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Wabash Casting assumes Harvey Industries’ tax abatement
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash City Council approved transferring the statement of benefits from Harvey Industries to Wabash Casting during its meeting on Monday, Aug. 22.
 
Harvey received a 10-year abatement in 2012 for personal property. Wabash Casting took the business over in late 2015 and was looking to receive permission to use the firm’s tax abatement for the remainder of its availability.
 
“We had to do a little homework on this because we’ve never had this happen before,” Mayor Scott Long told the Council
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 30
Commissioners’ hear concern about contract
By David Purvis-Fenker
 
Wabash County Attorney Stephen Downs voiced a concern to Wabash County Commissioners about a contract with H.J. Umbaugh at Monday's commissioners meeting.
 
Umbaugh is the county’s financial advisory firm for the proposed  jail project.
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 30
MSD Board discusses funding options
By Emma Rausch
 
The MSD of Wabash County School Board approved advertising its 2017 budget on Tuesday night, Aug. 23, and began exploring options to assist with the corporation’s funding.
 
Earlier in the meeting, the Board announced there are no longer plans to reorganize MSD in 2017, which will potentially lead to funding inefficiencies throughout the next several years, according to John Gouveia, board member.
 
Thus, the Board will need to consider other avenues besides reconfiguration to make up for those inefficiencies, he continued.
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 30
‘Old school’ auto parts shop opens in Urbana
Your Parts Department opened in Urbana on July 18 and has inventory for all auto needs. The store’s grand opening will take place Friday, Sept. 2. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
URBANA - Your Parts Department (YPD), located at 11 S. State Road 13 N., is open for business and will celebrate with its grand opening on Friday, Sept. 2.
 
Originally opened on July 18, YPD’s business is handled the “old school” way, according to according to Andy Tyler, general manager.
 
“We do business like it was done back in the old days when it first started,” Tyler told The Paper of Wabash County. “We’re always available to our customers, even after hours. … We’ll take care of them (because) farmers don’t farm 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. They farm all night long.”
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 30
General Motors invests $91 million in Marion plant
General Motors Marion Metal Center employees listen as GM representatives announce the company’s investment of $91 million in the Grant County plant. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
General Motors (GM) will invest $91 million in the GM Marion Metal Center over the next several years, officials announced Monday, Aug. 22.
 
Established in 1956, the plant provides steal blanks, stampings and sub-assemblies for a variety of GM products.
 
The multimillion-dollar investment will go toward updating the plant’s existing equipment, with expansion expected to start later this year and be completed by 2017. 
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 23
Brandt's named Chamber's 2016 Business of the Year

The showroom at Brandt's Harley-Davidson is filled with both new motorcycles for purchase as well as vintage motorcycles for display. Photo provided

By The Paper staff

Brandt’s Harley-Davidson is the 2016 Wabash County Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year, Chamber Chair Aaron Campbell said.

“I’m excited to be able to honor Brandt’s Harley-Davidson and Michael Brandt, given their long-standing commitment and presence in Wabash County,” Campbell said. “They are an involved organization creating great benefit to the community through not only their economic contribution, but also through their philanthropy. They understand the impact they can have on issue awareness and put a great deal of both efforts and resources into making the impact happen.

Posted on 2016 Aug 23
Weekend events keep downtown busy
Ashley Robinson points out interesting plants to her daughter Lily, 8, at the 19th annual Wabash Garden Fest. Originally called the Herb Fest, the event experienced a name change this year to include all aspects of gardening such as decorations and foliage. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Rain or shine, everything at the 19th annual Wabash Garden Fest remained rosy on Saturday morning, Aug. 20.
 
The festival attracted hundreds of people to the Paradise Spring Historical Park with its variety of stalls, which sold various plants, locally made goods, t-shirts, candles and more.
 
Originally called the Herb Fest, the annual event received a name change this year in hopes that it’d draw a larger crowd this year and years to come, according to Lisa Betzner, festival co-chair.
Posted on 2016 Aug 23
DAV adds second van to fleet
Showing off the new DAV van are (from left) Robert Hettmansperger, Gladys Speicher, Rex Weimer, James Speicher, Herb Mullen, David Richards, John Boyer, Larry Radke, Larry Shaw and Roger Holiday. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash County veterans will now find it easier to arrange transportation to doctor appointments around the state, thanks to the addition of a second van to the local Disabled American Veterans van fleet.
 
The second van was made available through a donation from Hoosiers Helping Heroes and the Military Order of Purple Hearts.
 
The van was unveiled during a brief ceremony on Friday, Aug. 19, at the Wabash County Solid Waste Management facility, where the vehicles are stored.
 
Hoosier Helping Heroes was founded by Karen “Montana” Speicher Weimer and George Dean.
Posted on 2016 Aug 23

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