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Gibbons to bring blues band to Honeywell

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Legendary guitar player Billy F Gibbonss will return to the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater on Saturday, Oct. 20.


This time, however, it won’t be with his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame bandmates Dusty Hill and Frank Beard from ZZ Top.

It will be with a few musicians he put together to tour and promote his new solo album, “The Big Bad Blues.”
 

Posted on 2018 Oct 09
Voices of Recovery captivates Honeywell audience

By Josh Sigler
Jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Of all the stories and anecdotes told at the Monday, Oct. 1 Voices of Recovery event at the Honeywell Center, none were as captivating as the story of Shane Beal.


Beal, a former lawyer, lost it all to drugs and alcohol, hitting rock bottom with a four-year prison sentence. 


Beal and emcee Doug Hartle shared a story not for the faint of heart. Hartle, a former police officer, once sold a gun to Beal while Beal was drunk sitting in Hartle’s squad car in a gas station parking lot.
 

Posted on 2018 Oct 09
Board if Works dead with three home issues

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety dealt with three different home issues when it met Thursday, Oct. 4.


In the end, one home was ordered demolished, declared a second home unsafe and ordered the owner be issued a list of work to be done at the site and given a deadline to have work completed, and ordered a second stop-work order will be issued to the third.
 

Posted on 2018 Oct 09
Former billing clerk enters guilty plea

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A former billing clerk at the City of Wabash’s Wastewater Treatment Plant has changed her plea in Wabash County Circuit Court.


The former clerk, Angelina Monroe, 39, withdrew her not guilty plea and entered a guilty plea to one count of theft on Monday afternoon, Oct. 1. In exchange for the guilty plea, charges of official misconduct, corrupt business influence and a second theft charge would be dropped.


Under the agreement, which was taken under advisement by Circuit Court Judge Robert McCallen III, Monroe would face between two and four years in the Indiana Department of Corrections.


Monroe was charged with taking more than $150,000 in payments from the Wastewater Treatment Plant over nearly a four-year period.


Under terms of the agreement, Monroe has agreed to make restitutions to the city and the state. In addition, the agreement also doesn’t absolve her of any civil action which the city, state or State Board of Accounts may pursue against her.
 

Posted on 2018 Oct 02
County Council adopts 2019 budget

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash County Council passed the 2019 budget Monday night, Sept. 25 by a 5-1 vote, a budget totaling $19,427,009.
Matt Dillion was the dissenting vote and Matt Mize wasn’t present at the meeting.


Dillon discussed his issues with the budget with the media following the meeting. He had proposed adding a dispatcher to the Central Dispatch roster, but was turned down 2-4.


He also doesn’t understand how the county can continue to spend more money year after year with a decline in population.
 

Posted on 2018 Oct 02
Wabash woman to mark 100th birthday

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Gwen Dixon has done quite a bit in her lifetime.


Born on Oct. 30, 1918, the longtime Wabash County resident will mark her 100th birthday later this month.


She was born on a Huntington County farm and moved to Wabash County in 1941 when she married her now-late husband, Louis. She’s lived here ever since then, except for about 18 months when she and her husband lived in California during World War II.


“I was Rosie the Riveter,” she said.


She worked riveting pieces in place on P-38 Lightning aircraft at Lockheed, while her husband worked as a mechanic on similar planes. He was eventually sent overseas with the U.S. Air Force, and Mrs. Dixon returned to Wabash.
 

Posted on 2018 Oct 02
County Students get closer look at agriculture

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Fourth grade students from around Wabash County got a little taste of life on the farm on Tuesday, Sept. 25, during the annual Ag Day.


Students spent the entire day moving among 18 stations where they were able to learn different aspects of agriculture. The event was sponsored by the Wabash County Farm Bureau and the Purdue Cooperative Extension Service.


“What we’re trying to do is educate 450 Wabash fourth graders about agriculture and advocating for agriculture,” Mark York, Wabash County Farm Bureau president, told The Paper of Wabash County. “Sometimes this is the only exposure that these kids get to agriculture and where their food actually comes from.”
 

Posted on 2018 Oct 02
Commissioners approve repairs

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

The Wabash County Courthouse and jail will soon receive repairs at a total cost of nearly $17,000.


At their Oct. 1 meeting, the county commissioners approved replacement of the stairs on the south side of the jail, as well as replacement of the tile floors of the three porticos of the courthouse.


County Coordinator/HR Director Jim Dils presented both requests.


“For some period of time, we've been trying to get quotes for the set of stairs on the south side of the jail,” Dils said.


He received two quotes, and recommended using Gaunt and Son Asphalt, Inc., for the repair, which includes new stairs and an anodized aluminum railing. The stairs were quoted at $10,100, with the anodized aluminum railing an extra $865.
 

Posted on 2018 Oct 02

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