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Youth is new captain

“Capt.” Brenton Yarger (right) poses with Wabash Police Officer Larry Long. Long is a longtime mentor of Brenton’s. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash Police Department has a new captain.

Northfield Jr.-Sr. High School student Brenton Yarger received his honorary captain bars from Mayor Scott Long and Wabash Police Assistant Chief Bob Pilgrim during a brief ceremony prior to the start of the Shop With a Cop program on Saturday, Dec. 17.

Brenton raised more than $9,500 for the Shop With a Cop program by standing outside of Walmart several weekends in October and November, dressed in his police uniform. He also recycled aluminum cans and other metals, and received donations from friends and family members.

Brenton, during the ceremony, was rather subdued and, by his own admission, surprised by the gift.

Posted on 2016 Dec 20
Salb honored for 32-year service to Wabash Park Board
Todd Titus (left), former Wabash Park Superintendent, shows off a plaque that will be placed by a tree planted in his honor. He is joined by Wabash Park Board member Jon Baker. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
A longtime Wabash Park Board member was honored Wednesday night, Dec. 14, during his last meeting with the board.
 
John Salb is leaving the board Dec. 31 after 32 years of service.
 
Park Superintendent Adam Hall present Salb with a plaque which will be bolted to a bolder at the Paradise Spring Historic Park.
 
Salb said he enjoyed his time on the board, and said he was fortunate to work with many good and caring board members, mayors and City Council members.
Posted on 2016 Dec 20
Search for new Wabash Chamber executive director ‘put on hold’; Agness named interim project manager
Shelley Agness (center) poses for a photo with Wabash Chamber of Commerce Board members (from left) Rich King, Chair Paul McCann, Missy Lundmark and Douglas Mays. Agness took over the role of the Chamber’s interim project manager in August. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The search for a new Wabash County Chamber of Commerce executive director has been put on hold and a new interim project manager is overseeing the organization’s duties in the meanwhile, according to Paul McCann, Chamber Board chair.
 
“That decision was put on hold,” McCann told The Paper of Wabash County. “We were not going to replace an executive direction position at this time. We have not been advertising for that at all.”
Posted on 2016 Dec 20
Ground broken for Rock City Lofts
By Joseph Slacian
 
In an unconventional ceremony, ground was broken Wednesday morning, Dec. 14, for the Rock City Loft project in downtown Wabash.
 
Officials gathered around a wheelbarrow filled with sand and six shovels placed in the former Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles building on East Market Street for the ceremony.
 
Mayor Scott Long, Keith Gillenwater, president and CEO of the Economic Development Group of Wabash County, and officials from several state-level organizations participated in the event.
 
The Rock City Loft Project, part of the city’s Stellar Community Grant program, seeks to create 41 senior living apartments in the complex. The apartments, 25-45 E. Market St., will be available for local residents 55-years and older.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 20
Wabash receives $1 million grant
By Joseph Slacian
 
The City of Wabash received a $1 million Community Crossing matching grant from the Indiana Department of Transportation.
 
The money will be for roadwork on North Wabash Street near the site of the new Parkview Wabash Hospital.
 
Mayor Scott Long told the Wabash City Council on Monday, Dec. 12, that the city expected to receive the funds on Dec. 13. Street Department Superintendent Scott Richardson wrote the grant on behalf of the city.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 20
Board of Works Oks Alber St. contract change
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety approved a fund transfer in the contract with DLZ for the second phase of the Alber Street project.
 
The change is costing the city no additional funds. Rather, it is needed because the money was earmarked for one aspect of the project, but will actually be used for a different phase.
 
The money, a total of $266,240, is being transferred from the Traffic Study and Right of Way funds to the Environmental Study Fund.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 20
Oswalt retiring as Honeywell Pool manager
By Joseph Slacian
 
Terry Oswalt is retiring as manager of the Honeywell Pool after 39 years.
 
Wabash Park Superintendent Adam Hall notified the Wabash Park Board of Oswlat’s decision at the Park Board meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 14.
 
Hall said that former Park Superintendent Todd Titus had developed a plan for when Oswalt retired, adding that he believes it should be further explored.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 20
King named to Wabash school board
By Joseph Slacian
 
Tiffanie King is the new member of the Wabash City Schools Board.
 
The Wabash City Council named King to the post Monday, Dec. 12. She will replace Brandon France, whose term expires Dec. 31.
 
“We had some very good candidates,” Council President Bryan Dillon, the council’s liaison to the school board, said, adding that King had a passion for serving on the board and, he believes, will be a good member.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 20

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