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Groups receive grants from Barker Trust Fund

By The Paper staff

Two area organizations received grants last week from the Pauline Barker Education Trust Fund.

Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne received $32,500, while The Learn More Center received $37,500 from the trust.

Ivy Tech will use the funding to provide adult education to adult residents of Wabash. The proposed project is aimed to eliminate barriers in enrollment, persistence, and completion for Ivy Tech students taking classes at the Wabash County Community Learning Center.

Posted on 2018 Aug 07
City tables hearings on 2 homes

By Joseph Slacian

Hearings on two Wabash homes were continued for various reasons Thursday by the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety.

A hearing on a home at 131 E. Maple St. was continued until the board’s Sept. 2 meeting.

Cheryl Mettler told the board that the family is using the home for storage, and would like some time to find another place to store the items kept in the structure.

 
Posted on 2018 Aug 07
City planners OK change to TIF district

By Joseph Slacian
 

The Wabash Plan Commission on Wednesday, Aug. 1, amended the city’s Tax Increment Finance (TIF) district resolution, adding several parcels to the measure.

The move, part of a multi-step process, was done to help raise funds for $200,000 loan for 10X Manufactured Engineering.

Added to the TIF District was the former Spiece warehouse, where 10X is locating, as well as the medical office building near the new Parkview Wabash Hospital, the Lutheran Hospital medical facility, and two sites at Paperworks.

Posted on 2018 Aug 07
Lack of morgue causing problems for county

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

On June 27, Parkview Wabash Hospital moved into its new location, and the county morgue in the old Parkview Wabash closed.

On June 28, a fisherman found a decomposing body in rural Wabash County. After 12 days of investigation, Indiana State Police identified the remains as those 20-year-old Alexis Serrano, of Indianapolis, reported missing in early June.

Part of the delay in identifying the body was due to the state of decomposition. Part of the delay was the lack of a morgue facility in Wabash County capable of handling a body in that state.

Posted on 2018 Jul 31
10X officials eye early '19 start

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Production could begin in January or February at 10X Engineered Materials, a company official said Thursday afternoon.
Jake Vaillancourt made the comments following a ceremonial groundbreaking ceremony at the site of the new industry, the former Spiece Warehouse at 1162 Manchester Ave.

The parent company, WasteHub LLC, closed on the warehouse on June 29. There are some existing tenants in the building, and they must be moved out by July 31, said Vaillancourt, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of WasteHub and a member of the 10X board of directors.

Posted on 2018 Jul 31
State showing progress in war on drugs, official believes

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com
and
David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

Drug overdoses are the leading cause of deaths in Americans under the age of 50.

That startling information was shared Thursday morning, July 26, by Jim McClelland, Executive Director for Drug Prevention, Treatment and Enforcement in the office of Gov. Eric Holcomb during a Rural Opiod Symposium at the Heartland REMC community room. The daylong event was sponsored by the Indiana Rural Health Association and the AgriInstitute.

“It’s not a question that it’s a public health problem here,” McClelland told the nearly 50 people at the event. “Indiana … our death rate from overdoses is 15th highest in the nation.”

Posted on 2018 Jul 31
Beemer named Tall Sycamore of the Wabash

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com
and
Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Dick Beemer received the Tall Sycamore of the Wabash award for 2018 on Saturday morning, prior to the start of the Wabash River Defenders annual Clean Out the Banks of the Wabash event.

WRD founder Mike Beauchamp presented the award to Beemer in front of a crowd of volunteers gathered at the Paradise Spring Historical Park.

“He has stood alongside all of us for the past eight years while together, we have improved our river,” Beauchamp said.
In addition, he noted, Beemer has paddled the length of the Wabash and Ohio rivers and beyond.

“He has stood in the river at 6:30 in the morning, in freezing weather, while snowing on the ice in the river,” Beauchamp continued. “He has flown above our river to make inspections and to support aerial photography.

 
Posted on 2018 Jul 31
California couple relocates to Wabash, opens new business

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

In 2016, the City of Wabash won Deluxe Corporation’s Small Business Revolution.

Across country, in Yreka, Calif., Dan Daniels watched the ensuing video series, and fell in love with the community.
“Googling one day we saw the Small Business Revolution,” Daniels said. “So we watched that, and watched it, and rewatched it. It was kind of a binge watch of the season.”

His wife, Patti, added, “I remember coming home that first day after he found it, and he said, ‘I found where I want to live.’”

In May, the couple visited Wabash during First Friday, put down an offer on a downtown building, returned to California and put their home on the market. It sold within 24 hours, and the couple began planning their move to Indiana.

On Friday, Aug. 3, during the August First Friday celebration, their business, New Tradition Dulcimers, 14 W. Canal St., will officially open. It is one of the featured businesses during the First Friday event.

Posted on 2018 Jul 31

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