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Animal shelter, 4-H present budget requests

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

Looking to maintain and expand its current facility, the Wabash County Animal Shelter recently requested an increase in its funding from the county commissioners.


Representatives from the shelter attended the commissioners' Monday, June 18, meeting to present a budget allocation request. Representatives from the Purdue Extension Office also presented a request.


Shelter Manager Doug Bogart asked that the commissioners increase the shelter's funding from $65,000 to $70,000-$75,000 for the upcoming fiscal year, citing needs such as a new roof and a quarantine space for canines.


“Bottom line is, we lost a significant amount of money the past several years,” Bogert said, later adding: “I guess I'm here to say, we desperately need every dollar we can get.


“We do everything we can to save money. All the vaccines and stuff, I buy direct from the manufacturer and get special pricing on them – I buy them cheaper than the vets can buy them. It's that way with everything we purchase there.”
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 19
Semi carrying hogs overturns on 200 W

A semi-trailer carrying hogs is seen overturned on its side on County Road 200 West on Tuesday, June 12. Some hogs got loose through the roof after the crash. Photo by Josh Sigler

By Josh Sigler

jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

A semi-trailer carrying a load of hogs to market overturned in rural Wabash County Tuesday, June 12, causing some of the hogs to get loose in an adjacent field.


At about 12:07 p.m. on June 12, Wabash County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a single vehicle accident on County Road 200 West near County Road 200 North.

An investigation revealed that Travis D. Crist, 29, Rossville, was traveling south on County Road 200 West south of the intersection with County Road 200 North in semi-trailer which was hauling 160 hogs.
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 19
North Manchester to annex land

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

Working with a local business, North Manchester is on track to annex a small section of land south of the town.


With no visitor comment during a public hearing, the town's council approved 4-0 (Laura Rager absent) the first reading of an ordinance annexing 8.945 acres of land along the Eel River during its June 6 meeting.


Per the town council's by-laws, the ordinance must pass two additional readings.


Midwest Poultry Services recently purchased the land being annexed, which, if approved, will be combined with a tract of land on the western edge of town along Wabash Road, forming a parcel of about 19 acres on which the company plans to build its new headquarters.
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 19
VF awarded early education grant

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Community Foundation of Wabash County was one of 17 entities chosen as recipients of the Indiana Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning’s early education capacity building grants.


The 17 applicants represent 54 pre-kindergarten programs in 16 counties.


“We have been working for the last couple of years to build capacity in Wabash County for more high quality early education opportunities for families,” said Julie Garber, Program Director, Community Foundation of Wabash County. “This will help us go a long way towards meeting our goals. And it really means the most, probably, to working families who need a place for their children to learn and play and be ready for kindergarten when it comes along.”
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 19
Council hears about future of airport

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Officials with the Wabash Board of Aviation would like to see the Wabash Municipal Airport one day become a corporate class airport.

But that day, they admit, is still years, if not decades away.


That was the take away Monday night, June 11, from a presentation by Mike Evans of NCG Corp. to the Wabash City Council.


The plans, what Evans called “the ultimate build out,” includes expanding both the north-south and east-west runways, as well as expanding the terminal, demolishing some hangars and rebuilding new ones for corporate aircraft.


The work is part of a 20-year master plan that started about 2013, Evans said.
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 19
City, WRT enter agreement

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Members of the Wabash River Trail, Inc. entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Wabash regarding the construction of trail ways in the city at the Thursday, June 7 meeting at City Hall.


According to the Memorandum of Understanding, this part of the trail and a maintenance road will be constructed in Paradise Spring Historical Park on the north side of the Wabash River.


Wabash River Trail may amend or modify its designs and plans as needed, with the approval of the city, according to the memorandum.


The memorandum also states the trail organization is responsible, financially or otherwise, for all aspects of the design, development, construction and maintenance of the trail.


“WRT acknowledge that no obligation exists for City to provide financial or in-kind support to the WRT or toward the development, construction or maintenance of the trail,” the memorandum states.
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 12
WRD plans Wabash River clean-up July 28

By The Paper staff


On Saturday, July 28, 2018, the Wabash River Defenders (WRD) will host its annual Clean Out the Banks event.
Participants should gather at Paradise Spring Historic Park, 351 E. Market St., at 7 a.m. for coffee and donuts with instructions starting at 7:30. After the clean-up event, the day winds down with a lunch provided by Knights of Columbus.

Cleanup will occur rain or shine, with the exception of lightning.


River and land “teams” carry out the event’s goal of cleaning our local Wabash River (and tributaries) and its banks. A “team” consists of two to 20 people with a boat(s) and/or truck. When signing up, individuals should declare their “team” members or indicate river or land “team” preference, to which they will be assigned accordingly.


The river “teams” focus on gathering the debris via kayaks, canoes and Jon boats or walking in the water.  The depth of the water is typically from the 6-24 inches, controlled through the release of water at the Huntington Dam and Salamonie Dam by the Army Corp of Engineers. All river participants should be over 13 years of age; however, a parent or guardian must accompany those under the age of 18.

Posted on 2018 Jun 12
MCS board OKs renovation plan

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Squire Fieldhouse and its related safety renovation components are one step closer to becoming reality.


The Manchester Community Schools board of school trustees voted 4-2 to approve the $16 million project, which is estimated to cost around $26 million after interest.


Ruth Ayres, Brice Bedke, Steve Flack and Nathan Trump voted in favor of the project; Brian Schilling and Tim McLaughlin voted against moving forward at this time. Sally Krouse was absent.


With the board's vote, community members opposed to the project have 30 days to gather a petition of at least 500 signatures to bring the project to a referendum.


In a three-hour public hearing Tuesday, June 5, the board heard comments for and against the field house from several community members before voting.
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 12

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