Government & School Board

Davenriner to defend seat on county council

Don Davenriner
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Don Davenriner has announced that he is seeking the Republican nomination for the fourth-district seat on the Huntington County Council.

Davenriner currently holds the seat and has served on the council for 15 years.

During his time in office, Davenriner says he’s proud of the way council and Huntington County department heads have worked together. He points to the way they dealt with a budget shortfall in 2010 as a prime example of their ability to collaborate.

Huntington council takes first steps toward expanding animal care code

The Huntington Common Council took the first step toward passing an ordinance that expands the city code specifications for animal care and treatment during its meeting on Tuesday, March 13.

Council voted unanimously to pass the ordinance on first reading. The ordinance outlines the minimum requirements for animal shelters; fenced yards and kennels used for keeping animals outdoors; and tethering animals outdoors. Additionally, the ordinance provides regulations for animal care in the event of extreme weather conditions.

School board ready to roll on building projects

With snow coming down most of the day, summer school and spring construction projects were on the minds of Huntington County Community School Corporation board members, as they passed several action items before them in their regular meeting Monday, March 12.

Andrews Town Council creates stormwater board

The Andrews Town Council created a stormwater board at its meeting on Monday, March 12.

Council formed the board, which will oversee the town’s stormwater infrastructure, in the interests of improving the town’s odds of obtaining a community development block grant through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). That grant would fund the construction of stormwater infrastructure in town.

Running for representative

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Jorge Fernandez (left), Democrat candidate for the District 50 seat in the Indiana House of Representatives, explains why he believes he’s the best man for the job Wednesday, March 7, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Fernandez spoke to the monthly meeting of the Huntington County Democrat Party, with about 25 people in attendance.

SWCD extends tree and shrub sale to March 23

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District office has extended its spring tree sale.

The SWCD will take orders through March 23, with payment due by March 28.  Delivery will be on April 4.

Some of the varieties of trees available are Autumn Blaze Maple, Redpointe Maple, Tulip Poplar, Red Oak, Royal Raindrops Crabapple, Norway Spruce, Exclamation London Plane, Blue Spruce, White Pine and Ivory Silk Lilac.

Shrubs available are Coral Snap, American Cranberry, Forsythia, Red Osier Dogwood and Diablo Ninebark.

Security cameras to be installed at Roanoke Park

In response to recent vandalism, security cameras will be installed at Roanoke Park, the Roanoke Town Council learned at its meeting on Tuesday, March 6.

Town Marshal Jim Wood informed the board that a total of eight cameras would be installed in the park for a cost of $250.

Hearing before School Board meeting

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees has announced a public hearing to be held at 7 p.m., before its regular meeting on April 9 at Salamonie School, in Warren.

A proposed lease agreement to be entered into between HCCSC and the Huntington Countywide School Building Corporation will be discussed.

Local SWCD hands out awards at its 60th annual meeting and banquet

Steve and Judy Adams (second and third from left, respectively) received the River Friendly Farmer Award at the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual meeting and banquet, held Tuesday, Feb. 27, in First Merchants Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. With the Adamses are SWCD Vice Chairman Kyle Lund (first from left) and SWCD Chairman Andy Ambriole.

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District handed out awards at its 60th annual meeting and banquet, held Tuesday, Feb. 27, in First Merchants Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Joe Updike received the Conservation Farmer Award while Steve and Judy Adams took home the River Friendly Farmer Award.

County council moves up March meeting to 19th

The Huntington County Council has moved up its March meeting to Monday, March 19.

The meeting was originally scheduled for Monday, March 26, but several councilmen announced that they would be unable to attend.

The meeting will take place at the Huntington County Courthouse at 7 p.m.

Banks’ mobile office in Hgtn. on March 8

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, Third District, has announced that a member of his staff will visit Huntington on Thursday, March 8, to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

The mobile office hours are from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Huntington County Commissioners to meet in exec session Monday morn

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session on Monday, March 5, at 11:15 a.m. in the Commissioners Room 103A of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Meet the Candidates Breakfast

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Rena Claus, a candidate for Huntington County clerk on the Republican ticket in the May primary, gives some background about herself to those in attendance at the Republicans' Meet the Candidates Breakfast at VFW Post 2689 on Saturday morning, March 3.

Septer announces candidacy for Huntington County clerk

Republican Shelley Septer has announced her candidacy for the office of Huntington County clerk.

School board passes resolutions to move construction forward

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees approved a trio of resolutions at its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 26, setting in place the legalities needed to move construction forward on the Roanoke Elementary School building and Huntington North High School.

Andrews council discusses way to strengthen app for stormwater grant

The Andrews Town Council discussed ways to strengthen its application for a grant that would fund the construction of stormwater infrastructure in town during its meeting on Monday, Feb. 26.

Wall announces for circuit court judge spot

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Justin Wall

Republican Justin R. Wall has announced his candidacy for Huntington circuit court judge.

Wall, 41, is an attorney and owns Wall Legal Services, a law firm with offices in Huntington, Wabash and Columbia City. In his 10 years as an attorney, Wall says he’s amassed a wide range of legal experience.

“I have practiced in just about every single county in northern Indiana and I’ve handled just about every type of civil and criminal case there is out there,” he states.

Wall says it’s that range of experience that’s prepared him for the office he’s seeking.

School board exec session Monday

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet today, Monday, Feb. 26, in executive session at Salamonie Elementary School at 6 p.m. The board’s regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

Several streets in Markle to benefit from next round of CC funding

Several streets in Markle will benefit from the next round of Community Crossings funds.

Although some alleys and one disputed street were cut out of INDOT funding in the town’s recent grant request, members of the Markle Town Council agreed to go ahead and pay for them anyway.

The 3-0 vote was taken at the council’s regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21, to accept the lowest bid on the street improvement project from E&B Paving at $187,505.

Roanoke council supports part-time Roanoke chamber employee

The Roanoke Town Council pledged its support for the creation of a part-time employee position for the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce during its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Stephanie McKibben, a member of the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce Board, explained to council why there was a need for such a position. McKibben noted that organizing the high number of tourism events conducted in Roanoke over the course of the year had become strenuous for the town’s stable of volunteers.

GOP circuit court judge race draws most attention for primary election

The field is set for this year’s primary election on May 8.

A number of local offices drew interest from multiple Republican candidates.

Of those offices, the one to attract the most candidates was circuit court judge, which features four Republican hopefuls. In that race, incumbent Jamie Groves will face challengers Jill M. Denman, Davin Glen Smith and Justin R. Wall.

Groves was appointed to the office by Gov. Eric Holcomb this past December to fill the remainder of Judge Thomas M. Hakes’ term.

Huntington County Farm Bureau members meet with Sen. Zay

Members of the Huntington County Farm Bureau meet with Sen. Andy Zay (left) at the Indiana Statehouse on Feb. 7 to discuss legislative issues impacting Indiana’s farmers.
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Huntington County Farm Bureau members met with Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) on Feb. 7 to discuss legislative issues of current importance to Indiana’s farmers. Farm Bureau members explained how various pieces of legislation could affect their production agriculture and agri-business operations.

INFB’s 2018 legislative priorities, as determined by its members across the state, are:

• Protect livestock farmers and their operations.

• Maintain local control and flexibility.

• Enhance Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) oversight.

Zay bill to help with teacher hiring passes Senate

A bill authored by State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) that will provide more teacher-hiring options to school districts recently passed the Senate by a vote of 35 to 12.

Senate Bill 387 aims to address the teacher shortage in the state and to provide a pathway for teachers who struggle with licensure exams to enter the classroom if they can meet certain standards. SB 387 also allows school districts to offer supplemental pay to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) and special education teachers beyond the regular salary schedule.

School board gets first look at 2019-20 school year calendar

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees got its first look at the proposed 2019-2020 school calendar at its regular meeting Monday, Feb. 12.

Huntington North High School Principal Russ Degitz, representing the calendar committee, presented the calendar to board members for its first reading, calling it a “modified balanced calendar” with a few tweaks.

Andrews Town Council discusses re-applying for OCRA grant in May

The Andrews Town Council discussed reapplying for a grant that would fund the construction of stormwater infrastructure in town during its meeting on Monday, Feb. 12.

The grant in question, a community development block grant through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA), is one the board had hoped to apply for on Feb. 9, but will now apply for on May 25.

State leaders join Holdman for Foster Parent Appreciation Day

Senate leaders joined by Gov. Eric Holcomb and Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch on Monday, Feb. 12, hosted Foster Parent Appreciation Day, reported State Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle).

Foster families were recognized at the statehouse for their service to the children of Indiana. One foster family from each senate district was invited to the statehouse as a representative of their community for lunch and a tour of the statehouse.

Huntington trash pick-up to be delayed by holiday

Monday, Feb. 19, the Huntington Street Department will be closed for Presidents Day.

If Monday, Feb. 19, is a regular trash pickup day, that trash will now be picked up starting at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 20. All other trash pickup days will remain the same.

Orange sticker items, brush and limbs and brown bags will be picked up on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Mayor outlines spending plan for city surplus at council meeting

With $2 million in the city’s general surplus fund, Mayor Brooks Fetters outlined how he hopes to see those funds invested in the city during a State of the City address before the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Feb. 13.

Fetters, along with his senior leadership team, prepared the spending plan, which he said would help the city fulfill its focus for 2018: “Helping People Love Calling Huntington Home – Instilling Hometown Pride.”

Leonard joins lawmakers in donating supplies for Hoosier foster families

State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) donates a new diaper bag filled with baby supplies for an Indiana foster family during the “Bags of Hope” event on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis.
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State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) recently joined fellow House lawmakers to fill diaper bags with donated baby supplies for foster families across Indiana.

The Indiana House of Representatives partnered with the Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy and its Institute for Excellence, a nonprofit organization serving more than 4,600 Hoosier children every day, to host the “Bags of Hope” event.

Zay’s DCS bill receives Senate nod; now under consideration in House

A bill authored by State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) that would encourage the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) to share information on a child’s case plan with the child’s school corporation recently passed the Senate unanimously.

Senate Bill 428 would also require the DCS to provide information to the courts to be included in a child’s case file when a parent violates certain orders, such as failing a required drug test.