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Fair's poultry show canceled by state

By Emma Rausch
emma@thepaperofwabash.com

All bird showings at the Wabash County 4-H Fair have been canceled this year as a precaution to the spread of avian influenza, according to Angela Christopher, Wabash County 4-H youth educator.

The cancellation is a result of the Indiana State Board of Animal Health’s (BOAH) ban on all public displays of birds, including shows, exhibitions, and public sales, as of May 27.

The decision was made “to protect Indiana’s poultry from potential exposure to H5 avian influenza virus,” the BOAH announced in a press release.

While virus is not dangerous to humans through poultry meat or egg consumption, it is often deadly for chickens, turkeys, exotic birds, and other fowl, according to the BOAH.

Posted on 2015 May 28
State Road 15 crash leaves several injured
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A three-car collision left nine individuals injured, two with head trauma, on Monday, May 25.
 
At approximately 5:18 p.m., the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, along with rescue units from Pleasant Township, Roann, and Wabash Fire Departments, responded to a personal injury crash on SR 15 near 800 North.
 
The crash involved three vehicles.
Posted on 2015 May 26
LaFontaine group seeks to restore old cemetery
Mark Davis, owner of Stone Saver Cemetery Restoration, shares a scrapbook documenting the restoration of a different cemetery. Davis said careful records of everything going on need to be kept during the restoration process. Photo by Adam B. Smith
 
By Adam B. Smith
 
LAFONTAINE -- Visitors to LaFontaine’s Rennaker Cemetery have a clear view of the timeworn gravestones and monuments that fill the broken rows of the Old La Fontaine Cemetery. Some small markers covered up by grass sit in the shadows of taller, dirt-covered monuments.
 
The Friends of the Old La Fontaine Cemetery gathered a group at the cemetery Saturday, May 16, for a cemetery restoration workshop. The group sought to gather support for the restoration of the largely neglected cemetery.
Posted on 2015 May 26
County crops face rain delays but still seeing progress
By Emma Rausch
 
Despite delays caused by scattered showers and several days of cold weather, Indiana crops are still ahead on growing progress, according to Curt Campbell, Purdue Extension Office agriculture educator.
 
Overall, Indiana’s crop progress as of May 17 is in line with the state’s five-year crop activity average, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
 
“In fact, we’re a little bit ahead (of the five-year average) on corn planted and soybeans are about the same,” Campbell told The Paper of Wabash County. “We also had record yields a year ago, so at this point we’re not, from an industries standpoint, we’re not overly alarmed by the weather.”
Posted on 2015 May 26
Trash causing problems for city’s Sewage Department
By Joseph Slacian
 
Rick Price, interim superintendent at the City of Wabash Wastewater Treatment Plant, has a request for local residents: Be careful of what you flush down the toilet or drain.
 
“All of a sudden we’ve been dealing with what I’ve been calling ‘trash’ coming into the wastewater treatment plant,” he said. “By trash I mean paper towels, Swiffers, blue rolled shop towels …
 
“It seems like it’s worst now than it has ever been before. And it seems like it’s not only causing problems at the Wastewater Treatment Plant, but it’s also causing problems for our pump stations, our lift stations that pump to the wastewater treatment plant.”
Posted on 2015 May 26
Wabash River Defenders return to Clean Out the Banks
Michael Beauchamp (left), founder of the Wabash River Defenders, discusses various access points used in past years for the Clean Out the Banks events at the Wabash River Defenders team leader meeting on May 14. The organization has again partnered with the City of Wabash and local property owners to establish access points for the upcoming Wabash River cleanup event. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash River Defenders are finalizing the team assignments up for their fourth Clean Out the Banks event on July 25, but are still welcoming more volunteers to join the cause.
 
On May 14, the organization’s committee met with nearly a dozen team leaders to update the volunteers on the cause’s recent developments, coordinate location assignments, and organize tool responsibilities for each team.
 
Ideally, the organization would like to have 19 teams for the upcoming cleanup, one team per mile of the 19-miles the river runs through Wabash County, said founder Michael Beauchamp.
Posted on 2015 May 26
City to proceed with demolition
By Joseph Slacian
 
The owner of a home at 458 N. Allen St. had hoped the city would give him more time to repair the structure, which was damaged in a 2013 fire.
 
However, the man, Eric Phillips, failed to show up at the May 20 meeting of the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety. Consequently, the board ordered building commissioner John Stephens to continue with the demolition plan.
Posted on 2015 May 26
Wabash firefighter forfeits pay
By Joseph Slacian
 
A Wabash firefighter has forfeited his pay for 28 days for violating a department policy.
 
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety approved the forfeiture, suggested by Fire Chief Bob Mullett, on Wednesday, May 20. The firefighter, Jacob Hierholzer failed to call the station to call off sick.
 
“He would end up working 28 days without pay,” City Attorney Doug Lehman said, noting that Hierholzer has signed a paper agreeing to the forfeiture. “You, as a board, has a right to either accept that and it will happen, or you can deny that. If you deny that, then Jake has asked for a hearing to determine what kind of action you want to take with regard with the disciplinary issue."
Posted on 2015 May 26

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