Weather moves Gallery Walk indoors

By The Paper staff

The Friday night Gallery Walk will be moved indoors after Wabash received more rain earlier today, announced Katie Beauchamp, Charley Creek Arts Festival committee chair.

Starting at 5 p.m., galleries and downtown businesses will remain open despite the weather.

Posted on 2015 Jun 26
Charley Creek Inn to add outdoor dining, event area

An artist's conception of the new outdoor dining and event area.

By The Paper staff

An outdoor dining and event area is planned immediately south of the Charley Creek Inn.

The building, which most recently housed Smith Furniture, will be demolished to make room for the new plaza area, Charley Creek officials said.

Posted on 2015 Jun 26
2 NM residents face charges in meth-related incident

Two North Manchester residents are facing a variety of charges following a methamphetamine-related incident Thursday evening in the 200 block of East Main Street.

Posted on 2015 Jun 26
Barber shop fire ruled arson

A June 18 fire at Curt’s Barber Shop, 1593 Stitt St., has been ruled arson, Fire Chief Bob Mullett told The Paper of Wabash on Thursday.

Posted on 2015 Jun 25
Two file candidacy papers for November election

Two candidates filed for positions on the Municipal Election ballots in November.

One of the candidates is for the Wabash City Council, while the other is for the LaFontaine Clerk Treasurer position.

Posted on 2015 Jun 25
Internet posting draws fire from local officials
By Joseph Slacian
Local officials are downplaying an Internet report that lists Wabash as the worst city in Indiana to get a job.
Mayor Robert Vanlandingham and Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County, put little value in the report, prepared by the website
According to the report, Wabash is the worst of the state’s 78 largest cities to find a job. Peru is second on the list, followed by Marion. 
Also listed, by order of ranking, are Connersville, Gary, Muncie, East Chicago, Michigan City, Crawfordsville and Bedford.
The website limited its analysis to those places in Indiana with at least 10,000 people and isn’t a township, according to the report. The criteria considered, it continued, was the unemployment rate, recent job growth, future job growth, income taxes and median household income.
Of Wabash, the report said, the city “takes the dubious distinction of being the worst city in Indiana to get a job.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 23
Honeywell Pool opens with emotional ceremony

Mayor Robert Vanlandingham, with the help of Hiley Ward from Little Friends Day Care, cuts the ribbon to open the Honeywell Pool. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Mayor Robert Vanlandingham, joined by children from the Wabash County YMCA and Little Friends Daycare, cut the ribbon on the refurbished Honeywell Pool on Tuesday, June 16.
As prestigious as the moment was, perhaps the highlight of the day was when Vanlandingham told a story about something that happened more than 54 years ago.
On May 30, 1961, childhood friends Tim Kersey and Chuck Spencer stood in line, anxiously awaiting the grand opening of the Honeywell Pool.
Posted on 2015 Jun 23
Local Health Department at risk of losing 2016 grant funds
By Emma Rausch
The Wabash County Health Department may be declined $33,000 in grant money next year as a result of a decision made by the County Council in February.
At a council meeting on Feb. 23, in a 6-1 vote, the council passed a resolution authorizing the transfer of $104,821.43 from the local Health Maintenance Fund (LHMF) to the County Health Fund (CHF). Council member Randy Curless cast the lone vote against.
The transfer’s purpose was to assist the local Health Department pay for payroll and other operating expenses, according to Council chair Mike Ridenour.
“Toward the end of January of this year, I was made aware that County Health Fund cash balances were insufficient to meet upcoming payroll and it was a continuing problem,” Ridenour told The Paper of Wabash County. “The proposal from the Health Department was a temporary loan from our Rainy Day Fund, but there were [two] big issues with that. First, Rainy Day Fund wasn’t adequately funded to do this at the time with other allocations needed for issues that had previously come to light and, more importantly, it did not solve the cash balance issue that had been ongoing. It would just prolong it.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 23

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