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WFD gets new firefighter-paramedic

Firefighter-paramedic Robert Lynn receives the oath of office from Mayor Scott Long. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian

Robert Lynn became the newest firefighter first class and paramedic on the Wabash Fire Department.

Lynn received the oath of office from Mayor Scott Long on Monday, Aug. 28.

A lifelong Wabash resident, Lynn was hired September 21, 2015. He had fire fighter 1&2 and EMT-B status at the time of his hiring, Wabash Fire Chief Barry Stroup said.

Lynn finished his paramedic course through Ivy Tech Kokomo in May.

Posted on 2017 Sep 05
Former Miss America helps rebuild local Habitat house
Miss America 2009 Katie (Stam) Irk (left) and Robert Lynn work to install a soffit at the future home of Tyler and Shailea Singleton, Wabash County Habitat for Humanity's current partner homeowners. Photo by David Fenker
 
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER Wabash County Habitat for Humanity’s current project home received help from a former Miss America on Saturday, Aug. 26.
 
Katie Stam Irk, Miss Indiana 2008 and Miss American 2009, worked with volunteers from Beacon Credit Union (BCU) throughout the morning on the Habitat home.
 
While homeowners Tyler and Shailea Singleton were not present due to work schedules, several volunteers from Habitat and BCU worked throughout the day Saturday to pull weeds, wrap the home, install soffits and fascia and much more.
 
This was Irk’s first time on a Habitat site.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 05
City workers to get 2 percent increases; Council seeks 6 percent increase for mayor
By Joseph Slacian
 
Most of the City of Wabash employees will receive a 2 percent cost of living raise for 2018.
 
Not included in the 2 percent increase is Mayor Scott Long, who was granted a 6 percent increase, and Kipp Cantrell, the city’s Code Enforcement Officer, who was granted an increase larger than 2 percent.
 
The City Council, along with Mayor Scott Long and Clerk-Treasurer Wendy Frazier, met with the city’s department heads for 3 ½ hours Wednesday, Aug. 30, to get a preliminary look at the city’s budget for next year.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 05
Mechanicís bay planned at Street Department
By Joseph Slacian
 
Two projects proposed for 2018 were discussed Wednesday night, Aug. 30, when the Wabash City Council met with department heads to discuss next year’s city budget.
 
One project to be paid for by funds from the Wabash Street Department, calls for the building of a mechanic’s bay at the Street Department and Wabash Police Department complex.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 05
City seeks eminent domain on Alber Street land
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash City Council and the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety last week laid the groundwork for the city to pursue eminent domain on small portions of two lots along Alber Street.
 
The land is needed for the second phase of the Alber Street project to take place.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 05
City revises Owner Occupied Rehab resolution
By Joseph Slacian
 
A revised resolution providing more matching funds for the Owner Occupied Rehabilitation project was unanimously approved Monday night, Aug. 28, by the Wabash City Council.
 
The move was basically a technicality, increasing the amount spent in the second phase of the project from $25,000 to $27,000.  Plans had originally called for spending $25,000 per each of the two phases.
 
Posted on 2017 Sep 05
Remembering 100 years, a Wabash centenarianís story

Hensley Crum was surrounded by family as she shared her story with The Paper of Wabash County. Joining her at the interview were (front row, from left) granddaughter Angela Hershberger, daughter Carolyn Konrath, (back row, from left) daughter Sue McConniel, granddaughter Ronda Webb, daughter Judy Gale, granddaughter Georgia Wilson and sister-in-law Regina Monroe. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

On Thursday, Aug. 17, Georgia Hensley Crum hit a milestone not many can claim.

She turned 100-years-old.

Throughout the last century, Hensley Crum, a former Wabash resident, lived through some of the United States’ most historical moments, watched technology advance from oil lamps to solar energy, and, most notable of all, worked hard to raise a family.

For this centenarian, age is only a number while her mind is still as sharp as a tack.

“I could tell you stories for hours,” Hensley Crum told The Paper of Wabash County. “I could talk forever and I remember it all.”

Posted on 2017 Aug 29
106-year-old made honorary Secretary of State

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson (left) and Wabash County Clerk Elaine Martin stopped by Timbercrest Retirement Community on Thursday afternoon to honor Wabash County's "most seasoned" voter, Bernice Keppler. Photo by David Fenker

By David Fenker

NORTH MANCHESTER -- When North Manchester resident Bernice Keppler voted in the 2016 election, she had no idea that that action would lead to her meeting Indiana’s Secretary of State.

On her way back to Indianapolis from a visit to several northeastern Indiana counties, Secretary of State Connie Lawson stopped by Timbercrest Senior Living Community to present the 106-year-old Keppler with a certificate making her an honorary Secretary of State.

“We came here because [Wabash County Clerk] Elaine Martin and her staff found out that there was a voter here in Wabash County who was 105-years-old, and had voted regularly in this county since 1988," Lawson said. "We were in the area, and we wanted to make sure that we had the opportunity to honor Bernice Keppler and her dedication to the election process.”

Posted on 2017 Aug 29

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