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Yohe retiring after 40 years in real estate
Elden Yohe does work at a table in his home. Photo by Sarah Peters
 
By Sarah Peters 
 
Elden Yohe began his own Broker/Realtor agency in Wabash, “Yohe Realty”, in 1977 and now, almost 40 years later, is ready to close the business and retire at age 96. 
 
Yohe Realty is officially closing on July 31. For the last five months, Yohe has been working from his home while his secretary runs the office in downtown Wabash.  He will continue dealing with his rentals and taking phone calls/appointments until the last day of July. 
 
“Well age 96 was a big factor,” Yohe laughs as he explains why he’s decided to retire. “My health is good, my mind is good, I’m active.  [My wife] helps me with my rentals, my office is over at the dining table now instead of the desk downtown and it’s just time to quit.  Ninety-six is just it.” 
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
Laketon Wesleyan to add ADA restrooms
By David Purvis-Fenker
 
The Wabash County Commissioners heard a request from the Laketon Wesleyan Church concerning plans to improve their building.
 
The church plans to add ADA-accessible restrooms, a nursery and office space on the east end of their building, and needed more space in which to do so. 
 
“We currently have no restrooms upstairs in our facility, and we want to enhance our sanctuary with a nursery and office space,” said lead pastor David Cox.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
Anonymous tip leads to methamphetamine lab bust
Ronald Skaggs and Phillip Johnson
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Two Wabash men face methamphetamine-related charges after an anonymous person tipped off the Wabash County Drug Task Force on Monday, July 18, that a possible drug lab was in process in the 700 block of Courtland Avenue.
 
According to the probable cause affidavit, Det. Ryan Baker received a tip Monday that Ronald Skaggs, 44, and Phillip A. Johnson, 46, were in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine behind Johnson’s residence on Courtland Avenue, along the creek at the back edge of the property.
 
Task Force officers were joined by Deputy Max Cox and K-9 partner Cato before initiating the bust, the affidavit continued.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
North Manchester man faces child molestation charges
Brandon P. Knutson
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A North Manchester man was arrested Tuesday, July 12, and now faces two felony child molestation charges following a Wabash County Sheriff’s Department investigation.
 
Brandon P. Knutson, 18, North Manchester, was charged with two counts felony child molestation, misdemeanor petition to revoke probation on criminal conversion charge and misdemeanor petition to revoke probation on criminal mischief charge.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
Wabash woman faces drug charges following accident
Kristi L. Ferguson
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A Washington Street accident on Tuesday, July 19, led to the arrest of a Wabash woman on drug-related charges.
 
Kristi L. Ferguson, 39, was charged with two counts of felony possession of methamphetamine and felony possession of a hypodermic needle after she left the scene of an accident.
 
On Tuesday at approximately 8:30 p.m., a vehicle driven by Jeremy A. Morgan, 28, Huntington, was northbound on Washington Street when he struck a legally parked vehicle, according to the Wabash City Police Department accident report.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
Health Department requests funds for database
By David Purvis-Fenker
 
After a server crash last year, the Wabash County Health Department is building a new database to store critical files and reports.
 
At the July 25 meeting of the Wabash County Commissioners, staff from the Health Department presented information concerning contracting with a company to build a database, and asking the commissioners to use trust money to fund the purchase.
 
“We actually had difficulties finding a company that would work with a small department,” Public Health Nurse Stephanie Shepherd said. “Some of them wouldn’t even give us a call back when they found out it was a less than $35,000 project.”
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
Annual airport cruise-in raises funds and awareness

Cale Kirtlan sits on mother Rachel Kirtlan’s lap while checking out the inside of a Lutheran Health Network emergency helicopter with Lutheran Health EMT Todd Delagrange (left) and Barbra Biehl. The helicopter was one of several attractions at the 15th annual Northern Indiana Aviation’s Summer Nights Cruise-In on Saturday, July 23. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Cars cruised-in while planes took off at the 15th annual Northern Indiana Aviation’s Summer Nights Cruise-In on Saturday, July 23.

The event took place at the Wabash Municipal Airport and hosted more than 50 classic cars including the 1960s series Batmobile, live music and plane rides to raise funds for the Special Olympics of Wabash County.

Since 2001, the event has encouraged the Wabash County community to visit its local airport and learn about aviation, according to Jeff Traver, owner of NIA and parent to a Special Olympics athlete.

Posted on 2016 Jul 26
Shrine Parade coming through Wabash
By Sarah Peters
 
Shriners International, better known as The Shrine Club, will parade through the streets of Wabash on Aug. 20, providing the county with the first Shrine Parade through it’s streets since 1997. 
 
The Shriners Parade will begin at 5 p.m. at the intersection of Carroll and Canal streets. It will travel west on Canal to Allen Street, then west on Market Street, finishing at the intersection of Carroll and Market streets.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26

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