Government & School Board

Banks announces staff changes for his office in Washington, D.C.

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has made two staff announcements in his Washington office that serves Indiana’s Third District.

SWCD to hold meet Jan. 29

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 7 p.m. at the District Office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.

City council discusses process of protecting historic structures

The Huntington Common Council discussed the process of protecting historic structures during its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8.

Huntington resident Max Kaylor spoke at the meeting and lamented the recent demolition of the Milligan stone structure. According to Huntington Alert Inc., a local historic preservation group, the structure dated back to circa 1860 and was originally located on property owned by Lambdin P. Milligan, a Huntington resident who gained notoriety for his involvement in the United States Supreme Court case Ex parte Milligan in 1866.

Swearing in

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Jill Landrum (second from left) takes the oath of office for Huntington County auditor on Monday, Dec. 31, in a swearing-in ceremony for all office-holders elected this past November at the Huntington County Courthouse. Landrum’s husband, Todd (left), holds a Bible while Superior Court Judge Jennifer Newton administers the oath.

Signing the oath

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Kendall Mickley (left), Huntington County councilman for District 2, puts his signature to the oath of office after being sworn in retain his seat on Monday, Dec. 31, in a swearing-in ceremony for all office-holders elected this past November at the Huntington County Courththouse. Looking on are Pam Fowler (center) voter registration and eleciton deputy, and Huntington County Commissioners President Larry Buzzard.

Exec session for school board today

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in executive session on Monday, Jan. 7, at 5 p.m. at Salamonie School, 1063E-900S, Warren. 

The stated agenda will be to train school board members with an outside consultant about the performance of the role of the members as public officials.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

The next regular school board meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. at Salamonie School.

Filing for this year’s election starts on Jan. 9

Candidates may begin filing to run in this year’s municipal election primary on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Republican and Democrat candidates must file a declaration of candidacy with the Huntington County Clerk’s Office. In addition to the declaration, which is designated a CAN-42 form, candidates must file CAN-12 and CFA-1 forms as well. All of these forms can be obtained in the clerk’s office or online at

The declaration of candidacy must be filed in person.

Austin Best graduates from Marine boot camp

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Pvt. Austin G. Best

Pvt. Austin G. Best, 21, of Markle, graduated on Dec. 14 from the United States Marine Corps boot camp at MRCD San Diego, CA.

Best successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training as one of 82 recruits in Training Platoon 2106. While in training, he and his entire platoon were named Honor Platoon for scoring 98.7 percent or above on academic testing.

Following 24 days home on leave, he will report to Camp Pendleton for one month of training in the School of Infantry, then he will attend Military Occupation School in Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

Roanoke council again discusses ‘quint’ fire truck

The Roanoke Town Council continued to discuss the possible purchase of a quint truck from a fire department in Allen County during its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Brandon Taylor, chief of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department, reported that the truck, a 2012 model, would be sold for $285,000 by the St. Joseph Township Volunteer Fire Department. That price, noted Taylor, included all of the truck’s ladders and attached equipment.

Health board meeting set for today at 7 p.m.

The Huntington County Health Department will hold a health board meeting on Monday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Courthouse Annex building, 1330 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Legislators say budget to be biggest challenge as ‘long’ session starts

The “long” legislative session convenes today at the Indiana Statehouse, and the three legislators representing Huntington County say it’s the budget that will prove to be the biggest challenge, as lawmakers struggle to balance it while making provisions for other important issues.

State Rep. Dan Leonard (R), who represents District 50, says he just hopes to be able to get through the session during a budget year, balancing what he calls a “fairly tight budget.”

Retirement – for now

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington County Circuit Court Clerk Kittie Keiffer (left) receives congratulations from former county clerk Anne Malone during Keiffer’s retirement party held Friday, Dec. 28, at the county courthouse. Keiffer, who did not run again for the clerk’s office, will now take up her new role as a member of Huntington County Council, representing District 4. Malone’s daughter, Shelley Septer, became the new county clerk after she was sworn into office on Dec. 31.

Retiring auditor

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington County Auditor Cindy Yeiter (left) stands in the auditor’s office with her staff during her retirement reception held Friday, Dec. 28. With her are (front row from left) Mary Ellen Scott and Tina Stevens; and (back row from left) Cheryl Baldridge, Connie Smith and Kim Heaston. Yeiter has logged nearly 24 years working for the county, with two terms as treasurer and two terms as auditor. She left the office at the end of 2018 and is succeeded by Jill Landrum, who was sworn in as county auditor Dec. 31.

Huntington County one of eight in state to see income tax rise in 2019

Huntington is one of eight Indiana counties in which the county income tax rate will increase after the first of the year.

The rate in Huntington County will go from 1.75 percent to 1.95 percent.

The other counties with rate increases are Carroll, Cass, Dearborn, Grant, Hancock, Jennings and White counties.

Local income tax rates are determined by county officials and reported to the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR). Once reported, they are then reviewed for compliance with Indiana law.

Carroll graduates from ISP academy, to patrol from FW post

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Adam CArroll

A new Indiana State trooper reported for duty to the Indiana State Police Post in Fort Wayne on Dec. 17.

The trooper is from a class of 54 recruits who just graduated from the 78th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy on Thursday, Dec. 13.

During the 22-week training period, he and his fellow recruits received over 600 hours of classroom instruction as well as nearly 400 hours of hands-on practical and scenario based training exercises.