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County joins Regional Development Authority with close vote
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash County joined the Northeast Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) after a close 4-3 for vote at the County Council meeting on May 26.
 
The vote passed an ordinance to establish the RDA, which added Wabash County’s name to a list of 10 others also in favor of establishing the authority with the purpose to apply for the Indiana Economic Development Corporation’s (IEDC) Regional Cities Initiative.
 
The initiative, which can only be applied for by RDAs, is a public-private partnership led by Gov. Mike Pence and the IEDC with the goal to support quality of life transformation plans by allowing “regional cities,” or self-identified regions, to compete for an initial $42 million in matching funds in the state’s 2015-2017 biennium budget, according to a Northeast Indiana Regional partnership press release.
Posted on 2015 Jun 09
NM shooting suspect’s trial rescheduled
By Emma Rausch
 
North Manchester shooting suspect Joshua L. Wright’s trial dates have been rescheduled and set following the claim of new evidence on Monday, June 1.
 
Wabash County Circuit Court Judge Robert McCallen III granted Wright, 24, a trial continuation at the pre-trail conference on Monday after the defendant’s appointed counsel Craig Persinger, Marion, submitted the request.
Posted on 2015 Jun 09
IRS scammers reaching out to local residents
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash Police Department has received several reports of scammers claiming to be the IRS calling local residents, according to Sgt. Matt Benson, the WPD’s public information officer.
 
On April 19, the Indiana State Police (ISP) released a statement alerting Indiana residents about the scam making the rounds through Indiana again.
 
“We’ve been telling everybody that the IRS will not call you,” Benson said in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “The IRS will mail you important information. Do not ever give any personal information over the phone.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 09
Wabash firefighter forfeits 30-days of pay
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash Fire Department firefighter and paramedic Scott Reese will return to the line of duty, but forfeit 30-days of pay after a special Board of Public Works and Safety ruling on Friday, June 5.
 
The forfeiture came as a punishment response to an incident in December 2014 when Reese was arrested for operating a personal vehicle while intoxicated, according to Wabash City Attorney Doug Lehman.
 
Although Fire Chief Bob Mullett sought to take disciplinary action in January, Lehman said that Reese requested to be placed on administrative leave without pay at that time until the charges could be resolved via the legal system. 
Posted on 2015 Jun 09
Classic films return to the big screen
By Emma Rausch
 
Season passes and a new, throwback film series are now available at the 13-24 Drive In.
 
On June 4, the outdoor theater began Retro Reels, a film series offered Thursday nights throughout June with a $5 carload admission.
 
The film series’ addition came about as an idea to expand the drive-in’s programming, according to Andrea Zwiebel, Honeywell Foundation program manager.
 
“The drive-in seems to be a whole different audience than the guests that come to Eagles Theatre and they seem to be really passionate about the drive-in property,” Zwiebel said in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County.
 
“We thought that the natural way to pay tribute to the drive-in model was to do some throwback movies.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 09
Local gospel group hopes to record CD
By Adam B. Smith
 
For the Lane’s, gospel is a family business.
 
The Lane Family, a gospel group from Wabash, is seeking sponsorship to record its first CD. The group is made up almost entirely of family members, though only two members still share the Lane family name.
Bonnie Lane, a vocalist in the group, said The Lane Family’s formation came after performing in a long stretch of gospel groups.
 
In about 1983, Bonnie Lane and her husband, Roy Lane, along with his sisters, brother and uncle, formed a group called the Lifeline Singers. After about five years together, Bonnie and Roy Lane moved on.
Posted on 2015 Jun 09
North Manchester to receive PBIF money

INDIANAPOLIS  – North Manchester is one of 11 communities awarded funds for quality of place initiatives through the Place Based Investment Fund (PBIF).

Posted on 2015 Jun 03
NHS seniors begin new chapter in their lives
Northfield High School seniors Kasey Rose and Jeremy Nevil perform solos during the choir's performance on Saturday night during the school's 53rd annual commencement ceremony. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
The 78 members of the Northfield High School are venturing our on a new chapter of their lives.
 
That fact was hammered home several times during the school’s commencement ceremony on Saturday night by valedictorian Lauren Early, salutatorian Alexandria Peterson and classmate Joseph Burcroff.
 
“The past is so much a part of who we are,” Early told her classmates. “It has defined us into the young me n and women standing here today. It has been a great adventure so far and this is just the beginning.
 
“We are on the verge of reality at last.”
Posted on 2015 Jun 02

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