Government & School Board


Students can face expulsion for attempting iPad override, HCCSC board hears

Once all school-issued iPads are reprogrammed to keep students from accessing content considered inappropriate, students can face expulsion for repeated attempts to override those restrictions, members of the Huntington County Community School Board learned during their meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 28.

The iPads - issued to all high school and middle school students at the start of this school year - have generated complaints from parents that their children were using the devices to gain access to Internet content they deemed inappropriate.


Huntington Common Council wastes little time approving bond sale, new district lines

In just 10 short minutes early Tuesday morning, Nov. 27, the Huntington Common Council approved the sale of nearly $9.5 million in bonds, an action likely to trigger sewage rate increases for city residents, and put into place new boundary lines for council districts.

Both items had been introduced during the council's Nov. 13 meeting and passed without discussion, but not without dissent, during the most recent meeting.


Council adds deputy to sheriff’s staff

The Huntington County Council approved the addition of one deputy - not three as originally proposed - to Sheriff Terry Stoffel's staff during their meeting on Nov. 26.

Stoffel told council members that although he had approached the council previously with a request for three additional deputies, he decided to revise the request - asking only for one additional deputy - in response to budgetary concerns presented by the council at its meeting last month.

With the approval from council, the sheriff says he will begin the hiring process immediately.


HC lawmakers sworn in during General Assembly

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Three legislators representing Huntington County were among the Indiana lawmakers sworn in on Tuesday, Nov. 20, during the ceremonial opening of the 118th General Assembly.

Dan Leonard, R-Huntington, represents House District 50, which includes Huntington County as well as portions of Allen and Wells counties.

Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, represents Senate District 17, covering the western two-thirds of Huntington County, all of Wabash County, and parts of Whitley and Grant counties and Wabash County.


County seeking feedback about accessibility

Huntington County officials are seeking comments from the public on the handicapped accessibility of county-owned facilities and county-operated programs.

The action is part of the county's efforts to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which requires that all of the county's services, programs and activities be readily accessible and usable by individuals with disabilities.


Roanoke council approves pay raises

The Roanoke Town Council voted during its Tuesday, Nov. 20 meeting to increase the wages of nine town employees in 2013.

"What factors into it is the work they've done, if they've got their licenses, attendance, things of that nature," says President Troy Karshner. "Just the same as with any other job."

Town Marshal Jim Wood and Utility Superintendent Paul Swain are among those employees who will experience a bump in pay. The council voted to keep its pay the same.


County BZA to hear 3 requests during meeting Tuesday, Nov. 27

The Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals will hear three requests during its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27.

The meeting begins at 6:30 p.m. in the GAR Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse. It is open to the public.

Rosemarie Bradfield Wyss is seeking a special exception that would allow her to open a hair salon at 9894N-400W, Huntington.


State closes Markle rest area

A rest area along I-69 near Markle has been closed, coinciding with the opening of a new rest area near Auburn.

The Flat Creek rest area, located on the northbound side of I-69 near the Huntington-Wells county line, closed on Thursday, Nov. 15, at noon.

Earlier the same day, the Indiana Department of Transportation opened the new rest area near Auburn, also on the northbound side of I-69. A previous rest area at the same site was closed in 2001.


Andrews Town Council to hold Nov. 28 meeting

The Andrews Town Council will have a special meeting on Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. to discuss environmental issues and any other matters brought before the council.


Markle council approves demolition of home

The Markle Town Council made quick work of a light agenda during its monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Markle Fire Station.

The council opened bids for the demolition of a property located at 310 W. Morse St. After the owners of the property failed to rectify numerous violations, the council decided at its last meeting to have the property demolished in the best interest of the town for safety and health reasons.


Markle council approves demolition of home

The Markle Town Council made quick work of a light agenda during its monthly meeting on Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Markle Fire Station.

The council opened bids for the demolition of a property located at 310 W. Morse St. Af-ter the owners of the property failed to rectify numerous violations, the council decided at its last meeting to have the property demolished in the best interest of the town for safety and health reasons.


Warren town offices to be closed on Nov. 22-23

All town offices in Warren, including the utility department, will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23, for Thanksgiving.

Trash collection during the week of Thanksgiving will be on Friday.

The offices will re-open on Monday, Nov. 26.



Holiday changes city trash collection

The Huntington Street Department will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 22 and 23, for Thanksgiving.

Trash pick-ups normally made on Thursdays will be picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 21, instead. Pick-ups normally made on Fridays will be made on Monday, Nov. 26.


Huntington Common Council gives preliminary approval for bond sale for sewage system

Council also gives prelim approval for reapportioning council districts

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Members of the Huntington Common Council have given their preliminary approval to the sale of up to $9.46 million in bonds to help finance upgrades to the city's sewage system.

The 20-year, $500,000-a-year payment on those bonds would be funded through a sewage rate increase of up to 14 percent charged to residents who receive city sewer service.


Decline in state letter grades could result in longer days at two schools

A longer school day is in store for students at two Huntington County schools, Huntington County Community Schools Superintendent Tracey Shafer says.

Shafer announced the plan during a discussion of the Indiana Department of Education's school letter grades during the Nov. 12 meeting of the school board.

The overall grade for the corporation is a "B," he noted, up one letter grade from last year.

But, he noted, letter grades for Lincoln and Flint Springs elementary school fell significantly from last year.


Andrews council passes variety of ordinances

The Andrews Town Council passed a variety of ordinances during its monthly meeting on Monday, Nov. 12.

Before the ordinances were addressed, the council passed Resolution 2012-13, which permits the council to present a synopsis of ordinances and resolutions instead of reading them in full, simplifying the process.

The council passed Ordinances 2012-8 and 2012-9, which concern zoning issues pertaining to flag poles and driveways.


Street paving in Huntington to go through Nov. 16

Street paving and patching projects in the city of Huntington have begun and will continue through Nov. 16, weather permitting.

Anthony Goodnight, director of public works and engineering services for the city, says the projects began on Nov. 9 when crews milled the old surface of Maple Street adjacent to the Etna Avenue fire station; Cline Street from William Street to Etna Avenue; and Warren Street from State Street to the railroad tracks.

Paving on Warren and Cline streets is set to begin on Thursday, Nov. 15, with paving on Maple Street set for Friday, Nov. 16.


Huntington clerk-treasurer office to be closed on Nov. 14

The office of the Huntington clerk-treasurer will be closed to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 14, Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher has announced.

Office employees will use the day for computer software training.



Roanoke awards street extension contract

The Roanoke Town Council decided Tuesday, Nov. 6, to award a contract for the extension of High Street to Iron Clad Excavating.

The motion to award the Roanoke-based company the job passed unanimously. The High Street extension project will connect Roanoke to a cluster of businesses currently only accessible via U.S.-24.

A motion to review the salaries of town employees and make a decision on those salaries at the Nov. 20 meeting of the council passed unanimously.


Tom Wall talks at election night gathering

Photo by André B. Laird.

Prior to learning of his win in a quest to keep his third district seat on the Huntington County commissioners, Tom Wall talks with fellow Republican Jack Slusser during the party's Election Night gathering in the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke, on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Wall beat his Democrat opponent Kenneth Zuk.


Saying thanks

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Larry Buzzard, newly-elected County Commissioner in District 2, thanks friends and family for their support on Tuesday, Nov. 6. The Republican Party met at the Cottage Event Center, in Roanoke, where candidates tracked the results of the individual races.


Incumbents have their night in political, school board races

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Republican Tom Wall won a second term as a Huntington County commissioner in an election that saw voters turning out in such large numbers that extra voting machines were sent out to two precincts.

In the only other county-level races, incumbents Scott Hoffman and Rex Baxter beat back challenges to return to the Huntington County Community School Corporation's board of trustees.

"I'm very happy," Wall said as he was leaving the Huntington County Republicans' election night gathering in Roanoke on Tuesday, Nov. 6. "I have a lot of good supporters across the county."


Huntington County 2012 general election results

Unofficial vote totals

Results with absentee ballots and 36 of 36 precincts reported.

Here are the unofficial results from the Huntington County general election on Nov. 6.





STATE REPRESENTATIVE, District 50 (total includes Huntington, Wells and Allen Counties)
All Huntington and Wells counties and partial Allen County reporting
Dan Leonard (R) 16012
Mike Wallin (D) 7183


36 of 36 precincts reporting
Thomas M. Hakes (R) 12450


Final chance to cast ballot is on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6

Anyone who hasn't already voted will have their final chance cast a ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Polling places throughout Huntington County will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., but local officials are encouraging voters not to wait until the last minute.

"If you've got to be at work at 9, don't show up at 8:55 to vote," Voter Registration Clerk Pam Fowler says. "Be patient if there's a line."


Roanoke Park Board to meet on 2nd Thursday

The Roanoke Park Board will hold regular meetings on the second Thursday of each month.

Meetings are held at 7 p.m. at the Roanoke Park concession stand.



Warren town employees to get raises

Employees of the town of Warren will receive a pay raise of $1,206.40 for 2013, members of the Warren Town Council decided during a special meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 30.

The amount was arrived at by figuring 3 percent of the median wage of town employees. A salary and wage ordinance will be introduced during the council's Nov. 19 meeting.

Utilities Superintendent Curt Day received the go-ahead to spend $9,000 to replace the town's radio communication system. Day plans to purchase two repeaters, five hand-held units and two base stations.


City delays Election Day trash pickup

The Huntington Street Department will be closed on Tuesday, Nov. 6, for Election Day.

Trash routes normally covered on Tuesdays will be covered along with Wednesday's regular trash route.

For more information, contact the street department at 356-4720.



No opposition for host of county-level offices in election

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A host of county-level offices in the Nov. 6 general election feature candidates with no opposition.
However, there are enough other contested offices on the ballot - including the office of president - that local election officials are urging voters to cast their ballots early and avoid the expected lines on Nov. 6.


Veterans Day program Nov. 9 includes honors, chili supper

Huntington County veterans and their families will be treated to a free chili supper on Friday, Nov. 9, in observance of Veterans Day.

The evening will begin with a program at 6 p.m. at the First Church of the Nazarene, 1555 Flaxmill Rd., Huntington. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. All veterans, their families and surviving spouses, along with all Huntington County residents who wish to honor the veterans, are invited to attend.

Rodney Funk, of Huntington, Indiana state commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will be the featured honoree.


Fall installment of county property taxes is due on Tuesday, Nov. 13, reminds Treasurer Hamilton

The fall installment of Huntington County property taxes is due on Tuesday, Nov. 13, Huntington County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton reminds taxpayers.

Taxes can be paid in the treasurer's office, located on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse, and at several financial institutions in Huntington County.

The treasurer's office is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The office will also be open on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8 a.m. to noon to accept property tax payments.


Learning to live

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Indiana State Police Trooper Shaun Armes talks to Huntington County Courthouse employees on Friday, Oct. 26, explaining how to escape should someone with a gun begin shooting in the courthouse. Sheriff Terry Stoffel, who arranged for Armes' talk, said courthouse employees could become targets of someone upset over a tax bill, a court case or other matter. Armes is a member of the ISP's emergency Response Team (SWAT), which would respond to such incidents.