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City OKs tax abatements for Hampton Inn

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Rahee Hospitality, the group that plans to build a Hampton Inn in Wabash, received two 10-year tax abatements from the Wabash City Council on Monday, Jan. 28.


The council unanimously approved the two abatements, one for real estate and the other for personal property.


Work on the Hampton Inn, which will be located just north of the intersection of Wedcor Avenue and State Road 15, is expected to begin in April and will have a target of May 2020 for completion, according to Raj Chandat, one of the partners in Rahee Hospitality.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 05
Wabash County YMCA names Gogolewski as new CEO

By The Paper staff

Dean Gogolewski is the new Chief Executive Officer of the Wabash County YMCA.


Gogolewski, of Ohio, was announced in the position Friday, Feb. 1, after an extensive, nationwide search. He replaces Clint Kugler, whose last day was Thursday, Jan. 31.


Gogolewski will begin his new position on Feb. 25.


Gogolewski has over 15 years of operations and community leadership experience with YMCAs in Ohio. Over the past 12 years, he has been with the YMCA of Central Stark County.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 05
Heartland student is contest finalist

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A Heartland Career Center student is a finalist in a contest sponsored by the National Road Safety Foundation.
Dakotah Culver, 16, LaFontaine, is a student in the media arts program that is a collaboration between Heartland and the Honeywell Foundation.


A Southwood High School junior, Dakotah wrote the script for a public service announcement about the dangers of drowsy driving for the Drive Safe Chicago contest as part of a class project. He is one of three finalists; the winning piece will be decided by an online vote in February.


“I was very surprised,” he said of his reaction when learning he was a finalist. “We have a lot of good script writers in our class. This was the first script I ever wrote.
“I was just baffled.”
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 05
Hensley fills vacant MCS board seat

By Eric Christiansen
echristiansen@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- A Manchester High School graduate is the newest member of the Manchester Community Schools Board of Trustees.


Mike Hensley assumed the Pleasant Township seat vacancy on the board left by Nate Trump during a short meeting Wednesday, Jan. 30.


Hensley was one of four people interviewed by the board for to seat in a public meeting Wednesday, Jan. 23. Other candidates were Val Slack, Brian Rainer and Shawn Bellinger.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 05
Commissioners open road project bids

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash County Commissioners opened bids for the County Road 1100 North reconstruction project during their Monday, Feb. 4 meeting.


The first bid came from E&B Paving out of Huntington for $1,452,202.36.  The second and final bid came from Phend and Brown out of Leesburg for $1,287,982.28.


The Commissioners took the bids under advisement.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 05
MSD asks County for SRO officers

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

MSD of Wabash County Superintendent Mike Keaffaber went before the County Council on Monday, Jan. 28, to go through the logistics of what it would look like to add the services of two school resource officers.


Keaffaber brought with him figures of what the costs might be associated with the creation of two SRO positions, one for the south schools and one for the north schools in the district, which would be under the jurisdiction of the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department.


“I believe this is a win-win for our county,” Keaffaber said. “If we would do this and have an officer on the north and an officer on the south, that would give two more officers in the county, especially for any types of emergencies outside of the schools. Plus, we have a little over 2,000 students in our six schools, and that is a percentage of our population.”
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 05
City returns $3 million-plus to General Fund in 2018

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The City of Wabash returned more than $3 million in unspent funds to the General Fund at the end of 2018.


With funds not spent by the various city departments, as well as tax caps that had to be figured into the budget, $3.296 million wasn’t spent, Mayor Scott Long told The Paper of Wabash County.


The state requires municipalities to figure into their budget funds to cover the difference between the projected amount of  property taxes available and the amount actually available because of various property tax caps.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 05
Kugler bids farewell to YMCA

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

After 2,801 days, Clint Kugler’s time as the Wabash County YMCA CEO has come to a close.


The Kugler era ended on Thursday, Jan. 31. He submitted his resignation in November to join the Indiana Youth Institute where he will serve as Vice President of College Career and Community Initiatives.


The Indiana Youth Institute, which was founded by the Lilly Endowment, has been in existence for 30 years.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 05

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