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City Schools accepts CF invitation to seek study funding
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash City Schools joined MSD of Wabash County  in a pursuit to seek Community Foundation of Wabash County funding for a school study.
 
In a 4-0 vote on Tuesday, Jan. 17, WCS School Board approved a recommendation to allow Superintendent Jason Callahan to submit a funding proposal to the Foundation with other interested district superintendents. Board member Mary Ann Tait was absent from the meeting.
 
On Jan. 3, the Community Foundation invited local school corporations to submit a funding proposal for the purpose of affording outside consultants to conduct various studies, which may include a feasibility study.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 24
County’s Relay for Life set for April 22
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- On April 22, up to 360 cancer survivors will be honored at Relay for Life of Wabash County.
 
According to Judy Gump, who serves on the survivors committee for the Relay, 360 is the total number of survivors in Wabash County based off information from the North Manchester and Wabash Relays. As of this year, the two events are combining.
 
“It was just a reorganization this year of Relays,” according to Kim Cravens, American Cancer Society community manager for Relay for Life. “The American Cancer Society looked at all the events to see where they were at, and the decision was made to merge the events in Wabash County. We are inviting teams from the Wabash County event to come join us,” 
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 24
City awards bids for sewer project
By Joseph Slacian
 
Geiger Excavating was awarded the bid for the second phase of the city’s combined sewer overflow project.
 
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety approved the Fort Wayne firm’s $2.47 million bid on Thursday, Jan. 19.
 
Geiger had the lowest bid among six companies that ranged from $2.47 million to $4.24 million that were received in late December. The board tabled the bids until they could be reviewed by the city’s consulting firm, United Consulting.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 24
Habitat dedicates NM home
Kevin Kling and his children, Micah, Winnie and Joey, stand in the kitchen of their new home in North Manchester. Photo by Davis Fenker
 
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Another North Manchester family will soon be moving into a Habitat for Humanity home.
 
More than 20 people gathered in the kitchen of the Kling family home, 516 W. 4th St., on Sunday, Jan. 15, for its dedication.
 
“We’ve got some plumbing still to do, and still need to finish Micah’s bathroom. All the toilets need installed. We need to finish the siding, but that can be done anytime,” Kevin Kling, the soon-to-be owner, said. “Hopefully we’ll be done next week or the week after, that way we can start moving sometime in late February. That’s what I’m hoping, but we just have to play it by ear and see what happens.”
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 24
NM property searched by ATF
Nearly 40 officers from local, state and federal agencies searched the residence, building and grounds located at 11173 N. State Road 13 for firearms on Thursday, Jan. 19. Photo by David Fenker
 
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Officers with several local, state and federal agencies searched a Wabash County residence just outside of North Manchester Thursday, Jan. 19.
 
The search was part of an ongoing investigation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 24
Firefighters battle two house fires
Firefighters spray water on a home in Urbana on Friday morning, Jan. 20. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Area firefighters were busy last week, battling two house fires on two consecutive days.
 
On Friday morning, Urbana firefighters were called to the scene of a house fire on State Road 13, just south of Urbana.
 
The garage-area of the home was fully engulfed in flames when police and firefighters arrived on the scene. The home was vacant and was in the process of being remodeled by theowner.

Personnel from Lagro and Roann fire departments also were on the scene, as were the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department and Wabash County EMA.

 

Posted on 2017 Jan 24
Silver Lake man arrested on meth charges
Denny Lee Owens
 
From the NM News-Journal
 
Silver Lake resident Denny Lee Owens has been arrested and charged with dealing in methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine.
 
According to an affidavit of probable cause from the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office, Joseph Mooney with the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department met with a confidential informant on Nov. 28, 2016, who informed Mooney that they had arranged to purchase one-eighth ounce of methamphetamine from Owens for $280 at a gas station in Kosciusko County.
 
On the day of the purchase the informant was searched by Mooney, provided with $300 in cash, and equipped with an audio transmitter/recorder.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 24
White’s Gibson named Sagamore of the Wabash
Dee Gibson (right) and his wife Kathy show off his Sagamore of the Wabash award. Gibson received the award Thursday, Jan. 19. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Dee Gibson, chief executive officer of White’s Residential and Family Services, is the newest Sagamore of the Wabash.
 
Gibson received the honor on Monday, Jan. 9. He was honored on Thursday, Jan. 19, during a reception at White’s.
 
He received a call the week before, asking if he would be in the office on Jan. 9. A representative from Gov. Mike Pence’s office had something to show him, he was told.
 
Gibson agreed to the meeting.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 24

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