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City OKs ambulance contract
By Joseph Slacian
 
The City of Wabash has proposed three-year contract with Wabash County to provide ambulance service to nearly three-fourths of the county.
 
The measure, approved Wednesday, Dec. 2 by the Wabash Board of Public Works & Safety, must now go to Wabash County Commissioners for their approval. The current contract expires on Dec. 31.
 
The contract, as it has for at least the last six years, will carry with it a 2 percent increase per year. 
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
Fog blamed in two serious accidents
Heavy fog was reported in the area of U.S. 24 and County Road 200 W just prior to an accident Tuesday morning, Nov. 24. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By The Paper staff
 
Heavy fog on Tuesday morning, Nov. 24, is blamed for two traffic accidents that left one person dead and five others injured.
 
One person was killed and three others were injured Tuesday morning in a car-semi-tractor and trailer accident on U.S. 24 and Alber Street about 9:20 a.m.
 
According to a news release from the Wabash County Sheriff Bob Land, Cheryl K. Koehler, 71, Wabash, was killed after the car she was driving struck the rear end of the tractor-trailer driven by Jackie C. Hazeltine, 64, Columbus, Ohio. Wabash County Coroner Carol Whitesel pronounced her dead at the scene.
Posted on 2015 Dec 01
Construction work begins on Wabash St., Harrison Ave. intersection

Work began on replacing the bridge at the intersection of Wabash Street and Harrison Avenue on Monday morning, Nov. 30. Photo by Emma Rausch

Posted on 2015 Dec 01
New recycling program to begin Jan. 1
By The Paper staff
 
As of Jan. 1, the Wabash County Solid Waste Management District will begin a new drop-site recycling program to better assist county residents.
 
The new program was made possible with the partnership of Whitley Environmental from Columbia City, an environmental consulting company that won the local district’s 2016-2018 recycling program bid.
 
With this change in vendors also comes a change to the program, in that residents will no longer need to separate their recyclables.
Posted on 2015 Dec 01
12th annual Winter Banner Contents awards 39
Alisha Music (center) stands with the McCallen family and her teacher David Brace (far right) after receiving the Bob McCallen Award at the Honeywell Center’s Winter Banner Contest awards ceremony. The McCallen family includes (from left) Shane and Page Himes, Robert McCallen III, Peggy McCallen, Peggy Grossnickle and Bryan and Sylvia McCallen. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Honeywell Center named 39 students as award winners of the 12th annual Winter Banner Contest at the contest’s award ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 18.
 
Students from Manchester Community Schools, MSD of Wabash County School District, Wabash City Schools, St. Bernard Catholic School, Emmanuel Christian School, Heartland Career Center and various local home schools participated in the contest.
 
The annual competition, which is open to Wabash County students, was founded by the late Peggy McCallen and her husband the late Robert McCallen Jr.
Posted on 2015 Dec 01
Council trims funds from 2016 salary ordinance
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash City Council trimmed the city’s salary ordinance by $64,800, eliminating the police department’s clothing allowance and holiday pay.
 
The elimination doesn’t mean that the department will not be receiving those funds. Rather, the funds were duplicated, and the duplication was eliminated.
 
The council, at its Nov. 23 meeting, also was asked to consider using $32,000 of the funds, which had already been budgeted, to create a receptionist’s position at City Hall. While the post would be new, the funding would not be as it was to be taken from the $64,800 duplicate payment.
Posted on 2015 Dec 01
‘Last Comic Standing’ finalists to perform at Honeywell
Andy Erikson, the ninth season runner-up of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” will be one of four acts performing tonight at the Honeywell Center in the “Last Comic Standing” tour. Erikson along with finalists Ian Bagg, Dominique and Michael Palascak open for Clayton English, this season’s official last comic standing. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” finalists will take to the Honeywell Center Ford Theater stage tonight at 7:30 p.m.
 
Runner-ups Andy Erikson, Ian Bagg, Dominique and Wabash’s own Michael Palascak will open for Clayton English, the winner of Last Comic Standing.
 
So far, touring “has been really good,” Erikson told The Paper of Wabash County in a phone interview.
 
“We’ve been all around. East Coast, West Coast, the Midwest,” she continued. “It’s been really fun.
 
“We’ve gotten to perform every night for different crowds all over the country and we’ve gotten to see how those different crowds … laugh at or react to different jokes and I think it’s making us all stronger comics. So it’s an experience to try to grow.”
Posted on 2015 Dec 01
Crash kills one, injures three

By The Paper staff

One person was killed and three others were injured Tuesday morning in a car-semi-tractor and trailer accident on U.S. 24 and Alber Street.

According to a news release from the Wabash County Sheriff Bob Land, Cheryl K. Koehler, 71, Wabash, was killed after the car she was driving struck the rear end of the tractor-trailer driven by Jackie C. Hazeltine, 64, Columbus, Ohio. Wabash County Coroner Carol Whitesel pronounced her dead at the scene.

Posted on 2015 Nov 24

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