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Wabash County Christmas Spirit opens registration
By The Paper staff
 
Wabash County Christmas Spirit registration is officially open Oct. 17 through Nov. 26.
 
The Christmas Spirit program assists families in need with fulfilling children’s Christmas lists. The program accepts names of children from new born to 17-years-old and who are still in high school.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 27
Wabash Street work progressing
By Joseph Slacian
 
Work on North Wabash Street is slightly behind schedule, but is progressing.
 
That was the word Friday, Oct. 20, from Mayor Scott Long. 
 
The Wabash Street project is one of several that will have local drivers seeking alternate routes this week.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 24
MSD continues solar panel discussion
By Emma Rausch
 
MSD of Wabash County furthered discussions on possibly using solar panels in the future to cut utility costs.
 
The MSD Board of Education began the talks on July 11 with a presentation from Performance Services, an Indianapolis-based, energy-savings consulting firm.
 
Chris Kuhn, MSD assistant superintendent of finance, updated the MSD Board of Education on the information he gathered so far on the possible endeavor.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 24
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 24
USDA processing pending CRP enrollment offers
From the USDA
 
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and it will temporarily suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fiscal year.
 
“All current, eligible CRP continuous enrollment offers made through Sept. 30, 2017 – except for those made under the Pollinator Habitat Initiative (CP42) – will be approved,” said Steven J. Peterson, Acting Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator. “Additionally, we are temporarily suspending acceptance of most offers going forward to provide time to review CRP allocation levels, and to avoid exceeding the statutory cap of 24 million acres.”
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 24
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 24
Clerk to get new poll pads
By David Fenker
 
The Wabash County Clerk’s Office will soon be purchasing around $30,000 worth of polling equipment.
 
The three-year contract was unanimously approved by the county commissioners at the board’s Monday, Oct. 23, meeting, and totals $32,279 for 13 new poll pads, the associated hardware and software, and three years of maintenance.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 24
Parkview Wabash lauded as Business of the Year
Marilyn Custer-Mitchell, (left) president of Parkview Wabash Hospital, accepts the Business of the Year award on behalf of the organization. Photos by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
When considering the nominee for Business of the Year, Paul McCann, former Wabash County Chamber of Commerce Board chair, made his choice based on the organization’s impact on Wabash as well as on his family.
 
“This was an honor as well as I contemplated the economic environment of Wabash County,” McCann said at the Grow Wabash County celebration dinner on Thursday, Oct. 12.
 
He later added, “As the final board chair of the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce, it was my responsibility to select the Business of the Year. Considering the history of the Chamber and the chapter that just closed with the merger to create Grow Wabash County, I wanted to select an organization that is also currently pivoting their strategic direction with the next 100 years in mind, an organization that is invested in the local fabric of the community that will serve the needs of the people here.
Posted on 2017 Oct 17

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