Government & School Board

Banks to be deployed to Afghanistan this fall

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) announced July 8 that he expects to be deployed to Afghanistan later this year as part of his service as a supply corps officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Banks' orders from the Navy call for him to report for active duty on Sept. 5 and deploy to Afghanistan sometime this fall. He is projected to return in early May 2015.

Banks has served in the Navy since 2012 and currently holds the rank of lieutenant junior grade.

Annexation issue appears dead

A plan to annex five separate areas of Huntington Township into the city of Huntington over the next eight years appears to be dead.

On a 4-3 vote Tuesday, July 8, the Huntington Common Council shot down annexation of the first area, located to the north and east of the city.

The four councilmen voting in the majority - Greg Davis, Bill Oswalt, Paul Pike and Wayne Powell - also told Mayor Brooks Fetters they had no interest in pursuing annexation of the other four areas.

New water billing office location

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Lindsay McElhaney, a clerk in the Huntington Water Billing Office, goes over Donald Martin's account with him at the customer service window of the department's new office on Wednesday, July 2. The office is now more conveniently located on the first floor of the City Building in the old city dispatch area. Signs are in place to direct customers to the new location. The Water Billing Office also has a new direct telephone number, 356-3220.

SWCD to hold monthly meeting on next Tuesday

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.


Problem pets may be removed from Roanoke events

The Roanoke Town Council passed a resolution granting the police department discretion in removing pets from town events during its meeting on Tuesday, July 1.

The police department, which already had the ability to instruct bicyclists and skateboarders to leave town events if they were deemed disruptive, will now have the ability to ask pet owners with pets that could cause problems to leave as well.

Town events where the police will be on the lookout for unruly pets include the Rolling into Roanoke Classic Car Show, Taste of Roanoke and the Roanoke Fall Festival.

Airman Cody Reust graduates from basic training in Texas

Air Force Airman 1st Class Cody M. Reust graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, TX.

The airman completed an intensive eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Reust is the son of Mike Reust, of Huntington, and Christie Dakin, of Wabash.

Remembering the dead

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State Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, right, views the Indiana Purple Heart Traveling Memorial for Iraq and Afghanistan at the Indiana Statehouse with Larry Shaw (center), commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Department of Indiana Chapter 692, and Ron Jones (left), junior vice for the chapter. The memorial features the names and photos of 149 Hoosier veterans who lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The memorial was unveiled at the Statehouse on June 30 and will remain on display through Monday, July 7.

City trash pickup will change for Independence Day

The Huntington Street Department will be closed Friday, July 4, in observance of Independence Day.

The normal Friday trash pickup will be picked up beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, July 7. All other trash pickup days remain the regularly sheduled days and times.


Andrews Post Office to reduce hours, but remain open for business

Mark Thornburg, postmaster of the Richmond post office (standing), explains the decision-making process that led the U.S. Postal Service to reduce the hours of operation at the Andrews post office.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Several Andrews residents breathed a sigh of relief on Thursday, June 26, after learning the town's post office won't be closed by the U.S. Postal Service, but will operate instead with reduced hours.

Mark Thornburg, postmaster of the Richmond post office, made the announcement at the Andrews Town Hall with Huntington Postmaster David Kuehnert and Andrews Post Office Officer in Charge Laury Powell in attendance to answer questions. About a dozen people came to the meeting.

Warren Street in downtown Hgtn. to be closed to approximately July 4

Warren Street in downtown Huntington will remain closed until approximately July 4, the Huntington Engineer's Office has announced.

The street is closed between Market Street and East Park Drive so that Star Excavating can replace a water main in preparation for the construction of Senior apartments on East Park Drive at Warren Street.

A detour set up for Heritage Days will remain in effect for through traffic.


Special session for Roanoke council July 8

The Town of Roanoke Town Council will meet in special session on Tuesday, July 8 at 6 p.m.

The agenda topic will be discussion regarding the 2015 town budget.

Other topics may be discussed as deemed necessary by the town council president.

The Roanoke Town Hall is located at 141 W. Third St.


State Sen. Banks on trio of study committees

During the summer and fall, State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) will serve on three study committees focused on higher education and veteran affairs.

Through the Interim Study Committee on Public Safety and Military Affairs, Banks and other committee members will review Indiana's veteran services and make recommendations on how to best assist veterans in obtaining their benefits. This includes higher education, employment, compensation and health care.
These topics were assigned to the committee through a bill Banks authored during the 2014 legislative session.

City council may consider smaller annexation area

When the Huntington Common Council votes on annexation July 8, it will also take a look at reducing the size of the annexation area by half.

Councilman Jack Slusser, during the panel's June 24 meeting, asked city officials to study the implications of pulling in the north boundary of the area currently under consideration for annexation by the city.

Specifically, Slusser wants to see a proposal omitting everything north of U.S.-24 from the annexation proposal.

School board seeks ways to reduce textbook fees

A motion to approve the 2014-15 textbook rental fees for Huntington County Community School Corporation failed Monday evening, June 23, as the board of trustees voted 4-3 to shoot down the request.

Board President Kevin Patrick, who voted against the motion, stated he would be willing to revisit the topic at the next board meeting - scheduled for Monday, July 14 - if additional information is presented by the administration.

County council approves salary increases

Out of all the items considered at the Monday, June 23 Huntington Council meeting, councilmen were unanimous in their agreement on every issue except salary increases for county employees.

The council voted 5-1 to give department heads the go-ahead to issue increases as presented by the county's human resources director, Erika Devine. Councilman John Hacker voted against the motion and Councilman Joel Harris was absent.

Hacker said the reshuffling of job duties in the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development kept him from approving salary increases.