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B Walter found compliant with statement of benefits

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash City Council unanimously approved a statement of benefits update for B Walter & Company.


Owner Scott Buehrer and Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO of Grow Wabash County were on hand to discuss the matter with the Council.


Buehrer and B Walter received a 10-year tax abatement for both personal property and real property in 2016 for investments and improvements he planned to make at the facility. By statute, he is required to give the Council an update annually.


“I came here 17 months ago when I acquired B Walter,” Buehrer told Council. “I kept everybody. Our employment at the time was 25 employees and a couple of temps. We’re right around 35 employees and no temps. I prefer to have full-time employees in the business. I think we build a better company that way.”
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 12
Commissioners vacate alley in Serbia

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

At the request of an adjacent landowner, the county commissioners vacated an unimproved alleyway in Servia at a Monday, June 4, public hearing.


Landowner Walt Dingess told the commissioners that he and his father have maintained the space allocated for the alley, located on the south edge of his property on South Second Street, since 1975.


“We've probably kept around 75-80 percent of the area I want vacated mowed,” Dingess said. “I guess, all the years that I've done it, I just assumed it was ours. I didn't realize that there's supposed to be a road or an alley that went through.”
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 12
Town Council approves smoking ban

By David Fenker
david@nmnews.com

NORTH MANCHESTER – The town’s Manchester's Main Street may soon be smoke-free.


The NORTH MANCHESTER Town Council passed on first reading an ordinance prohibiting smoking on all public property, in all businesses or within 15 feet of a door or window of a location where smoking is banned, at the June 6 meeting. This would effectively ban smoking on Main Street, except within private residences and designated smoking areas at local businesses.


With council member Laura Rager absent, the council voted 4-0 in favor of the ordinance.


Per the council's bylaws, the ordinance must undergo two additional readings before becoming effective.
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 12
Former MU student pleads guilty

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

After more than two years in jail, a former Manchester University student will forego a trial and be sentenced on a charge stemming from the death of her child this month.


Mikayla Munn, 24, of Elkhart, pleaded guilty to one count of neglect of a dependent, level three felony, in a hearing Monday, June 4. The plea agreement drops a charge of murder and neglect of a dependent, level one felony.


She faces up to 16 years in prison, and a fine of up to $10,000.
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 12
Wabash County Transit seeks annual grant

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

Living Well in Wabash County's Wabash County Transit looks to continue its services through an annual grant from the state and federal governments.


Living Well CEO Beverly Ferry presented the grant application at the Monday, June 11, meeting of the county commissioners for their signatures.


“It's that time of year to come around with our grant application that we are submitting to (the Indiana Department of Transportation),” Ferry said. “This time, it's operating plus a capital request. The capital request is for one, low-floor minivan, and one medium light transit bus.”


Ferry said that the minivan is to replace one that is no longer handicap-accessible.


“The cost of repairing the ramp is about the same amount we'd have to do to buy a new one,” she said.
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 12
Heartland celebrates 53rd certificate, recognition program

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On Wednesday, May 24, the Honeywell Center hosted the 53rd Heartland Career Center Certificate and Career Excellence Recognition Program. 


There were 224 seniors recognized from the local high schools for completion of their career programs at Heartland Career Center. 

In addition, 68 students received awards for Career Excellence based on the criteria of attendance, grade point average, job performance, attitude/respectfulness, and leadership/teamwork.  Each of the students walked across the Honeywell stage in front of a full crowd of parents, friends, teachers, support staff and administrators. 
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 12
Indiana American Water reports strong water quality

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Provider Indiana American Water recently released its water quality reports for 2017 for Wabash and Somerset, with high quality reviews across the board.


“To comply with state and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations, Indiana American Water issues a report annually describing the quality of your drinking water,” the organization said in a press release. “The purpose of this report is to raise your understanding of drinking water and awareness of the need to protect your drinking water sources. In 2017, we conducted tests for many contaminants, all of which were below state and federal allowable levels.”


Indiana American Water explained that the public water system for Wabash relies on ground water obtained from eight wells in two well fields.


Sources of that ground water include rivers, lakes, streams, ponds, reservoirs, springs and wells.
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 12
MMS announces Historic Preservation and Design awards

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Three projects and an individual dedicated to historic preservation received awards from Manchester Main Street at the nonprofit's annual meeting.


Each year, MMS honors those who spend significant time and energy on local, historical structures. This year's award recipients include the Wabash County Commissioners, KenopocaMocha Coffee Shop and Steve Batzka.


MMS's Historic Preservation and Design committee presented the awards Wednesday, May 23, at The Firehouse.


Mary Chrastil, president of the North Manchester Historical Society and MMS Historic Preservation and Design committee member, presented the awards.


“One of the committee's goals is to encourage quality design and good choices in improvements that are made to buildings in our town, keeping the historic buildings true to their architectural style,” she said. “The awards are given to building owners and entities that have made efforts to make North Manchester a more beautiful place to live.
 

Posted on 2018 Jun 12

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