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Dukes expands services at Wabash office
By Joseph Slacian
 
Lutheran Health Physicians' Dukes Medical Group expanded its offerings at its Wabash County office.
 
The group, located at 807 N. Cass St., had a grand opening and the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce conducted a ribbon cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 26.
Posted on 2015 Sep 01
City bans smoking near park playgrounds
By Joseph Slacian
 
It may soon be illegal to smoke within 50 feet of any playground equipment, bleachers or grandstands in parks around the City of Wabash.
 
The Wabash City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance banning people from smoking near the playgrounds on Aug. 24. 
 
Wabash City Council member Scott Long suggested the ban when the Council met on Aug. 14.
Posted on 2015 Sep 01
NM eyes purchasing land for housing development
By Shaun Tilghman
 
NORTH MANCHESTER Town officials agree that the need for a housing development in North Manchester has been discussed on numerous occasions over the past 25 years, and now the town has a unique opportunity to satisfy that need.
 
In a recent news release, officials identified the main reasons that nothing has been able to be done to create a housing development over the last quarter of a century: no land was available in a large enough quantity, and no developer was interested in coming to town unless land became available.
 
The Town Council will have a hearing on the matter Sept. 2.
Posted on 2015 Sep 01
City School’s proposed budget down from 2015
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash City Council approved a $13.03 million budget for the Wabash City Schools on Monday, Aug. 24.
 
Because the Council appoints the school board, state statute requires that the appointing board give final approval to the budget. The Council got its first look at the budget on Monday, Aug. 24, during a public hearing before its regularly scheduled meeting.
 
School officials will be back before the Council on Sept. 14, seeking final approval of the spending plan. Ultimately, the state’s Department of Local Government Finance will approve the budget.
Posted on 2015 Sep 01
County Council ‘takes a step forward’ with Health Department grant issue
By Emma Rausch
 
 
The Wabash County Council unanimously voted to transfer $26,205.36 from the County Health Fund (CHF) back into the Local Health Maintenance Fund (LHMF) at their meeting on Monday, Aug. 24, as a step toward resolving the pending the Wabash County Health Department grant “issue,” according to Mike Ridenour, council chairman.
 
The issue Ridenour referred to was the local health department’s frozen grant fund, LHMF.
 
In February, the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) froze the grant fund following a decision made by the council on Feb. 23. At the time, the council moved to transfer $104,821.43, of what it believed were non-grant monies, from the LHMF to the CHF to assist the health department pay for pay roll and other operating fees, according to Ridenour.
Posted on 2015 Sep 01
3 facing various charges
By Joseph Slacian
 
Three people are facing various charges stemming from two separate incidents on Sunday afternoon and evening, according to Sgt. Matt Benson, the Wabash Police Department’s Public Information Officer.
 
According to a news release Monday afternoon from Benson, the first incident began about 2:36 p.m. when police received a tip that a wanted subject was seen in a blue Doge truck.
Posted on 2015 Sep 01
Wabash man facing charges

A Wabash man was in Wabash County Jail on a 72-hour hold in connection with a Saturday burglary.

Posted on 2015 Aug 25
State says ‘no new updates’, rural couple finds E. coli in well
By Emma Rausch
 
There are “no new updates” for the six investigations of E. coli 0157:H7 in Wabash, Fulton and Marshall counties, according to Ken Severson, the Indiana State Department of Health media relations coordinator.
 
The E. coli investigations began Aug. 5 after the ISDH was notified of a case of the diarrheal illness on Aug. 4. 
 
During a conference call with media outlets on Aug. 14, the ISDH announced that these investigations are being considered an outbreak, refusing to identify the number of cases in each county.
Posted on 2015 Aug 25

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