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City sets employee policies during pandemic

The Wabash City Council on Wednesday, April 1, unanimously approved an ordinance spelling out essential policies for the City of Wabash to maintain governmental functions during a public health emergency.

The measure, which was approved on two readings by council, was suggested by the Indianapolis law firm Barnes & Thornburg and was being approved by various municipalities around Indiana, Mayor Scott Long said.

“Barnes and Thornburg were apparently very involved with advising the governor and the Legislature on how things are going to operate under the emergency,” City Attorney Doug Lehman said.

The ordinance details such things as meeting attendance, employee pay and sick leave.

Under the measure, no member of any board, commission or governing body is required to attend in person any regular of special meeting called or scheduled during the COVID-19 emergency.

Posted on 2020 Apr 07
Master Trooper retiring after years of service to ISP

Ask Joe Swisher why he wanted to become a police officer, the answer is quite different than one might expect.

“I have a saying that I created, and I really try to live by this: The uniform in policing is a doorway that opens to the path of compassion,” he told The Paper of Wabash County. “I’ve always viewed this uniform as an opportunity to do that, one that you wouldn’t have when you’re not wearing this uniform. Kids look at you every day. It’s like being in a parade every day.

“It opens doors that wouldn’t be there. Doors to help somebody, to listen to somebody, to have heart and have compassion.”

Posted on 2020 Apr 07
Love conquers all, even a pandemic

In May of 2019, Madison Miller went from being RJ Waldon’s girlfriend to his fiancé, and from that point, they began to plan the wedding of their dreams.

As they looked forward to the day they would become husband and wife, and counted down the days, they never imagined that a worldwide pandemic would cause their wedding day to change so drastically.

Originally a wedding planned for the day perfectly between both Madison and RJ’s birthdays, April 4t would now be a wedding on a Tuesday. A day they looked forward to sharing with their friends and family, totaling 250 guests, would only be witnessed by their immediate families. A reception with pizza and donuts and dancing and excitement would now become dinner at home with their families; and a honeymoon where the newlyweds would witness the grandeur of Yosemite National Park for the first time would become a honeymoon at home, practicing social distancing.

Although the couple began seeing changes to their day before the coronavirus hit the United States, they were still hopeful that they would still be able to live out the day that they had tirelessly planned for and looked forward to.

Posted on 2020 Mar 31
High school seniors reflect on unusual year

The school year started out, in the words of one local high school senior, “like a dream.”

But with the onset of COVID-19, school days were canceled for a few weeks. Those few weeks turned into more than a month under a mandate from Gov. Eric Holcomb.

Shut down until at least May 1, no one knows what the rest of the 2019-20 school year holds for any of the students or faculties of the local school districts. And that means the current senior class doesn’t know what will become of what is supposed to be one of the highlights of their young lives.

The Paper of Wabash County sat down with a group of seniors from Northfield, Southwood and Wabash high schools to discuss their thoughts about their senior years, and what the future holds for them.

Posted on 2020 Mar 31
Custom Crafts opens store in downtown Wabash

Kyndra Baldwin has always enjoyed crafting. In fact, she used to host “Pinterest Parties” in the barn she and her husband, Adam, own.
“My friends would come, my family, and we would make a whole bunch of crafts,” she said. “Their friends started to want to do it, or their co-workers. So, strangers I didn’t know in my barn … that was kind of weird.”
The building at 14 W. Canal St. came up for sale, and she and her husband purchased it and, since last October, Custom Crafts has operated out of it.
The business offers all customized crafts, she said.

Posted on 2020 Mar 31
Paint, hardware stores keep busy

Small local businesses continue to see changes during the COVID-19 pandemic, including hardware and paint stores.

For these specific Wabash businesses, Big City Paints and Do it Best Wabash Hardware, business has been either the same, or more than usual.

Big City Paints owner Sam Frazier said that although they were not seeing a lack of business at the popular local paint store, the decision was made to close through April 6.

“We have been exceptionally busy. Business has been great,” said Frazier. “People have been kind and patient.  My reason for closing is now my personal fear of being exposed. I have Multiple Sclerosis. My health and others health are more important than sales and money. With so many people driving here from other counties I am exposed even more.”

Posted on 2020 Mar 31
Governor issues stay-at-home order

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb delivered a statewide address today to order that Hoosiers remain in their homes except when they are at work or for permitted activities, such as taking care of others, obtaining necessary supplies, and for health and safety. The order is in effect from March 25 to April 7.

“The next two weeks are critical if we are to slow the spread of COVID-19, and we must slow the spread. You must be part of the solution, not the problem,” Gov. Holcomb said.

The first positive case of COVID-19 in Indiana was reported on March 6. Since then the number of positive cases has increased on a near daily basis, escalating as the capacity to test has grown. As of this morning, the number of tests completed in Indiana is 1,960, the number of positive cases is 259 and 7 deaths have been reported.

“I’m setting the example by sending state government personnel home to work to the maximum extent possible and closing our facilities to public interaction beginning Tuesday, for at least the next two weeks,” said Gov. Holcomb.

Posted on 2020 Mar 24
Local dancers advance to worlds competition

Two groups of dancers from The Dance Experience Company in Wabash earned an invitation to the Worlds competition.

The hopeful dancers traveled to Zionsville on the weekend of March 6 to compete. Many dance groups were taken to the competition and two of them received Golden Tickets which symbolizes an invitation to the Worlds competition in July.

The Dance Experience Company is committed to encouraging all dancers to strive for excellence and enjoy the journey along the way,” said Hannah Napier, director of The Dance Experience.

Posted on 2020 Mar 24

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