Reception honors WMI officials
Wabash Marketplace Inc. Executive Director Steve Downs introduces Project Manager Shelby McLaughlin to Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ridenour during a reception Tuesday evening at the Honeywell Center. Photo by Joseph Slacian
By Joseph Slacian
Wabash Marketplace Inc.’s new administrative team was guests of honor Tuesday evening, Nov. 17, during a reception at the Honeywell Center’s Honeywell Room.
An estimated crowd of 100 people came and went at the reception honoring WMI’s Executive Director Steve Downs and Project Manager Shelby McLaughlin.
Downs spoke with The Paper of Wabash County to discuss his immediate and long-term goals for the organization.
His first immediate goal, he said, is to provide support and guidance to McLaughlin.
“Shelby has hit the ground running, and I want her to feel that she has plenty of back-up as she gets to know the members of our community and settles into her new job,” Downs said.
Posted on 2015 Nov 24
Duke gets land in Northeast Business Park
By Joseph Slacian
Duke Energy will receive a five-acre tract of land in the northwest portion of the city’s Northeast Business Complex. In exchange, the power company agreed to create a substation at the site by Dec. 31, 2022. In addition, Duke will pay $1 for the land.
The city’s Board of Public Works and Safety approved the transaction Wednesday, Nov. 18.
The action, according to City Attorney Doug Lehman, stems from the utility company’s move to install a five-mile long transmission line that was initially to stretch from the Wabash Chippewa Substation to a new junction on County Road 100 East. 
Posted on 2015 Nov 24
Homeowner praised for efforts; Second homeowner ordered to provide timeline for work
By Joseph Slacian
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety praised one Wabash homeowner, while another was ordered to appear Dec. 2 with detailed plans on what he plans on doing to save his home.
Justin Brooks, who owns 453 E. Main St., received praise for his efforts to improve the looks of the home, which was subject to an unsafe building hearing earlier this year.
Brooks, who purchased the site at auction, has done extensive work at the home, and was in the final stages of residing the home, City Building Commissioner John Stephens told the board.
Posted on 2015 Nov 24
Middle East policy expert shares “alternatives to war” with MU community
By Shaun Tilghman
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Phyllis Bennis, director of the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies, to Manchester University students and staff last week that Indiana is in “a moment of crisis.”
Bennis made the remarks while on campus to discuss ISIS and alternatives to war, 
“Indiana has been much in the news the last day or two,” Bennis said. “It is a strange thing when things happen in the midst of your planning – you were planning to be in Indiana on a week that didn’t have other things that needed to be done, until suddenly it’s a moment of crisis.”
Posted on 2015 Nov 24
Police investigate possible meth lab

By Joseph Slacian

An investigation is ongoing into a possible methamphetamine lab in a Wabash apartment, according to the Wabash Police Department’s Facebook page.

Posted on 2015 Nov 19
LaFontaine woman facing drug charges

By The Paper staff

LAFONTAINE – A LaFontaine woman was arrested Nov. 12 on a drug-related matter, according to the Wabash Police Department’s Facebook page..

The woman, Chelsea N. Kinzie, 22, Wabash, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia following an investigation that began Nov. 11, Sgt. Matt Benson, Wabash Police Department’s Public Information Officer, announced on Tuesday, Nov. 17.

Posted on 2015 Nov 18
Crystal Gayle helps celebrate museum’s 10th anniversary
Crystal Gayle, international country music star and a former Wabash resident, performed at the Wabash County Historical Museum on Nov. 12 to celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary since it’s opening in 2005. Gayle performed several new songs she’s written for her new album, which should be released in the near future. Photo by Emma Rausch
By Emma Rausch
International country music star Crystal Gayle performed at the Wabash County Historical Museum on Thursday, Nov. 12, to help celebrate the museum’s 10th anniversary.
Although the museum originally planned for 75 to attend the event, due to public demand, museum executive director Mitch Figert said it opened the doors to approximately 100 museum members and non-members to see Gayle live.
Gayle, a former Wabash resident and Wabash High School graduate, was also present when the museum celebrated its grand opening in 2005. Since then, the singer said the museum has changed “for the better.”
Posted on 2015 Nov 17
Holiday season kicks off this weekend
By Joseph Slacian
The 2015 holiday season will officially kick off in Wabash later this week as the lights atop the Wabash County Courthouse will be turned on and the Holiday Night to Remember will take place downtown on Friday and Saturday.
Downtown businesses will have open houses from 4-8 p.m. Friday and again from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Celebration of Light, which includes the lighting of the Wabash County Courthouse holiday lights, will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Posted on 2015 Nov 17

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