Government & School Board

Lincoln makes big jump as state announces accountability grades

Huntington County’s schools either remained the same in their state accountability grades or went down a grade, with the exception of Lincoln Elementary School, which went from an F in 2016-17 to a C for this past school year.
The Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) made the 2017-18 grades public Wednesday, Nov. 14, with the Huntington County Community School Corporation receiving an overall grade of B.

School board welcomes trio of new HNHS classes

Three new courses proposed to be taught at Huntington North High School were welcomed by the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees at their regular meeting Monday, Nov. 12.

One in particular, using the Bible as a text, gained their interest and support.

Huntington County voters turn out strong for 2018 mid-term election

Voters make their choices at voting machines lined up in the gymnasium of Huntington’s First Church of the Nazarene, one of six vote centers open in Huntington County for Election Day on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Poll workers report the lines continued throughout the day as people waited to cast their ballot in the midterm election.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Over 13,000 people in Huntington County cast ballots in this year’s general election, which represented a voter turnout of 55.75 percent.

It’s a figure that Pam Fowler, the county’s voter registration and election deputy, says she’s pleased with.

“I don’t think at first we expected that,” says Fowler. “But then when we saw what the turnout was for the early (voting), then we knew we could have a good showing on Election Day.”

Local SWCD meeting set for Nov. 20

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7 p.m. at the District Office located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.    

SWCD steering committee meeting set for Thursday, Nov. 15

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) will hold a steering committee meeting for the Upper Wabash River Watershed Management Plan project on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Huntington County SWCD office from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Topics for the meeting include a progress report and planning related to the development of the Watershed Management Plan, outreach planning and the addressing of questions and concerns from the committee and other stakeholders present.

The public is welcome to attend the meeting and ask questions and provide input.

Commish cancel meet on Nov. 26

The meeting of the Huntington County Commissioners originally set for Monday, Nov. 26, has been canceled.

The meeting will be rescheduled to Monday, Dec. 3, at 8:30 a.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse, Commissioners’ Room, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Huntington Co. Demos to hold monthly meeting Nov. 7 at Hgtn. library

The Huntington County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 6:30 p.m., at the Huntington Branch of ther Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The group will discuss the Tuesday elections, and begin planning for the local elections in 2019.

The meeting is open to the public.

Banks introduces hospital legislation

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) introduced the Hospital Competition Act of 2018 (H.R. 7084) on Monday, Oct. 29, legislation that aims to combat the rising cost of health care by increasing choice among hospital providers:

The Banks legislation would:

• Authorize a 400 percent increase in Federal Trade Commission staff that would be solely dedicated to ensuring that hospital mergers do not increase costs for patients.

Only one contested local race for general election next Tuesday

The general election will be quiet in Huntington County, with just one contested local race.

That race, in Warren, features three nonpartisan candidates vying for two seats on the Warren Town Council. Those hopefuls are incumbent Steven L. Buzzard, Carrie M. Miller and Michael Yoder.

Every other race in the county sees either Republican or nonpartisan candidates running without opposition.

State, locals investigating rise in hepatitis A cases

The Indiana State Department of Health and Huntington County Health Department are investigating an increase in the number of hepatitis A cases.

SWCD has no-till drill for landowners

The Huntington County Soil & Water Conservation District and the United States Army Corp of Engineers located at the Salamonie Dam, have a no-till drill available to landowners in the Lower Salamonie River Watershed area.  

For more information about using the drill, contact the Huntington SWCD at 356-6816 ext. 3.

New lighting at most HCCSC schools to make lots brighter

Parking lots at Huntington County Community School Corporation middle and elementary schools are going to get a lot brighter at nighttime, after the HCCSC School Board accepted a bid to upgrade the site lighting at its regular meeting on Monday, Oct. 22.

Board members approved the low bid of $153,990 from INM Electric of Huntington, the cost including rebate discounts that INM will file paperwork for, said Dana Wannemacher, architect and president of Barton-Coe-Vilamaa.

Andrews needs new water treatment plant

As the Andrews Town Council prepares to celebrate the completion of the town’s new wastewater treatment plant, it is acknowledging the fact that the community needs a new water treatment plant as well.

The board discussed the topic at its meeting on Monday, Oct. 22. Utility Superintendent Colin Bullock reported that the town’s current water treatment plant is deteriorating. The facility, which is located at the end of Wabash Avenue, was constructed in 1938.

Treasurer’s office to be open Nov. 3 for tax payments

The Huntington County Treasurer’s Office will be open to accept property tax payments on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon. The last day to pay property taxes on time without a penalty is Nov. 13.

Checks or cash are accepted in the office. For the convenience of taxpayers, payments can be made with a tax bill at local banks: Bippus State Bank, First Farmers Bank & Trust, First Federal Savings Bank, First Source Bank, First Merchants Bank and Lake City Bank.

School board to meet in exec session Oct. 22

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in executive session on Monday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at Salamonie Elementary School. The board will begin its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

The discussion will focus on litigation that is either pending or has been threatened specifically in writing.

Executive sessions are not open to the public.