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New Trolley no. 85 is unveiled to the public

Selected guests were invited Wednesday to a VIP Trolley Tour by officials of Visit Wabash County.

Visit Wabash County and the City of Wabash took possession of the trolley, dubbed Trolley No.85, earlier in June.

On Tuesday, guests were invited to take a ride from the Visit Wabash County office on South Miami Street to White Rock Recreation where they were treated to wood fire pizza.

While en route to White Rock, riders learned about some of the details the new trolley has to offer.

“We now have a wheelchair lift that actually works,” Tourism Manager Jennifer Long-Dillon told those on the ride. “We can actually get two wheelchairs in here.”

Two of the back benches in the trolley lift up to make room for the wheelchairs.

 
Posted on 2020 Jul 07
LaFontaine residents upset washed out bridge still not repaired

A group of LaFontaine area residents are upset with Wabash County officials at what they say is a lack of response by the county to repair a bridge between that community and Somerset.

Bridge 144 on Wabash County Road 1050 S was washed out in February 2018 following heavy rains. At that time, erosion caused land and the road around the bridge which crosses Grant Creek to erode away, leaving a giant hole on either side of the bridge.

At that time, then County Highway Superintendent John Martin told The Paper of Wabash County the roadway would be closed for at least six months, noting that “it serves as kind of a cut through road between (State Road) 13 and LaFontaine.
However, several residents believe it is more than that. The locals dub the road the LaFontaine-Somerset highway, and say it cuts down travel time between LaFontaine and Wabash and other points in the county.

Posted on 2020 Jul 07
U.S. starting to 'catch stride' after pandemic

Sen. Mike Braun is the first to admit he’s not met many of the goals he’s had after being elected to the U.S. Senate.

“A lot of things are taking away from what I was most interested in doing her, and that is to reform a broken healthcare system,” he said during a ZOOM meeting with various businesses and individuals on Tuesday, June 30. “It impacts all businesses. It’s the most expensive thing in our federal budget. It seems to be uncontrollable in terms of keeping federal costs down.”

Braun’s talk was sponsored by Grow Wabash County.

“We were starting to catch stride, but I the last year it’s been impeachment, COVID and now police reform,” he continued. 

“We will get through all of that. I doubt any of it will we get back to before the election.”

Posted on 2020 Jul 07
July 8 rally to show support for law enforcement officials

Wabash County community members Laura Cole and Barbara Pearson have organized a blue rally to show support for the police force.

This rally will take place on Wednesday July 8 at 6:30 p.m., on the steps of the Wabash County Courthouse.

“We have a desire to show our support and appreciation for law enforcement and believe it’s always a good time to do just that,” said Cole.

Posted on 2020 Jun 30
Volunteers help clean Salamonie property

On Thursday, June 25, volunteers gathered at the Interpretive/Nature Center at Salamonie Lake for a Volunteer Work Day, from 4-7 p.m.

The Paper of Wabash County spoke with interpretive naturalist Teresa Rody to find out what the work day consisted of.

“We send out something looking for volunteers once a month here at the reservoir, and those volunteers help us with projects that we get behind on,” said Rody. “We get behind some because we end up taking care of everyday recreational items for the public. There’s always another project that you just don’t get to.”

Posted on 2020 Jun 30
4-H Fair Queen contestants announced

Julie Echard, organizer of the the Wabash County Fair Queen Contest told The Paper of Wabash County that this year’s contest will be on Wednesday, July 8, at 7 p.m. in the Ford Theater at the Honeywell Center. 

This year, there are 26 contestants that are vying to be the 59th Wabash County Fair Queen. 

The evening will also include recognition of the 37 4-Hers that are completing their 10th year in 4-H and the announcement of the next inductee into the Wabash County 4-H Hall of Fame. 

The contest will be televised via WebTV and may also be on Facebook Live through the Wabash County Fair Queen Pageant page. 

Like many events this year, the contest will be slightly different due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted on 2020 Jun 30
4-H Fair to have a different look in 2020

On Tuesday May 15, The Wabash County 4-H Fair Council received recommendations on how to continue with the 4-H fair while following the guidelines set by the CDC to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Based on this information, Council members Jessi Huston and Jeff Michel released the following statement.

“Wabash County 4-H Council and our livestock superintendents met to take into consideration the requirements given to us. With careful consideration the 4-H Council has voted to continue planning and preparing for an in-person fair. We are still in discussion and the early planning stages of how we will proceed. Please be patient with us as we continue to work through our plans.

“In order to be in compliance with the Purdue University’s 4-H Fair Exhibition Social Distancing Requirements and Considerations (attached), there will be changes to the daily show schedules, a move to a “show and go” format along with closed judging for non-livestock projects. Please see the above link for more details.

Posted on 2020 Jun 30
Officials cancel 18th Chili Cook-off

The 18th annual Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity Chili Cook-off will not take place this year, at least in its traditional form.

Cook-off committee members met on Tuesday, June 16, and opted to cancel this year’s event.

“The traditional cook-off is not going to happen,” committee chair Todd Titus told The Paper of Wabash County. “We are looking at doing something with the event to keep the spirit of the event alive, doing some fundraising. We have some ideas about where the funds would go.”

Formal announcements of what format the cook-off will take is still a few weeks off.

“There will be opportunities for people to cook chili that include all the elements of the traditional cook-offs, it just won’t be happening at Paradise Spring with the usual crowd,” Titus said.

The committee, he said, “was pretty much all in agreement that it just wasn’t a good idea” to have the cook-off this year.”

“If you look at what the CDC and health officials recommend – essential distancing, frequent handwashing, wearing facemasks – none of that can happen at the Chili Cook-off,” Titus said. “Then you throw in the other elements with 80 to 90 teams cooking in an unregulated environment, many people handling ingredients, serving from one hand to someone else’s hand into their mouth, it’s just not a good thing to do.”

Posted on 2020 Jun 23

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