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Local officers attend driver’s training
Instructor Matt Shrider (left) sits in as Cpt. John Burnsworth drives during an Emergency Vehicle Operations training session. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash County’s law enforcement tested their driving skills on Friday, Nov. 18, during the annual Emergency Vehicle Operations training at the Morrett Sports Complex in Wabash.
 
Wabash Police Department officers and the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department sped through a coned-off course to “show them what they can do behind the wheel as well as what the car can do,” according to Ryan Baker, training coordinator.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 22
City assistant fire chiefs no longer exempt employees
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash City Assistant Fire Chief’s job description has been updated following the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17.
 
In a 2-0, the board approved the title’s description update from exempt to nonexempt employees after receiving a report from Wabash City Fire Chief Barry Stroup.
 
“The job description prior read that all the assistance fire chiefs were exempt employees,” Stroup said. “They actually do not sit behind a desk all the time. They spend time fighting fires, they spend time running the ambulances and what the exempt status does is it could allow them not be paid overtime when working another shift or doing some of the other things, covering for classes and things like that, that everyone else would get. It could have been discernable or under my discretion to pay or not pay.”
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 22
Wabash native oversees construction of Parkview Wabash
Wabash native Adam Whitmer is the project manager of the Parkview Wabash Hospital construction. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Adam Whitmer was born at Wabash County Hospital.
 
Now, more than 30 years later, he is tasked with an important job. Whitmer is serving as project manager in the construction of the new Parkview Wabash Hospital.
 
“This is my first hospital,” Whitmer, who joined The Hagerman Group in February 2014, told The Paper of Wabash County.
 
“I live here in town,” he continued. “I feel proud. This is probably the last hospital built in my hometown in my lifetime.”
Posted on 2016 Nov 15
GOP dominates local election
By Joseph Slacian
 
Republicans dominated the 2016 General Election in Wabash County.
 
In the lone locally contested race, Randy Curless, Philip Dale and Lorissa Sweet were elected to serve in the at-large seats on the Wabash County Council. The three defeated Democrat Donald Rose.
 
Curless, an incumbent, received 8,641 votes. Sweet received 8,501, Dale 7,983 and Rose 3,866.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 15
MSD board gets 2 new members
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Metropolitan School District of Wabash County will have a new look in January.
 
Two new members – Gary Fadil and Todd Topliff – were elected to the board in the Tuesday, Nov. 8, election, as was incumbent Kevin Bowman.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 15
Former Bulldog Battery CFO faces felony charges tied to racketeering $150,000
Thomas A. Wagner
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A former Bulldog Battery company official is facing nine felony charges for allegedly taking approximately $150,000 from the company.
 
Thomas A. Wagner, 59, Wabash, was placed into the Wabash County Jail Monday, Nov. 7, for charges including three felony counts of theft, two counts insurance fraud, two counts conspiracy to commit insurance fraud and two counts corrupt business influence.
 
Wagner acted as the company’s chief financial officer (CFO) before he was “let go” in June, according to the Wabash Police Department’s probable cause affidavit.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 15
Veterans honored with ‘Quilts of Valor’
More than 50 veterans were honored Wednesday, Nov. 9, by the Quilts of Valor quilters during the annual Veterans Luncheon. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A dozen Wabash County women honored more than 50 veterans at the fourth annual Quilts of Valor presentation Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 9.
 
In conjunction with the Women’s Clubhouse, the Quilts of Valor quilters hosted a free veteran’s luncheon to honor Wabash County’s past servicemen.
 
The group began several years ago during a lunch discussion for a yearly service project, according to Lois Vanmeter, quilter spokeswoman.
Posted on 2016 Nov 15
Hundreds gather to honor veterans
Students from the Wabash Middle School fill Hill Street in front of the Wabash County Courthouse. Photos by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Students from the Wabash Middle School were among the more than 300 people in attendance at the Wabash County Veterans Day ceremony at the Wabash County Courthouse.
 
Those attending heard comments from the commanders of the Wabash American Legion and VFW posts, as well as remarks from Mayor Scott Long, and letters from Sen. Joe Donnelly and U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski.
 
Long, a U.S. Army veteran, spoke about how Veterans Day came about. It was created at 11 a.m. on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, when Germany signed the treaty ending World War I.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 15

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