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Public provides opinions on MSD decision
By Emma Rausch
 
Approximately 30 members of the public filed into the MSD of Wabash County Board meeting room Tuesday night, Dec. 12, to voice their opinions and listen in as the board discussed the Studies for Advancement withdrawal.
 
The board opened the floor to public comment on only before and after the board’s discussion and final decision to withdraw from the Studies for Advancement initiative.
 
No public comment was permitted during the board’s discussion.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 19
Tourism up 2.2 percent in ’16, study shows
By Joseph Slacian
 
Visitors to Wabash County spent more than $51 million in 2016, up 2.2 percent from the previous year.
 
That data was among the items shown in the annual Tourism Economic Impact Analysis for Wabash County sponsored by Visit Wabash County.
 
The study was conducted by Rockport Analytics via a co-op program organized by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Wabash County was among 18 counties to utilize the program. The study is composed of data collected from the previously completed calendar year.  
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 19
Studies for Advancement comes to standstill
By Emma Rausch
 
The Studies for Advancement may be at a standstill for progress following the MSD of Wabash County Board of Trustees Dec. 12 decision to withdraw.
 
A feasibility-study initiative, the studies began in April with the purpose of providing in-depth data for Wabash County school districts to utilize in increasing efficiency.
 
In November, the Community Foundation of Wabash County announced Phase II of the studies would focus on a detailed investigation of consolidation, a decision made by the MSD and Wabash City Schools personnel prior to the announcement. After the announcement, however, Manchester Community Schools voted to withdraw from the studies on Nov. 14 and MSD followed suit on Dec. 12.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 19
Wabash Elks help many in the community

Wabash Elks Exalted Ruler Keith Walters presents multiple checks to six Wabash-based service organizations. Photos by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

It’s the season of giving, and the Wabash Elks Lodge No.471 have been doing just that.

In November and December, the Lodge has donated to, or pledged to donate, more than $20,000 to local causes and organizations.

The giving isn’t just limited to the last two months of the year. From April to October, the first seven months of the organization’s fiscal year, the local Lodge donated more than $53,000 to causes and organizations, bringing the nine-month total to nearly $74,000.

 

 

 

 

Posted on 2017 Dec 19
NM council OKs industry requests
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER – The town’s newest industry received a helping hand from the North Manchester Town Council Wednesday night.
 
The council approved both a rezoning recommendation from the town’s Plan Commission and a 10-year tax abatement, recommended by Grow Wabash County, for Warsaw-based Precision Medical Technologies at its Dec. 6 meeting.
 
Last week, the company announced plans to bring more than 60 jobs to North Manchester in the next three to four years, starting as early as March.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 19
Board cuts costs of Honeywell Park work
By Joseph Slacian
 
Honeywell Park will have smaller pavilion and, because of that, a smaller price tag.
 
The Wabash Board of Parks and Recreation on Wednesday, Dec. 13, voted to decrease the size of the pavilion at the park. That move will save more than $45,000 from the cost of the project.
 
A group of anonymous donors contacted the city earlier this year, indicating they were willing to help pay for improvements to the pavilion at Honeywell Park, as well as relocating the basketball courts, and putting in concrete pads around the tennis courts to make room for bleachers.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 19
Dreama’s Restaurant has ribbon cutting

Candace Coe cuts the ribbon at Dreama’s Restaurant while officials from the city, Grow Wabash County and the restaurant look on. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Candace Coe honored her mother, Dreama, by naming her new restaurant after her.

“I always loved that name,” Coe said Saturday, Dec. 16, following a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the restaurant she and her fiancé, Samuel Velasquez, opened at 1950 S. Wabash St. “She always wanted a granddaughter named after her. She had 16 grandchildren, and none were named after her, so I named the restaurant after her.”

Coe and Velasquez acquired the restaurant, most recently known as Michael’s, earlier this year. The name officially changed to Dreama’s Restaurant about four weeks ago.

Posted on 2017 Dec 19
Commissioners OK wind, CFO ordinance changes
By David Fenker
 
Both commercial wind farms and Confined Feeding Operations (CFOs) are more difficult to bring to Wabash County after the passage of two new ordinances by the county commissioners.
 
Ordinance 2017-85-09 places further restrictions on Wind Energy Conservation Systems (WECS), and Ordinance 2017-85-10 makes the county's previous CFO ordinance more strict.
 
Posted on 2017 Dec 19

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