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
Gilman receives Historic Preservation Award
People gather at the grand opening for buildings refurbished by Lisa Gilman and Redemption Development LLC at 41-47 W. Market St. in September 2014. Gilman received the city’s Historic Preservation Award for her efforts on the project. The Paper of Wabash County file photo
By Joseph Slacian
Lisa Gilman, who has restored property along Market Street in downtown Wabash, received the Historic Preservation Award from the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.
Mayor Robert Vanlandingham presented the award at the Aug. 24 Wabash City Council meeting.
Gilman is a member of Redemption Development LLC. The company ‘s first efforts downtown, 41-47 W. Market St., officially opened in September 2015. The development houses two businesses – Lost Treasures in Tyme and Bash Boutique – as well as four apartments.
Posted on 2015 Sep 01
YMCA to host firefighters’ tribute, fundraising event
Officers of the Wabash Elks Lodge No.471 present Wabash firefighters Jeff Krom and Dennis Vigar a check for $500 to be used toward the Sept. 11 fundraising campaign to send a child to the Indiana Burn Camp. Officers participating in the presentation were Exalted Ruler Joseph Slacian, Esquire Wendy Frazier, Chaplain Jennie Terrell and Lecturing Knight Wade Weaver. Photo provided
By Bill Barrows
On Sept. 11, local firemen from around Wabash County will again honor those who lost their lives on 9/11 by taking their turn climbing stairs to symbolize the 343 lives lost that day. 
Firemen and first  responders will gather at the Wabash County YMCA to remember and celebrate those who died in the line of duty during the attacks that day.
Posted on 2015 Sep 01
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

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