NM eyes purchasing land for housing development
By Shaun Tilghman
NORTH MANCHESTER Town officials agree that the need for a housing development in North Manchester has been discussed on numerous occasions over the past 25 years, and now the town has a unique opportunity to satisfy that need.
In a recent news release, officials identified the main reasons that nothing has been able to be done to create a housing development over the last quarter of a century: no land was available in a large enough quantity, and no developer was interested in coming to town unless land became available.
The Town Council will have a hearing on the matter Sept. 2.
Posted on 2015 Sep 01
City School’s proposed budget down from 2015
By Joseph Slacian
The Wabash City Council approved a $13.03 million budget for the Wabash City Schools on Monday, Aug. 24.
Because the Council appoints the school board, state statute requires that the appointing board give final approval to the budget. The Council got its first look at the budget on Monday, Aug. 24, during a public hearing before its regularly scheduled meeting.
School officials will be back before the Council on Sept. 14, seeking final approval of the spending plan. Ultimately, the state’s Department of Local Government Finance will approve the budget.
Posted on 2015 Sep 01
County Council ‘takes a step forward’ with Health Department grant issue
By Emma Rausch
The Wabash County Council unanimously voted to transfer $26,205.36 from the County Health Fund (CHF) back into the Local Health Maintenance Fund (LHMF) at their meeting on Monday, Aug. 24, as a step toward resolving the pending the Wabash County Health Department grant “issue,” according to Mike Ridenour, council chairman.
The issue Ridenour referred to was the local health department’s frozen grant fund, LHMF.
In February, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) froze the grant fund following a decision made by the council on Feb. 23. At the time, the council moved to transfer $104,821.43, of what it believed were non-grant monies, from the LHMF to the CHF to assist the health department pay for pay roll and other operating fees, according to Ridenour.
Posted on 2015 Sep 01
3 facing various charges
By Joseph Slacian
Three people are facing various charges stemming from two separate incidents on Sunday afternoon and evening, according to Sgt. Matt Benson, the Wabash Police Department’s Public Information Officer.
According to a news release Monday afternoon from Benson, the first incident began about 2:36 p.m. when police received a tip that a wanted subject was seen in a blue Doge truck.
Posted on 2015 Sep 01
Wabash man facing charges

A Wabash man was in Wabash County Jail on a 72-hour hold in connection with a Saturday burglary.

Posted on 2015 Aug 25
State says ‘no new updates’, rural couple finds E. coli in well
By Emma Rausch
There are “no new updates” for the six investigations of E. coli 0157:H7 in Wabash, Fulton and Marshall counties, according to Ken Severson, the Indiana State Department of Health media relations coordinator.
The E. coli investigations began Aug. 5 after the ISDH was notified of a case of the diarrheal illness on Aug. 4. 
During a conference call with media outlets on Aug. 14, the ISDH announced that these investigations are being considered an outbreak, refusing to identify the number of cases in each county.
Posted on 2015 Aug 25
County OKs seeking Workforce Development Grant
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash County Commissioners gave the green light for a local coalition to seek a $250,000 Workforce Development Grant.
The county will join forces with Huntington County to seek one of eight grants from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs. 
The permission had to come from Commissioners because grant recipients must provide a 20 percent match, of which at least 25 percent must be in funding, according to Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County. 
Posted on 2015 Aug 25
Miller’s hosts early Relay event
Miller’s Merry Manor residents, staff and visitors released more than three-dozen purple balloons on Friday, Aug. 21, to honor cancer victims, survivors and those who lost their fight with the disease. The residents then participated in the nursing home’s third annual Mini Relay for Life while staff prepared pull-pork sandwich meals for sale to raise funds for the upcoming Relay for Life of Wabash County. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Miller’s Merry Manor residents, staff and visitors released more than 40 balloons on Friday, Aug. 21, to honor of cancer patients, survivors and those who lost their battle with the disease.
The event took place early Friday morning to support the upcoming Wabash County Relay for Life on Saturday, Aug. 29.
“We wanted to bring the Relay for Life to our residents,” event coordinator Jami Bartel told the Paper of Wabash. “Some of them can’t go down to Paradise Spring, so we started this three years ago and this is the best turnout we’ve had so far.
“So it’s definitely growing, that’s for sure. I’m very proud of this event.”
Posted on 2015 Aug 25

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