Titus, Haag receive Keys to the City
Mayor Robert Vanlandingham presents Council member Joan Haag with the Key to the City during his farwell luncheon on Friday afternoon, Dec. 18. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash Park Superintendent Todd Titus and outgoing City Council member Joan Haag received the Keys to the City.
Titus received his on Monday night, Dec.14, during the last Wabash City Council meeting of the year.
Titus received the honor from Mayor Robert Vanlandingham, who presided over the last Council meeting of his three terms in office. It also was Titus’ last meeting, as he is retiring at the end of the year.
“Sometimes things happen that deserve special recognition,” Vanlandingham said. “We have a gentleman that’s been working for the city since July 3, 1978. I think that’s over 37 years, Mr. Titus."
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Pence announces Regional Cities Initiative winners; Northeast Indiana to move forward with 70 projects
By Emma Rausch
Gov. Mike Pence and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) Board of Directors approved and awarded three Indiana Regional Cities Initiative applications $126 million on Tuesday Dec. 15, including Northeast Indiana, which encompasses Wabash County.
Seven regions, which represented 70 percent of the state’s population, submitted plans to the Initiative for more than 420 quality of place improvement projects across the state.
Pence and the IEDC Board narrowed down the applicants to award North Central, Southwest and Northeast Indiana with regional development support.
Each region will receive up to $42 million in state matching funds, which is subject to legislation approval, through the Initiative. The funding will assist communities across the three districts with quality of place projects that will “attract talent,” or new residents, to the area. Local projects include renovating the Historical Eagles Theatre and developing an all-inclusive park.
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Crashes leave two injured
A Danville man was injured after a personal injury accident at the intersection of State Road 15 and Country Road 400 North on Tuesday, Dec. 16. A 2014 Ford pick-up driven by Jerome A. Schepers, 62, Santa Claus, collided with a 2006 Chevrolet pick-up driven by Robert W. Walls, 88, Danville. The investigation is ongoing. Photo by Emma Rausch 
By Joseph Slacian
Two people were injured last week in separate accidents, Sheriff Bob Land announced.
On Dec. 15, 2015, at approximately 2:20 p.m., the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department responded to a personal injury accident on S.R. 13 at S.R. 124. 
According to a news release from Land, the investigation shows that a 2013 Chevy pick-up truck, driven by James Vickrey, 74, LaFontaine, was northbound on S.R. 13, and was stopped at the four-way stop at S.R. 124. 
A 2004 Chevrolet driven by Katrina N. Reynolds, 23, Wabash, also northbound on S.R. 13, failed to observe or slow down for the stopped traffic, and struck the rear of the Vickrey pick-up. 
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Local man arrested for sexual misconduct with minor
Rodney Eckman
By Emma Rausch
A local man was taken into custody on Dec. 11, charged with three felony counts of sexual misconduct with a minor.
Rodney Eckman, 54, Wabash, was charged with two counts of felony sexual misconduct with a minor – intercourse with a child at least 14-years-old and one count of felony sexual misconduct with a minor – fondling a child at least 14-years-old but younger than 16-years-old, according to the official bookings report.
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Alternative School students receive reward
Alternative School director Laura Helm watches as students (from left) Dylan Walls, Lindy Miller, Austin Lester, Braxton Conlee and Kara Fugate look at their gifts from the Wabash Kiwanis Club. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Students in the Wabash City Schools Alternative School program received presents on Thursday, Dec. 17, as the school’s first semester was drawing to a close.
“There’s a local group called the Kiwanis Club,” Liz Hobbs, director of The Access Youth Center told the students. “It does all kinds of community projects. What they wanted to do was encourage you guys and congratulate you guys for completing the first semester of school.
“They also wanted to encourage you to continue and to let you know that we’re all very proud of you. It’s not just Laura (Helm, the alternative school’s director) and I, but we’re all very proud of you for all the hard work you do.”
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Wabash library rededicated children’s room
Nancy Snyder hugs one of the many children she’s met during her time as the Wabash Carnegie Public Library children’s librarian on Friday, Dec. 11, during the library’s open house and good-bye party. Snyder officially retired this month after serving 34 years at the library. Photo provided
By Emma Rausch
The Wabash Carnegie Public Library rededicated its children’s room as The Tilman-Snyder Children’s Room on Friday, Dec. 11, in honor of retiring Children’s Librarian Nancy Snyder.
Approximately 37 guests were in attendance at Snyder’s retirement party at the Women’s Clubhouse as the library board surprised her with the announcement.
Originally, the room was dedicated as The Della Tilman Children’s Room after Della Tilman, the facility’s head librarian from 1923-1969 who was an important and influential person during that time, according to Library Director Ware Wimberly III.
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Charley Creek Inn breaks ground for building project
Breaking ground for the second phase of the Charley Creek Inn building project are (from left) Brent Martin and Jeff Kumfer of SRKM Architecture; Steve Downs and Shelby McLaughlin of Wabash Marketplace Inc., Mayor Bob Vanlandingham, Kevin Berger of Easterday Construction, Dan Ford of the Charley Creek Foundation, Howard Kaler, Charley Creek Inn general manager, Christine Flohr of Visit Wabash County, and Mark Noble of the Charley Creek Inn. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Ground was broken on Wednesday, Dec. 16, for the second phase of a building project at the Charley Creek Inn.
The first phase involved the demolition of a building immediately south of the Inn on Miami Street.
The demolition took place over the summer, and there was minimal disruption of travel through the downtown area.
The second phase involves an expansion of the existing building at the site of the former Smith Furniture building.
Posted on 2015 Dec 22
Council OKs new City Court case management system
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash City Court is in the process of obtaining a new CSI (Computer Systems, Inc.) Case Management System.
City Court Judge Tim Roberts made a presentation to the Wabash City Council on Monday, Dec. 14, to discuss the need for the new system. Under an Indiana Supreme Court order, the council, along with the mayor and the judge must approve seeking the new system before a State Court Administration Panel ultimately decides it upon.
The current Keystone system, Roberts said, precedes his time in office, which has been 12 years.
“Some of the problems we’ve had, and these go back, to my knowledge, at least 10 years, is that it doesn’t break out the costs and so forth,” he told the Council. “The system has some glitches in it. Because of that, the State Board of Accounts has required us to keep a separate, hand written spreadsheet."
Posted on 2015 Dec 22

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