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Sheriff's Dept. adds new equipment

The Wabash County Sheriff’s Department has added nearly $180,000 in new equipment to better serve the public and to help make the Wabash County Jail more secure.

The department has added 23 Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) so deputies can have one in their vehicles, Sheriff Ryan Baker told The Paper of Wabash County. It also has added a body scanner that can detect contraband that inmates may attempt to sneak into the jail.

“The body scanners aren’t really a new thing, but here recently a lot of county jails have purchased body scanners,” he said. 

“The body scanner is highly beneficial to stop any type of contraband from coming in.”

From Tek84, the scanner is similar to those scanners found at airports around the world.

“It takes a very low dose of radiation, X-ray if you will, of the body and can tell if there’s any foreign objects in or on the body,” Baker said.

Posted on 2021 Jan 26
Local graduation rates top state averages

On Friday, Jan. 15, the Indiana Department of Education released the 2020 state graduation rate, which increased from 87.29 percent in 2019 to 87.69 percent.

“This modest improvement in Indiana’s 2020 graduation rate is encouraging, especially as Hoosier students and educators have tackled unprecedented challenges throughout the pandemic,” said Dr. Katie Jenner, Indiana Secretary of Education. 

“As evidenced by data and research, we know a person’s educational attainment impacts their future quality of life, health, living wage employment and sustained earning. That’s why it’s critical we continue to increase the number of students graduating from high school, as well as encourage strategic K-12, postsecondary and employer partnerships to maximize lifelong success for every Hoosier student.”

The 2020 state graduation rate reflects the State Board of Education’s waiver of the Graduation Qualifying Exam requirement for the 2020 cohort, which could not be administered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Posted on 2021 Jan 26
Hand named to County Council post

Sam Hann, Northfield High School graduate and Wabash resident was sworn in as a Wabash County Council member for the Third District on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021 by Judge Robert McCallen III.

Barbara Pearson, Wabash County Republican Party Chair told The Paper that Hann was appointed by a caucus.

“We held a county caucus and there were three people that ran and so Sam was elected after the second ballot,” she said.

Hann told The Paper that he decided to serve as a council member as a way to give back to the community.

Posted on 2021 Jan 19
MSD Preschools set to expand

The Metropolitan School District of Wabash County School Board met to conduct business on Tuesday, Jan. 12. Three meetings took place over the evening, including the Board of Finance Meeting, Reorganization Meeting, and the standard Board of Trustees meeting. New board members Christian Rosen and Scott Haupert were sworn in, along with re-elected member Kevin Bowman.

Donations were approved for a total of $4,610.

The expansion of the Little Knights and Little Norse Preschools to offer 3-year-old preschool classes was also approved. 

Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, children age 3 by Aug. 1, 2021, will be eligible to enroll in these preschool programs. Registration information will become available in February and will be available through the website and social media pages.

 
Posted on 2021 Jan 19
City Schools superintendent resigns

Wabash City Schools Superintendent Jason Callahan has resigned.

The Wabash school board approved his resignation at its Jan. 4 meeting, pending his appointment to the position of Assistant Secretary of Pathways and Opportunities with the Indiana Department of Education.

Callahan has been with the Wabash City Schools for 16 years, first as Wabash High School assistant principal, then as principal and eventually as superintendent.

“There’s no way I can sit here and thank every person who I’ve been able to connect with over the last 16 years,” he said. 

“There’s a lot, a lot people that have meant a lot to me during this time, so I want to avoid that.

“People have said really nice things about me, and at the end of the day, I think I’ve always kept kids’ focus first.”

Posted on 2021 Jan 12
Spreading cleanliness: Heartland students prepare hygiene kits for those individuals leaving the criminal justice system

Students from the Heartland Career Center’s Criminal Justice classes spent part of Friday, Jan. 8, bagging personal hygiene kits as part of a community service project.

The kits will be presented to individuals needing assistance getting re-established in their community following incarceration or while involved in the criminal justice system.

The bags were made possible through a $1,300 grant from the Community Foundation of Wabash County to Growing Grounds, a not-for-profit agency within the Wabash Church of the Brethren. Growing Grounds received the grant at the end of 2020.

Posted on 2021 Jan 12
Lawmakers to look at rural broadband

An interesting legislative session is in store for Indiana, largely because the state is in “uncharted waters and a lot different time,” one local lawmaker believes.

State Sen. Andy Zay made the remarks during a recent ZOOM meeting sponsored by Grow Wabash County to look at the upcoming 122nd General Assembly.

Zay and newly elected State Rep. Craig Snow discusses their take on the upcoming session, which begins Jan. 4, as well as their views on various topics broached by those watching online.

ZOOM meetings have been helpful and beneficial, Zay believes, “but I do look forward to getting back with my colleagues” to take part in the business of the State of Indiana.

For Snow, who is replacing longtime legislator Dave Wolkins, this session will have a totally new experience, more so because of COVID-19 and not just because he is a freshman legislator.

Posted on 2020 Dec 29
City's Preservation Commission presents awards

Two individuals and a non-profit organization where honored by the Wabash Historical Preservation Commission during the Dec. 14 Wabash City Council meeting.

Lisa Gilman and Parker Beauchamp, along with Honeywell Foundation Executive Director Tod Minnich, each received Historic Preservation Awards from Commission President Susan Stewart.

Gilman received the Commercial Award for her work on buildings located at 76, 78 and 80 W. Canal St.

The restoration project, Stewart said, “was quite an endeavor. She had a lot of surprises when she got into the bones of it.

“Thank you so much for investing in Wabash.”

Gilman said she believes that investing in one’s community is one way to help it move forward and prosper.

Posted on 2020 Dec 22

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