Crashes leave two injured
A Danville man was injured after a personal injury accident at the intersection of State Road 15 and Country Road 400 North on Tuesday, Dec. 16. A 2014 Ford pick-up driven by Jerome A. Schepers, 62, Santa Claus, collided with a 2006 Chevrolet pick-up driven by Robert W. Walls, 88, Danville. The investigation is ongoing. Photo by Emma Rausch 
By Joseph Slacian
Two people were injured last week in separate accidents, Sheriff Bob Land announced.
On Dec. 15, 2015, at approximately 2:20 p.m., the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a personal injury accident on S.R. 13 at S.R. 124. 
According to a news release from Land, the investigation shows that a 2013 Chevy pick-up truck, driven by James Vickrey, 74, LaFontaine, was northbound on S.R. 13, and was stopped at the four-way stop at S.R. 124. 
A 2004 Chevrolet driven by Katrina N. Reynolds, 23, Wabash, also northbound on S.R. 13, failed to observe or slow down for the stopped traffic, and struck the rear of the Vickrey pick-up. 
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Local man arrested for sexual misconduct with minor
Rodney Eckman
By Emma Rausch
A local man was taken into custody on Dec. 11, charged with three felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.
Rodney Eckman, 54, Wabash, was charged with two counts of felony sexual misconduct with a minor – intercourse with a child at least 14-years-old and one count of felony sexual misconduct with a minor – fondling a child at least 14-years-old but younger than 16-years-old, according to the official bookings report.
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Alternative School students receive reward
Alternative School director Laura Helm watches as students (from left) Dylan Walls, Lindy Miller, Austin Lester, Braxton Conlee and Kara Fugate look at their gifts from the Wabash Kiwanis Club. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Students in the Wabash City Schools Alternative School program received presents on Thursday, Dec. 17, as the school’s first semester was drawing to a close.
“There’s a local group called the Kiwanis Club,” Liz Hobbs, director of The Access Youth Center told the students. “It does all kinds of community projects. What they wanted to do was encourage you guys and congratulate you guys for completing the first semester of school.
“They also wanted to encourage you to continue and to let you know that we’re all very proud of you. It’s not just Laura (Helm, the alternative school’s director) and I, but we’re all very proud of you for all the hard work you do.”
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Wabash library rededicated childrenís room
Nancy Snyder hugs one of the many children she’s met during her time as the Wabash Carnegie Public Library children’s librarian on Friday, Dec. 11, during the library’s open house and good-bye party. Snyder officially retired this month after serving 34 years at the library. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
The Wabash Carnegie Public Library rededicated its children’s room as The Tilman-Snyder Children’s Room on Friday, Dec. 11, in honor of retiring Children’s Librarian Nancy Snyder.
Approximately 37 guests were in attendance at Snyder’s retirement party at the Women’s Clubhouse as the library board surprised her with the announcement.
Originally, the room was dedicated as The Della Tilman Children’s Room after Della Tilman, the facility’s head librarian from 1923-1969 who was an important and influential person during that time, according to Library Director Ware Wimberly III.
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Charley Creek Inn breaks ground for building project
Breaking ground for the second phase of the Charley Creek Inn building project are (from left) Brent Martin and Jeff Kumfer of SRKM Architecture; Steve Downs and Shelby McLaughlin of Wabash Marketplace Inc., Mayor Bob Vanlandingham, Kevin Berger of Easterday Construction, Dan Ford of the Charley Creek Foundation, Howard Kaler, Charley Creek Inn general manager, Christine Flohr of Visit Wabash County, and Mark Noble of the Charley Creek Inn. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Ground was broken on Wednesday, Dec. 16, for the second phase of a building project at the Charley Creek Inn.
The first phase involved the demolition of a building immediately south of the Inn on Miami Street.
The demolition took place over the summer, and there was minimal disruption of travel through the downtown area.
The second phase involves an expansion of the existing building at the site of the former Smith Furniture building.
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Council OKs new City Court case management system
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash City Court is in the process of obtaining a new CSI (Computer Systems, Inc.) Case Management System.
City Court Judge Tim Roberts made a presentation to the Wabash City Council on Monday, Dec. 14, to discuss the need for the new system. Under an Indiana Supreme Court order, the council, along with the mayor and the judge must approve seeking the new system before a State Court Administration Panel ultimately decides it upon.
The current Keystone system, Roberts said, precedes his time in office, which has been 12 years.
“Some of the problems we’ve had, and these go back, to my knowledge, at least 10 years, is that it doesn’t break out the costs and so forth,” he told the Council. “The system has some glitches in it. Because of that, the State Board of Accounts has required us to keep a separate, hand written spreadsheet."
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Board of Works approves two projects
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash airport to get fiber communications
Metronet received a $40,000 grant from the City of Wabash to extend fiber communications infrastructure to the Wabash Municipal Airport.
The funds will come from the city’s share of the County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT).
Officials at the Lutheran Air Helicopter hangar have wanted fiber at the site, City Attorney Doug Lehman said.
“The city checked with Metronet, and unfortunately it is not economically feasible to run fiber down there, based on the number of customers that are likely to connect to it, without some kind of incentive or assistance,” he said. “So the mayor has decided to use funds from his special projects CEDIT money, which is for economic development.
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All-inclusive park
In another matter, the board unanimously approved a contract for the design of the all-inclusive park. The park, to be located at the John Drook Memorial Skate Park on Carroll Street, is part of the Stellar Community Grant.

“The city allocated $200,000 in June of this year,” according to Rachel Uthe, a landscape architect with American Structurepoint who is serving as the city’s spokesman for the Stellar program. “There will be a remainder of about $38,000 left of that $200,000.”

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Posted on 2015 Dec 22
County Council denies local departmentís legal fee payment request
By Emma Rausch
In a 7-0 vote, the Wabash County Council denied appropriation of funds to pay the Wabash County Health Department’s legal fees accrued in 2015.
The local health department’s officials requested $15,000 to be transferred out of the Strengthening Public Health Accreditation fund to pay attorney Larry Thrush for legal service fees in issues related to the Local Health Maintenance Fund, according to Mike Ridenour, council chairman.
“So (these are) invoices for services provided to (the health department) resulting (from the council) moving money from the Local Health Maintenance to County Health,” Ridenour explained.
Posted on 2015 Dec 22

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