Government & School Board

State’s COVID testing site moves

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A former medical office located at 1601 N. Jefferson St. is the new location of the Optum COVID-19 testing site in Huntington. The Indiana State Department of Health moved to the new location to make way for the upcoming Huntington County 4-H Fair.

HCCSC board meeting tonight

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in executive session tonight, Monday, July 20, at 8 p.m. at Salamonie Elementary School, located at 1063E-900S, Warren.

The regular school board meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

To view the agenda for the executive session, visit, then click on Current School Board Meeting Agenda. Then, click on the date of the meeting and click view agenda.

Warren meetings on July 20

The Town of Warren has scheduled two meetings for Monday, July 20, to be held at Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St.

An executive meeting will be held at 4 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to receive information about or interview prospective employees.

A special meeting will follow at 5 p.m.

Markle Council votes to fix standing water

With Councilman Nick Lund abstaining, the Markle Town Council voted 2-0 at its meeting Wednesday, July 15, to hire Wolf Excavating to fix the standing water problem behind homes at 110, 120 and 130 Woodfield Ct.

Lund abstained from the vote because his property is one of those affected by the standing water.

“The swale right behind Nick’s house is out of the easement. That’s where the swale is supposed to be,” said Town Superintendent Rick Asher. “Why it was done that way, nobody knows.”

Bohm elected new Democratic Party chair

Huntington County Democratic Party precinct officials recently elected Christine Bohm, by unanimous consent, as the next chair of the Huntington County Democratic Party. She will be filling the vacancy left by outgoing chair Gary Beatty.

Brian Humphries of Roanoke was elected by unanimous consent as vice chair. Humphries is replacing Patricia McCloskey who stepped down due to the opposite gender requirement for chair/vice chair per the Indiana Democratic Party rules.

Common Council votes 'NO' to splash park improvements

The Terry R. Abbett Splash Park in Drover Park, Huntington, sits unused on a hot sunny afternoon in July. Mayor Richard Strick decided not to open the park this summer amid concerns of spreading COVID-19. On Tuesday, July 14, Huntington City Common Council voted against renovating the park with new fixtures and installing a new water filtration system that would help prevent the spread of such viruses.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

The Huntington City Common Council failed to pass an ordinance on Tuesday evening, July 14, that would have allowed the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department to improve the Terry R. Abbett Splash Park.

The splash pad, a popular attraction in Drover Park, Huntington, is currently shut down due to the mayor’s concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Andrews' Town Council discusses water bill payment plan

Concerns over unpaid water bills and the plans for recovering from the contamination of well water were the main focuses of the Andrews' Town Council meeting held on Monday, July 13, at the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department.

Governor sends PPE to schools, small businesses

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb has announced new resources to help make personal protective equipment (PPE) more accessible to businesses, nonprofits and schools across the state, supporting efforts to get Indiana Back on Track while ensuring the health and safety of Hoosiers.

Emergency Planning mtg July 29

The Local Emergency Planning (LEPC) meeting scheduled for July 29, at 9 a.m. will now be held virtually.

The LEPC will not be meeting at the Huntington County Community Learning Center.

The meeting is open to the public and can be joined at

HCCSC outlines students’ vaccination requirements

The Huntington County Community School Corporation says as students return to school this year there will be many differences but one requirement will stay the same.

The Indiana Department of Education and the Indiana State Department of Health are staying firm on the immunization requirements for students starting the 2020-21 school year. The requirements are set by the state and all schools in the state are mandated to follow.

Health Dept. calls board meeting

The Huntington County Health Department has announced a Health Board meeting on Monday, July 13, at 5 p.m.

The meeting will be in a conference call format and is open to the public.

To join the meeting, go online to

Banks’ security legislation passes

Rep. Jim Banks’ amendment to the Fiscal Year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) designed to protect sensitive national security research at universities has passed with bipartisan support.

The amendment builds off an amendment Banks introduced and was included in last year’s NDAA that directs the Department of Defense (DoD) to collect background information on anyone participating in DoD-funded research. The amendment promotes transparency and ensures research funded by the Department of Defense is protected from espionage.

Scher sworn into Roanoke Town Council July 7

Patrick Scher (left) is sworn into his new position by Shelley Septer, county clerk, as Roanoke Town Council member on Tuesday, July 7, after the bimonthly town meeting adjourned.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld

The Roanoke Town Council selected Patrick Scher as its newest member Tuesday evening, July 7.

Scher was sworn in as the fourth member of the town council after the biweekly meeting adjourned.

He beat out two other townsfolk who were vying for the seat, and he was unanimously voted into the spot by the town’s standing three town council members.

Gov. backs up on Back on Track

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb has announced the state will modify the Back On Track Indiana plan through at least July 17.

While a few restrictions lifted on July 4 in version 4.5 of the plan, most will stay in place. Local governments may impose more restrictive guidelines.

“While most of our health indicators remain positive, our data indicates a need to be extra cautious, which is why we will pause much of our Back on Track roadmap,” Holcomb said. “I urge Hoosiers to maintain vigilance in social distancing and wearing masks so we can continue to re-open our state for business.”

Leonard says new laws starting July 1 help teachers, patients and farmers

With many new laws now in effect since July 1, State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) says several important changes support Hoosier teachers, patients and farmers.