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The Paper of Wabash changes delivery system

By The Paper staff

Beginning this week, The Paper of Wabash County will be delivered via the U.S. Postal Service to households in Wabash County.


The decision to stop delivery by carriers was a difficult one to make, but The Paper officials believe having the newspaper delivered by the Post Office will guarantee all households will receive a copy of the newspaper each week.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
Commissioners approve road construction bid

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash County Commissioners approved the acceptance of a bid for the County Road 1100 North construction project at the Monday, Feb. 11 meeting.


County Highway Superintendent John Martin recommended that the commissioners accept the low bidder for the project, revealed at last week’s meeting, Phend and Brown, Leesburg, for $1,287,982.28.


$1 million of that amount will come in the form of a Community Crossings Grant, Martin noted.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
City softball diamond may be refurbished

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash Board of Parks and Recreation will consider a request to refurbish the Wabash City Park softball diamond when it meets on March 13.


The board, at its Feb. 13 meeting, heard from Dave Judy and Steve Flynn, members of the Wabash Fastpitch Committee which is interested in upgrading the diamond.


“We would like to do some changes to it,” Judy told the board. “We’d like to add a drainage system to it. Right now, when it rains all the dirt and everything goes straight down … into the creek. It’s just been a problem for years and years.”
The committee also would like to resurface the infield, add new dugouts, repair the fence and remove parts of the bleachers.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
City names new building commissioner

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Jim Straws is the new City of Wabash building commissioner, replacing John Stephens who recently retired.


Mayor Scott Long introduced Straws during the Feb. 7 Board of Public Works and Safety meeting. He was sworn in earlier in the month, and had a ceremonial swearing-in Monday night, Feb. 11, at the Wabash City Council meeting.


Before being named building commissioner, Straws spent 30 years with the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
Park woes may have been misunderstanding

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A decade old problem faced by the City of Wabash may be resolved soon, largely because of what appears to be a giant misunderstanding.


At least 10 years ago, the City of Wabash was chastised by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources because it built the Dallas L. Winchester Senior Center on land in Wabash City Park.


The building, DNR officials contended, violated a grant agreement the city received from the Land and Water Council in the 1970s to help make upgrades to the park. As part of the grant, the land had to be an open playground.


The building of the senior center, officials believed, violated the agreement and the land the center is located on is considered “contaminated” because it isn’t being used as park land.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
MSD approves design and fee proposal for HS upgrades

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The MSD of Wabash County School board approved a fee of roughly $66,000 to proceed with getting quotes for aesthetic approvals to both Northfield and Southwood high schools at Tuesday’s board meeting.


Adam Weesner from Barton-Coe-Vilamaa Architects and Engineers was on hand to take the board through the different scenarios of what such a renovation project would look like.


The project would have a base bid project cost of roughly $630,000 per school, with an alternative bid total of approximately $724,000 per school.


The renovations call for mostly paint and flooring updates.


The goal is to stay around $1.6 million for the entire project, Assistant Superintendent of Finance Chris Kuhn said.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
Blues Brothers Revue returns to Honeywell Center

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Wayne Catania and Kieron Lafferty will be returning to the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater stage on Friday night, Feb. 22.


If you don’t recognize their real names, perhaps their stage names – Jake and Elwood Blues – will ring a bell. The pair will be returning to Wabash with The Blues Brothers Revue, a tribute act which has received the seal of approval from Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi’s widow, Judy Belushi. Aykroyd and Belushi developed the characters as part of a Saturday Night Live skit in the late 1970s.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
Harting Furniture to close

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- After 86 years of serving the North Manchester community, a local legacy will be no more.
In a letter sent out to “valued customers, friends and neighbors,” Harting Furniture Gallery announced they will soon be going out of business.


In the letter, Harting Furniture expressed its thanks to its customers.


“After serving the good people of North Manchester and the surrounding communities, we would like to say 'thank you' for your many years of loyal patronage,” the letter stated.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19

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