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City to seek overpass funding, again

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The City of Wabash will once again seek state funding to build an overpass over the Norfolk Southern track that runs through the community just north of Hill Street.


The Wabash City Council on Monday agreed to fund 20 percent of the project, expected to cost $10.7 million. The remaining 80 percent would come from the Indiana Department of Transportation’s Trax Program, Mayor Scott Long told Council.


Actually, the city’s portion of the project will likely be less, as Norfolk Southern has agreed to pay 5 percent of the city’s 20 percent match. In essence, the project would cost the city roughly $1.5 million.


The mayor first broached the idea last year, and the city sought, but didn’t receive, INDOT funds for the work.
 

Posted on 2018 Aug 21
Fair Board in midst of fundraiser

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabashcounty

The Wabash County Fair Board, in conjunction with Beacon Credit Union, is in the midst of a fundraising campaign to raise money to refurbish the exhibition hall, formerly known as the girls’ building.


Beacon has created a matching grant to match, dollar for dollar up to $60,000, funds donated to the fair board.


“We’re going to completely redo this building,” Fair Board President Dean White told The Paper of Wabash County during an interview in the exhibition hall. “We’re going to put all new ceilings in. We’re going to put a kitchenette in back there in that (northwest) corner.”


A wall with pass-through windows on the west side of the building will be removed, opening up the area.


“We’re going to build the sidewalls out and fill it in with insulation, then drywall it,” White continued. “We’re going to put air conditioning and put new furnaces in. We’re going to level the floor and have it completely redone.”
 

Posted on 2018 Aug 14
Speeding drivers allegedly putting Old Slocum Trail residents at risk

By David Fenker
david@nmpaper.com

The Wabash County Commissioners are considering extending a 30 mph speed limit east of Somerset on Old Slocum Trail to discourage speeding and increase safety.


Roger Hornaday, who lives on Old Slocum Trail, discussed the issue with the commissioners after County Highway Superintendent John Martin presented a petition regarding the speed limit extension.


The limit currently ends at 1763 W. Old Slocum Trail. The proposed extension ends at 859 W. Old Slocum Trail.
“They're concerned about the speed of traffic with several small children in the area,” Martin said.
 

Posted on 2018 Aug 14
Seeking to adopt, local family collects shoes

By David Fenker

david@nmpaper.com

NORTH MANCHESTER -- When Nelda and Darin Edgecomb decided to grow their family through adoption from Haiti, only one aspect of the process gave them pause: the cost.


To help defray that cost, the Edgecombs teamed up with Florida-based Funds2Orgs for a shoe drive.


“We're at 49 bags of shoes – which have 25 pairs in each bag,” Mrs. Edgecomb said. “I went to Syracuse on Saturday, and picked up from people closing up garage sales. I just stopped in and asked if they wanted to donate the shoes that they had.”
 

Posted on 2018 Aug 14
Women sought for study on cancer screening tests

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

INDIANAPOLIS – Women throughout Indiana and Ohio, including Wabash County, will have the opportunity to tell researchers what they think and feel about cancer screening tests.


Wabash County is one of 48 Indiana counties targeted in the research study, which is intended to find better ways to help women get cancer screenings for cancers such as breast, cervical and colorectal.
 

Posted on 2018 Aug 14
2 MSD principals to take part in IPLI

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

A pair of principals from the Metropolitan School District of Wabash County are slated to take part in the prestigious Indiana Principal Leadership Institute at Indiana State University’s Bayh College of Education.


Phil Boone of Southwood Elementary and Andrew McDaniel of Southwood Junior-Senior High schools have been chosen to take part in the sixth cohort of the IPLI, which began in July.


According to a press release, The Indiana Principal Institute is a two-year experience designed to address the professional needs of Indiana public school principals with an emphasis on student success.
 

Posted on 2018 Aug 14
WCS moves board meetings to City Hall

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash City Schools had its regularly scheduled board meeting Monday, Aug. 6, at City Hall as it awaits the final touches before moving into a new downtown location.


In fact, the move will be permanent. All of Wabash City School’s future board meetings will be held in the City Council chambers.


“For the foreseeable future I think we’re going to hold our meetings here,” Superintendent Jason Callahan said. “Just for the natural space. It’s very exciting. There’s a lot of synergy downtown. A lot of our educational and community partners are downtown. We’ve noticed people already just walking by from downtown to the Honeywell Center and back again. We were there for a Farmer’s Market, and people were coming in and seeing us, so I think it’s just going to increase our communication with the public, and our accessibility. We’re very excited to be closer to Honeywell, The Eagles, INGUARD, The Access Youth Center – just all those key partners.”
 

Posted on 2018 Aug 14
Details emerge from 2019 city budget

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Most City of Wabash employees will receive a 2 percent pay increase under a budget that was reviewed Tuesday, Aug. 9, by the Wabash City Council.


City Hall’s receptionist is scheduled to receive more than 2 percent, Mayor Scott Long told the Council, largely because she has taken on additional responsibilities, including overseeing the city’s Human Resource items.


“She’s handling all our personnel issues right now,” Long told the Council. “She’s doing a great job.”


Clerk-Treasurer Wendy Frazier added, “She wears lots of hats. She fills in for everybody.”


During the meeting, the city’s department heads came in to answer various questions from Council members about the budget they proposed.
 

Posted on 2018 Aug 14

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