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Early voting going slow

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

Early voting for the May 7 Primary Elections has not been very popular, according to County Clerk Lori Draper.


Draper told The Paper of Wabash County that as of Friday morning, only 17 early ballots had been cast for the election thus far.


“It’s been very slow – it started Monday,” Draper said. “There’s not that many races. There’s only one party and there’s just council races across the board in every place. It’s just slow.”
 

Posted on 2019 Apr 30
Courthouse needs structural work

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com


County Coordinator Jim Dils informed the Wabash County Commissioners at their weekly meeting Monday that the Wabash County Courthouse is in need of some structural work.


He presented a quote from Atlas Buidling Services regarding some emergency repairs to the south side of the court house.
The work will include mortar replacement and tuck-pointing.


Dils said there is moisture getting on the south side.


The quote from Atlas, not including materials, was for $15,445.


The Commissioners approved and signed the quote.
 

Posted on 2019 Apr 30
State Supreme Court visits Wabash

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The Indiana Supreme Court took oral arguments Thursday, April 18, during a hearing at the Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater.


The court routinely hears a few cases each year outside its courtroom in the State Capitol Building in Indianapolis.


Thursday’s hearing dealt with the cast of Katelin Eunjoo Seo vs the State of Indiana.


In July 2017,  Seo contacted the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Department alleging that she was the victim of a crime, and named the alleged perpetrator. As part of the investigation, she unlocked her smartphone and allowed a detective to review its contents. After the review, police opted not to charge the perpetrator, and began investigating Seo instead.


 

Posted on 2019 Apr 23
County official explains primary procedure

By The Paper staff

On May 7, there will be Primary elections held in the City of Wabash, Town of North Manchester, and the Town of LaFontaine.


The primaries will be for Republican candidates only, Wabash County Clerk Lori Draper announced. There are Democratic candidates who have filed for office, but they are unopposed.


The purpose for the Primary election as stated in Indiana law is for choosing candidates who will be the nominees of a political party for elected offices as stated in Indiana Code 3-5-1-2(3), she said. Since there are no Democrat races against each other the Democrats will not have a Primary ballot but will appear on all ballots for the Fall General Election.
 

Posted on 2019 Apr 23
County's top students honored at luncheon

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Top students from all of Wabash County’s public and private high schools were recognized Thursday, April 18, during the annual Honor Students Luncheon.


Sponsored by Grow Wabash County, the event took place in the Honeywell Center’s Legacy Hall. The luncheon is generally in the Center’s skating rink, but had to be moved upstairs because of the number of people attending.


Indiana Supreme Court Justice Chris Goff, himself a Southwood High School graduate, was the keynote speaker. Goff, who earlier in the day participated in an Indiana Supreme Court hearing at the Ford Theater, congratulated the students for their success, but also had a message for the community and business leaders in attendance.
 

Posted on 2019 Apr 23
City gets bids for Ringel Ave. work

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Two firms submitted bids to build a bridge across a creek along Ringel Avenue when the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety met on April 18.


By working on Ringel Avenue, located in the Northeast Business Park, the city will open space in the park for future development.


J.D. Company Inc., Muncie, submitted a bid of $809,000, while Phend & Brown, Milford, bid $730,680.19.


The board took the bids under advisement in order for them to be reviewed.
 

Posted on 2019 Apr 23
City announces dates for spring clean-up

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The City of Wabash’s annual spring clean-up will take place April 29-May 4.


Pick-up will be divided into four sections, following the same route as weekly trash, Street Superintendent Scott Richardson said.


Items will  be picked  up from treelawns and  along city streets only. No pick-ups will take  place in alleys.


Items to be picked up should be in place  by 7 a.m.  on  the day of pick-up or the items may not be picked up.


Piles of items to be picked up should be no larger than 4-foot-by-8-foot. Also,  items for  pick-up should be separate from brush piles. Brush will not be picked up the week of spring cleanup.
 

Posted on 2019 Apr 23
Bass and Bucks marks 20 years

The Butchers - daughter Tabitha, son Josh, grandson Grayson, father Glenn and mother Sheila stand in the Bass and Bucks showroom. Photo by Joseph Slacian

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Over the last 20 years, Glenn and Sheila Butcher and their children, Tabitha and Josh, have seen many changes in the family business, Bass and Bucks.


The business opened in 1999 in Lagro.


“We started in Lagro, at what is now Zoomer’s, but was Pefley’s Farm Equipment,” Josh said, sitting behind a desk in one of the business’ showrooms. “Before that it was Sloan’s Sport Center.


“We originally started there, just selling bait and archery equipment.”


About a year later, the business moved to Southwood Avenue, behind Crystal Glass & Exteriors. In 2004, it moved to its present location, 4890 W. Millcreek Pike.


“There’s not much we could do in town and being on that landlocked property we were at,” Josh said. “Having 182 acres out here is a bit nicer.”
 

Posted on 2019 Apr 23

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