Government & School Board

County’s emergency management group has plans in place for Heritage Days

The Huntington County Emergency Management Agency has prepared its annual plan for possible severe weather during downtown Heritage Days events.

During all of the Heritage Days events in the downtown area, the EMA Skywarn team will be constantly monitoring the weather. If a severe weather event does occur and the downtown area needs to be evacuated, the outdoor warning siren at the LaFontaine Center will sound. This does not necessarily mean there is a tornado, but means get to shelter.

INDOT improving signals on US 224 in town

The Indiana Department of Transportation  recently announced signal improvements along U.S.-224 in the City of Huntington.

Beginning on or after today, Monday, June 18, INDOT contractor Michiana Contracting is scheduled to begin working on several locations between Park Drive and Etna Avenue.

Apps for various county agencies not same

The departments that issue permits for building, zoning and other items in Huntington and Huntington County remind citizens that their applications for permits are not the same.

The Department of Community Development and Redevelopment (DCDR) for the City of Huntington oversees permitting for citizens residing in the Huntington city limits; the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (DCD) oversees permitting for all other areas in Huntington County.

Next phase of watershed mgt. plan set to start

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), with the cooperation of Wells, Wabash, Blackford and Grant counties, completed the Lower Salamonie River (LSR) Watershed Management Plan in July of 2015.

SWCD to meet on June 19

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.

Huntington council hears about extra life at landfill

The Huntington Common Council discussed the future of the Huntington landfill at its meeting on Tuesday, June 12.

Anthony Goodnight, the city’s director of public works and engineering services, estimated that the landfill had nine years of life remaining. Council remarked that that estimate represented a departure from his projection as recently as last September that the landfill had five years of viability left. Goodnight responded that he amended his estimate because a large hauler had stopped bringing its waste to the landfill, thereby lengthening its life.

Board adds lunchtime police officer at HNHS

School safety was again on the minds of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees, who agreed in unison on adding extra police presence to Huntington North High School among action items at its regular meeting on Monday, June 11.

A recommendation to add a uniformed police officer to the high school during lunchtime was approved 5-0, with board members Reed Christiansen and Gary McClellan absent.

Andrews councilman unhappy with work done by MetroNet contractor

A member of the Andrews Town Council voiced displeasure with the work performed by a contractor on behalf of MetroNet at council’s meeting on Monday, June 11.

Huntington University Arizona hires Gates as broadcast media head

Huntington University Arizona has announced the hiring of Sean Gates as the director of broadcast media.

“Bringing Sean in as part of the Huntington University Arizona team is supremely exciting for me,” said Jeff Berggren, director of Arizona operations. “Broadcast media is such a strong part of the CTE Media program in Arizona high schools and now HU has an Emmy and Murrow Award-winning faculty member for those students to learn from after they graduate from high school.”

Commisioners to meet in exec session today

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session Monday, June 11, at 9:30 a.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse, Commissioners Room 103A, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The Commissioners will meet with respect to initiation of litigation or litigation that is either pending or has been threatened specifically in writing, for a governing body of a political subdivision.

The session will be closed to the public.

Roanoke council discusses closure timeline for lagoon

The Roanoke Town Council discussed a proposed timeline for the closure of a lagoon near the town’s wastewater treatment plant during its meeting on Tuesday, June 5.

The formulation of a timeline was mandated by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, which has directed the town to extract heavy metals from the lagoon. The body of water was contaminated by a former business in town, C and M Plating, several years ago.

Democrats plan next meeting date with a food drive for Love INC

The Huntington County Democratic Party will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, June 6, at the Huntington Branch of the Huntington City-Township Public Library at 6:30 p.m.

Plans for the party’s tent at the Huntington County 4-H Fair will be discussed.

Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to Love In the Name of Christ.

The party’s July meeting will not be held due to the Fourth of July holiday. The next meeting will be held Aug. 1.

The public is invited to attend the meetings.

Andrews names its honor roll students for the fourth quarter

Andrews Elementary School has announced the names of students achieving honor roll status for the fourth quarter of the 2017-18 school year.

They are:

All A’s

Fifth Grade
Haiden Bailey, Brooke Beeks, Dylan Bessette, Annika Carpenter, Jasmine Donaldson, Destiny Duckworth, Grace Fechner, Jersey Hacker, Julian Haskett, Hannah Haupert, Scott Loman, Ella Newton, Payton Nicholson, Addison Reed, Alyson Reust, Lillian Schoppman, Cydnie Slusser, Jacelynn Sunderman, Autumn Turner and Gracie Zartman.

Superintendent talks security in wake of Noblesville school shooting

Students attending the last two days of school last week were greeted with an extra strong police presence, in the wake of another school shooting – this time close to home.

Huntington County Community School Superintendent Randy Harris took the opportunity of the school board meeting Tuesday, May 29, to address the recent school shooting at Noblesville West Middle School. Harris added his thoughts and prayers for the Noblesville community to his praise for middle school science teacher Jason Seaman’s heroic efforts on behalf of his students.

INDOT says cable barriers being installed on I-69 in Hgtn. County

The Indiana Department of Transportation announces that cable barrier installation along I-69 in various locations, was scheduled to begin on or after Tuesday, May 29, weather permitting.

Drivers may see work taking place in the median while INDOT sub-contractor Specialties Companies, LLC installs the cable barrier system along I-69 at the following locations:

• Between mile markers 278 and 300 in Huntington and Allen counties.

• Between mile markers 334 and 341 in DeKalb and Steuben counties.