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City moves to annex several acres
By Joseph Slacian
 
The City of Wabash is on the verge of annexing nearly seven acres of land into is limits.
 
The land is in the northeast portion of the city around the intersection of Ind. 13 and U.S. 24. Part of the land is city-owned property that is not now in the city limits, while the majority of land is near the current Troxel Equipment site on the east side of Ind. 13.
 
The annexation, along with several other needed steps in the process, were all unanimously approved on Monday, Nov. 30, during a special meeting of the Wabash City Council.
 
In addition to approving the annexation on first reading, the Council also approved a fiscal plan for the annexed area and created an Economic Development Target Area within the city.
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
Cloverleaf resident asks about annexation
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash resident Jake O’Neill had a simple question for the Wabash City Council on Monday, Nov. 30, while it was discussing annexing roughly seven acres of land into the city.
 
O’Neill, who lives on Cloverleaf Drive, wondered what the city could do to alleviate sewage problems in the subdivision.
 
The city approved on first reading the annexation of land around Troxel Equipment, located just north of the neighborhood on Ind. 13. As part of the annexation, the city will extend sewer service to the newly annexed land.
 
O’Neill wondered if the city could do the same in the Cloverleaf area.
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
Audience participation required; ‘Whose Line?’ comedy duo returns to Wabash
Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood joke with an audience member during a 2013 performance at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theatre. The Paper of Wabash County file photo
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Comedy duo Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood will be back at the Honeywell Center on Friday, Dec. 11, to bring more laughs with their improvisational show.
 
Known for their roles on the ABC, Emmy nominated series “Whose Line Is It Anyway?,” the two comedians have been touring together for 13 years and still have no idea what they’re going to do from night to night, according to Sherwood.
 
“Well (improv) is always exciting,” he told The Paper of Wabash County during a phone interview. “Every night that we go out on stage, we have no idea what we’re going to do. So, it never gets monotonous because you always have to be on top of your game because you’re making it up completely as you go along.”
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
Wabash Marketplace dedicates new art project
Steve Downs (left), Wabash Marketplace Inc. executive director, listens as Mayor-elect Scott Long addresses those gathered Friday evening for the dedication of the new parking gabions in downtown Wabash. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
A series of gabions that spell the word “parking” were dedicated Friday night, Dec. 5, at the municipal parking lot at the intersection of East Cass and Huntington streets.
 
“A month ago we didn’t know what gabions were,” Wabash Marketplace Inc. Executive Director Steve Downs joked. “Now today we’re dedicating seven of them.”
 
Gabions are a cage, cylinder, or box filled with rocks, concrete, or sometimes sand and soil for use in civil engineering, road building, military applications and landscaping. 
 
Gabions are now used in creating public art, Downs continued.
 
“Public art includes any art displayed in public spaces with the goal of being accessible to everyone,” he said.
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
Heartland Career Center receives $100,000 grant
By Emma Rausch
 
The Indiana State Department of Education awarded Heartland Career Center a $100,000 grant, representatives of the local educational facility announced this week.
 
In early September, the school applied for the Perkins Rural Grant, a grant which focuses on rural communities and assists with meeting needs of career and technical education.
 
“There were 23 career centers that were invited to apply and there were 18 grants that were awarded,” Heartland director Mark Hobbs told The Paper of Wabash County.
 
“We met with Ivy Tech representatives from Kokomo that we partner with, because this timeframe that they gave us was pretty short. So we didn’t have a lot of time to hem and haw around. We had to get after it.”
 
The state announced the grant opportunity on Aug. 31 with submission due by Sept. 15.
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
Local veteran takes trip of lifetime
Wabash resident Ron Shaw (right) and his son, Bruce, were among those traveling to Washington, D.C., on Oct. 7, as part of the Honor Flight. Photo provided
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Oct. 7 was a long day for Wabash resident Ron Shaw. But it also is safe to say that it is a day that he will never forget.
 
A Korean War veteran, Shaw was among 80-plus veterans plus their guardians to travel to Washington, D.C., on the latest Honor Flight.
 
Honor Flights take World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War veterans from their home state to Washington to see the various memorials dedicated to them over the years.
 
But for veterans like Shaw, one of four Wabash veterans on the Oct. 7 flight, it was more: It was a long overdue thank you for the sacrifices they made to help their country.
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
‘Strategic partnership’ establishes entrepreneurial support program
By Emma Rausch
 
The Economic Development Group of Wabash County (EDGWC), INGUARD and Manchester University announced the creation of a strategic partnership on Thursday, Dec. 3, that will establish an entrepreneurial support program for students.
 
The new program, Entrepreneurs EDG, will provide students with real-world business experience, encourage social entrepreneurialism in the region and help coach participating business owners on how to establish and launch a viable business model as well as accelerate growth and replicate success.
 
President and CEO of EDGWC Keith Gillenwater spoke with INGAURD CEO Parker Beauchamp about the idea, Beauchamp told The Paper of Wabash County in an interview.
Posted on 2015 Dec 08
City OKs ambulance contract
By Joseph Slacian
 
The City of Wabash has proposed three-year contract with Wabash County to provide ambulance service to nearly three-fourths of the county.
 
The measure, approved Wednesday, Dec. 2 by the Wabash Board of Public Works & Safety, must now go to Wabash County Commissioners for their approval. The current contract expires on Dec. 31.
 
The contract, as it has for at least the last six years, will carry with it a 2 percent increase per year. 
Posted on 2015 Dec 08

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