Pence names Marion judge to Appeals post; Wabash judge was among finalists
Christopher Goff
By Emma Rausch
Gov. Mike Pence named Judge Robert R. Altice, Jr., of Marion Superior Court to fill the Indiana Court of Appeals vacancy on Friday, July 17.
Wabash Superior Court Judge Christopher Goff was among the three finalists nominated by the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy left by Judge Ezra H. Friedlander who announced his retirement in February. Appeals attorney Patricia C. McMath was the third nominee.
Posted on 2015 Jul 21
Barker Trust Fund helps Ivy Tech, Learn More Center
Richard “Chuck” Huffman, Senior Vice President of First Merchants Trust Company, and Pam Guthrie, Executive Director of Ivy Tech Community College’s Wabash campus, talk about the Pauline J. Barker Educational Trust. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
The Learn More Center and Ivy Tech Community College's Wabash Campus shared more than $75,000 in funding from the Pauline Barker Educational Trust.
The funds -- $33,800 for the Learn More Center and $42,000 for Ivy Tech -- were distributed during a brief ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the Ivy Tech Campus. 
Officials from First Merchants Bank’s Trust Company presented the funds to representatives from the two organizations. The firm oversees the trust fund.
Officials from the Learn More Center will use the funds to help advance educational opportunities for adults in Wabash County.
Posted on 2015 Jul 21
City OKs $2.115 M improvement plan
By Joseph Slacian
A $2.115 million bid for the Headworks Improvement Project at the City of Wabash’s Wastewater Treatment Plant was approved Wednesday, July 15, by the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety.
The board unanimously approved the bid from the James S. Jackson Co., Bluffton, on the recommendation of the city’s engineering firm, United Consulting, of Indianapolis.
“We have taken those back to see if they were consistent with the bid requirements,” United’s Keith Bryant told the board. “A total of three bids were submitted, ranging from $2,115,000 to $2,682,000."
Posted on 2015 Jul 21
Modoc’s Market features new décor, café options
Modoc’s Market reopened its main doors on June 24 after a short construction period on the front room of the building. Wood Crafters LLC headed the main construction of the project, which added more space for baristas and redesigned the theme of the coffee shop. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Modoc’s Market reopened June 24 with a new look, technology and menu options.
While the shop never closed entirely, the menu options were limited for several weeks while construction was underway in the front room of the store, according to a Modoc’s Market representative.
Owner Angie Beauchamp told The Paper of Wabash County that the construction process was considered for more a year.
“Really what we wanted to do was improve our processes for serving our customers, improve our efficiency, to provide a better product with our new equipment and serve more consistent coffee drinks and provide more room for the baristas to work behind the bar,” Beauchamp said.
Posted on 2015 Jul 21
City Council looks at truck traffic
By Joseph Slacian
The question of semi-tractors and trailers using city streets was broached Monday, July 13, at the Wabash City Council meeting.
Council member Margaret “Boo” Salb said she has seen an increase in truck traffic on city streets.
“We know they definitely have GPS and everything, and I think they’re routing them right through some of the main streets of town,” she said. “Stitt Street has been getting a lot of heavy truck traffic.
“I don’t know how we can get around that unless we put huge signs for the truck route.”
Posted on 2015 Jul 21
Dozens volunteer at Hanna Park Project Community Volunteer Day
More than 60 volunteers assisted in revitalizing Hannah Park on July 18 as a part of the Hanna Park Project Community Volunteer Day. Volunteers included Kiwanis Club members, inductees in the United States Air Force, high school students, Hill Street residents and other community members interested in lending a helping hand. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
More than 60 volunteers visited Hanna Park on Saturday, July 18, to participate in the park’s Community Volunteer Day.
The Hanna Park Project, which is headed by the Wabash Kiwanis Club, revitalized the park by adding in a new playground and swings, clearing away debris, repaving the basketball court, painting the pavilion and planting trees and flowers.

Video of the Hanna Park Dedication on Wednesday evening.

Posted by The Paper of Wabash on Thursday, July 23, 2015
Posted on 2015 Jul 21
Midwest Poultry expansion plan upsets neighbors
By Shaun Tilghman
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Midwest Poultry Services, the family-owned and operated egg farming business based in Mentone, recently submitted an application to the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) requesting approval of an expansion project for Hi-Grade Egg Producers and Processors, located at 5780 E 1100 N, in North Manchester.
Originally, Midwest Poultry submitted Confined Feeding Operation (CFO) application packet on April 22nd proposing the construction of six new layer barns on the Hi-Grade farm. However, on June 1, Midwest Poultry CEO Robert Krouse advised IDEM that the application was being withdrawn.
On June 15, Midwest Poultry submitted the current CFO application proposing the addition of three new layer barns, which would be constructed northeast of the existing layer barns. The new barns would be cage free and house 136,617 layers each, and their addition would bring the total farm capacity to 2,777,741 layers.
Posted on 2015 Jul 21
Traffic stop leads to drug arrest
By The Paper staff
A Wabash City Police Department traffic stop led to the arrest of Mary R. Garrett, 33, Lagro on drug charges on Sunday July 12.
Captain Ryan Short initiated the traffic stop on a motor vehicle near State Road 15 and Wedcor Avenue.
According to the official report, Wabash Police alleged that the vehicle was driven by Garrett and that, during the traffic stop, illegal narcotics and cash were located.
Posted on 2015 Jul 14

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