Governor seeks disaster declaration
By Joseph Slacian
Gov. Mike Pence announced Friday that he has asked U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack to issue a secretarial disaster declaration for Wabash County and 52 other counties around Indiana.
The move, requested in a letter dated July 28, cited crop damage and losses caused by flooding and excessive rain in the state since May 1.
In 50 counties, reported crop damage and losses have met or exceeded 30 percent of a crop, and three counties have experienced a significant number of damages and looses to multiple crops.
Posted on 2015 Aug 04
FunFest 2015 to begin on Aug. 5
A map looking at the various street closures planned Saturday, Aug. 8, for the FunFest by the River running events. Photo provided
By Shaun Tilghman
The North Manchester community is just days from one of its most celebrated traditions, the annual FunFest By The River event, which will take place from Wednesday, Aug. 5, through Sunday, Aug. 9, this year.
In addition to the traditional activities, the festival has added a number of new activities and contests to the schedule this year.
Posted on 2015 Aug 04
Wabash teen charged with rape
By Emma Rausch
A 17-year-old male from Wabash was arrested on July 23 by Wabash Police on the felony charges of rape and sexual battery.
During an initial hearing on July 27, his trial date has been set for Nov. 24 at 8:30 a.m.
Posted on 2015 Aug 04
Hopewell Foundation plans ice cream social
By Joseph Slacian
LAGRO – The Gene Stratton-Porter Hopewell Foundation will host its third annual ice cream social on Saturday, Aug. 15.
The event will be from 4-7 p.m. at Hopewell Church, located northeast of Lagro, at the northeast corner of County Roads 500E and 300N.
Ice cream will be available for a free-will offering.
There will be free horse and wagon rides around the countryside Stratton-Porter once played.
The North Manchester Civic Band will perform at 4:45 p.m., and there will be a treasure hunt for children.
Posted on 2015 Aug 04
City increases fees for mowing lawns, weeding
By Joseph Slacian
It is going to cost homeowners more if crews from the City of Wabash are required to mow their lawns, pull their weeds or take care of any other “rank vegetation” on their properties.
The Wabash City Council, during its July 27 meeting, approved on first reading an ordinance increasing the fee, from $15 to $50 per hour. The Council will consider final approval when it meets Aug. 10.
Street Department Superintendent Scott Richardson broached the increase with city officials, City Attorney Doug Lehman told the Council.
Posted on 2015 Aug 04
City gets funding break on one Stellar program
By Joseph Slacian
The City of Wabash’s contribution to one of the Stellar Community Grant projects will be less than originally anticipated.
The Wabash City Council learned on Monday, July 27, that the city’s matching funds for the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation program will now be $25,000, not $35,000 as first thought.
The change is because the Region III-A Development & Regional Planning Commission is only providing the city $250,000 for the first phase of the work, City Attorney Doug Lehman told the Council. It was to have provided $350,000. The city’s match is 10 percent.
Posted on 2015 Aug 04
Access distributes school supplies
Volunteers tend to local families seeking back-to-school supplies on Thursday, July 30, at the Access Youth Center. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
About 500 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed Thursday and Friday, July 30-31, at The Access Youth Center in downtown Wabash.
The backpacks were available to any family in Wabash wishing to receive one, and were broken down to pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school and high school.
Posted on 2015 Aug 04
Community Foundation grant to help fund industrial skills classes
Officials from Ivy Tech, the Community Foundation of Wabash County and Heartland Career Center share a group hug following the check presentation. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Ivy Tech Community College’s Wabash campus received a $27,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Wabash County during a brief ceremony the afternoon of Wednesday, July 29.
The funds will be used to help support workers seeking to upgrade technical skills. Up to 20 students, many of whom will already be in the workforce, will have access to four basic courses in Industrial Technology that can be parlayed into associate’s degrees or certifications in maintenance, electrical, welding, and other middle skills credentials.  
“This is going to help our adults here in Wabash County help take industrial skills classes,” Pam Guthrie, Executive Director of the local Ivy Tech campus, said. 
Posted on 2015 Aug 04

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