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City makes Best Communities designations
By Joseph Slacian
 
Two agencies received designations by the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety on Wednesday, May 6, as part of the America’s Best Communities grant program.
 
The City of Wabash was named a quarterfinalist in the privately funded contest, and is in the running to receive $3 million if grand funds for economic revitalization. The top three finalists – second and third place will receive $2 million and $1 million, respectively – won’t be named until April 2017.
Posted on 2015 May 12
Local residents gather on Wabash County Courthouse lawn for National Day of Prayer
Pastor Alex Falder (far right) prays for churches across the United States with three other members of the community at the National Day of Prayer on May 7. More than 35 members of the community gathered on the Wabash County Courthouse lawn to pray for topics including family, government, and media. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
On Thursday, May 7, more than 35 members of the Wabash County community gathered on the Wabash County Courthouse lawn to participate in the National Day of Prayer and fifth annual Hesychia House prayer walk.
 
The community gathered on the courthouse lawn as part of a national movement to exercise religious freedom rights, according to Pastor Tom Curry.
 
“I think on courthouse lawns in Huntington County, Grant County, and all the surrounding counties in different states and even in Washington, D.C., there is this national movement,” Curry said, “so we’ve chosen to be a part of a national movement of Christians exercising their freedom in this way and seeking God’s power and light and love to more and more and more to come into our homes, come into our lives, and come into our courtrooms, not in a formal legislative way, but in a presence of light and love that changes people and we want that more, not only for the world, but for every neighborhood.
Posted on 2015 May 12
Special Olympians to compete in Wabash
By Joseph Slacian
 
Some 250 athletes from a six-county area will converge on Wabash on Saturday, May 16, for the annual Area V Special Olympics track and field events.
 
The participants from six nearby counties will compete at Wabash High School’s Alumni Field.
 
“Wabash has done it through the Kiwanis Club many, many, many years,” local coordinator Doug Adams told The Paper of Wabash County. “It’s an annual event and we look forward to hosting it.”
 
Athletes from Wabash, Miami, Pulaski, Kosciusko, Cass and Howard counties will participate in the event, which will begin at 9 a.m. with an opening ceremony.
Posted on 2015 May 12
Bids awarded for Sherman St. culvert work
By Joseph Slacian
 
Troy Eads Excavating received the contract to replace a culvert on Sherman Street, just east of Miami Street, in Wabash.
 
The firm bid $22,525 to receive the contract during the May 6 Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.
 
The city received just one other bid, that of $42,500 from Brainard Excavating.
 
Work is for the installation of a corrugated polymer coated culvert, to be supplied by the city, along Priser Ditch.
Posted on 2015 May 12
New shoppe stocked by Wabash County’s eclectic community
The Eclectic Shoppe was welcomed to Wabash on May 1 with a commemorative ribbon cutting. Alex Madrigal, who started the now family operated business, stands to the left of her mother Maria Smyth who cut the ceremonial ribbon while father Mike Smyth and sisters Mari and Monica Madrigal stand behind them and celebrate the occasion with her. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Eclectic Shoppe is open and ready for business after celebrating its ribbon cutting on May 1.
 
Now a family-operated business, Alex Madrigal originally began the business in January 2013 by selling jewelry and accessories via Facebook. After a discussion with her family, Madrigal and her parents, Maria and Mike Smyth, decided to move the business into a storefront in August 2014 and expand the shop’s inventory to include art, furniture, rugs, and more.
 
Asked how does the store live up to its name, Mrs. Smyth said, “Well, look around.”
Posted on 2015 May 12
Local health department official volunteers in wake of Indiana crisis
By Emma Rausch
 
Since late March, more than 140 cases of HIV have been reported that relate to an “outbreak” in Scott County, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
 
Top officials from Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) met with Gov. Mike Pence and State health officials on April 27-28 to discuss the progress, response, and continued control of the outbreak.
 
On April 20, the Indiana General Assembly passed Senate Enrolled Act 461, which approves the use of syringe or needle exchange programs in case of public health emergencies to help control possible outbreaks.
 
While the state government has worked to control the outbreak from spreading further, however, Scott County sent out a message through the Indiana Vital Records Association seeking help and one local woman answered the call.
Posted on 2015 May 12
Canine flu cases confirmed in Indiana; no reports in Wabash County
New strain of influenza sickens over 1,100 dogs in Midwest and kills at least five
 
By Emma Rausch
 
At least a dozen cases of canine influenza have been reported in the northwest part of Indiana, but none were reported in Wabash County, according to the Indiana State Board of Animal Health.
 
Since the beginning of April, an outbreak of canine flu that started in Chicago has sickened more than 1,1100 dogs in the Midwest, killed at least five, and recently spread to Indiana. As of April 21, nine dogs caught the virus in Lafayette and the Muncie Animal Shelter quarantined 70 dogs, putting adoptions on hold after several dogs returned with the virus after being neutered at Purdue University.
Posted on 2015 May 12
Arrest warrant leads to alleged meth lab
Matthew J. Hayslip, 28, Wabash, and Samantha L. King, 33, Wabash, were arrested May 5 for an alleged meth lab at Hayslip's apartment. Photos provided
 
By The Paper staff
 
Two people are in custody after an arrest warrant served by Wabash Police Department (WPD) early Wednesday morning allegedly led to the discovery of an active meth lab.
 
According to a news release issued Tuesday May 5 by WPD, at about 2:14 a.m. Tuesday Wabash Police served an active arrest warrant on Matthew J. Hayslip, 28, Wabash, at 422 ½ W. Hill St.
 
While officers were inside the residence, they allegedly located an active meth lab.
Posted on 2015 May 12

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