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RDA board rejects use of eminent domain
By Joseph Slacian
 
FORT WAYNE – The Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority will not use eminent domain to obtain land for the Wabash River Trail project.
 
The four-member board unanimously approved a resolution Tuesday afternoon, March 14, saying that if it chooses “to provide funding for the project it shall not use its eminent domain powers in association with the project.”
 
Furthermore, “the RDA does hereby resolve that it shall not use its eminent domain powers, in any form, as it relates to the project.”
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 21
C3 group plans meeting on Wabash River Trial
By The Paper staff
 
Citizens Committed to the Constitution (C3) of Wabash County will host a special meeting regarding the Wabash River Trail on Monday, March 27.
 
The 7 p.m. meeting will be at Bass and Bucks. 
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 21
Rock City Lofts on schedule, on budget
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Rock City Lofts project is on schedule and on budget.
 
That’s what Brent Mather told the Wabash City Council on Monday night, March 13, during an update on the Stellar Community Grant project.
 
The project seeks to create 42 senior citizen apartments in the building on the south side of East Market Street, Mather, of R&B Architecture, reminded the council.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 21
March of Dimes asks locals to spread awareness

March of Dimes team leaders crowd together for a photo opportunity to promote the Wabash March for Babies and other fundraising events, like the Zumbathon. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

The Wabash Committee for the March of Dimes kicked off its 2017 fundraising season Thursday, March 9, and encouraged locals to march for its cause.

“Our mission is very clear,” Pat Vanlandingham, local committee chairman, said. “In our country, one in 10 babies are born too soon. In fact, premature birth is the number one killer of babies. It brings fear and heartache to families, friends and co-workers, putting their dreams of tomorrow on hold.

“Our goal is to drive down the numbers of early births and give more and more babies a fighting chance.”

Posted on 2017 Mar 21
Metal Source program educates youth on recycling

Students gather around a replica R2-D2 made from recycled scrap metal during a Metal Source presentation Friday, March 10, which was designed to get the youths excited about recycling. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

O.J. Neighbours students are gearing up for Earth Day, April 22, with a month-long program aimed at getting kids excited about recycling.

Led by Metal Source, a Wabash-based facility, the program educates third grade youth on the importance of reducing, reusing and recycling through positive encouragement, according to Susan Mattern, Metal Source project designer.

 

 

 

 

 

Posted on 2017 Mar 21
MCS board may allow homeschoolers in extracurriculars
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Homeschooled students may soon be able to participate in extracurricular activities through Manchester Community Schools.
 
Manchester Jr.-Sr. High School Principal Dr. Jon Lippe and MJSHS Athletic Director Jeremy Markham presented a local grandparent’s request to allow homeschooled children to participate at the MCS Board of School Trustees’ March 14 meeting.
 
“Currently, we don’t have a policy, so homeschool kids do not participate,” Lippe said.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 21
MSD pays off Child Development Center Fund
By Emma Rausch
 
MSD of Wabash County’s Child Development Center (CDC) Fund is officially paid off and now the board has its sites set to repay its depleted Self Insurance Fund, Superintendent of Finance Chris Kuhn said at the board’s meeting Tuesday, March 14.
 
In February, the MSD board approved two resolutions. The first transferred $300,000 from the Capital Projects Fund into the Rainy Day Fund (RDF) while the second transferred $260,880.07 from the RDF into the CDC Fund, also known as the 1310 Fund. Approximately $40,000 remained in the RDF for other costs and payments.
 
“That (the CDC) is what we had in conjunction with area program, WMAP, that was the amount of money that MSD still owed the balance (on) and so it was in the red,” Kuhn told The Paper of Wabash County. “So we had to zero that out. The state Board of Accounts required us kind of pay ourselves that back in the way to zero that out.”
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 21
More bridgework planned for SR 13
By David Fenker
 
Another summer, another bridge replacement on State Road 13.
 
The Indiana Department of Transportation has tentative plans to replace the bridge on SR 13 over the Eel River in July 2017, according to County Highway Superintendent John Martin.
 
Martin presented a letter of understanding from INDOT at the Monday, March 20, meeting of the Wabash County Commissioners regarding an unofficial detour for the planned construction.
 
Posted on 2017 Mar 21

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