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Hanna Park Project designs finalized

By Emma Rausch

On Feb. 9, the Hanna Park Project Committee finalized the renovation design plans for the Hanna Park and playground installation date.

Since October 2014, the committee raised approximately $37,000 for the park renovations, including donations from the Ford Meter Box Foundation, Living Essentials, and in-kind donations from Marty Winkleman of Pappy’s Grills who will donate new grills and Hank’s Construction which will be leveling and preparing the site to install the playground.

Posted on 2015 Feb 19
Chief seeks to raise funds for fire safety trailer

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash Fire Chief Bob Mullett is seeking community support to purchase a fire safety trailer for use by the various fire departments around Wabash County.

Mullett discussed his plans publicly on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at the Business Before Hours program sponsored by the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce.

“This something that I actually brought up a few years ago,” he said. “I was trying to figure out how to educate not only children, but also seniors in the community.”

The trailer, which could be used at schools, fairs and other events, would cost about $77,000, “with all the bells and whistles,” he said.

Posted on 2015 Feb 19
City Council OKs change to TIF District

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash City Council unanimously approved a resolution amending the city’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) district in the downtown area Feb. 9.

The move paves the way to help collect funding to be used toward its Stellar Community Grant initiative.

According to Richard Starkey, an attorney for Barnes & Thornburgh in Indianapolis, the measure adds “parcels to the plan impacted by the Stellar project so we can do all the projects promised in the Stellar application.”

Posted on 2015 Feb 19
Wabash County Transit provided nearly 35,000 rides in ‘14

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash County Transit (WCT) provided 34,748 rides to 1,726 individuals in 2014, according to figures provided The Paper of Wabash County by Beverly Ferry, Chief Executive Officer of Living Well in Wabash County.

The number of riders, she said, was down less than 100 from 2013. However, the total number of rides was down by 7,000.

She attributed the drop in ridership to two things. The harsh winter weather in January and February prevented the WCT vehicles from operating several days in early 2014.

Posted on 2015 Feb 19
Chief seeks to raise funds for fire safety trailer

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash Fire Chief Bob Mullett is seeking community support to purchase a fire safety trailer for use by the various fire departments around Wabash County.

Posted on 2015 Feb 11
Jones retires after 49 years of service to LaFontaine

In LaFontaine, since 1966, Denny Jones has acted as the town's "go-to guy." Among many services, he has cared for the town as the town marshal, fire chief, and assisted with snowplowing. Photo by Harold Chatlosh

By Emma Rausch

LaFontaine Public Works Utility Superintendent Denny Jones, 67, is retiring after 49 years of town service, but he really wishes he wasn’t being recognized for it.

“I’m kind of a low-key, get it done type. I don’t need the hoopla,” Jones said.

However, Jones is being celebrated for more than just his service as a public works officer. Since 1966, Jones has served LaFontaine as a Synder Tire & Battery break mechanic, town deputy, town marshal, volunteer firefighter and fire chief, utility superintendent, and snowplow operator.

Posted on 2015 Feb 10
‘American Sniper’ has ties to Wabash County - Local man is related to one of SEALs featured in book, film

Hal Job looks over some papers about his second cousin, Navy SEAL SO2 Ryan Curtis Job. SO2 Job is featured prominently in the movie and book “American Sniper.” Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash resident Hal Job knew his second cousin was a member of the U.S. Navy’s SEAL Team Three. He didn’t realize, until just recently, just how extraordinary his cousin, Second Warfare Operator 2nd Class (SO2) Ryan Curtis Job was.

As a member of SEAL Team Three, SO2 Job provided cover for fellow SEAL Chris Kyle on a variety of missions in Iraq. Kyle, the deadliest marksman in U.S. military history, is the subject of the book and Academy Award-nominated movie “America Sniper.” SO2 Job is featured prominently in both the book and movie.

Hal Job sits at a small, round table at Modoc’s Market, a variety of papers scattered in front of him. The papers all contain information about his cousin, some of which he knew, some of which he learned researching his relative.

“He got his pilot’s license when he was 17,” the Wabash resident told The Paper of Wabash County. “His grandfather, my uncle, retired from the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel. 

“Ryan’s father went into the Navy to be a Navy SEAL, but he didn’t make it as a Navy SEAL. What made Ryan change from flying to becoming a Navy SEAL, I don’t know, but he went into the Navy SEALs and he made it.

“He was just an extraordinarily focused individual who wanted to serve his country. He comes from a family of people who have served.

“I didn’t realize the part that he played until I saw the movie and read the book.”

Posted on 2015 Feb 10
Tourism is county’s 5th largest industry

By Joseph Slacian

Tourism is Wabash County’s fifth largest industry, according to a new study conducted by Rockport Analytics.

The results of the study, recently announced by the Visit Wabash County, the county’s convention and visitors bureau, was part of a joint endeavor between the group and the Economic Development Group of Wabash County (EDG). It was made possible by a co-op program organized by the Indiana Office of Tourism and Development.

This is the first study ever conducted specifically for Wabash County.

Posted on 2015 Feb 10

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