Government & School Board

Hamm grads Army basic at Ft. Jackson

Army Pfc. Kyle C. Hamm has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, SC.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches, and field training exercises.

City council to review Hier's Park transfer

A plan to transfer ownership of Hier’s Park from the city to the 4-H Fair Association will be brought before the Huntington Common Council on Dec. 16.

The city’s Board of Public Works and Safety approved a resolution Nov. 17 authorizing the transfer, but Mayor Brooks Fetters also plans to seek the support of the city council.

Currently, the city owns the park land while the 4-H Fair Association has built and owns most of the buildings. However, Fetters told council members Tuesday morning, Nov. 25, the city pays the cost of maintaining the buildings.

HNHS sees success in nudging students toward diplomas

Two programs are helping at-risk students reach the goal of high school graduation as they improve the district’s annual graduation rate, the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees learned on Monday, Nov. 24.

Huntington North High School Principal Chad Daugherty told the board that in 2013 the graduation rate was 88.1 percent.

In 2014 it improved to 89.6 percent.

The district wants to see 92 percent of its high school students graduate in 2016.

Daugherty says two programs, mentoring and ABLE, are improving the odds.

County to digitize deteriorating records

The Huntington County Auditor’s Office will begin the process of having deteriorating records digitized after the Huntington County Council approved a transfer of funds that will finance the project during its meeting on Monday, Nov. 24.

Andrews may consider curbside recycling

The Andrews Town Council discussed the possibility of offering curbside recycling to residents with a Waste Management representative at their meeting on Monday, Nov. 24.

Council President Mike Rohler said there seems to be a public interest in recycling and similar discussions are taking place among municipalities all over Huntington County.

Zanesville council turns down tower petition

Zanesville residents won’t be seeing a communications tower pop up behind the Lions Club after the town council denied a rezoning petition at its meeting on Thursday, Nov. 20.

The Lions Club sought to have an 80-foot by 80-foot area on its property rezoned so that Verizon Wireless could erect a tower. Once construction was complete, the wireless telecommunications provider would have paid the club rent.

The rezoning petition, presented to council by a representative from Skyway Towers and Verizon Wireless, was voted down 2-0.

Fetters announces plans for four more years

Brooks Fetters.
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Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters has announced that he plans to seek a second term in office.

An additional term would be spent in continuing to implement the city’s comprehensive plan,  a guideline developed by a group of Huntington residents that has served as the framework for his first three years in office, Fetters says.

City to transfer Hier’s Park ownership to fair assn.

im Sprowl is one happy guy – “awesome,” in his words – after learning that the City of Huntington plans to transfer the ownership of Hier’s Park to the Huntington County 4-H Fair Association.

Sprowl, who is serving as this year’s 4-H Fair Board president, says the resolution adopted at the city’s Nov. 17 Board of Public Works and Safety meeting to transfer the land to the association will spark some fresh use of the property, which is home to the county’s 4-H Fair and a plethora of other community events.

Roanoke council moves funds around; donates funds toward firearms simulator

The Roanoke Town Council approved the reallocation of budgeted funds within the Roanoke Police Department at its meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 18, making it possible for the town department to donate funds to the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department for the procurement of a Firearms Training Simulator (FATS).

“It’s $26,000 to $27,000 for this,” said Roanoke Town Marshal Jim Wood. “They went to all the towns and all the departments and asked us each to put $2,000 in.”

Markle Town Council discusses Markle Library transfer deal

The Markle Town Council worked on wrapping up some end-of-the-year housekeeping at its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 19, including more discussion on the new Markle Library land transfer deal.

After the Huntington City-Township Library Board decided to move forward with purchasing the lot at 155 W. Sparks St. from the town for $15,000, town council members unanimously approved a resolution to transfer the property to the library.