relations Coordinator Ken Severson and the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center.
Severson released the following statement in an email Thursday morning to The Paper of Wabash County:
“So far, two individuals have tested positive for E. Coli 0157: H7. Two patients have been hospitalized. Currently, one is hospitalized.
“The ISDH is investigating reports of patient death, but at this time has no conclusive evidence linking it to any other cases. We are investigating to determine if there are any links to other cases and any potential sources of exposure.”
Posted on 2015 Aug 13

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