Receiver appointed for Harvey Industries
By Joseph Slacian
A U.S. District Court appointed a Michigan-based company as receiver for Harvey Industries LLC and Harvey Property Management LLC.
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern Division of Michigan, in a March 26 decision, appointed Steve R. Wybo of Conway MacKenzie Inc. as the receiver. Harvey’s lone plant, outside of its corporate headquarters, is in Wabash.
According to a legal advertisement announcing the receivership, Wybo and the firm “seeks to maximize the value of the Harvey’s assets through an expedited sale process. Because of the accelerated nature of this process, any potential interest in the transaction must be indicated as soon as practicable.”
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Trolley No.85 has several appearances planned

Scenes from the inaugural ride on Trolley No. 85 #TrolleyNo85 Find out more in next week's issue of The Paper of Wabash County!

Posted by The Paper of Wabash on Wednesday, April 15, 2015
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash County’s Trolley No.85 will make several public appearances in the next several weeks.
The trolley, which was purchased as a joint venture among the City of Wabash, Wabash County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) and Wabash Marketplace Inc., could be seen on the streets of Wabash and North Manchester on Wednesday, April 15, carrying a variety of leaders from both communities.
It will make its public debut during the Tulip Festival on April 25 at the Peabody Retirement Community in North Manchester.  It will make its first public appearance in Wabash on May 1 during the First Friday celebration.
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Youngsters get look at Chinese culture
The Wabash FAME Festival welcomes visitors of all shapes and sizes to the Honeywell Center on Saturday April 18 to celebrate the festival’s ninth year in Wabash. Children had the opportunity to explore Chinese culture through art and music while enjoying performances by local students and the Fort Wayne Chinese Families and Friends Association. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
The Foundation of Art and Music in Education (FAME) Festival hit off its ninth year in Wabash by celebrating Chinese culture on Saturday April 18.
From hosting a dragon dance to the assistant artist of Garfield, the festival astonished locals and a few out-of-towners by the talent and the artwork, according to Richard Tucker, volunteer greeter.
“What I’ve heard more than anything else is surprise,” Tucker said. “They don’t realize the volume of activities that are going on here and I think that’s great that they see that there’s a lot of activities that they can participate in.
“When I looked through the schedule of activities today, you can keep a child busy for the whole day and I think the depth of the programming is a big surprise.”
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Wabash River Road has new route
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash County’s portion of the Wabash River Road is changing its route.
Wabash County Commissioners, at its April 13 meeting, approved the change, which was requested by Michael Beauchamp, the county’s representative on the Wabash River Heritage Corridor Commission.
The route was first approved five years ago, Beauchamp reminded commissioners. It is part of a route that continues for more than 400 miles through all 19 counties in which the Wabash River flows.
“It’s taken a while to get that plan worked out,” he said, noting that, “some of those roadways are pretty tough in Southern Indiana because they’re underwater for part of the year, and they’re dirt roads.”
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Changes made to local property tax credits affect estate and landowners
By Emma Rausch
Local property tax credits have decreased, according to the Wabash County Treasurer’s Office.
The tax credits have dropped over $150 since 2014, which may affect some property owners’ property tax bills as they are received this month, according to Sharon Shaw, county treasurer.
“This year the Homesteads are getting less local property tax credits than we did last year,” Shaw said. “That has to do with four changes that were made.”
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
City pursues sewage bond
By Joseph Slacian
A plan to seek a sewage bond of up to $3 million cleared its first hurdle on Wednesday, April 15.
The plan to seek the bonds must now be considered by the Wabash City Council. It is likely to hear a request on the matter at its April 27 meeting.
The funds will be used for the city’s work in separating the sanitary and storm sewers. The city has until 2028 to complete the work, which is required by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
The work is needed so in the event of a heavy rainstorm, the sanitary sewers aren’t filling up with storm water “and becoming more than the sewage plant can handle and ending up dumping sewage into the river,” City Attorney Doug Lehman told the board. 
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
City sets policies for terminating employees

By Joseph Slacian

The City of Wabash took steps to guard itself in the case of wrongful termination lawsuits when the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety met on April 15.

The board passed two resolutions creating policies, one for the termination of police officers and fire department employees and the other for the termination of standard city employees.

The measures, City Attorney Doug Lehman noted, are required because of the city’s insurance policy.

“Basically all we are doing here is something to help assure that the city receives the best insurance coverage at the lowest price possible,” he explained to the board. “When we renewed our insurance this last time, we have insurance policies that cover employment practices so that if we ‘wrongly terminate’ somebody and they bring a suit against us, it provides a defense and, if we are unsuccessful, it ends up with the insurance company paying whatever damages the person is claiming.”

Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Lower gas prices expected this summer
By Joseph Slacian
Motorists will pay the lowest gas prices this summer than in 2005, according to a study by GasBuddy.
The summer driving season, which runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, will see gas prices averaging about $2.35 per gallon. That is down from an earlier forecast which had prices about $2.45 per gallon.
Both of the forecast figures are still lower than they have been the past 10 summers.
“That means more Americans can afford to pack up and go enjoy a summer getaway because the cost of getting there will likely be the lowest since 2005,” said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.
Posted on 2015 Apr 21

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