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Lane restrictions planned at various sites
By The Paper staff
 
The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that debris removal is scheduled for several bridges in Adams, Blackford, LaGrange, Miami, Wabash, Wells and Whitley counties beginning on or after Wednesday, Oct. 25, weather permitting.
 
Drivers are cautioned to expect stopped traffic, lane restrictions and/or flaggers directing traffic in the following locations:
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 31
City gets bid for work at Honeywell Park
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash Park Board received one bid Wednesday evening, Oct. 25, to refurbish Honeywell Park.
 
R. Yoder Construction of Nappanee submitted a bid of $409,990 for the work, which includes rebuilding and adding electricity to the pavilion, moving the basketball courts, adding bleachers and constructing a storage shed.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 31
County Council approves increasing 2018 salaries 1 percent
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County Council approved the 2018 salaries and wages ordinance Monday, Oct. 23, authorizing a 1 percent pay raise for county employees.
 
The Salary and Wage Committee presented the across-the-board 1 percent increase recommendation to the council during the budget hearings on Sept. 12.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 31
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

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