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Hilton property coming to Wabash?

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A Hilton Hotel & Resorts property could be coming to Wabash sometime in the future.


The Wabash Plan Commission, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, unanimously approved a request from Halderman Investments LLC to exclude approximately five acres of land from the city’s Land Subdivision Ordinance.


The property in question is at the northwest corner of Wedcor Avenue and State Road 15, approximately an eighth of a mile north of U.S. 24.


“We had a party come to us wanting to buy the five acres on which to build a hotel,” Robert Halderman told the commission. “They want to build a Hilton Hotel of some variety on the five acres. That would be a pretty nice asset for Wabash.”
 

Posted on 2018 Dec 11
Property owners meet city-imposed deadlines

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Two property owners met city-imposed deadlines to make improvements to homes at the sites.


Chad Vigar and Scott Hearn each completed the required work at their homes, 604 State St. and 112 E. Main St.


Vigar had to have his house enclosed so work could proceed on the inside throughout the winter. He also was required to have inspections at various points throughout the work.


Building Commissioner John Stephens informed the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety that he had met all those requirements.


Hearn had a laundry list of things to do, including repairing soffits and cleaning up the yard and a nearby porch.


The work on the soffits is fine for now, but more work will be needed next spring. The yard was cleaned up; however, there was still some items that needed to be tended to on the porch.
 

Posted on 2018 Dec 11
Selah still going strong after 20 years

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Allan Hall’s passion is making music. As a member of the gospel trio Selah for more than 20 years, he realizes just how blessed his life has been.’


“I wonder what it would be like my whole working life to be able to do something that I love,” he told The Paper of Wabash County during a recent telephone interview from his home in Nashville, Tenn. “I know a lot of people don’t get to do that. I thank God every day.


“I can’t believe it’s been over two decades, and you’ve let me do what I love for over two decades. I hope it can keep continuing.”


Hall, along with his singing partners Todd Smith and Amy Perry, will be making their Honeywell Center Ford Theater debut on Saturday, Dec. 15, during “Christmas With Selah.” Opening for the group will be Geoffrey Andrews, along with a special performance by a local choir, Oakbrook Worship.”
 

Posted on 2018 Dec 11
Staying safe from winter fire hazards

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaper.com

A pair of fires have devastated the communities in Huntington and Logansport in recent weeks.


Two died in a fire in Huntington on Nov. 25, and six more died in a fire in Logansport soon thereafter.


The State Fire Marshal’s Office has documented 85 confirmed fire fatalities so far in 2018 across the state. That figure surpasses the number of house-fire related deaths for all of 2017. Of the 70 fire related deaths last year, 31 took place from October to December.


The fire marshal’s office credits the causes of those fires to holiday cooking, using alternative methods to heat a home or electrical in nature.


Wabash Fire Chief Barry Stroup has given some tips on how to stay safe and help prevent fires now that we’re into the winter season.
 

Posted on 2018 Dec 11
Planners recommend rezoning piece of land long Mill Street

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A request to rezone six acres of land along Mill Street from heavy industrial to residential 4 was approved Wednesday night, Dec. 5, by the Wabash Plan Commission. The matter must go before the Wabash City Council for final approval.


Dave Snavely requested the change for the land at 1775 Mill St. to allow him to consider building residential housing at the site.


“What we have is a six-acre plot on the southside of Mill Street,” Snavely told the board. “As far as I know it’s never been used for anything except that there was a house that sat there for several years.”
The land is now owned by Snavely Trust, he said.
 

Posted on 2018 Dec 11
Bridge to close for rehab work

By Amanda Bridgman
abridgman@nmpaper.com

Bridge 155 at Meridian Road over Clear Creek in Wabash will be closing Jan. 4, 2019, for a rehabilitation construction project.


County Highway Superintendent John Martin informed Wabash County Commissioners of the closure and said a preconstruction meeting open to the public is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21, at the Wabash County Courthouse.


Sheriff Bob Land reported to commissioners he has 100 inmates in Wabash County Jail, 42 in Miami County Jail, 10 in Elkhart County Jail, and one in Department of Corrections. Last week's average population was 100, with 20 new bookings, 11 transports and a peak population of 105, the sheriff said. He's holding 28 Level 6 felons and 3 Level B felons, with 176 inmates waiting for court appearances, for an average count between three facilities to come to 149.
 

Posted on 2018 Dec 11
Wabash City Schools to purchase property

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash City Schools board approved the purchase of a parcel of land near O.J. Neighbours that is  currently owned by the First United Methodist Church, during its meeting on Monday, Dec. 3.


“It’s a small piece of property just south of the trail on the east side of O.J. Neighbours,” Superintendent Jason Callahan said. “We own nine acres there on the east side of that wooded area. It had all been donated through the Stefanatos family a while back, except for this little parcel of land. It’s within the estimated cost of property.”
 

Posted on 2018 Dec 11
Cantrell, Hipskind named to Wabash City board

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Rhonda Hipskind and Kipp Cantrell were selected by the Wabash City Council on Tuesday as the newest members of the Wabash City Schools board.


The pair, along with Bill Konyha, were interviewed by the council during a meeting at Wabash City Hall.


They will begin their term on the board in January, replacing Konyha and Liz Hobbs, who did not see another term.


The council voted 4-2 for Hipskind and Cantrell. Council members Bob Greene and Marc Shelley, who wanted Konyha to be reappointed, cast the no votes. Council President Eric Schoening was not present.


The council interviewed each of the candidates during an open session on Tuesday evening. Cantrell, who applied for the post last year, was the first to be interviewed, followed by Hipskind and then Konyha.
 

Posted on 2018 Dec 04

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