Trash causing problems for city’s Sewage Department
By Joseph Slacian
Rick Price, interim superintendent at the City of Wabash Wastewater Treatment Plant, has a request for local residents: Be careful of what you flush down the toilet or drain.
“All of a sudden we’ve been dealing with what I’ve been calling ‘trash’ coming into the wastewater treatment plant,” he said. “By trash I mean paper towels, Swiffers, blue rolled shop towels …
“It seems like it’s worst now than it has ever been before. And it seems like it’s not only causing problems at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, but it’s also causing problems for our pump stations, our lift stations that pump to the wastewater treatment plant.”
Posted on 2015 May 26
Wabash River Defenders return to Clean Out the Banks
Michael Beauchamp (left), founder of the Wabash River Defenders, discusses various access points used in past years for the Clean Out the Banks events at the Wabash River Defenders team leader meeting on May 14. The organization has again partnered with the City of Wabash and local property owners to establish access points for the upcoming Wabash River cleanup event. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
The Wabash River Defenders are finalizing the team assignments up for their fourth Clean Out the Banks event on July 25, but are still welcoming more volunteers to join the cause.
On May 14, the organization’s committee met with nearly a dozen team leaders to update the volunteers on the cause’s recent developments, coordinate location assignments, and organize tool responsibilities for each team.
Ideally, the organization would like to have 19 teams for the upcoming cleanup, one team per mile of the 19-miles the river runs through Wabash County, said founder Michael Beauchamp.
Posted on 2015 May 26
City to proceed with demolition
By Joseph Slacian
The owner of a home at 458 N. Allen St. had hoped the city would give him more time to repair the structure, which was damaged in a 2013 fire.
However, the man, Eric Phillips, failed to show up at the May 20 meeting of the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety. Consequently, the board ordered building commissioner John Stephens to continue with the demolition plan.
Posted on 2015 May 26
Wabash firefighter forfeits pay
By Joseph Slacian
A Wabash firefighter has forfeited his pay for 28 days for violating a department policy.
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety approved the forfeiture, suggested by Fire Chief Bob Mullett, on Wednesday, May 20. The firefighter, Jacob Hierholzer failed to call the station to call off sick.
“He would end up working 28 days without pay,” City Attorney Doug Lehman said, noting that Hierholzer has signed a paper agreeing to the forfeiture. “You, as a board, has a right to either accept that and it will happen, or you can deny that. If you deny that, then Jake has asked for a hearing to determine what kind of action you want to take with regard with the disciplinary issue."
Posted on 2015 May 26
Attorney general visits North Manchester
By Shaun Tilghman
NORTH MANCHESTER -- On May 15, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller was the guest speaker during the “Dish, Dine, & Shred” luncheon event hosted by Peabody Retirement Community. 
He discussed identity theft and consumer protection with those in attendance and then individuals were invited to drop off one box of confidential documents to be destroyed onsite by professionals from Shark Shredding.
Zoeller, the state’s 42nd Attorney General, first began working in the office of the Attorney General in 2001 with Steve Carter, who was his immediate predecessor. 
Posted on 2015 May 26
Crash claims Lagro man
A single-vehicle crash proves fatal when the GMC pick-up truck struck a tree head on, killing the driver and injuring a passenger. Photo by Jospeh Slacian
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LAGRO--A single-vehicle crash on May 19 caused one fatality and another occupant to be transported to Fort Wayne for injuries.
On Tuesday, at approximately 1 p.m., the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a one-vehicle crash on State Road 524 near Pefley’s Farm Equipment.
Posted on 2015 May 20
Local reservoirs ready for upcoming holidays
By Emma Rausch
The Salamonie Reservoir and Mississinewa Reservoir campsites are booked for Memorial Day weekend. However, the local parks still welcome visitors for a day of hiking, fishing, and other activities, according to Larry Brown, Mississinewa Reservoir property manager.
Salamonie Reservoir began accepting reservations on April 29 and is, so far, doing well, said Kari Proffitt, park office manager. For Mississinewa, however, reservations have been up about 10 percent, Brown said.
“We have seen that since we’ve gotten the water back from the dam construction in 2005 and we’ve seen that trend, on average, about 10 percent every year,” he continued.
Posted on 2015 May 19
Local county schools continue summer food programs
By Emma Rausch
Wabash City Schools (WCS) and Manchester Community Schools (MCS) announced plans to again participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
Through the program, free breakfast and lunch meals will be available to all children ages 1-18 Monday through Friday, with the exception of Friday, July 3. Any persons over 18-years-old who are enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled are also eligible for a free meal.
“It’s an opportunity for us to reach out to our community and allow kids to receive healthy meals while school is out,” said Melanie Honeycutt, WCS food service director.
“The program fulfills a two-fold purpose,” said Becky Landes, food service director of MCS. “It provides food during the summer for kids who might not be able to get breakfast and lunch at home during the summer because of a parent’s busy schedule. I also think it’s a great thing because it allows for affordable childcare.”
Posted on 2015 May 19

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