Lagro Township board halts ‘illegal meeting’, Public notice wasn’t given as required by state statute

Lagro Township Advisory Board member Rob Cole (left) reads from the Indiana Open Door statute while fellow board member Lee Ann Pefley looks on. Lagro Township Trustee (far right) Andrew DeLong listens to the reading during a meeting Thursday, Feb. 26, at the Lagro Volunteer Fire Station. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Emma Rausch

LAGRO -- The Lagro Township meeting was cut short Thursday Feb. 26 after newly elected board chairman Rob Cole proclaimed it an “illegal meeting” by Indiana State Code.

“Since Deb (Schenkel) isn’t here,” Cole said, “we’re really not supposed to meet because of the Indiana law states that, IC 5-14-1.5 states that there’s an open door law. Meetings have to be given 48-hours notice and it has to be posted at the location where we’re meeting and in you’re office Andy for 48-hours, otherwise we’re meeting illegally and we could be sued because of that.  So I move that we adjourn this meeting and meet at a date where we’ve got this 48-hour notice.”

Lagro Township Trustee Andrew DeLong originally called the meeting with the board to elect the chairman and secretary positions as well as seek approval for the annual reports.

“(The meeting) was short notice, 48-hours,” DeLong said to the board. “There was a time constraint on getting the annual report in. The annual report is always advertised after our meeting within two weeks within in the paper.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 03
Wabash, Lagro receive state grants

By Joseph Slacian

Two Wabash County communities received notice last week that they would receive funding from Lt.Gov. Sue Ellspermann’s office.

The City of Wabash will receive a $716,122 tax credit for the Rock City Lofts. The lofts are part of the city’s Stellar Community program.

Meanwhile, the Town of Lagro will receive $72,000 from Indiana’s Hardest Hit Fund Blight Elimination Program (BEP).

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) administers and manages the federal credits, which provide incentives for private developers to further the affordable housing choices throughout Indiana. Wabash’s was one of 16 projects to receive $12.5 million in tax credit allocations.

Posted on 2015 Mar 03
Voter registration drive planned in LaFontaine

By Joseph Slacian

LAFONTAINE -- A voter registration drive will take place here on Tuesday, March 10, Wabash County Clerk Elaine Martin announced Feb. 25.

A deputy clerk from Martin’s office will be at the LaFontaine Town Hall from noon to 4 p.m. for anyone interested in registering to vote.

This is the first time, Martin and Deputy Clerk Teresa Ehret said they believe, that such a drive has taken place in recent years.

Posted on 2015 Mar 03
Museum plans grand opening of Education Center

Mitch Figert, executive director of the Wabash County Historical Museum, explains how the interior of a canal boat display in the museum’s new Educational Center will look. The board will have books and bookshelves, allowing youngsters to take a book and read while inside the structure. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

A grand opening celebration of the new Education Center at the Wabash County Historical Museum is planned for 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 6.

The center will be located in the southwest corner of the second floor of the museum.

“We have the round barn, the farm house, a climbing tree, a canal boat and a theater stage,” Museum Executive Director Mitch Figert told The Paper of Wabash County during a tour of the facility. “We also have a train table that will go here (near the entrance to the center).

“And then we’ll have a science and activity center, which is essentially a cart with some activities that kids can pull out and tables they can work at.”

The Education Center is designed for those in pre-kindergarten and early elementary grades, or generally for children up to 8 years of age.

Posted on 2015 Mar 03
Safe Place expands to Wabash County

Safe Place and Host Home Coordinator Ryan Beeching quizzes Metro North Elementary students on what might count as a dangerous situation and how they know where to go when they’re in danger. In Wabash County, there are over 30 restaurants and business participating in the Safe Place program. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

The national youth outreach program Safe Place is expanding its services to Wabash County, according to Safe Place and Host Home Wabash County Coordinator Tom Curry.

In addition to educating youths about the dangers of running away or resolving a difficult, threatening situation on their own, Safe Place also creates safe locations around the community for children and teenagers to go if they find themselves in these types of situations.

“(Safe Place) is another kind of layer between the school and the police and DCS (Department of Child Services) on situations that don’t quite rise to that level but are in need of help,” he said. “We don’t want to discourage calling the police, but … we’re kind of a softer, gentler option that way.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 03
Wabash County Jail passes inspection


By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash County Jail passed its Feb. 9 inspection by representatives of the Indiana Department of Corrections.

However, Sheriff Bob Land informed Wabash County Commissioners, there are some concerns highlighted in the report.

“Really it’s the same things we’ve gone over,” he said of the problems. “The lighting still doesn’t conform to today’s standards.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 03
Wabash students do battle in Cupcake Wars

Wabash High School students (from left) Chaney Byers and Vali Reed put purple frosting on cupcakes as part of their Cupcake Wars display featuring Cookie Monster. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Sixteen teams of students from Wabash High School competed in Cupcake Wars on Thursday morning, Feb. 26, during the school's monthly Artist Lecture Series program.

The students had a variety of themes ranging from the 1980s to Cookie Monster and from Wabash High School girls' basketball to "Lady and the Tramp."

The Artist Lecture Series, offered through the WHS library, has been a part of lunchtime offering for about 25 years. This is the second time Cupcake Wars took place at WHS. The first time, according to coordinator Jeannie Cooper, was two years ago.

Posted on 2015 Mar 03
Comedian Karen Mills to visit the Eagles Theatre

Comedian Karen Mills will take the Eagles Theatre stage as act two in the Thursday Night Comedy series. A 22-year comedian, touring as the opening act for Jon Stewart from “The Daily Show,” Mills said the Wabash crowd should expect an evening of fun and hard laughs. Photo provided

By Emma Rausch

On Thursday, March 5, Karen Mills takes the stage with her stand-up at the Eagles Theatre as act two in the Thursday Night Comedy series. Comedian and television personality Trish Suhr will perform as the opening act for the evening.

Mills began her comedic career after taking acting classes when she lived in Atlanta.

“I had watched the ‘Tonight Show’ and different things that had comedians on and I just kept feeling that I could do that,” she said in an interview with The Paper. “Finally I got the courage to go to open mic night at The Punchline and the manager at the time said, ‘You know I really think you could do this for a living. You just really need to work on your material and build your time.’”

Posted on 2015 Mar 03

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