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NM, LaFontaine receive state funds

By Eric Christiansen
and
Joseph Slacian

news@thepaperofwabash.com

The towns of LaFontaine and North Manchester were among the 189 Indiana cities, towns and counties to receive funds from the Next Level Roads: Community Crossings initiative.


North Manchester will receive $627,975, while LaFontaine will receive $50,671. In all, $115 million in state-matching funds were distributed for local road projects.


“It’s a big chuck of change,” North Manchester Town Manager Adam Penrod said. “The one we’ve been trying for for some time is Wayne Street – it’s bad, especially in the winter, and the base isn’t really good.”
 

Posted on 2019 Apr 02
Benefit planned for local girl

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

It’s safe to say that Ava Gibson has experienced more in her four short years of life, than most years older than she has.


Born with part of her small intestine outside her body, she has undergone more than 20 surgeries in her life.


Her surgeries, done at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis, have included removing a portion of her small intestine. She also has had a small intestine transplant when she was 2 years old. Sadly, her body rejected the organ.


Her most recent surgery, a five organ transplant, took place on Oct. 31, 2018. In that surgery, she received a new liver, pancreas, small intestine, stomach and part of a large intestine. While her body has, so far, not rejected the organs, she has developed a serious virus, one that has kept her in the hospital since the surgery.
 

Posted on 2019 Apr 02
Commissioners sign off on Living Well grant

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Living Well in Wabash County CEO Beverly Ferry was in attendance at the Wabash County Commissioners meeting Monday, April 1, to get commissioners’ signatures for a grant for the purchase of a minivan.


Ferry said she needed the commissioners to sign off on the grant in order to receive the federal money for the grant.


The grant is for $28,800, which will cover 80 percent of the cost of the minivan.


The 20 percent remaining cost will be covered locally.
 

Posted on 2019 Apr 02
O.J. Neighbours staff recycles dried-up markers

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

O.J. Neighhours Elementary School technology specialist Melissa Callahan saw an article and video on social media this past summer that has led to a recycling project at the school.


The story and video were about collecting old, dried-up markers to be sent off and recycled. Callahan saw it and wanted to get her school involved.


“It was perfect,” she said. “I work in an elementary school. There’s a lot of markers that get thrown away all the time. And so, it just really struck a chord.”


The school has been collecting markers since near the beginning of the school year.
 

Posted on 2019 Apr 02
County Fair Board unveils sign for Ingraham Building

Bonnie Ingraham gets the first look at a sign honoring her late husband, Bruce. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Bonnie Ingraham was the first to see it Saturday morning. Moments later, the rest of those at a fundraising breakfast sponsored by the Wabash County Fair Board were able to see it.


It was a sign dedicating the former girl’s building at the Wabash County Fairgrounds in honor of the late Bruce Ingraham, a longtime volunteer and treasurer on the board.


Earlier this year the board, with the help of Randall Construction, remodeled the building, upgraded its heating and cooling system, restrooms and more. Saturday’s breakfast was also a chance for the public to see the improvements firsthand.
 

Posted on 2019 Mar 26
Reed Farms recognized at banquet

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Reed Farms was honored Tuesday night, March 19, during the ninth annual Salute to Agriculture dinner at the Heartland REMC community room.


Mike and Jay Reed accepted the 2018 Farm Family of the Year award on behalf of the five generations that have worked on the farm since it was formed in 1928. Ralph and Greg Dawes, the 2017 award recipients, presented the award to the Reeds.


“Dad and I are here to pass off the torch,” Greg Dawes said. “Congratulations to the Reed Family Farm and everyone involved with it, and best wishes in the future.”
 

Posted on 2019 Mar 26
Work underway on facades along West Canal Street

Dave Vandermark removes a portion of the facade of the former Plummer Law Office. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The south side of West Canal Street will soon have a new look, thanks in part to Vandermark and Duffey Enterprises.


The firm, which is refurbishing the Bradley Building, now owns the three buildings immediately to the west of the Bradley Building.


On Tuesday, March 19, workers for Vandermark Construction began removing the existing façade of the former Plummer law office building to expose the old façade.
 

Posted on 2019 Mar 26
City OKs firm for Wedcor Ave. work

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety gave approval Thursday, April 21, to a proposal from Randall Miller & Associates for engineering design services on the Wedcor Avenue construction project.


The board also authorized Mayor Scott Long to sign the contract from Randall Miller when it is prepared. Work is expected to cost $33,525.
 

Posted on 2019 Mar 26

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