Mayoral candidates discuss variety of issues
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash’s mayoral candidates discussed a variety of issues, during a recent debate at the Historic Eagles Theatre.
The candidates – Republican Scott Long, Democrat Margaret “Boo” Salb” and Independent Wade Weaver appeared in the only debate together prior to the election on Oct. 7 in an event sponsored by the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce and The Paper of Wabash County.
The full debate can be viewed online on Wabash WebTV.
The City of Wabash appoints members to the Wabash City Schools Board. In doing so, the City Council must also approve the school district’s budget before it is submitted to the state.
Posted on 2015 Nov 02
Early voting has large turnout
By Joseph Slacian
Nearly 300 voters have cast ballots in early voting for the municipal elections in the City of Wabash and the Town of LaFontaine.
Wabash County Clerk Elaine Martin said that as of Friday morning, 295 people have voted.
“Voting has been going pretty good, although I would always like to see more people take advantage of early voting hours,” she told The Paper of Wabash County.
Posted on 2015 Nov 02
Marketplace names McLaughlin project manager
Shelby McLaughlin
By The Paper staff
Shelby McLaughlin is the new Wabash Marketplace, Inc. project manager.
McLaughlin’s hiring was announced Wednesday, Oct. 28, by the WMI Board of Directors.
She brings with her business and retail development experience as well as a specific focus in planning and project oversight. Mclaughlin moved to Wabash earlier this year and will begin full-time with WMI on Nov. 9.
“WMI is committed to executing an aggressive Strategic Plan that outlines the need for a full-time project manager,” WMI Board President Jason Callahan said.  “Shelby (McLaughlin) is an ideal candidate because she offers an energetic passion for the community, is furthering her education with a degree in Non-profit Business Management and has had the opportunity to lead innovative business planning initiatives abroad.”
Posted on 2015 Nov 02
Faith Harvest Fellowship’s ‘doors are open’; Local faith group purchases church on North Wabash Street
Faith Harvest Fellowship, founded by Pastor Bruce and LuAnn Hostetler, has relocated to the former Saint Matthews Church of Christ located at 1717 North Wabash St. in Wabash. Fellowship begins at 10 a.m. every Sunday followed by worship at 10:15 a.m. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Faith Harvest Fellowship, Inc., has relocated after the group’s founders Pastor Bruce Hostetler and his wife, LuAnn, were called by God to purchase the former Saint Matthews Church of Christ approximately eight weeks ago.
Wabash residents, the Hostetlers have been married for 41 years and have three daughters and nine grandchildren.
The local couple founded the non-denominational fellowship in October 2005.
“It was birthed out of a vision LuAnn and I had to start a new church in Wabash,” Hostetler said. “We were started with the assistance of another congregation out of Logansport and we had a core group of people who were like minded and we got started and we met at our home here in Wabash.”
Posted on 2015 Nov 02
NAPA store relocates, offers larger inventory
NAPA Auto Parts Fishback Auto relocated to the previous Spiece building, two blocks from its original storefront on Manchester Avenue. The store is now open for business. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
NAPA Auto Parts Fishback Auto has relocated into the previous Spiece building on Manchester Avenue in Wabash and is now open for business.
Previously located at 260 Manchester Ave., the business moved two blocks north to expand the store’s available space for parking and inventory, according to Steve Hiser, the local store’s general manager.
Ridge Company NAPA vice president Andrew Thomas told The Paper of Wabash County in an interview that said that the local facility needed an upgrade.
Posted on 2015 Nov 02
Local comic book, game store closes
By Emma Rausch
TCB Games of Wabash, the local source for comic books and table-top games, closed Sunday, Oct. 18.
The business announced the closing on Facebook.
“We have expanded the Marion store to a new 6,700 (square foot) store to provide the second largest store in Indiana (to our knowledge). To accommodate this, we are closing the Wabash location effective immediately,” the Facebook message read. “For the next month, any customer from the Wabash area will receive a 10 percent discount at the Marion store to help in the transition.
“All credits and accounts will continue in the system with no losses to customers.”
Posted on 2015 Nov 02
Local soldier inducted into Audie Murphy Society
Staff Sgt. Jacob Kelly
By Joseph Slacian
A Wabash High School graduate was recently received the Sgt. Audie Murphy Medal.
Staff Sgt. Jacob Kelly received the award during a ceremony earlier this year.
A 2005 Wabash High School graduate, Kelly is currently serving at Fort Sill, Okla., where he is a drill sergeant.
Posted on 2015 Nov 02
Cathy’s Café has grand opening celebration
Cathy and Rick Price cut the ribbon at Cathy’s Café. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Cathy’s Café celebrated its grand opening on Wednesday, Oct. 28, inside Cathy’s Natural Market, 1315 N. Cass St.
The café, owned by Cathy and Rick Price, offer soup, salads, sandwiches, juicers, smoothies and desserts using organic and locally sourced ingredients. 
Price said he had health needs that prompted the opening of the market. 
Posted on 2015 Nov 02

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