Dyson appears again before Commissioners
By Amanda Bridgman
Wabash County Commissioners heard from local resident Douglas Alan Dyson at its Monday morning meeting, April 18.
Dyson asked Commissioners last Monday to sign a document that stated the commissioners are not a common law court nor are they common law judges. At that meeting, County Attorney Steve Downs advised commissioners not to sign anything for Dyson. 
Downs said the meeting’s official minutes will reflect Dyson’s request by commissioners stating that they are not a common law court nor common law judges, and that Dyson could then retrieve a copy of the minutes for what his purpose may be.
Posted on 2016 Apr 19
LaFontaine man charged with burglary
By Emma Rausch
LAFONTAINE – A LaFontaine man was arrested on felony burglary charges following a three-month Wabash County Sheriff’s Department burglary and theft investigation.
Matthew D. Auler, 28, was booked into the Wabash County Jail on Friday, April 8, on charges of felony burglary, felony conspiracy and misdemeanor theft of great than $750 and less than $50,000 of a Branson Street residence.
Officers responded to the residence on Jan. 24 after receiving a report of burglary, according to the probable cause affidavit. Deputy Matt Cox spoke to the sole occupant of the residence, the documents continued.
Posted on 2016 Apr 19
Wabash City Schools continues operating tax referendum discussion
By Emma Rausch
The Wabash City Schools’ operating tax is on May ballot and it is up to the community to decide if it’s implemented or not.
Superintendent Jason Callahan emphasized that point at the second tax referendum meeting on Tuesday, April 12, asking WCS district residents to vote “yes.”
“This is a community decision,” Callahan said. “All I did, all the school board did was put it to the voter. We put it on the ballot, so it is a community decision."
Posted on 2016 Apr 19
Early voting begins
By Joseph Slacian
After one week of early voting, 69 people have cast ballots in the Wabash County Clerk’s office for the May 3 Primary Election.
For the same time period in the 2012 election, 25 people had cast early ballots.
Wabash County Clerk Elaine Martin said she doesn’t know why the increase this year.
Posted on 2016 Apr 12
Mayor looks back on the first 100 days
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash Mayor Scott Long marked the first 100 days of his administration on Saturday, April 9.
The Paper of Wabash County and Wabash WebTV sat down with Long on Thursday, April 7, and talked about a variety of issues related to the city. The complete interview, about 30 minutes in length, is available on Wabash WebTV.
“Things are busy, extremely busy,” Long said of the first 100 days. “We hit the ground running and we haven’t stopped.”
Posted on 2016 Apr 12
Local police officers jump to help a friend
Brenton Yarger shows off some of the collectables in his bedroom. His trampoline was recently destroyed in high winds and his friends in law enforcement took a collection to purchase him a new one. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
For the last five years, 13-year-old Brenton Yarger has raised funds to help the local Shop With a Cop program.
Over that time, Brenton, a seventh-grade student at Northfield Jr.-Sr. High School, has raised nearly $19,000 -- $18,568 to be exact -- to help local police officers take underprivileged children from around Wabash County shopping at Christmas.
On April 2, Brenton found himself in need. High winds and snow that blew through the area throughout the day lifted his much-loved trampoline off the ground, smashing it into nearby trees.
“My grandpa and I forgot to tie it down,” Brenton said, sitting on an ottoman in the living room of his grandparents’ home in rural Urbana. “It just blew away on the hill.”
Posted on 2016 Apr 12
‘The Curb’ returns to brick and mortar
The Curb as it looked in 1963 and as it looked in 1976. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
After 26 years, the Curb-A-Teria restaurant, also known as The Curb, is reopening a brick and mortar business at the former Wabash Donut Shoppe.
Originally opened in 1963 by Richard Johnson, the restaurant closed in 1990.
In 2014, Mr. Johnson’s son Jim Johnson decided to bring back the business on a smaller scale, a food truck called “The Curb on Wheels.”

Johnson worked at the original Curb-A-Teria as a teenager and managed it and its sister restaurant, Curby’s  Crispy Chicken, at different times, he said.

When he decided to bring the restaurant back, Johnson was a regional manager for a local gas station, which ended up closing down, “and so I thought maybe I’ll get back into concessions and bring back some of the old Curb recipes,” he told The Paper of Wabash County.


Posted on 2016 Apr 12
Local man seeks to launch grassroots effort to help fight community drug problem
By Joseph Slacian
A Wabash County resident has had it with the drug problem facing Wabash County, and is getting ready to take a stand to help fight the problem.
Gary Henderson, better know to most as “The Dog Man of Wabash County,” hopes to launch a grassroots, educational program aimed at youngsters to teach about the problems of drug abuse. He hopes to incorporate a costume character into the program and pass out anti-drug material at various town festivals, fairs and other events.
“I’ve been doing the (dog) training for years,” Henderson told The Paper of Wabash County. “We use the dogs there to bring out the issues with the children, then we have to figure out how to deal with the children.
Posted on 2016 Apr 12

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