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NM Chamber launches executive director search
By Joseph Slacian
 
NORTH MANCHESTER – The North Manchester Chamber of Commerce has launched a search for a new director.
 
The new director will replace the previous executive director, Laura Rager, whose time in the post ended Oct. 18, 2016.
 
The new director will be responsible for developing and leading the Chamber’s membership-related programs and strategies, implement the Chamber’s goals for serving its members and the community, and excelling in the Chamber’s team-driven, collaborative work environment.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 17
2 local groups receive $50,000 grants
By Emma Rausch
 
The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) granted $50,000 to two Wabash County organizations for “their work upholding the state’s heritage,” according to an IHS press release.
 
The Wabash County Historical Museum and the North Manchester Historical Society will each receive a grant of $50,000 to better assist with the perseveration of locally kept artifacts.
 
The funding is part of the second round of IHS’s Heritage Support Grants program, which will afford the state organization to award $2.5 million to organizations across Indiana through 2019.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 17
Friends, memories results of Michelís State Fair experience
By David Fenker
 
Despite not placing, 2016 Wabash County Fair Queen Jordan Michel’s time at the Indiana State Fair queen pageant left her with good memories and new friends.
 
Michel, a class of 2016 Manchester Jr.-Sr. High School graduate, competed in the pageant Jan. 7-8 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
 
“Unfortunately I didn’t place, but I did my best to represent the county well and that’s all I could’ve asked for,” Michel said.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 17
Adams elected City Council president
By Joseph Slacian
 
WABASH – Doug Adams is the new Wabash City Council president. Adams was elected 6-1 on Monday, Jan. 9, during the Council’s first meeting of the new year. As president, Adams will serve as liaison between the Council and Mayor Scott Long. In addition, should Long be unable to perform his mayoral duties because of health, for example, Adams would become mayor pro temp and oversee day to day city functions until Long is able to return to duty.
 
Adams told The Paper of Wabash County that he was honored to be selected.
 
He also said he’s looking forward to learn more about the workings of city government.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 17
Haupert re-appointed to Region III-A commission
By David Fenker
 
Commissioner Brian Haupert is the Wabash County Commissioners’ 2017 Region III-A Development and Regional Planning Commission.
 
The commissioners unanimously approved the appointment as the only item of new business at their Jan. 9 meeting.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 17
County council welcomes new members, reorganizes duties
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County Council welcomed three new members and reorganized duties at its first meeting of the year Monday, Jan. 9.
 
Newly elected officials Lorissa Sweet, Philip Dale and Matt Mize, who was selected by County Council District 1 precinct committee members to fill former councilman Claude Markstahler’s vacancy, were sworn in prior to the meeting.
 
Councilman Jeff Dawes was elected council chairman while Council member Randy Curless was elected vice chairman.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 17
S.C. man gets 10 years in molesting case
Chris Kimble
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A former Wabash man was sentenced Monday, Jan. 9, for charges that stemmed from a 1997 child molestation case.
 
Christopher L. Kimble, 46, Fairfax, S.C., was sentenced to 10 years in the Indiana Department of Corrections for felony attempted child molesting, a charge that stemmed from a 1996-97 Wabash County investigation.
 
On Dec. 21, he was found guilty of child molesting, a class C felony, and attempted child molesting, a class B felony, following trial in Wabash County Circuit Court. Following the verdict, Kimble and his attorney Craig Persinger moved to vacate judgment on count one, felony child molestation, on the grounds of double jeopardy.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 10
Body found near downtown Wabash

By The Paper staff

Wabash Police are investigating the death of a woman whose body was found Monday morning, Jan. 9, near Wabash and Main streets.

According to a news release from Capt. Matt Benson, the WPD’s Public Information Officer:

About 8:10 a.m. police responded to the report of an unresponsive female lying on the sidealk.

The female, Genna M. Garcia, 35, Wabash, was deceased.

Posted on 2017 Jan 10

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