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MCS board OKs teacherís resignation

Andrew Zimmerman gives a prepared statement at the Tuesday, April 11, meeting of the Manchester Community Schools Board of School Trustees. Photo by David Fenker

By David Fenker

NORTH MANCHESTER -- Despite a large showing of community and teacher support, the Manchester Community School Board of School Trustees accepted the resignation of sixth grade math teacher Andrew Zimmerman at their April meeting.

After a personal incident occurred on March 16, Zimmerman filed for resignation of his teaching and golf coach positions at Manchester Jr.-Sr. High School. He has since asked to redact both items.

The board met in executive session Monday, April 10, to discuss personnel matters, and did not have any further discussion during the Tuesday, April 11, meeting. Both Board President Steve Flack and MCS Superintendent Dr. Bill Reichhart said that they cannot comment on personnel matters. However, one board member did comment on the matter before the end of the meeting.

Posted on 2017 Apr 18
BZA OKs variance for Bradley Building apartments
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash Board of Zoning Appeals gave Wabash Marketplace Inc. the go-ahead to create one ground-level and two basement apartments in the Bradley Building, 5 W. Canal St., in downtown Wabash.
 
The three apartments are part of 11 affordable housing apartments planned for the building, located on the southwest corner of Canal and Wabash streets.
 
WMI had to go before a special meeting of the BZA because city ordinance doesn’t allow street-level or basement apartments in the downtown area. Because of that, WMI needed a variance for the three apartments.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 18
Lagro officials seek possession of Benton Street property
By David Fenker
 
The Town of Lagro will soon be taking possession of a property on Benton Street.
 
Lagro Clerk-Treasurer Kristie Bone asked the Wabash County Board of Commissioners to begin the process to transfer ownership of the property located at 220 Benton St.
 
“We would like to take possession of that property so that we can legally go on there and clean it up and hopefully turn around and sell it for what we put into it to get it back on the tax rolls,” Bone said.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 18
Wabash Kiwanis Club annual reading program encourages youth literacy

Wabash Kiwanis Club President Jay Vandeburg (left) presented Wabash Middle School fifth grade with 120 novels as part of the club’s 21st annual reading program. Students (second from left, to right) Kaitlynn Lindsay, Kaden Vogel, Xavier Hughes, Hayden Berry and Principal Mike Mattern accepted on behalf of the school. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

The Wabash Kiwanis Club continued its annual reading program Tuesday morning, April 11, by donating more than 250 novels to four Wabash County schools.

The program, which is in its 21st year, provided 272 paperback books to the St. Bernard’s Elementary, Wabash Middle School, Southwood Elementary and Sharp Creek Elementary fifth grade students.

Posted on 2017 Apr 18
Global Precision Parts gets 10-year tax abatement
By Joseph Slacian
 
Global Precision Parts received a 10-year tax abatement for personal property from the Wabash City Council.
 
The abatement, approved Monday, April 10, is for $1.2 million in equipment being placed at the factory, 202 Wedcor Ave.
 
“Basically we’re looking to purchase some new equipment,” Plant Manager Byron Bechtold told the Council. “We hope the equipment will allow us to grow in the Wabash area.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 18
Council gives abatement to Lutheran project
By Joseph Slacian
 
A medical office building planned by Lutheran Health received two 10-year tax abatements Monday night, April 10, from the Wabash City Council.
 
One of the abatements is for personal property while the other is for real estate improvements.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 18
2 firms submit bids for Honeywell Park work
Wabash Park Board members Brian Campbell, Bill Stouffer, Sam Frazier and Jon Baker conduct business by the sunlight shining throw the window in Mayor Scott Long’s office. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Two firms submitted bids for improvements to the Honeywell Park.
 
The Wabash Park Board, during its regular monthly meeting on Wednesday evening, April 12, received bids from Moake Park Group, Fort Wayne, and Halstead Architects, Marion.
 
Moake Park bid $23,125 while Halstead bid $30,000.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 18
Cityís animal shelter contract heads to Board of Works
By Joseph Slacian
 
A fee for service contract for the Wabash County Animal Shelter will be sent to the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety.
 
The Wabash City Council reviewed the contract Monday night, April 10, before voting 5-1 to send it to the Board of Works. Council member Mitch Figert cast the lone dissenting vote.
 
Under the agreement, the city will give the shelter up to $32,700 to cover spay and neuter costs as well as medical supplies for animals housed at the shelter.
 
Posted on 2017 Apr 18

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