WFD must change way it handles prescription meds

By Joseph Slacian

The Wabash Fire Department – at the request of the Drug Enforcement Agency and Parkview Hospital – must change the way it replenishes prescription medications in the department’s ambulances.

In the past, the hospital stored the drugs for the department and would replenish them for the fire department. However, the medication must now be kept at the station.

Fire Chief Bob Mullett, at the March 18 Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety meeting, requested permission to spend money from the city ‘s Ambulance Fund to purchase a safe in which to store the drugs. The safe, from Medixsafe, Memphis, Tenn., costs $3,000 plus another $65 per year for maintenance.

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Wabash County gets ‘Fed Up’ about obesity

Prior to the showing of ‘Fed Up’, a medical panel of six medical professionals from the Wabash community gathered on the Eagles Theatre stage to stress the importance of eating well. The panel included (from left) Dr. Bruce Trump, Dr. James Bain, Dr. Mary Ann Bain, Dr. Rose Wenrich, Dr. Jamie Lindsay, and (not pictured) Matthew Graham. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Wabash County is the fourth most obese county in the ninth most obese state of the third most obese country in the world, according to Bryce Lindsay, Be Well strategic planning task force member and NuStart co-founder.

On March 19, the Eagles Theatre opened its doors to more than 240 members of the community for a one-night only free showing of the film “Fed Up,” an examination of America’s obesity and the food industry’s role in “aggravating it,” according to a press release.

“The reason (for the showing) is because Wabash County itself ranks very low when it comes to health,” Lindsay said in an interview with The Paper of Wabash County. “That is a problem, not only health-wise, but also economically.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Board updated on demolition projects

By Joseph Slacian

The former Fairplay Family Fun Center building, 92 E. Market St., is no more.

Brainard Excavating tore down the building, which has been vacant and donated to Wabash Marketplace Inc., last week. It will serve as the site of a parking lot for the Rock City Lofts. The Lofts are part of the city’s Stellar Community project.

“Brainard dropped it,” Wabash Street Department Superintendent Scott Richardson said. “The city’s Street Department cleared it up. We didn’t have adequate equipment to take it down safely.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Morrett Sports Complex going tobacco-free

By Joseph Slacian

The Morrett Sports Complex will become a tobacco-free facility beginning in April.

As the complex now stands, the areas surrounding the playing fields were smoke-free, but smoking was allowed in the parking lot. That is now changing.

“We will be tobacco free from the entrance gate on through,” Bill Barrows, president of the Field of Dreams board of directors, told The Paper of Wabash County. “Right now it is tobacco-free from the fields to the parking lot.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Wabash firefighter resigns post

By Joseph Slacian

Travis Keating, a Wabash firefighter and paramedic, has resigned from the Wabash Fire Department after just seven months on the job.

Fire Chief Bob Mullett told the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety on Wednesday, March 18, that Keating submitted his letter of resignation two weeks ago, and it is effective on March 21.

Keating has been on light duty since late December, after being injured on a fire department run. He and Mullett were to return before the board on March 18 to learn if light duty status would continue, or if he would have to be placed on a different type of leave.

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Preschoolers sign up at Kindergarten Round-Up

Parkview Wabash County Hospital demonstrates the difference between clean and dirty hands on a future Kindergartener at their hand-washing booth at Kindergarten Round-Up on March 18. Parents and students toured 10 stations to learn, prepare, and take care of any last minute tasks before school begins next fall. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Kindergarten Round-Up made signing up for school quick and easy, according to Melanie Wahl, future Kindergartener Brayden Wahl’s mother.

Parents and preschoolers convened at the Honeywell Center for Wabash City Schools’, Metropolitan School District’s, Emmanuel Christian School’s, and St. Bernard’s round-ups on March 18 to care of any last minute tasks before school begins next fall.

The event made children giggle as they looked at hand germs under a black light, received balloons and books, and played with therapy dogs in between stations, starting with a required school readiness screening.

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
City hires firm to design inclusive playground

By Joseph Slacian

A Fortville firm will develop preliminary designs for the city’s John Drook Memorial Park Inclusive Playground.

The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety approved a contract between the city and Context Landscape Architecture, Fortville, on Wednesday, March 18.

The design phase will cost $29,000, with up to $5,000 for additional expenses. The contract is not to exceed $34,000.

The park was included in the city’s Stellar Grant Application. However, after being named a Stellar Community in August, the city later learned that none of the agencies that fund the Stellar project – the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Indiana Hosing and Community Development Authority – provide funding for parks.

Posted on 2015 Mar 24
Buddy Holly returns to the stage in rock and roll musical

By Emma Rausch

On March 29, Buddy Holly returns life to take on the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theatre stage for a one-night only performance of “Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story.”

The rock and roll musical tells the story of Holly, played by Todd Meredith, and his rise to fame in 1957.

When Meredith first took on his roll as Holly, he said he researched the singer, songwriter, and producer as much as he could, including analyzing Holly’s guitar playing.

“I read all of his biographies and tried to look up as many YouTube videos,” Meredith said in an interview with The Paper. “There aren’t many videos of him performing live, and there are even less of his speaking voice, but whatever I found I used to try and throw into the character.”

Posted on 2015 Mar 24

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