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New business targets south side factory
By Joseph Slacian
 
A recreational center and law enforcement training facility could soon open on the south side of Wabash.
 
David Kahn received a special exception from the Wabash Board of Zoning Appeals on Thursday, March 17, to open the facility at an abandoned factory at 1295 Vernon St.
 
“We’d like to establish a recreational center and training facility,” he said. “What we are focusing on is we would like to utilize this as an air soft arena that is open to the public. We also want to do laser tag, which is also open to the public.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 22
Hospital plans taking shape
By Joseph Slacian
 
Plans for the new Parkview Wabash Hospital cleared two hurdles last week, as the Wabash City Council and the Wabash Board of Zoning Appeals both approved measures needed prior to construction.
 
The Council, at its March 14 meeting, amended the zoning ordinance and made changes to the zoning map.
 
The changes made the site for the new hospital a General Business District instead of a Residential 1 District as it is now zoned.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 22
City honors retiring police chief
Retired Wabash Police Chief Larry Schnepp (left) listens as Mayor Scott Long congratulates him on his retirement and thanks him for his service to the city. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
Retired Wabash Police Chief Larry Schnepp was honored Monday night, March 14, during the Wabash City Council meeting.
 
Mayor Scott Long presented Schnepp with a plaque marking his service to the city. Schnepp’s retirement took effect March 1.
 
“I want to congratulate you for your retirement,” Long told Schnepp. “We appreciate what you’ve done for the city of Wabash over the years.”
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 22
Board clears way for new restaurant
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Board of Zoning Appeals cleared the way for the former Azteca’s restaurant to open at a new location.
 
The board, at its March 17 meeting, approved a variance for Betty Abbott to operate the restaurant at 700 S. Cass St. That area is zoned Light Industrial District, hence the need for the variance.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 22
First UMC request for new sign denied
By Joseph Slacian
 
Following complaints from several neighbors of the Wabash First United Methodist Church, the Wabash Board of Zoning Appeals denied the church’s request to replace and update its current sign.
 
The board, during its Thursday, March 17, meeting, unanimously rejected the church’s request to replace its main sign on North Cass Street with an LED light. In addition to replacing and upgrading the main sign, the church also had planned to remove two smaller signs on the property, attorney Joe Eddingfield told the board.
 
The special exception was needed because the property is in a residential zone.
Posted on 2016 Mar 22
Indiana Landmarks to look at Sinclair Street home
By Joseph Slacian
 
The home at 45 E. Sinclair St. may have a new lease on life, thanks in part to the Indiana Landmarks.
 
In February, the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety declared the home unsafe and ordered the owner of record, Kenneth Crace, to either begin work on refurbishing or demolishing the structure within 30 days.
 
However, Paul Hayden, a community specialist with Indiana Landmarks, asked the board for a 90-day extension so the organization can evaluate the building.
 
The board granted the extension.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 22
Wabash man arrested on 8 counts of theft
Ernest "Chuck" Hubbard
 
By Emma Rausch
 
The Wabash Police Department arrested a Wabash man on Tuesday, March 15, following an investigation of multiple thefts that have been reported since November.
 
Ernest “Chuck” Hubbard, 39, was arrested on eight counts of theft. Specifically, he was charged with four counts misdemeanor theft of less than $750 and four counts felony theft of greater than $750 but less than $50,000.
 
According to the Wabash County Jail notes, Hubbard was out on electronic home detention.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 22
Vets told agency pushing for ‘My VA’ experience
Michael Stephens, director of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Indianapolis Regional Office, greets visitors during the veterans town hall meeting on Friday, March 18, at the Laketon American Legion. Photo by Joseph Slacian
 
By Joseph Slacian
 
LAKETON – Bob McDonald, secretary of the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, has a specific vision for his agency, those attending a veterans’ town hall meeting Friday, March 18, at the Laketon American Legion were told.
 
The VA is represented by three branches: the National Cemetery Administration, the Veterans Benefits Administration, and the Veterans Health Administration.
 
“It really should be one VA,” Michael Stephens, director of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Indianapolis Regional Office, told the nearly 75 people in attendance at the two-hour event. “We just spent time in Virginia earlier this month with the secretary as we learn more and more about what his vision is for VA.
 
“That vision is a ‘My VA’ type of experience. That’s where veterans are able to go to VA and get answers for their questions, regardless of which branch. To you, all VA is the VA.
 
Posted on 2016 Mar 22

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