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Local agencies stress firework safety as July 4 nears

Matt Cressell of Boomers Fireworks rearranges a display on Friday, June 22. With the Fourth of July quickly approaching, authorities are preaching firework safety to prevent as many injuries as possible. Photo By Josh Sigler

By Josh Sigler

jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

While children and adults are out enjoying firework displays this season, the Wabash City Fire Department is asking the public to err on the side of caution to promote safety, prevent structure fires and limit injuries.


Firefighter Carl Hall says the most important aspect to discharging fireworks is to promote adult supervision for any children using fireworks.


People should keep their fireworks in a cool, dry place away from flames to prevent accidental ignition.


“Always make sure there is enough space for the fireworks,” Hall said. “In case something goes wrong, everyone will be a safe distance away.”


Fireworks should never be launched in a crowded area, nor should they be used indoors.


The fire department puts out public service announcements throughout the year to keep patrons up to speed on firework safety.


“Firework season seems to be so broad,” Hall said. “I’ve seen them used on New Year’s Eve, as well. There are laws that specifically spell out the time you can do fireworks – the time of the day and the time you have to quit.”
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 26
Board delays hearing on Hill Street structure

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

An unsafe building hearing scheduled for Thursday, June 21, before the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety has been tabled until August.


Building Commissioner John Stephens told the board that the notices for the hearing were sent to everyone listed on a title search for the structure, located at 362 E. Hill St. However, the person listed as the owner, Oval King, passed away in 2007.


Stephens noted that there are four children listed in King’s obituary, and his department is working to contact those individuals.
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 26
Clerk's office certifies petitions

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- In less than one week, North Manchester area residents have gathered more than enough signatures to put a controversial project to referendum this November.


Wabash County Clerk Elaine Martin confirmed on Tuesday, June 19, that 535 registered voters signed petitions requesting that Manchester Community Schools' proposed construction project, which is projected to cost around $26 million after interest.

The project includes safety renovations at all four MCS facilities, an advanced manufacturing lab, a new roof at Manchester Administration Office, turf for the Manchester Jr.-Sr. High School football field, and a roughly $15 million Squire Fieldhouse, to be built between MAO and MJSHS.
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 26
Youth take part in theatre program

By David Brinson
news@thepaperofwabash.com

During the first weeks of June, Wabash County students (first through 12th grade) rehearse three separate musicals simultaneously throughout the Honeywell Center. It’s noisy. It’s frantic. It’s just a little messy. But ask any of the show’s directors, and they’ll admit that theater is often all those things.


The Visual and Performing Arts (VPA) Summer Theatre Camp lasts multiple weeks of practice and ends with the children putting on a big show in front of their family. With nearly 120 participants, the program takes up every available corner of the Honeywell Center. Educating and entertaining the community since 1984, VPA had been struggling to stay afloat until the Honeywell Foundation recently took the helm.
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 19
Rustic Barn is now open for business

A look at one of the dressing rooms at the Rustic Barn at Hopewell. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Deb Conner has a lot of memories from her childhood about her grandparents’ dairy barn.

Today, she’s trying to help others create memories, not of watching the dairy cows be milked. Rather, the memories she’s helping to create are of the most important day in a couple’s life.
Conner and her husband, Steve, have converted the barn into a reception hall named the Rustic Barn at Hopewell.


Work began last summer and as of Saturday, June 16, two wedding receptions have taken place there. Many more are planned later this year, with nearly every weekend in September and October already booked.


Conner said she and a variety of work crews, the majority of which were local, put in hundreds of hours of work to get the barn in the condition it is in now.

Posted on 2018 Jun 19
Firm to buy Wells Fargo sites

By The Paper staff


Flagstar Bancorp, Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire 52 Wells Fargo Bank branches in Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio, including the Wabash branch.


The sale will provide Flagstar Bank with approximately $2.3 billion in deposits and $130 million in loans, along with certain related assets. Flagstar will pay an effective deposit premium of approximately 7 percent based on balances as of Dec. 31, 2017. Management expects the transaction will be moderately accretive to 2019 earnings per share.
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 19
Pork industry may face large losses

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Large pork supplies, rising costs, and potential trade retaliation from both Mexico and China continue to cast a shadow over the pork industry, as losses are expected for the rest of 2018 and 2019.


According to Purdue University agricultural economist Chris Hurt, losses will be small this summer, but then the bottom will fall out.


Losses of more than $25 per head are estimated for the last quarter of 2018 and the first quarter of 2019.


“There is a lot of pork,” Hurt said. “Production so far this year is up nearly 4 percent with the number of head coming to market about 3 percent higher and weights up nearly 1 percent. Domestic demand and export demand have been good this year, but not strong enough to offset the higher supplies. As a result, live hog prices have been down 3 percent.”
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 19
Animal shelter, 4-H present budget requests

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

Looking to maintain and expand its current facility, the Wabash County Animal Shelter recently requested an increase in its funding from the county commissioners.


Representatives from the shelter attended the commissioners' Monday, June 18, meeting to present a budget allocation request. Representatives from the Purdue Extension Office also presented a request.


Shelter Manager Doug Bogart asked that the commissioners increase the shelter's funding from $65,000 to $70,000-$75,000 for the upcoming fiscal year, citing needs such as a new roof and a quarantine space for canines.


“Bottom line is, we lost a significant amount of money the past several years,” Bogert said, later adding: “I guess I'm here to say, we desperately need every dollar we can get.


“We do everything we can to save money. All the vaccines and stuff, I buy direct from the manufacturer and get special pricing on them – I buy them cheaper than the vets can buy them. It's that way with everything we purchase there.”
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 19

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