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Park Board OKs first phase of inclusive park

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By Joseph Slacian
 
The first phase of the Wabash Inclusive Park has a price tag of more than $990,000, according to plans unveiled to the Wabash Park Board on Wednesday, Aug. 12.
 
The board unanimously approved the plans, which are part of the Stellar Community Grant program. The approval paves the way for the Stellar’s park subcommittee to begin making plans to raise funds for the project, which will be located on Carroll Street, next to the John Drook Skate Park.
 
So far, $400,000 has been raised for the project. Of that, $200,000 came from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, with the remainder coming from city coffers. 
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Blue-green algae found at reservoirs
By Emma Rausch
 
Mississinewa Lake is under a blue-green algae “Advisory” alert, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
 
Blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, may produce toxins that are dangerous to pets, small children or those who may ingest the water, according to an Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) press release. Although blue-green algae is common, when the algae’s levels are high, toxins may be fatal if swallowed or may cause rashes on human skin.
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Firefighters to honor fallen comrades, help others
By Joseph Slacian
 
For the third straight year, firefighters from around Wabash County will pay tribute to their fallen New York City comrades on Sept. 11.
 
Firefighters locally will be climbing stair step machines at the Wabash County YMCA the equivalent of 110 flights in the World Trade Center.
 
In addition, the group will try to raise at least $1,100 to be donated to the Indiana Burn Camp in Battle Ground. The target goal is the equivalent of sending one youngster to the camp.
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Accidents leave five people injured
Jessica Long’s vehicle rests on it side in a cornfield just south of Ind. 16. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
At least five people were injured in the past week in three separate traffic accidents.
 
The most serious of the crashes took place about 10:42 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, on Ind. 13, between Wabash County Roads 700 N and 800 N.
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Kugler named Duke Energy Difference Maker
Clint Kugler, Wabash County YMCA executive director, accepts his Duke Energy Difference Maker award from Laura Sheets, District Manager for Duke Energy’s Northern District. Looking on is Randy Lewandowski, the Indianapolis Indians general manager. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
INDIANAPOLIS – Clint Kugler, executive director of the Wabash County YMCA, is now a Duke Energy Difference Maker.
 
Kugler received the honor here at Victory Field on Friday night, Aug. 14, between games of an Indianapolis Indians – Durham Bulls doubleheader.
 
Laura Sheets, District Manager for Duke Energy’s Northern District, and Indians General Manager Randy Lewandowski presented Kugler the award during a ceremony along the third base line. Kugler, who was introduced to the crowd prior to the ceremony, was honored for his work with Wabash County Promise and Promise Indiana.
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Wood sworn in as firefighter/paramedic
Mayor Robert Vanlandingham gives the oath of office to firefighter/paramedic Nathan Wood. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Nathan Wood is the newest firefighter/paramedic on the Wabash Fire Department.
 
Wood, who joined the department as a firefighter/emergency medical technician about two years ago, was sworn in as a paramedic on Monday, Aug. 10.
 
“It’s been a great experience,” he said. “Everyone here has been extremely helpful.”
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Nomanco expected to return to Roann site shortly
Crews from Miller Construction work on the Nomanco Trailers building in Roann. The business was heavily damaged by fire in April. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
ROANN – Nomanco Trailers is expected to re-open at its site destroyed by an April fire in the next few weeks, a company official told The Paper of Wabash County.
 
Crews from Miller Construction are rebuilding the structure that was destroyed in an April 23 fire. 
 
The company, which builds trailers and truck beds, actually resumed work within a week of the fire at a different location. The fire was started by a short in some conduit.
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Planning continues in America’s Best Communities contest
Greg Stephens, Regional President for Frontier Communications, addresses those attending the America’s Best Community banquet Thursday night at the Charley Creek Inn. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
A committee is working on the City of Wabash’s plans for the November America’s Best Communities deadline.
 
The city is one of 50 cities or towns across the nation vying for the title and a share of $10 million in prizes. The overall winner will receive $3 million in the contest sponsored by Frontier Communications, DISH Network, CoBank and The Weather Channel.
 
Officials from the aforementioned sponsors were in town Thursday night for a banquet at the Charley Creek Inn. There, the city received a ceremonial check for $50,000, its share of being named one of the quarterfinalists.
Posted on 2015 Aug 18

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