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Lagro house damaged by fire, smoke, water

Lagro firefighters prepare to cut a hole in a roof of a Washington Street home. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Emma Rausch

Three area fire departments responded to a house fire in Lagro Wednesday, May 30.

At approximately 2:15 p.m., the Lagro Volunteer Fire Department responded to a fire at 510 Washington St., according to Scott Siders, Lagro fire chief.

The fire “mainly burned one room while smoke and water damage (affected) the rest of the house,” Siders told The Paper of Wabash County.

 

Posted on 2017 Jun 06
County OKs bridge replacement
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash County Commissioners approved a bid from Primco, Inc., Fort Wayne, to replace a bridge on County Road 75 East.
 
The bridge, located over Burr Creek, just south of Baumbauer Road, will be replaced for $323,144.28, according to John Martin, Wabash County highway superintendent.
 
He said he was unsure when work would begin, noting “we still have some things to tidy up.”
 
Posted on 2017 Jun 06
Hospital construction on schedules: officials

Parkview Wabash Hospital President Marilyn Custer-Mitchell and Construction Manager Adam Whitmer go over details at the site of the new Parkview Wabash Hospital. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

As it stands now, the future Parkview Wabash Hospital is a lot of steel, concrete and bricks, with a little wood being put together bit by bit. By April 2018, the building will be complete and will be open for business in June of that year.

Construction is on schedule, Hospital President Marilyn Custer-Mitchell and Adam Whitmer, construction manager for the Hagerman Group, told The Paper of Wabash County during a May 23 tour of the facility.

 
Posted on 2017 May 30
Existing hospital to be razed
By Joseph Slacian
 
The current hospital building is destined to be razed after the new Parkview Wabash Hospital opens in June 2018.
 
Parkview Wabash President Marilyn Custer-Mitchell discussed the building’s fate during a tour of the new facility’s construction site.
 
“We put out a request for proposal,” she told The Paper of Wabash County. “We advertised it in all the county papers. We also sent it to two companies that reuse buildings, and we got no proposals back.
 
Posted on 2017 May 30
DNR confirms WRT worked without permit
By Joseph Slacian
 
An Indiana Department of Natural Resources official has confirmed that the Wabash River Trail has done work a second time without having received a DNR permit.
 
The rule violation was alleged May 17 during a hearing on the permit being sought to build a pedestrian bridge over Lagro Creek. DNR representative Nick Males said that night he believed that was indeed the case.
 
Posted on 2017 May 30
Short to seek sheriff's position
Ryan Short
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Ryan Short has announced his candidacy for Wabash County Sheriff in the 2018 election.
 
Short, who spent 31 years on the Wabash Police Department and is currently a member of the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, is the first person to formally announce their candidacy.
 
“I have a desire to stay in law enforcement,” he told The Paper of Wabash County. “I have a passion for the job and the people who work in it.”

He hopes to use his dedication, experience, knowledge and leadership skills to move the sheriff’s department forward in the future.

 

Posted on 2017 May 30
Heartland students earn certificates, recognition
Sam Watkins, superintendent of the Peru Community Schools, addresses Heartland Career Center students on Wednesday night during the school’s 52nd annual certificate presentation and career excellence student recognition program. Photos by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Sam Watkins graduated from the Heartland Career Center more than 20 years ago. But, he told HCC students Wednesday night, May 24, that he learned many things while there that he still uses today.
 
Watkins, a 1984 Wabash High School graduate, now serves as superintendent for the Peru Community Schools. He was the keynote speaker during Heartland’s 52nd annual certificate presentation and career excellence student recognition program at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater.
 
Posted on 2017 May 30
Stockdale Mill group closes in on funds for roof

Stockdale Mill, a 160-year-old landmark in Roann, is currently in need of a new roof. Due to general deterioration, holes (pictured below) have appeared in the structure’s wooden roof, according to Joe Krom, Stockdale Mill Foundation board member and volunteer. The foundation hopes to put a new, steel roof by late summer depending on funds raised to complete the $12,900 project. Photos provided

By Emma Rausch

ROANN -- Light shines through Stockdale Mill’s roof and, as poetic as it sounds, it’s not in a good way, according to Joe Krom, Stockdale Mill Foundation board member and volunteer.

Due to years of wear and tear, holes have formed in the roof and ceiling of the 160-year-old Wabash County landmark.

Posted on 2017 May 30

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