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Laketon Auxiliary Past Presidents plan fundraiser
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LAKETON – The Laketon American Legion Auxiliary Unit No.402 Past Presidents are sponsoring a benefit at the Main View Family Dining.
 
Proceeds from the event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, will be to assist a female Gulf War veteran from Pleasant Township who is in need of financial assistance.
 
American Legion Auxiliary past presidents have a special objective: “Care of the disabled and needy female veterans.” They also provide scholarships for student nurses or those studying in the medical field
Posted on 2015 Sep 22
Museum dedicates archives to Richard Ford
A display of items related to Richard E. Ford was unveiled during a dedication ceremony on Thursday, Sept. 17, at the Wabash County Historical Museum. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
The archives room at the Wabash County Historical Museum was dedicated Thursday, Sept. 17, in honor of Richard E. Ford.
 
The dedication came during an open house celebrating the facility’s 10th anniversary.
 
Ford, according to Museum Executive Director Mitch Figert, often shared his dreams and visions for the facility with him.
 
“It was not just hearing about how we’ve done things and how we built the museum, but hearing what he wanted the museum to be, all the big projects he couldn’t accomplish during his time here, and how he handed them off to me,” Figert said. “Without his influence, none of this would have been possible.”
Posted on 2015 Sep 22
Washington St. home declared unsafe
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety home declared a Washington Street unsafe on Wednesday, Sept. 16.
 
But rather than ordering the home demolished, the board instead gave its owner, Harold D. Burns, three weeks to come up with cost estimates and a detailed timeline as to when repairs to the home at 645 Washington St., would be made.
 
City Building Commissioner John Stephens, during a public hearing on the home, said the home has a crumbling foundation and the house is starting to settle. There also are holes in the soffits and fascia, allowing spots for animals to enter.  A missing window has since been boarded up.
Posted on 2015 Sep 22
Measure to protect peaceful protestors
By Joseph Slacian
 
Those engaged in lawful and non-violent civil protests in the City of Wabash will not have to fear an excessive force by the Wabash Police Department under a measure approved Sept. 14 by the Wabash City Council.
 
The measure is needed, according to City Attorney Doug Lehman, because the city received a grant from the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority to do owner occupied housing renovations.
 
It also brings the city in line with the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, he added.
Posted on 2015 Sep 22
‘A Grand Time’ returns for 25th concert
By Emma Rausch
 
Saturday Oct. 24 will mark the 25th anniversary of A Grand Time: Multi-Piano Extravaganza’s return to Wabash and the Honeywell Center Ford Theater.
 
Nicknamed ‘the monster concert,’ the event will feature more than 100 pianists and musical director John Kozar and guest conductor Norma Meyer.
 
“Seemingly, a lot of people like to come back to see 12 pianos on stages and filled with pianists,” said Carolyn Eppley, event committee leader. “Pianists, when we call them, they say, ‘Yes I had so much fun. I’ll do it.’”
Posted on 2015 Sep 22
Park bomb threat still under investigation
By Emma Rausch
 
Last week’s bomb threat is still an open investigation, according to Sgt. Matt Benson, the Wabash City Police Department public information officer.
 
At approximately 2:42 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 9, the Wabash County Central Dispatch received a 9-1-1 call stating that there were explosives located at the City of Wabash’s park on  Hill Street. The caller did not identify if it was Wabash City Park or Hanna Park, localed on West and East Hill Street, respectively.
Posted on 2015 Sep 15
Local 12-year-old attempts to raise $20,000 for cancer research
Karsyn Bratch, a Wabash 12-year-old who was diagnosed with cancer at age 4, will be attending this weekend’s Kick-It with Karsyn event, aiming to $20,000 for pediatric cancer research. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
September is National Children’s Cancer Awareness Month and Karsyn Bratch is aiming to raise $20,000 to donate to the Jeff Gordon Pediatric Cancer Research Center at Riley Hospital for Children during the second annual Kick-It with Karsyn event on Saturday, Sept. 19.
 
This year, more than 29 teams have signed up for the event to support Karsyn, a Wabash native who was diagnosed with optic glioma – a type of brain tumor that affects the eyes – in 2007 when she was 4-years-old.
Posted on 2015 Sep 15
Mayor McCallen remembered as visionary
Mayor Robert McCallen Jr.
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Former Wabash Mayor Robert McCallen Jr. is being remembered as someone whose love of Wabash will be felt for years to come.
 
Mayor McCallen passed away Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, at St. Vincent Heart Center in Indianapolis. He was 88.
 
Mayor McCallen served in office from 1996-2000. His administration was instrumental in beginning the city’s downtown Streetscape program, and also moved Wabash City Hall from its former location at 101 S. Wabash St., to its current site, 202 S. Wabash St.
 
He also was the driving force behind the Riverwalk in the lower level of Paradise Spring Historical Park.
Posted on 2015 Sep 15

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