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Clerk to get new poll pads
By David Fenker
 
The Wabash County Clerk’s Office will soon be purchasing around $30,000 worth of polling equipment.
 
The three-year contract was unanimously approved by the county commissioners at the board’s Monday, Oct. 23, meeting, and totals $32,279 for 13 new poll pads, the associated hardware and software, and three years of maintenance.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 24
Parkview Wabash lauded as Business of the Year
Marilyn Custer-Mitchell, (left) president of Parkview Wabash Hospital, accepts the Business of the Year award on behalf of the organization. Photos by Emma Rausch
 
By Emma Rausch
 
When considering the nominee for Business of the Year, Paul McCann, former Wabash County Chamber of Commerce Board chair, made his choice based on the organization’s impact on Wabash as well as on his family.
 
“This was an honor as well as I contemplated the economic environment of Wabash County,” McCann said at the Grow Wabash County celebration dinner on Thursday, Oct. 12.
 
He later added, “As the final board chair of the Wabash County Chamber of Commerce, it was my responsibility to select the Business of the Year. Considering the history of the Chamber and the chapter that just closed with the merger to create Grow Wabash County, I wanted to select an organization that is also currently pivoting their strategic direction with the next 100 years in mind, an organization that is invested in the local fabric of the community that will serve the needs of the people here.
Posted on 2017 Oct 17
Chili lovers gear up for 15th cook-off

Nearly 85 teams will head out to Paradise Spring Historical Park on Saturday, Oct. 21, for the annual Chili for Charity Chili Cookoff. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Joseph Slacian

The busiest day in downtown Wabash will take place Saturday, Oct. 21, as the 15th annual Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity Chili Cook-off fills at Paradise Spring Historical Park with fun and food.

More than 85 teams will begin cooking shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday, with about 5,000 people converging on the park around noon to sample the various styles of chili available.

Cook-off Committee Chair Todd Titus has been involved with the event all 15 years. Initially his job was that as Wabash Park Superintendent, and eventually morphed into serving both the park’s needs as well as his job on the cook-off committee.

Posted on 2017 Oct 17
Gov. tabs new Superior Court judge
By The Paper staff
 
INDIANAPOLIS – Gov. Eric J. Holcomb on Friday announced Amy Conner Cornell as his appointment to the Wabash County Superior Court.
 
Cornell succeeds Judge Christopher M. Goff, who was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court in June. 
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 17
South Bend man facing felony charges following police chase
By David Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER – A South Bend man was arrested on eight felony counts following a car chase through and around North Manchester Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15.
 
Charles D. Lockett, 21, was charged after allegedly fleeing from the scene of an accident and leading police on a chase in a car and on foot before being captured, according to Chief Jim Kirk, of the North Manchester Police Department.
 
On Oct. 15, NMPD Officers Parker Stauffer and Devin Bechtold attempted to stop a vehicle suspected of being involved in a hit-and-run with a parked car.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 17
Democrat enters race for U.S. House of Representative
By Joseph Slacian
 
A former health care industry official has announced plans to seek the Democratic nomination for the Second District U.S. House of Representative seat now held by three-term Republican Jackie Walorski.
 
Mel Hall, who worked his way up in the Press Ganey ranks to serve as CEO for 10 years, announced his plans during a South Bend press conference on Tuesday, Oct. 10. He was in Wabash on Thursday, Oct. 12, to attend the Grow Wabash County annual dinner.
 
He told The Paper of Wabash County that his campaign is based on holding himself accountable to the voters.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 17
County, Roann granted $350,000 to raze old school
By David Fenker
 
Roann’s old school building is officially slated for demolition, though the timetable for the work is still unknown.
 
Roann Clerk-Treasurer Bob Ferguson informed the Wabash County Commissioners Monday morning, Oct. 16, that the town and county officially received a $350,000 grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs.
 
“We were granted the grant, as of last Thursday, for $350,000 to raze the old school, which is great news,” Ferguson said. “I wanted to come in this morning to thank the Commissioners for coming in with the town of Roann and helping and supporting to get this out of the Town of Roann and out of the county.
 
“We are moving ahead right now; we’ve been working on it all weekend long so we can have all of our ducks in a row. We have a deadline of the 24th – we’ll meet that, and we’re in full motion right now.”
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 17
County OKs changing court case management system
By Joseph Slacian
 
Wabash County’s court system is moving toward a new statewide case management system.
 
Wabash County Commissioners approved a resolution to begin the change when they met on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 17

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