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Kelch sentenced to 30 years in prison

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Wabash Circuit Court Judge Robert McCallen III accepted a plea agreement for Corey Kelch, one of two individuals involved in the April 2018 robbery and murder of a LaFontaine man.


McCallen, during a nearly two-hour, often emotional hearing on Monday afternoon, Feb. 18, sentenced Kelch allowed under the statute, 30 years for robbery.


Kelch and the late Kaleb Marin were suspects in the April 25, 2018, robbery and shooting death of Jordan Richards in Richards’ LaFontaine home. Marin died four days later in a car accident not too far away from the murder scene.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
Plea agreement withdrawn in ex-coroner's case

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A plea agreement with former Wabash County Coroner Carol (Whitesell) Nose was withdrawn on Monday, Feb. 18, in Wabash Circuit Court.


A new trial date on the matter will be sent.


Nose is charged with official misconduct for allegedly failing to turn over numerous files to the current coroner.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
Kindergarten Round-up set

By The Paper Staff

The 2019 Wabash Kindergarten Round-up has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 20 at the Honeywell Center lobby from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Please enter through the circle drive on the northwest corner.


The Round-up is or children turning five by Aug. 1, 2019, and is for Emmanuel Christian, Metro North, O.J. Neighbours, Southwood and St. Bernard schools.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
The Paper of Wabash changes delivery system

By The Paper staff

Beginning this week, The Paper of Wabash County will be delivered via the U.S. Postal Service to households in Wabash County.


The decision to stop delivery by carriers was a difficult one to make, but The Paper officials believe having the newspaper delivered by the Post Office will guarantee all households will receive a copy of the newspaper each week.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
Commissioners approve road construction bid

By Josh Sigler
jsigler@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash County Commissioners approved the acceptance of a bid for the County Road 1100 North construction project at the Monday, Feb. 11 meeting.


County Highway Superintendent John Martin recommended that the commissioners accept the low bidder for the project, revealed at last week’s meeting, Phend and Brown, Leesburg, for $1,287,982.28.


$1 million of that amount will come in the form of a Community Crossings Grant, Martin noted.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
City softball diamond may be refurbished

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

The Wabash Board of Parks and Recreation will consider a request to refurbish the Wabash City Park softball diamond when it meets on March 13.


The board, at its Feb. 13 meeting, heard from Dave Judy and Steve Flynn, members of the Wabash Fastpitch Committee which is interested in upgrading the diamond.


“We would like to do some changes to it,” Judy told the board. “We’d like to add a drainage system to it. Right now, when it rains all the dirt and everything goes straight down … into the creek. It’s just been a problem for years and years.”
The committee also would like to resurface the infield, add new dugouts, repair the fence and remove parts of the bleachers.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
City names new building commissioner

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

Jim Straws is the new City of Wabash building commissioner, replacing John Stephens who recently retired.


Mayor Scott Long introduced Straws during the Feb. 7 Board of Public Works and Safety meeting. He was sworn in earlier in the month, and had a ceremonial swearing-in Monday night, Feb. 11, at the Wabash City Council meeting.


Before being named building commissioner, Straws spent 30 years with the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s office.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19
Park woes may have been misunderstanding

By Joseph Slacian
jslacian@thepaperofwabash.com

A decade old problem faced by the City of Wabash may be resolved soon, largely because of what appears to be a giant misunderstanding.


At least 10 years ago, the City of Wabash was chastised by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources because it built the Dallas L. Winchester Senior Center on land in Wabash City Park.


The building, DNR officials contended, violated a grant agreement the city received from the Land and Water Council in the 1970s to help make upgrades to the park. As part of the grant, the land had to be an open playground.


The building of the senior center, officials believed, violated the agreement and the land the center is located on is considered “contaminated” because it isn’t being used as park land.
 

Posted on 2019 Feb 19

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