Wabash County population to decline by more than 10% unless…
By Emma Rausch
Wabash County is estimated to lose more than 10 percent of its population by 2050, according to population projections released by the Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC).
Between 2010 and 2050, while Indiana’s general population is projected to increase 15 percent, 49 of the state’s 92 counties are expected to see a population decline due to past demographic and migration trends.
“These population projects are purely demographic, meaning that they rely exclusively on recent birth/death data and migration estimates,” wrote IBRC Economic Analyst Matt Kinghorn in the projections report. “Therefore, these figures are a reflection of what Indiana and its communities will look like if past trends continue.”
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Davis comes off probationary status
Mayor Robert Vanlandingham gives the oath of office to Firefighter-Paramedic Jason Davis during the April 13 Wabash City Council meeting. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Jason Davis is officially off probationary status with the Wabash Fire Department.
Davis, a firefighter-paramedic, was sworn-in to full-time status on Monday night by Mayor Robert Vanlandingham.
Fire Chief Bob Mullett said under city policy, all firefighters have the probationary status for their first year of service.
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Wabash man charged after hit-and-run accident
By Joseph Slacian
A Wabash man was arrested April 13 following a car and foot pursuit with Indiana Conservation Officers the Marion City Police Department and the Grant County Sheriffs Department.
The man, Wayne Lisby, 37, allegedly struck a pedestrian with his vehicle in Marion then fled to the Mississinewa Reservoir whereupon he led officers on a foot pursuit. 
Lisby reportedly struck Marla Turner, 49, of Marion in the Marsh Supermarket parking lot in Marion at approximately 3:52p.m . Turner was flown by Lutheran Air Ambulance from the scene in critical condition. 
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
New toy store opens on Market Street
The Black Squirrel is a new Wabash toy store now open for business. The store sells a variety of eco-friendly, sustainable toys from around the globe, including a few locally crafted items. Store owner Kristy Church said that she feels it’s important not only for parents to know where their toys come from but to also teach children to be sustainable through the items they play with. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
The Black Squirrel toy store and art gallery is now open for business after its soft opening on April 16.
Located next door to Modoc’s Market, the toy store serves not only as a source for toys from around the world, but also as a hangout spot for children while their parents get a coffee next door, according to Kristy Church, storeowner.
“I hoping that people who come to Charley Creek and the Honeywell Center or who are just visiting from out of town will have something else to do and bring presents home to their kids and grandkids.”
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Board orders house demolished
By Joseph Slacian
A house damaged by fire in October 2013 was ordered demolished by the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety on Wednesday, April 15.
The home, located at 458 N. Allen St., is owned by Claude Whittle and is being purchased on contract by Eric Phillips, Hillsboro.
The board considered having the home razed last fall, but Phillips convinced it to give him time to make repairs and begin refurbishing the structure. At its April 1 meeting, the board instructed Building Commissioner John Stephens to have Phillips update it on his progress.
Neither Phillips nor Whittle, who also received notice to appear before the board, were present on Wednesday.
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Mayoral hopefuls looking forward to debate

Wabash’s three mayoral candidates worked together Friday night, April 10, to serve meals during the Dallas L. Winchester Scholarship Fundraiser at the Wabash Elks Lodge. Serving food were (from left) Republican Scott Long and Democrats Margaret “Boo” Salb and Bob Mullett. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash’s three mayoral candidates are looking forward to Thursday night’s debate.

The trio – Democrats Bob Mullett and Margaret “Boo” Salb and Republican Scott Long – will answer questions beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Wabash County Historical Museum. The debate is sponsored by The Paper of Wabash County and the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m looking forward to it and I’m excited to do it,” Mullett told The Paper on Friday evening. “I’m hoping there’s a good crowd.

“As I’ve said before, I hope the people are excited about coming down and hearing what we think and make their decision based on that.”

Posted on 2015 Apr 14
Façade program begins again in Wabash

By Joseph Slacian

The second round of a façade grant program has started in the downtown Wabash area.

Applications for the program are now available on the Wabash Marketplace Inc.’s website,

“I think there’s significantly more funding for this round,” WMI Board President Jason Callahan said during an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “The Façade Improvement Program was one of the Stellar (Community Grant) projects.

“Patrick Sullivan, our executive director at the time, had gone out and solicited who would be interested in this. In that solicitation we came up with close to $900,000 worth of projects in the Downtown Historical District. We’re pretty excited to be able to continue improving the aesthetics in the Downtown Historical District.”

About $1.3 million is expected to be dedicated toward this round of the program.

Posted on 2015 Apr 14
Veterans to have reunion in Wabash

By Joseph Slacian

A group of veterans from the USS General H.W. Butner will be Wabash for their 41st reunion.

The veterans – which include members of the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps – will be in town from April 22-26, according to reunion organizers Duane and Bonnie Truss.

Posted on 2015 Apr 14

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