North Manchester moving forward with land purchase
By Shaun Tilghman
It was standing room only during Wednesday’s public hearing at the North Manchester Public Safety Complex, as the Town’s Redevelopment Commission (RDC) received input from residents regarding the proposed purchase of 92 acres, located north of 9th Street from the railroad tracks west to SR 13, for a potential housing development.
The RDC and the Town Council both approved resolutions giving the green light to the project.
For more than 25 years, various discussions have been held throughout North Manchester about the need for a housing development, according to a recent news release issued by Town officials.
The main reasons nothing has been able to be accomplished thus far are identified as the unavailability of land in a large enough quantity, and the lack of interest from developers unless land became available.
Posted on 2015 Sep 08
Titus to retire as park superintendent; Longtime city employee to become county’s weights & measures inspector
By Joseph Slacian
After 37 years as Wabash Park Department superintendent, Todd Titus is retiring at the end of this year.
However, his retirement doesn’t mean an end to his public service. Rather, Wabash County Commissioners appointed Titus on Aug. 31 to serve as the county’s weights and measures inspector.
“I’ve been contemplating retirement for probably the last year or so,” he told The Paper of Wabash County. “I think my age and years of service makes that a realistic option. I think the missing piece was what would I do if I retired?
“I don’t need that much playtime. When this position became available, it just seemed like something I might be interested in.”
Posted on 2015 Sep 08
Berry Street home ordered demolished
By Joseph Slacian
A home at 52 Berry St. was ordered demolished by the Wabash Board of Works & Public Safety.
The home’s owners, Rick and Barbara Nelson, were ordered to have the home down within the next 30 days. If it isn’t torn down, the city will put into motion actions to tear it down.
Building Commissioner John Stephens said he has inspected the building several times, most recently on the morning of the unsafe building hearing, Sept. 2.
Posted on 2015 Sep 08
Fall clean up to begin Sept. 14
By Joseph Slacian
The City of Wabash will conduct fall clean up from Sept. 14-18, City Street Superintendent Scott Richardson announced.
As usual, pick-up will be divided into four sections, following the same route as weekly trash. Items for pick-up need to be in place by 7 a.m. on the day of pick-up or the items will not be picked up. 
Piles of items for pick-up can be no larger than 4-feet by 8-feet. Also, items for pick-up have to be separate from brush piles.
Brush will not be picked up the week of fall cleanup.
Posted on 2015 Sep 08
Restaurant, hotel officials visit Wabash
Members of the Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association pose for a group photo prior to boarding the Trolley No. 85. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
More than 20 representatives from the Indiana Restaurant & Lodging Association were in town last week for a tour of the city and an annual board retreat.
Early arrivers on Tuesday participated in a high–end foodie tour arranged by the Visit Wabash County. 
The tour began at the CVB office with a dish prepared by Charley Creek Inn Chef Jason Winterfeld. Participants were then taken to other spots around the community via Trolley No. 85.
“Obviously we’re enjoying everything Wabash has to offer,” InRLA President and CEO Patrick Tamm told The Paper of Wabash County. “But then also (Wednesday) we’re having a great number of people having meetings at the Charley Creek Inn.”
Posted on 2015 Sep 08
Town ‘painted purple’ in support of Relay for Life
2015 Relay for Life of Wabash County

Event chair Amanda Wiley and vice chair Aaron Holley explained to The Paper of Wabash County why county residents should make their way over to Paradise Spring Park today.

Posted by The Paper of Wabash on Saturday, August 29, 2015
By Emma Rausch
Local residents and out-of-state visitors alike walked, ran and donated at the Relay for Life of Wabash County on Saturday, Aug. 29.
At approximately 9:30 a.m., the event’s turnout was already considered “fantastic,” according to Amanda Wiley, event chair.
“We already have 90 runners this morning (in the 5k race) and that has already beat our goal by, I think, 20 from last year,” she told The Paper of Wabash County.
Wiley’s tune didn’t change even after the event ended at 8 p.m.
“We had a great turn out,” Wiley said. “It was consistent all day long. I think we just had to compete with a lot of people, but we’re pleased so we’re going to go back to the table and see if this is what we want to do or change a few things.
“It was a great event.”
Posted on 2015 Sep 01
Little League field dedicated to ‘Doc’ Pfeifer
Ronnie Osborne (third from left) and former Wabash Little League President Alan Zimmerman unveil the sign dedicated to Dr. Harold “Doc” Pfeifer at the Challenger League field in Wabash City Park. Looking on are Dr. Pfeifer’s children, Dick Pfeifer (left) and Michela Ruehl, and current League President Bryan Dillon. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
For nearly as long as it’s been in existence, Dr. Harold “Doc” Pfeifer has been synonymous with the Wabash Little League program.
A local optometrist, Pfeifer was instrumental in forming the League’s Minor League system. He also was a longtime coach, instructing the members of the Blackhawks for 16 years.
On Saturday, Aug. 29, officials at the Wabash Little League made sure Pfeifer and the League would be forever linked together. League officials, during a brief ceremony at the former Little League diamond at Wabash City Park named the field in honor of Pfeifer. The site is now home for the League’s Challenger League.
Posted on 2015 Sep 01
Halfway house eyed for old jail
First floor plans for the possible renovation of the old Wabash County Jail include four bedrooms, including one ADA compliant room, a group meeting room a kitchen, an office and 2 ½ bathrooms. Photo provided
By Joseph Slacian
A new purpose may have been found for the old Wabash County Jail building.
Wabash County Commissioners on Monday, Aug. 31, granted three organizations – Wabash Marketplace Inc., SRKM Architecture and Serenity House – one year to finalize plans and find funding to refurbish the old jail. The building is located directly east of the current jail on West Market Street.
If refurbished, the building could become an 11-bed residential recovery home for alcohol and drug offenders seeking to kick their habits.
Brent A. Martin, architect and partner for SRKM and Steve Smith, director of Serenity House, made their pitches before commissioners, seeking a one-year extension into developing plans.
Posted on 2015 Sep 01

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