Government & School Board

River Friendly Farmers


Photo by Steve Clark.

Adam Jones (middle) and Gary Jones (right) won the 2014 River Friendly Farmer award at the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) annual meeting and banquet at Huntington North High School on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The award recognizes farmers who manage their farms in an economically and environmentally sound way to help protect and improve the state’s soil and water resources. SWCD Chairman Kyle Lund presented the award.

Conservation Farmers


Photo by Steve Clark.

Rosemary Stoffel and Kenneth Stoffel (second and third from left, respectively) won the 2014 Conservation Farmer of the Year award at the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) annual meeting and banquet at Huntington North High School on Tuesday, Feb. 24. The award recognizes a farmer’s efforts to protect and preserve the environment. SWCD Chairman Kyle Lund (far left) presented the Stoffels with a plaque while Kristen Lovell of Farm Credit Mid-America presented them with a sign.

Local SBOE member Whicker hopes ISTEP questions have been answered

With ISTEP testing planned to start this week in Huntington County schools, two bills in the General Assembly addressing the controversial testing, length of the test itself as well as maneuvering by the governor’s office and Indiana Department of Education have raised question marks as to when testing will actually begin and exactly what areas students will be tested on.

County council approves vote centers with unanimous tally

The Huntington County Council passed a resolution approving vote centers for the county during its meeting on Monday, Feb. 23.

County Clerk Kittie Keiffer presented the resolution to council. Keiffer noted that the county commissioners had greenlit the resolution and council followed suit, passing it unanimously.

According to Vote Centers of Huntington County, vote centers are polling places where any registered voter in the county may vote as long as the voter lives in the district holding the election.

Andrews Town Council signs new fire contract with township

The Andrews Town Council signed a new fire protection contract and discussed a new ordinance pertaining to flood zone construction regulations at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 23.

The new contract between the Town of Andrews and Dallas Township will change how fire department employees receive their compensation.

With the new agreement, the Town of Andrews will be able to pay the members of the fire department with its new payroll system.

HCCSC board looks at summer school, snow days

Warmer weather was on the minds of members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees during their regular meeting Monday, Feb. 23, as they looked at summer school, changes in snow days and future classes held online.

Superintendent Kenneth Kline said HCCSC’s summer school program will be expanded to include fourth and fifth grades — if the corporation can afford the cost.

“We’ll know a little more about the amount of state reimbursement” closer to the start of the program, Kline said.

Coats staffer will be available to talk on Friday

A staff member of U.S. Sen. Dan Coats will be in Huntington on Friday afternoon, Feb. 27, to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

The staff member will be available from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

The library is located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Library hires architect to design new library building in Markle

An architect has been selected to design a new library building in Markle.

The Huntington City-Township Public Library has hired krM Architecture+, a firm with offices in Anderson and Indianapolis, to design a new building for the Markle Branch library.

The firm specializes in public buildings including schools, fitness centers and health care facilities, and has designed libraries in Anderson, Zionsville, Portland, Kokomo and other locations in Indiana and Ohio.

Two new officers join Huntington Police Dept.

The newest members of the Huntington Police Department are Ty Whitacre (second from left) and Ben Whitman (third from left). With them are Huntington Police Chief Chad Hacker (left) and Mayor Brooks Fetters (right).
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Two new officers were sworn in on Wednesday, Feb. 18, as members of the Huntington Police Department.

Ty Whitacre and Ben Whitman fill positions left vacant by the retirement of Bill Richard last August and E.J. Carroll in October. The department’s 32-member roster is now filled, said HPD chief Chad Hacker.

Whitacre and Whitman will report to the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy at the end of March and will rejoin the HPD in July after completing training.

New Zanesville board may revisit tower proposal

A party looking to pave the way for a communications tower in Zanesville is hoping that a new town council will be more amenable to its cause than the last one.

Markle Redevelopment Commission to hold special meeting on Feb. 25

The redevelopment commission of the Town of Markle will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in the small meeting room at the Markle Town Hall, 155 W. Sparks St., Markle.

The purpose of the meeting is to consider the commission’s 2014 report and any other matter brought before the commission.

Bill may shake up Indiana State Board of Education’s make up

A bill working its way through the Indiana Legislature could affect how many members sit on the Indiana State Board of Education as well as who leads that board.

A measure drafted by State Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) that would make appointment and governance reforms to the SBOE passed the full Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 17, by a vote of 33-17.

Senate Bill 1 would reduce the Board from its current 11 members to nine and modify how members are appointed.

Under the current version of the bill, the SBOE would be compromised of:

Markle councilmen decided next move -- literally

Markle Town Councilman Rick Bower (right) is sworn into his next four-year term in office by town Clerk-Treasurer Shelley Monticue during the town council’s meeting Wednesday, Feb. 18.
Photo provided.

Markle town councilmen decided their next move -- literally -- on Wednesday, Feb. 18 – moving the town hall offices to the Turnpointe Community Church of the Brethren.

The council has been looking for a temporary place to set up shop after the town sold the land on which the present town hall sits at 155 W. Sparks Street to the Huntington City-Township Public Library. The library plans to build a new Markle branch on the spot, vacat-ing its current location at 197 E. Morse St., the building of which is owned by the town.

Roanoke council discusses, but does not vote, on pair of ordinances

The Roanoke Town Council discussed the creation and signing of two new ordinances at its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

The two discussed ordinances pertain to rules and regulations for individuals building in flood hazard areas and anyone making use of the town park.

The ordinance to repeal and replace the previous flood zone construction regulations and requirements was presented by Executive Director of Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development Mark Mussman.

HCCSC administrators attend recent collective bargain seminar

Huntington County Community School Corporation administrators Ken Kline, interim superintendent and Chad Daugherty, Huntington North High School principal attended the Indiana School Boards Association and Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents jointly-sponsored Collective Bargaining Seminar held in Indianapolis on Feb. 13.

This one-day seminar helped public school board members, school superintendents and school administrators better understand all aspects of the school negotiation process.

Wage committee group meets Feb. 25 in city bldg.

The Common Construction Wage Determination Committee for the city of Huntington will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 7 a.m. in the mayor’s conference room on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The committee will determine the Huntington County common construction wage scale relating to construction projects undertaken by the city.

City to fund various projects with sale of bonds

Wide-ranging projects designed to honor veterans, ease problems with flooding and improve roads and trails throughout the city will be paid for with the sale of up to $7 million in bonds.

Members of the Huntington Common Council unanimously approved the bond issue on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at the request of the Huntington Redevelopment Commission.

Storm sewer project


Photo by Steve Clark.

An employee from Star Excavating operates a backhoe on Thursday, Feb. 12, as part of the Northcrest Avenue storm sewer project, which will see storm water separated from the sanitary sewer and take approximately one and a half weeks to complete. Northcrest Avenue is located off of Guilford Street, just behind Kriegbaum Field.

Study says 2013 tourists spent $18 million

A newly released study by the Huntington Visitor and Convention Bureau reports that spending by visitors to Huntington County totaled $18 million dollars in 2013.

According to Tina Bobilya, executive director of the Tourism Bureau, “This is the first time a study for tourism or visitor activity has been performed directly for the county. We’ve always known that tourism was important, but this is the first time we’ve been able to see its impact reflected in real dollars.”

Jenks to run for Markle Town Council

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Larry Jenks

Larry Jenks, of Markle, has announced that he will be a candidate for a Markle Town Council seat in the November general election.

Markle traditionally holds nonpartisan elections, so candidates for town council seats will not be listed on the primary ballots.

Jenks and his wife Brenda are both retired. They have four children, four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Jenks says he hopes to give back to the community that has been a good place to live.

Election Board to begin plans for vote centers

The Huntington County Election Board will meet on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m. in the Huntington County clerk’s office.

The agenda includes a review of candidate filings, preparation for the primary election and discussion of vote centers.

The clerk’s office is located on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse, in Huntington.

County assessor’s office to close for district lunch

The Huntington County Assessor’s office will be closed Thursday, Feb. 19, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in order for staff to attend the Northeast District County Assessors luncheon at Norwood Golf Course.

The agenda for the luncheon is discussion of the upcoming legislature changes.

Life changer


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Salamonie School Special Ed Resource Teacher Cari Neal (center) receives a certificate from Huntington County Community School Corporation Board President Scott Hoffman (left) and Salamonie Principal Rick Reed during the school board’s Feb. 9 meeting. Neal was nominated for the LifeChanger award by a parent of one of her students.

Huntington County Republicans to see three races on ballot this spring

Huntington Republicans will see three races on their primary ballot this spring.

For the Democrats, there’s only one.

And for everyone who’s voting in the May 5 primary, they’ll have more freedom in deciding when and where they want to vote.

The Huntington County Election Board recently agreed to adopt vote centers, which will eliminate the current 17  assigned polling places in favor of a half-dozen polling places. Voters can then cast their ballots at whichever polling place is most convenient for them.

Democrat party meets Saturday

The Huntington County Democrat Party will meet on Saturday, Feb. 14, at 9:30 a.m. at the Huntington City-Township Public Library, 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

The public is welcome to attend.

The organization meets on the second Saturday of each month.

Andrews Town Council discusses fire contract negotiations with twp.

The Andrews Town Council discussed negotiations between the town and Dallas Township on a new fire contract at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 9.

Wind ordinance to get independent review

Another set of eyes will take a look at the county wind ordinance, the Huntington County Commissioners decided at their meeting on Monday, Feb. 9.

The commissioners voted to have Richard Hall, a partner at Barnes & Thornburg, in Indianapolis, review the ordinance. Commissioner Rob Miller noted that Hall has expertise in wind farm ordinances.

New Tourism of duty


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

New members of the Huntington County Tourism Board, Kyle Jones (left) of the Holiday Inn Express and LeAnn Buzzard (second from left) of STAR Insurance, are sworn in at the Huntington County Visitor & Convention Bureau Monday, Feb. 9 by Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer (far right) as Huntington County Commissioner Tom Wall witnesses the ceremony. Not pictured is another new board member, Tera Garretson of Quality Inn.

Personal property tax assessment forms due to assessor’s office May 15

The assessment forms for business and farmers personal property are due to the county assessor’s office on May 15. This includes churches and exempt entities.

Board lauds teacher’s work with emotionally disturbed students

The special education classroom at Salamonie School and its teacher were celebrated Monday, Feb. 9, during the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees meeting.

Board members heard from Salamonie Principal Rick Reed, who talked about the challenges of the school’s classroom for emotionally disturbed students and how its resource teacher, Cari Neal, was recognized for being a catalyst of change in their lives.

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