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Hospital changes going smoothly

Wabash County Hospital now known as Parkview Wabash Hospital

By Joseph Slacian

Wabash County Hospital is now Parkview Wabash Hospital. The change took place at midnight, Jan. 1, and hospital officials here say the transition went as smoothly as possible.

“We’re really excited about it,” Hospital President Marilyn Custer-Mitchell said. “We have some operational bumps we’re working through, but that’s bound to happen. But we’ve had no major issues come up, so we’re doing well.”

Posted on 2015 Jan 13
State Board of Accounts releases comments on Lagro Township records

by Eric Stearley

On Oct. 29, The Paper published an article about Lagro Township’s annual budget meeting, in which they voted to cut the budget by 28 percent from the previous year. The cuts came after what the board deemed “frivolous” spending by Trustee Andrew Delong and unanswered questions about how funds were being used.

The story quickly caught the eye of a state official.

“The State Board of Accounts was in our courthouse when The Paper came out that week,” said Wabash County Commissioner Scott Givens. “They read the article and they commented, because they were here to see us for something else, and the commissioners were still there in the courthouse. The lady [from the State Board of Accounts] commented on the article.”

Posted on 2015 Jan 13
Details of fatal car-train accident still unclear

by Emma Rausch

On Monday, Jan. 5, Dustin L. Shepler, 18, Wabash, was struck and killed about 12:20 p.m. by an eastbound Norfolk Southern train at Bond Street. A press release issued by the Wabash Police Department stated that Shelper failed to yield to the train, although why he had failed to yield is still undetermined.

Posted on 2015 Jan 13
Filing begins for Municipal Election

by Joseph Slacian

Filing began Jan. 7 for the 2015 Municipal Election, with two of the three declared mayoral candidates in the City of Wabash filing their paperwork in the Wabash County Clerk’s office.

The pair – Republican Scott Long and Democrat Margaret “Boo” Salb – was among 13 candidates who have filed as of The Paper deadline Monday. Long filed his paperwork on Wednesday, Jan. 7, while Salb filed on Friday.  A third declared candidate, Wabash Fire Chief Bob Mullett, is expected to file sometime this week.

Posted on 2015 Jan 13
Be Well Wabash County signs charter

By Eric Stearley

On Jan. 8, more than 30 members of the community joined together at the Wabash County YMCA to show their support for Be Well Wabash County, a new initiative focused on wellness. The initiative aims to bring organizations, businesses, and individuals together in a collaborative effort to promote life balance and health.

“Right now, were in the bottom third of the health rankings. Wouldn’t it be fun to think about being in the top third? Wouldn’t it be fun to be in the top 10 counties for health and wellbeing,” said founding member Bryce Lindsay. “And what does that do to our economy? Does it attract other companies and people who bring new jobs in? Then that helps our schools. That helps everybody.”

Posted on 2015 Jan 13
City awards bid to raze home

by Joseph Slacian

Brainard Excavating received the bid to demolish a home at 7 Elmwood Drive during the Wabash Board of Public Works & Safety’s Jan. 7 meeting.

The bid was awarded in spite of a request from Kristina Lynn, attorney for the Jo Jinks Dietzer estate, who said she has been in contact with Dietzer’s daughter, Louise Dietzer-Young, to delay the demolition.

The board, during its Dec. 3 meeting, found the home to been unsafe and ordered it to be demolished. However, Dietzer-Hensley appeared at the board’s Dec. 17 meeting, and said, among other things, that she had not been properly notified of the unsafe building hearing.

Posted on 2015 Jan 13
Sheriff releases 2014 department statistics

by Eric Stearley

On Jan. 7, Wabash County Sheriff Bob Land released sheriff’s department statistics for 2014.

The department issued 791 traffic citations and 1,137 warnings. 

Posted on 2015 Jan 13
Wabash firefighter placed on administrative leave

by Joseph Slacian

A Wabash firefighter-paramedic requested that he be placed on administrative leave until an operating while intoxicated charge he received in Fulton County is resolved.

The firefighter, Scott Reese, had the request granted Jan. 7 by the Wabash Board of Public Works & Safety. He will begin the administrative leave once about 10 accumulated vacation and comp days have been used, Fire Chief Bob Mullett said.

Mullett requested disciplinary action from the board against Reese because of the Fulton County incident.

Posted on 2015 Jan 13

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