Wabash Steel Supply has grand opening
Ben Gebhart cuts the ribbon during the grand opening celebration at Wabash Steele Supply. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash Steel Supply, 1705 S. Wabash St., cut the ribbon during a grand opening ceremony Thursday morning, May 5.
Owner Ben Gebhart discussed Wabash’s need for a business such as Wabash Steel Supply prior to the ribbon cutting ceremony sponsored by the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce.
“The idea came from Metal Source,” said Gebhart, who also owns that business. “There really wasn’t anywhere in town to buy steel or that advertised steel for the public, farmers or people like that.
“So we figured why not try something like that.”
Posted on 2016 May 10
Community gathers for World Day of Prayer
Terry Hinds prays for the church as others bow their heads at the World Day of Prayer event on Thursday, May 5. Other men and women of the community prayed for government, military and media among other topics on the Wabash County Courthouse lawn during the event. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Dozens of Wabash County pastors and citizens convened on the Wabash County Courthouse lawn Thursday, May 5, to pray for the community and the world on the National Day of Prayer.
“God, you have a lot of work to do,” Sherlyn Rensberger, event moderator, began the program.
“Sometimes, Satan tries to stop things in ways, to make it be that we’re not going to be able to step in to where God wants us to be, but God has grace and forgiveness and helps us to be able to turn around and go where we need to go.
“Thank God for that forgiveness.”
Posted on 2016 May 10
Wabash man charged with child molestation
Stoney Hobson
By Emma Rausch
A Wabash man was booked into the Wabash County Jail on Monday, May 2, for child molestation charges following an investigation by the Wabash Police Department.
Stoney Hobson, 51, was charged with felony attempted child molestation and felony attempted vicarious sexual gratification.
On March 16, WPD received information from the Division of Family Services of an alleged molestation incident involving a child younger than 10-years-old, according to the probable cause affidavit.
Posted on 2016 May 06
Wabash named finalist in Small Business Revolution
By Joseph Slacian
The City of Wabash is a finalist in the Small Business Revolution on Main Street, a national contest that will award one small town a $500,000 revitalization.
Wabash was one of two finalists chosen from nearly 10,000 nominations from small towns across America. Deluxe Corporation, which provides small-business marketing services, created the program.
“Wabash immediately stood out as a small town that embodied the spirit of the Small Business Revolution – passionate entrepreneurs, a strong community spirit and a long history of banding together,” said Amanda Brinkman, chief brand and communications officer for Deluxe.
The winning community will be decided via online voting. Click here to vote now!
Posted on 2016 May 03
Former Manchester University student charged with murder of infant
Mikayla Munn
By The Paper staff
NORTH MANCHESTER – An Indiana State Police investigation has led to the arrest of a former Manchester University student for the death of an infant.
On Monday, May 2, at approximately 12:45 p.m., a death investigation by Indiana State Police Detective Josh Maller and North Manchester Police Detective Sergeant Jon Pace has resulted in the arrest of Mikayla Munn, 21, Elkhart.
Munn was served a Wabash Circuit Court arrest warrant alleging criminal charges for murder and neglect of a dependent causing death.  She was arrested at her Elkhart home and transported to the Wabash County Jail.
Posted on 2016 May 03
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

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