Government & School Board

Markle Council hears updates

Several ordinance changes were heard by Markle Town Council on Wednesday, Dec. 16, along with a property compliance update from the Huntington County Department of Community Development (DCD), town correspondents and department reports.

Council President Aaron McClary and councilmember Nicolas Lund, along with several speakers, were present via Zoom for the meeting. Council Vice President Matthew Doss and Clerk/Treasurer Stephenie Hensley were present at the Markle Volunteer Fire Station for the meeting.

Zay files Bill 51

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) has filed Senate Bill 51, which would allow Indiana schools to claim federal Medicaid reimbursements for providing Individualized Education Program (IEP) services and special education services.

The Teacher Compensation Commission recently released a report detailing 37 recommendations on how to reach the $600 million dollars needed to raise the average Hoosier teacher’s salary to over $60,000. This legislation could free up $100 to $200 million in funds for schools to use toward teacher pay.

Bald eagles no longer endangered here

The Natural Resources Commission (NRC) recently removed the bald eagle from Indiana’s list of state endangered and special concern species due to evidence of successful recovery.

NE Indiana 2021 Caucus agenda

The Mayors and Commissioners Caucus of Northeast Indiana has released its 2021 legislative agenda.

The Caucus, which includes elected officials from the 11 counties in Northeast Indiana, meets regularly to collaborate on economic development issues, legislative advocacy and other matters of common interest within the region. Key focuses include improving the region’s interstate accessibility, rural broadband and permitting and zoning processes.

Roanoke appoints two new council members

County Clerk Shelley Septer (right), swears in Roanoke Town Council member Nick Scheer. Scheer was selected by the council to replace Councilwoman Pam Parker, who has resigned from her position.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Two Roanoke Town Council members have submitted their resignation.

Pam Parker and Ryan Carroll have both stepped down from their seats.

During the town council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 15, the remaining members of council appointed Amanda Sands and Nicholas Scheer to replace Carroll and Parker, respectively, effective Jan. 1, 2021.

After the meeting, Sands and Scheer were sworn into their newly appointed positions.

Roanoke Town Council new member Amanda Sands

Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

County Clerk Shelley Septer (left), watches as newly appointed Roanoke Town Council member Amanda Sands signs documents affirming her new appointment. Sands was selected by the council to replace Ryan Carroll, who has resigned from his position.

HCCSC updates COVID policies

Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) has updated its re-entry plan, as discussed at their Nov. 23 School Board of Trustees meeting.

After such, a letter was issued to corporation families detailing the updates.
The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has updated its close contact policy, and as such, so has HCCSC.

Zay appointed chair to Senate committee

State Sen. Andy Zay has been appointed by Senate President Pro Tem Rodric Bray to chair the Senate Committee on Insurance and Financial Institutions for the 122nd Indiana General Assembly.

Zay will also serve as a member of the Senate Committees on Commerce and Technology; Environmental Affairs; and Utilities.

Purdue Extention will hold virtual learning series in Jan.

A Purdue Extension virtual learning series, Small Steps for a Healthy 2021, will be held on Tuesdays in January.  

The program will be live via a ZOOM link on Jan. 5, 12, 19, and 26 at 9:30 a.m.

The live learning sessions will include tips for successfully achieving the elusive New Year’s Resolution.  

Officer-involved shooting ends fatally

A fatal shooting took place in Huntington early Sunday morning, Dec. 13, when the Huntington Police Department was called to the scene of a disturbance on Schultz Drive.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

Indiana State Police are investigating an officer involved shooting that left one person dead and a Huntington Police officer injured in the early morning hours of Sunday, Dec. 13.

The officer, who as of press time has not been identified, suffered serious but non-life-threatening injuries.

According to a press release from the Indiana State Police:

At approximately 3:35 a.m. Dec. 13, the Huntington Police Department responded to a disturbance call in the 100 block of Schultz Drive on the city’s southwest side.  

HCCSC able to stay open

The Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) has been able to keep its doors open to its students for the entire first semester of school, in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced the shutdown many school corporations around the nation.

During the December meeting of the HCCSC School Board of Trustees, Superintendent Chad Daugherty reported the total number of staff who have tested positive since the beginning of year is 34.

He also noted the current number of staff quarantined is 20.

Andrews town council meets

In its second-to-last regular meeting for the year, the Andrews Town Council discussed and approved changes to several ordinances. Updates were also made to the Community Crossing Matching Grant (CCMG), and council heard a presentation for a service contract from the Huntington County United Economic Development Corporation (HCUEDC).  

Council to review space initiative

A special meeting of Huntington’s city council will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 7 p.m.

The council will be reviewing the “Making Space Initiative” that was introduced in Mayor Richard Strick’s executive order, City Council Resolution 16-R-20, which was backed by the council 6-1.

Area man organizes mask fine protest

Mayor Richard Strick addresses a crowd of protesters on Saturday, Dec. 5. The protesters gathered to discuss grievances they have against the mask enforcement plan Strick put in place for the city of Huntington on Tuesday, Nov. 24.
Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Protesters gathered at the Huntington County Courthouse on Saturday, Dec. 5, airing complaints about the city’s executive order regarding COVID-19 and mask enforcement measures.

The protest was organized by Clifford Coon, who lives in the area. According to Coon, his concerns revolved around the negative effects that residents and businesses in Huntington will feel if they receive a fine for not wearing a mask.

Addressing protesters

Photo by Katelynn Farley.

Huntington Mayor Richard Strick (right) addresses a crowd of protesters gathered at the Huntington County Courthouse on Saturday, Dec. 5, answering their questions regarding his new measures for mask wearing enforcement. Protest organizer Clifford Coon (left) stands by with a list of questions.