Government & School Board

Huntington commish Wall is new VP for state commish association

Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall has been elected 2020 vice president of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners (IACC) during their annual conference.

Vice President John Frey, Montgomery County commissioner, stated, “Wall will be a great spokesperson for their association and is very dedicated to improving local government.”

As vice president, Wall will represent the elected county commissioners in the 92 counties of Indiana. Wall will be vice president of the IACC’s board of directors, which determines policies and legislative goals for the association.

Andrews Town Council hears that festival future is in doubt

The future of the Andrews Summer Festival is in doubt after the dissolution of the committee that plans it, learned the Andrews Town Council at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 9.

Julie Newsome, chair of the Andrews Summer Festival Committee, said that the group was disbanding due to declining membership. For her part, Newsome stated that chairing the festival’s committee had been a 12-month commitment and that it had worn her out.

Common council bids farewell to 2 members, mayor

The Huntington Common Council bid farewell to two of its members, along with Mayor Brooks Fetters, during its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10.

Jack Slusser, one of council’s two at-large representatives, and Richard Strick, the board’s 3rd District electee, are both departing the council.

Stivers takes Warren oath

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Ethan Stivers (left) repeats the oath of office after Town Clerk Marilyn Morrison (second from right) as he is sworn in to another term on the Warren Town Council on Dec. 3. Holding the Bible is Tavis Surfus, who was also sworn in to the council.

Surfus becomes Warren councilman

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Tavis Surfus (center) takes the oath of office as a new member of the Warren Town Council, administered by Town Clerk Marilyn Morrison (right) on Dec. 3. Holding the Bible is Roxanna Surfus.

Huntington County Safety Council sets next meeting for Wednesday

The next Huntington County Safety Council meeting will be held Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 11:30 a.m. in the Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University.

The program will be Emergency Management/Disaster Preparedness, presented by Robert Jeffers, director of the Huntington Emergency Management Agency.

A buffet meal will be served by Huntington University. There is a cost for the meal.

Register for the meeting by contacting Jeff White by email,, by phone at 355-3656 or by fax at 355-3236.

Markle Redevelopment Commission to hold special meeting on Dec. 10

The Redevelopment Commission of the Town of Markle will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 10, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Markle Town Hall, 197 E. Morse St., Markle.

The purpose of the meeting will be to receive information, consider and perhaps act on redevelopment matters.

Special meetings are open to the public.

State Sen. Zay attends ed reform conference

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) joined legislators from around the country for the annual National Summit on Education Reform. The Summit was hosted by Excel In Ed on Nov. 20 and 21, in San Diego, CA.

Nearly 1,000 state and national policymakers, education leaders and advocates gathered for the two-day summit. Attendees shared and learned about new trends, successful policies, evolving laws and recent improvements that are changing education for the better.

Warren TC reschedules next meet

The Warren Town Council has rescheduled the regular December meeting to Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 5 p.m. in the Council Meeting Room of Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St., Warren.

A regular agenda schedule will be followed.

Roanoke in position to take possession of scrutinized property

Dave Tucker, president of the Roanoke Town Council, announced at the board’s meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 3, that the town was in position to take possession of a property on Seminary Street that has been under council’s scrutiny for years due to building code violations.

Local SWCD to have monthly meet Dec. 9

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.

Announce governmental meets for upcoming two-week period

The following are the announced governmental meetings for the time period of Monday, Dec. 2, through Friday, Dec. 13:

Tuesday, Dec. 3
7 p.m. - Roanoke Town Council, Roanoke Town Hall.

Wednesday, Dec. 4
6:30 p.m. - Markle Board of Zoning Appeals, Markle Town Hall.

HCCSC board gives raises to some staff

Some of the countys school corporation staff and administrators are getting raises, but the action taken by the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees comes with a warning.

Andrews takes steps to get paid what it is owed

Starting next year, the Town of Andrews will have a new means of getting payment on money it is owed.

Markle council moves forward on plan to bring digital broadband to town

Markle could see some big changes coming down the pike, after the Markle Town Council voted to move forward with plans to bring digital broadband service to the town and investigate the development of an area located near Novae.