County Council approves tax abatement for Midwest Eye

Work has started on the new optical lens laboratory to be opened by Midwest Eye Consultants and Vision Properties, LLC, on Old U.S. 24. Photo by Harold Chatlosh

By Emma Rausch

In a 6-1 vote on Monday Jan. 26, the Wabash County Council approved a resolution for tax abatement for Midwest Eye Consultants and Vision Properties, LLC.

The firm plans to open a $2.39 million lens optical lab at the site for the former Cashway Lumber on Old U.S. 24 in Wabash. The lab is expected to create 31 jobs by 2018.

In October 2014, Indiana Economic Development Corporation had offered Midwest Eye Consultants up to $130,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $50,000 in training grants for a new lens coating Wabash-based laboratory, according an Area Development press release.

The credits are “performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired, [Midwest Eye Consultants] is not eligible to claim incentives,” according to the press release.

Posted on 2015 Feb 10
Injunction sought to stop Elmwood Drive demolition

By Joseph Slacian

An injunction to stop the City of Wabash from demolishing a home at 7 Elmwood Drive has been filed with Wabash Superior Court.

The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety learned about the injunction, filed by the estate of the late owner, Jo Jinks Dietzer, at its Feb. 4 meeting from City Building Commissioner John Stephens.

The estate and its representative Louise Dietzer Young, Dietzer’s daughter, received notification following the board’s Jan. 21 meeting that demolition could begin in 10 days.

Posted on 2015 Feb 10
Wabash City Schools accepting nominations for Hall of Distinction

By Emma Rausch

Applications are now being accepted for candidate nominations to the Wabash City Schools’ Hall of Distinction.

This year, eight nominees will be selected for induction into the Hall at the second inaugural ceremony that will take place during homecoming weekend in October.

Hall of Distinction Committee Chair Jan Roland said that the committee will research nominated candidates and vote in late March to choose which nominees are inducted.

Posted on 2015 Feb 10
Corn elected City Council vice president

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash City Council member Bonnie Corn made history at the Jan. 26 City Council meeting.

Corn was elected the council’s vice president. She is thought to be the first person to have ever held the spot in the council’s history.

“I guess we made history, didn’t we,” she said, rhetorically. “It’s probably something that needed to be done.”

As vice president, Corn will fill in whenever Council President Doug Konkle is unavailable.

Posted on 2015 Feb 10
Local fourth graders compose songs for FAME Festival

Coles Hughes, 11, O. J. Neighbours Elementary School, plays the glockenspiel as he reads over the composition piece he wrote. Hughes is one of 19 local Wabash and North Manchester fourth graders to participate in the FAME Festival project composition. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Local fourth graders composed a concert piece for the 2015 Foundation for Art and Music in Education (FAME) Festival, announced Director Judy Ward.

On Jan. 16, Jan. 24, and Feb. 6, Indiana Wesleyan University Professor of Music Composition Dr. Todd Syswerda met with 19 Wabash and North Manchester fourth graders at O. J. Neighbours Elementary School for “composium” or composition sessions.

“I love the education process and seeing their work turn into something.” Syswerda said. “Really my hopes for this class, I just wanted to get the kids thinking about music at a different level and I think they did.”

Posted on 2015 Feb 10
Nettleton Educational Services branches out to Wabash

By Emma Rausch

Nettleton Educational Services, a tutoring and educational therapy business, is now accepting clients in Wabash. Originally establish in North Manchester, the tutoring service expanded to Wabash in early January.

Prior to establishing her tutoring service with her husband, Matt Nettleton in 2007, Co-owner and Chief Education Instructor Diana Nettleton taught at Manchester Elementary School and work with special education for 11 years until her multiple sclerosis (MS) got progressively worse.

It was much too difficult to continue working at the school, Diana Nettleton said.

“So I left and my husband had a couple of good work friends who kept begging me to tutor other kids,” she said.
“So I said fine and I started out at home until I started getting a lot of kids. So my husband said, ‘Why don’t we start looking for a place for you downtown?’ So that’s what we did and I’m so grateful for him.”
Posted on 2015 Feb 10
Primary Elections in store for three of four local communities

By Joseph Slacian

Voters in Wabash, North Manchester and LaFontaine will participate in a Primary Election on May 5.

With the filing deadline passed at noon Feb. 6, three races shaped up in Wabash, while one will take place in North Manchester and one will take place in LaFontaine.

Republican voters in the City of Wabash’s first and fifth City Council Districts will choose candidates in the Primary. Meanwhile, Democrat voters will choose a mayoral candidates.

Posted on 2015 Feb 10
Wabash Relay for Life shortened to 12-hour event, scheduled for Aug. 29

The Relay for Life of Wabash County kicked off its first meeting Feb. 5 at the Beacon Credit Union Administration Building on Wabash Street. The meeting discussed changes to this year’s program, including a shortened walking schedule and craft bizarre. Over five team captains were in attendance including captains for Team Kroger and Wabash High School. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

The 2015 Wabash Relay for Life walk has been shortened to a 12-hour event instead of the usual 24-hours, members of the Relay for Life of Wabash County Committee announced at its kick-off meeting on Feb. 5.

The committee decided to reduce the walking schedule in the hopes that it will encourage more participation, event chair Amanda Wiley said.

Posted on 2015 Feb 10

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