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Trial date set in LaFontaine homicide

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Trial dates of Aug. 21-22 have been set in Wabash Circuit Court for Corey A. Kelch.


Kelch, 22, Marion, is formally charged with murder and robbery in connection with the April 25 death and robbery of Jordon Richards, LaFontaine. An automatic not guilty plea was entered on his behalf during a hearing on Monday morning, May 7.


Kelch was taken into custody Friday afternoon, May 4, at a home in Marion, and was transported to the Wabash County Jail, where he is being held without bond.
 

Posted on 2018 May 15
Laketon Sewer District customers to see rate increase

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

LAKETON -- Laketon area residents may soon see an increase in their monthly sewage bills.


The Laketon Area Regional Sewer District met Thursday, April 26, to vote on a proposed $5.60 monthly increase, effective July 1.


“This is being considered because there was a rate study, performed by Umbaugh and Associates, that determined that the rates presently in effect are insufficient to sustain the sewer district on a long-term basis,” attorney Steve Downs said during the meeting. “


Residential sewer customers will pay $65 monthly beginning July 1. The rate will increase again to $69.60 a year later, July 1, 2019.
 

Posted on 2018 May 15
Bridge inspections begin May 3

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

Inspection of Wabash County's 157 bridges began Thursday, May 3, according to County Highway Superintendent John Martin.


Martin informed the commissioners of the inspections at their May 7 meeting.


The physical inspection will take most of May, with additional paperwork and reports being completed in the summer.
Indianapolis-based United Consulting is contracted to handle the inspections.


“They are looking for a variety of things,” Martin said. “They're looking for the overall conditioning of the bridge, and for anything that could cause the bridge to fail.


“They physically have to touch every piece of the bridge.”
 

Posted on 2018 May 15
WCS names elementary school Kathy Swan winners

Wabash City Schools' elementary school Kathy Swan Award winners included (front row, from left), Aaliyah Samons, Randy Boring, Kaylyn Woodcock, Michaella Cohee and Waylon Cressell. Joining the winners are school board members (second row, from left) Tony Pulley, Liz Hobbs, Rod Kelsheimer, Bill Konyha and Tiffani King. Photo by Josh Sigler

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash City Schools officials named its elementary school Kathy Swan Award winners at the Monday, May, 7 school board meeting.


Teachers presented the awards to students in kindergarten through fourth grade Monday, with teachers giving a glimpse into what made each student worthy of the accolade.


Swan was a Wabash City Schools teacher who was tragically lost in 2005 in a plane crash that also claimed her husband and son.


“She was dedicated to her students. She loved kids,” Superintendent Jason Callahan said. “She had a heart for kids. The board wanted to do something in Kathy’s memory. She was such a champion for kids, they wanted something that would live on. So, because of Kathy’s dedication to students, they created this Kathy Swan Award.


“The Kathy Swan Award is given every year to a student in very grade level,” Callahan continued. “That award is given to students who epitomize, who live up to Kathy’s ideals. These are kids who work very hard. They are kids who have a great attitude. They do it without looking for recognition.


“We love the Kathy Swan Award because it is an award given by staff. Our teachers every year come together, and there’s not an application process. The kids don’t know they’re getting this. The teachers select based on the great attributes of your children.”
 

Posted on 2018 May 15
Gas prices expected to be up this summer

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Gasoline prices are expected be as much as 50 cents higher this summer when compared to 2017, an energy economist from Purdue University told The Paper of Wabash County.


Wally Tyner, the James and Lois Ackerman Professor of Agricultural Economics at Purdue, explained that like any other market, gas prices are set by supply and demand.

There are drivers on both the supply and demand sides which will combine to make the cost of fuel to remain higher than in recent summers.
 

Posted on 2018 May 15
Wabash students get lesson in safe choices

Wabash High School student Gage Ballard gets out of the car to check out the damage following the "accident." Photo by Joseph Slacian. 

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Just days before their 2018 prom, students at Wabash High School received a lesson of how making bad choices can have deadly consequences.


Thanks to the efforts of a number of local agencies and businesses, the students viewed an Operation Safe Prom program on Thursday, May 10. A mock crash between two vehicles was staged in the parking lot of the Honeywell Pool.


Prior to the performance, WHS Principal Kyle Wieland and Wabash County Coroner Suzie Lewis spoke to the students.


“We have some really excited events coming up,” Wieland said. “We have prom, followed by graduation. It’s a great time to celebrate, but it also provides itself with some really tough decisions from time to time.


“One of the things as a school, we want to make sure you’re thinking about, ‘What is that safe choice for me?’ and also, ‘What is that safe choice for my friends and family?’ Sometimes, if you really are a true friend, you have to have those conversations if your friend is making a choice that is harmful to yourself or others.”
 

Posted on 2018 May 15
Lineup set for 2018 Plaza Music Series

By The Paper staff

The lineup has been set for the 2018 Plaza Music Series at the Honeywell Center.


Free concerts will be presented from 5-7 p.m. each Thursday in June beginning June 7.


The lineup includes:


June 7 – Tuxedo Junction


June 14 – The Time Travelers


June 21 – Three to One


June 28 – Mississinewa Valley Band (Ford Theater at 7:30 p.m.)
 

Posted on 2018 May 15
Andy Williams tribute coming to Honeywell

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

There’s no denying, Andy Williams had a major factor in the success the Osmond family has had in show business.


“He was my mentor, my friend,” Jimmy Osmond, the youngest of the Osmond siblings, told The Paper of Wabash County in a recent telephone interview. “I started performing over 50 years ago, when I was 3, on his show. My brothers were already going.”


Jimmy will bring the program, “Andy Williams: Moon River” to the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater on Saturday, May 19.
 

Posted on 2018 May 15

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