Government & School Board

Banks’ office will remain open to serve residents during his upcoming deployment

During his military deployment, State Sen. Jim Banks' (R-Columbia City) senate office will remain open to serve the residents of Senate District 17.

Banks' office can be reached by email at or by calling his legislative assistant, Ian Hauer, at 317-232-9808 or 800-382-9467.
Traditional mail can be addressed to him at 200 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN 46204.

County clerk’s office gearing up for upcoming general election

Election officials (from left) Kittie Keiffer, Pam Fowler, Lori Guy and Ken Zuk proofread the ballot for the Nov. 4 general election during a meeting of the Huntington County Election Board on Wednesday, Sept. 3.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The ballots have been approved, and the county clerk's office is gearing up to register new voters in preparation for the Nov. 4 general election.

Huntington County residents who need to register to vote have until Oct. 6 to do so in time to be eligible to vote in the fall election.

Likewise, those who have moved or had a name change since the last election must update their registration by Oct. 6.

Roanoke to add more reserve officers

Town Marshal Jim Wood has asked the Roanoke Town Council to consider raising the number of reserve officers allowed on staff at the Roanoke Police Department

While the number was originally capped at four, Wood proposed being allowed to have a maximum of 10 reserve officers at the Roanoke Police Department.

"With as many special events and festivals we have been having, I have men that I am running ragged," Wood told council members during their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Banks receives DAV honors for vet program

State Sen. Jim Banks was recently named the Disabled American Veterans’ Legislator of the Year.
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The Disabled American Veterans (DAV) recently named State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) its Legislator of the Year. Banks received the award for his efforts in establishing the Indiana Veteran Recovery Program and Fund.

During the 2014 session, Banks authored Senate Enrolled Act 180, which directs the Indiana State Department of Health to further study the implementation of programs for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or traumatic brain injuries.

Airman Clark graduates from basic training

Air Force Airman 1st Class Megan E. Clark 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.

Clark is the daughter of Larry and Debbie Hiatt, of Roanoke.

Huntington Street Dept. closing for holiday

The Huntington Street Department will be closed on Monday, Sept. 1, in observance of Labor Day.

The regular Monday trash route will be picked up beginning at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2. All other trash pickup days will remain the same.


City residents go to new office for building permits

Bryn Keplinger, director of the Huntington Department of Community Development and Redevelopment, stands inside the department’s new office on the second floor of the Huntington City Building.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The city of Huntington's split from the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development becomes official on Sept. 1.

What that means for residents of Huntington is that, instead of going to the Huntington County Courthouse for a building permit, they will obtain that permit from a newly-remodeled office inside the Huntington City Building.

Other than that, nothing much will change, says Bryn Keplinger, director of the city's new Department of Community Development and Redevelopment.

Annexation back on city council’s plate

Annexation is once again on the plate of the Huntington Common Council.

But unlike the annexation proposal rejected by the council in July, this one appears likely to be successful.

It includes only the Hidden Hamlets housing addition, and it's backed by some 94 percent of Hidden Hamlet's residents.

Ed Beckner, representing his fellow Hidden Hamlets residents, appeared before the city council on Tuesday morning, Aug. 26, to present a petition for the annexation of the addition.

Andrews gives two options to town garage contractor

The Andrews Town Council discussed a contract during its meeting on Monday, Aug. 25, that will be presented to the contractor of the town garage construction project.

Council awarded the project to L B Schwartz Brothers Construction, of New Haven, with the selection of its bid for $254,000 on June 9.

A problem has arisen, however, because the company's limited liability company (LLC) license with the Secretary of State's office was allowed to expire.

HCCSC reaching goals for itself and students

The Huntington County Community Schools are closing in on - and in one case surpassing - the goals it has set for itself and its students.

Charles Grable, the corporation's assistant superintendent for instruction, presented that good news to the HCCSC board of trustees during their meeting on Monday, Aug. 25.

Grable's quarterly report card focused on four goals the corporation wants to reach by 2016.

Warpup announces as candidate for school board 3rd district seat

Brian Warpup.
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Brian Warpup, of Warren, has announced his candidacy for the third district seat on the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of school trustees.

The seat is currently held by Ben Landrum.

Warpup is a 1991 graduate of Huntington North High School and a 1995 graduate of Ball State University.

He is a full-time grain farmer in Salamonie Township.

Snyder announces as school board candidate for second district spot

Gary Snyder.
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Gary Snyder has announced that he plans to be a candidate for the second district seat on the Huntington County Community School Corporation's board of trustees.

That seat is currently held by Kevin Patrick, who previously announced that he does not plan to seek re-election. Matt Roth, a local attorney, has also announced plans to seek the second district seat on the school board.

Markle council to help fund sandbagging machine

The Markle Town Council has agreed to give the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency $2,000.

The contribution was approved during the council's meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 20, after EMA Director Lindsie Goss made a plea for a donation toward the purchase of a sandbagging machine.

County council tackles budget reductions

After two days of hearing from every department in county government, the Huntington County Council was able to cut only $34,000 from its 2015 budget.

The county initially needed to make a total of $1.8 million in cuts from the budget, but the cuts made during the hearing and some "tweaking" reduced the amount still to be cut to just $340,000.

County Auditor Cindy Yeiter says the council can pass a resolution to stop this year's spending if need be.

Roanoke residents can expect higher water rates

Water rates are going up in Roanoke after action taken by the town council at its meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 19.

Council passed Ordinance 2014-6, which raises the water rates starting with the minimum monthly charge, which climbs to $21.79 from $13.62.

The ordinance, which does not affect the wastewater rates, also increases the utility deposit to $175 from $62.50.

Council passed the ordinance so that a 20-year bond can be issued that will enable the town to pay for a water tower, iron filter and an expansion project at the water treatment plant.