Government & School Board


Leonard bill gets an OK

House Bill 1457, authored by State Representative Dan Leonard (R-Huntington), passed out of the Senate with a 34 to 14 vote.

The bill deals with unemployment insurance.
It makes changes in order to comply with federal regulations. Individuals receiving unemploy- ment benefits will now be required to participate in re-employment and eligibility assessment activities as directed by the Department of Workforce Development.

In an effort to assist those looking for work, has nearly 100,000 jobs available for Hoosiers.


Huntington construction projects to start as temps get warmer

Warm weather will bring with it the start of the latest in a series of a long-term construction projects designed to keep raw sewage out of area rivers.

Anthony Goodnight, director of public works and engineering services for the city of Huntington, told members of the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday morning, March 26, that preliminary work has already begun on one of the projects.

Duke Energy has started relocating about 13 utility poles in the Frederick Street area so that work on that project can begin in early May, Goodnight said.


County council hears pair of funding requests

Representatives of two organizations that receive funding through Huntington County tax dollars but are not part of county government appeared before the Huntington County Council on Monday evening, March 25, to provide an update on the services they provide to Huntington County residents.


Fate may be decided soon for HCCSC’s Instructional Service Ctr.

A fate may soon be decided for the vacant Instructional Service Center building, located on East Park Drive and Warren Streets in Huntington.

The building has been empty since 2011, but may soon be repurposed.

Huntington County Community School Board President Kevin Patrick requested that Assistant Superintendent for Business and Classified Staff Jon Bennett inquire if the city of Huntington or Huntington County needs the building before the board approves Bennett's recommendation to sell the building at auction.


Andrews Town Council appoints ordinance officer at Monday meet

The Andrews Town Council appointed an ordinance officer during its Monday, March 25, meeting.

Utility Superintendent Colin Bullock will serve in the role and be responsible for reporting ordinance violations in the community to council.

Council also decided that the first letter sent to ordinance violators will be hand-delivered by an Andrews police officer while the second letter, should the need arise for one, will be delivered via certified mail.

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Commissioners hold executive session on March 25

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold an executive session on Monday, March 25, at 10 a.m. in the commissioners' office on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

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



House page

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Megan Gilpin (right), of Roanoke, served as a page in the Indiana House of Representatives for Rep. Dan Leonard, R-Huntington, on Girl Scouts Day, March 19. Gilpin is in seventh grade at Crestview Middle School. House pages work alongside legislators, legislative assistants and interns as they tour the Statehouse, watch debates and see how bills become law.


Banks’ bill to reduce college costs for Hoosier veterans passed Indiana House

A bill authored by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to reduce veterans' college costs passed the Indiana House of Representatives on March 21 by a vote of 93-0. Rep. Jim Baird (R-Greencastle) is its sponsor.


Zanesville council adopts zoning amendments

The Zanesville Town Council adopted amendments to the zoning ordinance proposed by the Wells County Planning Commission during its Thursday, March 21, meeting.

Michael Lautzenheiser, Wells County Planning Commission director, was present at the meeting to explain the amendments to council.

The amendments adopted by council concerned a revised ordinance violation fee schedule and a clarification on the public use area for confined animal feeding operations.


Holdman bill on child services passes house

A measure authored by State Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) to improve child services in Indiana passed the house of representatives on March 19 by a unanimous vote.

Rep. Kevin Mahan (R-Hartford City) is the sponsor of Senate Bill 164.

SB 164 permits prosecuting attorneys to file a child in need of services (CHINS) petition with a juvenile court, beginning legal action that allows the state to intervene to protect a child. Prosecutors previously had this ability, but since July 2009, only the Department of Child Services (DCS) has been able to file a CHINS petition.


Andrews council demotes Juillerat to deputy

The Andrews Town Council has voted 2-1 to demote long-time Town Marshal Van Juillerat to deputy marshal.

The decision was made at a special meeting of the council on Tuesday, March 19.
President John Harshbarger and Councilman Ray Tackett voted in favor of the motion, which promoted Deputy Marshal Curtis VanOver to marshal.

The motion also provided for an amendment to the salary ordinance so that VanOver's pay could be raised to the marshal's level and Juillerat's pay, despite the demotion, could remain the same.


Juillerat's future as marshal in doubt

Andrews Town Council President John Harshbarger introduced a motion to remove Town Marshal Van Juillerat from his post during the Monday, March 11, meeting of the council.

Harshbarger stated that he had compiled a lengthy list of reasons that justified removing Juillerat from his position as town marshal and had consulted with the town's attorney about the matter.


HCUED announces board of directors

Huntington County Economic Development recently announced its 2013 board of directors.

Officers are Kevin Killen, president; Ryan Warner, vice president; Jay Buzzard, treasurer; and Randy Sizemore, secretary.

Additional board members are Rex Baxter, Huntington County Community School Corporation; Joe Blomeke, Lime City Development Committee president; and Perry Collins, town of Roanoke.


Board to discuss vote centers

The Huntington County Election Board will meet on Friday, March 15, at 2 p.m. in the county clerk's office on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The board plans to discuss possible implementation of vote centers in Huntington County.



Andrews Town Council to have special meeting Tuesday, March 19

The Andrews Town Council will meet in a special meeting on Tuesday, March 19, 2013, at 9 a.m. to discuss re-assignments within the police department and any other matters brought before the council.


Board sets school calendar for 2014-15

The 2014-15 Huntington County Community School Calendar will look a bit different than the school calendar from previous years.

During their meeting on Monday, March 11, school board members voted 6-1 to approve a calendar that will offer more breaks throughout the school year.

Russ Degitz, chair of the corporation's calendar committee, had previously presented several calendar options to the board.

The new calendar format offers longer fall and winter breaks in October and February, in addition to the traditional winter and spring breaks.


Reminder: assessment form cutoff is May 15

Assessment forms for business and farm personal property must be completed and submitted to the Huntington County assessor's office no later than May 15, Huntington County Assessor Terri Boone has announced.

The forms can be picked up at the county assessor's office, located on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse. They may also be downloaded from the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance website at

Boone says no extensions will be granted past the May 15 deadline.


SWCD to meet March 19

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, March 19, at 7 p.m. at the district office.

The meeting is open to the public.

The Soil and Water Conservation District office is located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.



In the Senate

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Katherine Land (right), a home school student from Huntington, recently served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Jim Banks (left), R-Columbia City. Pages spend a day at the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the chamber floor and interacting with their state senators.


Statehouse experience

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Aaron Webb (right), of Huntington, recently served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Jim Banks (left), R-Columbia City. Webb is a student at Huntington North High School. Pages spend a day at the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the chamber floor and interacting with their state senators.


Huntington council won’t meet Tuesday

The Huntington Common Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, March 12, at 7 p.m. has been canceled because of a lack of items on the agenda.

The council's next scheduled meeting is on Tuesday, March 26, at 6:45 a.m. The council meets on the third floor of the City Building in Huntington.



At the Statehouse

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Samuel Daugherty (right), of Huntington, recently served as a page in the Indiana Senate for State Sen. Jim Banks (left), R-Columbia City. Daugherty is a student at Riverview Middle School. Pages spend a day at the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the chamber floor and interacting with their state senators.


Indiana Senate approves Banks’ bill on college credits

Legislation authored by State Sen. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City, that he says will improve college affordability and efficiency passed the Senate on Feb. 26 by a unanimous vote.

Senate Bill 182 would build on Indiana's recent policies to improve the transferability of college credits, enabling students to get a more affordable, timely degree.


Local Marine earns medal for combat act

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The United States Marine Corps' Lance Corporal Riley Ochs, of Huntington, has received the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal with combat distinguishing V for Valor for actions in Afghanistan.

The Navy Achievement Medal with Combat V Device citation gives this account of his actions:

On Feb. 24, 2012, Ochs was operating with his Scout Sniper team on a clandestine mission, when he came under a high volume of accurate fire.


School board to hold exec session on March 13

The Huntington County Community School Board will hold an executive session on Wednesday, March 13, at 6:30 p.m.

With respect to any individual over whom the governing body has jurisdiction, the board will receive information concerning alleged misconduct and discuss, before determination, an individual's status as an employee, student or independent contractor, who is a physician or a school bus driver.

The meeting will be held at the Horace Mann Education Center, located at 2485 Waterworks Rd., Huntington.




Treasurer’s office to close March 6 for district meeting

The Huntington County treasurer's office, located in the Huntington County Courthouse, will be closed on Wednesday, March 6.

The county treasurer and the office staff will be attending the Indiana County Treasurers' District Meeting in Kokomo.

The Huntington County treasurer's office will reopen on Thursday, March 7, at 8 a.m.



EMA advisory board to have exec session Wednesday at SS fire station

The Huntington County Emergency Management Advisory Board will meet in executive session on Wednesday, March 6, at noon at the Southside Fire Station, 1333 Etna Ave., Huntington.

During the closed door meeting, the board plans to receive information about and interview applicants for the position of EMA director.