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Smith receives Fulbright Scholarship

By The Paper staff


A Wabash County resident has received a Fulbright Scholarship.


Adam Benjamin Smith, son of Michael J. Smith and Julianne Tiede-Smith, received the Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to France from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.


Smith will support the teaching of English at Lycée Robert Doisneau in Lyon as part of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

Posted on 2018 May 29
NM Chamber, Manchester Main Street seek merger

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- A public meeting to discuss the possibility of merging Manchester Main Street and the North Manchester Chamber of Commerce is planned for 7 p.m. June 4 at the Manchester Firehouse.


The respective boards of directors of the two organizations are proposing to join together and create a more streamlined organization with the strength and agility to take advantage of opportunities and address challenges impacting our community.
 

Posted on 2018 May 29
Laketon sewage rates to rise

By David Fenker

david@nmpaper.com

LAKETON -- Those hooked into Laketon's sewer system will see an increase of $5.60 in their monthly sewage bill beginning July 1.


The Laketon Area Regional Sewer District board of trustees met for a public hearing Thursday, May 17, to receive public input on the proposed increase. After the hearing, the board voted 4-0 (one member absent) to increase the rate from $59.40 to $65, effective July 1. The same ordinance provides for an additional increase of $4.65 effective July 1, 2019, to a rate of $69.65.


The increases stem in part from higher-than-expected operating costs, including a recent increase by the Town of North Manchester, which treats Laketon's sewage
 

Posted on 2018 May 29
MSD board gets glimpse at tax rate

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Metropolitan School District of Wabash County’s board of education touched on an array of subjects at its Tuesday night, May 22 meeting.


Prior to the start of the meeting, board members met with Darren Bates of Data Pit Stop in a work session to get a glimpse into what the tax ramifications might be should MSD ever consolidate with Wabash City Schools.


Bates informed the board that the net assessed value of the property in the MSD school district is more than $775 million, while those properties in the Wabash City Schools district had a cumulative net assessed value of over $204 million.


“So, the taxable value is $979 million of the assessed value, which means MSD accounts for 79 percent of the taxes,” Bates said. “You have more people to pull from. Nearly 80 percent of the money is from the bigger base, the bigger area.”
 

Posted on 2018 May 29
Kelch denied change in bond

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A request by an attorney for Corey Kelch to receive bond was denied on Wednesday, May 16, by Wabash Circuit Court Judge Robert McCallen III.


Kelch, 22, Marion, was denied bond during an initial hearing May 7 on charges of felony murder and robbery, a Level 2 felony, in connection with the death of a LaFontaine man.


One of Kelch’s attorneys, Scott Lennox, requested bond be set for his client.
 

Posted on 2018 May 22
Planting progressing for local farmers

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Planting season in the Wabash County has gone about as well as anyone could’ve asked to this point in the season, according to Curt Campbell, Wabash County’s Purdue Extension educator.


In fact, he said this planting season has gone smoother than any he can remember in the last five or six years.
“We had that cold April where it was wet, and not being able to get in,” Campbell said. “But, boy, once we got in, things just really worked quickly. Guys really got in.”


“I’ve been at the Extension 10 years in the county, and I’d say this is the quickest we’ve got this much corn planted in the 10 years I’ve been there.”
 

Posted on 2018 May 22
Study suggests Market St. upgrades

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A study from a group of Manchester University students suggests major changes to Market Street, east of Huntington Street, in downtown Wabash.


The students of Dr. Leonard Williams spent the last semester creating a policy analysis through collaboration with the university, the City of Wabash and Grow Wabash County.


The students interviewed residents, entrepreneurs, public officials and non-profit leaders about the needs, possibilities and challenges of redeveloping Market Street. They also collected and reviewed relevant housing and economic data.


The students presented their findings to the Wabash City Council on Monday, May 14.
 

Posted on 2018 May 22
MSD board hears presentation on solar panels, robotics world championships

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Prior to Monday night’s meeting, the members of the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County’s board of trustees heard a presentation from Jami Krynski of PSG Energy Group about the prospects of installing solar panels at Southwood High School during a scheduled work session.


According to Krynski, over a 25-year period, MSD could save as much as $1.8 million in energy bills from the installation of panels at just the one school.


“It’s savings,” Krynski said. “It’s savings that’s real, tangible and for a long time. In an era where schools are being challenged to do more with less, this is an application that can save them real money for a long period of time. There may be nothing out there that can save them as much over such a long period of time.”
 

Posted on 2018 May 22

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