Government & School Board

Democrat Snyder files for Senate District 17

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Gary Snyder

Democrat Gary Snyder, of Huntington, has filed paperwork to run for Indiana State Senate District 17. The district covers all of Wabash County and portions of Huntington, Whitley and Grant counties.

“I look forward to meeting voters of District 17 over the next 10 months,” said Snyder. “For too long, struggling Hoosier middle-class families have been ignored and that is about to change.”

Snyder announced that his campaign would focus on the following issues:

Roanoke's water tower mixers not working, council learns

The Roanoke Town Council learned at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 16, that devices tasked with circulating the contents of the town’s water towers have ceased functioning.

The town’s supervisor of operations, Phil Hibbert, reported the development to the board. The devices, called mixers, were installed in both of the town’s towers and each unit appeared to stop working due to mineral buildup. The units, which were under warranty, were removed from the towers and sent to the manufacturer so that the exact cause of their failure can be determined, said Hibbert.

Holdman files paperwork for reelection bid for District 19

 Travis Holdman
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Republican State Sen. Travis Holdman filed the necessary paperwork on Wednesday, Jan. 10, to seek reelection in Senate District 19, which serves all of Adams, Blackford, Jay, Wells and portions of Huntington and Grant counties.

He was recently appointed by Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) to chair the Senate Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy.

Interest appears to be strong for elected seats

Candidates line up in the Huntington County Clerk’s Office on the first day of candidate filing, Wednesday, Jan. 10, for the May 2018 primary. Pictured are (at desk, from left) Don Schoeff, running for auditor; Jay Poe, running for surveyor; Rob Miller, running for commissioner in the First District; and Vicki Pearson, running for recorder. Standing behind them are (from left) Chris Newton, who declared his candidacy for sheriff; current Huntington County Sheriff, Terry Stoffel; and Huntington County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Chad Hammel. Assisting the candidates (at right) is Voter Registration and Election Deputy Pam Fowler.
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Although the filing period has only been open since Wednesday, Jan. 10, interest has been high among those seeking to fill elected seats in Huntington County, according to the Huntington Clerk’s Office.

As the office opened its doors to allow candidates to file their intention to run for office in the upcoming May 8 primary, candidates and supporters – overwhelmingly Republican – spilled out into the outer hallway while others filled out the necessary paperwork.

Candidates who have filed for office as of Jan. 11 are:

Andrews conducting income survey in effort to snare grant

Officials in Andrews will soon conduct a low to moderate income survey, with the aim to snag a $600,000 stormwater grant from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA).

Town Clerk-Treasurer Laura Dillon says the survey is required for the grant, and she encourages town residents to take part in order to provide the data necessary to prove the need for the money.

Ball State University will conduct the anonymous study, she says, adding that no town officials will know any details about those who participate and provide data.

BMV shut for MLK holiday

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle branches will be closed Monday, Jan. 15, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

All branches will resume regularly scheduled business hours Tuesday, Jan. 16.

For a complete list of branch locations and hours, or to complete an online transaction, visit myBMV .com.

Holdman files at statehouse

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Indiana State Sen. Travis Holdman, who represents District 19, filed for re-election on Wednesday, Jan. 10, the first official filing date for the primaries, at the Indiana Statehouse. Holdman is shown with Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson (middle) and Rep. Matt Lehman.

First day sign-up

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Jamie Groves (right) files to run for Huntington County circuit court judge as Voter Registration Deputy Pam Fowler (left) and Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer look on Wednesday, Jan. 10, on the first day of primary filing.

Banks’ staffer to be in Huntington today, Jan. 11

A member of Congressman Jim Banks’ (IN-03) staff will visit Huntington today, Thursday, Jan. 11, to meet with residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

Hours will be 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Huntington County Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

School board keeps same organization, reviews upcoming challenges

The first order of business at the first Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees meeting of the year on Monday, Jan. 8, was to organize the board, officers and nominees for 2018. It was an easy task; virtually everyone retained their positions from the previous year.

Huntington council annexes land for possible Indiana Box expansion

The Huntington Common Council voted to annex a little over 20 acres of land to the city during its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 9.

The land is adjacent to Indiana Box, on 1200 Riverfork Drive. Bryn Keplinger, director of Community Development and Redevelopment, explained that he and the manufacturer had been in contact for about 18 months, discussing annexation that would enable the company to expand if it desired to. Prior to council’s action, growth was not possible as any new or expanded buildings would have crossed property lines and taxing districts.

Andrews council hears about charges filed for home invasion

Charges have been filed against two men for a home invasion that occurred in Andrews last June.

Town Marshal Austin Bullock reported the news to the Andrews Town Council during its meeting on Monday, Jan. 8. Bullock stated that Trevor D. Geyer, of Andrews, and Josyah A. Arquette, of Huntington, had each been charged with multiple felonies in relation to the crime by the Huntington County prosecutor’s office on Dec. 13 of last year. Geyer stands charged of armed burglary with a deadly weapon, robbery, auto theft and theft; Arquette stands charged of the same items, save for theft.

Executive session for commish on Jan. 8

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session today, Monday, Jan. 8, at 10:30 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Room 103A, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss a job performance evaluation of individual employees.

The public may not attend an executive session meeting.

Huntington county clerk anticipates big election year in 2018 as filing starts Wednesday, Jan. 10

2018 is going to be a big election year in Huntington County, according to Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer.

The official filing period for candidates wishing to run in the 2018 primary opens Jan. 10, and continues through Feb. 9. Those interested in running for office can obtain the necessary paperwork from the Huntington County Clerk’s Office

Primary Election Day is May 8, although voting will take place prior to that day in vote centers located around the county.

Warren TC meet moves to Jan. 15

The Warren Town Council meeting scheduled for Monday, Jan. 8, has been moved to Monday, Jan. 15.

The meeting will still be held at Assembly Hall at 5 p.m.

Assembly Hall is located at 132 N. Wayne St., Warren.

Beeks earns new post as station commander

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Nathan Beeks

Army Staff Sgt. Nathan A. Beeks has arrived for duty as a station commander with Peoria Recruiting Company, Ind- ianapolis Army Recruiting Battalion, IL.

Beeks is a 2002 graduate of Huntington North High School.

School board to meet in exec session tonight

The HCCSC Board of Trustees will meet in executive session tonight, Monday, Jan. 8, at 6:30 p.m. in the Horace Mann Education Center.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the assessment, design and implementation of school safety and security measures, plans and systems.

The organizational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. and the Board of Finance will meet at 7:15 p.m. 

Much to do for Indiana General Assembly despite short session, say lawmakers

(From left) Dan Leonard, Andy Zay and Travis Holdman.
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While the Indiana General Assembly may meet in a shortened session that started Wednesday, Jan. 3, there is still a lot to be done in the few weeks it convenes, according to Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington), Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) and Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle).

Leonard says he expects the biggest issue of the session will be Sunday alcohol sales. Leonard cited a move last year by Ricker Oil Company, which remodeled two of its convenience stores to include a restaurant, thus qualifying to sell cold, carryout beer.

Set airport meeting sked for year

The Huntington Municipal Airport Board of Aviation Commissioners will meet in the airport’s terminal building at 5:30 p.m. on the following dates this year:

Jan. 15, Feb. 19, March 19, April 16, May 21, June 18, July 16, Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15, Nov. 19 and Dec. 17.

The Huntington Municipal Airport is located at 1365 Warren Rd., Huntington.

Long names Holdman chairman of tax committee

Indiana Senate President Pro Tem David Long (R-Fort Wayne) has named State Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) chairman of the Senate Committee on Tax and Fiscal Policy.

Holdman will assume the duties of the chair immediately, replacing State Sen. Brandt Hershman (R-Buck Creek), who is retiring from the Senate Jan. 2. In addition, Holdman will replace Hershman as a member of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, also effective immediately.

Roanoke Town Council pays for new emergency services software

The Roanoke Town Council paid for new emergency services computer software at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

The board agreed to pay a bill for $11,461 to Spillman Technologies for the software. All public safety agencies in Huntington County are transitioning to the software, with towns chipping in 2.5 percent apiece toward the total cost of the software while Huntington City and Huntington County cover the majority of the cost.

Gov. Holcomb appoints Jamie Groves to fill last year of retiring Hakes’ term

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Jamie Groves

Gov. Eric J. Holcomb has announced Jamie M. Groves as his appointment to the Huntington County Circuit Court.

Groves will succeed Judge Thomas M. Hakes, who retires Dec. 31.

The appointment is for the remainder of Hakes’ term, which ends Dec. 31, 2018.

Groves currently serves as the chief deputy prosecutor in Huntington County. He has been with the Huntington County Prosecutor’s Office for the past 20 years and has served as its chief deputy for the past 10 years.

Etna Avenue project soon wrapping until spring

A car proceeds down Huntington’s Etna Avenue, which has been the scene of various construction projects from Jessup Street to the Wabash River. Residents and property owners on the street recently received a letter outlining upcoming work to be performed in the area.
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A recent letter sent to property owners and residents outlines the upcoming work schedule for the Etna Avenue construction that has been ongoing between Jessup Street and the Wabash River on the city’s south side.

Contractor Phend & Brown, Inc. has set the following timeline:

• Now to Dec. 29 – Install the storm sewer main on the east side of Etna Avenue, from 200 feet south of Jessup Street to the end of the new storm sewer main (approximately 200 linear feet north of Jessup Street).

• Jan. 1 – No work.

Two precinct boundaries in city could be changed by commish order

The Election Division of the Office of the Secretary of State of Indiana has determined that a proposed order by the Huntington County Board of Commissioners, to change certain precinct boundaries within this county, would comply with state law.

Chatting with constituents

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Ind. Sen. Andy Zay (standing) talks about the subject of education with Huntington County Community School Corporation Superintendent Randy Harris (left) and Steve Yager, of Fort Wayne, during a “Coffee with the Constituents” event held Thursday, Dec. 22, at Nick’s Kitchen in downtown Huntington.

Commish to have exec meet Friday

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session on Friday, Dec. 29, at 9:30 a.m. in the Commissioners Room 103A of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Andrews Town Council finds Community Crossing grant won't fund storm water infrastructure project

The Andrews Town Council discussed storm water infrastructure projects during its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 26.

Warren town office to be closed Dec. 22, 25, 26

The Town of Warren’s office will be closed on Dec. 22, 25 and 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday.

The office will also be closed on Dec. 29 and Jan. 1 in observance of New Year’s Day.

The holiday schedule for trash collection for those on town routes is Thursday, Dec. 28, for Christmas week and Thursday, Jan. 4, for New Year’s week.

To notify in case of a utility emergency such as power outage, water main break or other service emergency, call the Utility Garage number, 375-3424 and wait until it is transferred to the utility manager.

Roanoke Town Council dissolves park board

The Roanoke Town Council dissolved the town’s park board at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 19.

Council President Dave Tucker made the recommendation to disband the board, citing low membership, which routinely prevented it from functioning due to lack of a quorum.

Until a new park board can be formed, the town council will assume its responsibilities. Tucker noted that Park Employee Bob Scott and Park Liaison Ryan Smith would continue to serve in those roles.

Proposed cuts at middle schools have several upset at school board meeting

The gallery was once again full as anxious middle school teachers attended the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees meeting Monday, Dec. 18.

They wanted to know what was being planned, in light of news – and rumors – surrounding proposed cuts to the middle school teaching staff and adding more class periods.