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Midwest Poultry expansion plan upsets neighbors
By Shaun Tilghman
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Midwest Poultry Services, the family-owned and operated egg farming business based in Mentone, recently submitted an application to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) requesting approval of an expansion project for Hi-Grade Egg Producers and Processors, located at 5780 E 1100 N, in North Manchester.
 
Originally, Midwest Poultry submitted Confined Feeding Operation (CFO) application packet on April 22nd proposing the construction of six new layer barns on the Hi-Grade farm. However, on June 1, Midwest Poultry CEO Robert Krouse advised IDEM that the application was being withdrawn.
 
On June 15, Midwest Poultry submitted the current CFO application proposing the addition of three new layer barns, which would be constructed northeast of the existing layer barns. The new barns would be cage free and house 136,617 layers each, and their addition would bring the total farm capacity to 2,777,741 layers.
Posted on 2015 Jul 21
Traffic stop leads to drug arrest
By The Paper staff
 
A Wabash City Police Department traffic stop led to the arrest of Mary R. Garrett, 33, Lagro on drug charges on Sunday July 12.
 
Captain Ryan Short initiated the traffic stop on a motor vehicle near State Road 15 and Wedcor Avenue.
 
According to the official report, Wabash Police alleged that the vehicle was driven by Garrett and that, during the traffic stop, illegal narcotics and cash were located.
Posted on 2015 Jul 14
Officials call 4-H Fair a success
A member of the Wabash County 4-H displays her poultry project in the auction ring on Friday night, July 10, during the event's annual livestock auction. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
In spite of an uncooperative Mother Nature, officials with the Wabash County 4-H Fair consider the 2015 edition a success.
 
The fair began July 3 and, after a break for the Fourth of July holiday, wrapped up on Saturday, July 11.
 
“We’ve had a lot of fun,” Angela Christopher, Wabash County Extension Educator 4-H Youth Development, said.
 
But, she noted, there also was a bit of a learning curve this year.
Posted on 2015 Jul 14
Pool and park projects updated
By Emma Rausch
 
The Mark C. Honeywell Public Outdoor Pool, Hanna Park and the all-inclusive park projects are all coming along, according to Todd Titus, Parks Superintendent.
 
The Hanna Park project is coming along nicely, he told the Board of Parks and Recreation at its meeting on Wednesday, July 8.
 
“Two weeks ago, I believe the dates were June 22 and 23, we did a build project with a representative of the playground equipment supplier,” Titus continued. “It looks really good and nice. We have not had a chance to finish the timber edging or getting mulch in there because of the weather, but that is certainly on our agenda.”
Posted on 2015 Jul 14
NM Council joins fight to save WIC office
By Shaun Tilghman
 
The Indiana Department of Health recently announced that the North Manchester Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program office would close on Oct. 1 in order to consolidate with the Wabash office.
 
Not only has that decision sparked unrest among community members, but Town Council has now passed a resolution on the matter as well.
 
As many of you have been following, the WIC Program is scheduled to end in North Manchester, said Town Council President Chris Garber during the July 1 meeting. 
Posted on 2015 Jul 14
Wabash native, Hollywood director returns to show film
Actress Shaina Vorspan portrays the character "Jill" in Wabash native Brandon Walter's film "Gone Doggy Gone." Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Brandon Walter, Wabash native turned Hollywood director, will be returning to his hometown on July 16 for a one night only presentation of his film, “Gone Doggy Gone.”
 
Released in 2014, the film was received nine film festival awards including the Audience Award at the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival and Best Comedy at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.
 
“If you win an audience award, to me that’s better than getting some grand prize at a film festival because that means that actual people like your movie so it must be good,” Walter told The Paper of Wabash County in a phone interview. “Those awards will help see the movie. They’ll make people say, ‘Oh I want to see that movie because it has so many awards.’”
Posted on 2015 Jul 07
Area avoids major flooding issues
By Emma Rausch and Joseph Slacian
 
Whether they are willing to admit it publicly or not, it’s a sure bet that various governmental officials are breathing a sigh of relief, now that flooding situation in Wabash County didn’t get as bad as anticipated.
 
Predictions last week, prior to release of water at the J.Edward Roush and the Salamonie dams, had water in Wabash coming up as high as Market Street. The release was needed as the dams were at capacity, due to more than 14 inches of rain that fell in the area in June. 
 
Some residents in low-lying areas, especially around the Lagro area, evacuated their homes as a precaution, while Wabash officials went door to door on the city’s west side, advising residents of the potential need to evacuate.
Posted on 2015 Jul 07
Wabash 8-year-old starts American Girl Project
Davy Falder speaks to a crowd of approximately 125 at her American Girl Tea Party, an event she personally organized to help collect American Girl dolls to donate to girls in foster care. The tea party, which took place on June 25 at Wabash Friends Church, offered American Girl themed craft-making and games as well as a dessert buffet and candy bar for the children to enjoy. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Eight-year-old Davy Falder “loves” American Girl dolls and her “heart is (also) full for girls in the foster care system,” so, with the help of some friends, she created a project that connected the two.
 
The American Girl Project collects used American Girl dolls that are no longer played with and spruces them up before being prayed over and donated to young girls in the foster care system.
 
“I think American Girl dolls are cool because they are made with care and I want girls to know that they’re made with care by God, unique and valuable to him,” Davy told The Paper of Wabash County in an interview.
Posted on 2015 Jul 07

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