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2 homes to get asbestos testing
By Joseph Slacian
 
City Building Commissioner John Stephens has ordered asbestos tests on two homes prior to demolition, the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety learned Thursday, July 21.
 
The homes are located at 494 N. Miami St. and 107 Walnut St.
 
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety ordered the North Miami Street home demolished when it met July 7. 
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
Kids Hope: mentoring students to make a difference
By Sarah Peters 
 
There is a growing number of children across the United States, including here in Wabash County, whose social and emotional needs limit their motivation and ability to learn during the school day.  Kids Hope USA is a nationwide mentoring program that helps make a positive difference in a child’s life who may be struggling with this.  
 
It has been in existence for 21 years and today has 1,069 programs in 32 states across the U.S. In Indiana, there are more than 155 programs. In Wabash, there are three different Kids Hope programs a child can sign up to help them benefit from the extra attention and mentoring. 
 
Metro North Elementary School is in its third year with the Kids Hope program.  Bachelor Creek Church of Christ is the partner church, led by Director Ryan Rosen. 
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
MCS to lose $60,000 in federal funding
By David Purvis-Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Manchester Community Schools is facing a reduction in funding through Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
 
“Sometimes schools use [Title 1 funds] to buy things. Maybe they’ll spend it on technology, maybe they’ll spend it on extracurricular resources. We believe in the philosophy, here in Manchester Community Schools, that we put that money into people, because it’s a quality person in front of the kid that has the most impact on their education,” MES Principal Joseph Rodgers said.
 
Last year MCS received approximately $295,000 from the Title 1 grant, Rodgers said. This year, it’s down to approximately $233,000, a cut of just over $60,000.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
Wabash City Schools talks first day of school
By Emma Rausch
 
With the first day of school only three weeks away, the Wabash City Schools’ School Board had pre-first day preparations on the mind at its Monday, July 18, meeting.
 
City Schools students return to their classrooms on Wednesday, Aug. 10, Superintendent Jason Callahan reminded the Board.
 
Corporation-wide registration will take place on Thursday, July 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at O.J. Neighbours Elementary School.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
Local manís beer to be featured at tasting
By Joseph Slacian
 
A Wabash home brewer’s wares will be featured Friday night during the “July Gathering of the Tasting Society” in Indianapolis.
 
Jim Reynolds, president of J.M. Reynolds Oil Company, will have six of his beers featured at the event, organized by Indiana on Tap. The event will take place from 7-11 p.m. Friday, July 29, at The Speak Easy, 55 Winthrop Ave., Indianapolis.
 
“What they do is invite craft breweries, craft wineries, eclectic food companies and some craft coffee companies” to show off their goods, he said.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
Yohe retiring after 40 years in real estate
Elden Yohe does work at a table in his home. Photo by Sarah Peters
 
By Sarah Peters 
 
Elden Yohe began his own Broker/Realtor agency in Wabash, “Yohe Realty”, in 1977 and now, almost 40 years later, is ready to close the business and retire at age 96. 
 
Yohe Realty is officially closing on July 31. For the last five months, Yohe has been working from his home while his secretary runs the office in downtown Wabash.  He will continue dealing with his rentals and taking phone calls/appointments until the last day of July. 
 
“Well age 96 was a big factor,” Yohe laughs as he explains why he’s decided to retire. “My health is good, my mind is good, I’m active.  [My wife] helps me with my rentals, my office is over at the dining table now instead of the desk downtown and it’s just time to quit.  Ninety-six is just it.” 
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
Laketon Wesleyan to add ADA restrooms
By David Purvis-Fenker
 
The Wabash County Commissioners heard a request from the Laketon Wesleyan Church concerning plans to improve their building.
 
The church plans to add ADA-accessible restrooms, a nursery and office space on the east end of their building, and needed more space in which to do so. 
 
“We currently have no restrooms upstairs in our facility, and we want to enhance our sanctuary with a nursery and office space,” said lead pastor David Cox.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
Anonymous tip leads to methamphetamine lab bust
Ronald Skaggs and Phillip Johnson
 
By Emma Rausch
 
Two Wabash men face methamphetamine-related charges after an anonymous person tipped off the Wabash County Drug Task Force on Monday, July 18, that a possible drug lab was in process in the 700 block of Courtland Avenue.
 
According to the probable cause affidavit, Det. Ryan Baker received a tip Monday that Ronald Skaggs, 44, and Phillip A. Johnson, 46, were in the process of manufacturing methamphetamine behind Johnson’s residence on Courtland Avenue, along the creek at the back edge of the property.
 
Task Force officers were joined by Deputy Max Cox and K-9 partner Cato before initiating the bust, the affidavit continued.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26

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