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Two facing drug charges

By The Paper staff

Two people were arrested and an apartment building was evacuated Monday evening after Wabash Police found an alleged meth lab in one of the apartments.

Posted on 2016 Jul 28
Reconfiguration meetings planned
By Emma Rausch
 
Northfield and Southwood’s reconfiguration plans will be discussed during two public hearings in August.
 
MSD Interim Superintendent Mike Keaffaber announced the meetings – Aug. 15 and Aug. 17 -  on Friday, July 22.
 
Nearly two weeks ago, the MSD School Board voted on July 12 to reconfigure the schools into one school system in 2017. The plans include turning Northfield’s facility into a high school, Southwood’s facility into a middle school and closing Sharp Creek Elementary. Metro North Elementary and Southwood Elementary will remain as Kindergarten through fourth grade educational facilities.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
Kirk named new NMPD Chief of Police
Jim Kirk is sworn in as the new North Manchester Police Department Chief of Police Wednesday afternoon by Town Manager Carrie Mugford. Also with Chief Kirk are his wife Karyl and his mother Linda. Photo by Eric Christiansen
 
By Eric Christiansen
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- North Manchester Police Detective Jim Kirk was sworn in as the new NMPD Chief of Police during a special Town Council meeting on Wednesday, July 21.
 
Kirk has been with the department as detective since May 31, and takes over from Steve Olsen, who assumed the role as chief on an interim basis on June 2, the day after Jeff Perry suddenly retired. 
 
Kirk started his law enforcement career and spent the last 28 years with the Wabash City Police Department before joining the NMPD in May. He was one of 15 applicants for the position. Four applicants were interviewed, with Kirk selected for a second interview last Thursday.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
Roann receives $400,000 grant
By Joseph Slacian
 
The Town of Roann is one of 12 Hoosier communities to receive funds under the Wastewater Drinking Water Program, Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced Friday, July 22.
 
Roann will receive $400,000 of the more than $6 million to be awarded the communities.
 
The funds will be used for necessary improvements to the Roann drinking water system with the construction and installation of a disinfection facility.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
2 homes to get asbestos testing
By Joseph Slacian
 
City Building Commissioner John Stephens has ordered asbestos tests on two homes prior to demolition, the Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety learned Thursday, July 21.
 
The homes are located at 494 N. Miami St. and 107 Walnut St.
 
The Wabash Board of Public Works and Safety ordered the North Miami Street home demolished when it met July 7. 
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
Kids Hope: mentoring students to make a difference
By Sarah Peters 
 
There is a growing number of children across the United States, including here in Wabash County, whose social and emotional needs limit their motivation and ability to learn during the school day.  Kids Hope USA is a nationwide mentoring program that helps make a positive difference in a child’s life who may be struggling with this.  
 
It has been in existence for 21 years and today has 1,069 programs in 32 states across the U.S. In Indiana, there are more than 155 programs. In Wabash, there are three different Kids Hope programs a child can sign up to help them benefit from the extra attention and mentoring. 
 
Metro North Elementary School is in its third year with the Kids Hope program.  Bachelor Creek Church of Christ is the partner church, led by Director Ryan Rosen. 
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
MCS to lose $60,000 in federal funding
By David Purvis-Fenker
 
NORTH MANCHESTER -- Manchester Community Schools is facing a reduction in funding through Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
 
“Sometimes schools use [Title 1 funds] to buy things. Maybe they’ll spend it on technology, maybe they’ll spend it on extracurricular resources. We believe in the philosophy, here in Manchester Community Schools, that we put that money into people, because it’s a quality person in front of the kid that has the most impact on their education,” MES Principal Joseph Rodgers said.
 
Last year MCS received approximately $295,000 from the Title 1 grant, Rodgers said. This year, it’s down to approximately $233,000, a cut of just over $60,000.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26
Wabash City Schools talks first day of school
By Emma Rausch
 
With the first day of school only three weeks away, the Wabash City Schools’ School Board had pre-first day preparations on the mind at its Monday, July 18, meeting.
 
City Schools students return to their classrooms on Wednesday, Aug. 10, Superintendent Jason Callahan reminded the Board.
 
Corporation-wide registration will take place on Thursday, July 28, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at O.J. Neighbours Elementary School.
 
Posted on 2016 Jul 26

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