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County moves forward on new jail phone system

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

After a few months' delay, the county is moving forward with two contracts related to a new phone system for the county jail.


Back in May, the Wabash County Commissioners gave Sheriff Bob Land permission to proceed with a contract with Mitel for a new phone system, at a cost of $1,128.40 per month. County Attorney Steve Downs requested to review the contract.


In July, Land brought forth a contract with Intrasect Technologies for installation of the system, which also includes updating of the jail's telecommunications infrastructure. The original price of $11,661 dropped to $9,910 after a review by Intrasect.


The monthly cost is about $250 more than what the jail currently pays, Land said, but allows for replacement of an outmoded phone system that can no longer be repaired.


The commissioners approved both contracts, pending some language change in the Mitel contract, at their Monday, Aug. 22 meeting.
 

Posted on 2018 Aug 28
Coroner gets new home

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

After more than two years of searching, the county commissioners approved the purchase of a new home for the county coroner's office.


Commissioner Barry Eppley announced the purchase near the end of the commissioner's Monday, Aug. 27, meeting.
“Over the past several months, we've been working to establish a workspace for the coroner,” he said, “and at this time we need to make a purchase of  a building for the workspace of the coroner.”


Eppley motioned to purchase 443 McCarty St. in Wabash for $73,000, requesting an additional $5,000 for purchase-related costs.


“We'll present to county council this evening, just to inform them of what we've decided,” he said. “Next will be making arrangements to get the coroner's equipment moved into the building. The building is 1,800 square feet – quite small, but a little larger than absolutely necessary for the coroner.”
 

Posted on 2018 Aug 28
Wabash Moose help Blessings in a Backpack

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

In May, Megan Henderson presented a program on Blessings in a Backpack to members of the Wabash Moose Lodge 1195 and the Women of the Moose 878.


On Tuesday, Aug. 21, the groups presented Henderson, the local Blessings in a Backpack coordinator, $1,000 for the organization.


“Their generous donation will provide food for the weekends to 10 local students for the entire school year,” she told The Paper of Wabash County.


Blessings in a Backpack, a non-profit organization that provides food for the weekend to school children who qualify for free or reduced lunches, began in 2008. Jenny Wilson, the former program coordinator, brought the program to Wabash in 2012. She resigned earlier this year and was replaced by Henderson.
 

Posted on 2018 Aug 28
Peabody Retirement Community welcomes new pastor

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- David Crowley sat in a lot of meetings, and realized he had more to do for more people.


“I asked myself, 'Why am I in so many committee meetings and not as [doing] as much worship, Bible study and visits?'” he said.


Enter Peabody Retirement Community, and Crowley said that he found that job that he was looking for as pastor.


“This fits my interest,” Crowley said. “As I'm getting older, aging has gotten of more interest in me, and I didn't think my resume would get past the first round, and I got the job pretty quickly.”


Crowley turns 64 in September. He noted that some residents at Peabody are younger than him, but also that there is a generation of residents older than him.
 

Posted on 2018 Aug 28
WMI to be honored by Indiana Landmarks

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash Marketplace Inc. will receive one of three awards to be presented Sept. 15 by Indiana Landmarks.


The group will receive the Servaas Memorial Award in the non-profit category. It also will receive $2,000.


“We are thankful to receive the 2018 Servaas Memorial Award from Indiana Landmarks,” WMI Program Coordinator Tyler Karst told The Paper of Wabash County. “Hundreds of individuals have spent countless time and money on the continued beautification of our historic downtown. We will continue to do all that we can to attract businesses and tourists to our unique downtown, and we are thankful for the continued support of so many businesses and individuals to continue these efforts."


Founded in 1981, WMI makes preservation a priority in its work to revitalize historic downtown Wabash.
 

Posted on 2018 Aug 28
Eyesore turned into thing of beauty

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A potential eyesore along North Miami Street is being turned into a thing of beauty, thanks to homeowner Rod Morrison.
Morrison commissioned custom wood carver Ryan Frauhiger to turn a dead tree stump in his front yard into a statue featuring a bald eagle, three racoons and a squirrel.


For the last two weeks, weather permitting, Frauhiger has been atop a scaffolding at Morrison’s home, either carving the creatures into the stump or staining and painting portions of the statute.


Morrison said his tree was dead, noting limbs and branches were constantly falling to the ground. He knew it had to come down, but before it did, he asked the crew felling the tree to leave a portion of it standing so he could create the statue. About 15 feet of the tree remains in Morrison’s front yard.
 

Posted on 2018 Aug 28
McKillips host annual field day

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Officials at AgVenture McKillip Seeds hosted farmers from throughout the region on Friday, Aug. 24, during its annual field day.


“I appreciate every one of you for being here and for your business,” Dennis McKillip told the gathering during opening remarks. “We are celebrating our 85th year as far as being an independent company. That’s what I’m so proud of. We survived this.


“We’ve had our ups and downs and stuff like that. We’re in business to stay.”
 

Posted on 2018 Aug 28
Proposed GDX cleanup clears initial hurdle

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The proposed cleanup at the former GDX property at One General Street cleared its first hurdle on Thursday, Aug. 16.


The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety approved a Development Services Agreement for the site between the city and Luckett & Farley Development Services of Louisville, Ky.


“We’ve been working on this for approximately 18 months,” Mayor Scott Long told the board. “They’ve been here twice and looked at the site, and they believe it’s a viable site for them to develop, to be cleaned up and developed.”


The next step in the process is to present the agreement to the Wabash City Council for approval. That will take place at the Aug. 27 council meeting. Luckett & Farley president Timothy Pitcher will be at the meeting to answer and questions Council may have.
 

Posted on 2018 Aug 21

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