Government & School Board

TEA Party debate set for Friday

Candidates for state office will be debating on Friday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Awakening Community Church. Candidates are (from left)) Ron Fusselman, Dan Leonard, Jim Banks and Tom Wall.
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The Huntington TEA Party will celebrate its one-year anniversary and hold a debate between candidates for state office on Friday, April 16, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Awakening Community Church.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Featured guest speakers include Peter Heck, conservative radio talk show host, and Jim O'Donnell, associate professor of business and executive-in-residence at Huntington University.

Council on Aging seeks SHIP help

The State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) at the Huntington County Council on Aging is looking for volunteers to help Medicare beneficiaries understand the complexities of Medicare and related health insurance.

Volunteers complete four days of training, which includes information on Medicare, Medicare supplement and long-term care insurance, Medicaid and the new Medicare Part D.

Volunteers are required to be availble for six to 12 hours per month, daytime commitment.

New online service will provide voters with names of all their candidates

Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita has announced the launch of a new online service developed by his office to provide Hoosier voters with a complete list of candidates who will appear on their upcoming primary and general election ballots.

"Who's On Your Ballot?" will be available to all Hoosiers online at www.in dianavoters.com.

Church gets OK to expand parking lot

The Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals has granted a church's request to expand its parking lot.

BZA members voted Monday, April 5, to grant a special exception to SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church to expand an existing parking lot at 835 Cherry St., across the street from the church.

A house will be demolished to make way for the parking lot.

 

Attorney General Zoeller discusses state fight


Photo by Jessica Williams.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller (right) makes a point to Jean Ann Bailey, owner of Nick's Kitchen in downtown Huntington, earlier today, Saturday, April 10, after his speech at the restaurant explaining the state's fight against the recently passed federal healthcare reform bill.

SWCD to meet on April 20

The next meeting of the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District is April 20, at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting will be held at the district office, 2040 Riverfork Drive.

Due to farming season, attendees are advised to confirm that the meeting will be held.

 

INDOT releases traffic advisory for Huntington County

The Indiana Department of Transportation, Fort Wayne District, has announced that Interstate 69 will be restricted in both directions in Huntington County one mile south of Exit 86 (U.S. 224, Markle) until late July.

A temporary runaround for the northbound lane on I-69 over the Wabash River will be utilized with all ramps remaining open. Motorists should drive with caution through this work zone.

Construction began on Wednesday, April 7, but the traffic pattern took effect Monday, April 5.

Health board to meet on Monday, April 7 at 7 p.m.

The Huntington County Health Board will meet Monday, April 12, at 7 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the conference room of the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 354 N. Jefferson St.

The public is invited to attend the meeting.

 

Election board to discuss complaint on Monday

The Huntington County Election Board will meet Monday, April 12, with Huntington County Clerk Fran Felts  and her voter deputy to discuss a complaint filed over an altered date on a Huntington County man’s candidacy documents.

Felts had previously said the board was tentatively set to meet the following day, April 13.

 

PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED: Raymond R. Tackett, of Andrews, filed the complaint Friday, April 2.

Attorney General Zoeller to be in Huntington Saturday to speak about fight against healthcare reform bill

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and state senate candidate Jim Banks will be in Huntington on Saturday, April 10, to give an update on Indiana's fight against the recently passed federal healthcare reform bill.

The pair will be at Nick's Kitchen in downtown Huntington from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. among six area stops on the day.
The pair will also be in Columbia City, Pierceton, North Manchester, Wabash and Marion.

 

Attorney General Zoeller to be in Huntington Saturday to speak about fight against healthcare reform bill

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and state senate candidate Jim Banks will be in Huntington on Saturday, April 10, to give an update on Indiana's fight against the recently passed federal healthcare reform bill.

The pair will be at Nick's Kitchen in downtown Huntington from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. among six area stops on the day.
The pair will also be in Columbia City, Pierceton, North Manchester, Wabash and Marion.

 

County election board to meet to discuss complaint filed by Andrews man about date stamp error

The Huntington County Election Board will meet later this month to discuss a complaint filed by an Andrews Town Council member seeking an investigation into an incorrect date stamped on candidacy papers filed by a member of the Huntington Township Advisory Board.

The meeting has been tentatively scheduled for April 13 at 9 a.m. in the Courthouse, just prior to a previously scheduled test of voting machines.

Raymond R. Tackett, of Andrews, filed the complaint Friday, April 2.

State Sen. Dillon gets recognition for outstanding voting attendance

State Sen. Gary Dillon (R-Columbia City) was recognized on March 30 by Senate President Pro Tempore David Long (R-Fort Wayne) for achieving an outstanding voting attendance record of 99.4 percent during the 2010 regular legislative session.

Plan commission meet for April 15 is canceled

The Huntington Plan Commission meeting scheduled for April 15 has been canceled because of a lack of items on the agenda.

Airing their views


Photo by Matt Murphy.

Tom Wall (right) speaks as Jim Banks (left) prepares a response during the Republican Party state-level candidate debate on Tuesday, March 30. Mike Perkins (center) served as moderator between Wall and Banks, who are running for the Indiana State Senate District 17 seat, and between Ron Fusselman and Dan Leonard, who are running for the District 50 state representative slot.

Lack of business cancels EDC meeting

The Huntington Economic Development Commission meeting scheduled for April 6 has been canceled because of a lack of business on the agenda.

Huntington County Community School Corporation offers teachers incentive to retire

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees, meeting in a special session on Wednesday, March 31, approved a retirement incentive program for teachers.

After the meeting, Patrick says the program includes placing a $15,000 tax-free amount in a health savings account that can be accessed only for health care fees, such as paying a deductible, Patrick explains.

The agreement reached between the corporation and the Huntington Classroom Teachers Association (HCTA) states the money will be available as of July 15, 2010.

SS. Peter and Paul to request to expand parking lot at BZA

The Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals has one item on the agenda for its meeting on Monday, April 5.

SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church is requesting a special exception to allow the expansion of an existing parking lot.

The property, located at 835 Cherry St. across the street from the church, is currently zoned residential.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St.

 

Upcoming sprinkle rates announced for Markle

"Summer sprinkling" wastewater rates for the town of Markle will be in effect for the months of May, June, July and August, Clerk-Treasurer Carolyn Hamilton has announced.

The special rate offers discounted wastewater fees for residents who water lawns and gardens, fill pools or otherwise use water in such a way that it will not return to the treatment plant.

Election board president believes faulty machine caused time-stamp error on candidacy paper

The president of the Huntington County Election Board says she's personally satisfied that an undependable machine is to blame for an incorrect date and time stamped on candidacy papers filed by the chairman of the Huntington County Republican Party.

"I do not trust this machine," says Carmen Oswalt, president and 22-year member of the election board.

Oswalt, now retired, notes that she spent many years as an employee of both the county clerk's office and Huntington Circuit Court and used the date-time stamp machines in both offices.

HCCSC hoping new billboards bring in more students ... and money

The Huntington County Community School Corporation has ordered a series of billboards to promote the corporation. Pictured at top is this month’s billboard in Roanoke.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

In the skies of Huntington County for about the next year, residents will see billboards promoting the Huntington County Community Schools - put there in hopes of bringing in more money.

Huntington County Community Schools Superintendent Tracey Shafer says a single billboard will be rotated around the county for the next month, with up to three billboards in the heavy traffic months of May, June and July.

The current billboard is along U.S.-24 in Roanoke.

Markle Council will seek Hamilton’s successor

The Markle Town Council is looking to appoint someone to fill retiring Clerk-Treasurer Carolyn Hamilton's seat.

Hamilton announced her retirement during the February meeting after serving since 2000.

Council President Jeff Humbarger said the council is looking for someone with the same skills as Hamilton, and if someone cannot be found, an application process will be opened to those living in the town limits.

The person selected will fill the remaining time of Hamilton's nonpartisan term, which runs through the end of 2011.

Juergens calls end to military career

Command Sgt. Maj. Curt Juergens (left) presents a ceremonial sword to his successor, First Sgt. Ricky Weber (right). Juergens’ wife, Lorraine Juergens, is at center. Juergens recently retired from the United States Army.
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Command Sgt. Maj. Curt Juergens, of Huntington, has officially retired from the United States Army after serving his country for 28 years.

Juergens, 47, plans to live in Huntington with his wife, Lorraine, and daughter, Tia. He will continue working with the military through Career Training Concepts Inc., of Snellville, GA. Juergens will work as a data processor for the recruit sustainment program based in Muncie.

Doctor throws his hat in ring as Republican candidate for surveyor

Marlin Doctor.
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Marlin Doctor has announced that he is a candidate in the May primary for the Republican nomination as Huntington County Surveyor.

Doctor has farmed in Huntington County for 25 years. He also worked in sales and management for the JI Case Corporation for 19 years and was equipment superintendent for Brooks Construction for eight years.

Doctor and his wife of 30 years have three children and six grandchildren.

Markle man meets with Lugar, Bayh to discuss clean energy

Steve Estes, of Markle, joined two other Hoosiers in meeting with Sen. Evan Bayh and Sen. Richard Lugar on March 24 to discuss the benefits of clean energy and climate legislation to Indiana.

Estes is president of Star Distributed Energy, a Markle-based company that encompasses 10 divisions encompassing a variety of renewable energy sources including wind, methane and the sun.

Pvt. Nicholas Funderburg graduates from advanced artillery training class

Army Pvt. Nicholas A. Funderburg recently graduated from the Basic Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, OK.

Juillerat announces candidacy as Republican for Dallas Twp. Trustee

Steve Juillerat.
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Steve Juillerat has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination as Dallas Township Trustee.

Juillerat is the incumbent in the office, having been appointed to the post in December 2009 and taking office Jan. 1, 2010.

Election Board will test voting system on April 13

The Huntington County Election Board will conduct a public test of the ballot card voting system on Tuesday, April 13, at 10 a.m.

The test, required by state law, will take place in the office of the Circuit Court Clerk, located in Room 201 on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The test is being conducted in preparation for the May 4 primary elections.

Voters have until April 5 to register to take part in the primary.

 

TEA Party debate for U.S. House of Representative candidates


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Candidates for the United States House of Representatives answered questions from a large crowd at the Huntington TEA Party debate on Friday, March 26, at The Awakening Church. Mike Murphy (second from left) makea a point while the others listen in.

Roanoke fire department to hold fund-raiser breakfast Sunday, March 28

Roanoke Volunteer Firefighters will help serve a pancake and sausage breakfast Sunday, March 28, to raise money to buy a thermal imaging camera for the fire department.
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The Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department will host its annual all-you-can-eat pancake and sausage breakfast on Sunday, March 28, from 7 a.m. to noon at Nick's Junction in Roanoke.

Members of the fire department will cook, take orders and serve pancakes, sausages and drinks.

Proceeds from the breakfast will be held to help purchase a new thermal imaging camera for the fire department. The camera can be used to help locate people in burning buildings and in search and rescue operations.

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