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Inclusive Park officials update city about plans

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

As of Monday morning, Feb. 19, the Inclusive Park’s Patronicity campaign stood at more than $10,000.


The Inclusive Park Committee, again as of Monday, had 38 days to raise $50,000. If that takes place, it will receive a $50,000 matching grant through the state’s CreatINg Places program.


Committee co-chair Shelly Myers and Joe Mayes from Context Design, Indianapolis, discussed the status of the park with the Wabash Board of Parks and Recreation at its Feb. 14 meeting. Context designed the park, which will be located on South Carroll Street, just south of the John Drook Skate Park.
 

Posted on 2018 Feb 20
WMI receives major donation

By The Paper staff

Kathleen Alspaugh and David Vandermark, owners of Vandermark Duffey Enterprises, have made a charitable gift of $75,000 to Wabash Marketplace to be used to restore historic downtown buildings, according to Lisa Gilman, Marketplace president.
 

Posted on 2018 Feb 20
State program to help veterans connect to jobs

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The State of Indiana recently announced a new program aimed at helping military veterans find jobs, as well as attracting new veterans to the state through employment opportunities.


The Next Level Veterans initiative is a new, statewide program which brings several public and private organizations together to bring organizations together to recruit and attract discharging veterans and connect them to jobs, the state said in a press release.
 

Posted on 2018 Feb 20
School study talks resume

Members of the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County board hear a presentation from Administrator Assistance during their Feb. 6 meeting. Photo by Josh Sigler

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Metropolitan School District of Wabash County school board got the ball rolling on its independent study of academic advancement in a lengthy work session Monday, Feb.6, hearing a presentation from a consultant as the board tries to feel out where it goes next.


The board released a statement for it’s purpose of the study, stating: “Leaders in business have long recognized the value of strategic planning. Strategic planning requires a clear understanding of where an organization is at the present time and an equally clear vision of where it wants to go in the future. Education is not different. MSD of Wabash County is in excellent health. We are academically and financially strong. With great confidence we look forward to providing a superior education for every student. We have been proactive in our decision making to the benefit of our district; therefor, we are asking ourselves a simple question: What should we do today to make a strong district even stronger?
 

Posted on 2018 Feb 13
Flu cases on the rise region, state-wide

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@wabashplaindealer.com

Both Parkview Wabash Hospital and the Parkview Health system as a whole has seen a major influx of influenza cases in recent days, officials told The Paper of Wabash County on Thursday, Feb. 8.


“As the whole state of Indiana has, we’ve seen a significant increase in the last few days,” said Angie Martinsky, infection preventionist at Parkview Wabash Hospital. “About half of our patient population that’s been admitted is influenza positive. It’s very widespread in Indiana.”
 

Posted on 2018 Feb 13
City Schools eyes creating foundation

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash City Schools board approved creating an education foundation for the district.


While creating foundation was unanimously approved Feb. 6, it still is not a reality.


Superintendent Jason Callahan and board attorney Jordan Tandy are exploring various options for the foundation, and will present a recommendation when the study is complete.
 

Posted on 2018 Feb 13
State updates voting website

By The Paper staff

Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson introduced an updated Indianavoters.com website on Thursday, Feb. 8.


The newly updated website has streamlined the voter registration process, enables voters to share they are registered on social media and will provide election night results.


“I encourage all Hoosier voters to visit IndianaVoters.com to register to vote, educate themselves on who they’ll be voting for and where they’ll be voting,” said Secretary Lawson. “An informed electorate is the key to a successful democracy so I encourage all voters to take advantage of this tool.”
 

Posted on 2018 Feb 13
Lagro Canal Foundation seeks county aid

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

Several members of the Lagro Canal Foundation appeared before the county commissioners Feb. 12 to ask for assistance.


The foundation, formed in April 2017, seeks to revitalize the Town of Lagro by restoring three of the town's oldest buildings – Citizens Bank of Lagro, the Masonic Lodge and the IORM (Improved Order of the Red Man) – all located in a row on Washington Street.


Beth Gillespie, president of the foundation, informed the commissioners that an anonymous donor offered a $20,000 matching grant to help put roofs on the buildings, a project which she said is estimated at $50,000 total.
 

Posted on 2018 Feb 13

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