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Commissioners pass Rainy Day Fund amendment
By David Purvis-Fenker
 
The Wabash County Commissioners unanimously passed a new ordinance amending how the “Rainy Day Fund” is used on July 11. 
 
Steve Downs, county attorney, presented the ordinance amending the “Rainy Day Fund” ordinance to the commissioners.
 
According to Commissioner Scott Givens, the amendment will change the ordinance back to “its original purposes, which were unfunded liabilities generally pertaining to employment, but not always.”
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 12
Ridgeway crowned 2016 Festivals Queen
Makayla Ridgeway is crowned 2016 Wabash County Festivals Queen by her predecessor Ashley Price. Last year, Ridgeway served on Price’s court after receiving the Queen’s Choice award. As the next queen, Ridgeway said she hopes to serve as an ambassador to Wabash County. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Makayla Ridgeway is Wabash County’s 2016 Festivals Queen.
 
As Roderick Schram called Ridgeway’s name as winning contestant on Friday, July 1, the new queen immediately turned and smiled in disbelief at her predecessor Ashley Ridgeway before walking to center stage to accept her crown.
 
Ridgeway, a 2015 Southwood High School graduate, told The Paper of Wabash County was shocked when she heard her name.
Posted on 2016 Jul 12
NM man charged in auto theft investigation
Samuel Lopez
 
By The Paper staff
 
NORTH MANCHESTER – A North Manchester man was arrested for auto theft on Wednesday, July 6, after a NAPA Auto Parts employee reported a delivery vehicle missing Wednesday afternoon.
 
According to a press release by North Manchester Police Chief Steve Olsen:
 
At approximately 12:13 p.m., an employee from the auto store, located at 708 W. Main St., notified the NMPD that the business’s delivery vehicle had been stolen from the front of the facility.
 
The vehicle taken was a 2012 Ford Focus.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 07
Proposed river trail seeks $1.2 million of CEDIT funds

By Emma Rausch

The Wabash River Trail (WRT) is seeking county government’s assistance with its multi-million dollar project, specifically $1.2 million of County Economic Development Income Tax (CEDIT) funds.

Amy Ford, Wabash River Trail Inc. chair, met with the County Council on Monday, June 27, to request the council’s support in pursuing the funding with the Wabash County Commissioners.

“Multi-use trails are high on the list for attracting individuals to work, live, raise a family and contribute to a community,” she said. “Wabash County has so much to offer and this trail would be another caveat to our community. … All of this can do nothing but help with economic development.”

Ford first announced the trail’s proposal on March 30, 2015, at a Wabash County Commissioners meeting.

In May, she released details on the project’s Phase I, which would connect Wabash to Lagro, a six-mile stretch along the Wabash River.

Posted on 2016 Jul 05
Wabash County 4-H Fair to begin 10-day run
Tate Fritchley, Miss Indiana State Fair 2016, will be a guest at the Wabash County 4-H Swine Show on Wednesday, July 13, at noon. Fritchley will hand out ribbons to contestants and speak with the audience about the Indiana State Fair. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County 4-H Fair kicks off tonight, July 6, and will continue for the 10 dayd as youth show off their skills in agriculture, education development, crafting and more.
 
Angela Christopher, local 4-H extension educator of youth development, told The Paper of Wabash County that the fair is about community.
 
“The fair is a great place for us to come together as a community and to have to good time, to recognize youth in our community for the hard work and efforts they put into 4-H projects on a large base effort,” she said. “It’s not one of those events where it’s this team against this team or this school against this school."
Posted on 2016 Jul 05
Work at GenCorp site coming soon
By Joseph Slacian
 
Work on cleaning up a portion of contaminated land near the former GenCorp site at Stitt and Bond streets could begin in the near future.
 
Mayor Scott Long, in response to a question from Council member Bryan Dillon, said runoff contamination has been found next to the railroad tracks in Wabash City Park.
 
“There’s about six inches of soil on top of rocks,” Long told Council at the June 27 meeting. “But in saying that, they have to get a plant biologist to come in and identify all the plants that are there before they can do any excavation so that the (same type of) plants can be replanted.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 05
City Courtís new computer system working well
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash City Court’s new computer system is up and running, and Judge Tim Roberts told the Wabash City Council that he is pleased with the new equipment.
 
Late last year Roberts received permission from the council to update the system, which has been in place for about 20 years. To do so, the judge had to seek permission from the Indiana Supreme Court because he was hoping to install a system different then the one the state’s high court recommended.
 
The approval came earlier this year.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 05
Wabash Marketplace takes over Bedford, Bradley buildings
By Emma Rausch
 
The Bedford and Bradley buildings are now under new management and could be possibly repurposed for low-income housing, according to Steve Downs, Wabash Marketplace Inc. (WMI) executive director.
 
WMI purchased the two buildings after the previous owner, Julie Locke, a California resident, decided to sell them earlier this year, Downs told The Paper of Wabash County on Tuesday, June 28.
 
“She had hopes that she could rehabilitate the buildings and she just finally decided that she couldn’t do that,” he said.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 05

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