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County residents to take to the polls
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash County voters will take to the polls on Tuesday, May 3, for the state’s Primary Election.
 
On the ballot will be several local, state and federal races. In addition, those living within the Wabash City Schools District will be able to vote in a referendum about creating a tax levy for the district.
 
Click the jump to read about who's running and where to vote!
Posted on 2016 May 03
City gives $20,000 to animal shelter
By Joseph Slacian
 
The City of Wabash is giving the Wabash County Animal Shelter $20,000 this year to help it meet an operating expense shortfall.
 
Shelter officials also informed the Wabash City Council that they will return later this year, asking to receive an additional $50,000 in the city’s 2017 budget.
 
The council voted 6-1 to approve the $20,000 contribution, likely to come from the city’s Rainy Day Fund, after dog warden Doug Bogert presented a talk that at times dealt with the need for funding and at other times tried to pulled at the council member’s heartstrings. Council Member Mitch Figert was the lone person voting against the measure.
 
“I brought you some pictures of some dogs,” he said, showing the council and the audience photographs of animals sitting behind cages. “These are just some samples of some dogs that were there today at the animal shelter.”
 
One of the animals pictured was found in a farmer’s field with an electrical cord tied around its neck, he noted.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
Hicks named Roann town marshal
By Amanda Bridgman
 
ROANN -- There’s a new marshal in the town of Roann. 
 
It’s Steve Hicks, 19-year road officer at the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department, and he started his part-time marshal duties April 14. “I grew up in Roann,” Hicks said. “It really is a win-win.” 
 
He’ll keep watch over Roann when he’s off duty from WCSD and work his own hours, Hicks  said, mostly night shifts. 
 
It really won’t be anything new for Hicks. He’s been Roann’s night watchman for the past few years, and it wasn’t until recently when the town wanted him to start enforcing ordinances and general law enforcement duties that Roann’s first town marshal position was created. 
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
Wabash woman charged with reckless homicide following March accident
Emilee J. Bowyer
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A Wabash woman was charged Tuesday, April 26, in connection to the deaths of two Grant County women on Saturday, March 19.
 
Emilee J. Bowyer, 27, Wabash, was charged with six felonies following an Indiana State Police investigation into an accident on March 19.
 
The accident occurred on State Road 15, one-half mile north of Country Road 900 S. at approximately 10 p.m.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
Wabash to mark 150th birthday
By Joseph Slacian
 
The City of Wabash will celebrate its 150th birthday on Friday, May 6, during First Friday festivities in downtown Wabash.
 
In 1866, the State of Indiana recognized Wabash as “The City of Wabash.”
 
That year citizens elected their first mayor, Joseph H. Matlock, who served the city from 1866 to 1868. Since that time, there have been 29 mayors.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
County Council shows support to Visitor’s Bureau plan
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County Council unanimously voted Monday, April 25, to support the Visit Wabash County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s (CVB) 2017 budget expansion of $150,000.
 
Christine Flohr, CVB executive director of tourism, presented the budgeting plan to the council at its Monday meeting.
 
“We start working on our budget now so that we can discuss it as a board of directors before we present (it to the council in June) formally,” Flohr told the council, “and we were looking at our budget, our focuses were specifically on our marketing return, our target marketing areas and how we address meeting those goals and so in addition to drafting a budget, I have put together an Expansion of Services plan that you all have.”
 
The plan will enable the tourism office “to meet the demands of the attracting visitor spending,” according to Flohr.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
Wabash County receives more than $4 million for infrastructure, other expenses
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash County received more than $4 million on Monday, April 25, as a one-time special distribution per the Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 67.
 
All taxable entities within the county received a portion of the total distribution, which amounted to $4,474,847.65, and are required to use 75 percent of the distributions on infrastructure, according to information provided by the Indiana State Budget Agency.
 
The remaining 25 percent, or $1,118,711.91, of the supplemental distribution may be used by the county, city or town for any of the purposes, the SBA continued.
 
The funds must be allocated and distributed to all the taxable entities before June 1.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
Local youths tour Honeywell House for 12th annual year
Carolyn Eppley (far right) plays a tune on the Honeywell’s piano as Southwood Elementary students (from left) Seth Castle, Audrey Ball, Cayden Richardson, Luke Hyden, Danica Filip and Rylee Thomas listen to Janet Halderman (second from right) explain the history of the piano during the 12th annual Honeywell House tours. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
For the 12th consecutive year, local third grade students toured the Honeywell House on Wednesday, April 20, and Thursday, April 21, to learn more about the life and history of Mark and Eugenia Honeywell.
 
Hosted by the Wabash unit of the Women’s Committee of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra hosted the annual tour for approximately 300 students from local homeschools, O.J. Neighbours, Metro North, Southwood, St. Bernard and Emmanual Christian elementary schools.
 
The event coincides with the third grade social studies history standards, which require students to describe how significant people, events and developments have shaped their own community and region.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03

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