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Local woman faces child pornography charge
Dawn Miller
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A local woman was charged with possession of child pornography following a formal complaint made on Jan. 24.
 
Dawn M. Miller, 40, was arrested by the Wabash Police Department on Friday, Feb. 12, for she “did knowingly or intentionally possess a picture, a photograph, a digitalized image, and/or any pictorial representation that depicts or describes sexual conduct by a child who the person knew was less than 18-years of age, and lacks serious literary, artistic, political or scientific value.”
 
The department filed for probable cause affidavits on Tuesday, Feb. 2.
 
Posted on 2016 Feb 23
City attempting to regain ownership of old City Hall
The City of Wabash is trying to regain ownership of the old City Hall building. It was most recently the office of the Youth Service Bureau of Wabash County, and has stood vacant since the agency closed in 2013. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
The City of Wabash is trying to reclaim ownership of the old City Hall building, 111 S. Wabash St.
 
The Board of Public Works and Safety sold the building to the Youth Service Bureau of Wabash County for $1 in 2009. However, the YSB’s board of directors closed the agency in 2013 after it learned the former executive director failed to pay withholding taxes on its employees, and the agency was in debt hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Internal Revenue Service.
 
Since the agency closed in April 2013, the building has sat unused, filled with remnants of the YSB, including computers, school supplies, Christmas gifts and more.
 

However, there is one problem with the city regaining ownership, City Attorney Randi Zimmerman-Irgang told the Board of Works on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

While a signed deed was thought to have been given to the YSB via a Municipal Warranty Deed, no one can locate it. In addition, the former executive director failed to record the property transfer with the Wabash County Recorder’s office. The city is still listed as the building’s legal owner.

 

Posted on 2016 Feb 23
Board orders home to be fixed or demolished
The City of Wabash has ordered the owner of this East Sinclair Street home to either begin repairs or tear it down in 30 days. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
A Wabash man was given 30 days to either begin repairs to or demolish an East Sinclair Street home.
 
The home, located at 45 E. Sinclair St., was found to be unsafe during an unsafe building hearing on Feb. 17 by the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety.
 
The board gave the home’s owner, Kenneth Crace, 30 days to either begin repairs to the structure or have it demolished.
 

 

Posted on 2016 Feb 23
Police investigate accident
By The Paper staff
 
The Wabash City Police Department responded to a two-vehicle crash at the intersection of Main and Fisher Streets on Sunday, Feb. 21.
 
Officers responded to the accident at approximately 9:41 p.m.
Posted on 2016 Feb 22
Library invites book, food lovers to new club
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash Carnegie Public Library invites the public to read and eat at the first meeting of the Foodie Book Club on Tuesday, Feb. 23.
 
The club, which is open to the public, is meant to bring individuals together by tying in two topics, books and food, according to Rachel Parks, assistant circulation and programming manager.
 
Attendees will bring food items inspired by any book of their choosing and can be homemade or store-bought.
 
“The food is a conversation starter for talking about whatever you’re reading at the moment or what you’ve read in the past,” Parks told The Paper of Wabash County.
Posted on 2016 Feb 18
Heartland Career Center to launch preschool; Preschool slated to begin in September
By Emma Rausch
 
Heartland Career Center will be opening a new preschool next September.
 
For the past year, Heartland Career Center officials researched the possibility of incorporating a preschool into its facility and early childhood education curriculum.
 
Now, the Center is taking its first steps to make the idea a reality.
 
The idea started with a conversation, according to Mark Hobbs, Heartland Career Center Director.
 
“Rachel (Higgins, Career Center educator) teaches the Early Childhood Education program,” Hobbs told The Paper of Wabash County, “and currently we work with several area preschools, daycares, elementary (schools) and though she collaborates with a lot of those teachers that actually gives her very little control over the daily curriculum, daily grading, daily experiences and that’s a lot of time spent on the road picking up and delivering kids.
 
“So we saw this idea could benefit our high school students who are looking at educational post-high school opportunities because she would have complete control over that.”
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Public forum addresses pros and cons of City Schools referendum
By Emma Rausch
 
Members of the public voiced their concerns against increased property taxes and the loss of staff jobs at the Wabash City Schools public forum on Tuesday, Feb. 9.
 
The meeting allowed voters located in the school’s district to ask questions and address concerns about the WCS Operating Fund Referendum, which will seek to implement a tax levy of 28 cent per $100 assessed valuation for the next seven years.
 
The tax levy would assist with the school’s operating funds and retaining the current number of employees as well as “keep up the cost of living and inflation for teachers and staff,” according to Jason Callahan, superintendent.
 
The School Board approved seeking the referendum, which will appear on the May ballot, at its Feb. 1 meeting.
Posted on 2016 Feb 16
Farm to table bill facing tough fight, senator says
State Sen. Jim Banks (right) makes a point Saturday morning while State Rep. David Wolkins listens during a discussion sponsored by the Wabash County Farm Bureau. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
A farm to table measure that cleared the Indiana House of Representatives likely won’t be heard in Indiana Senate, State Sen. Jim Banks told The Paper of Wabash County.
 
“There’s a Senate bill and a House bill that are exactly the same,” Banks said Saturday following a legislative update sponsored by the Wabash County Farm Bureau. “The Senate bill didn’t get a hearing.
 
“The House bill went to the same (Senate) committee, so if the chairman is consistent, and I don’t have any reason to believe he won’t be, I’m not aware that the House bill will get a hearing either.”
 
Posted on 2016 Feb 16

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