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Wabash man convicted of murder

Waylon Sadler

By Emma Rausch

A Wabash man was convicted of murder Friday, Sept. 1, following a three-day jury trial.

Waylon Sadler, 31, was found guilty of murder, felony battery resulting in serious bodily, felony criminal confinement and felony intimidation.

In January 2016, Sadler was charged in connection to the homicide investigation of James L. Zook, 55, of Marion. Zook was pronounced dead at 7:05 a.m. on Jan. 12, 2016, as a result of a punctured jugular vein and fractured trachea, according to the Grant County Coroner’s report.

Posted on 2017 Sep 12
PBS program to feature Wabash
By Joseph Slacian
 
A Muncie-based PBS station plans to feature Wabash on an upcoming television series, and it needs help from local residents to do so.
 
“Now Entering Wabash” is the fourth installment of the PBS station’s series. Portland and Pendleton have already been featured, and Knightstown will be featured later this month.
 
Michelle Kinsey, WIPB’s Community Engagement Coordinator, and Sam Clemmons, the stations’ senior producer, were in town Thursday, Sept. 7, to discuss the station’s plans with about a dozen people at the Wabash County Historical Museum.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 12
Commissioners update bulk copy ordinance
By David Fenker
 
At its Monday, Sept. 11, stated meeting, the Wabash County Board of Commissioners passed its fourth ordinance of 2017.
 
Ordinance No. 2017-85-04, “An ordinance providing for the manner and form for providing bulk form copies to a bulk form user,” essentially increases the cost of purchasing copies of county documents from the recorder’s office by three cents.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 12
New event center opens in Wabash

A look at the interior of the RK Auction Center, 808 Manchester Ave. Photo by Mike Rees

By Joseph Slacian

A new facility to host wedding receptions, family reunions and everything in between has opened in Wabash.

The 99-seat event center is located in the RK Auction Center, 808 Manchester Ave.

“We can seat 99 very comfortably in here,” owner Robert Kisner said. “We’ve got rectangle tables and chairs for them, so you don’t have to worry about bringing that.

“You can bring your own food or you can have it catered.”

Posted on 2017 Sep 12
INDOT to begin 2 Wabash County railroad crossing improvement projects
By Emma Rausch
 
Two Wabash County railroad crossings will be undergoing improvements, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation.
 
John Martin, Wabash County highway superintendent, informed the Wabash County Board of Commissioners of INDOT’s notification at the board’s meeting Tuesday, Sept. 5, according to the minutes.
 
The two crossings—one being the east-west rail line where it intersects Old U.S. 24 east of Lagro and the other being on County Road 750 East just south of Blue Star Highway—will both be completed within a 12-month period, according to Martin.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 12
Studies for Advancement public meetings scheduled; Officials to report results Sept. 20, 21
By The Paper staff
 
The public will soon learn the results of the Studies for Advancement, a feasibility-study initiative to assist Wabash County’s school corporations.
 
The Community Foundation of Wabash County announced Monday, Sept. 11, that the studies’ first phase completed and the summary report will soon be presented.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 11
USS Indiana crew meets local residents

Lt. Christopher Reilly, of the USS Indiana, shakes hands with local Herb Mullen following a “namesake visit” at Modoc’s Market Friday morning, Sept. 1. Reilly answered questions from locals like Mullen about the USS Indiana, a Virginia class fast attack nuclear submarine. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Wabash County residents learned more about the USS Indiana SSN 789 submarine by directly questioning its crewmen Friday morning, Sept. 1, at Modoc’s Market.

Nearly a dozen locals, including veterans from North Manchester, Wabash and Lagro, attended the meet and greet with Naval Officers Lt. Christopher Reilly, Torpedoman’s Mate Petty Officer Third Class Brandon Hernandez, Sonar Technician Petty Officer Third Class James Dickers and Electronics Technician Seaman Hassan Corley-Perry.

The event was one in a series to introduce Hoosiers to the crew of the USS Indiana and vice versa, according to Ray Shearer, chairman of the U.S.S. Indiana Commissioning Committee.

Posted on 2017 Sep 05
Annual Roann Covered Bridge Festival celebrates 100-plus years of festivals
By Emma Rausch
 
The annual Roann Covered Bridge Festival returns on Thursday, Sept. 7, and this year’s will be celebrating the rural Wabash County town’s accomplishment of hosting more than 100 festivals.
 
Festival Committee Co-Chair Donna Harman told The Paper of Wabash County that the town’s festivals have been documented back to 1913 and is a miraculous feat.
 
“I don’t think there are many other towns that can say that (they’ve had town festivals for 100 years),” Harman said, later adding, “I think that people care about their little small towns and want to keep it going.”
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 05

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