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Hicks named Roann town marshal
By Amanda Bridgman
 
ROANN -- There’s a new marshal in the town of Roann. 
 
It’s Steve Hicks, 19-year road officer at the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, and he started his part-time marshal duties April 14. “I grew up in Roann,” Hicks said. “It really is a win-win.” 
 
He’ll keep watch over Roann when he’s off duty from WCSD and work his own hours, Hicks  said, mostly night shifts. 
 
It really won’t be anything new for Hicks. He’s been Roann’s night watchman for the past few years, and it wasn’t until recently when the town wanted him to start enforcing ordinances and general law enforcement duties that Roann’s first town marshal position was created. 
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
Wabash woman charged with reckless homicide following March accident
Emilee J. Bowyer
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A Wabash woman was charged Tuesday, April 26, in connection to the deaths of two Grant County women on Saturday, March 19.
 
Emilee J. Bowyer, 27, Wabash, was charged with six felonies following an Indiana State Police investigation into an accident on March 19.
 
The accident occurred on State Road 15, one-half mile north of Country Road 900 S. at approximately 10 p.m.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
Wabash to mark 150th birthday
By Joseph Slacian
 
The City of Wabash will celebrate its 150th birthday on Friday, May 6, during First Friday festivities in downtown Wabash.
 
In 1866, the State of Indiana recognized Wabash as “The City of Wabash.”
 
That year citizens elected their first mayor, Joseph H. Matlock, who served the city from 1866 to 1868. Since that time, there have been 29 mayors.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
County Council shows support to Visitorís Bureau plan
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County Council unanimously voted Monday, April 25, to support the Visit Wabash County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (CVB) 2017 budget expansion of $150,000.
 
Christine Flohr, CVB executive director of tourism, presented the budgeting plan to the council at its Monday meeting.
 
“We start working on our budget now so that we can discuss it as a board of directors before we present (it to the council in June) formally,” Flohr told the council, “and we were looking at our budget, our focuses were specifically on our marketing return, our target marketing areas and how we address meeting those goals and so in addition to drafting a budget, I have put together an Expansion of Services plan that you all have.”
 
The plan will enable the tourism office “to meet the demands of the attracting visitor spending,” according to Flohr.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
Wabash County receives more than $4 million for infrastructure, other expenses
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash County received more than $4 million on Monday, April 25, as a one-time special distribution per the Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 67.
 
All taxable entities within the county received a portion of the total distribution, which amounted to $4,474,847.65, and are required to use 75 percent of the distributions on infrastructure, according to information provided by the Indiana State Budget Agency.
 
The remaining 25 percent, or $1,118,711.91, of the supplemental distribution may be used by the county, city or town for any of the purposes, the SBA continued.
 
The funds must be allocated and distributed to all the taxable entities before June 1.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
Local youths tour Honeywell House for 12th annual year
Carolyn Eppley (far right) plays a tune on the Honeywell’s piano as Southwood Elementary students (from left) Seth Castle, Audrey Ball, Cayden Richardson, Luke Hyden, Danica Filip and Rylee Thomas listen to Janet Halderman (second from right) explain the history of the piano during the 12th annual Honeywell House tours. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
For the 12th consecutive year, local third grade students toured the Honeywell House on Wednesday, April 20, and Thursday, April 21, to learn more about the life and history of Mark and Eugenia Honeywell.
 
Hosted by the Wabash unit of the Women’s Committee of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra hosted the annual tour for approximately 300 students from local homeschools, O.J. Neighbours, Metro North, Southwood, St. Bernard and Emmanual Christian elementary schools.
 
The event coincides with the third grade social studies history standards, which require students to describe how significant people, events and developments have shaped their own community and region.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
Kirk retires from WPD, joins NMPD
By Amanda Bridgman
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Jim Kirk will begin investigating North Manchester crime May 31 as the police department’s new detective. 
 
Kirk is currently detective-captain for Wabash City Police Department, where he’s worked the past 28 years. He’s retiring Saturday, April 30, and will have to wait 30 days before he can start work at NMPD. 
 
His hiring was approved by the North Manchester Town Council at its April 13 meeting, after NMPD Chief Jeff Perry recommended Kirk to fill one of the three empty positions at the department after three officers resigned within one month. 
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
March of Dimes returns to walk for babies on May 7
Christy Means, a Zumba and POUND instructor, leads the March of Dimes Zumba-thon in the first workout of the evening on Friday, April 22. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By The Paper staff
 
The March of Dimes March for Babies walkathon will take place Saturday, May 7, at Paradise Spring Park.
 
Participants are still welcome to join by signing up as individuals at marchforbabies.org and join the team Wabash Walkers or sign up as a group by contacting Pat Vanlandingham at 260-563-3476 or Kristi Geiger at 260-482-4201.
 
Those who raise $100 will receive a March of Dimes t-shirt.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03

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