Government & School Board

Trash pick-fee up to rise $3 in Warren

The cost of trash and recycling pickup in Warren will increase by $3 per household, the Warren Town Council learned at its meeting on Monday, Nov. 23.

The service provider, Marion Services, told the council that rates would have to be increased in order for the company to continue to provide the best service to the town.

Costs will be increased by $3 to $9.49 per household.

Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison noted that Warren is a high recycling town, which means that a large percentage of residents participate in recycling.

Council shoots down two revenue proposals; mayor says more layoffs in store

Huntington Common Council members Erv Ebersole and Brooks Fetters (from left, backs to camera) listen as Huntington resident Mark Krumanaker discusses a proposed trash fee during a packed public hearing Monday, Nov. 23, at Heritage Hall.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

A shocked Mayor Steve Updike was left trying to figure out what to do next after the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Nov. 24, shot down both of his proposals for keeping the city from drowning in red ink.

"I am just overwhelmed," Updike said as he stood in his office following the two-hour council meeting. "I am speechless. I thought that vote was in."

The result, he says, will be the loss of more city employees.

"Layoffs are coming," Updike said. "I have to save money.

Markle council to have Wells County GIS access

The November Markle Town Council meeting was filled with routine business.

The council agreed to pay $452.60 to Wells County in order to have access to the GIS system Wells County is looking into purchasing. Upon payment, Markle will have full access to all of the data the system offers, which helps with economic development activities.

Half of Markle lies in Wells County.

Warren gets Main Street approval

Members of the Warren Area Economic Development group met with Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman Friday, Nov. 13, at the Indiana Statehouse to mark the agency’s inclusion in the Indiana Main Street program.
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Lieutenant Governor Becky Skillman welcomed the Warren Area Economic Development group and the Huntington Main Street group to the Indiana Main Street program at a ceremony on Friday, Nov. 13, at the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis.

Indiana Main Street is administered by the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). The program provides assistance to participating Indiana cities and towns for economic development efforts in their local downtown and commercial business districts.

County council to discuss 2010 salary ordinance

The Huntington County Council will meet tonight, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. in the G.A.R. Room of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The agenda includes adoption of a salary ordinance for 2010, a discussion of the leaky roof at the Huntington County Jail, a discussion of part-time help by Linda Aldridge, representing Huntington County Purdue Cooperative Extension, and a discussion of a retiring employee by Mike Bir, head of the courthouse custodial staff.

Fletcher graduates recently from Army basic combat training

Scott Fletcher.
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Army Private E-2 Class Scott T. Fletcher, of Huntington, recently graduated from basic combat training at Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

During the nine weeks of training, Fletcher studied army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

Smyser graduates from Air Force basic training

Benjamin Smyser.
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Air Force Airman Benjamin M. Smyser has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Smyser is the son of Stacey Smyser, of Bluffton, and the grandson of April Shaw, of Markle.

Annual Christmas lights display at Sunken Gardens falsl victim to Huntington's financial crisis

Huntington employee Larry Hayes unwinds lights from around a tree at Sunken Gardens on Thursday, Nov. 19. The Sunken Gardens Christmas display has been canceled as the city tries to work its way out of a budget crunch.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Sunken Gardens has gone to black.

What would have been the 27th annual Christmas light display has been canceled, a victim of Huntington's financial crisis.

"It's hard to justify putting these lights up when people are losing their jobs," says Denise Bard, superintendent of the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department.

Health department confirms H1N! death

The Huntington County Department of Health is urging area residents to take advantage of the H1N1 influenza vaccine following the confirmation of an H1N1-related death in Huntington County.

Huntington Street Dept. sets holiday schedule

The Huntington Street Department will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, Nov. 26, and Friday, Nov. 27.

Thursday's trash will be collected on Wednesday, Nov. 25, along with Wednesday's regular trash route.

The trash route for Friday, Nov. 27 will be collected on Monday, Nov. 30, along with Monday's regular trash.

It is asked that items be available for pickup by 7 a.m.

 

For a good cause


Photo by Matt Murphy.

Huntington County employees Tony Poff, assistant superintendent of the Huntington County Highway Department (left); Jordan Beaver, intern (center); and Nate Schacht, executive director of the Department of Community Development; throw pies at County Commissioner Jerry Helvie on Monday, Nov. 16, at the Huntington County Courthouse. Employees who donated $10 to the United Way were eligible to throw a pie.

Dillon looks at issues for lawmakers' short session

Indiana state lawmakers returned to the Statehouse on Tuesday, Nov. 17, to organize for next year's legislative session.

Because the state passes budgets in odd numbered years, 2010 is known as a "short session" and will adjourn by law no later than March 14.

However, State Sen. Gary Dillon (R-Columbia City) says next year's short session may be long on major issues.

Deadline for FSA election ballots is Dec. 7

The Farm Service Agency has mailed ballots for the 2009 FSA County Committee elections to eligible voters.
The deadline for eligible voters to return ballots to their local FSA offices is Dec. 7.

Ballots will be counted at the Huntington County FSA office at 2040 Riverfork Drive West in Huntington on Dec. 14 at 9:30 a.m.

FSA county committee members make decisions on disaster and conservation programs, emergency programs, commodity price support loan programs and other important agricultural issues. Members serve three-year terms.

Christmas elf


Photo by Jessica Williams.

Tim Bischoff of the Huntington Street Department straightens a wooden candy cane on Friday afternoon, Nov. 20, as he and several other street department employees put up the town's Christmas decorations -- on their own time -- so the act wouldn't cost the city overtime pay during the current poor financial situation.

DNR selling pins to help feed the hungry

Citizens can help feed the hungry through the Sportsmen's Benevolence Fund by purchasing the fund's lapel pins.

The pins are available for purchase from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division. Proceeds go to organizations such as Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry, helping pay for the processing of deer donated to the program by hunters. The venison is given to various food banks across Indiana.

In 2008, officials say more than 75,000 pounds of donated meat to FHFH was processed into 300,216 meals.

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