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Kelch denied change in bond

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A request by an attorney for Corey Kelch to receive bond was denied on Wednesday, May 16, by Wabash Circuit Court Judge Robert McCallen III.


Kelch, 22, Marion, was denied bond during an initial hearing May 7 on charges of felony murder and robbery, a Level 2 felony, in connection with the death of a LaFontaine man.


One of Kelch’s attorneys, Scott Lennox, requested bond be set for his client.
 

Posted on 2018 May 22
Planting progressing for local farmers

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Planting season in the Wabash County has gone about as well as anyone could’ve asked to this point in the season, according to Curt Campbell, Wabash County’s Purdue Extension educator.


In fact, he said this planting season has gone smoother than any he can remember in the last five or six years.
“We had that cold April where it was wet, and not being able to get in,” Campbell said. “But, boy, once we got in, things just really worked quickly. Guys really got in.”


“I’ve been at the Extension 10 years in the county, and I’d say this is the quickest we’ve got this much corn planted in the 10 years I’ve been there.”
 

Posted on 2018 May 22
Study suggests Market St. upgrades

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A study from a group of Manchester University students suggests major changes to Market Street, east of Huntington Street, in downtown Wabash.


The students of Dr. Leonard Williams spent the last semester creating a policy analysis through collaboration with the university, the City of Wabash and Grow Wabash County.


The students interviewed residents, entrepreneurs, public officials and non-profit leaders about the needs, possibilities and challenges of redeveloping Market Street. They also collected and reviewed relevant housing and economic data.


The students presented their findings to the Wabash City Council on Monday, May 14.
 

Posted on 2018 May 22
MSD board hears presentation on solar panels, robotics world championships

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Prior to Monday night’s meeting, the members of the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County’s board of trustees heard a presentation from Jami Krynski of PSG Energy Group about the prospects of installing solar panels at Southwood High School during a scheduled work session.


According to Krynski, over a 25-year period, MSD could save as much as $1.8 million in energy bills from the installation of panels at just the one school.


“It’s savings,” Krynski said. “It’s savings that’s real, tangible and for a long time. In an era where schools are being challenged to do more with less, this is an application that can save them real money for a long period of time. There may be nothing out there that can save them as much over such a long period of time.”
 

Posted on 2018 May 22
Starbuck takes Honor Flight

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Dennis Starbuck served tours of duty during the Vietnam War, operating as a tank commander in the Marine Corps during his service oversees.


On his final flight home into San Francisco, instead of a hero’s welcome, Starbuck was subjected to extreme protests, with protesters spitting and throwing objects at he and his fellow veterans.


Some went as far as to scream obscenities at the veterans, calling them names such as “baby killers.”


Starbuck’s daughter, Denise Snavely, heard about those stories growing up. She went on to become a veteran herself, and it always bothered her that her father was treated so poorly on his return home from war.


She wanted to do something to rectify that, and found a way, helping Starbuck sign up and eventually served as his guardian on an Honor Flight, where veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam are flown out to Washington, D.C., and escorted to all the different monuments commemorating the wars.
 

Posted on 2018 May 22
4 local seniors receive Self Reliance awards

Dr. Gregory Garner (center), president of Midwest Eye Consultants, poses with Self Reliance Award recipients (from left), Kaitlyn Jones, Nathan Ozenbaugh, Noah Cressell, and Kassandra Burchett. Photo by Joseph Slacian. 

 By Joseph Slacian

jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

WABASH – A Manchester High School senior was among four Wabash County students honored Tuesday, May 15, at the 2018 Midwest Eye Consultants Self Reliance Award ceremony at the Honeywell Center.


Nathan Ozenbaugh was honored along with Kassandra Burchett and Noah Cressell, both of Wabash High School, and Kaitlyn Jones of Southwood High School.


The students each received a certificate and check for $2,000, which can be used for anything they wish.


The four were selected from a field of about 40 candidates. The Wabash Kiwanis Club overseas the program, including interviews with the various students selected as semifinalists.
 

Posted on 2018 May 22
City OKs bids for construction work, new ambulance

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash’s Board of Public Works and Safety accepted two bids when it met on Thursday, May 17.


One bid was for the city’s phosphorus removal improvement project, and the other was for a new ambulance for the Wabash Fire Department. Both bids were received when the board met on May 3, but were taken under advisement for review.
 

Posted on 2018 May 22
City orders High Street Home demolished

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A home at 610 High Street was declared unsafe and ordered demolished by the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety on Thursday, May 17.


Building Commissioner John Stephens told the board that the home has been unoccupied for several years and has drawn complaints from neighbors. The yard has been unmaintained and the city has had to mow it since at least 2016, he said.
 

Posted on 2018 May 22

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