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Jail to contract out commissary
By David Fenker
 
The Wabash County Jail will soon be contracting out what were two positions for its commissary.
 
Wabash County Sheriff Bob Land reported to the County Commissioners on Monday, Oct. 30, that he hopes to have a contracted position replace one full-time and one-part time position at the jail.
 
Posted on 2017 Nov 07
YMCA raising funds for indoor park

The Rainforest Play Park project will feature a two-story jungle-themed playground, a bouldering wall and an interactive pond. Photo provided

By Emma Rausch

A new rainforest play park room at the Wabash County YMCA could be on its way. That is, if organizers are able to raise $50,000 by Dec. 15.

Similar to the 2016 Wabash Riverfront Development campaign, the Rainforest Play Park project, which would repurpose the YMCA’s Teen Room to a youth-friendly indoor park, needs to raise $50,000 to serve as matching funds for an Indiana Housing and Community Development Agency (IHCDA) grant program called “CreatINg Places.”

The campaign went live Wednesday, Nov. 1, and “have 45 days to get it done,” according to Jordan Tandy, YMCA Board Chief Volunteer Officer.

Posted on 2017 Nov 07
Manchester Marketplace celebrates grand opening at new location

Gary Long helps a customer fill an order at the Manchester Marketplace deli. Photo by Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Six years ago, an idea turned into a small reality when Gary Long and his family opened Manchester Marketplace in downtown North Manchester.

On Oct. 30, the bulk and discount grocery, which also added a deli a couple of years after opening in 2011, made the move to State Road 13, just south of SR 114.

“It was all in the Lord’s time,” Long said. “We have been trying to look for a bigger space for a few years now, and time was all up to Him.”

Posted on 2017 Nov 07
City gets 2 bids for fire training building
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety received two bids Thursday afternoon, Nov. 2, for construction of a new building behind the north side fire station.
 
D.T. Construction Services Inc. bid $193,416 for the work, with an add-on amount of $9,000 should any of the masonry work take place in the winter.
 
Randall Construction bid $179,165.15, with no add-on amount.
 
Posted on 2017 Nov 07
Marksmen’s Guns opens in downtown Wabash

Mark Baun cuts the ribbon Friday afternoon at the grand opening of Marksmen’s Guns, while family and representatives of Grow Wabash County look on. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Marksmen’s Guns opened for business on Friday, Nov. 3, in downtown Wabash.

The business, located at 9 E. Canal St., is owned by Mark Baum, and is a family-run enterprise. His son, Brent Woodyard, will man the business day-to-day.

“I have another job that, well, pays better than this one,” Baum joked during a grand opening celebration. “I’ll be here on weekends and maybe some days after work, but (Woodyard) will be the one here day in and day out.”

Posted on 2017 Nov 07
County's LIT changes explained
By Emma Rausch
 
The Local Income Tax rate is not increasing. However, homestead property owners may see increase on their tax statement, according to Marcie Shepherd, Wabash County Auditor.
 
On Monday, Oct. 16, the Wabash County Council approved an ordinance modifying the LIT allocations. As per the ordinance, the modifications were to decrease Property Tax Relief rates from 1 percent to .5 percent, allocate .41 percent to Certified Shares and direct .09 percent of the Expenditure rate to the Public Safety Access Point (PSAP). The LIT modifications will take affect as of Jan. 1, 2018.
 
The Paper of Wabash County sat down with Shepherd to have these changes explained.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 31
Lilly finalists announced
By Emma Rausch
 
Six Wabash County youth were named finalists for the 2017-2018 Lilly Endowment Community Scholarship, the Community Foundation of Wabash County announced Tuesday, Oct. 24.
 
This year, from an applicant pool of 50 students, the six finalists for Wabash County are Jessica Bott, Anna Driscoll, Jada Laycock, Parker Mays, Lucas Topliff and Remington Trick.
 
Bott, Mays and Topliff are Southwood Jr.-Sr. High School students. Driscoll attends Northfield Jr.-Sr. High School, Trick is a Manchester Jr.-Sr. High School student and Laycock attends North Miami High School.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 31
Konyha named to Regional Chamber post
By The Paper staff
 
FORT WAYNE – Bill Konyha, former President and CEO of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County, is the new President of the Regional Chamber of Northeast Indiana.
 
The hiring was announced Monday morning, Oct. 30, Regional Chamber officials.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 31

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