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County Commissioners ring in new year

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash County Commissioners met for the first time in 2017 Monday, Jan. 7, with new commissioner Jeff Dawes taking in the experience.


Dawes previously served on the County Council.


“I’m sure there’s going to be a learning curve there, but I’m pretty happy with my two cohorts (Barry Eppley and Brian Haupert), that they’re going to bring me along and keep me updated on what I need to do and what’s going on.”
 

Posted on 2019 Jan 08
State Chamber pushes for increase in cigarette tax

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is urging Hoosier lawmakers to consider increasing the state’s cigarette tax by $2 per pack.


In addition, they also are encouraging lawmakers to consider increasing the legal smoking age to 21.


Chamber officials announced the plan last week in a press release, in light of the state’s tight budget expectations for the next two years. The money, they believe, should go where the state has the greatest needs.


Contacted by The Paper of Wabash County, Dan Gray, Wabash County Tobacco Free Coalition executive director, said he was aware of the movement.
 

Posted on 2019 Jan 08
Wabash City Council to have new make-up in 2020

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash City Council will have a new make-up beginning in 2020. At least two Council members have told The Paper of Wabash County that they won’t seek re-election during the 2019 Municipal Election.

Mayor Scott Long, along with Council members Bryan Dillon, Doug Adams and Mitch Figert have all confirmed they will seek re-election in 2019. Clerk-Treasurer Wendy Frazier also said she plans to seek re-election to her third term in office.

Posted on 2019 Jan 03
Hearing planned for LaFontaine suspect

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A man suspected in the death of a LaFontaine man earlier this year will have a change of plea hearing in late January in Wabash Circuit Court.

The man, Corey Kelch, 23, Marion, is charged with murder and robbery in connection with the April 25 death and robbery of Jordan Richards, LaFontaine.

 
Posted on 2019 Jan 03
Sheriff looks back at 40-plus years in law enforcement

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

For nearly 43 years, Bob Land has worn the badge of either the Indiana State Police or the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department.

That chapter of his life will come to a close on Dec. 31, when his second term as Wabash County Sheriff expires. By statute, he is prohibited from seeking a third consecutive term in office.

“I’m two months shy of 43 years (in law enforcement),” he told The Paper of Wabash County during an interview in his office at the Wabash County Jail. “I started at the ISP academy in February of 1976.”

Posted on 2019 Jan 03
Ward named Vocal Impact's interim director

By The Paper staff

Longtime music educator and FAME Festival director Judy Ward is stepping in as the interim director for Vocal Impact Youth Choirs for the January – March 2019. 

Ward’s musical impact on our community spans multiple generations.  She retired after 40 years as an elementary music teacher for Wabash City Schools and continues to be active on the Wabash County music scene, directing third to sixth grade VPA Summer Theatre, serving on the board of Wabash Area Community Theater and the Wabash Unit of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra Association, as music director at the Wabash Christian Church, and accompanying numerous county school music performances among many other activities.

Posted on 2019 Jan 03
Visit Wabash County honors outgoing board president

By The Paper staff

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Jan Roland was honored on Dec. 20 during Visit Wabash County’s end of the year board meeting, which took place at Manchester University. 

Roland, who served as Visit Wabash County’s board president during 2018 was presented with a Distinguished Leadership Award for her level of service and dedication to the organization.

Posted on 2019 Jan 03
Outgoing WCS board members bid farewell

By Josh Sigler
and
Joseph Slacian

news@thepaperofwabash.com

Superintendent Jason Callahan took the time to publicly acknowledge outgoing members Liz Hobbs and Bill konyha for their service to the board at Monday’s Wabash City Schools school board meeting.


Callahan thanked them both for the work they’ve done for Wabash City Schools.


“In both cases, I know that the end of their tenure as board members does not mean that their work for our kids and our city will end,” Callahan said.
 

Posted on 2018 Dec 27

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