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WRT's first phase has $4.8M cost
By Joseph Slacian
 
The first phase of the Wabash River Trail – from Lagro to Wabash – could cost an estimated $4.8 million.
 
That is the figure cited in the WRT committee’s application for more than $960,000 from the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority’s Road to One Million program. The Paper of Wabash County obtained a copy of the 424-page application, as well as a 10-page updated report submitted to the RDA in February.
 
The funds -- $960,236 in all -- would come from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s Regional Cities Initiative Fund. The RDA received $42 million from the IEDC last year to be used “to transform their regions into nationally-recognized destinations to live, work and play,” according to the IEDC website.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 11
County planners lift WRT stop work order
By Joseph Slacian
 
A stop work order issued to the Wabash River Trail committee will not be lifted until later this month.
 
The Wabash County Plan Commission met Thursday night and agreed to lift the ban. The ban was issued March 20 after it was determined the group worked on the project in a flood plain without receiving the proper permits from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 11
Commissioners OK upgrades to computer servers
By David Fenker
 
After several recent issues with some of the county’s servers, the commissioners voted to spend $123,614.33 to upgrade them.
 
County Coordinator Jim Dils noted that the county’s geographic information system server had to be shut down at least four times recently, and that the tax server needed work done by Intrasect to stay up and running through the spring tax season.
 
He added that the replacements have been discussed for nearly a year.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 11
City approves various event applications
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety approved special event applications for four different events planned throughout the year in the downtown Wabash area.
 
The board, at its Thursday, April 6, meeting, agreed to close Miami Street between Market and Cass streets six Saturdays during the year for the farmer’s market. The closure was at the request of Wabash Marketplace Inc.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 11
Wabash County maple syrup farm concludes 17th season

Sweet Tree Farms, a three-generation family business, concluded its 17th harvesting season in March. The Enser family, which includes (clockwise from left) Jim, Sheere, Mike, Debbie, Cayla, Alma and (not pictured) Zach Reed, hosted an open house event for area and state residents alike to learn more about locally-made maple syrup. Photo provided

By Emma Rausch

Locally produced maple syrup is back on the menu as Sweet Tree Farms harvest season finished Tuesday, March 28.

Located at 2095 E. 400 S. in rural Wabash County, the Enser family has collected syrup from their land’s maple trees for 17 years.

“In 1999, we were making a pan on the stove,” founder Jim Enser told The Paper of Wabash County. “We were making out first one and in 2000, I told the kids we were ready to go out and play in the snow.”

Posted on 2017 Apr 11
4 Howard County residents face methamphetamine charges in Wabash County
Aaron Smith
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Four Howard County residents are facing felony drug charges in Wabash County following a routine traffic stop.
 
Huntington County Deputy Marshal Matthew Farthing performed a traffic stop near County Road 750 East in Wabash County on March 29 after a vehicle, which displayed improper plates, had traveled west on U.S. 24 across the county line from Huntington County, according to the probable cause affidavit.
 
Due to the traffic stop crossing the Huntington County line, the four face charges in Wabash County.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 11
Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance office in NM relocates
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- After 27 years at 1302 State Road 114 W, the North Manchester office of Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance is relocating.
 
The location closed in late March following the sale of the company’s property, with its staff moving temporarily to the company’s Wabash location.
 
“Our former IFBI office in North Manchester didn’t meet the needs of our staff or the company, which is why it was put up for sale. It sold very quickly,” Suzanna Henderson, director of public relations and communications for IFBI, said. “In the meantime, effective March 22, we had one agent and one senior marketing associate in that North Manchester office, Paul King and Sonya Hathaway. They are currently serving our members out of our Wabash office."
Posted on 2017 Apr 11
Konyha resigns from OCRA post

By Joseph Slacian

Bill Konyha, executive director of the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), has resigned.

Konyha told The Paper of Wabash County that he submitted his resignation on March 28.

“Twenty-seven months of government service including reorganization of the agency and a transition to a new administration were enough to make me value my weekends spent in Wabash, my home,” he said. “I’m anxious to live here again full time and seek my next challenge.”

Posted on 2017 Apr 04

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