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Recycling sites to merge to lone location

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash County Solid Waste was approved for an additional appropriation of $245,000 for capital outlay in an effort to cut down on the illegal dumping of contaminated waste that is not recyclable.


Solid Waste spends $77,000 annually on top of its flat rate getting rid of items which cannot be recycled.


“Over quite a few years, since we began the recycling programming, one thing we are faced with with drop site recycling, is contamination,” Executive Director Jen Rankin said. “I can’t be at all of them at all times of the night, and boy are they good at timing when (no one is around). Our vendor deals with a majority of it.


That costs Solid Waste roughly $6,400 in additional fees per month, because the vendor is responsible for removing the contaminated material, like diapers for example, and taking it to the landfill.


“Drop site contamination is about the same across the state,” Rankin said. “It runs between 15 and 18 to 20 percent in some of the more rural areas. We run at about 18 percent. If in fact we were to take in all this contamination and take it to the landfill, it would cost us to write a check to the landfill. But, (the vendor) increase the cost of our recycling program in order to accommodate for that contamination.”
 

Posted on 2018 Jul 03
Wabash firefighters receive recognition

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash Firefighter/Paramedic Joe Butterbaugh was honored Monday night during the Wabash City Council meeting.


Butterbaugh received a Cardiac Save Award from Zoll, which supplies safety equipment for the department, for his efforts in helping save the life of a Wabash man in December 2017.
 

Posted on 2018 Jul 03
Brubaker earns staff spotlight even in retirement

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Steve Brubaker retired as a teacher from the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County in 2011.
That doesn’t mean he’s stopped lending students a guiding hand.


Brubaker met up with one of his old students, Zach Campbell, who had fallen off the educational path along with way and dropped out of school.


Brubaker knew he needed to come to Campbell’s aid, so he helped him get enrolled at White’s High School, where Campbell graduated this year.
 

Posted on 2018 Jul 03
Election Board OKs MCS question

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash County Election Board, after more than 20 minutes of discussion on Thursday, June 28, approved the wording for the Manchester Community Schools’ proposed referendum question.


The measure now must go to the Department of Local Government Finance for approval before it can be placed on the November ballot.


The major aspect of the board’s discussion was the wording in the question. Board members felt it too vague.
 

Posted on 2018 Jul 03
Munn sentencing set for July w24

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

Mikayla Munn, a former Manchester University student charged in connection with the death of her infant child, will be sentenced Tuesday, July 24.


The sentencing hearing date change is the result of a June 27 hearing, in which Wabash County Circuit Court Judge Robert McCallen III accepted Munn's guilty plea and reset the sentencing hearing date.


Munn pleaded guilty to one count of neglect of a dependent as a level three felony Monday, June 4. She originally faced charges of murder and neglect of a dependent as a level one felony.


According to the plea agreement, Munn waived her right to appeal the court's decision regarding her sentence, and faces a maximum sentence of 16 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
 

Posted on 2018 Jul 03
NM resident owns flag from 1812

Dennis Haller holds up an 1812 flag hig family has owned for generations. Haller has been offered as much as $250,000 for the heirloom. Photo by Josh Sigler

By Josh Sigler

 

jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

NORTH MANCHESTER – Dennis Haller seems like an ordinary man, living out his years in a small-town, Main Street fashion.
But, tucked away in his house is a secret which is very old and possibly very valuable.


Haller has in his possession a war flag from the Texas secession from Mexico in 1812, making the flag well over 200 years old.

Posted on 2018 Jul 03
Bass players from across U.S. flock to Wabash

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Nine double bass students from around the country were in Wabash last week, participating in the 11th annual Wabass Institute.


The students gathered Monday through Thursday to receive group and individual instruction from three of the premiere bass players in the world, Harold Robinson, Eric Larson and Ranaan Meyer. On Friday evening, the group performed in a recital at the Honeywell Center.


“Things are amazing,” Meyer, the institute’s artistic director, told The Paper of Wabash County during a break in the instructions. “Every year we say the same thing. It sounds redundant, but it just always seems like it’s better than the last year.

Posted on 2018 Jul 03
Shutz brothers closing doors after 72 years

Mitch Shutz shows off a piiece of leather in the Schutz Brothers workshop. Photo By Eric Christiansen

By Eric Christiansen
Echristiansen@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- A staple in the North Manchester community has closed its doors after 72 years in business.


Located at 1604 East St., just north of State Road 13 in North Manchester, Schutz Brothers has been a family business that has made an impact in every state in the country and in at least 15 countries around the world.


Owner Mitch Schutz said that it was time to move on to the next stage of his life.


“I'll miss the people the most that we've met over the years … the people we've sold to, the vendors,” he said. “I've realized how much I've learned over the years. It's a unique industry, and it's been good to us.


“We've met some of the best horsemen from all over the world who have endorsed our stuff, and I call them my friends.”
Founded in 1946, Schutz Brothers specialized as manufacturers and wholesalers of horse tack, high-end leather, and tack and training equipment.
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 26

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