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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
City OKs step in Eagles project
By Joseph Slacian
 
Mayor Scott Long now has the authority to sign the Eagles Theatre construction contract.
 
The Wabash City Council, by a 7-0 vote Tuesday night, Oct. 10, gave Long the authority to do so. 
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 17
Helping Tiffany; Weekend benefit to help raise funds for cancer fight

The Franks -- Brad, Tyce and Tiffany -- enjoy the outdoors. Photo provided

By Joseph Slacian

To say Tiffany (Everroad) Frank has been through quite a bit the last few years would be a complete understatement.

In October 2014, Tiffany found a lump in her breast. She went to the doctor, confident it would be nothing to be concerned about. She was wrong. It turned out to be ductal carcinoma (DCIS).

She opted to have a mastectomy, and all was going well.

Posted on 2017 Oct 10
IDOE announces 2016-17 school accountability grades; Majority of Wabash schools maintain previous letter grade
By Emma Rausch and David Fenker
 
The Indiana Department of Education announced the 2016-2017 accountability grades Wednesday, Oct. 4, and one Wabash county school improved while the majority maintained their score from the previous year.
 
Of the 12 participating schools, two received A scores, four received B grades and six received Cs.
 
White’s Junior-Senior High School currently has an “appeals pending” status.
 
Posted on 2017 Oct 10
O.J. seeks funds to restore pioneer schoolhouse

Originally constructed in 1840 as the Pleasant Hill School, the schoolhouse was donated to O.J. Neighbours in 1986. Its addition sparked the beginning of the Wabash elementary school’s pioneer re-enactment. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

O.J. Neighbours’ pioneer schoolhouse is in need of restoration and the Wabash elementary is asking for the public’s help in the endeavor, according to Danielle Miller, principal.

Days prior to O.J. Neighbours’ 29th annual re-enactment on Sept. 14, the schoolhouse, a 177-year-old structure, officially sunk into itself due to decaying logs in the back, right corner, Miller told The Paper of Wabash County.

“At this point with the schoolhouse, it has to be completely refurbished,” Miller said. “The logs are 177-years-old and even though we have done waterproofing and different things, time has taken its toll.

“We’re to the point where the majority of the logs, 75 to 90 percent of the logs, are not salvageable,” she later added. “So we are going to have to do a lot of work to it. Most of the estimates coming in at this point are $50,000 to $75,000.”

Posted on 2017 Oct 10

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