Government & School Board

Holdman’s ‘baby box’ bill passes Indiana state senate by vote of 47-0

State Sen. Travis Holdman, R-Markle, announced Senate Bill 123, which would expand the availability of newborn safety incubators, commonly referred to as “baby boxes,” passed the senate on Jan. 17 by a vote of 47-0.

School board looking at MS teacher cuts

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees are likely looking at making another hard decision, this time to cut some teaching positions at the middle schools while restructuring the schedule.

They heard a presentation from school administrators during their regular meeting on Monday, Jan. 22, with a recommendation to eliminate up to seven staff positions at the middle school level.

Andrews TC still working on grant for project

The Andrews Town Council discussed the town’s pursuit of a grant to fund a stormwater infrastructure project during its meeting on Monday, Jan. 22.

During a public hearing, the board received information from Matt Brinkman, grant administrator, Region 3A Development and Regional Planning Commission, regarding the criteria that the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) will use to score grant applications.

Roanoke Redevelopment Commission sets meet for Jan. 24

The Roanoke Redevelopment Commission will meet Wednesday, Jan. 24.

The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. at the Roanoke Town Hall, 141 W. Third St.

Election board sets Jan. 23 meet

The Huntington County Election Board will meet on Tuesday, Jan. 23, in the Huntington County Clerk’s office at 2:30 p.m.

The 2018 election will be discussed.

The Clerk’s office is on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse, located at 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Banks at Pathfinder town hall

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-3rd District, will be participating in a town hall meeting at Pathfinder Services, in Huntington, on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m.

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce organized the event. To reserve a seat at the meeting, email Steve Kimmel, chamber executive director, at, or call the chamber at 356-5300. Coffee will be provided by the chamber.

Pathfinder Services is located at 2824 Theater Ave., Huntington.

Prevention Task Force to have community dialogue on Monday

The City of Huntington Prevention Task Force has planned an upcoming community dialogue entitled “Drugs & Alcohol: Individuals in Recovery” set for today, Monday, Jan. 22, at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The purpose of the Community Dialogues on Diversity series is to bring people together around topics that affect the community and to hear different thoughts and opinions in order to understand one another more fully in diversity and disagreement.

Local Republicans set series of ‘Breakfast with the Candidates’

The Huntington County Republican Party will be hosting a series of “Breakfast with the Candidates” sessions, with the first one to be held Saturday, Feb. 3.

All sessions will be held at VFW Post 2689, in Huntington, with breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. and speakers to start at 9 a.m.

Featured speakers will be candidates for several state and local offices at each breakfast.  The first breakfast will feature U.S. Senate candidate Mark Hurt, Circuit Court Judge candidate Jamie Groves, County Clerk candidate Shelley Septer and several other candidates to be announced.

HCCSC to meet in exec session tonight

The Huntington County Community School Corporation’s board of trustees will meet in executive session today, Monday, Jan. 22, at 6 p.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center prior to their regular meeting at 7 p.m.

The agendas and attachments are now available on the HCCSC webpage, Click on Current School Board Meeting Agenda.

Exec session for Roanoke TC

The Roanoke Town Council will meet in an executive session on Thursday, Jan. 25, at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 141 W. Third St.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a job performance evaluation of an individual employee or employees.

The public cannot attend executive sessions.

Democrat Snyder files for Senate District 17

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Gary Snyder

Democrat Gary Snyder, of Huntington, has filed paperwork to run for Indiana State Senate District 17. The district covers all of Wabash County and portions of Huntington, Whitley and Grant counties.

“I look forward to meeting voters of District 17 over the next 10 months,” said Snyder. “For too long, struggling Hoosier middle-class families have been ignored and that is about to change.”

Snyder announced that his campaign would focus on the following issues:

Roanoke's water tower mixers not working, council learns

The Roanoke Town Council learned at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16, that devices tasked with circulating the contents of the town’s water towers have ceased functioning.

The town’s supervisor of operations, Phil Hibbert, reported the development to the board. The devices, called mixers, were installed in both of the town’s towers and each unit appeared to stop working due to mineral buildup. The units, which were under warranty, were removed from the towers and sent to the manufacturer so that the exact cause of their failure can be determined, said Hibbert.

Holdman files paperwork for reelection bid for District 19

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Republican State Sen. Travis Holdman filed the necessary paperwork on Wednesday, Jan. 10, to seek reelection in Senate District 19, which serves all of Adams, Blackford, Jay, Wells and portions of Huntington and Grant counties.

He was recently appointed by Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) to chair the Senate Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy.

Interest appears to be strong for elected seats

Candidates line up in the Huntington County Clerk’s Office on the first day of candidate filing, Wednesday, Jan. 10, for the May 2018 primary. Pictured are (at desk, from left) Don Schoeff, running for auditor; Jay Poe, running for surveyor; Rob Miller, running for commissioner in the First District; and Vicki Pearson, running for recorder. Standing behind them are (from left) Chris Newton, who declared his candidacy for sheriff; current Huntington County Sheriff, Terry Stoffel; and Huntington County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chad Hammel. Assisting the candidates (at right) is Voter Registration and Election Deputy Pam Fowler.
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Although the filing period has only been open since Wednesday, Jan. 10, interest has been high among those seeking to fill elected seats in Huntington County, according to the Huntington Clerk’s Office.

As the office opened its doors to allow candidates to file their intention to run for office in the upcoming May 8 primary, candidates and supporters – overwhelmingly Republican – spilled out into the outer hallway while others filled out the necessary paperwork.

Candidates who have filed for office as of Jan. 11 are:

Andrews conducting income survey in effort to snare grant

Officials in Andrews will soon conduct a low to moderate income survey, with the aim to snag a $600,000 stormwater grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).

Town Clerk-Treasurer Laura Dillon says the survey is required for the grant, and she encourages town residents to take part in order to provide the data necessary to prove the need for the money.

Ball State University will conduct the anonymous study, she says, adding that no town officials will know any details about those who participate and provide data.

BMV shut for MLK holiday

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

All branches will resume regularly scheduled business hours Tuesday, Jan. 16.

For a complete list of branch locations and hours, or to complete an online transaction, visit myBMV .com.

Holdman files at statehouse

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Indiana State Sen. Travis Holdman, who represents District 19, filed for re-election on Wednesday, Jan. 10, the first official filing date for the primaries, at the Indiana Statehouse. Holdman is shown with Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson (middle) and Rep. Matt Lehman.

First day sign-up

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Jamie Groves (right) files to run for Huntington County circuit court judge as Voter Registration Deputy Pam Fowler (left) and Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer look on Wednesday, Jan. 10, on the first day of primary filing.

Banks’ staffer to be in Huntington today, Jan. 11

A member of Congressman Jim Banks’ (IN-03) staff will visit Huntington today, Thursday, Jan. 11, to meet with residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

Hours will be 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

School board keeps same organization, reviews upcoming challenges

The first order of business at the first Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees meeting of the year on Monday, Jan. 8, was to organize the board, officers and nominees for 2018. It was an easy task; virtually everyone retained their positions from the previous year.

Huntington council annexes land for possible Indiana Box expansion

The Huntington Common Council voted to annex a little over 20 acres of land to the city during its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

The land is adjacent to Indiana Box, on 1200 Riverfork Drive. Bryn Keplinger, director of Community Development and Redevelopment, explained that he and the manufacturer had been in contact for about 18 months, discussing annexation that would enable the company to expand if it desired to. Prior to council’s action, growth was not possible as any new or expanded buildings would have crossed property lines and taxing districts.

Andrews council hears about charges filed for home invasion

Charges have been filed against two men for a home invasion that occurred in Andrews last June.

Town Marshal Austin Bullock reported the news to the Andrews Town Council during its meeting on Monday, Jan. 8. Bullock stated that Trevor D. Geyer, of Andrews, and Josyah A. Arquette, of Huntington, had each been charged with multiple felonies in relation to the crime by the Huntington County prosecutor’s office on Dec. 13 of last year. Geyer stands charged of armed burglary with a deadly weapon, robbery, auto theft and theft; Arquette stands charged of the same items, save for theft.

Executive session for commish on Jan. 8

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session today, Monday, Jan. 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Room 103A, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a job performance evaluation of individual employees.

The public may not attend an executive session meeting.

Huntington county clerk anticipates big election year in 2018 as filing starts Wednesday, Jan. 10

2018 is going to be a big election year in Huntington County, according to Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer.

The official filing period for candidates wishing to run in the 2018 primary opens Jan. 10, and continues through Feb. 9. Those interested in running for office can obtain the necessary paperwork from the Huntington County Clerk’s Office

Primary Election Day is May 8, although voting will take place prior to that day in vote centers located around the county.

Warren TC meet moves to Jan. 15

The Warren Town Council meeting scheduled for Monday, Jan. 8, has been moved to Monday, Jan. 15.

The meeting will still be held at Assembly Hall at 5 p.m.

Assembly Hall is located at 132 N. Wayne St., Warren.

Beeks earns new post as station commander

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Nathan Beeks

Army Staff Sgt. Nathan A. Beeks has arrived for duty as a station commander with Peoria Recruiting Company, Ind- ianapolis Army Recruiting Battalion, IL.

Beeks is a 2002 graduate of Huntington North High School.

School board to meet in exec session tonight

The HCCSC Board of Trustees will meet in executive session tonight, Monday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Horace Mann Education Center.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the assessment, design and implementation of school safety and security measures, plans and systems.

The organizational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. and the Board of Finance will meet at 7:15 p.m. 

Much to do for Indiana General Assembly despite short session, say lawmakers

(From left) Dan Leonard, Andy Zay and Travis Holdman.
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While the Indiana General Assembly may meet in a shortened session that started Wednesday, Jan. 3, there is still a lot to be done in the few weeks it convenes, according to Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington), Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) and Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle).

Leonard says he expects the biggest issue of the session will be Sunday alcohol sales. Leonard cited a move last year by Ricker Oil Company, which remodeled two of its convenience stores to include a restaurant, thus qualifying to sell cold, carryout beer.

Set airport meeting sked for year

The Huntington Municipal Airport Board of Aviation Commissioners will meet in the airport’s terminal building at 5:30 p.m. on the following dates this year:

Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.

The Huntington Municipal Airport is located at 1365 Warren Rd., Huntington.

Long names Holdman chairman of tax committee

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) has named State Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) chairman of the Senate Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy.

Holdman will assume the duties of the chair immediately, replacing State Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek), who is retiring from the Senate Jan. 2. In addition, Holdman will replace Hershman as a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, also effective immediately.