Health survey reveals Wabash County adult smoking cut by 10%

By Emma Rausch

In the last five years, 10 percent of Wabash County smokers kicked habit and lowered the county’s smoking population to less than 20 percent, according to Wabash County Health Rankings and Roadmaps survey.

In 2010, 30 percent of Wabash County adults smoked while 26 percent of Indiana’s overall population. In 2014 and 2015, the county’s tobacco users have remained constant at 19 percent, under the state average of 23 percent.

“I think getting below the state average is remarkable because you look at the other counties around us and they just aren’t there yet,” said Dan Gray, Wabash County Tobacco Free Coalition director.

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
Building commissioners explain need for building permits

By Joseph Slacian

The coming of spring means the building season is once again upon us. Because of that, building commissioners in both Wabash and North Manchester are reminding residents about the need for building permits.

The North Manchester Building Department receives numerous calls asking if a permit is needed for a specific project, Commissioner Bernie Ferringer said.

In general, he continued, there are various projects that would require a permit, including making an addition to a building, doing a remodeling project that involves load bearing walls, new electrical or plumbing, or those that will cost more than $1,500. Projects such as storage buildings, in-ground and above-ground swimming pools and wood decks also require a building permit, he added.

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
Wabash County Historical Museum commemorates the ‘Electric Dynamo’

Piper Ellet builds a circuit at the new “Dr. Charles F. Brush” exhibit in the Wabash County Historical Museum. Piper, who turned 5-years-old on March 31, chose to celebrate her birthday at the museum and became one of the first visitors to explore the new exhibit. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Wednesday March 31 marked the 135th anniversary of the day Wabash became the first electrically lighted city in the world and the grand opening of the Wabash County Historical Museum’s new exhibit.

The “Dr. Charles F. Brush: An Electric Dynamo” exhibit, now open to the public, commemorates Dr. Charles F. Brush, the man responsible for lighting the city in 1880.

In 1876, Brush designed his version of the “dynamo” generator, later “claiming that he could light an entire city with it,” according to Museum Director Mitch Figert.

“Well, Wabash put him up to the challenge and the rest is history.”

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
More work planned at Woman’s Club House

By Joseph Slacian

The Woman’s Club House in store for updates that could cost about $80,000, a Club House representative told the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety on Wednesday, April 1.

Club House representative Ellen Stouffer updated the board because the city still owns the site, located at 770 W. Hill St., just east of the Wabash City Park entrance.

The facility was in total need of repair in 2006, she said. Since then, it has received about $200,000 in donations, a grant and a $15,000 contribution from the City of Wabash.

“So we have seriously taken on two aspects” to help preserve the building, she said, noting those are to get it on the National Register of Historic Places and to make it “useful to the community.”

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
City seeks update on Allen Street structure

Wabash firefighters prepare to fight a fire at 458 N. Allen St. in October 2013. The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety wants an update on how work to repair the structure is progressing. The Paper file photo

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety is requesting that Eric Phillips appear before it at its April 15 meeting.

Phillips owns the home at 458 N. Allen St., and told the board last year that he would repair the structure after it was damaged in an October 2013 fire.

Board members are asking for an update on the progress of the work, or it might consider having the structure town down.

City Attorney Doug Lehman reminded the board that it had previously found the building to be an unsafe structure and issued an order for it to be demolished within 30 days.

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
City orders home demolished … again

By Joseph Slacian

The future of a home at 7 Elmwood Drive has been settled.

The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety, by a 2-1 vote on Wednesday, April 1, voted to have the home demolished. Board member Dee Byerly voted against the measure.

This is the second time that the Board has ordered the home to be demolished. However, as in the past, the decision wasn’t made without lengthy debate.

The decision came after Wabash Circuit Court Judge Robert McCallen III ruled in favor of the city in an injunction filed by the estate of the late owner, Jo Jinks Dietzer, and her daughter, Louise Dietzer Young.

At Wednesday’s meeting, local contractor Corky Ross was on hand, asking the board to give him time to negotiate a purchase of the property from the Dietzer estate. He told the board that he made an offer for the property to Young during a conversation the night before the board meeting. He has not received a response to the offer.

Posted on 2015 Apr 07
Crash leaves 5 people injured

Five people were injured in this two-vehicle accident late Friday afternoon on State Road 13, just north of County Road 200 N. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Five people were injured late Friday afternoon in a nearly head-on accident on State Road 13, just north of Wabash County Road 200 N.

According to the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, at approximately 4:20 p.m. a 1999 Chevrolet pick-up truck driven by Samuel H. Renz, 18, North Manchester, was traveling south on SR 13 when he failed to notice he was approaching slowed or stopped traffic.

The traffic, according to a release Sunday afternoon from the Sheriff’s Department, had stopped to allow a southbound vehicle turn east into a driveway.

Renz swerved into the northbound lane to avoid a rear-end collision and struck a northbound 2012 KIA van driven by Erickson D. Conkling, 39, North Webster.

Conkling and a front-seat passenger, Megan M. Conkling, 13, North Webster, were trapped in the vehicle, the release said. They had to be extricated by rescue units from the Wabash City and Noble Township fire departments.

Posted on 2015 Mar 31
Wabash businessman faces four charges

Miteshkumar Adesara

By Joseph Slacian

Four charges have been filed against a Wabash businessman following a March 20 raid on his business.

Miteshkumar M.  Adesara, 32, is charged with possession of a synthetic drug, counterfeiting, dealing in a synthetic drug and felony dealing in a synthetic drug.

Adesara was arrested March 20 following a raid at Plaza Mini Mart, 215 E. Harrison Ave., by Wabash Police and members of the Wabash Police Drug Task Force.

Posted on 2015 Mar 31

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