Government & School Board

Markle council agrees to Huntington Township fire contract

The Markle Town Council has agreed to provide fire protection for unincorporated portions of Huntington Township.

In a special meeting called Thursday, Feb. 13, councilmen voted 3-0 to accept an agreement between Huntington Township and the Markle Volunteer Fire Department for firefighting and first responder services.
Council President Jeff Humbarger said that because Huntington Township canceled its fire protection agreement with the city of Huntington, it is seeking outside help to take up the slack.

Warren expects extra traffic during Ind.-5 project

Replacement of a culvert under Ind.-5 just north of Warren will likely increase traffic on town streets as motorists take an unofficial detour around the construction.

The Indiana Department of Transportation, which is doing the work on Ind.-5 this summer, has offered to reimburse the town for street repairs necessitated by the increased traffic, provided the town meets certain conditions.

During a special meeting on Thursday, Feb. 13, members of the Warren Town Council agreed to those conditions, which include allowing INDOT to inspect the damage before it is repaired.

GOP will see five county-level races in primary

Huntington County Republicans will see five county-level races on the primary ballot in May.

Democrats, however, will see little action in the primary.

The deadline for candidates to file was last Friday, Feb. 7, and that date passed with only one Democrat signing up to run for a county office.

Local Democrat officials have the option of appointing candidates to run in the November general election for offices where there were no primary candidates.

Huntington County election officials attend state conference

Huntington County election officials attended the Indiana Election Administrators Conference Dec. 17 and 18 in Indianapolis to prepare for the 2014 elections.

County Clerk Kittie Keiffer, Voter Registration Deputy Pamela Fowler and Election Board members Lori Guy and Kenneth Zuk were among the 380 election officials from across the state to attend the conference.

Huntington Police Dept. adds 3 new officers

Assistant Chief Pat Scher (left) and Chief E.J. Carroll (right) stand with the three newest members of the Huntington Police Department after the new officers were sworn in on Monday, Feb. 10.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Three new officers have joined the Huntington Police Department, filling vacancies created late last year.

Eric Fluck, Scott Winter and Landon Sell were sworn in as officers during a ceremony held Monday, Feb. 10, in the council chambers in the Huntington City Building.

They will receive training locally until the end of March, when they will attend a 16-week training program at the Indiana Police Academy. Following the completion of that program, they will take their places with the Huntington Police Department.

Some lost time could be made up with longer school days

Since the beginning of January, students in the Huntington County Community School Corporation have missed 12 days of school.

Now, the hot topic on the minds of all parents, students and teachers is how those days will be made up.

Indiana Department of Education (IDOE) Superintendent Glenda Ritz issued a memo to HCCSC administrators on Friday, Feb. 7, offering several options for some "out-of-the-box" ways to make up the missed time, says HCCSC Superintendent Tracey Shafer.

Andrews council approves fire pact with Huntington Township

The Andrews Town Council agreed to a fire protection contract with Huntington Township during its Monday, Feb. 10, meeting.

The contract, which commits the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department to provide fire protection to a portion of Huntington Township, was rewritten following council's Jan. 27 meeting to reflect changes suggested by council.

Banks’ bills on education, veterans move to House

Two measures authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) have been approved by the Indiana Senate.

Senate Bill 204, which Banks says will improve teacher education accountability, passed the Senate by unanimous vote on Feb. 4. It would require the teacher education departments of Indiana higher education to submit information to the Indiana Department of Education. The information, dealing with success rates of those programs' graduates, would be made public on the state's website.

EMA wants to make sure citizens on same page

Huntington County Emergency Management Agency Director Lindsie Goss searches for information at one of the consoles located in the county’s Emergency Operations Center.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

With all the recent weather activity causing school cancellations and condition warnings, the Huntington County Emergency Management Ag-ency wants to make sure all the county's citizens are safely on the same page.

EMA Director Lindsie Goss says getting the word out about county road and travel conditions is important, but she wants to straighten out any confusion about what kinds of information people are receiving.

Plenty of salt and sand to do job in county, say officials

Those rumors flying around that the city and county are out of salt and sand?

Put them to rest. There is plenty of both to take care of whatever storms winter cooks up next.

Huntington Street Superintendent Bob Caley says the city is in good shape as far as its salt and sand supplies go.

"I just received 150 tons of salt today, and I have 150 more I'm going to order also," Caley says. "We're sitting pretty good."

Common council meeting canceled due to no agenda

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Feb. 11, has been canceled due to the lack of business on the agenda.

The council's next meeting is Tuesday, Feb. 25, at 6:45 a.m.


Updike announces run for county auditor seat

Pam Updike.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Pam Updike has announced that she plans to seek the Republican nomination for Huntington County auditor in the May 6 primary election.

Updike's announcement creates a race, as incumbent County Auditor Cindy Yeiter has already filed as a candidate for that office in the Republican primary.

Updike has served as clerk of the circuit court, a county office, for eight years, and as clerk-treasurer for the city of Huntington for four years. She also served three years on the Huntington County Council, the fiscal body for the county.

Holdman student-athlete bill passes Senate

State Sen. Travis Holdman's bill to protect high school student athletes passed the Senate on Jan. 30 by a 45-1 vote.

Senate Bill 222 would require head football coaches and assistant football coaches to complete a training course on concussions at least once every two years. It also provides civil immunity for coaches in certain circumstances.

Residents can call for current travel status

The Huntington County Emergency Management Agency now offers travel status updates by phone for those who do not have Internet access.

To hear a recorded message explaining the current travel status, call 358-8746.

Residents are asked to use this line rather than calling emergency dispatchers so that the dispatch line can remain open for other calls.

Emergency Planning Committee to meet Feb. 26

The Local Emergency Planning Committee will meet on Feb. 26 from noon to 1 p.m. at Café of Hope.

For more information, call the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency at 358-4870.