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River defenders gear up for annual ‘Clean Out the Banks’
By Emma Rausch
 
Defenders are returning to the Wabash River on Saturday, July 29, to clear out debris at the annual Clean Out the Banks.
 
The Wabash River Defenders, a nonprofit organization that aims to care for and maintain the county’s namesake river, met Thursday, July 13, to finalize the main event’s plans.
 
So far, approximately 10 teams of volunteers have signed up to assist the clean up, but the organizing committee still encourages more to join, according to Michael Beauchamp, organization founder.
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 18
WRT opponents file second DNR permit appeal
By Joseph Slacian
 
Several opponents to the Wabash River Trail have filed an appeal to the latest Indiana Department of Natural Resources permit for work on the trail in Lagro.
 
On June 21, the DNR approved an After-the-Fact Construction in a Floodway permit for a new pedestrian bridge to be built over Lagro Creek. The After-the-Fact permit means some work has already taken place in the area prior to having received the permit.
 
The opponents – Glenn and Sheila Butcher, William Gray, Lena Gray, Leon Stout, Clyde Rife and Jennifer Rife – filed the appeal on July 3.
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 18
Youth take home Wabash County 4-H Horse & Pony Show titles

Youths and their Class 5 Mares over 56-inches line up at the Horse & Pony Show. Photos by Sarah Peters

By Emma Rausch and Sarah Peters

Wabash County 4-H Fair kicked off its showings with the Horse & Pony Show on Friday, July 14.

Ten youth took home 15 grand and reserve titles throughout the day.

Mason Roberts took home the Supreme Showmanship Horse and Pony title.

Posted on 2017 Jul 18
County 4-H Dog Show winners announced

4-H Dog Show Grand Champions are (from left) Junior Grand Champion Mackenzie Southwick, Intermediate Grand Champion Jace Randal, Senior Grand Champion and Showmanship Grand Champion Sarah Adamiec and Agility Grand Champion Summer Tomlison. Photos by Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen

Sarah Adamiec had a busy day at the Wabash County 4-H Fair Dog Show Saturday, July 15, in the indoor show arena at the Wabash County 4-H Fairgrounds.

Adamiec and her dog Dragon received the Top Dog award, the highest award given at the Dog Show.

She also won the Leadership Award and was named Senior Grand Champion and Showmanship Grand Champion.

Posted on 2017 Jul 18
Dr. Kathleen Bitzel joins Wabash Chiropractic Center

Dr. Kathleen Bitzel

By Emma Rausch

Wabash Chiropractic Center welcomed Dr. Kathleen Bitzel to its medical team June 29.

Bitzel, a Roann native, completes the center’s three-man team following Dr. Ronald Frischman’s retirement earlier this year.

Although she has never personally utilized the local facility’s services, Bitzel told The Paper of Wabash County that she became acquainted with Wabash Chiropractic and its team thanks in part to her family.

 

Posted on 2017 Jul 18
Wabash Woollen Works to open downtown
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash Woollen Works LLC, in partnership with the City of Wabash, will open a new textile arts project located at 414 S. Miami St., Wabash.        
 
Wabash Woollen Works is set to open to the public in late 2017 following a partnership between the City of Wabash Redevelopment Commission and the firm’s founder, Lisa Gilman.   
 
Gilman is a well-known entrepreneur and real estate developer who is active in downtown Wabash and has a background in the textile arts, previously owning and operating Frontier Fiber Mill in the Warsaw area until 2010.   
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 18
Beauchamp honored for work with historical group

Mayor Scott Long (front row, far right) presents Michael Beauchamp a plaque on Monday, July 10, to commemorate his service on the Wabash Historical Preservation Commission as other members of the organization and Wabash City Council look on. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

The Wabash Historic Preservation Commission recognized Michael Beauchamp Monday, July 10, at the Wabash City Council meeting for his years of service on the commission.

Mayor Scott Long presented Beauchamp, who retired from the organization this year, with a plaque commemorating one of the group’s original members.

Posted on 2017 Jul 18
Petition requests vacation of 2 Wabash streets' portions
By Emma Rausch
 
A portion of South Comstock and Edsall streets may be vacated in future weeks if the Wabash City Council adopts an ordinance approving the vacation.
 
PaperWorks petitioned the city Monday, July 10, to vacate portions of South Comstock Street and Edsall Street, also known as Factory Street, to increase warehouse capacity, according to Steve Downs, the attorney representing the Wabash-based company.
 
PaperWorks, which is located at 455 Factory St. in Wabash, plans to construct a building loading dock in the area in addition to an approximate $2.8 million expansion for workspace, according to Chris Wetherford, the paper mill’s general manager.
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 18

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