Youngsters get look at Chinese culture
The Wabash FAME Festival welcomes visitors of all shapes and sizes to the Honeywell Center on Saturday April 18 to celebrate the festival’s ninth year in Wabash. Children had the opportunity to explore Chinese culture through art and music while enjoying performances by local students and the Fort Wayne Chinese Families and Friends Association. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
The Foundation of Art and Music in Education (FAME) Festival hit off its ninth year in Wabash by celebrating Chinese culture on Saturday April 18.
From hosting a dragon dance to the assistant artist of Garfield, the festival astonished locals and a few out-of-towners by the talent and the artwork, according to Richard Tucker, volunteer greeter.
“What I’ve heard more than anything else is surprise,” Tucker said. “They don’t realize the volume of activities that are going on here and I think that’s great that they see that there’s a lot of activities that they can participate in.
“When I looked through the schedule of activities today, you can keep a child busy for the whole day and I think the depth of the programming is a big surprise.”
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Wabash River Road has new route
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash County’s portion of the Wabash River Road is changing its route.
Wabash County Commissioners, at its April 13 meeting, approved the change, which was requested by Michael Beauchamp, the county’s representative on the Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission.
The route was first approved five years ago, Beauchamp reminded commissioners. It is part of a route that continues for more than 400 miles through all 19 counties in which the Wabash River flows.
“It’s taken a while to get that plan worked out,” he said, noting that, “some of those roadways are pretty tough in Southern Indiana because they’re underwater for part of the year, and they’re dirt roads.”
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Changes made to local property tax credits affect estate and landowners
By Emma Rausch
Local property tax credits have decreased, according to the Wabash County Treasurer’s Office.
The tax credits have dropped over $150 since 2014, which may affect some property owners’ property tax bills as they are received this month, according to Sharon Shaw, county treasurer.
“This year the Homesteads are getting less local property tax credits than we did last year,” Shaw said. “That has to do with four changes that were made.”
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
City pursues sewage bond
By Joseph Slacian
A plan to seek a sewage bond of up to $3 million cleared its first hurdle on Wednesday, April 15.
The plan to seek the bonds must now be considered by the Wabash City Council. It is likely to hear a request on the matter at its April 27 meeting.
The funds will be used for the city’s work in separating the sanitary and storm sewers. The city has until 2028 to complete the work, which is required by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
The work is needed so in the event of a heavy rainstorm, the sanitary sewers aren’t filling up with storm water “and becoming more than the sewage plant can handle and ending up dumping sewage into the river,” City Attorney Doug Lehman told the board. 
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
City sets policies for terminating employees

By Joseph Slacian

The City of Wabash took steps to guard itself in the case of wrongful termination lawsuits when the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety met on April 15.

The board passed two resolutions creating policies, one for the termination of police officers and fire department employees and the other for the termination of standard city employees.

The measures, City Attorney Doug Lehman noted, are required because of the city’s insurance policy.

“Basically all we are doing here is something to help assure that the city receives the best insurance coverage at the lowest price possible,” he explained to the board. “When we renewed our insurance this last time, we have insurance policies that cover employment practices so that if we ‘wrongly terminate’ somebody and they bring a suit against us, it provides a defense and, if we are unsuccessful, it ends up with the insurance company paying whatever damages the person is claiming.”

Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Lower gas prices expected this summer
By Joseph Slacian
Motorists will pay the lowest gas prices this summer than in 2005, according to a study by GasBuddy.
The summer driving season, which runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, will see gas prices averaging about $2.35 per gallon. That is down from an earlier forecast which had prices about $2.45 per gallon.
Both of the forecast figures are still lower than they have been the past 10 summers.
“That means more Americans can afford to pack up and go enjoy a summer getaway because the cost of getting there will likely be the lowest since 2005,” said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Wabash County population to decline by more than 10% unless…
By Emma Rausch
Wabash County is estimated to lose more than 10 percent of its population by 2050, according to population projections released by the Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC).
Between 2010 and 2050, while Indiana’s general population is projected to increase 15 percent, 49 of the state’s 92 counties are expected to see a population decline due to past demographic and migration trends.
“These population projects are purely demographic, meaning that they rely exclusively on recent birth/death data and migration estimates,” wrote IBRC Economic Analyst Matt Kinghorn in the projections report. “Therefore, these figures are a reflection of what Indiana and its communities will look like if past trends continue.”
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Davis comes off probationary status
Mayor Robert Vanlandingham gives the oath of office to Firefighter-Paramedic Jason Davis during the April 13 Wabash City Council meeting. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Jason Davis is officially off probationary status with the Wabash Fire Department.
Davis, a firefighter-paramedic, was sworn-in to full-time status on Monday night by Mayor Robert Vanlandingham.
Fire Chief Bob Mullett said under city policy, all firefighters have the probationary status for their first year of service.
Posted on 2015 Apr 21

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