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Manchester U has new outdoor statue

A sculpture of a white oak leave was recently erected in front of Cordier Auditorium on the Manchester University campus. Photo by David Fenker

By David Fenker

Visitors to Manchester University’s campus may notice a new sculpture on the university’s mall.

Thanks to a gift from a donor, a 12-foot-tall polished bronze oak leaf installed on a new patio in front of the university’s Cordier Auditorium starting Tuesday, June 27.

“The sculpture is a white oak leaf, designed specifically for Manchester because the oldest tree on our campus is a white oak,” Thelma Rohrer, dean of the MU College of Arts and Humanities, said.

Posted on 2017 Jul 11
WHS Class of 72 donates memorial stone

Members of the Wabash High School Class of 1972 inspect the boulder after it was put in place Monday morning. Photos by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

A 50,000-pound granite boulder was delivered Monday morning, July 10, to the Wabash High School.

The boulder will soon be turned into a legacy gift from the WHS Class of 1972 to the Wabash City Schools.

WHS Assistant Principal Jeff Galley said class representatives contacted the school to see about making a donation.

At first, those involved discussed possibly planting a tree. However, school officials had always wanted to set up a type of memorial at the intersection of Alber Street and Harrison Avenue, just northwest of Alumni Field.

Posted on 2017 Jul 11
County law enforcement to carry Narcan
By David Fenker
 
All county law enforcement officers will soon be trained on and equipped with Naloxone, a medication used to block the effects of opioids.
 
Wabash County Sheriff Bob Land informed the Wabash County Commissioners at their Monday, July 10, meeting that he spoke with Wabash Police Chief Matthew Bruss and North Manchester Police Chief Jim Kirk regarding the lifesaving tool, and that all three departments will use the brand Narcan.
 
“It is for all officers in Wabash County,” Land said.
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 11
City orders 2 house demolished
By Joseph Slacian
 
Two homes were ordered demolished by the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety when it met on Thursday, July 6.
 
One home, located at 531 E. Hill St., is owned by Lillian Enterprises, while the other, owned by Brad Eberly, is located at 138 Stitt St.
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 11
11 seek Wabash County Festival Queen crown
By The Paper staff
 
On Friday, July 28, 11 contestants will compete for the title of Wabash County Festivals Queen in the 27th annual Wabash County Festivals Pageant.
 
Contestants will compete in an interview, sportswear, evening gown and an on-stage question. Mikayla Ridgeway, the 2016 Wabash County Festivals queen, will crown the new queen at the end of the event.
 
The pageant will award more than $4,000 to the winners, thanks to contributions by many Wabash County individuals and businesses. Contestants also helped earn scholarship money by working the annual port-a-pit chicken sale and helping Pizza King with “Elvis in the Alley” at July’s First Friday event.
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 11
LaFontaine man faces child molestation charges
Dustin Blum
 
By Emma Rausch
 
LAFONTAINE—A LaFontaine resident is facing child molestation charges following a Wabash County Sheriff’s Department investigation.
 
Dustin W. Blum, 20, was charged with two counts felony child molesting.
 
In May, Wabash County Sheriff’s Department received a report alleging sexual misconduct involving Blum and a child younger than 10-years-old, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Posted on 2017 Jul 11
LaFontaine woman faces drug, racketeering charges

Heather Music

By Emma Rausch

A June 2016 internal investigation at Tractor Supply Company led to a LaFontaine woman facing felony drug and racketeering charges a year later.

Wabash Police filed charges against Heather Music, 28, LaFontaine, in 2016, but she was taken into custody on June 16, 2017.

In 2016, Tractor Supply Company officials reported to the Wabash City Police Department that an employee had allegedly stolen approximately $10,000 from April through June 8, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Posted on 2017 Jul 11
Residents address S.R. 15 flooding to County Council
By Emma Rausch
 
Flooding is an issue this summer in Wabash County and it’s not just affecting roadways.
 
Wabash County residents reported to the County Council June 26 that, during the last three years, water has pooled and flooded their yards along State Road 15.
 
“Just one day of rain and we’re inundated in our area with water,” resident Paula Papich said.
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 11

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