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Council spars over mayor’s salary
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash City Council eliminated raises for itself and Mayor Scott Long from the 2017 budget on Monday night, Sept. 26.
 
The Council voted 4-3 for the change, with Council members Mitch Figert, Bryan Dillon and Bob Greene voting against it.
 
Before discussing the changes, the Council was required to have a new public hearing because there were two $1 errors in the budget as approved on Sept. 12. In addition, Long requested that Clerk-Treasurer Wendy Frazier remove his 2 percent raise – roughly $1,295 – from the budget.
 
Posted on 2016 Oct 04
BZA OKs variance for Lutheran Health facility

This is a rendition of what the layout for the new Lutheran Health medical facility could look like. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

Lutheran Health cleared one hurdle in pursuit of opening a medical office facility in Wabash. It still has several hurdles to clear before the facility becomes a reality.

The Wabash Board of Zoning Appeals granted a variance for the facility by a 4-1 vote Thursday night.

The variance was needed because part of the facility is in an area zoned General Business, while the other part – primarily the parking lot – is in an area zoned Residential, attorney Rick Fisher told the board.

Posted on 2016 Oct 04
County Council adopts 2017 budget
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County Council approved the adoption of its 2017 budget Monday night, Sept. 26.
 
In a 6-1 vote, the Council adopted the budget as it was approved of on Sept. 12 at $8,365,918.
 
Chairman Mike Ridenour was the lone vote against the adoption.
 
Posted on 2016 Oct 04
Fourth graders attend Ag Day
Wabash County fourth graders listen as Teresa Witkoske, Wabash County Purdue Extension director, talks about wheat and other locally grown resources. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Fourth graders from around Wabash County learned about agriculture during the Wabash County Farm Bureau’s annual Ag Day.
 
The youngsters traveled to the Wabash County Fair Ground where they were broken into groups to travel from demonstration to demonstration, spending 12 minutes at each exhibit.
 
“It’s very important for fourth graders in Wabash County to learn about agriculture, number one. It’s 50 percent of our economy in Wabash County,” Wabash County Farm Bureau president Mark York said. “Number 2, it’s important to learn where their food comes from."
 
Posted on 2016 Oct 04
Josh Turner brings country music back to Wabash
By Emma Rausch
 
Josh Turner, a multi-platinum MCA Nashville country music artist, is no stranger to Wabash’s Honeywell Center Ford Theater and is looking forward to his return on Friday, Oct. 7.
 
“I don’t know how many times I’ve been to Wabash. I’ve lost count I guess, but I always love coming to the Honeywell Center,” Turner told The Paper of Wabash County. “It’s always just a nice venue, great country music crowd and a fun, little town.
 
“I’m looking forward to coming back.”
 
Posted on 2016 Oct 04
Wabash WebTv cameraman pulls 3 from burning vehicle
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash resident Donald Collins is a hero.
 
On Sunday morning, Sept. 25, Collins, a Wabash WebTv cameraman and Midwest Eye Lens Source lab technician, was returning to Wabash from a good day of raccoon hunting at a competition in Andrews when he happened across a terrifying scene, a single-vehicle accident wherein the vehicle caught fire.
 
“I was heading home and I live on the county line of Wabash and Peru,” Collins, 27, told The Paper of Wabash County. “It was 2 a.m. … I’m very familiar with the area. I passed Falls Avenue and I saw a glow and I thought the pallet factory was on fire and, the closer I got, when I hit Stitt Street I knew it wasn’t the pallet factory. The closer I got, the worse it was.
 
“I came across this scene of a burning car that had rolled over on its side and tipped over on its top.”
 
Posted on 2016 Oct 04
No one speaks at EDG grand hearing
By David Fenker
 
The Economic Development Group of Wabash County is one step closer to applying for part of a $250,000 grant.
 
The Wabash County Commissioners had the second public hearing for the Community Development Block Grant at their Oct. 3 meeting.
 
“This is the public hearing we’re required to have prior to the submission of the full application,” Lori Shipman, of Lori Shipman Consulting, LLC, said.
 
The application is due in Indianapolis next Friday.
 
Posted on 2016 Oct 04
Lagro Township approves 2017 budget
By Emma Rausch
 
In a 2-0 vote on Thursday, Sept. 29, the Lagro Township Board approved the 2017 budget, but not without resilience.
 
Board members Deb Schenkel and Rob Cole adopted the budget at $392,900 after it was trimmed of more than $43,000 from its original proposal of $436,300. Board member Lee Ann Pefley was absent from the meeting.
 
However, before the vote, Lagro citizen and past Township Board member Ralph Ranck voiced his concerns about adopting the budget, which had increased more than $75,000 since 2016.
 
Posted on 2016 Oct 04

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