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Wabash moves forward with Studies for Advancement
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash City Schools Board of Education will be moving forward with the Studies for Advancement following a vote on Monday, Oct. 23.
 
With a 4-0 vote, the board approved a recommendation to accept the Community Foundation of Wabash County’s offer to engage in Phase II of the education study. Board member Liz Hobbs was absent.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 31
Wabash Council OKs 2018 salary ordinance
By Joseph Slacian
 
The first reading of the 2018 salary ordinance was approved 5-0 on Monday, Oct. 23, by the Wabash City Council.
 
Under the measure, most city employees will receive a 2 percent pay increase next year.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 31
City approves bids to demolish Harrison Avenue home
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety accepted a bid to demolish one home Thursday, Oct. 19. Meanwhile, another home was ordered by the board to be demolished.
 
A bid of $6,440 from Brainard Excavating to demolish a home owned by Jan Bailey, 20 E. Harrison Ave., was unanimously approved by the board.
 
Bailey told the board that she has been in contact with several firms interested in removing the homes outer limestone siding. Doing so, she contended, would save the city money in landfill fees.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 31
Squire Band achieves highest score at finals
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- After a strong season, the Squire Band finished just shy of placing at the Indiana State School Music Association Scholastic Finals on Saturday, Oct. 21.
 
According to Band Director Jeff Huber, the band received its highest score in the last decade, but fell short of placing in its last competition of the season at Lawrence Central High School.
 
“The band made an important step forward this season. We passed an important milestone in our number score and the group was able to successfully improve every week from the beginning week of the season to the last week. We were disappointed we didn’t place in the top 5, but we were excited by our score,” Huber said.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 31
County healthcare pioneer named 2017 Healthcare Hero

Jean Leakey (right) shows off the flowers and balloons she received from Lori Miller, RN. Miller nominated Leakey for the 2017 Healthcare Hero award. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

A Wabash woman who can be described as a pioneer in Wabash County healthcare will be honored Nov. 11 during the Parkview Wabash Hospital Foundation Gala.

Jean Leakey will receive the 2017 Healthcare Hero Award during the annual event at the Honeywell Center’s Legacy Hall.

Lori Miller, RN, Parkview Wabash’s Nursing Service Manager, and Kerri Mattern, the hospital’s manager of Patient Experience and Volunteers, notified Leakey of the honor earlier this month. It was Miller who nominated Leakey for the honor.

Actually, Leakey thought there was a mistake when the pair showed up at the home she shares with her elder sister, Gwen, who turns 99 on Oct. 30. When Miller and Mattern showed up at their home, Leakey thought it was an early birthday present for her sister.

“I was shocked,” Leakey said, when she learned the gifts were for her and the reason behind it.

Posted on 2017 Oct 24
Wabash woman helps with animals from Hurricane Maria

Simon is one of the 82 dogs and cats flown to Indiana from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

A Wabash woman was among a group of volunteers who traveled to Greenfield to tend to a shipment of animals needing help in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Whitney Myers is a District Leader Volunteer for the Humane Society of the United States. Because of that, she was among those who traveled to the Indianapolis Regional Airport in Greenfield to help greet and tend to 82 cats and dogs rescued from Puerto Rico.

Because of low spaying and neutering numbers and underfunded shelters in Puerto Rico, the HSUS has sponsored flights to evacuate animals in existing shelters there due to the lack of space.

Posted on 2017 Oct 24
LIT rates to change
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash County’s Local Income Tax will change as of Jan. 1, 2018.
 
On Monday, Oct. 16, the Wabash County Council hosted a special, public meeting to discuss the LIT rate changes and eventually approved an ordinance modifying the rates with a 5-2 vote.
 
Before voting, the council considered decreasing property tax relief rates from 1 percent to .5 percent, allocating .41 percent to a Certified Shares and directing .09 percent of expenditure rate to the Public Safety Access Point (PSAP), according to the ordinance’s verbatim.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 24
Wabash County Christmas Spirit opens registration
By The Paper staff
 
Wabash County Christmas Spirit registration is officially open Oct. 17 through Nov. 26.
 
The Christmas Spirit program assists families in need with fulfilling children’s Christmas lists. The program accepts names of children from new born to 17-years-old and who are still in high school.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 27

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