City nixes plans for private mosquito spraying
By Joseph Slacian
The City of Wabash’s plan to offer mosquito spraying for special events are no more.
At the Aug. 5 Board of Public Works and Safety meeting, the city broached an idea taking special requests to spray for mosquitos prior to functions from non-profit organizations. The board tabled the measure because board members Greg Metz and Dee Byerly wanted some of the provisions in the measure changed.
Posted on 2015 Aug 25
Three face drug charges

By The Paper staff

Three Wabash residents were arrested Sunday, Aug. 16, following an investigation by the Wabash City Police Department.

On Sunday, at approximately 4 p.m., WPD second shift officers began an investigation into the possible possession and dealing of drugs.

Patrolman Kevin Evenson and Probationary Patrolman Jason Mooney allege their investigation led them to 41 S. Spring St. in Wabash, according to the official report.

Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Officials investigate E. coli outbreak
By Emma Rausch
Six cases of E. coli are currently under investigation in Wabash, Marshall and Fulton counties, according to Pam Pontones, Indiana State epidemiologist.
In collaboration with the health departments from the three counties, Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) officials are investigating possible cases of E. coli 0157:H7 in northern Indiana, according to Department of Health press release.
On Friday Aug. 14, the ISDH briefed the media outlets in a conference call on details regarding the investigations with some restrictions on the provided information.
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Park Board OKs first phase of inclusive park

Click on the image to get a closer look of the all new inclusive park plans. Images provided

By Joseph Slacian
The first phase of the Wabash Inclusive Park has a price tag of more than $990,000, according to plans unveiled to the Wabash Park Board on Wednesday, Aug. 12.
The board unanimously approved the plans, which are part of the Stellar Community Grant program. The approval paves the way for the Stellar’s park subcommittee to begin making plans to raise funds for the project, which will be located on Carroll Street, next to the John Drook Skate Park.
So far, $400,000 has been raised for the project. Of that, $200,000 came from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, with the remainder coming from city coffers. 
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Blue-green algae found at reservoirs
By Emma Rausch
Mississinewa Lake is under a blue-green algae “Advisory” alert, according to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
Blue-green algae, also known as cyanobacteria, may produce toxins that are dangerous to pets, small children or those who may ingest the water, according to an Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) press release. Although blue-green algae is common, when the algae’s levels are high, toxins may be fatal if swallowed or may cause rashes on human skin.
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Firefighters to honor fallen comrades, help others
By Joseph Slacian
For the third straight year, firefighters from around Wabash County will pay tribute to their fallen New York City comrades on Sept. 11.
Firefighters locally will be climbing stair step machines at the Wabash County YMCA the equivalent of 110 flights in the World Trade Center.
In addition, the group will try to raise at least $1,100 to be donated to the Indiana Burn Camp in Battle Ground. The target goal is the equivalent of sending one youngster to the camp.
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Accidents leave five people injured
Jessica Long’s vehicle rests on it side in a cornfield just south of Ind. 16. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
At least five people were injured in the past week in three separate traffic accidents.
The most serious of the crashes took place about 10:42 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, on Ind. 13, between Wabash County Roads 700 N and 800 N.
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Kugler named Duke Energy Difference Maker
Clint Kugler, Wabash County YMCA executive director, accepts his Duke Energy Difference Maker award from Laura Sheets, District Manager for Duke Energy’s Northern District. Looking on is Randy Lewandowski, the Indianapolis Indians general manager. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
INDIANAPOLIS – Clint Kugler, executive director of the Wabash County YMCA, is now a Duke Energy Difference Maker.
Kugler received the honor here at Victory Field on Friday night, Aug. 14, between games of an Indianapolis Indians – Durham Bulls doubleheader.
Laura Sheets, District Manager for Duke Energy’s Northern District, and Indians General Manager Randy Lewandowski presented Kugler the award during a ceremony along the third base line. Kugler, who was introduced to the crowd prior to the ceremony, was honored for his work with Wabash County Promise and Promise Indiana.
Posted on 2015 Aug 18

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