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County Council member resigns
By Emma Rausch
 
Claude Markstahler, Wabash County Council District 1 representative, resigned Monday night, Dec. 5, following the council's final meeting of the year.
 
Markstahler joined Chairman Mike Ridenour and Vice Chairman William Ruppel as they also exited the council, as their terms ended this year.
 
Unlike Ridenour and Ruppel, Markstahler had two years remaining on his term.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 13
Wabash Presbyterian hosts Blue Christmas service
By Emma Rausch
 
Christmas is not always the most wonderful time of the year.
 
To help those feeling lost this season, the Wabash Presbyterian Church will be hosting a Blue Christmas service Wednesday evening, Dec. 14.
 
The service will acknowledge the reality of life, “that life can be difficult,” according to Jonathan Cornell, WPC pastor.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 13
NM businesses rising from ashes
Patty Grant, executive director of the Community Foundation of Wabash County, stands in her former office. Photo by David Fenker
 
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Standing in what remains of her office, Patty Grant illuminates each corner of the room with a flashlight.
 
“It looks like a tornado came through,” she said, gesturing toward one corner where pieces of ceiling tile and insulation lay in a waterlogged pile.
 
Grant is the executive director of the Community Foundation of Wabash County, one of three local businesses displaced by the Nov. 19 fire at 216 E. Main St.

“I had a really old map of the county on that wall,” Grant said as she lit a space above the desk.

 

Posted on 2016 Dec 13
County Council approves $190,000 in additional appropriations
County Councilman Randy Curless (left) presents Council Vice Chair William Ruppel (right) with a plaque in to commemorate his dedication to the council. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash County Council approved more than $190,000 in additional appropriations Monday night, Dec. 5, at its final meeting of the year.
 
The council voted unanimously on the 11 requests, which amounted to $197,188, from departments including the Wabash County Jail, Solid Waste Management and Central Dispatch. Council Chair Mike Ridenour was absent.
 
Wabash County Sheriff Bob Land requested the majority of the funds, $120,000, for jail supplies, services and charges and inmate transfers.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 13
Lagro water, sewer rates to increase
By Joseph Slacian
 
LAGRO – Residents here will likely pay more for water and sewer services beginning in 2017.
 
The Lagro Town Council will consider a 10 percent water increase and a 15 percent sewer increase when it meets on Dec. 29. The council had a public hearing on the matter on Dec. 5.
 
The water rate increase is needed because the town’s costs keep increasing, Utility Superintendent Scott Siders said.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 13
Jennings joins county’s Extension staff
By Joseph Slacian
 
Susy Jennings has joined the staff of Wabash County’s Purdue Cooperative Extension.
 
Jennings, who is splitting her time between here and the Huntington County Extension office, is the Community Wellness Coordinator for the Extension’s Nutrition Education Program (NEP).
 
The program is funded through Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education (SNAP-ED) dollars.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 13
NM facing ‘front burner’ issues in ‘17
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER – The Town of North Manchester is facing some “front burner” issues in 2017, according to Town Council President Jim Smith.
 
Smith made the remarks during a State of the Town address to members and guests of the North Manchester Rotary Club on Thursday, Dec. 1.
 
The issues, he said, include a long-term control plan for storm water and sewer separation, a canoe launch, historical preservation of downtown, and a new gateway sign.
 
Posted on 2016 Dec 13
The joy of reading: Program seeks to build reading skills in youngsters
By Joseph Slacian
 
Youngsters in 25 preschools and daycare centers around Wabash County have received free books this year, thanks in part to a program sponsored by a variety of local organizations.
 
The program, designed to help strengthen early literacy in Wabash County, traces its roots back to about 2005 when Teresa Witkoske, Extension Educator, Health and Human Services for the Purdue University’s Cooperative Extension office in Wabash County, received a Lily Endowment grant for literacy appreciation.
 
Since then, organizations such as the Purdue Extension, Wabash County United Fund, Wabash Farm Bureau, Extension Homemakers, Manchester University and more have joined forces to provide the free books to youngsters around Wabash County.
Posted on 2016 Dec 13

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