Government & School Board

All branches of BMV to be closed Friday, April 3, for Good Friday holiday

All branches of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles will be closed on Friday, April 3, in observance of the Good Friday holiday.

All branches resume their regularly scheduled business hours on Saturday, April 4.

Appeals on wheels


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Judges from the Court of Appeals of Indiana (background) listen to an argument by Christina Pace, deputy attorney general in the Criminal Appeals section of the Indiana attorney general’s office, during an Appeals on Wheels event in Zurcher Auditorium in Huntington University’s Merillat Centre for the Arts on Monday, March 23. These events see the court hear oral arguments, enabling Hoosiers to observe the court in action and learn more about its role in Indiana government. Judges are (from left) Paul D. Mathias, John G. Baker and Terry A. Crone.

Commissioners approve wind farm ordinance changes in divided vote

In a divided vote, the Huntington County Commissioners approved amendments to a controversial wind farm ordinance, clearing the way for an application for a wind energy development.

However, officials say the changes aren’t finished yet.

With standing room only in the commissioners’ chamber during its regular meeting on Monday, March 23, Larry Buzzard and Tom Wall voted to accept the amendments to Section 720 of Ordinance 2015-1, with Rob Miller voting against it.

Longer school days from April 6 to 17 will make up for missed time

A decision on making up inclement weather days and the announcement of a new online student registration option highlighted the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees meeting on Monday, March 23.

Interim School Superintendent Ken Kline said the Indiana Department of Education has given schools several options, including the go-ahead to make up the lost school days due to inclement weather by lengthening school days by an hour.

City plan commission to hear pair of requests

The Huntington City Plan Commission will meet tonight, Thursday, March 26, at 6:30 p.m. in the city council chambers on the third floor of the City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

Plan commission members will consider two requests from the city’s Department of Community Development and Redevelopment. The first is a request to adopt new flood maps for the city. The second is to adopt amendments making technical corrections to the city’s zoning code.

Andrews TC approves flood ordinance

The Andrews Town Council approved the new flood ordinance, discussed the logistics of the town’s spring cleaning day and briefly spoke about the town’s planning grant at its meeting on Monday, March 23.

The ordinance to repeal and replace the previous flood zone construction regulations and requirements was read by the Andrews Town Council for the second time, then approved and signed.

With the signing of the new ordinance, new construction projects in special flood hazard areas will need to adhere to new building regulations and guidelines starting on June 2.

County council meet postponed by weather

The Huntington County Council meeting scheduled for Monday, March 23, was postponed because of inclement weather.

The meeting has been rescheduled for Monday, March 30, at 7 p.m. in the GAR Room of the Huntington County Courthouse. The agenda will remain the same.

Hiles also seeks GOP nod for mayor post

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Tony Hiles.

Tony Hiles has announced plans to be a candidate in the May 5 Republican primary for mayor.

Hiles joins incumbent Mayor Brooks Fetters and challengers Larry Buzzard and Greg Sprinkle on the ballot.

Hiles sought the office in 2011 as a Democrat, finishing second to Fetters in a three-man race that also included independent candidate Jay Rinehart.

“I believe it is time for our city to start taking care of the people and families that live in this community,” Hiles said in a written statement announcing his candidacy.

Markle brings its flood ordinance in line with county regulations

The Markle Town Council has joined other Huntington County municipal authorities in adopting Ordinance 2015-1, the county’s updated flood hazard area ordinance.

Town councilmen voted unanimously to approve the ordinance in its second and final reading at the town council meeting Wednesday, March 18.

Zanesville council says no to ballpark tower

A communications tower will not be built in the Zanesville Lions Club Ballpark after the town council voted down a rezoning petition at its meeting on Thursday, March 19.

The petition was filed by Skyway Towers, a company that constructs towers and then leases them to wireless telecommunications providers. The request, which sought to rezone an 80-foot by 80-foot portion of the ballpark so that a 180-foot tower could be erected and leased to Verizon, received a neutral recommendation from the Wells County Area Plan Commission at its March 5 meeting before heading council’s way.

Common council hears about tourism dollars

Tourism is the 14th largest industry in Huntington County, bringing in millions of dollars and keeping tax rates low for all county residents, Tina Bobilya told members of the Huntington Common Council during their meeting on Tuesday, March 10.

Bobilya, executive director of the Huntington County Visitors and Convention Bureau, said the figures came from a study conducted by the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Her agency and Huntington County Economic Development split the $2,500 cost of pulling out figures for Huntington County.

Wind farm ordinance back in commissioners’ hands

The Huntington County wind farm ordinance is now back in the hands of the county commissioners, after the Huntington County Plan Commission approved changes to the ordinance for a second time on Wednesday, March 11.

Following an initial set of changes to Section 720 of the Wind Energy Conversion System Ordinance by the Plan Commission, the commissioners decided in December to request additional changes.

Senate page


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Bishop Luers High School student Emily Klepper (right), of Huntington, is pictured with State Sen. Amanda Banks (R-Columbia City). Klepper recently served as a page for a day in the Indiana Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the chamber floor and interacting with Banks.

Indiana court to conduct oral argument at HU

Indiana’s second highest court will conduct an oral argument at Huntington University on Monday, March 23, at 1 p.m.

The event marks the first visit by the Indiana Court of Appeals to Huntington and occurs by invitation of Assistant Professor John Noble, director of the university’s Center for Non-Western Studies.

Senate page


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Huntington North High School student Keagan Hovey (right) is pictured with State Sen. Amanda Banks (R-Columbia City). Hovey recently served as a page for a day in the Indiana Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the chamber floor and interacting with Banks.

Seth Thompson serves as senate page


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Huntington North High School student Seth Thompson (right) is pictured with State Sen. Amanda Banks (R-Columbia City). Thompson recently served as a page for a day in the Indiana Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the chamber floor and interacting with Banks.

Maclure Thompson serves as senate page


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Huntington North High School student Maclure Thompson (right) is pictured with State Sen. Amanda Banks (R-Columbia City). Thompson recently served as a page for a day in the Indiana Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the chamber floor and interacting with Banks.

Emma Landrum serves as senate page


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Huntington North High School student Emma Landrum (right) is pictured with State Sen. Amanda Banks (R-Columbia City). Landrum recently served as a page for a day in the Indiana Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the chamber floor and interacting with Banks.

Andrews board discusses more options on town-owned properties

The Andrews Town Council discussed town-owned properties currently for sale during its meeting on Monday, March 9.

Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson noted that bids on the properties, located at 487 E. McKeever St., 336 W. Monroe St., 504 N. Colorado St. and 291 W. Jefferson St., could be placed through April 24, but that statute requires those offers to be for 90 percent of a property’s appraised value.

Following that date, Johnson says, the town gains more freedom in how it may sell the properties.

Warren water, sewer rates likely heading higher

Rising costs of providing service and an upcoming $2.3 million sewer project will likely force an increase in water and sewer rates for Warren utility customers.

Members of the Warren Town Council, during their meeting on Monday, March 9, asked Town Clerk Marilyn Morrison to bring an ordinance establishing new rates to their next meeting on April 13.

The town’s financial consultant has recommended a 10 percent water rate increase and a 30 percent increase in sewer rates.
“That’s what his recommendation is to meet the obligations,” Morrison said.

SWCD monthly meeting changes to March 18

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District monthly meeting date has been changed to Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m at the district office located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.   

The meeting is open to the public.

Pages for a day


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Bishop Luers High School student Corinne Zay (left) and Huntington Catholic School student Meredith Zay (right), both of Huntington, are pictured with State Sen. Amanda Banks (R-Columbia City). The students recently served as pages for a day in the Indiana Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the chamber floor and interacting with Banks.

Senate page


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Huntington North High School student Paige Gordon (right) is pictured with State Sen. Amanda Banks (R-Columbia City). Gordon recently served as a page for a day in the Indiana Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the chamber floor and interacting with Banks.

Study offers insights into local tourism

Tourism is the 14th largest industry in Huntington County, bringing in millions of dollars and keeping tax rates low for all county residents, Tina Bobilya told members of the Huntington Common Council during their meeting on Tuesday, March 10.

Bobilya, executive director of the Huntington County Visitors and Convention Bureau, said the figures came from a study conducted by and the Indiana Office of Tourism Development. Her agency and Huntington County Economic Development split the $2,500 cost of pulling out figures for Huntington County.

SWCD to meet March 17

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 17, at 7 p.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.  

The meeting is open to the public.

Roanoke library board of directors to meet in exec session March 24

The Roanoke Public Library Board of Directors will meet in executive session on Tuesday, March 24, at 6 p.m. at the Roanoke Public Library, located at 314 N. Main St., Suite 120, Roanoke.

The purpose of the session is to discuss a job performance evaluation of individual employees. 

The library board’s regular monthly meeting will follow.

Roanoke council prepares for spring

The Roanoke Town Council began the processes necessary to prepare for spring street projects and made adaptations and decisions concerning the two new ordinances pro-posed at its last meeting during the meeting on Tuesday, March 3.

Project plans for the construction set to occur on Seminary Street this spring have been approved. The project is currently estimated to cost $482,000 from start to completion, including all work on the town’s infrastructure under that section of pavement.

School board announces executive sessions

The Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of Trustees will meet in executive sessions on the following dates:

• March 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the Horace Mann Education Center, 2485 Waterworks Rd., Huntington,

• March 11, at 6:30 p.m. at Perfection Wheel, 255 N. Briant St., Huntington.

• March 14, at 8:30 a.m. at Perfection Wheel, 255 N. Briant St., Huntington.

• March 16, at 6:30 p.m. at Perfection Wheel, 255 N. Briant St., Huntington.

Commissioners to meet in exec session March 9

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in executive session on March 9 at 11 a.m. in the Commissioners’ Room of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The reason the closed door meeting is being held is to discuss a job performance evaluation of an individual employee.

Treasurer closed Wednesday

The Huntington County Treasurer’s Office will be closed Wednesday, March 4, to allow staff to attend the Indiana County Treasurers Association spring conference in Plainfield.

The office will reopen on Thursday, March 5, at 8 a.m.

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