Government & School Board

Banks votes in favor of anti-abortion legislation

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) voted on Oct. 3 in favor of H.R. 36, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act.

The bill, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, passed the House 237-189 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

Holiday closing for street dept.

The Huntington Street Department will be closed Monday, Oct. 9, in observance of Columbus Day.

Residents whose normal trash pickup day is Monday will have their trash picked up starting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10. All other trash pickup days will remain the same.

Orange sticker items and brush and limbs will be picked up on Tuesday, Oct. 10. Brown bags will be picked up on Wednesday, Oct. 11.

State BMV branches close for Columbus Day

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles branches will be closed Saturday, Oct. 7, through Monday, Oct. 9, in observance of the Columbus Day holiday.

Branches resume regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday Oct. 10. For a complete listing of branch locations and hours, or to complete a transaction online, visit

Local SWCD to hold monthly meet Oct. 17

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7 p.m. at the district office, at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.

However, due to the farming season, contact the District Office at 356-6816 ext. 3 to confirm there is a quorum to hold the meeting.

Roanoke Town Council reviews 2018 budget

The Roanoke Town Council reviewed the town’s proposed budget for 2018 at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 3.

Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner presented the budget to council during a public hearing at the meeting. Kirchner stated that the town’s estimated budget was $1,906,940. The maximum estimated funds to be raised, she noted, was $701,071.

Members of the public can view a copy of the budget by visiting town hall, at 141 W. Third St., or by going online to

Budget adoption is set for council’s next meeting, Oct. 17.

In other business:

School board considers changing valedictorian, salutatorian program, moving graduation day

A plan that could set aside the traditional valedictorian/salutatorian program and change the commencement day at Huntington North High School is up for consideration.

HNHS Principal Russ Degitz introduced the proposal to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees on Monday, Sept. 25.

Degitz said a Viking Distinguished Graduate Program would promote the “idea of excellence in competition” and allow more top students to achieve a “distinguished” status upon graduation.

Huntington County Democrats to hold monthly meeting Wednesday

The Huntington County Democrats will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The meeting is open to the public.

Parents leery of redistricting, transfer prohibition

Redistricting and a prohibition on student transfers might solve problems in the Huntington County Community schools, but those actions would create problems in many families, parents told members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees on Monday, Sept. 26.

Their concerns were discussed at length, with a promise that no action will be taken soon.

Street money

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Toni Mayo (left), representing the Indiana Department of Transportation, visited Warren on Friday, Sept. 22, to present a $637,425 Community Crossings grant to (from left) Ben Adams, of Commonwealth Engineers; Lee Poulson, utility manager for the Town of Warren; and Julia Glessner, Warren Town Council president. The grant will be used to help pay for a 2018 project that will see the reconstruction of 11th Street from Ind.-5 to Wayne Street, along with the addition of improved storm drainage, curbs, sidewalk and new lighting to make the area more pedestrian friendly.

Huntington recycling fee wins approval; street paving schedule set

Recycling fees in the City of Huntington will be instituted later this year following a 4-2 approval vote Tuesday, Sept. 26, by the Huntington Common Council.

The council opened the door to the possibility of a program to assist those for whom paying the fees would be a hardship, while stressing the need to educate community members on the necessity of a mandatory recycling program.

Commissioners to hold 2 exec sessions

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold two executive sessions on Monday, Oct. 2.

The first, at 10 a.m., is being held to talk with industrial or commercial prospects or their agent.

The second, at 11 a.m., will be to discuss litigation.

Both sessions, which are closed to the public, will be held in Commissioners Room 103A of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Andrews gets $300K for roadway repaving work

The Andrews Town Council announced during its meeting on Monday, Sept. 25, that the town had received over $300,000 from the state for roadway repaving work.

Andrews was awarded $304,125 through the state’s Community Crossings Matching Grant program. With the state footing the bill for 75 percent of a project’s cost, municipalities chip in the remaining 25 percent.

Markle utilities rate reviewer says water rates need to rise to cover costs

The findings of a study of the town’s sewer and water rates was presented to the Markle Town Council by Jeffrey Rowe of Umbaugh & Associates at a very busy meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 20.

Noting that the water utility does not have any debt, Rowe said the town’s current rate of $25.12 per 5,000 gallons of water used hasn’t been raised since 2009. He said the town is on the lower end of the spectrum when its water rates are compared to other similarly-sized communities.

Roanoke Town Council again fines resident for building code violations

The Roanoke Town Council handed out another substantial fine to a resident for failing to resolve building code violations at her house during its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19.

The board assessed Casandra Emley, the occupant of 775 Seminary St., with a $5,000 civil penalty for willful failure to comply with a continuing order of enforcement from the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (DCD) that details what needs to be corrected at her property, which she is buying on contract.

Proposed rate structure for curbside recycling wins approval by city council

A proposed rate structure for curbside recycling in the city of Huntington, which brought a crowd of residents to the Huntington Common Council's meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 12, ultimately won initial approval by the council.

Establishing the fees, which must still receive a second and final OK from the council, is just the first step in re-establishing a city-wide recycling program, city attorney Mike Hartburg said. Once the program is funded, city officials will still have to work out specifics, he explained.

Redistricting proposal would spell an end to student transfers

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees, during their meeting on Monday, Sept. 11, got their first look at a rough draft of redistricting maps for the district’s elementary school children.

Superintendent Randy Harris said the maps, which he described as a redistricting compass, were created with the help of government and school district officials, along with HCCSC Transportation Director Vanessa Fields. As board members perused the new redistricting lines, Harris said the rough draft is open to interpretation and questions.

Andrews council asking residents for ideas about projects in town

The Andrews Town Council is inviting citizens to contribute ideas for projects they would like to see come to fruition in the town.

Council members made the request during their meeting on Monday, Sept. 11.

The ideas will be considered for inclusion in the town’s comprehensive plan, which the board intends to prepare with help from Region III-A in the months ahead. The plan, explains Council President Bill Johnson, will function as an outline for how the town would like to improve itself using grant money from the state.

Warren’s 2018 budget looks similar to 2017 spending plan, council hears

The 2018 budget for the Town of Warren looks very similar to the spending plan for 2017.

“It’s basically the same budget,” said Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison as she presented the figures to Warren Town Council members during their meeting on Monday, Sept. 11.

The proposed 2018 budget totals $2,152,762, a decrease of $48,000 from the 2017 $2,200,855.

Huntington County SWCD to have monthly meet on Sept. 19

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.

Holdman announces plans to seek reelection in Senate District 19

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Travis Holdman

Republican State Sen. Travis Holdman has announced that he plans to seek reelection in Senate District 19, which serves all of Adams, Blackford, Jay and Wells counties, along with portions of Huntington and Grant counties.

Banks staff here Thursday

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced that a member of his staff will visit Huntington on Thursday, Sept. 14, to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

Office hours are 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Officially a justice

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Chris Goff (left) is sworn in as the 100th justice of the Indiana Supreme Court by Gov. Eric Holcomb on Friday, Sept. 1, in the Supreme Court courtroom in Indianapolis. Goff’s wife, Raquel Goff (center), holds the Bible. Goff, a Wabash native, practiced law in Huntington before being named Superior Court judge in Wabash County in 2005. Earlier this summer, he was selected by Holcomb to fill a vacancy on the Indiana Supreme Court and has been serving on that court since late July.

Roanoke council authroizes more testing at lagoon

The Roanoke Town Council authorized additional water testing at a lagoon that the Indiana Department of Environmental Management wants to see closed at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 5.

The board agreed to pay $876 to have Element Fort Wayne, an environmental testing lab, return to the lagoon to take more samples and run further tests. Element first sampled the lagoon’s water in July and tests revealed the presence of substances that IDEM would not allow to be discharged into a waterway.

Commissioners to have exec session Tuesday

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session on Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 11:15 a.m. at the Huntington County Courthouse, Room 103A, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The meeting is in respect to interviews and negotiations with industrial or commercial prospects or agents of industrial or commercial prospects.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

BZA to hear special exception request

The Huntington City Board of Zoning Appeals will meet on Monday, Sept. 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the City Council Chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The board will consider a request from Donald and Donna Deschaine for a special exception to allow an eating and drinking establishment at 874 Cline St.

The meeting is open to the public.

DNR grants will help stabilize banks of two rivers

A pair of grants awarded through the Indiana Department of Natural Resources — one to the City of Huntington, and one to a four-county commission — is designed to improve the stability of area river banks.

The grants, from the Lake and River Enhancement (LARE) program of the DNR’s Fish and Wildlife Division, include $40,000 to the Upper Wabash River Basin Commission to help pay for an engineering feasibility study of the stability of the Wabash River banks in Adams, Jay, Huntington and Wells counties.

Local Democrats will meet Wednesday evening

The Huntington County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The meeting is open to the public. 

Raising awareness

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Police Department Officer Steve Sims ties a silver ribbon to the antenna of his patrol car on Thursday, Aug. 31, which was observed around the world as International Overdose Awareness Day. All vehicles from the Huntington Police Department and Huntington County Sheriff’s Department that were on the road on Aug. 31 bore the silver ribbons to raise awareness of the problems of drug overdose.

Checking their aim

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington firefighters Curan Burnau and Derek Holzinger man the hose from the top of a ladder truck during training exercises held Wednesday, Aug. 30, at Fire Station 3 on Etna Avenue. Firefighters from Huntington fire stations participated in the exercise, as water from the hose was blasted over adjoining Drover Park.

State DOT to begin chip sealing in Huntington County in coming days

The Indiana Department of Transportation will begin chip sealing several roads in Huntington County on or after Sept. 5, weather permitting.
Affected Huntington County roads are:

• Ind.-5, from .75 miles north of the east junction of Ind.-218 to U.S. 224.

• Ind.-105, between Ind.-9 and Ind.-124.

• Ind.-124, from Ind.-5 to Ind.-3.

• Ind.-218, from Ind.-15 in Wabash County to Ind.-9 in Huntington County.