More work planned at Woman’s Club House

By Joseph Slacian

The Woman’s Club House in store for updates that could cost about $80,000, a Club House representative told the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety on Wednesday, April 1.

Club House representative Ellen Stouffer updated the board because the city still owns the site, located at 770 W. Hill St., just east of the Wabash City Park entrance.

The facility was in total need of repair in 2006, she said. Since then, it has received about $200,000 in donations, a grant and a $15,000 contribution from the City of Wabash.

“So we have seriously taken on two aspects” to help preserve the building, she said, noting those are to get it on the National Register of Historic Places and to make it “useful to the community.”

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
City seeks update on Allen Street structure

Wabash firefighters prepare to fight a fire at 458 N. Allen St. in October 2013. The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety wants an update on how work to repair the structure is progressing. The Paper file photo

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety is requesting that Eric Phillips appear before it at its April 15 meeting.

Phillips owns the home at 458 N. Allen St., and told the board last year that he would repair the structure after it was damaged in an October 2013 fire.

Board members are asking for an update on the progress of the work, or it might consider having the structure town down.

City Attorney Doug Lehman reminded the board that it had previously found the building to be an unsafe structure and issued an order for it to be demolished within 30 days.

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
City orders home demolished … again

By Joseph Slacian

The future of a home at 7 Elmwood Drive has been settled.

The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety, by a 2-1 vote on Wednesday, April 1, voted to have the home demolished. Board member Dee Byerly voted against the measure.

This is the second time that the Board has ordered the home to be demolished. However, as in the past, the decision wasn’t made without lengthy debate.

The decision came after Wabash Circuit Court Judge Robert McCallen III ruled in favor of the city in an injunction filed by the estate of the late owner, Jo Jinks Dietzer, and her daughter, Louise Dietzer Young.

At Wednesday’s meeting, local contractor Corky Ross was on hand, asking the board to give him time to negotiate a purchase of the property from the Dietzer estate. He told the board that he made an offer for the property to Young during a conversation the night before the board meeting. He has not received a response to the offer.

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
Crash leaves 5 people injured

Five people were injured in this two-vehicle accident late Friday afternoon on State Road 13, just north of County Road 200 N. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Five people were injured late Friday afternoon in a nearly head-on accident on State Road 13, just north of Wabash County Road 200 N.

According to the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 4:20 p.m. a 1999 Chevrolet pick-up truck driven by Samuel H. Renz, 18, North Manchester, was traveling south on SR 13 when he failed to notice he was approaching slowed or stopped traffic.

The traffic, according to a release Sunday afternoon from the Sheriff’s Department, had stopped to allow a southbound vehicle turn east into a driveway.

Renz swerved into the northbound lane to avoid a rear-end collision and struck a northbound 2012 KIA van driven by Erickson D. Conkling, 39, North Webster.

Conkling and a front-seat passenger, Megan M. Conkling, 13, North Webster, were trapped in the vehicle, the release said. They had to be extricated by rescue units from the Wabash City and Noble Township fire departments.

Posted on 2015 Mar 31
Wabash businessman faces four charges

Miteshkumar Adesara

By Joseph Slacian

Four charges have been filed against a Wabash businessman following a March 20 raid on his business.

Miteshkumar M.  Adesara, 32, is charged with possession of a synthetic drug, counterfeiting, dealing in a synthetic drug and felony dealing in a synthetic drug.

Adesara was arrested March 20 following a raid at Plaza Mini Mart, 215 E. Harrison Ave., by Wabash Police and members of the Wabash Police Drug Task Force.

Posted on 2015 Mar 31
Group proposes new bike trail along Wabash River

The green line on the map is the proposed Wabash River Bike Trail. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash County Commissioners on Monday, April 30, approved a request for a new bicycle trail designed to link Wabash County with Huntington and Miami counties along the Wabash River.

Although Wabash County approved the plan, which was broached by the Wabash River Bike Trail Inc. committee, it must also be approved by officials in Miami and Huntington counties.

“What we would like to do is have the county mark a road, what we are calling the Wabash River Trail,” committee chair Amy Ford told the commissioners. “It will a bike trail and a vehicle trail on something that’s already road. It’s not something that we are trying to build.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 31
‘Harry the Homeless Hippie’ makes stop in Wabash

Tim Watt, better known as Harry the Homeless Hippie, stands with his shopping cart, Dolly, along Market Street. He is traveling the state of Indiana over the next two years to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless and hungry. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Tim Watt is on a mission.

A Gary native, Watt had everything going for him. He and his wife lived in St. Paul in a home valued at more than $1 million that they had purchased from his father-in-law for a fraction of the value. They had it paid off in 10 years. They also operated a business, which they also purchased from his father-in-law.

The couple had four children and also served as foster parents. They stressed living a life following the word of God.

But then one day, shortly before Watt and his wife celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary, his world changed.

“She told me that she still loved me, but that she wasn’t in love with me any more,” Watt told a group of about 15 gathered Monday, March 30, at the Wabash Church of the Brethren for a monthly meeting of Homes for All. The group is dedicated to finding solutions to the homeless problem in Wabash County.

Posted on 2015 Mar 31
Monopoly benefit helps Ivy Tech’s Wabash campus

A baked good auction was among the fundraising events taking place at Ivy Tech’s Monopoly Night fundraiser. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Speeches, live and silent auctions, food and, of course, games marked the annual Monopoly night fundraiser for Ivy Tech Community College’s Wabash Campus.

Supporters gathered Friday, March 27, at the Heartland REMC Community Room to help raise funds for the Wabash Campus’ scholarship fund.

Funds raised during Friday night were going toward a $20,000 matching grant from the Pauline Barker Trust Fund, according to Kelly Karickhoff, who was part of a fundraising committee for the Wabash Campus.

The fund, which stood at about 18,000 prior to the fundraiser, easily matched the goal as bids were taken on several items throughout the evening. For example, a table of guests paid $120 to be the first in line to be served at dinner. A desert auction also raised several hundred dollars for brownies, angel food cake, cupcakes and more.

Posted on 2015 Mar 31

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