City to consider smoking ban
By Joseph Slacian
Smoking near playground equipment in parks around the City of Wabash may soon become illegal.
City Attorney Doug Lehman was ordered to draft such an ordinance near the conclusion of the Aug. 10 Wabash City Council meeting.
Council member Scott Long broached the topic during the portion of the meeting in which the Council is asked if its members have any remarks.
“I’ve been approached by several parents who take their kids to the parks,” Long said. “Their kids are up on the playground equipment and there are parents smoking below them.
“I’m not asking for the whole park, just where the children don’t have a choice.”
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
American Red Cross vacates local office, maintains county presence
By Emma Rausch
The Wabash County American Red Cross has not renewed its lease for its Wabash office, according to Katherine MacAulay, executive director of the Northeast Indiana American Red Cross. 
Previously, volunteers headed the local Red Cross chapter’s services, with guidance from staff located out of the county, and worked out of their homes. The office space, located at 88 W. Hill St. in Wabash, was “unutilized for a period of time,” MacAulay said.
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Firm gets abatement on home renovation
By Joseph Slacian
E.W. Miller Investments received a five-year tax abatement on a home the company is currently refurbishing on the city’s south side.
“I want to use the tax abatement to make it more appealing to the buyers,” E.W. Miller Investments owner Brian Evans told the council. “I typically have each property for six to eight months.”
Posted on 2015 Aug 18
Health officials investigate possible E. coli
By Emma Rausch
The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) is currently investigating several possible E. coli cases in Wabash and Fulton counties.
With the assistance of the Wabash County Health Department, the ISDH is investigating possible cases of E. Coli 0157: H7, a strain of the bacterium that “can cause harmful and spreadable illness in humans,” according to ISDH Media Relations Coordinator Ken Severson and the ISDH Epidemiology Resource Center.
Severson released the following statement in an email Thursday morning to The Paper of Wabash County:
“So far, two individuals have tested positive for E. Coli 0157: H7. Two patients have been hospitalized. Currently, one is hospitalized.
“The ISDH is investigating reports of patient death, but at this time has no conclusive evidence linking it to any other cases. We are investigating to determine if there are any links to other cases and any potential sources of exposure.”
Posted on 2015 Aug 13
Wabash school board suggests consolidation talks; Public reaction mixed to talk of consolidation
 By Joseph Slacian
The Wabash City School Board broached the topic of consolidation, long a hot button around Wabash County, on Monday, Aug. 3.
Board member Bill Konyha brought the matter up during a portion of the board meeting designed for comments from the board. Rather than calling for consolidation, Konyha suggested that it was time for Wabash City Schools and MSD of Wabash County to discuss “unification.”
“We have tried for more than three years to consistently seek ways to incrementally unify our two school systems,” Konyha said in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. 
Public's reaction:
By Joseph Slacian
The public’s reaction to proposed unification talks between Wabash City Schools and MSD of Wabash County officials have been split.
Those in favor of it cited economic savings and the chance to offer more classes to students as reasons to proceed with talks. However, those against it believe the schools and classes will become to big and their youngsters will become, in many people’s words, “just a number.”


Posted on 2015 Aug 11
2 facing drug charges
By The Paper staff
Two people have been arrested in connection with operating a meth lab in the City of Wabash.
Sgt. Matt Benson, the Wabash Police Department’s Public Information Officer, announced Sunday that the pair, Bradley Gressley, 25, and Samantha King, 34, were arrested following an incident on Monday, Aug. 3.
According to the news release:
Wabash Police allege they located Gressley and King manufacturing meth at 11:11 p.m. Aug. 3. 
Posted on 2015 Aug 11
‘I do it for you’: Local cancer survivor, patient walks Relay for Life with purpose
Vicki Bradley, a 66-year-old resident from Lagro, is a Relay for Life participant and survivor after beating breast cancer more than two decades ago. Bradley was diagnosed with tumorous cancer again three years ago, but has not lost hope. She told The Paper of Wabash County she will keep fighting and will never give up. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Lagro resident Vicki Bradley, 66, is a survivor.
More than 20 years ago, she survived a diagnosis of stage four breast cancer despite having only a 25 percent survival rate. Today, Bradley is continuing her fight against tumorous cancer, only this time it’s terminal.
“I keep fighting. I don’t give up,” Bradley told The Paper of Wabash County.
“You just keep going on. You don’t give up. Some do give up, but I’m not that kind of person. I’m not ready to die yet.”

Although she is fighting for her life, she is also fighting for the lives of others affected by cancer and even those who have not been, she said.

“When (survivors) walk, we walk to show you that we beat this to some extent,” Bradley said. “We’re still here. We walk to let you know that we’re not giving up the fight.

“And I do it for you so that one day you don’t have to handle this,” she continued. “I’m walking for all of you who don’t have cancer and I’m hoping that you never get cancer. That’s why I walk. I walk so that someday, that cure will be there so that if you get diagnosed that they can cure you and you won’t ever have to go through this.

“That’s why I walk. That’s why all of us walk.”


Posted on 2015 Aug 11
Wabash County Sheriff’s Department gains new K-9 unit
Wabash County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Cox and his new partner, Cato. Cato joined the local department in late July, coming from the Brownsburg Police Department. Photo provided
By Adam B. Smith
The Wabash County Sheriff’s Department recently received a new officer. Cato, the department’s newest police dog, began patrol duties with partner Deputy Matt Cox Monday July 27.
The Sheriff’s Department received Cato from the Brownsburg Police Department when they began downsizing their K-9 units. Wabash County Sheriff Bob Land said some friends of his as the Brownsburg department approached him about taking on one of their police dogs. “Nothing had really been planned at the department until this came up,” Land said, but he knew adding a second K-9 unit to his department would be a good tool to assist his officers.
“It just gives us an extra tool,” he said. “I’ll use any tools that we can use on the road.”
Posted on 2015 Aug 11

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