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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
Appeal of newest WRT permit planned
By Joseph Slacian
 
Opponents to the Wabash River Trail plan to file another appeal on an Indiana Department of Natural Resources permit the WRT committee was recently granted.
 
On June 21, the DNR issued an after-the-fact construction in a floodway permit to WRT to build a pedestrian bridge across the Lagro Creek. The bridge is part of the first phase of the Lagro to Wabash portion of the proposed 33-mile bike trail.
 
However, Sheila Butcher, who with her husband, Glenn, is spearheading opponents to the trail, plan to appeal the decision. The couple also appealed an after-the-fact permit for WRT to make improvements to a boat ramp east of State Road 524 in Lagro.
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 03
ARC director retires after 41 years with organization
Nancy Hoffman, who is retiring from ARC of Wabash County after 41 years, shows off the “Circle of Corydon” award she received on Thursday, June 29. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Nancy Hoffman has been a constant at ARC of Wabash County for the last 41 years.
 
That changed on Friday, June 30, when she retired from the organization as its executive director.
 
“I’ve been here 41 years,” she told The Paper of Wabash County during a recent interview. “I started in February 1976. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 03
County Council approves $554,000-plus appropriation, transfer requests
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County Council approved more than $554,000 in additional appropriation and transfer requests at its meeting Monday night, June 26.
 
The Wabash County Highway Department requested the largest amount, $550,000, to arrange a chip seal program, according to John Martin, highway superintendent.
 
The department typically budgets for the program each year, but it was left out of the 2017 budget request, Martin told the council.
 
Posted on 2017 Jul 03
Reynolds named to Wabash Board of Works

Jim Reynolds (left) receives the oath of office for the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety from Mayor Scott Long. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Jim Reynolds is the newest member of the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety.

He received the oath of office on Monday, June 26, from Mayor Scott Long during the Wabash City Council meeting.

Reynolds will replace Dee Byerly, who resigned from the board after its June 15 meeting. Byerly served on the board 14 1/2 years.

Posted on 2017 Jul 03

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