Governor Pence signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act

By Joe Slacian

Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The signing took place during a private ceremony in his office at the Indiana Statehouse.

The following statement was released following the signing:

“Today I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, because I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith.

“The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action."

Posted on 2015 Mar 26
Burglary leads to charges against two men

A Wabash Police officer enters the Plaza Mini Mart on Friday afternoon. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By The Paper staff

A burglary at Plaza Mini Mart last week led Wabash Police to make two arrests.

One of the arrests was in connection with the burglary. The second stemmed from a search that took place at the business over several days.

Sgt. Matt Benson, the Wabash Police Department’s Public Information Officer, said Saturday morning that police responded to a burglar alarm at Plaza Mini Mart, 180 Harrison Ave., at about 4:40 a.m. Tuesday, March 17.

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Police seek info on rash of burglaries

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in solving a string of 10 burglaries that have taken place in Wabash County in recent weeks.

The burglaries, most of which have occurred during the day light hours, have taken place throughout the county, Sheriff Bob Land told The Paper of Wabash County.

There is no description of the suspects, nor is there a description of any vehicle that may be involved in the burglaries, the sheriff added.

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Harvey Industries responds to class action lawsuit

By Emma Rausch

Officials from Harvey Industries have responded to the class action lawsuit filed against them on Jan. 16.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the affected previous employees after the company laid off approximately 141 workers in December 2014.

The company’s representing attorneys Stephen Downs and Mark Frantz of Wabash responded to the lawsuit on March 12, submitting answers and affirmed defenses to the complaint, including denying that Harvey Industries violated the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act which requires notice be given to all effected employees 60 days prior to the layoff.

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Board of Commissioners signs letter to Duke Energy

By Emma Rausch

The Wabash County Commissioners took a stand against Duke Energy’s proposed five-mile transmission line, according to a letter signed at the board’s meeting on March 23.

At the meeting, all three members signed a letter addressed to Duke Energy’s Government and Community Relations Manager Laura Sheets, which voiced the board’s concerns and disapproval of Duke Energy’s proposal.

“It is clear to us that Duke Energy did not have best interests of the citizens of Wabash County in mind when it designed the route for this new transmission line,” the board wrote. “This proposed route clearly takes more from local farmers than is necessary to achieve the goals Duke Energy had in mind when the route was first conceived.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
WFD must change way it handles prescription meds

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash Fire Department – at the request of the Drug Enforcement Agency and Parkview Hospital – must change the way it replenishes prescription medications in the department’s ambulances.

In the past, the hospital stored the drugs for the department and would replenish them for the fire department. However, the medication must now be kept at the station.

Fire Chief Bob Mullett, at the March 18 Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety meeting, requested permission to spend money from the city ‘s Ambulance Fund to purchase a safe in which to store the drugs. The safe, from Medixsafe, Memphis, Tenn., costs $3,000 plus another $65 per year for maintenance.

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Wabash County gets ‘Fed Up’ about obesity

Prior to the showing of ‘Fed Up’, a medical panel of six medical professionals from the Wabash community gathered on the Eagles Theatre stage to stress the importance of eating well. The panel included (from left) Dr. Bruce Trump, Dr. James Bain, Dr. Mary Ann Bain, Dr. Rose Wenrich, Dr. Jamie Lindsay, and (not pictured) Matthew Graham. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Wabash County is the fourth most obese county in the ninth most obese state of the third most obese country in the world, according to Bryce Lindsay, Be Well strategic planning task force member and NuStart co-founder.

On March 19, the Eagles Theatre opened its doors to more than 240 members of the community for a one-night only free showing of the film “Fed Up,” an examination of America’s obesity and the food industry’s role in “aggravating it,” according to a press release.

“The reason (for the showing) is because Wabash County itself ranks very low when it comes to health,” Lindsay said in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “That is a problem, not only health-wise, but also economically.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Board updated on demolition projects

By Joseph Slacian

The former Fairplay Family Fun Center building, 92 E. Market St., is no more.

Brainard Excavating tore down the building, which has been vacant and donated to Wabash Marketplace Inc., last week. It will serve as the site of a parking lot for the Rock City Lofts. The Lofts are part of the city’s Stellar Community project.

“Brainard dropped it,” Wabash Street Department Superintendent Scott Richardson said. “The city’s Street Department cleared it up. We didn’t have adequate equipment to take it down safely.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 24

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