City to proceed with demolition
By Joseph Slacian
The owner of a home at 458 N. Allen St. had hoped the city would give him more time to repair the structure, which was damaged in a 2013 fire.
However, the man, Eric Phillips, failed to show up at the May 20 meeting of the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety. Consequently, the board ordered building commissioner John Stephens to continue with the demolition plan.
Posted on 2015 May 26
Wabash firefighter forfeits pay
By Joseph Slacian
A Wabash firefighter has forfeited his pay for 28 days for violating a department policy.
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety approved the forfeiture, suggested by Fire Chief Bob Mullett, on Wednesday, May 20. The firefighter, Jacob Hierholzer failed to call the station to call off sick.
“He would end up working 28 days without pay,” City Attorney Doug Lehman said, noting that Hierholzer has signed a paper agreeing to the forfeiture. “You, as a board, has a right to either accept that and it will happen, or you can deny that. If you deny that, then Jake has asked for a hearing to determine what kind of action you want to take with regard with the disciplinary issue."
Posted on 2015 May 26
Attorney general visits North Manchester
By Shaun Tilghman
NORTH MANCHESTER -- On May 15, Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller was the guest speaker during the “Dish, Dine, & Shred” luncheon event hosted by Peabody Retirement Community. 
He discussed identity theft and consumer protection with those in attendance and then individuals were invited to drop off one box of confidential documents to be destroyed onsite by professionals from Shark Shredding.
Zoeller, the state’s 42nd Attorney General, first began working in the office of the Attorney General in 2001 with Steve Carter, who was his immediate predecessor. 
Posted on 2015 May 26
Crash claims Lagro man
A single-vehicle crash proves fatal when the GMC pick-up truck struck a tree head on, killing the driver and injuring a passenger. Photo by Jospeh Slacian
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LAGRO--A single-vehicle crash on May 19 caused one fatality and another occupant to be transported to Fort Wayne for injuries.
On Tuesday, at approximately 1 p.m., the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a one-vehicle crash on State Road 524 near Pefley’s Farm Equipment.
Posted on 2015 May 20
Local reservoirs ready for upcoming holidays
By Emma Rausch
The Salamonie Reservoir and Mississinewa Reservoir campsites are booked for Memorial Day weekend. However, the local parks still welcome visitors for a day of hiking, fishing, and other activities, according to Larry Brown, Mississinewa Reservoir property manager.
Salamonie Reservoir began accepting reservations on April 29 and is, so far, doing well, said Kari Proffitt, park office manager. For Mississinewa, however, reservations have been up about 10 percent, Brown said.
“We have seen that since we’ve gotten the water back from the dam construction in 2005 and we’ve seen that trend, on average, about 10 percent every year,” he continued.
Posted on 2015 May 19
Local county schools continue summer food programs
By Emma Rausch
Wabash City Schools (WCS) and Manchester Community Schools (MCS) announced plans to again participate in the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).
Through the program, free breakfast and lunch meals will be available to all children ages 1-18 Monday through Friday, with the exception of Friday, July 3. Any persons over 18-years-old who are enrolled in a state-approved educational program for the mentally or physically disabled are also eligible for a free meal.
“It’s an opportunity for us to reach out to our community and allow kids to receive healthy meals while school is out,” said Melanie Honeycutt, WCS food service director.
“The program fulfills a two-fold purpose,” said Becky Landes, food service director of MCS. “It provides food during the summer for kids who might not be able to get breakfast and lunch at home during the summer because of a parent’s busy schedule. I also think it’s a great thing because it allows for affordable childcare.”
Posted on 2015 May 19
Downtown buildings to get new looks
An artist's conception of what the refurbished Bradley Building would look like. Photo provided
By Joseph Slacian
Two historic downtown buildings will be getting facelifts in the coming months, the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety learned on Wednesday, May 6.
The Bradley Building, located on the southeast corner of South Wabash and West Canal streets, and the Bedford Building, located on South Wabash Street, directly across from Wabash City Hall, are awaiting bids for a variety of work to them.
Wabash businessman Jack Frances owned the buildings; however, Julie Locke, a California resident, recently purchased them.
Posted on 2015 May 19
Campaign begins to help with woman’s medical bills
Wabash resident Kristy Fletcher (left) is helping her sister, Julie Denton, spread the word about mystery illnesses. Denton, of Greenbriar, Ark., has been suffering for at least 15 years with a disease that doctors just determined to be tricothecene mycotoxins. She is now undergoing treatment in Dallas, Texas. Photo provided
By Joseph Slacian
Friends of an Arkansas woman with ties to Wabash County have launched a Go Fund Me page to help her raise money to pay for treatments for her fight against an extremely rare disease.
The woman, Julie Denton of Greenbriar, Ark., is now undergoing treatment in Dallas, Texas, to combat her ailment, which was recently diagnosed as toxic neuropathy due to tricothecene mycotoxins.
Although she has been battling the disease for upwards of 15 years, it wasn’t until April 24 that doctors determined the cause for her problems.
 “She has had this illness as long as I can remember, yet gets up every day caring for her three kids and husband even though she is hurting physically,” her sister, Wabash resident Kristy Fletcher said. “I’ve seen her aching so badly she can’t get out of bed and has no strength.”
Posted on 2015 May 19

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