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ISP seeking answers in Miami County homicide

BY Paige Conley - pconley@perutribune.com MIAMI COUNTY — Indiana State Police have determined the death of a Summitville man whose body was found on a trail in Miami County over the weekend to be a homicide. State police came to that conclusion after an India

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'Making Wabash a destination'

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com Outdoor festivals, farmers markets and warm summer nights beckon Hoosiers to Wabash County. In 2016, tourism dollars spent here generated $51 million in revenue, according to Christine Flohr, executive director of tou

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Low unemployment gives way to tight labor market

INTERVIEWS: Taco Bell, like many fast food restaurants in town, advertises for open interviews.

by KAITLIN GEBBY kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com and MACKENZI KLEMANN mklemann@wabashplaindealer.com Historically low unemployment is creating a labor shortage in Wabash County and across the state, a problem which local officials are trying to solve through talent at

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Abrupt closure mobilizes county

by ANDREW MACIEJEWSKI amaciejewski@wabashplaindealer.com and MACKENZI KLEMANN mklemann@wabashplaindealer.com NORTH MANCHESTER — Local officials are deploying rapid response measures to help workers displaced by the unexpected shutdown of Manchester Metals l

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Board denies church petition

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com The Wabash County Board of Commissioners denied an Urbana church its request to have an adjacent alleyway vacated by the county. Urbana Yoke Parish, located at 122 Ind. 15 in Urbana, requested that the county vac

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Manchester University sends off Class of 2018

PHOTOS: Graduates take photos with family members during Saturday’s commencement exercises.

by MACKENZI KLEMANN - mklemann@wabashplaindealer.com NORTH MANCHESTER — It was a day of goodbyes and new beginnings on Saturday, when members of the Manchester University Class of 2018 accepted their degrees and celebrate their last day on the North Mancheste

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Council to establish morgue

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com A plan to purchase a new morgue for the county coroner will be put into motion at the next County Council meeting. The morgue, which was formerly a family doctor’s office, is located at 1025 Manchester Ave. The

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Traveling exhibit stops in Wabash

LIFE IN PHOTOS:Dr. James For Historic Home Manager Michele Hughes explains the purpose of the traveling Abraham Lincoln exhibit currently residing in the house.

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com A three-part exhibit featuring the many faces of one of America’s most iconic historical figures and presidents, Abraham Lincoln, is on display at the Dr. James Ford Historic Home. “The Faces of Lincoln,&#

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MSD to hear about tax rate analysis

by the WPD STAFF The Metropolitan School District of Wabash County’s school board will hear a presentation on how consolidation could impact tax rates during a work session on Tuesday. The session, featuring Darren Bates of DataPitStop, will start at 5 p.m. i

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City warns of possible home improvement scam

by MACKENZI KLEMANN - mklemann@wabashplaindealer.com City officials on Thursday warned residents that an individual claiming to be a city employee has been falsely telling area homeowners they will be fined if their driveways are not sealed. But there is no such or

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Murder suspect denied bond

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com A Marion man suspected of murder was denied bond at a hearing in Wabash County Circuit Court on Wednesday. Corey Kelch, 22, of Marion, was one of two men wanted for the murder of Jordon Richards, 22, of LaFontaine. Ri

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Youth center offers second chances

STUDY TIME:At left, Marcia Hensley, a substitute tutor at the Access Youth Center, helps student Destiny Hubbard with an assignment on Thursday.

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com The Access Youth Center in downtown Wabash is a home away from home for local students. Operating for more than 30 years in the community, the Access Youth Center works with students during and after school to offer t

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Demo orders approved

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com The Wabash City Board of Public Works and Safety approved an order for demolition for dilapidated housing during an evaluation of unsafe structures on Thursday afternoon. Building Commissioner John Step

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Takeover fears reach Wabash

BY Kaitlin Gebby - kgebby@chronicle-tribune.com Indiana legislators set a precedent on Monday by passing HB 1315, allowing for the takeover of schools in financial distress. Although the historic bill presents language directly referring to the takeover of Muncie S

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Reducing opioid availability

by ANDREW CHRISTMAN - achristman@wabashplaindealer.com Statewide and local efforts are underway to address opioid misuse, including efforts to limit prescriptions and curb pill shopping. There were 94.2 opioid prescriptions per 100 people written in 2016 in Wabash

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Uncovering a hidden past

TREES:Cherry trees that were planted every time a man died on the property are visible above Honeysuckle bushes that dominate the perimeter of the forest.

by ANDREW MACIEJEWSKI - amaciejewski@wabashplaindealer.com The hidden history of the Wabash County Home’s civil war-era headstones will be on display this summer, thanks to a $22,000 grant to remove invasive plants that block the view of the wooded cemetery.

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