Government & School Board

Five Republicans in hunt for three openings for Huntington Township Board in May 8 primary

(From left) Tim Guy, Tammy Kline and Dane Owens.

Five Republicans hope they are elected to one of three spots on the Huntington Township Board, when the May 8 primary rolls around.

They are incumbents John L. Baker, Tammy Kline and Dane P. Owens and newcomers Tim Guy and John Paff.

The candidates were each asked the questions, “Why are you seeking or seeking to retain, this office? If you are elected, what do you hope to accomplish?”

John L. Baker
Baker, 78, resides at 3029W-600N, Huntington. He is employed as a safety guard at CFI.

Markle council discusses downtown residences

A discussion about whether to allow residences to be established on the first floor of downtown buildings was not on the agenda of the Markle Town Council’s regular meeting Wednesday, April 18, but it was cause for much discussion nevertheless.

Jacob Ainsworth, who owns two buildings on Morse Street in Markle’s downtown district, contacted the town about whether he could put a residential dwelling on the first floor of the buildings, after reading that the Huntington County Plan Commission allowed residences on the street level.

Daveriner to remain on primary ballot for council despite death

Don Davenriner will remain on the ballot in the primary election, despite recently passing away.

Davenriner, a Republican candidate for the Huntington County Council’s Fourth District seat, died April 13. The 84-year-old was running to retain his seat, which he had held for 12 years.

Voters will still see Davenriner on their ballots because the candidate field became permanent once the period to withdraw passed in February, noted Pam Fowler, Huntington County voter registration and election deputy.

Next SWCD meeting is announced

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.    

Three candidates vying for auditor spot on Republican primary ballot

(From left) Cheryl Baldridge, Jill Landrum and Don Schoeff.

Three candidates are running for Huntington County Auditor on the Republican ballot in the upcoming May 8 primary election, Cheryl Baldridge, Jill Landrum and Donald D. Schoeff Sr.

The candidates were each asked the questions, “Why are you seeking, or seeking to retain, this office? If you are elected what do you hope to accomplish?”

Cheryl Baldridge
Baldridge, 53, resides at 4611E-610N, Roanoke. She is employed as a Huntington County deputy auditor and real estate broker with Century 21 Bradley.

Carroll and Knowles square off in GOP battle for Huntington Township trustee position

EJ Carroll (left) and Carl Knowles.

Two Republicans, Everett “EJ” Carroll and Carl Knowles, will be on the ballot in the May 8 primary, seeking the Huntington Township trustee seat that will be vacated by Tim Guy.

The candidates were each asked the question, “Why are you seeking, or seeking to retain, this office? If you are elected, what do you hope to accomplish?”

Exec session for common council set

The Huntington Common Council will meet in an executive session on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, third floor, City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

Blomeke, Pearson vying for GOP recorder spot in upcoming primary

Joe Blomeke (left) and Vicki Pearson

Two people are vying to become the next Republican candidate for Huntington County recorder, Joe Blomeke and Vicki Pearson.

Both will be on the ballot for the May 8 primary.

The candidates were each asked the question, “Why are you seeking, or seeking to retain, this office? If you are elected, what do you hope to accomplish?”

Joe Blomeke
Blomeke, 63, resides at 806 Poplar St., Huntington. He is employed as a Realtor with RE/MAX results.

Department of Revenue giving one-time grace period for WH-3 filing

The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) is instituting a one-time grace period for all businesses required to file an Annual Withholding Reconciliation (WH-3) form for withholding tax.

All employers were statutorily required to file the WH-3 form by Jan. 31, 2018, for the 2017 tax year. However, the one-time grace period extends the deadline to April 30, 2018, to encourage all businesses to be in compliance.

Board of Health sets April 16 meet

The Huntington County Health Department will have a Health Board meeting on Monday, April 16, at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Huntington County Courthouse Annex Building, located at 1330 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

For more information, call 358-4831.

School board unanimously approves three-year technology plan at meeting

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees unanimously approved a three-year technology plan at its regular meeting Monday, April 9, that will position the district as the most advanced in the northeast Indiana quadrant, officials say.

HCCSC’s Director of Technology Tom Ashley outlined the plan, which focuses on meeting five goals and priorities: supporting 21st century instruction; improving and updating the technology; safety and security; technical support; and administration/instructional leadership support.

Andrews TC talks wastewater treatment plants

Topics relating to the current wastewater treatment plant in Andrews and the facility that will be replacing it were discussed at the Andrews Town Council meeting on Monday, April 9.

HCCSC board to meet in exec session April 9

The Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of Trustees will meet in an executive session on Monday, April 9, at 5:30 p.m. at Salamonie Elementary School.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive information concerning an individual’s alleged misconduct; and to discuss, before a determination, the individual’s status as an employee, student or independent contractor.

Rees Zay serves as senate page

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) (left) welcomes Rees Zay, who recently served as a senate page. Rees Zay, of Huntington, attends Bishop Luers High School. Pages, students in grades six through 12, spend a day at the statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

Nix is new chief deputy prosecuting attorney for Huntington County

Huntington County Prosecuting Attorney Amy Richison, has announced the appointment of Jeremy K. Nix as her chief deputy prosecuting attorney.

Former Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Jamie M. Groves resigned the position when he was sworn in as the new Huntington County Circuit Court Judge on Jan. 31.

Nix has been an attorney in Huntington County since October 2003, specializing in criminal defense law and civil practice. He will maintain his civil practice, but he will no longer handle criminal defense cases.

School building corporation directors to meet April 10 at First Federal Savings Bank

The board of directors of the Huntington Countywide School Building Corporation will convene on April 10 at 2 p.m. at First Federal Savings Bank, 100 Frontage Rd., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to consider the proposed Trust Indenture, the issuance of bonds by the

Building Corporation and any other business which may properly come before the meeting.

Congressmen Banks to have staffer in Huntington on April 12

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced that a member of his staff will visit Huntington on Thursday, April 12, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, at the Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St.

The purpose of the visit is to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

Early primary voting starts Tuesday, April 10

Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer looks over an application for an absentee voter ballot in the Huntington County Courthouse on Monday, April 2. The clerk’s office is currently accepting applications for absentee ballots. The office is also gearing up for early voting, which starts Tuesday, April 10. The courthouse, one of four early voting locations in the county, will be open for early voting every weekday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through May 4.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Early voting in the primary election will begin on Tuesday, April 10.
Any registered voter in Huntington County may cast their ballot in advance of the primary election on May 8. Voting requires a state-issued photo ID.
The deadline to register to vote in the primary election is Monday, April 9, at 4:30 p.m. in the Huntington County Clerk’s Office and midnight if registering online at www.IndianaVot ers.com.

Weather discussed at next HCSC meeting

Weather safety will be the topic of the next Huntington County Safety Council meeting on Wednesday, April 11, at 11:30 a.m. at Our Sunday Visitor, 200 Noll Plaza, Huntington.

The program will be presented by Butch Williams, deputy director of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency. A buffet meal will be served by Nick’s Country Café.

Send registrations to Jeff White, HCSC president, by phone, 355-4656; fax, 355-3236; or email, Jeff.white@parkview.com.

SWCD monthly mtg. planned for April 17

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the District Office located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.    

Roanoke council told about needed purchases, repairs and replacements

Department representatives filled in the Roanoke Town Council on a variety of items that need to be purchased, replaced or repaired at the board’s meeting on Tuesday, April 3.

Ryan Carroll, a firefighter with the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department, informed council that the department was obtaining quotes for generators and water softeners. Carroll noted that a generator would be a major asset at the fire station, which has no alternative power source during power outages, such as the one the Roanoke area experienced earlier that day.

Hovey serves as senate page


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State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) (right) welcomes Kailyn Hovey, who recently served as a senate page. Hovey, of Huntington, attends Riverview Middle School. Pages, students in grades six through 12, spend a day at the statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

Warren Town Council to meet in special session on April 2

The Warren Town Council will meet in special session today, Monday, April 2, at 4 p.m. at Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St.

The purpose of the meeting is to review, consider and award bid for the 11th Street reconstruction project, an INDOT Community Crossings Grant project.

Kitchen serves as page


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State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) (left) welcomes Clark Kitchen, who recently served as a senate page. Kitchen, of Huntington, attends Huntington North High School. Pages, students in grades six through 12, spend a day at the statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

Nelson serves as senate page


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State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) (right) welcomes Jack Nelson, who recently served as a senate page. Nelson, of Huntington, attends Crestview Middle School. Pages, students in grades six through 12, spend a day at the statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

State veterans hall of fame seeking nominations for class

The Indiana Military Veterans Hall of Fame (IMVHOF) is calling for nominations for its fifth class of veteran honorees. The not-for-profit organization honors Hoosier veterans for service during and after active duty. To date, the IMVHOF has recognized 62 men and women for their outstanding military and civilian service.

Up to 15 veterans will be honored for military service achievements and/or community contributions. To be eligible, a nominee must meet any one of these criteria:

• Born in Indiana.

• Entered military service in Indiana.

Commish to meet in exec session

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session today, Monday, April 2, at 1:30 p.m. in the Commissioners Room 103A of the Huntington County Courthouse, 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.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Meredith Zay serves as page


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State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) (left) welcomes Meredith Zay, who recently served as a senate page. Meredith Zay, of Huntington, attends Bishop Luers High School. Pages, students in grades six through 12, spend a day at the statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

Isaac Zay serves as page


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State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) (right) welcomes Isaac Zay, who recently served as a senate page. Isaac Zay, of Huntington, attends St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School. Pages, students in grades six through 12, spend a day at the statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

Keiffer announces candidacy for 4th District council seat

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Kittie Keiffer

Republican Kittie Keiffer has announced her candidacy for the 4th District seat on the Huntington County Council.

Keiffer, who currently serves as the Huntington County Clerk, is a 1970 graduate of Huntington North High School and Bill Miller School of Real Estate in 1989. She established, owned and operated RE/MAX Professional Group from 2001 to 2016.

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