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City gets funding break on one Stellar program
By Joseph Slacian
 
The City of Wabash’s contribution to one of the Stellar Community Grant projects will be less than originally anticipated.
 
The Wabash City Council learned on Monday, July 27, that the city’s matching funds for the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation program will now be $25,000, not $35,000 as first thought.
 
The change is because the Region III-A Development & Regional Planning Commission is only providing the city $250,000 for the first phase of the work, City Attorney Doug Lehman told the Council. It was to have provided $350,000. The city’s match is 10 percent.
Posted on 2015 Aug 04
Access distributes school supplies
Volunteers tend to local families seeking back-to-school supplies on Thursday, July 30, at the Access Youth Center. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
About 500 backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed Thursday and Friday, July 30-31, at The Access Youth Center in downtown Wabash.
 
The backpacks were available to any family in Wabash wishing to receive one, and were broken down to pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, elementary school, middle school and high school.
Posted on 2015 Aug 04
Community Foundation grant to help fund industrial skills classes
Officials from Ivy Tech, the Community Foundation of Wabash County and Heartland Career Center share a group hug following the check presentation. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Ivy Tech Community College’s Wabash campus received a $27,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Wabash County during a brief ceremony the afternoon of Wednesday, July 29.
 
The funds will be used to help support workers seeking to upgrade technical skills. Up to 20 students, many of whom will already be in the workforce, will have access to four basic courses in Industrial Technology that can be parlayed into associate’s degrees or certifications in maintenance, electrical, welding, and other middle skills credentials.  
 
“This is going to help our adults here in Wabash County help take industrial skills classes,” Pam Guthrie, Executive Director of the local Ivy Tech campus, said. 
Posted on 2015 Aug 04
First Friday activities planned this week

By The Paper staff

“Live & Local” is the theme of First Fridays for August.

Posted on 2015 Aug 04
Grandstaff remembered for contributions to community
Ken Grandstaff
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Throughout his life, Ken Grandstaff has always been interested in people.
 
“I probably got to first know Ken when I was his paperboy,” his longtime business partner Steve Hentgen said. “I got my paper route in about 1965 or 1966, when I was 10 or 11 years old, and Ken was one of my stops.”
 
Unlike other homes along the route, Hentgen said that he never could just deliver the paper to Grandstaff’s Roann home and then continue along the route.
 
“With Ken you didn’t do that,” Hentgen said. “He’d ask me about my day, or anything pertaining to my life. And I, of course, was interested in what he was doing.”
Posted on 2015 Jul 28
Wabash County mosquito tests positive for West Nile; City’s street department begins spraying
By Emma Rausch
 
A mosquito in Wabash County has tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH).
 
The first positive mosquito was reported during the week of June 26 and is the earliest finding of West Nile virus in the county within the past eight years, according to data provided by Ken Severson, ISDH representative.
 
“Yes, this is the earliest on record for (positive mosquitoes),” Severson wrote to The Paper of Wabash County in an email. “However, there is nothing that can be deduced from that . We have had positives as early as May in some parts of the state over the years. Now that we have found in (in Wabash County) this year, people need to be more careful.”
Posted on 2015 Jul 28
Local family collects supplies to aid Kentucky city; Brandt’s Harley-Davidson to host rally for cause
More than 60 homes were destroyed in the flooding of Paintsville, Ky., on July 15. Natasha Collins, a Wabash resident collecting donations to help the southern city, said that she knew she had to help the moment she saw photos of families pulling pictures, clothes and “their favorite coffee cup” from the wreckage. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash residents Natasha and Steven Collins are rallying donations for Paintsville, Ky.
 
On July 15, floodwaters rose in Paintsville, claiming several lives, affecting at least 1000 residents, damaging 150 homes and destroying at least 60 homes, according to Mrs. Collins.
 
Collins, who was born and raised in the Kentucky city, said that his wife initiated the idea of helping out his hometown with donations that “can help these families rebuild as well as function on a daily basis. Things like toilet paper, tooth brushes, socks, diapers, and formula.”
Posted on 2015 Jul 28
Campaign raises more than 700 pounds in donations
Access Executive Director Liz Hobbs (left) waits as Assistant Director Laura Helm piles backpacks from an RV into a box she is holding. The Access, in conjunction with Zoomers RV and Walgreens, had a fill-the-RV event Saturday in which more than 700 pounds of school supplies were donated to the agency. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
More than 700 pounds in school supplies were donated to the Access Youth Center (AYC) on Saturday.
 
AYC, in conjunction with Zoomers RV and Walgreens, hosted the event in the Walgreens parking lot.
 
“We’re very pleased,” AYC Executive Director Liz Hobbs said. “First year events, you don’t ever know how those are going to go.
 
“But the community came out in force on Saturday. We’re pretty pleased with it."
Posted on 2015 Jul 28

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