Government & School Board

Register to vote deadline is Oct. 5

Yvette Runkle, voter registration deputy (left), shows Karen Carpenter, Huntington City-Township Public Library’s patron’s services clerk (right), how to fill out a voter registration form during a voter registration event on Thursday, Sept. 24 at the library, while the library’s assistant director, Eric Fry looks on.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

The Huntington City-Township Public Library hosted a voter registration event on Thursday, Sept. 24.

Yvette Runkle, voter registration deputy, was available to assist Huntington County residents with checking their voter registration or completing a new registration, and also to answer questions about the election and the voting process.

Oct. 5 is the voter registration deadline for the 2020 General Election.

Testing out voting equipment

Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Yvette Runkle and Tina Stevens test out voting equipment on Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Huntington County Courthouse. Early voting will start at the Huntington County Courthouse on Oct. 6. The deadline to register for voting is Oct. 5. 

Pandemic shows importance connectivity is to Hoosiers

When we were faced with going virtual in March, our lives became more reliant on the internet and technology. Some recent numbers on Hoosiers’ use of telehealth show just how important connectivity has become.

According to the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration (FSSA), Medicaid claims for virtual telehealth appointments increased from about 76,000 in 2019 to about 350,000 between January and June of 2020. That means we’re on track for a nine-fold increase in 2020.

Markle Town Council tackles a number of topics during meeting

The Markle Town Council met in a regular meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Agenda points included two public hearings, a budget proposal and two resolutions, as well as a presentation by Commonwealth Engineers and some department reports.

The first public hearing that took place was in regards to an unsafe building at 730 W. Logan St. It was decided by the council to extend the timeline on the order of enforcement until Nov. 30. The motion passed unanimously.

Hgtn. County Community Schools plan for growth and expansions

Plans have begun to address the traffic patterns at Flint Springs Elementary and Horace Mann Elementary schools in collaboration with the City of Huntington.

Additional work is in progress to address the growing needs of the students and community members at the Huntington County Community Learning Center as well.

Flint Springs Elementary School has seen growth in population and an increase in parent/guardian drop off and pick up of students.

These changes have created additional vehicles lining up resulting in cars extending onto Tipton Street.

HCCSC & Classroom Teachers Assn. plan public hearing for tomorrow

The Huntington County Community School Corporation and the Huntington Classroom Teachers’ Association will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Sept. 22, in the board room at Salamonie Elementary School, 1063E-900S, Warren, at 6:30 p.m.

Public testimony will be taken at this meeting pursuant to Indiana Code 20-29-6-1(a).

Roanoke green lights new phone system for town

 The Roanoke Town Council gave Sarah Milton, town clerk-treasurer, the green light to update the town’s phone system on Tuesday night, Sept. 15, during the town council meeting.

The upgrade will increase the monthly phone/Internet bill to $210, up from $75 plus taxes and fees.

The service will be acquired through MetroNet and will supply the town with four phones, a switch, router, two mailboxes and a headset for one phoneline.

Learning Center to earn $4.5 million expansion

In a unanimous vote during the Huntington County Community Sch-ool Corporation Board of Trustees meeting on Monday evening, Sept. 14, a $4.5 million expansion of the Huntington County Community Learning Center was approved.

The expansion will increase square footage of the building to accommodate 24 welders – doubling the current capacity.

Seven additional classrooms will be part of the expansion, to be used for criminal justice programs, welding and precision machining.

Andrews TC holds two public hearings Sept. 14

The Andrews Town Council held a regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 14.

Two public hearings were held to start off the meeting. The first involved the proposed 2021 Andrews budget. The new budget will not be officially adopted until the next town council meeting, which will be held on Monday, Sept. 28.

Tractor Pullers donate to RVFD

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Even though they had to cancel their annual tractor pull event in Roanoke this fall, the Roanoke Tractor Puller Association decided to give back to the local community by making a donation in the amount of $1,000 to the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department. Celebrating the occasion on Sept.

Huntington council reviews department budgets

The Huntington City Council met on Tuesday, Sept. 8, to review the city’s proposed 2021 budget.

City department heads presented their proposed budgets to the council, making notes of any changes from previous years’ budgets. While many departments reported small changes, some department heads presented larger changes for their 2021 budget.

School Board of Trustees meet Sept. 14

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in a regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. at Salamonie Elementary School, 1063E-900S, Warren. 

The agenda and attachments are now available in BoardDocs by visiting the HCCSC website at, then clicking on Current School Board Meeting Agenda, then clicking on the date of the meeting and then clicking on View Agenda.

Warren TC meeting date pushed to September 21

The regularly scheduled Warren Town Council meeting of Monday, Sept. 14, has been rescheduled for Monday, Sept. 21. 

The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. at Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St., Warren.

Roanoke Town Council passes handful of ordinances at meeting

The Roanoke Town Council passed a group of ordinances Tuesday night, Sept. 1, that rezoned three parcels of property to high density residential.

The vote was unanimous and was the first step in the arduous process of seeking approval for a proposed 100-acre subdivision to be built on the aforementioned rezoned plats.

HCCSC Board exec meeting

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in Executive Session on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. at the Huntington County Community Learning Center, 2201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The agenda is now available in BoardDocs by visiting the HCCSC web site at then clicking on Current School Board Meeting Agenda, then clicking on the date of the meeting, and then clicking on view agenda.