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President Caray? VP Zobrist? Variety of candidates receive write-in votes
By Joseph Slacian
 
Imagine, President Snoop Dogg. 
 
How about President Harry Caray and Vice President Ben Zobrist?
 
What about Sen. Batman?
 
Those are just some of the candidates to receive write-in votes from Wabash County residents during the Nov. 8 General Election.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 22
City OKs PaperWorks abatement
By Joseph Slacian
 
PaperWorks Industries received a 10-year tax abatement on Monday, Nov. 14, by the Wabash City Council.
 
The personal property abatement is for an investment of more than $7.1 million for new equipment.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 22
B. Walter under new ownership
By Joseph Slacian
 
A longtime Wabash industry is under new ownership.
 
Scott Buehrer told the Wabash City Council that he closed a deal to purchase B. Walter & Co. on Oct. 13.
 
He appeared before the council seeking 10-year tax abatements for both real property and personal property.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 22
Cirque Dreams launches Holidaze national tour in Wabash
Yanhua Fu balances en pointe on the shoulder of Guangzhou Liu during a scene in Cirque Dreams Holidaze. Cirque Dreams launched its national tour of the winter-themed show in Wabash on Sunday, Nov. 20. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Cirque Dreams Holidaze launched its national tour with a two-show event at the Honeywell Center Ford Theater starting Sunday night, Nov. 20.
 
The internationally acclaimed production company chose Wabash for its first of many opening nights this holiday season for many reasons, starting with “we’ve been here before,” according to Neil Goldberg, Cirque Dreams founder and creative director.
 
“The theater space is beautiful,” Goldberg told The Paper of Wabash County. “The town has been great for us, you know, with all the accommodations and all the logistics that go into what we need to do. Wabash audiences have been really supportive of the Cirque Dreams brand throughout the years. We’ve had several shows here, including Holidaze, but this production has many, many new elements in it."
Posted on 2016 Nov 22
Local officers attend driverís training
Instructor Matt Shrider (left) sits in as Cpt. John Burnsworth drives during an Emergency Vehicle Operations training session. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash County’s law enforcement tested their driving skills on Friday, Nov. 18, during the annual Emergency Vehicle Operations training at the Morrett Sports Complex in Wabash.
 
Wabash Police Department officers and the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department sped through a coned-off course to “show them what they can do behind the wheel as well as what the car can do,” according to Ryan Baker, training coordinator.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 22
City assistant fire chiefs no longer exempt employees
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash City Assistant Fire Chief’s job description has been updated following the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting on Thursday, Nov. 17.
 
In a 2-0, the board approved the title’s description update from exempt to nonexempt employees after receiving a report from Wabash City Fire Chief Barry Stroup.
 
“The job description prior read that all the assistance fire chiefs were exempt employees,” Stroup said. “They actually do not sit behind a desk all the time. They spend time fighting fires, they spend time running the ambulances and what the exempt status does is it could allow them not be paid overtime when working another shift or doing some of the other things, covering for classes and things like that, that everyone else would get. It could have been discernable or under my discretion to pay or not pay.”
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 22
Wabash native oversees construction of Parkview Wabash
Wabash native Adam Whitmer is the project manager of the Parkview Wabash Hospital construction. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Adam Whitmer was born at Wabash County Hospital.
 
Now, more than 30 years later, he is tasked with an important job. Whitmer is serving as project manager in the construction of the new Parkview Wabash Hospital.
 
“This is my first hospital,” Whitmer, who joined The Hagerman Group in February 2014, told The Paper of Wabash County.
 
“I live here in town,” he continued. “I feel proud. This is probably the last hospital built in my hometown in my lifetime.”
Posted on 2016 Nov 15
GOP dominates local election
By Joseph Slacian
 
Republicans dominated the 2016 General Election in Wabash County.
 
In the lone locally contested race, Randy Curless, Philip Dale and Lorissa Sweet were elected to serve in the at-large seats on the Wabash County Council. The three defeated Democrat Donald Rose.
 
Curless, an incumbent, received 8,641 votes. Sweet received 8,501, Dale 7,983 and Rose 3,866.
 
Posted on 2016 Nov 15

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