Government & School Board

Treasurer office open Saturday

The Huntington County Treasurer’s Office will be open on Saturday, May 7, from 8 a.m. to noon to accept property tax payments.

The spring property tax payments are due on May 10.

Push to get voters to cast ballots early is overwhelming success

Members of the Huntington County Election Board go over tallies of votes cast in the primary election on Tuesday, May 3. Pictured are (from left) Kittie Keiffer, Huntington County Clerk; Linda Beatty, Democrat Party representative and president of the election board; Ryan Wall, MicroVote technician; and Lori Guy, Republican Party representative.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The push to get Huntington County voters to cast their ballots early met with overwhelming success, with 3,255 votes cast during the month leading up to the primary election on Tuesday, May 3.

That’s more than five times the number of absentee ballots cast in 2012, the most recent presidential primary.

“I don’t know what it is,” says Pam Fowler, voter registration and election deputy in the Huntington County Clerk’s office, of the increase.

“I don’t know if it’s just us, or if it’s the political climate.”

Bosma in Roanoke

Photo by Steve Clark.

Republican Brian Bosma, speaker of the Indiana House of Representatives, speaks about the state's accomplishments during a Huntington County Republican Party Coffee with the Candidates event at the Cottage Event Center in Roanoke on Saturday, April 30.

Bickel, Kline and Terry Miller capture Republican nominations for county council at-large spots

Ron Kline (middle) cracks a smile at a Republican Party gathering at The Berg Ale Haus, in Huntington, in the aftermath of the race for the three GOP nominations to the at-large seats on the Huntington County Council. Kline, along with incumbent Shane Bickel and Terry Miller, came away with the nominations.
Photo by Steve Clark.

Shane Bickel, Ron Kline and Terry Miller captured the three Republican Party nominations to the at-large seats on the Huntington County Council in the primary election on Tuesday, May 3.

The three emerged victorious from a field of six candidates that included incumbent Jaime Miller, Mike Richard and Marshall Sanders.
Bickel, the race’s other incumbent, was delighted to get the chance to retain his seat in the general election.

Huntington County primary election results

Here are the unofficial vote totals from the Huntington County primary elections on May 3, 2016, updated as they are received.
Vote totals from additional counties in the United States Representative District 3 and State Representative District 50 will be added as they are received. Updated 7:06 a.m. Wednesday, May 4.


U.S. Representative District 3
(Complete results district wide)
Todd Nightenhelser 12,937
John Roberson 12,479
Tommy A. Schrader 15,263


Voters have two days left for primary vote

Registered voters in Huntington County have two days left to cast a ballot in this spring’s primary election.

Voting is taking place today, Monday, May 2, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Huntington County Courthouse.

Six vote centers will be open on Tuesday, May 3, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Vote centers are located at:

• The Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

• American Legion Post 85 Community Room, 1410 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

• Parkview Huntington Family YMCA, 1160W-500N, Huntington.

Some county taxpayers could see adjusted tax bills in mail

Some Huntington County taxpayers will be receiving adjusted tax bills in the mail.

These taxpayers are receiving the bills because the assessor’s office has revised its valuations of geothermal units in the county. Michael Duffy, general counsel for the Indiana

Department of Local Government Finance, instructed the assessor’s office to amend its valuations upon learning that it assessed small and large geothermal units the same.

Ready to build

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington leaders turn shovels of dirt during a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, April 26, for a new City Services building on Webster Street.

Bosma to attend next ‘Coffee’

 Indiana House Speaker Brian Bosma will attend the Huntington County Republicans’ Coffee with the Candidates brunch on Saturday, April 30.

The brunch will begin at 10 a.m. at Cottage Event Center, 9824 N. U.S.-24 East, Roanoke.

A VIP reception will be held at 9 a.m. at Century 21/Bradley Realty, 576 Geiger Drive, Suite A, Roanoke.

Tickets may be purchased by contacting Andy Zay at or 356-1588 or Don Patmore at 416-6701.

Only 17 of 36 GOP precincts have candidates filed for committeemen

Primary Election Day is May 3, and with the responsibility that comes with choosing national and state representatives, there is also the civic duty of voting for Republican precinct committeemen.

But out of the 36 precincts in  Huntington County, only 17 have any candidates filed, and 14 of those precincts have candidates running unopposed.

Democrats do not elect precinct committeemen this election cycle.

Warren council exec session Monday for job performance

The Warren Town Council will meet in executive session on Monday, May 9, at 3 p.m. to discuss job performance and individual employees.

Following that meeting, but not prior to 3:30 p.m., the council will meet in a special session to discuss projects and improvement plans for 2016.

The regularly scheduled meeting of the Warren Town Council will follow at the normal time of 5 p.m.

All three meetings will be held in the meeting room of Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St., Warren.

School board could save ‘couple hundred thousand’ on printing

The Huntington County Community School Corporation could save “a couple hundred thousand dollars” by streamlining the copiers and printers used in the schools.

Jon Bennett, assistant superintendent for business and classified staff, told members of the HCCSC Board of Trustees on Monday, April 25, that the upcoming expiration of long-term lease and service contracts provides him with a perfect opportunity to re-evaluate the copier and printer systems. He hired S&E Consulting, of Berne, to take a look at the system and recommend ways that it could be operated more efficiently.

Common council allows vacation of Etna alley

The vacation of an alley behind an Etna Avenue convenience store will allow the construction of a fence.

Members of the Huntington Common Council approved the alley vacation during their meeting on Tuesday, April 26, suspending the rules and giving the request both required approvals during one meeting.

Huntington County voters to find several unopposed candidates on primary ballots

Graphic by Cindy Klepper.

Huntington County voters will find several unopposed candidates on both the Democrat and Republican primary ballots this spring.

The lack of opposition in the primary, however, doesn’t mean those candidates are guaranteed election to the offices they are seeking. Both parties can appoint candidates over the summer to run in the fall general election for offices that had no candidates in the primary.

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branches to extend hours for Monday, Tuesday, May 2-3

Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles license branches will extend hours of operation on Monday, May 2, and on Tuesday, May 3, to issue ID cards and driver’s licenses that may be used for identification at a polling place.

Branches will be open on Monday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Tuesday, May 3, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

These license branches will process only new, amended or replacement ID cards and renewed, amended or replacement driver’s licenses and learner permits.              

Breaking ground on the Lafayette Center Road/CR 900N reconstruction

Photo by Steve Clark.

Governor Mike Pence (middle) prepares to break ground on the Lafayette Center Road/CR 900N reconstruction project outside Cornerstone Alliance Church, in Roanoke, on Thursday, April 21. The long-awaited project spans a total of 3.7 miles in Huntington and Allen counties.

Tracy Street improvement project to finally get underway in Markle

The Tracy Street improvement project will finally be able to get underway, thanks to action taken by the Markle Town Council during its meeting on Wednesday, April 20.

The board approved a local public agency project coordination contract with the Indiana Department of Transportation, which established funding for the project.

E&B Paving was awarded the project after having submitted the low bid of $1,853,397.

Town Supervisor Rick Asher says a start date for the project has not yet been established.

Six on Republican side seek nomination for three at-large county council spots

Six men, including two incumbents, are seeking Republican Party nominations to the three at-large seats on the Huntington County Council in this spring’s primary election.

Incumbent councilmen Shane Bickel and Jaime Miller want to return to the council. The third incumbent whose term concludes at the end of this year, John Hacker, chose not to seek re-election.

Bickel and Jaime Miller are joined on the ballot by Ron Kline, Terry Miller, Michael “Mike” Richard and Marshall Sanders.

Pair of locals among six FW ISP troopers earning recent honors

Trent Kiefer (left) and Don Stoffel.
Photos provided.

Indiana State Police Master Troopers Trent Kiefer and Donald Stoffel, both Huntington County residents, were among six troopers from the Fort Wayne District to be honored during an awards ceremony on Friday, April 15, at the Indiana Government Center, in Indianapolis.

Stoffel was named 2015 Fort Wayne District Trooper of the Year.

Township volunteer fire department, firefighters dedicated in swearing-in ceremony at new fire station

Huntington Township Vounteer Fire Department Chief Paul VonBank (left), along with the rest of his department, is sworn in by Sen. Jim Banks during a dedication ceremony for the department on Saturday, April 16.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington Township Volunteer Fire Department was officially dedicated with a ceremony held Saturday morning, April 16.

The department’s 22 firefighters — 20 men and two women — have already made 56 runs since Jan. 1, says HTVFD Chief Paul VonBank.

Those firefighters were sworn in during the ceremony by State Sen. Jim Banks, the keynote speaker for the morning.

The Huntington Township Board began working toward the formation of a township fire department in 2013 after voting to end a fire protection agreement with the City of Huntington.

Zanesville council looking to correct zoning, usage discrepancies

The Zanesville Town Council is seeking to correct discrepancies between land zoning and usage.

The board discussed the topic at its meeting on Tuesday, April 19. When looking at a proposed zoning map for the town produced by the Wells County Area Planning Commission, Council President John Schuhmacher noted the zoning codes for certain parcels of land did not match up with what the land in question was used for.

Veteran Leonard has challenger for state’s 50th District

Ted Harber (left) and Dan Leonard.
Photos provided.

Seven-term state lawmaker Dan Leonard has a challenger in this spring’s Republican primary.

Theodore “Ted” Harber, a political newcomer from Markle, also wants to be the party’s candidate for the 50th District seat in the Indiana House of Representatives.

Harber, a Fort Wayne native who grew up in Ossian, graduated from Norwell High School and served in the United States Navy. He holds a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering technology.

Huntington Township Volunteer Fire Department officially dedicated

Huntington Township Volunteer Fire Department Paul VonBank addresses guests at a dedication ceremony for the new fire department on Saturday, April 16. At right is State Sen. Jim Banks, who provided the morning’s keynote address.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

The Huntington Township Volunteer Fire Department was officially dedicated with a ceremony held Saturday morning, April 16.

The department’s 22 firefighters — 20 men and two women — have already made 56 runs since Jan. 1, says HTVFD Chief Paul VonBank. Those fire-fighters were sworn in during the ceremony by State Sen. Jim Banks, the keynote speaker for the morning.

GOP to host three at next "Coffee with Candidates" Saturday

The Huntington County Republican Party will host three candidates at its Coffee with the Candidates session on Saturday, April 16, at Moe’s Restaurant.

Candidates who plan to attend are Marlin Stutzman, a candidate for United States Senate and current Third District United States representative; Jennifer McCormick, candidate for Indiana superintendent of schools; and Terry Miller, a candidate for Huntington County Council at large.

Honored as tops in vocational studies

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce honored 15 top vocational trades students on Monday, April 11, during a luncheon held at Habecker Dining Commons at Huntington University.

Local among 3 vying for Dem rep spot on ballot

Todd Nightenhelser (left) and John Roberson.
Photo by Cindy Klepper; photo provided.

Three men — one from Huntington, and two from Fort Wayne — are vying to be selected as the Democrat candidate for United States representative from the Third District.

Todd Nightenhelser, of Huntington, and John Forrest Roberson and Tommy A. Schrader, both of Fort Wayne, are the candidates on the Democrat ballot for the May 3 primary.

The office is currently held by Republican Marlin Stutzman, who is a candidate for his party’s nomination as United States senator.

Nightenhelser is owner of The Collector’s Box Inc., doing business as TCB Games Inc.

Middle, high school students to get new laptops next year, board decides

Some Huntington County school children will get brand-new MacBook Air laptop computers next year, while others will start the year with used iPad devices.

After boiling down their options to two choices, the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees voted 6-1 at its meeting on Monday, April 11, to provide the new laptops to pupils in grades 6 through 12, and give students in kindergarten through fifth grade the iPads now being used by students in the middle and high school grades.

Warren to have new Memorial Day event

A new event set for Memorial Day weekend in Warren got the go-ahead from the Warren Town Council during its meeting on Monday, April 11.

Council members approved a request from Nicki Zoda for the overnight use of Tower Park from May 28 to May 29. The event will be a fund-raiser for a new organization, Ribbon Riders, which will provide rides to medical appointments for cancer patients living in the Warren, Liberty Center and Van Buren areas, Zoda explained.

Property tax statements are scheduled to be mailed April 15

Property tax statements are scheduled to be mailed April 15. Those who do not receive a tax statement by the end of April should contact the county treasurer’s office at 358-4860.

Failure to receive a tax statement by mail does not relieve the taxpayer of his or her responsibility for payment and penalties when delinquent.

Andrews council reviews proposed increases to water, sewer rates

The Andrews Town Council reviewed proposed increases for its water and sewage rates at its meeting on Monday, April 11.

The rate hikes were calculated and presented by Steve Brock, of municipal financial consulting firm Therber, Brock & Associates, who recently completed a rate study of the town. With the board looking to make upgrades and additions to the town’s water and sewage infrastructures this year, it will have to apply for a $600,000 grant through the Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) first in order to fund them.