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Locals speak out about Obama’s bathroom mandate
By Emma Rausch
 
North Carolina’s bathroom issues have now affected Wabash County school districts and some locals are taking stances on either side of the subject.
 
On May 13, the Obama administration issued a mandate to public school districts nationwide to allow transgender students to use the restroom that matches their gender identities as a condition of receiving federal funding and, thereby, protecting transgender rights in public schools. 
 
The mandate was issued following North Carolina’s implementation of House Bill 2 in March. The law requires citizens to use restroom associated with their biological sex, or birth gender.
 
Since it passed, the state has been under fire from public opinion and the Depart of Justice has filed its own lawsuit against the bill.
 
Meanwhile, since President Barack Obama’s mandate, 11 states have filed federal lawsuits while, on a local level, one county government candidate has petitioned her school district disobey the mandate.
 
Lorissa Sweet, Wabash County Council candidate, called upon the MSD of Wabash County School Board on Tuesday, May 24, to ignore Obama’s mandate and “protect our children,” according to her online petition, “Protect our children MSD Wabash.”
 
Posted on 2016 May 31
Ivy Tech’s Wabash campus to change regions
By Joseph Slacian
 
Ivy Tech’s Wabash Campus will move to the Northeast region.
 
The campus, which has an enrollment of about 350 students, had previously been located in the Lafayette/Kokomo region.
 
However, the Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees on Tuesday, May 24, approved a proposed recommendation to move the campus effective July 1.
 
Posted on 2016 May 31
North Manchester woman pleas guilty to dealing in methamphetamine
Wabash City Police Department second shift officers were serving arrest warrant papers to Matthew J. Hayslip at 80 ½ N. Miami St. in Wabash on, June 29, 2015, when they allegedly discovered a methamphetamine lab, according to the official report. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A North Manchester woman was sentenced Monday, May 23, to four years in the Indiana Department of Corrections with two years suspended for felony dealing in methamphetamine.
 
Tara Enix, 29, pled guilty on April 4 to the felony charge, which stemmed from a June 2015 Wabash Police investigation.
 
Last year on June 29 at approximately 9:50 p.m., WPD officers were serving a warrant to Matthew Hayslip, 29, Wabash, at a resident located at 80 1/2 N. Miami St. when they allegedly discovered a methamphetamine lab, according to the probable cause affidavit.
 
Posted on 2016 May 27
Wabash Street traffic stop leads to drug arrest
Larry L. Noland
 
By The Paper staff
 
A Wabash Police Department traffic stop on Monday, May 23, led to the arrest of a Wabash man on drug related charges.
 
At approximately 11:16 p.m., WPD Sgt. Nick Brubaker observed a traffic violation near the intersection of Wabash Street and Market Street, according to Sgt. Matt Benson, public information officer.
 
Posted on 2016 May 27
WCS cuts faculty, programs to meet financial budget
By Emma Rausch
 
Sighs were audible from the Wabash City Schools Board members on Monday, May 16, as they announced five faculty resignations and the elimination of eighth grade science, two administrative positions and the school resource officer.
 
In total, the board announced a total of 13 budget cut changes to reduce spending by $390,000, which included Wabash-Miami Area Program reconfiguration, changes to charges for Vernon Manor children and eliminating two aides at the high school.
 
Prior to Monday’s decision, the board’s budget for 2016 was $9,917,760 while target revenue was only $9,600,000. Therefore, $317,760 in cuts was needed.
Posted on 2016 May 24
MHS graduate killed in crash
By Joseph Slacian & Eric Christiansen
 
A North Manchester resident was killed Tuesday, May 17, in a one-vehicle accident about 13 miles south of Laramie, Wyo.
 
The resident, Matthew Fahs-Brown, was a passenger in a 2004 Suzuki XL-7 SUV driven by Tyler Peters of Richmond, Ky.
 
According to the Wyoming Highway Patrol, Peters’ vehicle was traveling south of U.S. 287 in light snow with wet and icy road conditions. While crossing over a bridge deck, Peters lost control of the vehicle, left the highway and rolled several times. 
 
Posted on 2016 May 24
Downtown ready for Revolution
Karen Eilts and Whitney Millspaugh sweep along South Wabash Street on Monday morning. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Volunteers were downtown Monday morning, sprucing up the City of Wabash in preparation of the arrival of crews with the Small Business Revolution Main Street this week.
 
Workers began sweeping the sidewalk, washing windows and some buildings were even going to be power washed prior to filming scenes downtown for the Small Business Revolution series based in Wabash.
 
Officials from Deluxe Corporation, which sponsored the contest, and a film crew from Flow Nonfiction will be in town this week meeting with and filming small businesses as part of the contest prize.
 
Posted on 2016 May 24
City, county to provide CVB additional funds
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash County Commissioners and the City of Wabash are joining forces to provide $75,000 to the Wabash County Convention and Visitors Bureau this year.
 
At April’s Wabash County Council meeting, CVB Director Christine Flohr asked for and received permission to seek an additional appropriation from the commissioners for this year.
 
Mayor Scott Long, at the May 16 Commissioners meeting, announced the city would join the county in providing $37,500 each from their respective County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) funds.
 
“We’ll look to see how that funding could possibly be split for 2017 when I submit the budget for the full calendar year for the expansion of services plan,” Flohr told The Paper of Wabash County.
 
Posted on 2016 May 24

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