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Lagro, Roann volunteer fire departments awarded DNR grants
By Emma Rausch
 
Sixty rural, volunteer fire departments, including Roann and Lagro, were awarded more than $250,000 in Volunteer Fire Assistance grants Thursday, Aug. 25, according to Cameron Clark, Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) director.
 
The grant funds, which will be administered by the DNR Division of Forestry, will assist rural fire departments protect wildlands and combat wildland fires.
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 30
West Nile found in Wabash County
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash County Health Department announced Wednesday, Aug. 24, that a pool of mosquitoes collected on Aug. 10 has tested positive for the West Nile virus in Wabash County. This is the first reported case in the county for 2016.
 
West Nile is transmitted to humans by mosquitoes that have first bitten an infected bird. A person bitten by an infected mosquito may show symptoms three to 15 days after the bite. 
 
In past years, according to state health officials, most human cases of West Nile were reported between mid-July and mid-September.
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 30
2 probationary officers sworn in
Probationary Police Officer Michael B. Castro (left) receives the oath of office from Mayor Scott Long. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Two Wabash Police Department probationary officers received ceremonial oaths of office Monday night from Mayor Scott Long.
 
Cody R. Palmer and Michael P. Castro received their official oaths on Aug.8 and Aug. 15, respectively.
Posted on 2016 Aug 30
Wabash Casting assumes Harvey Industries’ tax abatement
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash City Council approved transferring the statement of benefits from Harvey Industries to Wabash Casting during its meeting on Monday, Aug. 22.
 
Harvey received a 10-year abatement in 2012 for personal property. Wabash Casting took the business over in late 2015 and was looking to receive permission to use the firm’s tax abatement for the remainder of its availability.
 
“We had to do a little homework on this because we’ve never had this happen before,” Mayor Scott Long told the Council
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 30
Commissioners’ hear concern about contract
By David Purvis-Fenker
 
Wabash County Attorney Stephen Downs voiced a concern to Wabash County Commissioners about a contract with H.J. Umbaugh at Monday's commissioners meeting.
 
Umbaugh is the county’s financial advisory firm for the proposed  jail project.
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 30
MSD Board discusses funding options
By Emma Rausch
 
The MSD of Wabash County School Board approved advertising its 2017 budget on Tuesday night, Aug. 23, and began exploring options to assist with the corporation’s funding.
 
Earlier in the meeting, the Board announced there are no longer plans to reorganize MSD in 2017, which will potentially lead to funding inefficiencies throughout the next several years, according to John Gouveia, board member.
 
Thus, the Board will need to consider other avenues besides reconfiguration to make up for those inefficiencies, he continued.
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 30
‘Old school’ auto parts shop opens in Urbana
Your Parts Department opened in Urbana on July 18 and has inventory for all auto needs. The store’s grand opening will take place Friday, Sept. 2. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
URBANA - Your Parts Department (YPD), located at 11 S. State Road 13 N., is open for business and will celebrate with its grand opening on Friday, Sept. 2.
 
Originally opened on July 18, YPD’s business is handled the “old school” way, according to according to Andy Tyler, general manager.
 
“We do business like it was done back in the old days when it first started,” Tyler told The Paper of Wabash County. “We’re always available to our customers, even after hours. … We’ll take care of them (because) farmers don’t farm 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. They farm all night long.”
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 30
General Motors invests $91 million in Marion plant
General Motors Marion Metal Center employees listen as GM representatives announce the company’s investment of $91 million in the Grant County plant. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
General Motors (GM) will invest $91 million in the GM Marion Metal Center over the next several years, officials announced Monday, Aug. 22.
 
Established in 1956, the plant provides steal blanks, stampings and sub-assemblies for a variety of GM products.
 
The multimillion-dollar investment will go toward updating the plant’s existing equipment, with expansion expected to start later this year and be completed by 2017. 
 
Posted on 2016 Aug 23

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