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Rock City Lofts clears zoning hurdle
An artist's rendering of what Rock City Lofts will look like. Photo provided
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Work on the Rock City Lofts could begin within the next 60 days.
 
That was the word from Roy Marschke, Thursday night, Aug. 25, following the Wabash City Board of Zoning Appeals meeting. 
 
Marschke, a CPA with House Investments, said bids for the project were accepted through the end of last week. They then had to be reviewed and awarded.
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 30
Metro's plans off for 2017-2018
By Emma Rausch
 
The MSD of Wabash County School Board has no plans to reconfigure its district in 2017, Superintendent Mike Keaffaber announced at the board’s meeting Tuesday, Aug. 23.
 
During the public recognition section of the meeting, Keaffaber first thanked all the parents and other members of the community for attending the board’s public forums on Aug. 15 and Aug. 17.
 
“I thought it was very beneficial to hear from the public and to hear from our parents and the community,” Keaffaber said, “and another thing I’d like to mention, you know there’s been a lot of discussion, some things in the newspaper and maybe basically just some discussion here, but at present we feel like the current school board has listened to the community input (and still) considering options.
 
“So at this time there are no plans to reorganize in the 2017-2018 school year.”
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 30
Panel expected to consider jail issue
By Joseph Slacian
 
A committee to explore options to solve Wabash County’s current jail overcrowding problem could be formed within the next few weeks.
 
Wabash County Commissioners chair Barry Eppley told The Paper of Wabash County that commissioners could appoint the panel in early September.
 
His comments came after a nearly two-hour meeting Tuesday, Aug. 23, at which commissioners and Wabash County Council members listened to Todd Samuelson and others from H.J. Umbaugh and Associates discuss various funding options should a new jail be built.
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 30
City takes first steps to create cultural district
The proposed Wabash Cultural District is seen in yellow on the map. Photo provided
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
The City of Wabash took the first step Monday night, Aug. 22, to create a cultural district.
 
A cultural district is a specific geographical area in a city or town that has a concentration of cultural facilities, activities, and assets. It is a walkable, compact area that is easily identifiable to visitors and residents and serves as a center of cultural, artistic and economic activity.
 
“We were approached by the Honeywell Foundation and somebody from the Indiana Arts Council,” Mayor Scott Long said. “We have so many cultural things going on within the city that we’re going to apply for Wabash to establish a cultural district.”
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 30
Schoening to replace McClary on Wabash City Council
Aaron McClary bids farewell during the Wabash City Council’s Aug. 22 meeting. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Eric Schoening was chosen to replace Aaron McClary as the Wabash City Council representative from the city’s Second District.
 
McClary, who took the seat in January, was transferred to Markle and has recently moved from the city.
 
Schoening was selected for the post Tuesday night by four precinct committeemen who reside in the district during a GOP caucus. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 30
Lagro, Roann volunteer fire departments awarded DNR grants
By Emma Rausch
 
Sixty rural, volunteer fire departments, including Roann and Lagro, were awarded more than $250,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants Thursday, Aug. 25, according to Cameron Clark, Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) director.
 
The grant funds, which will be administered by the DNR Division of Forestry, will assist rural fire departments protect wildlands and combat wildland fires.
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 30
West Nile found in Wabash County
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash County Health Department announced Wednesday, Aug. 24, that a pool of mosquitoes collected on Aug. 10 has tested positive for the West Nile virus in Wabash County. This is the first reported case in the county for 2016.
 
West Nile is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes that have first bitten an infected bird. A person bitten by an infected mosquito may show symptoms three to 15 days after the bite. 
 
In past years, according to state health officials, most human cases of West Nile were reported between mid-July and mid-September.
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 30
2 probationary officers sworn in
Probationary Police Officer Michael B. Castro (left) receives the oath of office from Mayor Scott Long. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Two Wabash Police Department probationary officers received ceremonial oaths of office Monday night from Mayor Scott Long.
 
Cody R. Palmer and Michael P. Castro received their official oaths on Aug.8 and Aug. 15, respectively.
Posted on 2016 Aug 30

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