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Wabash woman helps with animals from Hurricane Maria

Simon is one of the 82 dogs and cats flown to Indiana from hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

A Wabash woman was among a group of volunteers who traveled to Greenfield to tend to a shipment of animals needing help in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Whitney Myers is a District Leader Volunteer for the Humane Society of the United States. Because of that, she was among those who traveled to the Indianapolis Regional Airport in Greenfield to help greet and tend to 82 cats and dogs rescued from Puerto Rico.

Because of low spaying and neutering numbers and underfunded shelters in Puerto Rico, the HSUS has sponsored flights to evacuate animals in existing shelters there due to the lack of space.

Posted on 2017 Oct 24
LIT rates to change
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash County’s Local Income Tax will change as of Jan. 1, 2018.
 
On Monday, Oct. 16, the Wabash County Council hosted a special, public meeting to discuss the LIT rate changes and eventually approved an ordinance modifying the rates with a 5-2 vote.
 
Before voting, the council considered decreasing property tax relief rates from 1 percent to .5 percent, allocating .41 percent to a Certified Shares and directing .09 percent of expenditure rate to the Public Safety Access Point (PSAP), according to the ordinance’s verbatim.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 24
Wabash County Christmas Spirit opens registration
By The Paper staff
 
Wabash County Christmas Spirit registration is officially open Oct. 17 through Nov. 26.
 
The Christmas Spirit program assists families in need with fulfilling children’s Christmas lists. The program accepts names of children from new born to 17-years-old and who are still in high school.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 27
Wabash Street work progressing
By Joseph Slacian
 
Work on North Wabash Street is slightly behind schedule, but is progressing.
 
That was the word Friday, Oct. 20, from Mayor Scott Long. 
 
The Wabash Street project is one of several that will have local drivers seeking alternate routes this week.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 24
MSD continues solar panel discussion
By Emma Rausch
 
MSD of Wabash County furthered discussions on possibly using solar panels in the future to cut utility costs.
 
The MSD Board of Education began the talks on July 11 with a presentation from Performance Services, an Indianapolis-based, energy-savings consulting firm.
 
Chris Kuhn, MSD assistant superintendent of finance, updated the MSD Board of Education on the information he gathered so far on the possible endeavor.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 24
Wabash moves forward with Studies for Advancement
By Emma Rausch
 
Wabash City Schools Board of Education will be moving forward with the Studies for Advancement following a vote on Monday, Oct. 23.
 
With a 4-0 vote, the board approved a recommendation to accept the Community Foundation of Wabash County’s offer to engage in Phase II of the education study. Board member Liz Hobbs was absent.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 24
USDA processing pending CRP enrollment offers
From the USDA
 
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it will process many pending eligible offers for land enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), and it will temporarily suspend accepting most new offers until later in the 2018 fiscal year.
 
“All current, eligible CRP continuous enrollment offers made through Sept. 30, 2017 – except for those made under the Pollinator Habitat Initiative (CP42) – will be approved,” said Steven J. Peterson, Acting Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator. “Additionally, we are temporarily suspending acceptance of most offers going forward to provide time to review CRP allocation levels, and to avoid exceeding the statutory cap of 24 million acres.”
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 24
City approves bids to demolish Harrison Avenue home
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety accepted a bid to demolish one home Thursday, Oct. 19. Meanwhile, another home was ordered by the board to be demolished.
 
A bid of $6,440 from Brainard Excavating to demolish a home owned by Jan Bailey, 20 E. Harrison Ave., was unanimously approved by the board.
 
Bailey told the board that she has been in contact with several firms interested in removing the homes outer limestone siding. Doing so, she contended, would save the city money in landfill fees.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 24

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