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County looks at 1050 South bridge options

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

The Wabash County Highway Department will further investigate rehabilitating the bridge carrying County Road 1050 South over Grant Creek, at an estimated cost of $325,000.


The county commissioners instructed County Highway Superintendent John Martin to pursue rehabilitation of the structure while awaiting a response regarding funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which recently made federal disaster assistance funds available to Indiana counties affected by the February flooding.
 

Posted on 2018 May 29
Bumgardner resigns as MCS business manager

By The Paper staff

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Manchester Community Schools Business Manager Scott Bumgardner recently submitted his letter of resignation, effective June 30, 2018.


Bumgardner has served as the business manager for the past four years. During that time, he played an integral role in maintaining health insurance rates without an increase in premiums. Also during his tenure, he worked closely with the Manchester Teachers Association to give an increase in pay each of the last four years to all certified and classified faculty.
 

Posted on 2018 May 29
VWC expands promotional tools

By The Paper staff

Visit Wabash County (VWC) continues to focus on ways to improve the county’s gateways, signage, and interpretation in an effort to cross promote the county in areas where large groups of visitors tend to gather. 


The two newest installations have included an information display placed at the Glenn Ruppel Sports Complex in North Manchester and at the Morrett Sports Complex Field of Dreams in Wabash.  The two 4-foot-by-5-foot, all-weather displays showcase what there is to experience in the community. 


“Nearly 25,000 people utilize the Morrett Sports Complex annually,” said Bill Barrows, senior program director for the Wabash County YMCA, “When Christine (Flohr) pitched the idea of installing this type of display, I was immediately thrilled.  We have visiting families who have time between games and are looking for places to eat and things to do.”
 

Posted on 2018 May 29
WCS superintendent gives First Merchants building update

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Superintendent Jason Callahan gave some insight as to where Wabash City Schools was in its process toward taking over the First Merchants Bank building as it prepares to move its administrative offices downtown, following Monday night’s school board meeting.


At a previous board meeting, the board voted to approve two appraisals on the property.


“We’re still waiting on the second appraisal to come in,” Callahan said. “Once we have that second appraisal in, we can start to negotiate price and move forward with that.”
 

Posted on 2018 May 29
Grow Wabash County leadership class graduates

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- After eight day-long courses, 26 up-and-coming Wabash County leaders are better prepared to lead in the workplace.


Continuing a decades-old program of the former Wabash County Chamber of Commerce, Grow Wabash County offered its first Wabash County Leadership Development course last November.


Grow Wabash County President and CEO Kieth Gillenwater said that before starting the class this year, the organization looked at past classes' feedback.


“We used the opportunity to go back and look at feedback from previous participants, and try to figure out, based upon the last few class's feedback, what can we do to make this program better, to be more responsive, because it had kind of stayed the same throughout that period of time,” Gillenwater said. “At that point, we realized there were some things we could do to make it more of a true leadership development program. We brought in a new facilitator … Jim Smith. Jim's a retired educator, retired superintendent, former principal here at Manchester High School, sat on the town council here in town.


“That was also important for me from the standpoint of, this is a countywide program. I wanted to bring in someone who wasn't necessarily a Wabash person.”
 

Posted on 2018 May 29
Smith receives Fulbright Scholarship

By The Paper staff


A Wabash County resident has received a Fulbright Scholarship.


Adam Benjamin Smith, son of Michael J. Smith and Julianne Tiede-Smith, received the Fulbright U.S. Student Program award to France from the U.S. Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.


Smith will support the teaching of English at Lycée Robert Doisneau in Lyon as part of a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

Posted on 2018 May 29
NM Chamber, Manchester Main Street seek merger

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- A public meeting to discuss the possibility of merging Manchester Main Street and the North Manchester Chamber of Commerce is planned for 7 p.m. June 4 at the Manchester Firehouse.


The respective boards of directors of the two organizations are proposing to join together and create a more streamlined organization with the strength and agility to take advantage of opportunities and address challenges impacting our community.
 

Posted on 2018 May 29
Laketon sewage rates to rise

By David Fenker

david@nmpaper.com

LAKETON -- Those hooked into Laketon's sewer system will see an increase of $5.60 in their monthly sewage bill beginning July 1.


The Laketon Area Regional Sewer District board of trustees met for a public hearing Thursday, May 17, to receive public input on the proposed increase. After the hearing, the board voted 4-0 (one member absent) to increase the rate from $59.40 to $65, effective July 1. The same ordinance provides for an additional increase of $4.65 effective July 1, 2019, to a rate of $69.65.


The increases stem in part from higher-than-expected operating costs, including a recent increase by the Town of North Manchester, which treats Laketon's sewage
 

Posted on 2018 May 29

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