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2 lose probationary status, become First Class officers

Kyle Foster (top photo) receives the oath of office from Mayor Scott Long to become a First Class Firefighter/Paramedic. Kody Case (bottom photo) receives the oath of office from Mayor Scott Long to become a First Class Patrolman. Photos by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

One year after joining the Wabash Police and Wabash Fire departments, two local men shed the probationary aspect of their ranks and became First Class officers.

Kyle Foster and Kody Case received the oaths of office on Monday, April 10, from Mayor Scott Long, while the Wabash City Council, family members and personnel from the two departments looked on.

Posted on 2017 Apr 18
Laketon Auxiliary to host USO fundraiser
By David Fenker
 
LAKETON -- The Laketon American Legion Auxiliary is hosting a Yellow Ribbon Event from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at the Pleasant Township Fire Department, located at 10459 N. Ogden Rd. in Laketon.
 
The event is to raise funds to support the USO of Indiana, an organization that supports military service members by helping them stay “connected to family, home and country,” according to its mission statement.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 18
Wabash River Outfitters permit hearing continued
By Joseph Slacian
 
A hearing on a request for a beer and wine permit from Wabash River Outfitters was continued Wednesday morning, April 12, by the local Indiana Alcohol and Tobacco Commission.
 
Commission members reported that Ben Gebhart, who is seeking the permit for his new business at 800 S. Wabash St., asked for the continuance.
 
Wabash River Outfitters is the name of a new business that will be located at a new development along the Wabash River, just west of the Wabash Street Bridge.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 18
Churches plan various services for Holy Week
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash Presbyterian Church will host a community-open Good Friday service on April 14.
 
Presented by the Wabash Area Ministerial Association (WAMA), local pastors will help the community reflect and remember the crucifixion of Jesus Christ during the 40-minute worship service, “Stations of the Cross: Walking with Christ.”
 
“(The service) is to reflect upon the sacrifice that Christ made on the cross,” WAMA President Tom Curry said. “That’s key to take time to reflect upon that and to do so in a setting where we’re with Christians from other churches is a huge plus. I think it cultivates the kind of spirit that we should be about.”
 
“It’s powerful to share that moment with members of the community, some you know and others you don’t,” Presbyterian Pastor Jonathan Cornell added.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 11
WRT's first phase has $4.8M cost
By Joseph Slacian
 
The first phase of the Wabash River Trail – from Lagro to Wabash – could cost an estimated $4.8 million.
 
That is the figure cited in the WRT committee’s application for more than $960,000 from the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority’s Road to One Million program. The Paper of Wabash County obtained a copy of the 424-page application, as well as a 10-page updated report submitted to the RDA in February.
 
The funds -- $960,236 in all -- would come from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s Regional Cities Initiative Fund. The RDA received $42 million from the IEDC last year to be used “to transform their regions into nationally-recognized destinations to live, work and play,” according to the IEDC website.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 11
County planners lift WRT stop work order
By Joseph Slacian
 
A stop work order issued to the Wabash River Trail committee will not be lifted until later this month.
 
The Wabash County Plan Commission met Thursday night and agreed to lift the ban. The ban was issued March 20 after it was determined the group worked on the project in a flood plain without receiving the proper permits from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 11
Commissioners OK upgrades to computer servers
By David Fenker
 
After several recent issues with some of the county’s servers, the commissioners voted to spend $123,614.33 to upgrade them.
 
County Coordinator Jim Dils noted that the county’s geographic information system server had to be shut down at least four times recently, and that the tax server needed work done by Intrasect to stay up and running through the spring tax season.
 
He added that the replacements have been discussed for nearly a year.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 11
City approves various event applications
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety approved special event applications for four different events planned throughout the year in the downtown Wabash area.
 
The board, at its Thursday, April 6, meeting, agreed to close Miami Street between Market and Cass streets six Saturdays during the year for the farmer’s market. The closure was at the request of Wabash Marketplace Inc.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 11

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