Government & School Board

Sheriff to assume responsibility for transportation of juveniles

The Huntington County Council gave the nod by consensus on Monday, April 28, to Sheriff Terry Stoffel and Circuit Court Judge Thomas Hakes to move $14,480 to pay transportation costs for under-age offenders who are transferred to juvenile secure detention facilities.

School board recognizes Kriegbaum's gift

Charles Kriegbaum was honored Monday evening, April 26, at the Huntington County Community School (HCCSC) Board of Trustees meeting.

Sarah Kriegbaum Guhl, Charles' sister, represented him at the meeting. She accepted a plaque that commemorates Charles Kriegbaum's gift of the parcel of land the school was built on. The plaque will be displayed at Crestview Middle School.

Andrews council ponders utility repairs, summer festival

The Andrews Town Council discussed amending a proposal presented to it by a structural engineering firm during its meeting on Monday, April 28.

The firm, Strand Associates, was awarded of the town's planning grant and will assess the town's utilities and then plot the best course of action for fixing them.

8 from GOP, 1 from Dems, unopposed in county for primary races

(From left) Amy Richison, Kittie Keiffer, Cheryl Schenkel, Terry Stoffel, Terri Boone, Kendall Mickley and Don Davenriner.
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Eight Republican officeholders are unopposed in their primary bids, as is the lone Democrat seeking a county office.

On the township level, nine Republican township trustees face no primary opposition as they seek to retain their offices. The lone Democrat seeking to become a township trustee is also unopposed. In three townships, there are no candidates of either party seeking the trustee's office.

Commissioner race pits current firefighter vs. retired firefighter

Leon Hurlburt (left) and Rob Miller.
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A retired firefighter and a current member of the Huntington Fire Department are both seeking to become the Republican nominee for the first district seat on the Huntington County Board of Commissioners.

The primary election will be held on May 6.

Leon Hurlburt, currently an assistant chief with the HFD, is the incumbent, having served as a county commissioner since 2011. He also served as Huntington County coroner from 2004 to 2010.

Harris and Eller vying for spot as third district rep for county

Joel Harris (left) and Raymond Eller.
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Joel A. Harris, completing his first term as third district representative on the Huntington County Council, faces a challenge from Raymond Keith Eller in the Republican primary on May 6.

Harris, however, says that even though he filed as a candidate for a second term, he won't be able to serve if elected to council - he plans to move this fall to the Dominican Republic, where he will serve as a missionary.

Wind ordinance comment session set for May 14

A public meeting for comment on the Huntington County ordinance regulating wind farms, which was postponed last month because of inclement weather, has been rescheduled for May 14.

The meeting will be held in the auditorium of Huntington North High School, 450 MacGahan St., Huntington, beginning at 7 p.m. It is part of a Huntington County Plan Commission meeting.

Apex Clean Energy, based in Charlottesville, VA, is in the preliminary stages of work that could lead to the establishment of a wind energy project in the southeast corner of Huntington County.

Two Warren groups get CEDIT grants

Two non-profit organizations, Historic Warren and the Warren Sportsman's Club, will receive some financial support from the town of Warren.

The Warren Town Council, during its meeting on Monday, April 21, agreed to allocate $2,000 to Historic Warren and $500 to the sportsman's Club. Both allocations will come from the town's CEDIT fund.

Historic Warren, an organization working toward downtown preservation and revitalization, will use its grant for promotional materials and other expenses.

Yeiter faces challenge from Updike for auditor

Cindy Yeiter (left) and Pam Updike.
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Incumbent County Auditor Cindy Yeiter faces a challenge from fellow Republican Pam Updike in that party's May 6 primary election.

Both candidates are experienced county office holders.
Yeiter, 61, of rural Huntington, was elected to two terms as county treasurer, in 2000 and 2004, after working in the treasurer's office for five years. She was elected auditor in 2010.

Pair set to do GOP primary battle for SC judge

Jeff Heffelfinger (left) and Justin Wall.
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A local attorney will face off against a veteran judge for the Republican nomination as judge of the Huntington Superior Court in the May 6 primary.

Jeffrey R. Heffelfinger has served as Superior Court judge since 1988 and served as judge of that court's predecessor, the Huntington County Court, from 1985 to 1988.

His challenger, Justin R. Wall, is an attorney with law offices in Huntington, Bluffton and Wabash.

Both Heffelfinger and Wall are long-time Huntington County residents.

Zanesville road repairs are on hold

The Zanesville Town Council discussed town road conditions during its meeting on Thursday, April 17.

At a previous meeting, Council President Patsy Brock had expressed a desire to contact a paving company and have them come through town and assess the roads.

With Brock absent from the meeting, council members John Schuhmacher and Danny Miller were unsure of Brock's progress on that front, but agreed that assessing the roads was a priority.

GOP surveyor race has familiar candidates

Jay Poe (left) and Marlin Doctor.
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If the candidates for county surveyor on the Republican primary ticket look familiar, that's because they are.

The Jay Poe-Marlin "Monty" Doctor matchup is a repeat from 2010, which ended with incumbent Poe returning to the surveyor's office.

Just a test

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer (left) and Dan Haas, a representative of voting machine supplier MicroVote, check the results of a test of voting machines on Wednesday, April 16, in the county clerk's office. The test, conducted by the Huntington County Election Board prior to each election, was done in preparation for the May 6 primary and included three randomly selected voting machines. Election board member Lori Guy and Judy Ruble, standing in for board member Ken Zuk, also participated in the test. The board found no malfunctions in the machines.

Roanoke council discusses Oak Park Drive main replacement

The Roanoke Town Council discussed replacing the Oak Park Drive water main during its meeting on Tuesday, April 15.

One of the main issues is that the pipe, which Council President Dave Tucker estimates to be 30 years old, is an odd size, which makes finding new components for it, such as a valve, a challenge.

"And for some reason, just this last year or so, things have started to happen on that entire loop - the valve leaking, the main breaking, valves going into the home rotting off and having to be repaired," Tucker adds.

Markle sees increase in insurance premiums

The town of Markle's insurance cost is on the rise, increasing by about $3,500 in both property and workers' compensation premiums.

The town council members learned of the hike at their regular meeting Wednesday, April 14. Richard Randol of General Insurance, in Bluffton, provided the update, saying part of the why the insurance companies raised rates is what he termed "experienced rated."