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County sets salt bid opening date

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

Wabash County will open salt bids for the 2018-2019 winter season at 9:30 a.m. Monday, April 16.


County Highway Superintendent John Martin requested the date at the brief March 19 meeting of the county commissioners, who approved it.
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 20
Wabash holds safe school rally

Wabash High School students Jordan Smith and Alexya Freeman hold up a sign during a safe school rally for Wabash High School and Middle School students Wednesday, March 14. Photo by Josh Sigler


By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash High School principal Kyle Wieland lost sleep over it: worrying that a safe school rally organized by students would turn ugly or be made into something it wasn’t.


Wieland was both relieved and proud of his students following the rally Wednesday, March 14.


The rally didn’t focus on divisive issues like gun control, like some school walkout rallies around the country focused on. Instead, students focused on driving home the idea creating an atmosphere of inclusion so that kids feel welcome and not outcast in an attempt to keep their school safe.


Hundreds of Wabash Middle School and Wabash High School students attended the peaceful rally Wednesday at the Oskewawa statue located between the two schools.
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 20
City declares National Safe Place Week

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Mayor Scott Long, at Monday’s Wabash City Council meeting, declared the week of March 18-24 as National Safe Place Week in Indiana.


The week serves to increase awareness about the importance of youth safety and the dangers young people face when they feel they have nowhere to go or are in crisis situations, according to Jan Williams, who oversees the local program through the Huntington County Youth Service Bureau.
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 20
MSD study decision could come soon

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

A decision on the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County’s studies for advancement could come as soon as the next board meeting.


At the end of the Tuesday, March 13, MSD meeting, a member of the public, Michael Rigney, asked the board when it might have a decision. He was told it could come as early as the meeting on Tuesday, March 27.


The MSD board is seeking an independent study for advancement after voting in December to remove itself from the Community Foundation of Wabash County’s study for advancement, a study that included all of the county’s school districts.
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 20
Southwood robotics teams fare well at state

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Southwood’s Elementary School’s robotics teams were recognized for their achievements at the state championships during an abbreviated Metropolitan School District of Wabash County board meeting Tuesday, March 13.


The two teams fared well at the state competition, where squads were placed in divisions of 50 teams each.


In their respective divisions, the Red team placed 21st and the Gray team placed 11th. The Gray team fared well enough to move on to compete in the finals round.
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 20
Teamwork stressed at State of the Communities breakfast

Roann Clerk-Treasurer Bob Ferguson gets help buttoning his shirt sleeve from Wabash County Commissioner Barry Eppley. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Teamwork is the key to any success Wabash County communities experienced the past year.


That was the major theme Wednesday morning, March 14, as representatives from Wabash County and its five incorporated communities spoke at Grow Wabash County’s State of the Community Breakfast at the Honeywell Center’s Legacy Hall.


Two speakers – Wabash County Commissioners President Brian Haupert and Roann Clerk-Treasurer Bob Ferguson – used analogies to stress the importance of teamwork.


“Geese fly in formation for a reason,” Haupert told the 161 people in attendance. “Flying together in formation, the flock can fly 71 percent further than if a single goose were to fly on its own.


“With all the economic and political stresses placed on counties, cities and towns, working together makes more sense now than ever. Working together we can make our towns, our city, our county, grow and be prosperous, with the benefit being not only for ourselves, but for future generations who will call Wabash County their home.”
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 20
Officers cleared in Shooting

By The Paper Staff

Wabash County Prosecutor William Hartley Jr. announced Monday, March 12, that no criminal charges will be filed in a police action shooting that took place in rural Wabash County on Feb. 14, leading to the death of a Kokomo man.


In a press release Monday, Hartley concluded that “the totality of the evidence establishes this incident as a legally justifiable shooting by law enforcement,” after an examination of police reports, the autopsy toxicology report, civilian and police witnesses, interviews conducted of the four officers directly involved, photographs, crime lab reports and use of force policies for the Wabash and Huntington County sheriff’s departments.
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 13
NM shooting still under investigation

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- A North Manchester man is dead after an incident with North Manchester Police Department officers Tuesday, March 6.


According to a news release from the Indiana State Police, who are handling the investigation, the deceased is Michael Kline, 40, North Manchester.
 

Posted on 2018 Mar 13

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