VFW exterior gets makeover; Local artist donates time to add mural to outside wall
Bill Bayliss (from left) shows off the mural he painted on the Wabash VFW Post No.286 wall, to Post Commander Herb Mullen and Melvin Harrell, president of the VFW Men’s Auxiliary. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
A love of painting and the urging of a sibling have resulted in a new look at the Wabash Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No.286 building.
Wabash resident and veteran Bill Bayliss painted the VFW emblem on the exterior wall to the east of the building’s main entrance, and Post No.286 on the wall to the west. The building is located off of Old U.S. 24 at 1 Veterans Lane.
“I love to paint, and I always have to a certain degree,” Bayliss told The Paper of Wabash County. “My brother (Carl Bayliss) invited me out here, and they were talking about a painting out here.”
Posted on 2015 Oct 27
Beacon Credit Union sponsors five organizations, projects
Wabash Beacon Credit Union bank managers (front row, from left) Lisa Medich and Beth Alston presented five charitable organizations and project representatives with a $2,500 check donation on Oct. 19. The representatives included (second row, from left) Janet Shoue, Nancy Hoffman, Regina Hiple, Linda Jervis, (back row from left) Dwight Fouts, Roger Harman, Robert Kirtland and Ron McColley. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
Beacon Credit Union of Wabash wrapped up its fifth annual Project Spotlight Program in early October, announcing five Wabash County charitable organizations and projects as recipients of the credit union’s $2,500 donation.
This year, the winners include first place recipient Stockdale Mill Foundation, second place awardee Friendship of the Old LaFontaine Cemetery, third place recipient F.I.S.H. of Wabash, Inc., fourth place winner Heartland Career Center Culinary Arts & Hospitality and fifth place recipient Arc of Wabash County, Inc.
Posted on 2015 Oct 27
Crystal Gayle visiting county’s historical museum
Crystal Gayle, an international superstar and Wabash High School alumna, will be performing at the Wabash County Historical Museum on Thursday, Nov. 12, from 5:30-8 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the museum. Photo provided
By The Paper staff
International country and pop star Crystal Gayle will be performing at the Wabash County Historical Museum on Thursday, Nov. 12, in celebration of the museum’s 10 year anniversary.
Gayle, a Wabash High School alumna, will perform her classics and holiday favorites at the event, which will also provide an opportunity to mingle with the superstar and experience the museum’s holiday decorations. The museum will also be unveiling an updated Crystal Gayle exhibit and her connection to Wabash.
Posted on 2015 Oct 27
Board updated on Stellar projects
By Joseph Slacian
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety received a quarterly update on the Wabash Stellar projects.
Rachel Uthe, a landscape architect with American Structurepoint who has been designated as the spokesman for the Stellar work, read from a 16-page report presented to the board.
She briefly discussed the status of each of the various Stellar projects.
Posted on 2015 Oct 27
Testing continues around former GenCorp site
By Joseph Slacian
Testing is continuing around the former site of GenCorp Automotive.
That was the word Wednesday, Oct. 21, from Building Commissioner John Stephens to the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety.
“We had a meeting with a representative from GenCorp and the testing company doing the analysis of the soil and ground water,” he told the board. “They’re getting close. It’s not a one-shot test. They do a series of tests, and they may expand the area to a little bit larger area.
“Now they are going to pinpoint three areas they want to concentrate a little bit more on. And they’re not big areas.”
Posted on 2015 Oct 27
Board gives two homeowners more time
By Joseph Slacian
Two local homeowners have received a few more weeks to prove to the city’s Board of Public Works and Safety that they are sincere about making improvements to two pieces of property they own.
Harold Burns and Justin Brooks each received an extension – Burns for two weeks and Brooks for 30 days – to develop or complete plans for their respective properties. Burns owns a home at 645 Washington St., while Brooks owns one at 453 E. Main St.
The city and Burns have been discussing the Washington Street property for several weeks. 
Posted on 2015 Oct 27
2 critically injured in crash; Third person sustained injuries, but in fair condition

By The Paper staff

Three people were injured – two critically – in a two-vehicle accident on Saturday, Oct. 24, at the intersection of State Road 124 and County Road 100 West.

At approximately 5:03 p.m., the Wabash County Sheriff's Department responded to a two-vehicle accident.

According to the official report, the preliminary investigation showed that a vehicle driven by Emilie M. Harnish, 17, Wabash, was southbound on CR 100 West when she failed to yield to other vehicles at the intersection of SR 124 and was struck by a vehicle driven by Maureen C. Hall, 57, McComb, Ohio, which was eastbound on SR 124.

Posted on 2015 Oct 26
Wimberly to head local Habitat for Humanity
By Emma Rausch
After serving as Wabash County Habitat for Humanity executive director for two years, Steve Miller is resigning his position for personal reasons, the Wabash County Habitat for Humanity board announced on Oct. 15.
In a press release, Miller stated, “I am pleased to have been a part of building onto the strong legacy of this Habitat Affiliate and helping the Board achieve their goal of working in partnership with our community to address the problem of substandard and poverty housing here in Wabash and across the globe.”
Wabash resident Maggie Wimberly will take over Miller’s work and serve as business manager in the interim.
Posted on 2015 Oct 20

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