Tree falls on city residence, caused by weather
A Wabash City residence owned by Judy Driscoll lays in wreckage after a tree fell directly on top of it on Monday June 22. High winds, earwigs and carpenter ants were determined to be the cause of the fall by Andrews Tree Removal owner Charlie Andrews. Andrews estimated that the damage could cost the Driscoll family $25-30,000. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Inclement weather that occurred in the late hours of Monday June 22 caused a tree to crash down onto the Wabash residence of Judy Driscoll.
Driscoll, whose house is located on Noble Street, told The Paper of Wabash County that the tree fell directly into her grandson’s bedroom and nearly hit her daughter, Tina, who had just returned home.
“The wind came and I woke my boyfriend up and I said, ‘The wind’s getting really strong,’” Driscoll said. “We were sitting there and all at once we heard this (cracking) sound and all at once that tree fell."
Posted on 2015 Jul 07
Lagro bar demolished after fire in January; Owners decide to rebuild after all
Dillon’s Bar in Lagro was finally demolished on June 26 after catching fire in early January and now has plans to be rebuilt within the following months. Marcella Dillon said that while she initially didn’t want to reopen the business, “nerves have kind of settled” and she thinks that it’d be nice for her community to have a new bar. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
LAGRO - Dillon’s Bar will be rebuilt after all, according to owner Marcella Dillon.
On Jan. 10, the bar had just reopened following a brief hiatus only to catch fire the following morning at 3:30 a.m.
At the time, Dillon told The Paper of Wabash County that she wouldn’t rebuild since it was the second fire the bar had seen since she took over the business.
“It was really devastating after going through two fires and it really takes a toll on you,” Dillon said in a follow-up interview on June 26. “So, in the beginning, we said we just can’t do this again, but as time has passed, nerves have kind of settled and we thought, ‘You know, it would be nice to have a new bar for this community.’”
Posted on 2015 Jul 07
3 firms bid on Wastewater Treatment Plan project
By Joseph Slacian
Three firms submitted bids Wednesday, July 1, for the Wabash Wastewater Treatment Plant’s Headworks Improvement Project.
The firms – James S. Jackson Co., of Bluffton; Kokosing Construction Co. of Westerville, Ohio, and Thieneman of Westfield – each submitted a total base bid, as well as a mandatory alternate bid for consideration to the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety.
The project seeks to replace the current screw pumps at the plant with a more modern, efficient system.
Posted on 2015 Jul 07
Four arrested on narcotics charges

The Wabash City Police Department was serving warrant papers to Matthew J. Hayslip when responding officers allegedly discovered a meth lab. Photo by Emma Rausch

By The Paper staff

Four Wabash locals were arrested Tuesday night on narcotic charges.

The Wabash City Police reported that on June 29, around 8:24 p.m. second shift patrol officers went to 80 ½ N. Miami St. in Wabash in attempt to serve two Wabash County arrest warrants on Matthew J. Hayslip, 28, Wabash.

Officers on scene reported that while at the residence they allegedly discovered an active meth lab.  A subsequent search warrant was then served on the residence, according to the WPD.

Posted on 2015 Jun 30
Weaver to run for mayor; Candidacies filed for other races
Wade Weaver
By Joseph Slacian
Wade Weaver has filed candidacy papers to run for mayor of Wabash as an Independent candidate.
Weaver, owner of Dream Weaver Marketing, filed his paperwork Friday afternoon in the Wabash County Circuit Court Clerk’s office.
“I’m running because I really believe that Wabash needs another choice in the Mayoral election,” he said in a prepared statement. “I wanted to run Independent but you can’t run Independent in the primary. So, I’m doing this in the General Election and I don’t want to be tied to a certain party at this point in my political career – which is brand new.  I want to do things independently, but also together with this community and make this the greatest community in Indiana.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
Local dams release water, roads closed from flooding
Volunteers from various city agencies tie sandbags being filled by a machine borrowed from Huntington County. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Emma Rausch
Wabash County Board of Commissioners issued a local disaster emergency declaration at their meeting on Monday June 29.
Last week, the Wabash and Eel Rivers flooded to 18.41 feet and 12.73 feet respectively, thereby causing residents to evacuate their homes, emergency measures to be imposed and caused major damage to sewer, roads and wastewater treatment facilities, according to the official declaration document.
The declaration called upon “all citizens … to comply with necessary emergency measures, to cooperate with public officials and disaster services forces in executing emergency operation plans, and to obey and comply with the lawful directions of properly identified officers.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
Price crowned 25th Festivals Queen
Ashley Price was crowned as the 25th Wabash County Festivals Queen by 2014 Festivals Queen Kaytlyn Eberly. Price radiated on stage, according to Brandy Barrett, pageant judge. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
As Roderick Schram announced the winning contestant of the 2015 Festival Queen’s title, Ashley Price’s jaw dropped, literally.
On Friday June 26, Price was crowned as the 25th Wabash County Festivals Queen to her surprise.
Price, a 2013 Wabash High School graduate, told The Paper of Wabash County she didn’t think she was going to win.
“I didn’t even believe it,” Price said. “My friend Sydney (Enyeart) was contestant number two and she’s been on court every year and she’s always done really well and I was really pulling for her to win.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 30
Wabash man charged in arson, burglary
Curt Long stands in front of his barber shop which was recently damaged in what Wabash Fire Department officials are calling an arson fire. Photo by Mike Rees
By Joseph Slacian
A Wabash man is facing charges for the June 18 fire at Curt’s Barber Shop, 1593 Stitt St., and burglary at the at the barbershop and adjoining Alcoholic’s Anonymous building.
Fire Chief Bob Mullett told The Paper of Wabash on Thursday that an investigation by the Wabash Fire Department and the Indiana State Fire Marshal determined the fire to be arson.
Posted on 2015 Jun 30

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