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NM man, Warsaw woman face charges
Andrew Tolson
 
By David Fenker
 
WARSAW -- A North Manchester man has been arrested after allegedly forging a check stolen from a Warsaw business.
 
Court documents show that Andrew Michael Tolson, 25, of North Manchester was booked at the Kosciusko County Jail on Jan. 31, along with Kelsie Ella Music, 23, of Warsaw. The official charges against both are forgery, a level 6 felony, and theft, also a level 6 felony.
 
Posted on 2017 Feb 07
Drug arrests increase in 2016
By Emma Rausch
 
Drug-related arrests increased by 227.38 percent from 2015 to 2016, according to Sheriff Bob Land.
 
“Those are total charges that came in,” Land told The Paper of Wabash County. “Last year’s numbers, it may look out of proportion, but we started counting multiple charges on individuals.”
 
On Monday night, Jan. 23, Land updated the Wabash County Council on the Wabash County Jail’s year-end report.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 31
Lawmakers mixed on proposed gas tax increase
State Rep. David Wolkins (left) makes a point while newly appointed State Sen. Andy Zay looks on during the Wabash County Farm Bureau's Third House Session on Saturday morning. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Local lawmakers are split on whether the Indiana Legislature should approve a 20 percent gas tax increase.
 
The tax hike, called a “user fee” by some legislators, calls for a 10-cent increase per gallon, estimated to cost the average Hoosier about $48 per year. The measure also includes a 10-cent increase per gallon on diesel fuel, as well as $15 per year fee on every vehicle registered in the state, while electric vehicles would pay $150 per year. Money raised by the increase would go toward funding local roads. With the $15 registration fee, the average Hoosier will pay $63 more in road funds.
Posted on 2017 Jan 31
Eagles Theatre clears hurdles for grant
By Joseph Slacian
 
The City of Wabash earmarked more than $300,000 for the Historic Eagles Theatre renovation project on Monday night, Jan. 23.
 
The council unanimously committed $319,109 from a bond anticipation note it currently holds toward the project. In addition, Wabash Marketplace Inc. has earmarked $200,000 from its fašade program toward the project.
 
The $500,000-plus in local funding will be the city’s commitment toward a grant the Honeywell Foundation is seeking from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. That money, $1.7 million, would come from a Community Development Block Grant, making a total of $2.2 million for the total project.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 31
Lilly Endowment grants 2 Wabash County school districts $30,000
By Emma Rausch
 
Two Wabash County school districts each received a $30,000 Lilly Endowment planning grant Thursday, Jan. 26, to better the corporations’ counseling services.
 
Manchester Community Schools (MCS) and MSD of Wabash County received the grant through the Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana kindergarten through 12th grade students.
 
The Counseling Initiative aims to increase the number of emotionally healthy students in Indiana public school corporations and charter schools, according to a press release.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 31
PASTA helps grandparents cope with parenting again
By Joseph Slacian
 
Approximately 2.7 million grandparents are raising their grandchildren, or great-grandchildren, across the United States, according to 2016 estimates.
 
The situation affects any spot in the country, including Wabash County.
 
Fortunately, a local organization – Parents a Second Time Around (PASTA) – is available to help these grandparents learn how to deal with the situation that life has dealt them. The group, which is sponsored by Mental Health America, has just marked its first anniversary.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 31
County Farm Bureau donates 4,000-plus pounds of hog meat
Scott Dawes (left) directs Northfield High School FFA students as they prepare to add recipe cards to approximately 1,000 pounds of hog meat, a portion of the 4,300 donated to local food pantries through the Famers Who Care campaign. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County Farm Bureau (WCFB) once again donated more than 4,000 pounds of hog meat to local food pantries and several other locations, according to Scott Dawes, WCFB board member.
 
In March 2016, four local Farm Bureau Board members donated 14 hogs, or approximately 2,100 pounds, of hog meat for the Farmers Who Care campaign, a WCFB program dedicated to helping farmers serve the community.
 
This year, the “project got so big” as hog-meat donation doubled.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 31
Commissioners OK cost investigation for 4-H service project
By David Fenker
 
The county commissioners approved a request on Jan. 23 from the 4-H Junior Leaders’ Club to investigate the cost of connecting an existing Wabash trail to the Wabash County Fairgrouds.
 
4-H Youth Development Educator Angela Christopher, representing the Junior Leaders, presented the request to the commissioners in the form of a letter from Parker Mays, president of the Junior Leaders’ Club, who could not be there due to being in school.
 
“The junior leaders are trying to learn extra leadership beyond what the normal 4-H club program offers, and so they do service projects around the community,” Christopher said.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 31

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