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Mayor's forum draws crowd of 50 people

Mayor Scott Long makes a point during An Evening With the Mayor. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

About 50 people were on hand Thursday night for the first Evening With the Mayor hosted by Mayor Scott Long.


Long and Keith Gillenwater, Grow Wabash County CEO, discussed a variety of issues facing the City of Wabash, including roadwork on South Wabash and Alber streets, the city’s stormwater sewer separation program, development along Wedcor Avenue and the recent mission trip to Japan and China.


“I always love to talk about the kind of work we’re doing and to answer questions as well,” Gillenwater said in his opening remarks.


He explained that Grow Wabash County was created in 2017 with the merger of the former Wabash County Economic Development Corp. and the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce. He also discussed various aspects of the organization, such as economic development, quality of life issues and entrepreneurship.


He also briefly touched on some of the successes the group has had over the last year.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 26
Reed Farm to be honored

By The Paper staff

Reed Family Farm will be honored as the Farm Family of the Year for 2018 during the annual Salute to Agriculture Dinner on March 19.


The dinner, presented by Grow Wabash County, will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Heartland REMC Community Room.


Recognizing the contributions of the agricultural sector to both the economy and way of life of Wabash County residents, Grow Wabash County continues the tradition that was established by the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce. The Farm Family of the Year Award honors those who represent the best in both agricultural practices and showcasing exceptional farm families.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 26
Couple still has April 4 deadline to raze home

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Don and Peggy Fraley still have until April 4 to have their home at 310 Euclid St. razed and the lot cleaned up.


The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety, on Jan. 3, gave the couple 90 days to have the home demolished, or the city would begin the demolition process. Thirteen days later, the home was destroyed by fire; the remains of the structure, along with several vehicles and a shed, are still on the property.


The Board of Works, on Feb. 21, discussed the matter with Mrs. Fraley.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 26
City to help solve resident's erosion problem

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

It appears the City of Wabash will pick up the bill to help rectify an erosion problem at a Wabash home.


In January, the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety learned of the problem at the home of Betty Benson, 1320 N. Cass St.


According to Ken Goble and Steve Gray, who were speaking on behalf of Benson, told the board that the problem began shortly after the Indiana Department of Transportation finished a project to replace drains near State Road 15 and U.S. 24.

Benson’s home is located southwest of the intersection.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 26
Commissioners approve alley improvement near Urbana church

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wendel Dawes of the Urbana Yoke Parish approached the Wabash County Commissioners at the Monday, Feb 25 meeting seeking improvements to an alley near the church.


The alleyway that goes to the east has not been kept up, Dawes said, and is now grass.


Dawes said a couple loads of stone being put down would rectify the issue.


County Highway Superintendent John Martin said that could be accomplished.


The request was approved after some discussion on the layout of the alleyways.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 26
Roanoke firm gets Miami Street sewer contract

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Ironclad Excavating received the contract for the next step in the city’s stormwater and sewer separation project.


The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety unanimously accepted the Roanoke firm’s bid when it met on Feb. 21.


Ironclad was one of three firms submitting bids when the board met Feb. 7. It’s bid was $1,102,913, with a mandatory alternate bid of $10,241.17 less than the original bid.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 26
'Church Basement Ladies' return to Honeywell

The "Church Basement Ladies" return to Honeywell Center on Tuesday, March 5. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Autumn O’Ryan is no stranger to the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater.


Now in her seventh tour of a “Church Basement Ladies” production, she will return with the troupe to Honeywell on Tuesday, March 7, for two performances of “The Church Basement Ladies: Rise Up O Men.”


In the latest production, the men of the church invade the church basement, and much chaos ensues.


“This takes place in June and July of 1964, and everybody’s getting ready for the Jubilee Festival,” O’Ryan told The Paper of Wabash County in a telephone interview. “The men come in, there’s the pastor, of course. We always have the pastor. But this time we have Carl the handyman and Elroy, who is married to Karen.


“As Autumn O’Ryan, it’s delightful to have the men in the kitchen. But my character (Vivian Snustad) is not too happy. She’s the matriarch of the kitchen. She doesn’t deal well with change as it is, and they you add men to her kitchen … it’s not good.”
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 26
Mission Stitches makes garments for missionary work

Members of the Mission Stitches team include (from left) Nancy Moore, Linda Helfin, Janice Azbell, Nancy Myers, Mary Zellers, Lela Dale and Linda Bechtol. Photo by Josh Sigler

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Mission Stitches is made up of a group of ladies that meet at Church of Christ at Treaty or at Mary Zellers’ house, and make pillowcase dresses, boys’ shorts and receiving blankets for equatorial mission locations.


The group meets and cuts out the items, then makes packets for the sewing, so that the ladies can take them home and sew on their own time.


The garments are sent with missions teams wherever they are going, including places in South America, Africa and Haiti.
“We are getting ready to send a pack of blankets, hats and baby socks with a Huntington University group of nurses that’s going on spring break,” Zellers said.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 26

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