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DNR confirms WRT worked without permit
By Joseph Slacian
 
An Indiana Department of Natural Resources official has confirmed that the Wabash River Trail has done work a second time without having received a DNR permit.
 
The rule violation was alleged May 17 during a hearing on the permit being sought to build a pedestrian bridge over Lagro Creek. DNR representative Nick Males said that night he believed that was indeed the case.
 
Posted on 2017 May 30
Short to seek sheriff's position
Ryan Short
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Ryan Short has announced his candidacy for Wabash County Sheriff in the 2018 election.
 
Short, who spent 31 years on the Wabash Police Department and is currently a member of the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, is the first person to formally announce their candidacy.
 
“I have a desire to stay in law enforcement,” he told The Paper of Wabash County. “I have a passion for the job and the people who work in it.”

He hopes to use his dedication, experience, knowledge and leadership skills to move the sheriff’s department forward in the future.

 

Posted on 2017 May 30
Heartland students earn certificates, recognition
Sam Watkins, superintendent of the Peru Community Schools, addresses Heartland Career Center students on Wednesday night during the school’s 52nd annual certificate presentation and career excellence student recognition program. Photos by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Sam Watkins graduated from the Heartland Career Center more than 20 years ago. But, he told HCC students Wednesday night, May 24, that he learned many things while there that he still uses today.
 
Watkins, a 1984 Wabash High School graduate, now serves as superintendent for the Peru Community Schools. He was the keynote speaker during Heartland’s 52nd annual certificate presentation and career excellence student recognition program at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater.
 
Posted on 2017 May 30
Stockdale Mill group closes in on funds for roof

Stockdale Mill, a 160-year-old landmark in Roann, is currently in need of a new roof. Due to general deterioration, holes (pictured below) have appeared in the structure’s wooden roof, according to Joe Krom, Stockdale Mill Foundation board member and volunteer. The foundation hopes to put a new, steel roof by late summer depending on funds raised to complete the $12,900 project. Photos provided

By Emma Rausch

ROANN -- Light shines through Stockdale Mill’s roof and, as poetic as it sounds, it’s not in a good way, according to Joe Krom, Stockdale Mill Foundation board member and volunteer.

Due to years of wear and tear, holes have formed in the roof and ceiling of the 160-year-old Wabash County landmark.

Posted on 2017 May 30
County Council confirms 3 companies as tax abatement compliant
By Emma Rausch
 
Three Wabash County companies have met their tax abatement compliances, the Wabash County Council concurred at its meeting Monday night, May 22.
 
The companies—Hipsher Tool and Die, Midwest Eye Consultants and Vision Properties, and Advanced Ag Resources—are currently the only businesses that have active abatements that were granted by the council. Each received 10-year tax abatements from the council within the last five years, according to Keith Gillenwater, Economic Development Group of Wabash County CEO.
 
Last year, the council asked Gillenwater to review each company that the council has issued tax abatements to ensure that they retained compliance.
 
Posted on 2017 May 30
MSD Board continues talks on Southwood sewer system
By Emma Rausch
 
The MSD of Wabash County Board of Education continued its discussion on options to update the Southwood sanitary system at its meeting Tuesday night, May 23.
 
While the goal is be to update the existing system at Southwood elementary and high school, the board explored the possibility of renovating pieces at a time until a project plan can be finalized.
 
Posted on 2017 May 30
Former Bulldog Battery CFO accepts plea agreement in racketeering case

Thomas Wagner and Laura Wagner

By Emma Rausch

A Wabash man accepted a plea agreement Monday, May 15, in connection to a Bulldog Battery racketeering case.

Thomas A. Wagner, 60, plead guilty to felony theft and felony insurance fraud.

In November, he was preliminarily charged with three counts felony theft, two counts felony insurance fraud, two counts felony conspiracy to commit fraud and two counts felony corrupt business influence.

Posted on 2017 May 30
Lagro man faces child molestation charges
James A. Camp
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A Lagro resident is facing child molestation charges following a Wabash County Sheriff’s Department investigation.
 
James A. Camp, 52, Lagro, was charged with two counts felony child molesting and felony performing sexual conduct in the presence of a minor.
 
Posted on 2017 May 30

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