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Indiana House bill expands school background checks to every 5 years
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash County teachers and school employees will be required to undergo background checks every five years after a new Indiana law takes effect July 1.
 
Gov. Eric Holcomb signed Indiana House Bill 1079, which incorporates regulations for school employment and teacher licensure, into effect on April 26. The bill provides that “a school corporation, charter school or nonpublic school conduct an expanded criminal history check on each employee every five years.”
 
The same entities will also be required to conduct an expanded child protection index check on applicants no later than 60 days after the applicant’s start date. However, a school “may obtain an expanded criminal history check or expanded child protection index check at any time if the school … has reason to believe the applicant or employee is the subject of a substantiated report of child abuse or neglect or has been charged with or convicted of ... an offense requiring license revocation.”
 
Posted on 2017 Jun 27
MSD moves forward with Southwood well plans
By Emma Rausch
 
The Southwood sewer system’s well will be refurbished this year following a discussion at the MSD of Wabash County Board of Education’s meeting Tuesday night, June 13.
 
Since February, the board has explored options for updating the existing Southwood sanitary system, which runs between the high school and elementary school.
 
While the system needs to be updated in its entirety, replacing a piece at a time may be more cost effective and worthwhile in regards to time, according to Steve Holley, MSD maintenance and transportation supervisor.
 
Posted on 2017 Jun 27
Former Bulldog Battery CFO sentenced to 2 years
Thomas A. Wagner
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A Wabash man was sentenced on Monday, June 19, to two years in connection to a Bulldog Battery racketeering case.
 
Thomas A. Wagner, 60, was sentenced to four years each for felony theft and felony insurance fraud with two years suspended with probation. Terms are to be served concurrently.
 
In May, Wagner accepted a plea agreement and plead guilty to the two felonies. Seven other charges were dismissed on motion.
Posted on 2017 Jun 27
Wabash City Schools update high school, middle school student handbooks
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash City Schools Board of Education approved changes to the Wabash high school and middle school student handbooks Monday night, June 19.
 
“The student handbook is a living document,” Jeff Galley, WHS assistant principal, said. “It’s changed, it’s morphing, it represents the times that it exists in. So every year, we take a look at it and realize ‘We need to change this,’ ‘We need to come to reality with this’ and ‘Maybe we don’t necessarily need this any more.’”
 
Posted on 2017 Jun 27
State OKs funding for WRT
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash River Trail’s request for funding from the Regional Cities Initiative was approved last week by the Indiana Economic Development Corp. The IEDC announced late on the afternoon of June 12 that the WRT’s request for $941,031 was approved.
 
However, that doesn’t mean the WRT will immediately receive the funds for work on the first phase of the Lagro to Wabash portion of the trail. When the Regional Development Authority approved the funding at its April meeting, it listed with it two stipulations that WRT officials must meet before it would receive the funds.
 
One of the stipulations is that the WRT have at least two public meetings to discuss the trail and its route. It has had one of those meetings, thus far.
 
Posted on 2017 Jun 20
Eagles Theatre renovations opens up for media arts educational programming
Artist renderings of the Media Arts studios on the second floor of the Historic Eagles Theatre. Photo provided
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Historic Eagles Theatre will be undergoing changes later this year and not just for structural renovations, but for programming as well.
 
The Media Arts program, a new educational endeavor and partnership with Heartland Career Center, will begin its pilot run next fall and aim to instruct high school youth in all things media, according to Teresa Galley, the Honeywell Foundation educational outreach manager.
 
“About two years, a group of us started meeting just to dream about Eagles might be, and over the course of trial and error, one of the things that came up was Mark Honeywell was an amateur film maker,” Galley told The Paper of Wabash County, “and actually the studio with the (Honeywell) Golf Course was his film studio as one in Boca Chita, his home in Florida."
Posted on 2017 Jun 20
Hicks to run for sheriff
Steve Hicks
 
By The Paper staff
 
Steve Hicks has announced his intentions to run as a Republican candidate for Wabash County Sheriff in the May 2018 Primary Election.
 
“I am dedicated to the department and have a passion for law enforcement,” Hicks said. “It has been an extremely rewarding career and I have been preparing myself for this opportunity.”
 
A lifelong Wabash County resident, Hicks began his law enforcement career in 1994 and for 20 years has served at the Wabash County Sheriff’s Department as a merit officer.
 
Posted on 2017 Jun 20
28 seek 2017 Wabash County 4-H Queen title
Twenty-eight contestants will vie for the title of 2017 Miss Wabash County 4-H Fair Queen this year. The pageant will be Wednesday, July 12, at the Honeywell Center in Wabash.
 
The Miss Wabash County 4-H Fair Queen will serve as the official host of the Wabash County 4-H Fair, July 14-22. The queen will also represent Wabash County in the 2018 Indiana State Fair Queen Pageant that will be held in Indianapolis January 5-7, 2018.  The queen will receive a scholarship which is provided and supported by the past Wabash County 4-H Fair Queens.  Members of the queen court will receive scholarships provided by the Wabash County Extension Homemakers, Beacon Credit Union and the Wabash County Fair Board.
 
The contestants will be judged on the basis of the ability to converse, speaking ability, poise, personality and ability to be an ambassador for the Wabash County 4-H Fair. The judging is divided into three phases of competition which include a personal interview, professional wear/overall impressions and formal wear.  The interview and professional wear judging is closed to the public.  The public pageant will conclude the judging with the formal wear phase after which the 10 finalists will be announced.  The final phase of the competition is the onstage question in which each finalist will answer a question submitted by fellow contestants.
 
Posted on 2017 Jun 20

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