Government & School Board

City meetings go virtual

Recently upgraded remote technology capabilities will allow the City of Huntington to provide virtual access to all public meetings and hearings, effective immediately.

“The city is increasing our availability to the public in public meetings and bringing our technology up to 21st century capabilities,” Huntington Mayor Richard Strick said Monday, Jan. 4.

With Huntington County COVID-19 transmission levels remaining high, no in-person public meetings will be conducted through the end of March. In-person access will be reevaluated prior to the second quarter of 2021.

Roanoke TC names new officers for ‘21

The Roanoke Town Council has selected a president and vice president and liaisons for 2021.

Town Council president is Dave Meitzler, vice president is Joan Abbott and liaisons are as follows: Mandy Sands, police; Nick Scheer, fire; Abbott, park; Pat Scher, utility and Meitzler, library.

The council, during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 5, renewed contracts with both Mettler Insurance Agency and Larry Davis, health insurance agent, to provide the town insurance and town employee “HRA” plan, respectively.

Deputy Coroner Phil Zahm sworn in

Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Deputy Coroner Phil Zahm (left) is sworn in by Superior Court Judge Jennifer Newton on Thursday, Dec. 31, with the assistance of circuit court judge Davin Smith.

Jackson sworn in as the Huntington County Coroner

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Rodney Jackson (left) was officially sworn in as the Huntington County Coroner on Thursday, Dec. 31. He was assisted by his wife, Mari Jackson (right). 

Wall sworn in as a Huntington County Commissioner

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Tom Wall (left) raises his right hand while being sworn in as a Huntington County Commissioner on Thursday, Dec. 31. He was assisted by his wife, Rosie Wall.

Elected officials take oath and office

Jennifer Newton (left) was sworn in as Superior Court Judge on Thursday, Dec. 31, assisted by her children (from left) Ella Newton, Haley Newton and Zac Newton, as well as her husband, Chris Newton. She was sworn in by circuit court judge Davin Smith.
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Several elected officials were sworn in to their offices and titles on and before Thursday, Dec. 31.

Prior to the official swearing-in meeting, which occurred on the third floor of the Huntington County Courthouse on Dec. 31, three officials were sworn in. Officials included Shane Bickel, Huntington County Council At-Large, Terry Miller, Huntington County Council At-Large, and Brenda Hamilton, Huntington County Treasurer.

Hamilton was sworn in on Dec. 31, a few hours prior to the official ceremony. Bickel and Miller were sworn in prior to that.

Huntington County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton sworn in

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County Clerk Shelley Septer (left) swears in Huntington County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton (right) on Thursday, Dec. 31, as Brenda’s husband, Sam Hamilton (middle) assists. Hamilton was sworn in before the official ceremony, which was held on the third floor of the Huntington County Courthouse. 

Jones sworn in as a deputy sheriff

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Cody Jones (left, hand raised) was sworn in as a deputy sheriff with the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday, Dec. 31. Also featured are (right) Cheryl Jones and members of the Huntington County and City law enforcement (behind). Jones was sworn in by Superior Court Judge Jennifer Newton.

Stoffel sworn in as a Commisioner

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Terry Stoffel (left) was officially sworn in as a Huntington County Commisioner on Thursday, Dec. 31, as Circuit Court Judge Davin Smith holds the Bible for Stoffel.

All Senior Center activities canceled

The Huntington County Council on Aging has canceled, until further notice, all activities at the Senior Center.

The activities will resume if an “all clear” is obtained from the Huntington County Health Department.

Reservoir will be reviewed

Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Chicago District are preparing a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) document associated with the development of an updated resource management master plan for three USACE properties in Indiana –  Salamonie Lake, Mississinewa Lake and J.E. Roush Lake.

Leonard reappointed as chair

Dan Leonard
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State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) was reappointed to serve as chair of the House Rules and Legislative Procedures Committee.

Leonard said in his second year as chair of this committee he feels more at ease with the demands and workload.  

"This is a detail-oriented position that helps ensure the House operates smoothly and efficiently," Leonard said. "Upholding the integrity of this institution is a task I take seriously, and I'm ready to meet the challenges that may come up as we conduct session a bit differently this year."

Health Department hosting meeting

The Huntington County Health Department’s Board of Health will hold an executive meeting on Monday, Jan. 11, at 6 p.m.

The health department is located at 1330 S. Jefferson St., Huntington and can be reached at 358-4831.

CARES Act dollars okayed for city’s virus mitigation

A public hearing was held on Tuesday, Dec. 22, during a meeting of the Common Council of the City of Huntington in regards to appropriating $50,000 of CARES Act funds to the Board of Works.

No comments were made during the hearing, and council went on to approve the funds appropriation in a 6-0 vote. Councilman Dave Funk was absent.

The appropriation allows the $50,000 to be used towards COVID-19 mitigation efforts in the city as part of a new grant program and Mayor Strick’s “Making Space Initiative.”

Huntington Prosecutor recuses self from investigation

Huntington County Prosecutor Amy Richison has recused herself from an investigation in the Huntington Police Department shooting on Sunday, Dec. 13.

Richison says she recused herself due to a combination of considerations, one being that she has a personal relationship with one of the witnesses.

This shooting incident resulted in one Huntington police officer being shot, suffering serious but non-life threatening injuries, and one adult male suspect being shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a press release from the Indiana State Police on Dec. 18: