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Banks sets sights on husband’s senate seat


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Amanda Banks, wife of State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City), has announced that she will run to fill her husband's vacancy in the Indiana State Senate while he is deployed to Afghanistan during the 2015 legislative session.

"I believe my background in public policy and communications, combined with my experience as a full-time mother of three busy girls and as a military wife, will bring a unique perspective to the State Senate," she says.

 

Trio of school board seats up for grabs

Three Huntington Cou-nty Community School Board of Trustee seats are up for grabs this fall.

They are:

• School board district 2, which represents parts of Huntington Township as well as Clear Creek and Warren townships. Kevin Patrick, school board president, currently holds this seat. He has announced he will not be running for reelection.

• School board district 3, representing Rock Creek, Salamonie, Jefferson, Wayne and Polk townships. Ben Landrum currently represents this district.

 

Roanoke council to meet on Tuesday

The Roanoke Town Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, July 22, at 6 p.m. in the Roanoke Town Hall.

Main items on the agenda include water utility projects for the next five years and the 2015 budget. Other items may also be discussed.

The town hall is located at 141 W. Third St., Roanoke.

 

 

New sewer rates established in Zanesville

The Zanesville Town Council learned what residents would be paying for sewer services over the next six years during its meeting on Thursday, July 17.

 

Zanesville council to hear presentation on sewer rates

A discussion of an upcoming sewer rate increase in Zanesville will take place during the meeting of the Zanesville Town Council on Thursday, July 17, at 6:30 p.m.

Ted Nitza, of City Utilities, will answer questions about the increase of almost 5 percent that will take effect in 2015.

The council meeting is open to the public.

It will be held at the Zanesville Municipal Building, on Wayne Street in Zanesville.

 

 

Juillerat back in as Andrews town marshal, council decides

The Andrews Town Council reinstated Van Juillerat as town marshal during its meeting on Monday, July 14.

Juillerat had been serving as deputy marshal, with former deputy Curt VanOver serving as marshal.

Council President Mike Rohler announced that an unnamed councilmember, later revealed to be Ray Tackett, had called him and requested that a motion for a resolution to reassign VanOver to deputy marshal and Juillerat to marshal be made during a council meeting.

 

Council says little can be done on cluttered yard

Residents from Seminary and Eighth streets voiced complaints about the condition of a property at 775 Seminary St. to the Roanoke Town Council during its meeting on Tuesday, July 15.

Among the residents' biggest complaints were the appearance of the house's front yard, which they characterized as being cluttered and overflowing with building materials, and the length of the grass, which they said is often high.

 

Textbook fees reduced; iPad fee added

Area students will see a 20 percent reduction in textbook rental fees this fall.

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees approved, in a 5-2 vote, a motion to lower the textbook rental fees across the district.

The decision came after much discussion, with board members Holly Thompson, District 4, and Vice President Scott Hoffman, District 1, ultimately voting against the motion.
In the 2013-14 school year the corporation collected roughly $547,000 in textbook rental fees.

 

Warren Town Council cancels July 14 meeting

The Warren Town Council meeting scheduled for Monday, July 14, has been canceled.

The meeting will be rescheduled at a later date.

 

 

Banks to be deployed to Afghanistan this fall

State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) announced July 8 that he expects to be deployed to Afghanistan later this year as part of his service as a supply corps officer in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Banks' orders from the Navy call for him to report for active duty on Sept. 5 and deploy to Afghanistan sometime this fall. He is projected to return in early May 2015.

Banks has served in the Navy since 2012 and currently holds the rank of lieutenant junior grade.

 

Annexation issue appears dead

A plan to annex five separate areas of Huntington Township into the city of Huntington over the next eight years appears to be dead.

On a 4-3 vote Tuesday, July 8, the Huntington Common Council shot down annexation of the first area, located to the north and east of the city.

The four councilmen voting in the majority - Greg Davis, Bill Oswalt, Paul Pike and Wayne Powell - also told Mayor Brooks Fetters they had no interest in pursuing annexation of the other four areas.

 

New water billing office location


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Lindsay McElhaney, a clerk in the Huntington Water Billing Office, goes over Donald Martin's account with him at the customer service window of the department's new office on Wednesday, July 2. The office is now more conveniently located on the first floor of the City Building in the old city dispatch area. Signs are in place to direct customers to the new location. The Water Billing Office also has a new direct telephone number, 356-3220.

 

SWCD to hold monthly meeting on next Tuesday

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, July 15, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.

 

 

Problem pets may be removed from Roanoke events

The Roanoke Town Council passed a resolution granting the police department discretion in removing pets from town events during its meeting on Tuesday, July 1.

The police department, which already had the ability to instruct bicyclists and skateboarders to leave town events if they were deemed disruptive, will now have the ability to ask pet owners with pets that could cause problems to leave as well.

Town events where the police will be on the lookout for unruly pets include the Rolling into Roanoke Classic Car Show, Taste of Roanoke and the Roanoke Fall Festival.

 

Airman Cody Reust graduates from basic training in Texas

Air Force Airman 1st Class Cody M. Reust graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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.

Reust is the son of Mike Reust, of Huntington, and Christie Dakin, of Wabash.

 

Remembering the dead


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State Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, right, views the Indiana Purple Heart Traveling Memorial for Iraq and Afghanistan at the Indiana Statehouse with Larry Shaw (center), commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Department of Indiana Chapter 692, and Ron Jones (left), junior vice for the chapter. The memorial features the names and photos of 149 Hoosier veterans who lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The memorial was unveiled at the Statehouse on June 30 and will remain on display through Monday, July 7.