Government meetings calendar -- Feb. 2-9

Monday, Feb. 2
Huntington County Solid Waste Management District Board of Trustees, 8 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington County Board of Commissioners, 8:30 a.m., commissioners' room, first floor of Huntington County Courthouse.

Huntington Board of Public Works and Safety, 9 a.m., mayor's conference room, third floor of the City Building.

Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals, 6:30 p.m., City Council Chambers, third floor of the City Building.

Committee notes pros, cons of high school class schedules

A committee formed last fall has been looking at the current high school class schedule as well as a number of alternate schedules to make sure the school corporation is providing its students the best possible opportunities for being successful.

Dinner banter

Morton Marcus (left) director emeritus of the Indiana Business Research Center Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, banters with Mark Wickersham, executive director of the Huntington County United Economic Development and the master of ceremonies at the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce annual dinner, on Monday, Jan. 26, at the event, held at the LaFontaine Golf Club.

Chamber ambassador of the year

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Sue Rumple gets a hug from outgoing Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Rose Wall (in background) after being named the chamber's ambassador of the year for 2008 at the chamber annual dinner on Monday, Jan. 26, at the LaFontaine Golf Club.

Chamber volunteers of the year

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Outgoing Huntington County Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Rose Wall (left) presents Judy (middle) and Craig Lee with a plaque for their being named chamber volunteers of the year for 2008. The presentation came Monday, Jan. 26, at the chamber's annual dinner, at the LaFontaine Golf Club.

Millions of dollars in public works projects to get under way this year in Huntington

Millions of dollars in public works projects will get under way this year in Huntington, Mayor Steve Updike announced in his State of the City address to the Huntington Rotary Club on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Most of the projects will focus on water, sewer and streets, he says.

Updike elaborated on the upcoming projects during a telephone interview after the speech.

• The city will begin complying with a federal mandate to separate its combined sewer systems, a project that will disrupt traffic throughout the city and will, in the end, cost $30 million to $50 million.

Mayor: times are tough, but he's doing his best to keep essentials going

Huntington Mayor Steve Updike makes a point - literally - during his State of the City address Tuesday, Jan. 20, in front of the Huntington Rotary Club.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The mayor's message: Times are tough, but he's doing the best he can to provide essential services to residents of Huntington, IN.

"I'm going to fight for my police department; I'm going to fight for my fire department; I'm going to fight for the people who need services," Mayor Steve Updike told members of the Huntington Rotary Club during his annual State of the City address on Tuesday, Jan. 20.

Updike took office a little more than a year ago, and he's been hit hard his first year.

Juergens earns command sergeant major status

Command Sgt. Maj. Curt Juergens, of Huntington, is congratulated by Indiana's adjutant general, Maj. Gen. R. Martin Umbarger, after Juergens received his most recent appointment.
Photo provided

Sgt. Maj. Curt Juergens, of Huntington, has been appointed as "Indiana's Strength Maintenance" Command Sergeant Major in the United States Army.

The appointment, by order of Chief of Staff George W. Casey Jr., was effective Dec. 22. A ceremony was held at the Joint Forces Headquarters in Indianapolis. His duty station is in Indianapolis, but he will continue to reside in Huntington with his wife Lorraine and daughter Tia.

Bitter cold temperatures lead to power outages

The electronic sign at Lehman Floor Covering, on the south side of Huntington, flashes 7 degrees below zero on Friday morning, Jan. 16, at about 10:15. The cold temperatures were responsible for a major power outage  in Huntington County.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Bitter cold temperatures Thursday evening led to power outages for more than 7,000 Duke Energy customers in Huntington County, forcing some people from their homes to a temporary shelter at the local Salvation Army.

The outages began just before 8 p.m. when some transmission line utility poles broke, explains Angeline Protegere, a spokesperson for Duke Energy. Transmission power lines are major carriers of power and connect to power substations.

Freezing temps, power outage sends people to Salvation Army shelter

Getting ready for a game of cards while passing the time Friday, Jan. 16, at a warming shelter set up at the Salvation Army, in Huntington, are (from left) Berniece Moore, Nancy Moore and Ellen Fisher.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Berniece Moore covered herself with newspapers to stay warm.

Roy Graff stuck his head under his blankets.

Nancy Moore got so cold that her head hurt and her feet ached.

"That's when I called for help," Nancy Moore says. "I called the police, and they called HAT. As quick as I called them, they came and got me."

Heritage Days meeting reschedules due to weather

A meeting of the Huntington Heritage Days steering committee which was scheduled for tonight, Jan. 14, has been postponed because of the weather.

The meeting has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 20, at 5:30 p.m.


Schools head to court Jan. 21 over religious program offered

A battle in the separation of religion and the local school corporation continues as legal proceedings between the schools and the parent of an eight-year-old student move forward.

HNHS students to get another direction to choose

Students attending Huntington North High School will have another choice in the direction of their education beginning next year.

The Huntington County Community Schools Board of Trustees voted unanimously on Monday, Jan. 12, to add a cosmetology course to the curriculum offered at the high school. Participating students would attend regular classes half the school day, with the remainder of their required school hours spent at the Huntington Beauty College.

Commissioners hear proposal for combined emergency dispatch centers

Paul Adams (left), chief of dispatch for the Huntington Police Department, addresses the Huntington County Board of Commissioners on Monday, Jan. 12, about the need for a new centralized emergency dispatch facility.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Proposals for combining Huntington and Huntington County emergency dispatch centers have been floating around for 20 years, but politics has always gotten in the way of actually carrying out those proposals.

"The falling apart was where to put it," says Paul Adams, the Huntington Police Department's chief of dispatch, of those past discussions.

And now that the "where to put it" has been hammered out - in a newly constructed building, a unified study committee recommends - the economy may prove to be the stumbling block.

Health Board sets Jan. 12 meeting

The Huntington County Board of Health will meet Monday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Board members will hear reports from the Department of Health staff for the fourth quarter of 2008 and a report from the public health nurse on her goals for the first quarter of 2009.