Government & School Board

New officer


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (left) presents the city's newest police officer, Brock Armstrong (center) with a city leadership medallion as Huntington Police Chief Chad hacker looks on Friday afternoon, Feb. 17, in the Huntington City Council chambers.

Home on road to demolition can be used again, Warren council hears

A house once on the road to demolition may soon become a home once again, following action taken by the Warren Town Council on Monday, Feb. 13.

The long-vacant house, at 907 N. Main St. in Warren, has a history of neglect, foreclosure and unpaid taxes. The Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (DCD) cited the home for structural and other problems. When necessary repairs were not done, the town council voted last December to take bids for demolition.

School corp. could set up students with college savings accounts

The Huntington County Community School Corporation could soon set up its younger students with a savings account for college.

At its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, the Board of School Trustees heard about the Promise Indiana program, presented by a group of community youth leaders comprising the Lifelong Learning Committee.

Members of the group included HCCSC’s Director of Special Programs Trace Hinesley, YMCA Executive Director Ben Davis and Youth Services Bureau Executive Director Jan Williams.

Compliance plan to satisfy IDEM will be a project of Andrews employees

The Andrews Town Council got the ball rolling at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 13, on the creation of a compliance plan that will help satisfy an agreed order issued to the town by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

The order was slapped on the town for allowing sewage to bypass its wastewater treatment plant and flow into the Wabash River.

Common council hears 2016 wrap-up reports from department heads

Members of the Huntington Common Council opened their meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14, by listening to a group of budding city planners market their ideal development, then listened as Huntington's real-life administrators described their progress in operating their city over the past year.

Hgtn. Street Dept. closes for Presidents Day

The Huntington Street Department will be closed for Presidents Day on Monday, Feb. 20.

Trash pick-up routes normally covered on Mondays will instead be covered on Tuesday, Feb. 21, starting at 7 a.m. All other trash pick-up days will remain the same.

Orange sticker items, brush, limbs and brown bags will be picked up on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

Immediate resignation for local EMA Director Goss

Lindsie Goss has resigned as director of the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency.

Goss, who has served as EMA director since May 2013, informed the Huntington County Commissioners of her departure in a brief email sent late in the afternoon of Friday, Feb. 3.

“After nearly 4 years of service I have accepted a full-time position in private sector,” she wrote. “Please accept this email as my resignation effective immediately.”

Robert “Bob” Jeffers is deputy director of the agency.

Rep. Jim Banks tapped to serve on two military subcommittees

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks has been named to the Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee and the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on the House Armed Services Committee.

“I look forward to serving on these important subcommittees,” Banks said. “The Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee oversees programs that directly affect the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne.

“Being a member of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee will provide an opportunity to help ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent well on our defense.”

Banks to target EPA rules in new role

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, R-IN3, has been named vice chairman of the Environment  Subcommittee on the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

He will also serve as a member of the Space Subcommittee and the Research and Technology Subcommittee.

“In this position I hope to examine the most harmful EPA regulations that hurt small businesses and hinder job creations,” Banks says.

“Addressing overregulation and red tape will be a major priority, and I look forward to this role.”

Commissioners announce two executive sessions

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold two executive sessions on Feb. 6 in the Commissioners’ Room on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The first session, at 10 a.m., will allow the commissioners to discuss confidential records.

During the 1 p.m. session, the commissioners will discuss a job performance evaluation of an individual employee.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

New City Services building


Photo by Steve Clark.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the new Huntington City Services building on Webster Street on Thursday, Jan. 26.

HCCSC gets grant for counseling initiative

The Huntington County Community School Corporation has landed a $50,000 grant that will help school officials determine and plan to improve the mental and emotional health of the district’s students.

The grant was awarded by Lilly Endowment Inc.’s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative. HCCSC was one of 284 school corporations and charters schools in Indiana receiving planning grants through the initiative.

HCCSC board to meet in exec session on Wednesday, Feb. 1

The Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees will meet in executive session on Wednesday, Feb. 1, at 11:30 a.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center.

During the session, board members will meet with an outside consultant to learn about performing their roles as public officials.

The session is closed to the public.

Firefighter joins HFD


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Nate Schmalzried (center) repeats the oath as a newly-installed firefighter on the Huntington Fire Department, sworn in by Huntington Clerk-Treasurer Christi Scher-McElhaney (left) on Wednesday, Jan. 25, in the city council chambers. Holding the Bible is his wife, Jacquelynn. Schmalzried, who was formerly the interim property manager at the Roush Lake Fish and Wildlife Area, will work on the fire department full time at Station 1.

Andrews moving into high gear on wastewater treatment project

Town leaders in Andrews are moving into high gear as they begin the process of making state-mandated improvements to the community’s wastewater treatment facility.

Members of the Andrews Town Council announced during their meeting on Monday, Jan. 23, that they will travel to Indianapolis today, Thursday, Jan. 26, to officially receive a $600,000 grant from the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) that will help pay for the improvements.

The grant was announced on Dec. 1.

Newer technology for teachers may be coming

Teachers in the Huntington County Community School Corporation got some welcome news at the school board’s meeting on Monday, Jan. 23, in the form of new iPads and MacBooks.

Board members considered replacing teachers’ five-year-old MacBook computers, which Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Chad Daugherty said are nearly outdated.

Commish start new redevelopment group

The Huntington County Council made several appointments at its meeting on Monday, Jan. 23.

One of those appointments saw Councilman Terry Miller named to a new economic development commission being established by the Huntington County Commissioners. Tom Wall, president of the commissioners, shared that the commission will be known as the Redevelopment Commission and that he envisions it being an entity that will work alongside Huntington County Economic Development.

Markle cabin move likely to happen soon

The Markle log cabin known as the Draper House will likely be moved to its new home sooner than expected, according to a report made to the Markle Town Council during its first meeting of the year on Jan. 18.

Markle Historical Society Co-Chairs Lisa Street and Teresa Beck told councilmen that “unforeseen circumstances” now give the town 30 days from Jan. 9 to move the house from its current location and to its new home on Old Mill Park property.

Markle council sets meeting

The Markle Town Council will hold an executive session on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 4 p.m. at the Markle Town Hall, 197 E. Morse St., Markle.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive information about and interview prospective employees.

Banks on Congressional Steel Caucus

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks has joined the Congressional Steel Caucus, a bipartisan group of members of Congress who represent districts with steel manufacturers or are interested in the health of the American steel industry.

“Indiana is one of the nation’s leaders in steel production and more than 18,000 steelworkers reside in northeast Indiana,” Banks says. “I aim to advocate for the interests of Hoosier steelworkers as a member of the Congressional Steel Caucus.”

Banks votes yes on resolution to repeal Affordable Care Act

U.S. Rep Jim Banks voted on Friday, Jan. 13, to pass a budget resolution that begins the process of repealing the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

“Today’s vote is about fulfilling a commitment I made to my constituents and the promises Republicans made to the American people,” Banks said in a news release.

Roanoke council approves fire protection contract with Jackson Township

The Roanoke Town Council approved a fire protection contract with Jackson Township at its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

The pact, which also covers rescue and first responder services, will now go back to the Jackson Township Board for approval. Should the board approve the contract, it will pay Roanoke a total of $21,550 in two installments, as well as one third of the town’s total premium for volunteer firefighters’ death benefit.

In other business:

Fetters sings praises of city’s volunteers

Mayor Brooks Fetters discusses accomplishments during 2016 and plans for 2017 during his State of the City address before the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Mayor Brooks Fetters is pleased with the progress he’s made during his first five years as leader of the City of Huntington.

And one of the things he’s most pleased with is the number of people who have gotten involved as volunteers to make the city a better place to live.

During 2016, 3,339 individuals volunteered to help put up Christmas lights, fix picnic tables, water flowers, pull weeds and perform other chores around the city, Fetters told members of the Huntington Common Council during his annual State of the City address on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

Banks on Armed Services, Veterans Affairs panels

Congressman Jim Banks, R-IN, has been assigned to two committees and co-sponsored his first piece of legislation during his initial days as a member of the 115th Congress.

Banks will serve on the House Armed Services Committee and the House Veterans Affairs Committee.

“I am excited to be named to the Armed Services Committee,” Banks said. “This committee was my number one choice because I want to actively ensure our men and women in uniform receive the resources they need to protect our nation.”

Banks gets appointed to steering committee for RSC in U.S. House of Reps

Jim Banks
Photo provided.

Indiana Third District Congressman Jim Banks has been named to the steering committee for the Republican Study Committee (RSC), the leading caucus of conservative Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“I am honored to have been named to the steering committee of the Republican Study Committee,” Banks said. “In this role, I look forward to fighting for conservative solutions to the biggest challenges our nation faces. I am excited to dive in and get to work.”

Need pair for Huntington Township Advisory Board

The Huntington County Commissioners have two openings for the Huntington Township Advisory Board and one opening for the Polk Township Advisory Board.

Even tourism director surprised by growth of county’s tourist appeal

Tina Bobilya (right), executive director of the Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau, reports on an uptick in tourism in the county to Huntington County Commissioners (from left) Larry Buzzard, Tom Wall, and Rob Miller, on Monday, Jan. 9.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Tourism in Huntington County is growing by leaps and bounds.

So many leaps and bounds, in fact, that the director of the Huntington County Visitor and Convention Bureau asked the researchers if their figures were right.

“They said, ‘We double checked everything,’” Tina Bobilya says.

“The increases are across the board,” Bobilya said as she presented the Rockport Analytics study, 2015 Economic Impact of Tourism in Huntington County, to the Huntington County commissioners on Monday, Jan. 9.

Whitney joins sheriff’s department full time

Huntington County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Don J. Whitney (right) is sworn in by Huntington County Clerk Kittie Keiffer (left) on Friday, Jan. 6. Whitney’s wife, Courtney, holds the Bible as their daughter, Serayna, joins them.
Photo provided.

Don J. Whitney, formerly a Huntington County reserve deputy, has joined the ranks of the sheriff’s department full time.

Whitney, of Huntington, was sworn in on Friday, Jan. 6. He began his duties on Monday, Jan. 9, and will be assigned to the day shift while he completes his training and prepares to attend the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy in Plainfield.

Maj. Chris Newton says Whitney’s experience and his completed reserve officer training was a plus to his selection. He replaces a void in the department left by an officer who took another position, Newton says.

New officers


Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington County Commissioners re-organized during their meeting on Monday, Jan. 9, with Larry Buzzard (left) re-elected as vice president and Tom Wall (center) re-elected as president. Rob Miller (right) rounds out the panel. The commissioners are responsible for the day-to-day management of Huntington County and meet on alternate Mondays at 8:30 a.m. in the Huntington County Courthouse. The meetings are open to the public, and the next meeting will be on Jan. 23.

Joining the board


Photo by Rebecca Sandlin

Newly-elected Huntington County Community School Trustee Kevin Yarger (right) is sworn into office by Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters (left) during the school board meeting held Monday, Jan. 9, at the Horace Mann Education Center. Holding the Bible is Yarger’s wife, Jennifer.

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