Government & School Board

School Board meets tonight at Salamonie Elementary School

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in a regular meeting tonight, Monday, Aug. 10, at 7 p.m. at Salamonie Elementary School, 1063E-900S, Warren. 

The meeting will be available via LiveStream and the link will be posted on the corporation website at in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen.

Huntington gets grant to rehab stone race at Memorial Park

The City of Huntington has announced it has been awarded a $20,000 Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) matching Historic Preservation Grant to develop rehabilitation plans for an aging stone water race at Memorial Park.

The grant is one of 14 federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) grants totaling more than $481,000 for historic preservation and archaeology projects in Indiana communities.

Banks letter requests broadband expansion

Congressman Jim Banks recently led a group of Indiana Representatives, Rep. James Baird, Rep. Susan Brooks, Rep. Larry Bucshon, Rep. Trey Hollingsworth and Rep. Jackie Walorski in sending a letter to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin requesting he allow state, local and tribal governments to use CARES Act funding for broadband expansion.

Banks introduces telehealth for vets legislation

On July 30, Reps. Jim Banks (R-IN) and Susie Lee (D-NV) introduced bipartisan legislation, the VA Telehealth Expansion Act, to improve and expand telehealth services for veterans at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  

This bill seeks to expand access to VA telehealth by authorizing the VA to give grants to outside partners to create and improve telehealth access points for veterans.

Roanoke TC discusses Posey Hill mobile home park code violations

A mobile home on Lot 30 in Posey Hill mobile home park sits dilapidated and full of debris on Tuesday night, Aug. 4. The owner of Posey Hill, Justin Vela, has been ordered by Roanoke Town Council and the Huntington County Department of Community Development to clean up the mobile home park. An agreement between Vela and the town council is slated to be adopted at the council’s next meeting, Tuesday, Aug. 18.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld

The Roanoke Town Council held a public hearing in regards to violations of code at the Posey Hill mobile home park, located at 669 Posey Hill St.

Justin Vela, owner of the park, approached the council, requesting that the code violations, which were ordered by council and the Huntington County Department of Community Development in February, be removed so that he could more easily secure funding to clean up the park.

Banks introduces COVID justice bill

Congressmen Jim Banks (R-IN) and Lance Gooden (R-TX) have introduced the Civil Justice for Victims of COVID Act to allow Americans to sue China in federal court for its role in causing the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill consolidates previous efforts to hold Communist China accountable and serves as the House companion to identical legislation introduced by Senators Marsha Blackburn, Martha McSally, Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley, Mike Rounds, Thom Tillis and Lindsey Graham on Monday, July 20.

FSSA’s Be Well Crisis Helpline is now operational

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has announced the launch of the Be Well Crisis Helpline, a confidential resource available through Indiana 211 that will allow Hoosiers to call and speak with a trained counselor 24/7.

The free Be Well Crisis Helpline was established by FSSA’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction in direct response to the elevated levels of stress and anxiety Hoosiers are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

School Board OKs 2020-21 calendar changes

More changes are coming to Huntington County Community School Corporation, as the Board of School Trustees adopted a reworked 2020-2021 school calendar during its regular meeting on Monday, July 20.

Superintendent Charles Daugherty outlined the changes to the calendar, beginning with moving four makeup days from March 29 to April 1 to Christmas break. The holiday break would run from Dec. 21 to Jan. 8 under the new calendar, with students returning to school on Jan. 11.

Sewer line project ‘in the works’ for Roanoke

The Roanoke Town Council approved Superintendent Philip Hibbert’s request for funds to replace the sewer line on Western Avenue during their July 21 meeting.

Hibbert said he responded to a sewer issue on Western Avenue on July 7.

He said he spent the last two weeks researching the issue and meeting with contractors, and he intends to use the funds to,

“Replace the old six-inch line that is on Western now.”

Council’s approval will allow funds not to exceed $50,000 from the sewer fund to be allocated for the project.

Zay receives Award of Conservative Excellence from ACUF organization

The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF), host of the Conservative Political Action Conference, recently recognized State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) with its Award for Conservative Excellence based on his votes in the Indiana General Assembly.

Zay was one of two Hoosier legislators to receive this award.

“I am honored to be recognized for holding conservative values at the forefront of my decisions,” Zay said.

“I will continue to embrace the conservative philosophy, in efforts to make a positive impact on Hoosier lives.”

Harshbarger worried and frustrated as Andrews battles water crisis

John Harshbarger
TAB file photo.

John Harshbarger is a worried man. That’s second only to the frustration he feels, as the president of the Andrews Town Council, over the month-long water crisis that resulted in him calling a town public health emergency and issuing a “Do Not Drink” order to its residents.

Utility meeting on July 29

The Utility Subcommittee of the City of Huntington will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, third floor, City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive information, consider and perhaps act on matters brought before the subcommittee.

HCCSC School Board accepts the comprehensive school re-entry plan

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees approved the administration’s comprehensive school re-entry plan at its regular meeting Monday, July 20, in a standing-room only board room in which most of the occupants wore masks. The vote was 6-0 with Board Member Brian Warpup abstaining.

State’s COVID testing site moves

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A former medical office located at 1601 N. Jefferson St. is the new location of the Optum COVID-19 testing site in Huntington. The Indiana State Department of Health moved to the new location to make way for the upcoming Huntington County 4-H Fair.

HCCSC board meeting tonight

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in executive session tonight, Monday, July 20, at 8 p.m. at Salamonie Elementary School, located at 1063E-900S, Warren.

The regular school board meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

To view the agenda for the executive session, visit, then click on Current School Board Meeting Agenda. Then, click on the date of the meeting and click view agenda.