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SB mayor pays visit to Wabash
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg (third from left), chats with (from left) Jordan Tandy, Chad Harris, Christine Flohr and Tod Minnich while walking along Market Street en route to the Eagles Theatre. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg was the keynote speaker Tuesday, July 21, at the inaugural Wabash County Democrat’s Jackson-Jefferson Day reception.
 
But in addition to rallying the nearly two dozen party faithful gathered at the Honeywell Center’s Honeywell Room, Buttigieg turned his visit to Wabash into a learning experience, as well.
 
For about an hour before the Democrat’s reception began, Buttigieg, along with a variety of local hosts, toured the Honeywell Center, Eagles Theatre, Charley Creek Inn and the Historic Downtown area.
Posted on 2015 Jul 28
MSD students utilize online enrollment; Enrollment ends August 5
By Emma Rausch
 
So far, Wabash County’s Metropolitan School District’s student registration is going well after incorporating online enrollment for this first time this year, according to Aaron Hyden, director of information technology.
 
Online registration began on July 15 and “is going really well for our first year,” Hyden told The Paper of Wabash County in a telephone interview.
Posted on 2015 Jul 28
Cass, Carroll street repairs delayed
By The Paper staff
 
The City of Wabash is doing everything possible to complete the sewer repairs as soon as possible, Mayor Robert Vanlandingham said on Tuesday, July 21 afternoon.
 
Portions of Cass and Carroll streets were immediately closed as recent floods have damaged the sewer lines in those streets resulting in dangerous sinkholes.
Posted on 2015 Jul 21
Grace Fellowship to sponsor Serve-a-lution 2015
By The Paper staff
 
On July 25, Grace Fellowship Church will sponsor a serve-a-lution. The event will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
 
This is a school supply and backpack giveaway for those in need in the Wabash Area.
Posted on 2015 Jul 21
LaFontaine faces utility rate increase; Debt stands at $1.8 million
By Emma Rausch
 
LAFONTAINE – LaFontaine water and sewer costs spiked in June and the residents there aren’t happy.
 
At the Town Council meeting on Monday, July 13, Council President Gary Henderson, councilmen Jon Gillespie and Jeremy Waite, Clerk Treasurer Cindy Erb and Town Attorney Al Plummer listened to more than a dozen complaints of bills jumping $20-$100 in a month.
 
The utility rate increases were applied to the July billing cycle at the council’s June 8 meeting. While the residents agreed that they did not mind the rate increase, the biggest problem was that the large amounts came all at once instead of a steady increase over several months and that it took so long to implement the rates.
 
“For me personally, I had to have a justification, a reason to (raise the rates),” Henderson said. “It was not an easy thing to do because we’ve been through three town clerks. It took … Cindy until January 2014, I believe, just to get the books balanced and know where we’re at.
 
“And that’s a tough thing because the guys went four years without any raises until we were able to do so this year.”
Posted on 2015 Jul 21
Pence names Marion judge to Appeals post; Wabash judge was among finalists
Christopher Goff
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Gov. Mike Pence named Judge Robert R. Altice, Jr., of Marion Superior Court to fill the Indiana Court of Appeals vacancy on Friday, July 17.
 
Wabash Superior Court Judge Christopher Goff was among the three finalists nominated by the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission to fill the vacancy left by Judge Ezra H. Friedlander who announced his retirement in February. Appeals attorney Patricia C. McMath was the third nominee.
Posted on 2015 Jul 21
Barker Trust Fund helps Ivy Tech, Learn More Center
Richard “Chuck” Huffman, Senior Vice President of First Merchants Trust Company, and Pam Guthrie, Executive Director of Ivy Tech Community College’s Wabash campus, talk about the Pauline J. Barker Educational Trust. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Learn More Center and Ivy Tech Community College's Wabash Campus shared more than $75,000 in funding from the Pauline Barker Educational Trust.
 
The funds -- $33,800 for the Learn More Center and $42,000 for Ivy Tech -- were distributed during a brief ceremony Tuesday afternoon at the Ivy Tech Campus. 
 
Officials from First Merchants Bank’s Trust Company presented the funds to representatives from the two organizations. The firm oversees the trust fund.
 
Officials from the Learn More Center will use the funds to help advance educational opportunities for adults in Wabash County.
Posted on 2015 Jul 21
City OKs $2.115 M improvement plan
By Joseph Slacian
 
A $2.115 million bid for the Headworks Improvement Project at the City of Wabash’s Wastewater Treatment Plant was approved Wednesday, July 15, by the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety.
 
The board unanimously approved the bid from the James S. Jackson Co., Bluffton, on the recommendation of the city’s engineering firm, United Consulting, of Indianapolis.
 
“We have taken those back to see if they were consistent with the bid requirements,” United’s Keith Bryant told the board. “A total of three bids were submitted, ranging from $2,115,000 to $2,682,000."
Posted on 2015 Jul 21

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