Two file candidacy papers for November election

Two candidates filed for positions on the Municipal Election ballots in November.

One of the candidates is for the Wabash City Council, while the other is for the LaFontaine Clerk Treasurer position.

Posted on 2015 Jun 25
Internet posting draws fire from local officials
By Joseph Slacian
Local officials are downplaying an Internet report that lists Wabash as the worst city in Indiana to get a job.
Mayor Robert Vanlandingham and Keith Gillenwater, President and CEO of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County, put little value in the report, prepared by the website
According to the report, Wabash is the worst of the state’s 78 largest cities to find a job. Peru is second on the list, followed by Marion. 
Also listed, by order of ranking, are Connersville, Gary, Muncie, East Chicago, Michigan City, Crawfordsville and Bedford.
The website limited its analysis to those places in Indiana with at least 10,000 people and isn’t a township, according to the report. The criteria considered, it continued, was the unemployment rate, recent job growth, future job growth, income taxes and median household income.
Of Wabash, the report said, the city “takes the dubious distinction of being the worst city in Indiana to get a job.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 23
Honeywell Pool opens with emotional ceremony

Mayor Robert Vanlandingham, with the help of Hiley Ward from Little Friends Day Care, cuts the ribbon to open the Honeywell Pool. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Mayor Robert Vanlandingham, joined by children from the Wabash County YMCA and Little Friends Daycare, cut the ribbon on the refurbished Honeywell Pool on Tuesday, June 16.
As prestigious as the moment was, perhaps the highlight of the day was when Vanlandingham told a story about something that happened more than 54 years ago.
On May 30, 1961, childhood friends Tim Kersey and Chuck Spencer stood in line, anxiously awaiting the grand opening of the Honeywell Pool.
Posted on 2015 Jun 23
Local Health Department at risk of losing 2016 grant funds
By Emma Rausch
The Wabash County Health Department may be declined $33,000 in grant money next year as a result of a decision made by the County Council in February.
At a council meeting on Feb. 23, in a 6-1 vote, the council passed a resolution authorizing the transfer of $104,821.43 from the local Health Maintenance Fund (LHMF) to the County Health Fund (CHF). Council member Randy Curless cast the lone vote against.
The transfer’s purpose was to assist the local Health Department pay for payroll and other operating expenses, according to Council chair Mike Ridenour.
“Toward the end of January of this year, I was made aware that County Health Fund cash balances were insufficient to meet upcoming payroll and it was a continuing problem,” Ridenour told The Paper of Wabash County. “The proposal from the Health Department was a temporary loan from our Rainy Day Fund, but there were [two] big issues with that. First, Rainy Day Fund wasn’t adequately funded to do this at the time with other allocations needed for issues that had previously come to light and, more importantly, it did not solve the cash balance issue that had been ongoing. It would just prolong it.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 23
WIC office to discontinue service in North Manchester
By Shaun Tilghman
Soon, approximately 190 individuals that currently benefit from the ability to participate in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program via the North Manchester office, will have to travel out of town to receive support, as the Indiana Department of Health has decided to close the local clinic.
WIC serves to safeguard the health of low-income pregnant, postpartum, and breastfeeding women, infants, and children up to age 5, who are at nutritional risk, by providing nutritious supplemental foods and health care referrals, as well as information on healthy eating, including breastfeeding promotion and support, at no charge to participants.
The WIC Program, which is administered at the federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), receives a specific amount of funding each year, as authorized by Congress, for program operations. FNS then dispenses those funds, via federal grants, to WIC state agencies; in Indiana, WIC falls under the auspices of the State Department of Health.
Posted on 2015 Jun 23
Frosty & Friends has new roost
By Joseph Slacian
Since last fall, Frosty and Friends Exotic Bird Rescue has been in its new facility, a former church building in Ijamsville.
“We got this building and that building,” founder Deb Henderson said, pointing to a Morton building to the north of the church building, located at Wabash County Roads 950 N and 200 W. “That building, that’s where the sanctuary is going to be. Winter came on too fast and we didn’t get everything finished down there.”
She and her husband, Mark, have applied for grants to help place flooring and complete construction on the facility. 
For now though, the sanctuary is located in the former church, which served as home to both Methodist and Baptist congregations over the years, Henderson said.
Posted on 2015 Jun 23
County receives public safety grant
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash County was among the 61 Indiana counties to share more than $370,000 in grants to aid local public safety agencies.
The county will receive $3,940 for automated emergency defibrillators.
“We see the need for the court complex to have automated emergency defibrillators,” Keith Walters, director of the Wabash County Emergency Management Agency, told The Paper of Wabash County. “We have to go through the bidding process and see whose got the best product for the money.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 23
Wellbrooke of Wabash fundraiser draws crowd of 500
By Emma Rausch
An estimated 500 people attended the Wellbrooke of Wabash 2nd annual Car Show and Pork Smokin’ competition on Sunday, June 14.
In collaboration with Smokin’ for a Cause, the event raised proceeds to be donated to the Fraternal Order of Police’s (FOP) community charitable contributions and to the Wabash City Fire Department’s purchase of a “Get Out Alive” safety trailer.
Posted on 2015 Jun 23

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