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Bruss, Pilgrim get new positions
Mayor Scott Long (from left) poses with new Wabash Police Chief Matt Bruss and new Assistant Chief Bob Pilgrim. The two received their oaths of office on Feb. 22 and assumed their duties on March 1. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By The Paper staff
 
Matt Bruss and Bob Pilgrim have taken over as Wabash City Police Department chief and assistant chief, respectively.
 
The pair received the oath of office on Monday, Feb. 22, from Mayor Scott Long. They didn’t take office until Tuesday, March 1, when former Chief Larry Schnepp’s retirement took effect.
 
“I am privileged that Mayor Long has appointed me as the Chief of Police,” Bruss said. “I look forward to maintaining a professional department and continuing to serve the citizens of Wabash well.”
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 01
New state initiative encourages adults to complete college degrees
By Emma Rausch
 
Local officials are praising a campaign plan that will help Indiana adults return to college and complete previously started degrees.
 
Gov. Mike Pence and Teresa Lubbers, Commissioner for Higher Education, announced the plan in mid-February at the kick off of the “You Can.Go Back” Campaign.
 
The campaign is a coordinated effort to help 750,000 Hoosier adults, who have some college credit but no degree, finish what they started, according to a press release.
 
The effort is a key strategy point to reach Indiana’s goal to increase the percentage of Indiana adults with education beyond high school to 60 percent by 2025.
Posted on 2016 Mar 01
Harrison Avenue work progressing
By Emma Rausch
 
Construction at the Wabash Street and Harrison Avenue intersection is progressing “better” than originally expected, according to John Martin, Wabash County highway superintendent.
 
“Working is progressing actually better than I originally thought,” Martin told The Paper of Wabash County on Monday, Feb. 22. 
Posted on 2016 Mar 01
Cancer victims, survivors remembered at ceremony
Brian Chamberlain reads the names memorialized on the Wabash County Cancer Society’s Tree of Caring on Sunday afternoon at the Wabash County Courthouse. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
About a dozen people gathered Sunday afternoon at the Wabash County Courthouse to remember victims and survivors of cancer.
 
The group listened as Brian Chamberlain of the Urbana Yoke Parish read the names of 19 people being honored and another 46 being remembered on the Wabash County Cancer Society’s Tree of Caring.
 
Chamberlain also read scripture and reminded those attending that while we all will one day pass, the only true way to get into Heaven is to accept Jesus Christ into one’s life.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 01
Receptionist could be coming to City Hall
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash City Hall could be getting a receptionist after all.
 
The Wabash City Council on Monday, Feb. 22, approved amended salary ordinance that, among other things, included an appropriation of $21,840 for the post of receptionist and office assistant.
 
Mayor Scott Long, while still a council member late last year, attempted to have the position added to the salary ordinance. However, under state statute, changes to the ordinance could not be made until the year it was effective.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 01
Rockiní Johnny Band kicks off blues series
The Rockin’ Johnny Band will be performing at the Historic Eagles Theatre on March 3, kicking off the Thursday Night Blues series. Johnny Burgin, the band’s lead guitarist, has traveled around the world playing Chicago blues for audiences of all ages. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Thursday Night Blues kicks off on March 3 with the Rockin’ Johnny Band at the Historic Eagles Theatre.
 
Led by guitarist Johnny Burgin, the band performs a mix of Chicago blues, funk, rock and swing with no set list of songs that it plays from.
 
“I’m a traditional Chicago blues player,” Burgin told The Paper of Wabash County, “but we have a kind of new thing at every show. I’m trying to give people goose bumps.
 
“It’s not like a concert of a repertoire. It’s trying to be a thrill ride.”
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 01
Local man: I donít own Sinclair Street home
By Joseph Slacian
 
A Wabash man believes he doesn’t own an East Sinclair Street home the city ordered him to either repair or tear down.
 
Kenneth Crace told The Paper of Wabash County that he did own the home – known as the Shiloh Historic Home, 45 E. Sinclair St. -- for less than a week in 2015, and that the city should order its rightful owner to either tear it down or repair it.
 
The Wabash Board of Works and Public Safety gave Crace, who Building Commissioner John Stephens said is the owner of record, 30 days to begin repairs or demolition.
Posted on 2016 Mar 01
Crash claims 19-year-old Wabash man

A 19-year-old Wabash man was killed Wednesday afternoon in a one-vehicle accident on Old U.S. 24, about one mile east of Wabash.

Posted on 2016 Feb 24

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