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Wabash County maple syrup farm concludes 17th season

Sweet Tree Farms, a three-generation family business, concluded its 17th harvesting season in March. The Enser family, which includes (clockwise from left) Jim, Sheere, Mike, Debbie, Cayla, Alma and (not pictured) Zach Reed, hosted an open house event for area and state residents alike to learn more about locally-made maple syrup. Photo provided

By Emma Rausch

Locally produced maple syrup is back on the menu as Sweet Tree Farms harvest season finished Tuesday, March 28.

Located at 2095 E. 400 S. in rural Wabash County, the Enser family has collected syrup from their land’s maple trees for 17 years.

“In 1999, we were making a pan on the stove,” founder Jim Enser told The Paper of Wabash County. “We were making out first one and in 2000, I told the kids we were ready to go out and play in the snow.”

Posted on 2017 Apr 11
4 Howard County residents face methamphetamine charges in Wabash County
Aaron Smith
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Four Howard County residents are facing felony drug charges in Wabash County following a routine traffic stop.
 
Huntington County Deputy Marshal Matthew Farthing performed a traffic stop near County Road 750 East in Wabash County on March 29 after a vehicle, which displayed improper plates, had traveled west on U.S. 24 across the county line from Huntington County, according to the probable cause affidavit.
 
Due to the traffic stop crossing the Huntington County line, the four face charges in Wabash County.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 11
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance office in NM relocates
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- After 27 years at 1302 State Road 114 W, the North Manchester office of Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance is relocating.
 
The location closed in late March following the sale of the company’s property, with its staff moving temporarily to the company’s Wabash location.
 
“Our former IFBI office in North Manchester didn’t meet the needs of our staff or the company, which is why it was put up for sale. It sold very quickly,” Suzanna Henderson, director of public relations and communications for IFBI, said. “In the meantime, effective March 22, we had one agent and one senior marketing associate in that North Manchester office, Paul King and Sonya Hathaway. They are currently serving our members out of our Wabash office."
Posted on 2017 Apr 11
Konyha resigns from OCRA post

By Joseph Slacian

Bill Konyha, executive director of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), has resigned.

Konyha told The Paper of Wabash County that he submitted his resignation on March 28.

“Twenty-seven months of government service including reorganization of the agency and a transition to a new administration were enough to make me value my weekends spent in Wabash, my home,” he said. “I’m anxious to live here again full time and seek my next challenge.”

Posted on 2017 Apr 04
Powerline work damages field

A truck was stuck in a field last week along the site that Duke Energy is installing new power lines. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Duke Energy’s transmission line project across Wabash County farmland north of U.S. 24 is progressing, but not without creating a few ruts.

 
Posted on 2017 Apr 04
Trail encounters stumbling blocks

By Joseph Slacian

A stop work order was issued last week to officials of the Wabash River Trail, Wabash County Plan Commissioner Mike Howard told The Paper of Wabash County.

Posted on 2017 Apr 04
Fire destroyed big piece of Wabash history

The Yarnelle Lumber Co. as it once stood at the corner of Canal and South Carroll streets. A fire destroyed the 154-year-old business on March 8. Photo provided

By Emma Rausch

The Yarnelle Lumber Co. was destroyed Wednesday, March 8, and with it, Wabash lost 154 years of history.

Fire engulfed the historic business, located at 295 W. Canal St., within a matter of minutes just before 5 p.m. on March 8.

While the cause of the fire has still yet to be determined as of Thursday, March 30, high winds were partially to blame for the lumber yard’s destruction, according to Ken and Jill Yarnelle, business owners.

Posted on 2017 Apr 04
Driver gets 38 1/2 years in deaths of 3 MU students

By The Paper staff

MARION -- Deangelo R. Evans, the man who caused the deaths of Manchester University students Nerad Mangai, Brook “BK” Dagnew and Kirubel Hailu in a 2016 traffic was sentenced to 38 1/2 years in prison on Monday, April 3.

Posted on 2017 Apr 04

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