Government & School Board

Banks staffer to be in Huntington

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) recently announced that a member of his staff will visit Huntington on Thursday, May 10, to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

A Banks staffer will be at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., from 9:30 a.m. to noon.


Indiana attorney general mobile office in Huntington

The Indiana attorney general’s office will be conducting mobile office hours in Huntington on Wednesday, May 9, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 W. Park Drive.

While at the library, office staffers will be performing constituent out-
reach including searching the Indiana Unclaimed Property website for people, discussing the latest scams and helping people file consumer protection complaints with the office.

Curtis Hill is the Indiana attorney general.

Four seek GOP slot for county’s circuit court judge

Candidates for Huntington County Circuit Court Judge are (from left) Jill Denman, Jamie Groves, Davin Smith and Justin Wall.
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Four candidates, Jill M. Denman, Jamie M. Groves, Davin G. Smith and Justin R. Wall, will appear on the Republican ballot in the May 8 primary, all hopeful of winning the Huntington County Circuit Court Judge race.
The position was vacated in Dec. 2017 when Thomas Hakes retired. Gov. Eric Holcomb appointed Groves to fill the position through the end of the year.
The candidates were each asked the questions, “Why are you seeking, or seeking to retain, this office? If you are elected, what do you hope to accomplish?”
Jill M. Denman

BMV to extend hours on May 7-8

The Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles has announced that BMV branches will extend hours of operation on Monday, May 7, and Tuesday, May 8, to issue ID cards and driver’s licenses to be used for identification at a polling place.

Branches will be open on Monday, May 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 8, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Roanoke Town Council gets update on new school in town

The Roanoke Town Council received an update on the plan to build a new elementary school in town at its meeting on Tuesday, May 1.

Randy Harris, superintendent of the Huntington County Community School Corporation, presented a floor plan and renderings of the new school to council. The floor plan lists the square footage of the two-story building at 86,392.

The board was pleased by the renderings of the school. Council President Dave Tucker remarked that the design paid tribute to the appearance of the existing building.

Claus-Septer go for GOP clerk position

Rena Claus (left) and Shelley Septer.
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Two candidates have thrown their hat into the ring to become the next Huntington County Circuit Court Clerk. Rena E. Claus and Shelley Septer will appear on the Republican ballot on the May 8 primary.

The candidates were each asked the question, “Why are you seeking, or seeking to retain, this office? If you are elected, what do you hope to accomplish?”

Rena E. Claus
Claus, 33, resides at 8097W-700S-35, in LaFontaine. She is employed as a sales project coordinator at Our Sunday Visitor.

Council race down to one candidate

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Kittie Keiffer

A race between two Republican candidates for the Huntington County Council Fourth District seat is now down to one candidate, although two names will appear on the May 8 primary ballot.

Kittie Keiffer, who will leave her current post as the county circuit court clerk, is running for the council seat. Don Davenriner, who had been a Huntington County councilman for the past 12 years and was the incumbent candidate in the upcoming primary election, died April 13.

Roanoke Library board meets early

Due to the Memorial Day holiday, the Roanoke Public Library’s Board of Trustees will meet one week earlier for its regular board meeting, on the third Monday of May – May 21, at 7 p.m. – instead of the normally scheduled fourth Monday.

School board hears about changes since audit

The Huntington County Community School Board of School Trustees heard a review of what kinds of changes have happened in the district since an audit was conducted and presented last year by researchers Mike Pettibone and Dr. Steve Yager.

During business brought before the board at their regular meeting on Monday, April 23, Harris presented a review of the “challenges” presented to the district as a result of that audit and where the district stands on what it needs to do better.

Set exec session for the Common Council

The Common Council of the City of Huntington will meet in executive session on Tuesday, May 8, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Mayor’s Conference Room, Third Floor, City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss strategy with respect to initiation of litigation or litigation that is either pending or has been threatened specifically in writing.

GOP to caucus to fill Davenriner’s council seat

The Huntington County Republican Party will hold a caucus to fill the Fourth District Huntington County Council seat left vacant after the recent death of Councilman Don Davenriner. This position will complete Davenriner’s term, which concludes at the end of this year.

The caucus will be held Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington Township Fire Station, 939 N. Broadway St., Huntington.

Markle Town Council to hold special meet

The Markle Town Council will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Markle Town Hall, 197 E. Morse St.

The purpose of the meeting is to approve Wayne Metals, LLC tax abatements and any other matters properly brought before the council.

4 trying for 3 spots for Warren Twp. board

Four candidates are hoping to land one of three spots on the Warren Township Advisory Board in the Republican primary election on Tuesday, May 8.

They are incumbents Angie Landrum, Lee J. Schmalzried and Jack G. Sell, and challenger Carl Zinsmeister.

The candidates were each asked the questions, “Why are you seeking or seeking to retain this office? If you are elected, what do you hope to accomplish?”

Lee J. Schmalzried
Schmalzried, 56, resides at 8393N-900W, Huntington. He is the owner of Schmalzried Builders.

School board gets first look at Roanoke design

Members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees got a first glimpse of preliminary drawings of the new Roanoke Elementary School during the board’s regular meeting Monday, April 23.

Lead architect Adam Weesner of Barton Coe Vilamaa presented the plans, explaining he has been meeting with the school board design committee and HCCSC staff to ascertain the design of the two-story school building that meets the district’s needs.

Andrews Town Council establishes stormwater fees

The members of the Andrews Town Council, in their capacity as the stormwater management board, passed a resolution establishing stormwater fees for the town during the board’s meeting, which followed the council meeting on Monday, April 23.

The fee for residential properties will be $3 a month. Commercial and municipal properties will be charged $6 a month while industrial and school properties will be assessed $15 a month.

The fees will appear on customers’ utility bills. The fees will go into effect on May 1 and the June billing cycle will be the first to reflect them.