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City orders 2 house demolished
By Joseph Slacian
 
Two homes were ordered demolished by the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety when it met on Thursday, July 6.
 
One home, located at 531 E. Hill St., is owned by Lillian Enterprises, while the other, owned by Brad Eberly, is located at 138 Stitt St.
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 11
11 seek Wabash County Festival Queen crown
By The Paper staff
 
On Friday, July 28, 11 contestants will compete for the title of Wabash County Festivals Queen in the 27th annual Wabash County Festivals Pageant.
 
Contestants will compete in an interview, sportswear, evening gown and an on-stage question. Mikayla Ridgeway, the 2016 Wabash County Festivals queen, will crown the new queen at the end of the event.
 
The pageant will award more than $4,000 to the winners, thanks to contributions by many Wabash County individuals and businesses. Contestants also helped earn scholarship money by working the annual port-a-pit chicken sale and helping Pizza King with “Elvis in the Alley” at July’s First Friday event.
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 11
LaFontaine man faces child molestation charges
Dustin Blum
 
By Emma Rausch
 
LAFONTAINE—A LaFontaine resident is facing child molestation charges following a Wabash County Sheriff’s Department investigation.
 
Dustin W. Blum, 20, was charged with two counts felony child molesting.
 
In May, Wabash County Sheriff’s Department received a report alleging sexual misconduct involving Blum and a child younger than 10-years-old, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Posted on 2017 Jul 11
LaFontaine woman faces drug, racketeering charges

Heather Music

By Emma Rausch

A June 2016 internal investigation at Tractor Supply Company led to a LaFontaine woman facing felony drug and racketeering charges a year later.

Wabash Police filed charges against Heather Music, 28, LaFontaine, in 2016, but she was taken into custody on June 16, 2017.

In 2016, Tractor Supply Company officials reported to the Wabash City Police Department that an employee had allegedly stolen approximately $10,000 from April through June 8, according to the probable cause affidavit.

Posted on 2017 Jul 11
Residents address S.R. 15 flooding to County Council
By Emma Rausch
 
Flooding is an issue this summer in Wabash County and it’s not just affecting roadways.
 
Wabash County residents reported to the County Council June 26 that, during the last three years, water has pooled and flooded their yards along State Road 15.
 
“Just one day of rain and we’re inundated in our area with water,” resident Paula Papich said.
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 11
County OKs bridge replacement
By Joseph Slacian
 
A bridge over Cart Creek on County Road 1200 S will be replaced.
 
Wabash County Commissioners approved the work, estimated to cost $580,100, when it met on Monday, July 3.
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 11
Group seeks to revive downtown Lagro
Beth Gillespie, president of the Lagro Canal Foundation, speaks to a crowd Wednesday, June 28, about the newly formed foundation’s goals and plans to revitalize downtown Lagro. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
LAGRO—A new community-focused foundation aims to revitalize Lagro, starting with three historic buildings.
 
The Lagro Canal Foundation hosted its first public meeting Wednesday, June 28, to inform the residents of its goals and the plans for its first project. The organization was established in April, Beth Gillespie, LCF president, told The Paper of Wabash County.
 
“How the foundation came about, I guess I lost my mind one day,” Gillespie said jokingly during the meeting. “I was sad to see that the (town’s historic) buildings were sitting empty and I heard that they were going to go up for sale and was concerned that they would just fall into the hands of the county and get torn down.
 
“So I decided to try and create a foundation to save the buildings and not just save them, but bring businesses and people back into our community.”
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 03
Woods to seek GOP nomination for sheriff
Walter Woods
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
A fourth person has entered the race for Wabash County Sheriff in the May 2018 Primary Election.
 
Local businessman Walter Woods announced his candidacy to The Paper of Wabash County on Wednesday, June 24. He will run as a Republican.
 
“I feel that we need to get out there and combat this drug problem,” he said. “On a weekly basis, someone is mentioning the drug issue to me. It’s not that officers aren’t doing anything, we just need to get more people involved in fighting the drug epidemic.”
 
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 03

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