Government & School Board

Krieg committee to host meet and greet Feb. 20

The Committee to Elect Andrew Krieg for County Recorder will hold a "meet & greet" with Krieg on Feb. 20.

The event will be held at Coffee D'Vine and will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

The public is invited to attend and hear what Krieg has to offer to Huntington County.

Free drinks will be provided.

Coffee D'Vine is located at 44 Vine St.


Roanoke Library Board meets tonight, Monday, Feb. 15

The Roanoke Library Board will meet on Monday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. at the library. The meeting will be followed at 8 p.m. by the annual review of staff.

The meeting was originally scheduled to be held on Feb. 9 but was postponed because of inclement weather.


Snow days push last day of school in Huntington County to May 28

With the recent school cancellations, the Huntington County Community School Corporation has used up all of its snow days and instructional days are now being tacked on to the end of the year.

As of Friday, Feb. 12, the last day of school is May 28, says HCCSC Superintendent Tracey Shafer.

According to the corporation Web site, students will attend school on the built-in snow days of March 19 and 22. Shafer says they will also attend May 14 and 17. May 27 and 28 have been added because of the cancellations last week.

Huntington resident Fusselman to challenge Leonard for seat

Huntington resident and small business owner Ron Fusselman has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination to run for the 50th District seat in the Indiana House of Representatives.

That seat is currently held by Dan Leonard, also a Republican from Huntington.

Nine more city employees lose jobs; garbage collection goes to semimonthy

Nine more city employees lost their jobs on Thursday, Feb. 11, as Huntington Mayor Steve Updike continues his struggle to keep the city afloat as revenues continue to shrink.

And for the first time, the city's financial woes will have a direct effect on its residents - garbage collections will be reduced from once a week to twice a month, beginning in March.

"We laid off nine people a little bit ago," Updike said late Thursday.

Democrats move meeting back one week to Feb. 18

Huntington County Democrats will hold a business meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Democrat headquarters, 20 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Organizers originally announced the date of the meeting as Feb. 11.


State fire marshal ask for help in keep snow away from fire hydrants

Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson is asking fire departments and citizens in areas affected by winter storms to clear snow from around hydrants.

Huntington County Chamber to sponsor legislative update Feb. 27

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a legislative update on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m., in the meeting area of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

State Sen. Gary Dillon, State Rep. Dan Leonard, and representatives from Huntington County and city government are expected to attend.

They will make opening comments, then answer written questions submitted by those in the audience. Mike Perkins will serve as moderator.


Warren council learns assessed value has dropped about $5 million

Assessed value in the town of Warren has fallen by about $5 million, members of the Warren Town Council learned Monday, Feb. 8.

"The town's assessed value fell from $34 million to $29 million and closer look will be taken to figure out why the value fell," Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison noted in her report on the 2010 Warren budget.

The town recently rceived its revised budget figures from the Department of Local Government Finance.

In other business, Morrison presented quotes from area companies regarding the clean-up of a property on Hendricks Street.

Fair Tax group will host informational meeting

An informational meeting of the Huntington County Association for the Fair Tax will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center, located at the corner of Warren and Tipton streets.

For more information on the association, visit

For more information, contact Mary Oberle Hubley at 356-1398 or fair


Wall to face Banks for District 17 Senate seat

Floyd J. "Tom" Wall, of Huntington, has filed for the Republican nomination for the 17th District Indiana Senate seat.

Wall will face Jim Banks, of Columbia City, in the Republican primary.

Gary "Doc" Dillon, who has served the 17th district since 2002, had announced earlier that he does not plan to seek re-election.

Wall, 1359W-200S, currently serves as president of the Huntington County Commissioners.

Wall also filed as a candidate for Republican state convention delegate.

Those filing as candidates for local offices as of Feb. 4 include:

BZA says yes to higher Northview signage

The Northview Inn and Suites, 2820 Hotel Ave., will be allowed to install a new sign near the hotel, the Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals decided Monday, Feb. 1.

The new sign will be placed on an existing pole, but installation of the sign required the hotel to seek a variance from development standards because the pole is higher than is normally allowed.

BZA members, however, approved a variance allowing Northview to place the sign 60 feet in the air. The sign may be as large as 300 square feet.


Andrews Town Council changes date of meeting

The Andrews Town Council meeting regularly scheduled for Monday, Feb. 8, has been rescheduled.

It will be held instead on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. at the town's municipal building.


Peers choose Helvie as district president for state commissioners' group

Huntington County Commissioner Jerry Helvie was elected president of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners Northeast District during the group's annual conference in December.

Wells County Commissioner Paul Bonham was elected vice president.

Incumbent Miller files for return to Polk Township Trustee post

Gary Miller, 8920W-100S, Andrews, has filed his candidacy in the Huntington County clerk's office, seeking the Republican nomination as Polk township trustee.

Miller is the incumbent in that office.

Robert W. Gonser, 4136N-300E, Huntington, has filed as a Republican candidate for Union Township Board.

On the state level, Nasser Hanna, of Fishers, has filed for the Democrat nomination for United States representative from the fifth district.

Huntington hotel requests approval to install a new sign at its location

A Huntington hotel is requesting approval from the Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals to install a new sign.

Northview Inn and Suites, 2820 Hotel Ave., is requesting a variance from development standards to allow placement of a new sign, of up to 300 square feet, on an existing pole between 60 and 74 feet tall.

The board will also review previously-granted variances for a beauty salon at 1335 Edna Ave. and office and storage space for Huntington University at 846 North St.

Republican ballot for May 4 primary continues to heat up

The Republican ballot for the May 4 primary elections continues to heat up.

As of Jan. 25, the race for the party's nomination for Huntington County Assessor had grown to three candidates; and a second hopeful entered the races for both Huntington County Sheriff and Dallas Township Trustee.

Harris says he'd offer new perspective on council

Joel Harris officially filed his paperwork to run as a Republican in the May primary for the 3rd District County Council seat currently held by Pam Updike.

"In these difficult times there is a very real disconnect between those elected to serve and the people they represent," says Harris.

Krieg seeks Democrat nomination to Huntington County recorder's post

Andrew Krieg
Photo provided.

Andrew Wayne Krieg has announced that he is a candidate for the Democrat nomination as Huntington County recorder.
Krieg's platform is "No More Recycled Politicians."

Krieg says Huntington County needs to elect new people into office for a better future of our country.
Krieg says he will bring new ideas to Huntington County as recorder.

Zinsmeister plans to seek Republican nomination as county commissioner

Carl Zinsmeister recently announced his intent to run for the Republican nomination for the office of first district Huntington County commissioner.

Zinsmeister worked for General Electric for 19 years in various capacities and also operated his family farm for 24 years. His platform includes finding ways to lower the county's spending and debt.

He serves as chairman of his committee with Daniel E. Groff acting as committee treasurer.

Zinsmeister is married to wife Susan, and the couple has three grown children and nine grandchildren.

New preschool program to begin at Andrews Elementary

A preschool program that serves both "typical" and special needs stu-dents will be expanded to Andrews Elementary School, Huntington County Community Schools Superintendent Tracey Shafer told the HCCSC Board of Trustees Monday night, Jan. 25.

Shafer said the program did not require a vote, but added he wanted to present it to the board for "transparency" purposes. It was approved 6-0, with Board Vice President Richard Brubaker absent. It will be similar to the pro-grams already in existence at Lincoln and Horace Mann elementary schools.

City to pay for professional opinion about how to fix financial mess

The city of Huntington will spend up to $60,000 out of its ever-shrinking budget to get a professional opinion about how it can get its finances back on an even keel.

Members of the Huntington Common Council voted 5-2 Tuesday, Jan. 26, to hire Umbaugh, a financial consulting firm with offices in Indianapolis and Plymouth, to conduct an in-depth study of procedures and policies throughout the city. Council members hope the study will point out areas where the city can save money.

Roanoke council hears proposed ordinance concept for A-7 corridor

A proposed concept for an ordinance concerning the future of the A-7 Corridor was presented to the Roanoke Town Council at the council's meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

John Molitor, an attorney at William-Lynn-James consulting firm in Indianapolis, presented the concept to the council.

Zoning board to hear Kline request

Jonathan Kline has filed two petitions with the Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals, asking to be allowed to place two homes on property at 1740E-675N in Jackson Township.

The board will discuss Kline's request during its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the GAR Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Early filings create races for five offices

In just the first two days of the candidate filing period, races have been created for five offices on the Republican ballot in the May 4 primaries.

And at least one contest is assured for the November general election.

The filing period for the primaries opened Jan. 20 and will continue through noon on Feb. 19.

Students to make up days March 14, May 14

In light of the closing of Huntington County Community School Corporation schools on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 21 and 22, make-up dates have been announced.

For Thursday's cancellation, HCCSC students will attend school on Monday, March 22, and for Friday's cancellation, schools will be open on Friday, May 14.

In addition, parents and students are reminded that school will be in session on Friday, March 19, in order for teachers and staff to attend a conference on April 23. Schools will therefore be closed on Friday, April 23.

Markle names offers, administrative coordinator

The Markle Town Council appointed a new president and vice president for 2010 during its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Jeff Humbarger was voted in as president while Tamra Boucher was appointed vice president; the two switched from the seats they held in 2009.

Other items approved include payment to Mark Wickersham of Huntington County United Economic Development and appointment of an administrative coordinator.

Huntington adds new recycling drop site

Effective Jan. 15, the City of Huntington, in conjunction with the Huntington County Solid Waste Management District and Marion Services, is adding a new recycling drop-off site within city limits.

The new site is located at 3050 W. Park Drive at the Midwest Industrial Fabrication building, which is also the site of the new office for Marion Services, the solid waste district's contractor for recycling services. Hours of operation for this recycling drop-off are Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Poe says he'll be a candidate for another term as Huntington County surveyor

Jay Poe.
Photo provided.

Jay Poe, 51, has announced his plans to run for another term as Huntington County surveyor. He is currently in his 20th year in this position.

Poe will seek the Republican nomination to the office during the May primary.

His major accomplishment, he says, is getting the Huntington County Council to invest in the Geographic Information System (GIS) of computerized mapping. Poe was also in charge of locating grants which cut the cost by more than half, he says.

First-day election filings

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Don Schoeff (left) fills out last-minute paperwork with Pam Fowler while filing as a county assessor candidate on Wednesday, Jan. 20. It was the first official day to file for the primary election, to be held on May 4, and Schoeff was the first in line. Waiting in line are, from left, Carl Zinsmeister, Tom Carney and Jay Poe.