Scouts gather for 76th Lincoln Pilgrimage
Boy Scouts Carson Rody (left) and Austin McClellan demonstrate the proper technique to use when folding the American Flag. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Scouts from as far away as Lafayette and points in between converged on Wabash on Sunday, Feb. 21, for the 76th annual Lincoln Pilgrimage.
The event, which took place at the Honeywell Center’s Legacy Hall and in the facility’s skating rink, took on a new format this year.
“For 75 years it kind of evolved into a rope-making and a museum-type thing,” according to Chris Mehaffey, Scout Executive for the Boy Scouts of America Sagamore Council. “We focused on Lincoln a little bit.
“We wanted to focus on the citizenship part of what Scouting really teaches.”
Posted on 2016 Feb 23
OB services returning to Wabash
By Joseph Slacian
Obstetric services are returning to Wabash County when the new Parkview Wabash Hospital opens in 2018.
“We’ve made the decision to bring back OB services when we go into the new facility,” Parkview Wabash President Marilyn Custer-Mitchell told The Paper of Wabash County. “Right now we do not have OB services and won’t until early 2018 when we occupy the new facility.”
The Wabash hospital has been without OB services since 2004 when the then hospital board opted to stop the services citing, among other things, rising insurance costs.
Custer-Mitchell said bringing the service back has been perhaps the most asked question among local residents.
Posted on 2016 Feb 23
Speedway historian to speak in Wabash
Donald Davidson
By Joseph Slacian
Donald Davidson, Indianapolis Motor Speedway historian, will speak on Tuesday, March 22, at the Wabash Elks Lodge, 225 W. Main St. 
Davidson, who is speaking at various sites around Indiana to help promote the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 on May 29, will speak at 6 p.m.
Part of the talk is expected to be about Wabash’s connection to the 500.
Posted on 2016 Feb 23
Skill UP Indiana! to fund Heartland Career Center machining program
Heartland Career Center Director Mark Hobbs (fourth from left) stood with Gov. Mike Pence (fifth from right), Community Foundation of Wabash County program director Julie Garber (fifth from left) and other representatives of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership and Northeast Indiana Works following Pence’s announcement that awarded Northeast Indiana with $1.345 million in Skill UP Indiana! funding. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
Heartland Career Center will receive a portion of $1.345 million in grant funding to expand its CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machining program following an announcement made by Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday, Feb. 18.
HCC Director Mark Hobbs told The Paper of Wabash County that the Center was surprised to receive this funding.
“Our group was very optimistic,” Hobbs said. “When we were pursuing it, there were I think 35 big groups that pursued this and there were only 13 winners. So we were to fortunate.”
Posted on 2016 Feb 23
Eagles fundraiser planned March 2; Event to pay tribute to late singer Glenn Frey
By Joseph Slacian
A fundraising concert for the Historic Eagles Theatre will take place at the theatre on Wednesday, March 2.
In addition, the event, which features upward of 20 local musicians, will pay homage to Glenn Frey, a founding member of the band The Eagles.
There will be three separate acts featuring the various musicians, organizer Bobby Velasquez said. The musicians will play about 21 different Eagles songs, and all the participants are donating their time and talents.
Posted on 2016 Feb 23
Local man to serve 2 1/2 years for sexual misconduct with minor
Devin Miller
By Emma Rausch
A local man received a 2 ½ year sentence for sexual misconduct with a minor following a sentence hearing on Monday, Feb. 8.
Devin Tyler Miller, 26, Lagro, was charged for one count of level five felony sexual misconduct with a minor in the Wabash County Circuit Court.
Miller appeared on Monday, Feb. 15, to serve out his sentence in the Indiana Department of Corrections.
Posted on 2016 Feb 23
Local woman faces child pornography charge
Dawn Miller
By Emma Rausch
A local woman was charged with possession of child pornography following a formal complaint made on Jan. 24.
Dawn M. Miller, 40, was arrested by the Wabash Police Department on Friday, Feb. 12, for she “did knowingly or intentionally possess a picture, a photograph, a digitalized image, and/or any pictorial representation that depicts or describes sexual conduct by a child who the person knew was less than 18-years of age, and lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.”
The department filed for probable cause affidavits on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
Posted on 2016 Feb 23
City attempting to regain ownership of old City Hall
The City of Wabash is trying to regain ownership of the old City Hall building. It was most recently the office of the Youth Service Bureau of Wabash County, and has stood vacant since the agency closed in 2013. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
The City of Wabash is trying to reclaim ownership of the old City Hall building, 111 S. Wabash St.
The Board of Public Works and Safety sold the building to the Youth Service Bureau of Wabash County for $1 in 2009. However, the YSB’s board of directors closed the agency in 2013 after it learned the former executive director failed to pay withholding taxes on its employees, and the agency was in debt hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Internal Revenue Service.
Since the agency closed in April 2013, the building has sat unused, filled with remnants of the YSB, including computers, school supplies, Christmas gifts and more.

However, there is one problem with the city regaining ownership, City Attorney Randi Zimmerman-Irgang told the Board of Works on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

While a signed deed was thought to have been given to the YSB via a Municipal Warranty Deed, no one can locate it. In addition, the former executive director failed to record the property transfer with the Wabash County Recorder’s office. The city is still listed as the building’s legal owner.


Posted on 2016 Feb 23

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