Wabash March of Dimes Zumbas for babies

By Emma Rausch

On April 10, the March of Dimes will be hosting a Zumba-thon at the Wabash County YMCA, announced Pat Vanlandingham, a member on the Wabash chapter’s planning committee.

The event was created to raise funds that benefit the March for Babies, a walkathon that supports community-based programs to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies. Currently, the committee is still seeking an ambassador family for the Wabash March for Babies event on May 2.

As an ambassador, a family would share their premature baby’s story of struggling through the early birth as well as sharing precious moments with their child.

Currently, the Huntington-based Drummond family will be sharing their story of their daughter Carter, but Vanlandingham said that she hopes a local family will also come forward to be recognized.

Posted on 2015 Mar 31
New Journey has grand opening at new facility

By Joseph Slacian

The congregation of the New Journey Community Church dedicated its new facility on Sunday, March 29.

The church, which has been meeting at the Honeywell Center, recently purchased the former W.C. Mills Elementary School from the Wabash City Schools Corporation.

“We’re glad to be in a permanent home,” lead pastor Tom Cochran told The Paper of Wabash County on Thursday, March 26, three days before the Palm Sunday celebration. “Five years as a mobile church was fun and good, and the Honeywell Center was a blessing, but it’s good to be settled.

“It’s good to be spread out to allow ourselves to do things we always wanted to do, but just couldn’t because we didn’t have a permanent space.”

The church has several projects planned, now that it has a permanent home.

Posted on 2015 Mar 31
Governor signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act

By Emma Rausch

Gov. Mike Pence’s decision to sign the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) on Thursday March 26 is not anticipated to cause any major concerns locally, according to Robert Vanlandingham, City of Wabash mayor.

Specifically, the new law, also known as Senate Bill (S.B.) 101, states that a person, organization, or company may “exercise practices that are compelled or limited by a system of religious belief,” which means that a person or company may run their businesses in accordance with their religious beliefs.

However, the act sparked controversy and nationwide outcry after the law’s opponents claimed that, under the new state law, companies and organizations can openly discriminate against citizens that do not conform to Christian beliefs, such as the lesbian, gay, and transgender community.

Posted on 2015 Mar 31
Governor Pence signs Religious Freedom Restoration Act

By Joe Slacian

Gov. Mike Pence on Thursday signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. The signing took place during a private ceremony in his office at the Indiana Statehouse.

The following statement was released following the signing:

“Today I signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, because I support the freedom of religion for every Hoosier of every faith.

“The Constitution of the United States and the Indiana Constitution both provide strong recognition of the freedom of religion but today, many people of faith feel their religious liberty is under attack by government action."

Posted on 2015 Mar 26
Burglary leads to charges against two men

A Wabash Police officer enters the Plaza Mini Mart on Friday afternoon. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By The Paper staff

A burglary at Plaza Mini Mart last week led Wabash Police to make two arrests.

One of the arrests was in connection with the burglary. The second stemmed from a search that took place at the business over several days.

Sgt. Matt Benson, the Wabash Police Department’s Public Information Officer, said Saturday morning that police responded to a burglar alarm at Plaza Mini Mart, 180 Harrison Ave., at about 4:40 a.m. Tuesday, March 17.

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Police seek info on rash of burglaries

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash County Sheriff’s Department is seeking the public’s help in solving a string of 10 burglaries that have taken place in Wabash County in recent weeks.

The burglaries, most of which have occurred during the day light hours, have taken place throughout the county, Sheriff Bob Land told The Paper of Wabash County.

There is no description of the suspects, nor is there a description of any vehicle that may be involved in the burglaries, the sheriff added.

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Harvey Industries responds to class action lawsuit

By Emma Rausch

Officials from Harvey Industries have responded to the class action lawsuit filed against them on Jan. 16.

The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the affected previous employees after the company laid off approximately 141 workers in December 2014.

The company’s representing attorneys Stephen Downs and Mark Frantz of Wabash responded to the lawsuit on March 12, submitting answers and affirmed defenses to the complaint, including denying that Harvey Industries violated the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act which requires notice be given to all effected employees 60 days prior to the layoff.

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Board of Commissioners signs letter to Duke Energy

By Emma Rausch

The Wabash County Commissioners took a stand against Duke Energy’s proposed five-mile transmission line, according to a letter signed at the board’s meeting on March 23.

At the meeting, all three members signed a letter addressed to Duke Energy’s Government and Community Relations Manager Laura Sheets, which voiced the board’s concerns and disapproval of Duke Energy’s proposal.

“It is clear to us that Duke Energy did not have best interests of the citizens of Wabash County in mind when it designed the route for this new transmission line,” the board wrote. “This proposed route clearly takes more from local farmers than is necessary to achieve the goals Duke Energy had in mind when the route was first conceived.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 24

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