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TRC WRESTLING - 19 All eight schools from the Three Rivers Conference converged at Northfield High School for the conference wrestling championships on Jan. 22. The Norse wrapped up the team title (photo on page 3) while Wabash County teams boasted four individual champions. For a breakdown of the conference scores see this week’s Sports Shorts on page 20. Aaron McClary – 16 JUAREZ MISSION TRIP Aaron McClary, Bachelor Creek Church of Christ, recently led a trip to the notoriously violent area of Juarez, Mexico, on a mission trip. McClary had nothing but positive remarks about the trip and the people of Juarez. THE PAPER of Wabash County Inc. January 26, 2011 Harness to run for Wabash Clerk/ Treasurer Richard (Rick) Harness has announced that he is running for Clerk/Treasurer of Wabash. Harness, a Republican, was born on Feb. 3, 1957, in Kokomo. He has been married to Dawn for 27 years. They are the proud parents of Lacy, Lindsay, and Lucas. Rick and his family moved to Wabash in 1992. A 1975 graduate of Eastbrook High School in Grant County, Harness earned a scholarship to play basketball at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. While at Furman, Harness also played baseball. He graduated from Furman with a degree in Political Science. Prior to college, Harness was invited to play for the U.S. Junior Olympic Basketball Team competing in (continued on page 5) In Memorium Lyle Bonewitz, 61 Maxine Howard, 82 Jimmy Kazee Jr., 54 Stacey Miller, 38 Jayantilal Patel, 89 Sandra Schram, 76 Jeannine Young, 78 Mayor Vanlandingham files for third term Mayor Robert (Bob) Vanlandingham has filed paperwork to seek a third term as the Mayor of Wabash. He was born in Marion on March 10, 1939, and has been married to Susan for 33 years. He has three children: Jay, North Manchester; Brett, Wabash; and Krista, Indianapolis. M a y o r Va n l a n d i n g h a m served in the United States Army from 1961 to 1962. He graduated from Huntington College with a B.S. in Education using the GI Bill. Mayor Va n l a n d i n g h a m earned his M.A. in Education from Ball State University. He spent 31 years with the Wabash City School Corporation as a teacher and principal. He retired in 2002. M a y o r Va n l a n d i n g h a m entered politics in 2000 when he was elected to the Wabash City Council, serving as Council President for one year. He was first elected Mayor of Wabash in 2003 and was re-elected in 2007. His major focus as Mayor is bringing new jobs to Wabash. After filling the current industrial park with the addition, and the expansion, of Living Essentials (5 Hour Energy), Mayor RICK HARNESS AND MAYOR BOB VANLANDINGHAM receive candidate registration information from Clerk of the Courts Elaine Martin on Jan. 26. Harness will run for Wabash clerk-treasurer and Vanlandingham will seek a third term as Mayor of Wabash. (photo by Shaun Tilghman) Vanlandingham has led the purchase and development of the new Wabash Business Park on the north side of town. “In this economy, jobs are the most important thing to our citizens. I will do everything in my power to promote the development of new jobs in Wabash. Our new business park is the best way to do this. We have already been talking with companies who are interested in our new park. We will pursue them vigorously and responsibly,” the Mayor said. M a y o r Vanlandingham has volunteered for many local organizations including the Wabash County Child Protection team, Wabash Community Service Board of Directors, YMCA Board of Directors, Wabash County E c o n o m i c D e v e l o p m e n t Corporation, and Our Children, Our Future, Inc. He is also a member of the First United Methodist Church and Wabash Kiwanis Club. New sheriff increases drug enforcement efforts WCSD nets five drug arrests in Land’s first three weeks Index Classifieds ............29-31 Community News.....24-26 D & E ..................21-23 Sports Shorts ............20 Weekly Reports ....12-13 Vol. 33, No. 42 PO Box 603, Wabash, IN 46992 (260) 563-8326 Proudly Serving Wabash County Since 1977 by Brent Swan Throughout the election cycle of 2010, all candidates expressed a desire to renew efforts at the Wabash County S h e r i f f ’ s Department to combat the local drug trade. With just three weeks in office as Wabash County Sheriff, Bob Land has already begun to make good on his campaign promise. Two separate investigations in the first 16 days have resulted in the arrests of five individuals for a variety of drug-related offenses. Both cases were launched by the work of Wabash County Sheriff ’s Department personnel, and worked with the assistance of the Wabash City Drug Task Force when needed. The first investigation, spearheaded by WCSD Sgt. Tyler Guenin, resulted in the Jan. 13 arrests of three Wabash residents, Randall W. Conliff, 28; Nathan T. Green, 20; and Matthew S. Lord, 23. The men were stopped on Falls Avenue in Wabash City at approximately 6:45 p.m. for heroin trafficking offenses. Prior to the arrests, Guenin had obtained information during a traffic stop that led authorities to believe the individuals were suspected to be returning from a trip to the Chicago area for the purchase of a large quantity of heroin. On Jan. 13, Wabash City Police Officer Josh Prater located the vehicle on Falls Avenue and conducted a felony stop. As back-up assistance arrived, a quantity of heroin was immediately located on one of the suspects. Heroin was located eventually on all three individuals. Over three grams of (continued on page 5)

Jan. 26, 2011

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