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Increase in mycotoxins seen in local corn crop
A sample of an ear of corn with aflatoxin. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The majority of Wabash County’s corn farmers are reporting elevated levels of mycotoxins in their crops and it could mean trouble if not handled properly, according to Curt Campbell, Wabash County Purdue Extension educator.
 
Mycotoxins are natural chemicals that are associated with ear rot and can be harmful for humans and animals to ingest, according to cornmycotoxns.com, Purdue University’s research website.
 
Farmers across the state report mycotoxins annually and, therefore, it is common to see low levels of the toxins throughout the agricultural community, according Charles Woloshuk, a botany and plant pathology professor at Purdue University whose research specializes in mycotoxins associated with grain production.
 
However, in Wabash County, corn producers are reporting ear rot associated with two forms of mycotoxin, vomitoxin and aflatoxin, according to Campbell.
 
Posted on 2016 Oct 18
Nearly 23,000 registered to vote in election
By Emma Rausch
 
Voter registration closed Tuesday, Oct. 11, and more than 22,700 Wabash County residents will be eligible to vote this Election Day, Nov 8, according to Theresa Ehret, Wabash County deputy clerk.
 
“It picked up a lot,” Ehret told The Paper of Wabash County. “This weekend (Oct 8-9) through (Thursday, Oct. 13) I have processed 454 registrations. That was between the BMV, online registrations and mail-ins.
 
“Right now we have a total of 22,724 on the roster right now with another 419 pending and in those pending are address updates and new registrations.”
 
Posted on 2016 Oct 18
City OKs sewage, stormwater rate hikes
By Joseph Slacian
 
Increases in the sewage and stormwater rates were approved on first reading Tuesday night, Oct. 11, by the Wabash City Council.
 
The three-phase sewage rate increase, the first since 2010, will range from $2.13 in 2017 to $2.37 in 2019, based on residential use of 5,000 gallons per month. The increase is 5.6 percent annually for the three-year period, or 16.8 percent over the three years.
 
Posted on 2016 Oct 18
New computer, electronic repair business celebrates grand opening
Joey Trudeau (center), with the assistance of his daughter Emilie and son Brayden, cut the ceremonious red as youngest son Conrad looks on while being held by Brian Jasmantas (third from right). Wabash County Chamber members (from left) Lance Agness, Richard King, Rachel Olsen and (far right) Steve Kirtlan joined the Trudeaus as they commemorated the occasion. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Computer and Electronic Repair Technician LLC is now open for business after owner/operator Joey Trudeau cut the ceremonious red ribbon to mark the store’s grand opening on Friday, Oct. 7.
 
From computers and laptops to antique electronics “all the way back to vacuum tubes,” arcade machines, game consoles, cellphones and tablets, Trudeau is a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to repairs.
 
“If you can plug it in and turn it on, chances are I can fix it,” Trudeau told The Paper of Wabash County.
 
Posted on 2016 Oct 18
County OKs contract for jail design plans
By Joseph Slacian
 
A contract with DLZ Indiana LLC to develop preliminary designs for a new Wabash County Jail was approved Tuesday morning, Oct. 11, by Wabash County Commissioners.
 
The contract, for $24,500, is expected to be signed Thursday afternoon, Oct. 13, when the Wabash County Jail Committee meets.
 
Posted on 2016 Oct 18
Local communities plan Trick or Treat hours

Wabash City Trick or Treat hours will be on Halloween night, Oct. 31, which is a Monday. Downtown Wabash will host trick or treat hours on Saturday, Oct. 29.

By Joseph Slacian

It took several minutes of debate among the members of the Wabash City Council on Tuesday night, Oct. 11, but the City of Wabash now has times set for Trick or Treat.

The debate was needed after Mayor Scott Long broached having Trick or Treat on Saturday, Oct. 29.

“Typically the city has conducted trick-or-treating on Halloween night,” he told the council. “I’ve had some feedback already on this. Downtown Wabash will have trick-or-treating on Saturday, the 29th. The 31st is on a Monday, so if we want to make the teachers and parents mad by getting the kids all jacked up on chocolate and then sending them to school the next morning…”

However, Council member Mitch Figert said that Trick or Treat should be on Halloween night.

Posted on 2016 Oct 18
Groups push for similar signage on area trails
A sample of what one of the wayfinding signs could look like along Northeast Indiana trails. Photo provided
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
HUNTINGTON – All trails in Northeast Indiana – both existing and new – could have similar signage sometime in the future.
 
The Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating Council (NIRCC) contracted with Merge Design, West Chester, Pa., to prepare a comprehensive branding initiative for the Northeast Indiana regional trail system. The system includes Wabash County, as well as the 10 other counties in Northeast Indiana.
 
NIRCC, along with a representative from Merje, John Bosio, conducted a series of meetings Wednesday, Oct. 12, to discuss a proposed name, logo and tagline for the regional system.
 
Posted on 2016 Oct 18
Honeywell Foundation kicks off anniversary celebration
Honeywell Foundation CEO Tod Minnich raises a champagne toast to kick off the Foundation’s 75th anniversary. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
A few hundred supporters of the Honeywell Foundation gathered Wednesday evening, Oct. 12, in the Honeywell Center to help the Foundation kick off its 75th anniversary celebration.
 
Festivities will continue through to the actual date the Foundation was formed, Dec. 26.
 
Foundation Board Chair Dave Haist welcomed the guests to the kickoff. 
Posted on 2016 Oct 18

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