City sets policies for terminating employees

By Joseph Slacian

The City of Wabash took steps to guard itself in the case of wrongful termination lawsuits when the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety met on April 15.

The board passed two resolutions creating policies, one for the termination of police officers and fire department employees and the other for the termination of standard city employees.

The measures, City Attorney Doug Lehman noted, are required because of the city’s insurance policy.

“Basically all we are doing here is something to help assure that the city receives the best insurance coverage at the lowest price possible,” he explained to the board. “When we renewed our insurance this last time, we have insurance policies that cover employment practices so that if we ‘wrongly terminate’ somebody and they bring a suit against us, it provides a defense and, if we are unsuccessful, it ends up with the insurance company paying whatever damages the person is claiming.”

Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Lower gas prices expected this summer
By Joseph Slacian
Motorists will pay the lowest gas prices this summer than in 2005, according to a study by GasBuddy.
The summer driving season, which runs from Memorial Day through Labor Day, will see gas prices averaging about $2.35 per gallon. That is down from an earlier forecast which had prices about $2.45 per gallon.
Both of the forecast figures are still lower than they have been the past 10 summers.
“That means more Americans can afford to pack up and go enjoy a summer getaway because the cost of getting there will likely be the lowest since 2005,” said Patrick DeHaan, a senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy.
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Wabash County population to decline by more than 10% unless…
By Emma Rausch
Wabash County is estimated to lose more than 10 percent of its population by 2050, according to population projections released by the Indiana Business Research Center (IBRC).
Between 2010 and 2050, while Indiana’s general population is projected to increase 15 percent, 49 of the state’s 92 counties are expected to see a population decline due to past demographic and migration trends.
“These population projects are purely demographic, meaning that they rely exclusively on recent birth/death data and migration estimates,” wrote IBRC Economic Analyst Matt Kinghorn in the projections report. “Therefore, these figures are a reflection of what Indiana and its communities will look like if past trends continue.”
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Davis comes off probationary status
Mayor Robert Vanlandingham gives the oath of office to Firefighter-Paramedic Jason Davis during the April 13 Wabash City Council meeting. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Jason Davis is officially off probationary status with the Wabash Fire Department.
Davis, a firefighter-paramedic, was sworn-in to full-time status on Monday night by Mayor Robert Vanlandingham.
Fire Chief Bob Mullett said under city policy, all firefighters have the probationary status for their first year of service.
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Wabash man charged after hit-and-run accident
By Joseph Slacian
A Wabash man was arrested April 13 following a car and foot pursuit with Indiana Conservation Officers the Marion City Police Department and the Grant County Sheriffs Department.
The man, Wayne Lisby, 37, allegedly struck a pedestrian with his vehicle in Marion then fled to the Mississinewa Reservoir whereupon he led officers on a foot pursuit. 
Lisby reportedly struck Marla Turner, 49, of Marion in the Marsh Supermarket parking lot in Marion at approximately 3:52p.m . Turner was flown by Lutheran Air Ambulance from the scene in critical condition. 
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
New toy store opens on Market Street
The Black Squirrel is a new Wabash toy store now open for business. The store sells a variety of eco-friendly, sustainable toys from around the globe, including a few locally crafted items. Store owner Kristy Church said that she feels it’s important not only for parents to know where their toys come from but to also teach children to be sustainable through the items they play with. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
The Black Squirrel toy store and art gallery is now open for business after its soft opening on April 16.
Located next door to Modoc’s Market, the toy store serves not only as a source for toys from around the world, but also as a hangout spot for children while their parents get a coffee next door, according to Kristy Church, storeowner.
“I hoping that people who come to Charley Creek and the Honeywell Center or who are just visiting from out of town will have something else to do and bring presents home to their kids and grandkids.”
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Board orders house demolished
By Joseph Slacian
A house damaged by fire in October 2013 was ordered demolished by the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety on Wednesday, April 15.
The home, located at 458 N. Allen St., is owned by Claude Whittle and is being purchased on contract by Eric Phillips, Hillsboro.
The board considered having the home razed last fall, but Phillips convinced it to give him time to make repairs and begin refurbishing the structure. At its April 1 meeting, the board instructed Building Commissioner John Stephens to have Phillips update it on his progress.
Neither Phillips nor Whittle, who also received notice to appear before the board, were present on Wednesday.
Posted on 2015 Apr 21
Mayoral hopefuls looking forward to debate

Wabash’s three mayoral candidates worked together Friday night, April 10, to serve meals during the Dallas L. Winchester Scholarship Fundraiser at the Wabash Elks Lodge. Serving food were (from left) Republican Scott Long and Democrats Margaret “Boo” Salb and Bob Mullett. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash’s three mayoral candidates are looking forward to Thursday night’s debate.

The trio – Democrats Bob Mullett and Margaret “Boo” Salb and Republican Scott Long – will answer questions beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Wabash County Historical Museum. The debate is sponsored by The Paper of Wabash County and the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce.

“I’m looking forward to it and I’m excited to do it,” Mullett told The Paper on Friday evening. “I’m hoping there’s a good crowd.

“As I’ve said before, I hope the people are excited about coming down and hearing what we think and make their decision based on that.”

Posted on 2015 Apr 14

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