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NM becomes focal point in Fulton Co. gun shop burglary
Indiana Department of Natural Resources officers recovered five stolen handguns Thursday, Feb. 2, during an evidence dive in the Eel River. Indiana Department of Natural Resources Officers Matt Maher (back row), Kyle Hart (front row, from left) and Cpl. John Engle assisted North Manchester, Fulton County and ATF officials with the search. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch and David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER – North Manchester has become the focal point of a federal investigation of a Fulton County gun shop burglary, in which more than 50 handguns were stolen.
 
After following several leads, at least six of the 57 stolen firearms have been confirmed recovered within North Manchester’s town limits and two North Manchester men have been charged in connection to the crime.
 
Robert M. Hoy, 21, North Manchester, was charged with theft of firearms from a licensed firearms dealer, a federal offense.
 
Charles M. Hammer, 30, North Manchester, was detained in Michigan on Dec. 9. Officials did not confirm arrest charges by The Paper’s deadline.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
Riverfront development work to begin within next few weeks

By Joseph Slacian

Organizers of a new Wabash River development hope to begin work in a few weeks.

Jordan Tandy, a member of the committee seeking to put a new plaza along the Wabash River Trail, told the Wabash Park Board that the group hopes to be finished by Memorial Day weekend and that a formal dedication would take place during First Friday activities in June.

 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
Summer swim club to form
By Joseph Slacian
 
A summer swim club will begin this year at the Honeywell Pool.
 
Wabash High School swim coach Josh Blossom received the go-ahead from the Wabash Park Board to use the Honeywell Pool for a program he and Tyler McQuiston would like to start. Both are coaches for the Wabash Star Swim Club.
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
WCS seeks zoning variance for O.J. Neighbours
By Emma Rausch
 
O.J. Neighbours Elementary School may soon have access to a mobile classroom to help ease its increased student population.
 
In a unanimous vote, Wabash City Schools Board approved a recommendation Monday, Feb. 6, to seek a variance of the elementary facility’s zoning plan through the Board of Zoning Appeals to include a mobile classroom’s placement. The BZA will hear the request when it meets on Feb. 15.
 
“I wouldn’t say we’re struggling, but we continue to have some space concerns, especially this past year when we increased the number of students at O.J. Neighbours,” Superintendent Jason Callahan said, “and so we’ve been talking about how to alleviate that and one of the ideas was to get a couple of mobile classrooms (as) mobile classrooms can be a temporary solution.”
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
City Schools’ budget cut $345,000
By Emma Rausch
 
The Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) cut $345,000 from Wabash City Schools’ budget, a “hit” taken by the corporation’s taxable funds, according to Matt Stone, chief business officer.
 
The DLGF announced the cut in its 1782 notice, Stone told the Wabash City Schools Board on Monday, Feb. 6
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
‘Come and meet those dancing feet’: ‘42nd Street’ brings Broadway to Honeywell Center stage
By Emma Rausch
 
The backstage musical comedy “42nd Street” invites Wabash to “come and meet those dancing feet” at the Honeywell Center Ford Theater on Friday, Feb. 17.
 
Set in 1933, the musical tells the story of two “quintessential” American dreams coming to fruition on the Broadway stage. The first is of Peggy Sawyer, played by Clara Cox, and her goal of becoming a lead in a Broadway show.
 
The second is of director Julian Marsh, portrayed by Matthew J. Taylor, and his aim to rise back to the top.
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
City of Wabash awarded Active Living Workshop
By Emma Rausch
 
The City of Wabash received the Active Living Workshop Jan. 30 and is taking its next steps toward becoming a healthier community.
 
The spring and summer workshop series was constructed Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program (NEP) partnered with Health by Design to assist seven Indiana communities, including Wabash, to become healthier as well as more walkable, bikeable and accessible for people of all ages and abilities.
 
The six other workshop recipients include Fort Wayne, Monticello, Rockport, Sheridan, Southport and Whiteland.
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14
Members to decide on Chamber, EDG merger
By Joseph Slacian
 
Members of the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce and EDG of Wabash County will have final say on a possible merger between the two groups.
 
Chamber Board Chair Paul McCann told a crowd gathered at a Business Before Hours program Wednesday morning, Feb. 8, that Chamber officials hope its members vote for the merger.
 
The idea for the merger was broached with members last week via a letter from Emily Boardman, chair of a Chamber committee overseeing the possible transition.
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 14

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