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Vietnam veterans earn recognition
VA official Michael Stephens presents a lapel pin to Vietnam veteran Jeff Brooks. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
LAKETON – Vietnam veterans from around the area were honored Friday morning during a veterans town hall meeting at the Laketon American Legion Post.
 
Michael Stephens, director of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Indianapolis Regional Office, presented about 30 veterans with a lapel pin, signifying their service in Vietnam on the 50th anniversary of the war.
 
Stephens noted the anniversary commemoration was ordered through a presidential proclamation on May 21, 2012. The commemoration is to last from May 28, 2012 through Nov. 11, 2025.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 22
Election Board checks voting machines
Election Board member Betty Hamlin tests the voting machine with the help of County Clerk Elaine Martin. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash County Election Board met on Friday, March 18, to check out the voting system to be used in the May 3 Primary Election.
 
Board members Mary Brane, Betty Hamlin and County Clerk Elaine Martin, along with Deputy Clerk Teresa Ehret, cast a variety of ballots on machines set up in the clerk’s office at the Wabash Judicial Annex.
 
The test is necessary prior to the election to make sure the machine and vote-recording system is properly functioning.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 22
Old jailís days numbered?
By Emma Rausch
 
The old Wabash County Jail and Sheriff’s house may be facing demolition following a Wabash County Commissioners meeting Monday, March 14.
 
Wabash Marketplace Inc. (WMI) director Steve Downs informed the board of Commissioners that plans to refurbish the facility aren’t looking promising.
 
“There were never any specific plans for refurbishing the jail,” Downs told The Paper of Wabash County in an email. “When it became apparent that the county was thinking about tearing it down, Marketplace asked the decision be delayed until it had time to investigate possible uses for the building.”
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 22
New business targets south side factory
By Joseph Slacian
 
A recreational center and law enforcement training facility could soon open on the south side of Wabash.
 
David Kahn received a special exception from the Wabash Board of Zoning Appeals on Thursday, March 17, to open the facility at an abandoned factory at 1295 Vernon St.
 
“We’d like to establish a recreational center and training facility,” he said. “What we are focusing on is we would like to utilize this as an air soft arena that is open to the public. We also want to do laser tag, which is also open to the public.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 22
Hospital plans taking shape
By Joseph Slacian
 
Plans for the new Parkview Wabash Hospital cleared two hurdles last week, as the Wabash City Council and the Wabash Board of Zoning Appeals both approved measures needed prior to construction.
 
The Council, at its March 14 meeting, amended the zoning ordinance and made changes to the zoning map.
 
The changes made the site for the new hospital a General Business District instead of a Residential 1 District as it is now zoned.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 22
City honors retiring police chief
Retired Wabash Police Chief Larry Schnepp (left) listens as Mayor Scott Long congratulates him on his retirement and thanks him for his service to the city. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Retired Wabash Police Chief Larry Schnepp was honored Monday night, March 14, during the Wabash City Council meeting.
 
Mayor Scott Long presented Schnepp with a plaque marking his service to the city. Schnepp’s retirement took effect March 1.
 
“I want to congratulate you for your retirement,” Long told Schnepp. “We appreciate what you’ve done for the city of Wabash over the years.”
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 22
Board clears way for new restaurant
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Board of Zoning Appeals cleared the way for the former Azteca’s restaurant to open at a new location.
 
The board, at its March 17 meeting, approved a variance for Betty Abbott to operate the restaurant at 700 S. Cass St. That area is zoned Light Industrial District, hence the need for the variance.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 22
First UMC request for new sign denied
By Joseph Slacian
 
Following complaints from several neighbors of the Wabash First United Methodist Church, the Wabash Board of Zoning Appeals denied the church’s request to replace and update its current sign.
 
The board, during its Thursday, March 17, meeting, unanimously rejected the church’s request to replace its main sign on North Cass Street with an LED light. In addition to replacing and upgrading the main sign, the church also had planned to remove two smaller signs on the property, attorney Joe Eddingfield told the board.
 
The special exception was needed because the property is in a residential zone.
Posted on 2016 Mar 22

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