Government & School Board

Commish to have exec session

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session today, Monday, Oct. 15, at 1 p.m. in the commissioners’ office, room 103A of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting will be to receive information about, and inter-
view, prospective employees.

Huntington Common Council gets ball rolling on process of constructing new police station

The Huntington Common Council got the ball rolling on the process of constructing a new police station during its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

The board passed a resolution that accepted a petition from citizens calling for the city to finance the construction of the new station via the lease bond approach. This is a financing method for public improvements that is available to all municipalities in the state. In order to utilize this method, a municipality must first receive a petition that has been signed by 50 or more taxpayers within its boundaries.

Early bird

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Barb Trosper, of Warren, casts her ballot in the 2018 midterm election on the first day of early voting, Wednesday, Oct. 10, at the Huntington County Courthouse. Early voting will be offered at the clerk’s office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Nov. 2. Voters will also have the opportunity to cast ballots in the clerk’s office on Saturday, Oct. 27 and Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

School board accepts bid $3 million over expected projections

At the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees’ regular meeting Monday, Oct. 8, school officials were shocked to learn that the bids to construct the new Roanoke Elementary School came in roughly $3 million over the projected cost.

Early voting in county starts this Wednesday

Starting on Wednesday, Oct. 10, all registered voters in Huntington County will have the option of voting early in the general election.

Early voting will be offered in the Huntington County Clerk’s Office at the Huntington County Courthouse, plus at three early voting satellite locations.

Any registered voter may cast their ballot early at any of the aforementioned locations, without having a specific reason for doing so. Voters are required to produce a state-issued photo ID when they vote.

Banks’ aid to be in town Oct. 11

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced that a member of his staff will be in Huntington on Thursday, Oct. 11, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, in the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The purpose of the visit is to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

Demo meet and greet

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Democratic candidates Gary Snyder (left) and Jorge Fernandez chat at the meet-and-greet event held Monday, Oct. 1, at Café of Hope in Huntington. Snyder is running for Indiana State Senate District 17 and Fernandez is the Democratic candidate for Indiana State Representative District 50. Democrat Joselyn Whitticker, who is running for state auditor, was also in attendance at the event.

Zay hosts summit on children’s welfare

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) will host the 2018 Faith Summit on Thursday, Oct. 18, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hodson Campus Center, 5233S-50E, Wabash.

The 2018 Faith Summit will include discussions on Indiana’s child welfare crisis and how the faith community can help address the issue. Included in the discussion are Doug Weinberg, former CFO of the Indiana Department of Child Services, and Ron Evans, president and CEO of White’s Residential and Family Services.

Andrews council now meets tonight

The Andrews Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 9, has been rescheduled to today, Monday, Oct. 8, at 6 p.m.
Contact the Andrews Clerk-Treasurer’s Office at 786-3848 with any questions.

Huntington Street Department closing for Columbus Day

The Huntington Street Department will be closed Monday, Oct. 8, in observance of Columbus Day.

If Oct. 8 is residents’ normal trash pickup day, their trash will now be picked up starting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

All other trash pickup days will remain the same. Orange sticker items and brush and limbs will be picked up on Tuesday, Oct. 9. Brown bags will be picked up on Wednesday, Oct. 10.

Roanoke Town Council passes budget

The Roanoke Town Council passed the town’s 2019 budget at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 2.

The board unanimously approved the budget, which totals $2,016,679. Of that total, $636,333 will derive from property taxes. The property tax rate is 1.4 percent.

Plenty to get done as city landfill closes

As the Huntington City Landfill is closed, vents with yellow fittings are placed around the area to allow methane gas to escape.
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City of Huntington

The Huntington City Landfill, which opened in 1970, won’t be around to see its 50th birthday.

Beset by rising costs, ever tightening environmental regulations, and the consequences of missteps in the past, the landfill is now being permanently closed. Trash pickup and disposal in the City of Huntington will be outsourced to a private company.

The Huntington City Landfill spreads over about 225 acres on CR 300W.

Voter registration deadline coming up quickly

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is approaching.

The last day to register, or update registration, is Tuesday, Oct. 9. Requests received after that date will not be processed in time for Election Day on Nov. 6.

To be eligible to vote in Huntington County, one must be a county resident, a United States citizen and a minimum of 18 years old on Election Day.

To register, visit, where registration can be completed or a voter registration application can be printed off.

Huntington North may get JROTC program added by next school year

Members of the Warsaw Community High School Junior ROTC color guard enter the boardroom during the start of the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s meeting Monday, Sept. 24. Pictured (front to back) are Cadet Maj. Meraley Fugate, Cadet Command Sgt. Zachary Arnett, Cadet Lt. Col. Emily Puckett and Cadet II Lt. Cameron Charles. The cadets spoke with board members, who are considering enacting a JROTC program at Huntington North High School.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

If everything goes right, Huntington North High School could see a junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps program added to its curriculum as soon as next school year. Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees not only heard about the program, they saw it in action during their regular meeting Monday, Sept. 24.

Snyder to participate in candidate forum on Oct. 1 at Cafe of Hope

Gary Snyder, Democratic candidate for Indiana State Senate District 17, has announced he will participate in a candidate forum with Jorge Fernandez, Democratic candidate for Indiana State Representative District 50, on Monday, Oct. 1, at 6 p.m. at Café of Hope.

The public is invited to come out and meet the candidates and participate in a question and answer session.

Café of Hope is located at 900 E. State St., Huntington.