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Wabash County receives more than $4 million for infrastructure, other expenses
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash County received more than $4 million on Monday, April 25, as a one-time special distribution per the Senate Enrolled Act (SEA) 67.
 
All taxable entities within the county received a portion of the total distribution, which amounted to $4,474,847.65, and are required to use 75 percent of the distributions on infrastructure, according to information provided by the Indiana State Budget Agency.
 
The remaining 25 percent, or $1,118,711.91, of the supplemental distribution may be used by the county, city or town for any of the purposes, the SBA continued.
 
The funds must be allocated and distributed to all the taxable entities before June 1.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
Local youths tour Honeywell House for 12th annual year
Carolyn Eppley (far right) plays a tune on the Honeywell’s piano as Southwood Elementary students (from left) Seth Castle, Audrey Ball, Cayden Richardson, Luke Hyden, Danica Filip and Rylee Thomas listen to Janet Halderman (second from right) explain the history of the piano during the 12th annual Honeywell House tours. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
For the 12th consecutive year, local third grade students toured the Honeywell House on Wednesday, April 20, and Thursday, April 21, to learn more about the life and history of Mark and Eugenia Honeywell.
 
Hosted by the Wabash unit of the Women’s Committee of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra hosted the annual tour for approximately 300 students from local homeschools, O.J. Neighbours, Metro North, Southwood, St. Bernard and Emmanual Christian elementary schools.
 
The event coincides with the third grade social studies history standards, which require students to describe how significant people, events and developments have shaped their own community and region.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
Kirk retires from WPD, joins NMPD
By Amanda Bridgman
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Jim Kirk will begin investigating North Manchester crime May 31 as the police department’s new detective. 
 
Kirk is currently detective-captain for Wabash City Police Department, where he’s worked the past 28 years. He’s retiring Saturday, April 30, and will have to wait 30 days before he can start work at NMPD. 
 
His hiring was approved by the North Manchester Town Council at its April 13 meeting, after NMPD Chief Jeff Perry recommended Kirk to fill one of the three empty positions at the department after three officers resigned within one month. 
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
March of Dimes returns to walk for babies on May 7
Christy Means, a Zumba and POUND instructor, leads the March of Dimes Zumba-thon in the first workout of the evening on Friday, April 22. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By The Paper staff
 
The March of Dimes March for Babies walkathon will take place Saturday, May 7, at Paradise Spring Park.
 
Participants are still welcome to join by signing up as individuals at marchforbabies.org and join the team Wabash Walkers or sign up as a group by contacting Pat Vanlandingham at 260-563-3476 or Kristi Geiger at 260-482-4201.
 
Those who raise $100 will receive a March of Dimes t-shirt.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
Wabash woman charged in connection to Wabash Police Department theft
Morgan Ritter
 
By Emma Rausch
 
A Wabash woman has been arrested in connection to a recent theft from the Wabash Police Department.
 
Morgan L. Ritter, 23, Wabash, was booked into the Wabash County Jail following a WPD investigation stemming from an April 18 incident.
 
On April 18, Detective John Krhin observed money missing from an envelope he had placed outside his office, according to the probable cause affidavit.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
Spring tax deadline nears
By The Paper staff
 
May 10 is the deadline to pay spring property taxes.
 
Spring and fall tax statements were mailed on April 1. Those who have not yet received their statements should contact the Wabash County Treasurer’s office, 260-563-0661, Ext. 1259.
 
Taxes that are delinquent after May 10, 2016, will have a penalty added. That penalty will be 5 percent if paid within 30 days and there is no other delinquency. If paid after 30 days or there are other delinquencies, the penalty is 10 percent.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
Zoomers open house to show customer appreciation
By Emma Rausch
 
Zoomers RV will be hosting its second annual Customer Appreciation Days on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7.
 
Friday will be Military Day while Family Day will follow on Saturday, according to Michael Weaver, business owner.
 
“On Friday, we’re going to be catering to the ‘zoomers,’ the baby boomers with zip,” Weaver told The Paper of Wabash County with a chuckle.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03
Local officials plan for healthier future in Wabash County
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash County now ranks 61st of Indiana’s 92 counties in overall health, but has the potential to rank 26th, according to a recent study by County Health Rankings and Roadmaps (CHRR).
 
Over the last five years, the county has dropped nearly 10 rankings in the survey’s Health Outcomes category – which addresses how healthy a county currently is – but improved 24 rankings in Health Factors, which addresses how healthy a county could be in the future, according to the data.
 
To ensure the county’s healthy future, Be Well Wabash County will host a health seminar on Tuesday, April 26, with local community leaders to brainstorm and make plans to encourage healthy living throughout the county over the next nine years, according to Bryce Lindsay, Be Well strategic planning committee member.
 
Posted on 2016 May 03

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