Bids awarded for Sherman St. culvert work
By Joseph Slacian
Troy Eads Excavating received the contract to replace a culvert on Sherman Street, just east of Miami Street, in Wabash.
The firm bid $22,525 to receive the contract during the May 6 Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety meeting.
The city received just one other bid, that of $42,500 from Brainard Excavating.
Work is for the installation of a corrugated polymer coated culvert, to be supplied by the city, along Priser Ditch.
Posted on 2015 May 12
New shoppe stocked by Wabash County’s eclectic community
The Eclectic Shoppe was welcomed to Wabash on May 1 with a commemorative ribbon cutting. Alex Madrigal, who started the now family operated business, stands to the left of her mother Maria Smyth who cut the ceremonial ribbon while father Mike Smyth and sisters Mari and Monica Madrigal stand behind them and celebrate the occasion with her. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Emma Rausch
The Eclectic Shoppe is open and ready for business after celebrating its ribbon cutting on May 1.
Now a family-operated business, Alex Madrigal originally began the business in January 2013 by selling jewelry and accessories via Facebook. After a discussion with her family, Madrigal and her parents, Maria and Mike Smyth, decided to move the business into a storefront in August 2014 and expand the shop’s inventory to include art, furniture, rugs, and more.
Asked how does the store live up to its name, Mrs. Smyth said, “Well, look around.”
Posted on 2015 May 12
Local health department official volunteers in wake of Indiana crisis
By Emma Rausch
Since late March, more than 140 cases of HIV have been reported that relate to an “outbreak” in Scott County, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.
Top officials from Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) met with Gov. Mike Pence and State health officials on April 27-28 to discuss the progress, response, and continued control of the outbreak.
On April 20, the Indiana General Assembly passed Senate Enrolled Act 461, which approves the use of syringe or needle exchange programs in case of public health emergencies to help control possible outbreaks.
While the state government has worked to control the outbreak from spreading further, however, Scott County sent out a message through the Indiana Vital Records Association seeking help and one local woman answered the call.
Posted on 2015 May 12
Canine flu cases confirmed in Indiana; no reports in Wabash County
New strain of influenza sickens over 1,100 dogs in Midwest and kills at least five
By Emma Rausch
At least a dozen cases of canine influenza have been reported in the northwest part of Indiana, but none were reported in Wabash County, according to the Indiana State Board of Animal Health.
Since the beginning of April, an outbreak of canine flu that started in Chicago has sickened more than 1,1100 dogs in the Midwest, killed at least five, and recently spread to Indiana. As of April 21, nine dogs caught the virus in Lafayette and the Muncie Animal Shelter quarantined 70 dogs, putting adoptions on hold after several dogs returned with the virus after being neutered at Purdue University.
Posted on 2015 May 12
Arrest warrant leads to alleged meth lab
Matthew J. Hayslip, 28, Wabash, and Samantha L. King, 33, Wabash, were arrested May 5 for an alleged meth lab at Hayslip's apartment. Photos provided
By The Paper staff
Two people are in custody after an arrest warrant served by Wabash Police Department (WPD) early Wednesday morning allegedly led to the discovery of an active meth lab.
According to a news release issued Tuesday May 5 by WPD, at about 2:14 a.m. Tuesday Wabash Police served an active arrest warrant on Matthew J. Hayslip, 28, Wabash, at 422 ½ W. Hill St.
While officers were inside the residence, they allegedly located an active meth lab.
Posted on 2015 May 12
Local youth attend Rotary leadership camp
The Wabash County Rotary Club sent three delegates to the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp on April 17-19 to mentor promising youth leaders. The students then shared their experiences at the club’s April 27 meeting and accepted their awards. Rotarians (from left) Nick Hentgen, Todd Lybarger, (second from right) Dana Brady, and Dave Mann presented awards to delegates (third from left) Paul Farlow, Jessika Krom, and Madalyn Dale. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Three Wabash County students attended the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp on April 17-19 in Brookston as the 2015 Wabash Rotary Club delegates.
Northfield High School juniors Madalyn Dale and Jessika Krom joined Southwood High School sophmore Paul Farlow at Camp Tecumseh YMCA Outdoor Center to develop leadership skills among chosen students from 55 other Rotary Clubs in northern Indiana.
“(RYLA) is an opportunity to mentor promising young leaders that are serving their own communities and beyond,” said Dana Brady, local committee chair. “The whole idea behind this, as far as this club is concerned, is that we believe in the program. We’ve seen what it’s done for a number of years.”
Posted on 2015 May 12
Young husband remembered on first wedding anniversary
Lacey Jeanette Shepler releases a special balloon which reads “I Love You” during a memorial service for her late husband, Dustin Lee Shepler, on Thursday, May 7, on what would have been their first wedding anniversary. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Thursday, May 7, should have been the first wedding anniversary for Lacey and Dustin Shepler.
Rather, Mrs. Shepler and about 15 family members and friends gathered at the spot outside the Wabash Judicial Annex where the couple exchanged wedding vows to hold a memorial service for the late Shepler.
Shepler, 18, was killed Jan. 5 in a truck-train accident at the Norfolk Southern railroad crossing on Bond Street.
Posted on 2015 May 12
Contestants sought for Festivals Scholarship Pageant
By The Paper staff
Contestants are being sought for the 25th annual Wabash County Festivals Scholarship Pageant.  The pageant will take place Friday, June 26, 2015 in the Ford Theater.  
Any Wabash County woman ages 17 to 21 who plans to further her education is eligible.  Any young lady from 17 years old to those already attending college and are not yet 22, are encouraged to enter. All college age girls need to be enrolled in college for the 2015-16 school year. 
Posted on 2015 May 12

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