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Duke to begin work on power lines soon
Duke Energy’s proposed 69-kilovolt power line (marked in red) will travel five miles from the Wabash Chippewa Substance to County Road 100 East. The company plans to begin construction “in several weeks,” according to Angeline Protogere, Duke Energy communications manager. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Duke Energy will begin construction on its new, 69-kilovolt power line across Wabash farmland north of U.S. 24 “in the next several weeks,” according to Angeline Protogere, Duke Energy communications manager.
 
In February 2015, the electric company announced it would be constructing the approximately five-mile line, which would be supported by 70- to 80-feet-tall steel poles, to run from the Wabash Chippewa Substation to a new junction on County Road 100 East.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 24
County to lobby lawmakers
By Emma Rausch
 
Former County Council member Bill Ruppel will be lobbying state legislators on behalf of Wabash County in regards to the recent jail study.
 
The Wabash County Commissioners approved a contract with Ruppel on Tuesday, Jan. 17.
 
“At the last jail study meeting, it became apparent that there are financial options to be considered, and we don’t have many,” Commissioner Barry Eppley said. “One of options is the income tax authorization for the jail and to get that, we have to get permission from state legislature and in order to do that, there has to be a request … to the state legislature and in order to do that, there’s a lobbying effort that has to be undertaken."
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 24
County represented at FW Farm Show
By Joseph Slacian
 
FORT WAYNE – More than 35,000 people strolled through the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum last week during the 27th annual Fort Wayne Farm Show.
 
The show gives farmers a chance to see what’s new for the 2017-farming season and beyond, attend workshops and meet with representatives from a wide variety of ag-related businesses. The farmers also can obtain brochures on a variety of equipment and seeds, as well as free items such as pens, notepads, and more.
 
As usual, several businesses with ties to Wabash County were present at the three-day event. Some businesses, like AgVenture McKillip Seed and Brodbeck Seed, have been there since the show began in 1990, while others, like T.A.S. Welding & Grain Services, were there for the first time.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 24
City Schools accepts CF invitation to seek study funding
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash City Schools joined MSD of Wabash County  in a pursuit to seek Community Foundation of Wabash County funding for a school study.
 
In a 4-0 vote on Tuesday, Jan. 17, WCS School Board approved a recommendation to allow Superintendent Jason Callahan to submit a funding proposal to the Foundation with other interested district superintendents. Board member Mary Ann Tait was absent from the meeting.
 
On Jan. 3, the Community Foundation invited local school corporations to submit a funding proposal for the purpose of affording outside consultants to conduct various studies, which may include a feasibility study.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 24
County’s Relay for Life set for April 22
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- On April 22, up to 360 cancer survivors will be honored at Relay for Life of Wabash County.
 
According to Judy Gump, who serves on the survivors committee for the Relay, 360 is the total number of survivors in Wabash County based off information from the North Manchester and Wabash Relays. As of this year, the two events are combining.
 
“It was just a reorganization this year of Relays,” according to Kim Cravens, American Cancer Society community manager for Relay for Life. “The American Cancer Society looked at all the events to see where they were at, and the decision was made to merge the events in Wabash County. We are inviting teams from the Wabash County event to come join us,” 
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 24
City awards bids for sewer project
By Joseph Slacian
 
Geiger Excavating was awarded the bid for the second phase of the city’s combined sewer overflow project.
 
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety approved the Fort Wayne firm’s $2.47 million bid on Thursday, Jan. 19.
 
Geiger had the lowest bid among six companies that ranged from $2.47 million to $4.24 million that were received in late December. The board tabled the bids until they could be reviewed by the city’s consulting firm, United Consulting.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 24
Habitat dedicates NM home
Kevin Kling and his children, Micah, Winnie and Joey, stand in the kitchen of their new home in North Manchester. Photo by Davis Fenker
 
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Another North Manchester family will soon be moving into a Habitat for Humanity home.
 
More than 20 people gathered in the kitchen of the Kling family home, 516 W. 4th St., on Sunday, Jan. 15, for its dedication.
 
“We’ve got some plumbing still to do, and still need to finish Micah’s bathroom. All the toilets need installed. We need to finish the siding, but that can be done anytime,” Kevin Kling, the soon-to-be owner, said. “Hopefully we’ll be done next week or the week after, that way we can start moving sometime in late February. That’s what I’m hoping, but we just have to play it by ear and see what happens.”
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 24
NM property searched by ATF
Nearly 40 officers from local, state and federal agencies searched the residence, building and grounds located at 11173 N. State Road 13 for firearms on Thursday, Jan. 19. Photo by David Fenker
 
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Officers with several local, state and federal agencies searched a Wabash County residence just outside of North Manchester Thursday, Jan. 19.
 
The search was part of an ongoing investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 24

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