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Council OKs purchase of land

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash Business Park could soon be growing.


The Wabash City Council accepted two appraisals for a now-vacant home at 852 N. State Road 13. The home is the last home just south of the 13-24 Drive-in and is currently owned by Pefley Properties LLC. It also approved the purchase of the land in question.


“We want to get it to complete the frontage in the. Business park so the City of Wabash owns all of it,” Mayor Scott Long told Council at its June 24 meeting.


Under state statute, the city must obtain two appraisals of the property, and the offer would be the average of the two appraisals.
 

Posted on 2019 Jul 02
Utility Permits approved at Commissioners meeting

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash County Commissioners approved two utility permits during the June 24 meeting at the Wabash County Courthouse.


The first permit was from Indiana Fiber Network, for a new fiber line along the southside of County Road 1100 North from State Road 13 to the railroad right of way.


The second permit was from Century Link, to replace 2,100 feet of cable along the southside of County Road 400 North, starting at County Road 800 West.
 

Posted on 2019 Jul 02
Killer Queen to perform at Honeywell

Patrick Myers performs with Killer Queen. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

What was to have been a one-night gig for Patrick Myers has turned into a 26-year career.


Myers, who performs as the late Freddie Mercury in Killer Queen, first took to the stage as Mercury in a tribute to him and the band in 1993 at London University. Mercury died in November 1991 from complications of AIDS.


The group will perform Saturday, July 13, at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater.


“We got together because we were the first of our generation that weren’t going to see a Queen concert because we got the word when we were kids, just left for college, that Freddie had passed,” Myers told The Paper of Wabash County in a recent telephone interview. “I’m a musician, my friends are musicians, so we wanted to do something for the people the same age as us to feel as if they’ve been to some type of Queen concert.


“It was primarily a one-off, kind of like a send-off for Freddie, and for us as well. It was sort of a rite of passage after seeing Live Aid and that big European tour, seeing Queen was the thing to do. The ultimate concert experience.”
 

Posted on 2019 Jul 02
City launches fundraiser for new fitness court

By The Paper Staff

WABASH – Wabash residents may soon be able to enjoy new outdoor fitness equipment if a crowdfunding campaign launched Friday, June 21, reaches its fundraising goal of $25,000 by August 5.


The campaign, led by the City of Wabash is using the CreatINg Places program sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA).


If the campaign reaches its goal, the Wabash Fitness Court project will receive a matching grant of $25,000 from IHCDA.


“The City of Wabash has made the health and wellness of their residents a priority with this new project,” said Indiana Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who serves as board chair of IHCDA. “We are pleased to partner with them to provide free, inclusive and a time efficient place for people to stay active.”

Posted on 2019 Jun 25
City gets bid for WFD building

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Randel Construction submitted the lone bid to construct the interior of the new building at the Wabash Fire Department’s north station.


The Wabash firm bid $227,081.95 for the work. The bid was taken under advisement for review by the fire department.


The work will entail the building of interior walls for 10 rooms on the first floor of the structure, located just west of the station, WFD Chief Barry Stroup said.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 25
Group seeks to provide legal aid

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

A group which services Wabash County is seeking those in need of free legal aid.


Wabash Valley Volunteer Attorneys administers a monthly free legal aid clinic in Wabash, to provide services to low-income individuals across the county.


Kevin N. Jones, who serves an eight county area, said that he’s heard from many judges in the area that the service is much needed, however attendance for the program is not very high.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 25
WCS board OKs administrators' salaries

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash City Schools approved the contracts of 11 administrators at its school board meeting Monday night at City Hall.


The board agreed to a three-year contract with Superintendent Jason Callahan at $125,080 per year, with an additional $5,800 annuity per year.


Chief Financial Officer/Chief Operating Officer Matt Stone was approved for a two-year contract at $95,000 per year.  Ivy Tech and College Career Director Josh Blossom was approved for a two-year contract at $93,636 per year.
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 25
Target set to complete inclusive playground

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Work on the city’s inclusive playground should be complete sometime in July.


That was the word from Park Superintendent Adam Hall to the Wabash Board of Parks and Recreation on Wednesday night, June 12.


“They do have a tentative finish date of hopefully mid-July,” he said. “Mid-July is their tentative goal.”


Work is underway on a grand opening celebration for the facility.


“It’s in the works,” Hall said. “Nothing has been decided yet.”
 

Posted on 2019 Jun 18

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