Government & School Board

Septer announces candidacy for Huntington County clerk

Republican Shelley Septer has announced her candidacy for the office of Huntington County clerk.

School board passes resolutions to move construction forward

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees approved a trio of resolutions at its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 26, setting in place the legalities needed to move construction forward on the Roanoke Elementary School building and Huntington North High School.

Andrews council discusses way to strengthen app for stormwater grant

The Andrews Town Council discussed ways to strengthen its application for a grant that would fund the construction of stormwater infrastructure in town during its meeting on Monday, Feb. 26.

Wall announces for circuit court judge spot

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Justin Wall

Republican Justin R. Wall has announced his candidacy for Huntington circuit court judge.

Wall, 41, is an attorney and owns Wall Legal Services, a law firm with offices in Huntington, Wabash and Columbia City. In his 10 years as an attorney, Wall says he’s amassed a wide range of legal experience.

“I have practiced in just about every single county in northern Indiana and I’ve handled just about every type of civil and criminal case there is out there,” he states.

Wall says it’s that range of experience that’s prepared him for the office he’s seeking.

School board exec session Monday

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet today, Monday, Feb. 26, in executive session at Salamonie Elementary School at 6 p.m. The board’s regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

Several streets in Markle to benefit from next round of CC funding

Several streets in Markle will benefit from the next round of Community Crossings funds.

Although some alleys and one disputed street were cut out of INDOT funding in the town’s recent grant request, members of the Markle Town Council agreed to go ahead and pay for them anyway.

The 3-0 vote was taken at the council’s regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21, to accept the lowest bid on the street improvement project from E&B Paving at $187,505.

Roanoke council supports part-time Roanoke chamber employee

The Roanoke Town Council pledged its support for the creation of a part-time employee position for the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce during its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Stephanie McKibben, a member of the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce Board, explained to council why there was a need for such a position. McKibben noted that organizing the high number of tourism events conducted in Roanoke over the course of the year had become strenuous for the town’s stable of volunteers.

GOP circuit court judge race draws most attention for primary election

The field is set for this year’s primary election on May 8.

A number of local offices drew interest from multiple Republican candidates.

Of those offices, the one to attract the most candidates was circuit court judge, which features four Republican hopefuls. In that race, incumbent Jamie Groves will face challengers Jill M. Denman, Davin Glen Smith and Justin R. Wall.

Groves was appointed to the office by Gov. Eric Holcomb this past December to fill the remainder of Judge Thomas M. Hakes’ term.

Huntington County Farm Bureau members meet with Sen. Zay

Members of the Huntington County Farm Bureau meet with Sen. Andy Zay (left) at the Indiana Statehouse on Feb. 7 to discuss legislative issues impacting Indiana’s farmers.
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Huntington County Farm Bureau members met with Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) on Feb. 7 to discuss legislative issues of current importance to Indiana’s farmers. Farm Bureau members explained how various pieces of legislation could affect their production agriculture and agri-business operations.

INFB’s 2018 legislative priorities, as determined by its members across the state, are:

• Protect livestock farmers and their operations.

• Maintain local control and flexibility.

• Enhance Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) oversight.

Zay bill to help with teacher hiring passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) that will provide more teacher-hiring options to school districts recently passed the Senate by a vote of 35 to 12.

Senate Bill 387 aims to address the teacher shortage in the state and to provide a pathway for teachers who struggle with licensure exams to enter the classroom if they can meet certain standards. SB 387 also allows school districts to offer supplemental pay to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and special education teachers beyond the regular salary schedule.

School board gets first look at 2019-20 school year calendar

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees got its first look at the proposed 2019-2020 school calendar at its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 12.

Huntington North High School Principal Russ Degitz, representing the calendar committee, presented the calendar to board members for its first reading, calling it a “modified balanced calendar” with a few tweaks.

Andrews Town Council discusses re-applying for OCRA grant in May

The Andrews Town Council discussed reapplying for a grant that would fund the construction of stormwater infrastructure in town during its meeting on Monday, Feb. 12.

The grant in question, a community development block grant through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), is one the board had hoped to apply for on Feb. 9, but will now apply for on May 25.

State leaders join Holdman for Foster Parent Appreciation Day

Senate leaders joined by Gov. Eric Holcomb and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch on Monday, Feb. 12, hosted Foster Parent Appreciation Day, reported State Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle).

Foster families were recognized at the statehouse for their service to the children of Indiana. One foster family from each senate district was invited to the statehouse as a representative of their community for lunch and a tour of the statehouse.

Huntington trash pick-up to be delayed by holiday

Monday, Feb. 19, the Huntington Street Department will be closed for Presidents Day.

If Monday, Feb. 19, is a regular trash pickup day, that trash will now be picked up starting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20. All other trash pickup days will remain the same.

Orange sticker items, brush and limbs and brown bags will be picked up on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Mayor outlines spending plan for city surplus at council meeting

With $2 million in the city’s general surplus fund, Mayor Brooks Fetters outlined how he hopes to see those funds invested in the city during a State of the City address before the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Fetters, along with his senior leadership team, prepared the spending plan, which he said would help the city fulfill its focus for 2018: “Helping People Love Calling Huntington Home – Instilling Hometown Pride.”

Leonard joins lawmakers in donating supplies for Hoosier foster families

State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) donates a new diaper bag filled with baby supplies for an Indiana foster family during the “Bags of Hope” event on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
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State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) recently joined fellow House lawmakers to fill diaper bags with donated baby supplies for foster families across Indiana.

The Indiana House of Representatives partnered with the Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy and its Institute for Excellence, a nonprofit organization serving more than 4,600 Hoosier children every day, to host the “Bags of Hope” event.

Zay’s DCS bill receives Senate nod; now under consideration in House

A bill authored by State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) that would encourage the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) to share information on a child’s case plan with the child’s school corporation recently passed the Senate unanimously.

Senate Bill 428 would also require the DCS to provide information to the courts to be included in a child’s case file when a parent violates certain orders, such as failing a required drug test.

Indiana State Sen. Zay files for chance to keep District 17 seat

Andy Zay
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Republican Andy Zay has filed to run for election in Indiana State Senate District 17.

Serving since 2016, Zay represents Wabash County and portions of Grant, Huntington and Whitley counties. He was chosen to complete the term of former State Sen. Jim Banks, who was elected to Indiana’s Third Congressional District in 2016.

Huntington County has several in attendance at AIC Legislative Conference

Huntington County commissioners Tom Wall and Larry Buzzard, County Councilman Terry Miller and County Clerk Kittie Keiffer, along with about 300 county officials from around the state attended the Association of Indiana Counties’ (AIC) 2018 County Legislative Conference.

The two-day event was held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis Jan 30 and 31.

SWCD to review watershed coordinator resumes

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will meet to review resumes for its 319 grant watershed coordinator position today, Thursday, Feb. 8, at 4 p.m. at the District Office located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.  

Breakfast stump

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U.S. Senate candidate Mark Hurt explains why he is running for office during Breakfast with the Candidates, held Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2689. Hurt and other Republican candidates spoke to about 70 people in attendance.

List latest political candidate filings for primary

Below is a list of the latest candidates who have filed to run for local, state and federal offices in the May 8 primary election.
To run for a local office, the deadline to file the necessary paperwork with the Huntington County Clerk’s Office is tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 9, at noon.

Circuit Court Judge
Justin R. Wall.

County Auditor
Cheryl DeWeese Baldridge.
Jill M. Landrum.

County Council,
3rd District
Raymond Keith Eller. *

Dallas Twp. Adv. Bd. to meet Feb. 19

The Dallas Township Advisory Board will meet on Monday, Feb. 19, at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Township Fire Department, 796 N. Main St., Andrews.

The purpose of the meeting will be to review and sign the annual report.

Fetters says city moving in right direction

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters gesticulates a point during his State of the City speech, delivered Friday, Feb. 2, at the Café of Hope. Fetters said the city is “making great progress” as it heads into 2018.
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Huntington’s good, bad and beautiful was summed up succinctly by Mayor Brooks Fetters during his annual State of the City address on Friday, Feb. 2.

“’Do What You Say You Will Do’ – that’s kind of our formula for success,” he said. “I think a lot of times it’s that practical.”

Fetters presented his report of the city’s successes and challenges to a packed venue at the Café of Hope, focusing on three main areas: ongoing pursuit of meaningful jobs, the daily task of running the city like a business and helping people love living in Huntington.

Banks’ staffer in town Feb. 8 at C-house Annex

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced that a member of his staff will visit Huntington on Thursday, Feb. 8, to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

The mobile office hours are from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

New circuit court judge

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Jamie Groves (center) repeats the oath of office, administered by Superior Court Judge Jenny Newton (left) as he is sworn in as Huntington County’s new circuit court judge on Wednesday, Jan. 31. Holding the Bible is Groves’ wife, Jodie, as members of his family stand behind him to witness the event.

Local Democrats to hold monthly meeting Feb. 7 at library

The Huntington County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting on Feb. 7 at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library at 6:30 p.m.

The meeting’s guest speaker will be Gary Snyder, Democrat candidate for State Senate District 17. The district covers all of Wabash County and portions of Huntington, Whitley and Grant counties. Snyder will discuss his campaign and take questions from those in attendance.

The meeting is open to the public.

The Huntington branch is located at 255 W. Park Drive.

Zay bill to place more foster children passes

A bill authored by State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) to increase the number of foster children allowed in a foster home recently passed the Senate by a vote of 49-0.

Senate Bill 184 would change the maximum number of foster children from five to six.

Banks holds town hall meeting

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U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-Third District, speaks during a town hall meeting at Pathfinder Services, in Huntington, on Wednesday, Jan. 24. The event was organized by the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce and saw Banks field questions from attendees regarding healthcare, tax cuts and more.

Banks files for reelection as U.S. rep for Third District in house

Jim Banks
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Republican Congressman Jim Banks officially filed his candidacy for re-election on Jan. 23 to represent Indiana’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.