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LaFontaine's Family Dollar opens
Family Dollar store manager Maria Bowland (right) cuts the red ribbon to celebrate the store's grand opening on Saturday, Jan. 7. Photo by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
LAFONTAINE – LaFontaine Family Dollar has opened its doors here.
 
Residents and town council members joined Family Dollar representatives Saturday, Jan. 7, as they cut the ceremonious red ribbon at the new store, 200 Bruner Road, to commemorate its grand opening.
 
Family Dollar is looking forward to serving LaFontaine, according to Maria Bowland, store manager.
 
 
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 10
CF offers funds for study of schools
By The Paper staff
 
The Community Foundation of Wabash County has offered financial assistants to the county’s three school districts for a feasibility study on education in Wabash County.
 
The announcement, announced Friday, Jan. 6, came via a Jan. 3, 2017, letter from CF Board President Steve Hentgen and Executive Director Patty Grant. 
 
“Public education in Wabash County faces some of the most complex and challenging issues of our time,” CF Vice President Josh Petruniw said, “and the Community Foundation has seen the breadth and complexities of those issues through its work within many programs in the community. The Foundation also has experienced first hand the value of research and reliable information for sound informed decision making.”
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 10
County Commissioners approved 2017 appointments

Former County Auditor Linda Conrad (second to right) poses for a photo with Wabash County Commissioners (from left) Barry Eppley, Brian Haupert and Scott Givens at the Tuesday, Jan. 3, meeting. The Commissioners presented Conrad with a plaque commemorating her service. Photo provided

By Emma Rausch

The Wabash County Commissioners approved the 2017 appointments at its first meeting of the new year Tuesday, Jan. 3.

Scott Givens was elected as the Commissioners’ chairman with Brian Haupert voted into the vice chairman seat.

As for local board, Givens was reappointed to the Plan Commission Board, the Tax Abatement Committee and the Central Dispatch Advisory Board. Meanwhile, Susan Baker was appointed to the Wabash Carnegie Public Library Board.

Posted on 2017 Jan 10
Manchester alum in running for state GOP post
Kyle Hupfer
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
A former Manchester College basketball standout has been tabbed by governor-elect Eric Holcomb to serve as state chair of the Indiana Republican Party.
 
Kyle Hupfer will be considered for the post when a caucus takes place on Feb. 1.
 
If selected, Hupfer would replace Jeff Cardwell, who announced in December that he planned to resign on Jan. 21 following the inauguration of president-elect Donald Trump and vice president-elect Mike Pence.

 

 

 

Posted on 2017 Jan 10
Hoy leaves EDG post

By Joseph Slacian

A little “Magic” is gone from the Economic Development Group of Wabash County.
 
Abby Hoy, executive assistant at EDG, resigned after 10 years at the post to pursue other opportunities. Her last day on the job was Friday, Jan. 6.
 
“At one point I gave her the nickname ‘The Magic that is Abby Hoy’ and I often called her Magic from that time on,” former EDG President and CEO Bill Konyha told The Paper of Wabash County. “Her efforts, her work, her professionalism enabled EDG to accomplish much more than we ever could have without her.  She is a blessing to Wabash County and my most sincere wish is that she continues to contribute to our transformation and growth for a long time to come.” 
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 10
NM man charged with possession of meth
Cody Hardesty
 
By David Fenker
 
An early-morning traffic stop resulted in two arrests last weekend.
 
Cody Hardesty, 28, and Ashley Hernandez, 26, were both arrested shortly after 1 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 31 on preliminary charges of visiting/maintaining a common nuisance, obstructing justice, possession of paraphernalia and possession of methamphetamine, according to a release from the North Manchester Police Department.
 
According to court records, as of Tuesday, Jan. 3, Hardesty, of North Manchester, is being charged with possession of methamphetamine, a level 6 felony; maintaining a common nuisance – alcohol, a level 6 felony; possession of paraphernalia, a class c misdemeanor; and driving while suspended, a class a infraction.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 10
Progress expected on Stellar projects in 2017
State and local officials toured the Rock City Lofts in December to get a look at how much progress was being made on work there. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Residents could see some movement on various programs that are part of the Stellar Community Projects program in 2017.
 
Work has already started on the Rock City Lofts project, and work on other aspects of the program will begin later this year.
 
The Wabash City Council, at its December meeting, heard an update from Rachel Swanson, American Structurepoint’s liaison with the city.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 10
Tandy appointed WCS School Board attorney
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash City Schools’ Board of Education rearranged itself Monday, Jan. 2, starting with appointing Jordan Tandy as board attorney.
 
Previously appointed to the board as a member, Tandy will now act as the board’s legal advisor after taking over the vacant seat left behind by John Johnston’s retirement.
 
Additionally, the board reappointed Brandon France, whose term expired in December, to serve the final two years of Tandy’s term.
 
Posted on 2017 Jan 10

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