Government & School Board

Fusselman a candidate for state office

Ron Fusselman has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination as 50th District State Representative.

Fusselman is the owner of Coffee D'Vine in Huntington.
He and his wife Deneen Fusselman, a teacher, are the parents of seven children and, as such, have been active in Huntington North High School athletics and band events.

He is also active in the Huntington TEA Party.

Brenda Kitt a candidate for Dallas Trustee

Brenda Kitt has announced that she is a candidate for the Republican nomination as Dallas Township Trustee.

The office would not be a new one for Kitt, who served one term as trustee for Dallas Township about 20 years ago.
Kitt has owned and operated Outdoor Outfitter for 18 years, which she says has given her a firm understanding of financial realities.

Updike a candidate to retain seat on council

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Pam Updike has announced her decision to run in the May primary as a Republican candidate for County Council District 3.

Updike has been involved in local politics for the past 16 years, serving two terms as Huntington County Clerk and one as Huntington city clerk-treasurer.

She is serving her first term on Huntington County Council.

Ray Williams a candidate for county recorder

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Ray Williams has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination as Huntington County Recorder.

Williams, who is currently employed by Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, has held several public service positions in the past and says he saw the opening in the recorder's office as a chance to return to the public service arena.

Current Recorder Angie Garner has served the maximum number of terms allowed by law and can't run for re-election.

Leonard to run for a third term

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Incumbent Dan Leonard, of Huntington, has announced that he will seek a third term as Indiana state representative from the 50th District.

Leonard will seek the Republican nomination in the May primary.

Leonard, owner of South Side Furniture, in Huntington, is completing his eighth year in the Indiana General Assembly.

Leonard was raised in Huntington County and attended Lancaster Township, Bippus Junior High and Clear Creek Township schools before graduating from Huntington High School.

Miller to bid for County Council

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Jaime Miller has announced his candidacy for for the Republican nomination to County Council District 2.

Miller has been married to his wife Sherry for 21 years and they have three children; Justin, Jacob and Jarid.

He is currently the president and immediate past treasurer of the Huntington Municipal Airport Board of Aviation Commissioners, a board member of Huntington Metro Kiwanis, a committee member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church and a committee chairman of Cub Scout Pack 3125.

Community garden may take root behind HNHS

A community garden could take root behind Huntington North High School this spring.

Stan Bippus, representing Helping Hands Gardening, asked the Board of Public Works and Safety on Monday, March 15, for access to water for a community garden at that location.

The request was unanimously approved, and will be handed off to the city's water department for implementation.

Huntington police, fire chief report to BOW on recent events

Both the Huntington fire chief and police chief were on hand Monday morning, March 15, during the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting to offer updates on two events that happened on Thursday, March 11.

Fire Chief Matt Armstrong updated the board on the oil spill at Gladieux, where an estimated 250,000 gallons of fuel oil leaked out of one of the tanks during a transfer process. Armstrong said that an employee there forgot to shut off the transfer motor overnight. He added that he received the call about 3 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Schenkel files as Republican candidate for county recorder

Cheryl Schenkel has announced that she is a candidate for the Republican nomination as Huntington County Recorder.

Schenkel has served as chief deputy in the recorder's office since 2005, performing the duties of the recorder in her absence. That experience, she says has given her the training and experience she would need to serve as recorder.

Schenkel also worked in the Huntington County Auditor's office for two years and prior to that, worked for 6-1/2 years at Jones Abstract and Title Company.

Huntington Plan Commission to review sign ordinance tonight

The Huntington Plan Commission will meet Thursday, March 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers of the City Building, 300 Cherry St.

The agenda includes a review of a city sign ordinance, which was rejected March 9 by the Huntington Common Council.

Commission members will also review proposed changes to the city's subdivision ordinance.



Auditor Berry to speak at Huntington County Lincoln Day dinner

Indiana Auditor Tim Berry will be the featured speaker at the Huntington County Republican Party's Lincoln Day Dinner.

The event will be held on Friday, March 26, at 6 p.m. at the LaFontaine Center.

Berry is in his first term as state auditor. He previously served as state treasurer and Allen County treasurer. He is on pace to return 12 percent of his budget appropriation for fiscal year 2010 back to the state general fund. He has focused his efforts on cost-saving initiatives to better serve Hoosier taxpayers.

Stoffel is a candidate for Republican nod as Huntington County Sheriff

Terry Stoffel.
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Terry Stoffel has announced that he is a candidate in the May primary for the Republican nomination as Huntington County Sheriff.

"For as long as I can recall, my interest has been about this community and the people that reside here," says Stoffel, a lifelong Huntington County resident.

Senate, House hopefuls to debate in March 26 Huntington TEA Party event

Candidates seeking their parties' nominations to the United States Senate and House of Representatives will take part in a debate on Friday, March 26, sponsored by the Huntington TEA Party.

Senate candidates who have agreed to participate are Richard Behney, John Hostettler, Don Bates Jr. and Marlin Stutzman. All are seeking the Republican nomination to the seat being vacated by Evan Bayh.

Roanoke library board reschedules

The Roanoke Library Board has rescheduled a previously announced executive session.

The board will meet Thursday, March 18, at 2 p.m. in the Fireman's Room of the Roanoke Town Hall. The agenda includes an employee job performance evaluation.


Incumbent Assessor Boone files to retain her position in future

Terri Boone.
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Terri Boone, the incumbent Huntington County Assessor, has announced that she is a candidate for the Republican nomination to retain that office.

Boone says she has 30 years of experience in the assessor's office, is a level 1 and 2 certified assessor appraiser and is working on her level 3 certification.

The county assessor's office absorbed the duties of the Huntington Township assessor's office and some duties of township trustees in July 2008. Boone says she cut the staff from 10 to seven, saving $100,000 per year.