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Council names 2 to school board
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash City Council named Tony Pulley and Rod Kelsheimer to the Wabash City Schools Board on Monday night, Dec. 11.
 
The two were selected from a field of six candidates that also included two incumbents, Kimberly Pinkerton and Mary Ann Tait, as well as first-time applicants Kipp Cantrell and Kristen Petruniw. Pinkerton is finishing her second term on the board, while Tait is finishing her first.
 
The six were interviewed in a Nov. 28 meeting that violated the Indiana Open Door Law for two reasons.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 12
Survey: Continue with CF study; Metropolitan School Board to consider withdrawing from study
By Emma Rausch
 
The vote is in.
 
In response to The Paper of Wabash County’s public opinion survey, 80 voted “Yes” when questioned if MSD of Wabash County and Wabash City Schools should pursue the Studies for Advancement Phase II.
 
The Paper hosted the survey as a follow up to the MSD of Wabash County School Board’s discussion regarding the studies, which will pursue on a further detailed investigation on consolidation, on Tuesday, Nov. 28.
 
The board will be continuing its discussion “and vote to withdraw” on Tuesday, Dec. 12, according to the agenda.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 12
State probe shows city funds missing
By Joseph Slacian
 
A special investigation by the Indiana State Board of Accounts (SBOA) into the City of Wabash’s Wastewater Billing Department has found $152,127.54 unaccounted for, The Paper of Wabash County learned last week.
 
“The department cannot account for collections credited to customer accounts totaling $152,127.54,” according to a 10-page report obtained by The Paper on Wednesday, Dec. 6. “These collections were entered in the department’s computer system in 112 batches assigned to 94 different collection dates from September 5, 2013, to May 9, 2017. None of the batches are included in the Department’s daily Cash Entry Batch Lists, and none of the collections in those batches were ever remitted to the office of the Clerk Treasurer, recorded in the in the City’s fund ledger, or deposited in the bank.”
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 12
Wabash Street could reopen by the end of the week
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash Street could reopen later this week, Mayor Scott Long told the Wabash City Council on Monday, Dec. 11.
 
The final coat on the road’s northbound lane was completed Monday, he said. 
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 12
Habitat dedicates newest North Manchester home
Shailea and Tyler Singleton (center) receive the keys to their family's new home from Jeremy Stackhouse, president of the Wabash County Habitat for Humanity board of directors, during a dedication ceremony Sunday, Dec. 3. Photo by David Fenker
 
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Tyler and Shailea Singleton haven't yet moved in, but their rural North Manchester Habitat for Humanity Home is almost completed.
 
The recently married couple, along with their three daughters Aviah, Emily and Madison, participated in a dedication ceremony at the house, located south of North Manchester at 9124 N. State Road 13, Sunday, Dec. 3.
 
The Rev. Jonathan Cornell, of Wabash Presbyterian Church, blessed the home and led the litany of dedication.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 12
County to consider ordinances changes
By Joseph Slacian
 
It soon will be tougher to put a wind turbine in Wabash County.
 
The Wabash County Plan Commission on Thursday, Dec. 7, approved changes to the zoning ordinance regarding Wind Energy Conservation System (WECS). The ordinance will be presented before the Wabash County Commissioners on Monday, Dec. 18.
 
The county ordinance, as it existed, was thought to be fairly stringent.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 12
Hearing on Wabash St. building continued, again
By Joseph Slacian
 
In three minutes Thursday afternoon, Dec. 7, the Wabash Board of Works and Public Safety:
 
-- Approved minutes from the Nov. 16 board meeting.
 
-- Approved paying city and sewage claims.
 
-- Learned an unsafe structure hearing for 131 S. Wabash St. had to be continued, again.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 12
Christmas Spirit helps hundreds of local children

A volunteer carries boxes to his vehicle on Saturday morning during the Wabash County Christmas Spirit delivery. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Hundreds of children around Wabash County will have a merrier Christmas than they might otherwise have had, thanks in part to Wabash County Christmas Spirit.

Volunteers with the program helped to deliver boxes of toys to needy families around the area on Saturday morning, Dec. 9.

“We ended up having between 800 and 900 kids register,” Christmas Spirit chair Jennifer Meyer told The Paper of Wabash County. “Shop With a Cop took about 175 of those, and the rest have been either pick ups or deliveries.”

 
Posted on 2017 Dec 12

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