Government & School Board


HC Emergency Management Agency has new director

After almost a year without a director, the Huntington County Emergency Management Agency now has a new chief.

Lindsie Goss, who most recently served as an emergency preparedness intern with Parkview Health, in Fort Wayne, was selected from 14 applicants to fill the vacancy, says Leon Hurlburt, president of the EMA advisory council.

Goss's first day as EMA director is today, April 29.

Hurlburt says a full-time administrative assistant will also be hired to work with Goss in the EMA office.


Leonard to speak at Huntington University breakfast

With the conclusion of the 2013 session of the Indiana General Assembly, Rep. Dan Leonard will provide an update on the impact recent legislation will have on the local community and state at the May 8 Foundation Breakfast.

Leonard, who was elected in 2002, has served on the judiciary, labor and employment, public policy and ethics and veterans committees. Currently, he is the ranking member of the employment and labor committee and sits on the ways and means committee.


Baker graduates USMC

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Huntington resident Clayton M. Baker graduated from the United States Marine Corps recruit depot, in San Diego, CA, on April 19.

Clayton is a 2013 mid-year graduate of Huntington North High School.

After a brief leave, he will be stationed at Camp Pendleton, in California.

Baker is the son of Teresa Burry, of Marion, and Matt and DeLynn Baker, of Huntington.



Assessor’s office closed April 25 for district meet

The Huntington County Assessor's Office announces that it will be closed on April 25, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in order to attend the Assessor's NE District meeting held in Marion.

The office will reopen at 2:30 p.m.



DeWeese graduates from U.S. Navy’s Nuclear Power School, South Carolina

Navy Petty Officer 3rd Class John R. DeWeese has graduated from the United States Navy's Nuclear Power School at Naval Nuclear Power Training Command in Goose Creek, SC.

Nuclear Power School is a six-month course that trains officer and enlisted students in the science and engineering fundamental to the design, operation and maintenance of naval nuclear propulsion plants.


School lunch prices going up in the fall

The price for school lunch will increase at the start of the 2013-14 school year.

Huntington County Community School Corporation's high school and middle schools will see a 10-cent increase in lunch price, while the corporation's elementary schools will see a 5-cent raise.

The increase was approved on a 5-1 vote, with one abstention, of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees on Monday, April 22.

Member Ben Landrum, District 3 voted no and Tom King, District 5, abstained.


Bill being considered by state lawmakers could force county to reluctantly impose new tax

A bill being considered by state lawmakers could force Huntington County to impose a new tax on vehicle owners, members of the Huntington County Council learned during their meeting on Monday, April 22.

While about half of Indiana's 92 counties already collect a motor vehicle excise surtax and wheel tax, Huntington County is among those who do not.


Andrews council sets parameters for reserve police force at meet

The Andrews Town Council established parameters for its reserve police force at its Monday, April 22, meeting.

Discussing the parameters with Town Marshal Curt VanOver, council authorized VanOver to grow the force to five people and accept applicants from up to 10 miles outside of Andrews.

VanOver estimated that $750-$1,000 would be an adequate clothing budget for each officer and President John Harshbarger authorized a total of $750 per officer.


Zanesville Town Council, marshal discuss 4-wheelers driving in yards

The Zanesville Town Council and Marshal Carl Collins discussed complaints of four-wheelers driving through people's yards during the Thursday, April 18, meeting of the council.

Collins informed council that he had received a call from a citizen who was unhappy about four-wheelers driving through the homeowner's yard in the early hours of the morning. President John Schuhmacher and Councilman Danny Miller replied that they had received similar calls.


County residents asked to document flood damage

Huntington County residents whose homes are damaged by severe weather and flooding between April 17 and 22 are asked to report that damage to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

If enough damage is documented, IDHS representative Rick Dolsen says, the state may qualify for Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) funds to help in the recovery.

"If we get to a certain level, we might be able to get a disaster declaration," explains Dolsen, district field coordinator for the IDHS. "Then FEMA may be able to help homeowners."


Water rates on the rise in Roanoke

Water rates in Roanoke will be going up, the result of action taken by the Roanoke Town Council at its Tuesday, April 16, meeting.

It was the second reading for the ordinance, which raises rates by 30 percent with an additional increase to come in early 2014, and it passed unanimously.


School board to save taxpayers $400,000

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The Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees voted 5-2 to save Huntington County taxpayers $400,000 on Wednesday night, April 10.

The savings will come from the refinancing of bonds.


Derelict buildings in Warren will be demolished

The Warren Town Council discussed several derelict properties during its meeting on Monday, April 8.

Resident Eva Witkamp requested permission to continue salvaging items from the home at 126 E. First St., which was recently purchased by the town for demolition. She said she had an agreement with the previous owner.

She also requested permission to remove the windows from the property at 120 E. First St., also acquired through the Huntington County Commissioners by the town for demolition.


Curbside clean-up day in Andrews on May 3

Andrews Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson announced that May 3 would be a curbside cleanup day for the town during the Monday, April 8, meeting of the Andrews Town Council.

Residents will be able to place refuse out by their garbage cans and it will be picked up, Johnson says.
There is a list that establishes what items will and will not be accepted and Johnson said that information would be made available to the public.


Commissioners to hold exec session today, Monday, April 8, for job performance evals

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold an executive session on Monday, April 8, at 10 a.m., at the County Commissioners' office.

The Commissioners will meet to discuss a job performance evaluation of an individual employee.

The Commissioners' office is located at 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.



Reed graduates from Air Force basic training

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Air Force Airman Douglas A. Reed graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, in San Antonio, TX.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

Reed is a 2012 graduate of Bentonville High School, in AR.


Roanoke moving forward on water rate hike

The Roanoke Town Council voted to have a second reading of an ordinance that would raise the town's water utility rates at its Tuesday, April 2 meeting.

The ordinance, 2013-2, would increase rates by 30 percent, with an additional increase to come in early 2014.

The rise is to help bring the town into compliance with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and finance such things as another water tower, a well and an iron filter.


Safety council cancels April 10 meeting; next meet to be May 8

The Huntington County Safety council will not hold its regularly scheduled meeting on April 10.

The next meeting will be held on May 8.



Huntington County SWCD to hold monthly meeting April 16

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on April 16, at 7:30 p.m., at the District Office.

The meeting is open to the public.

Due to farming season, contact the District Office on April 16 to confirm the meeting is still being held.

The office is located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.



School board to hold 2 exec sessions

The Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees will hold two executive sessions on Friday, April 12, at 1 p.m. and Saturday, April 13, at 8:30 a.m.

The school board members will be trained with an outside consultant about the performance of the role of the members as public officials.



Tax bills for 2013 to be mailed out April 5; due on May 10

Tax bills for 2013 will be mailed out on April 5, Huntington County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton says, and the spring installment is due May 10.

About 200 Huntington County taxpayers may get an unpleasant surprise when they open their bills, Huntington County Auditor Cindy Yeiter says.


Andrews council to hold special meeting April 2

The Andrews Town Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, April 2, at 5 p.m., at the Andrews Town Hall.

The Town Hall is located at 66 N. Main St., Andrews.



House approves two bills authored by Jim Banks

Two bills by State Sen. Jim Banks (R-Columbia City) to make higher education more affordable for Hoosiers passed the House of Representatives on Monday, March 25.

During the session, Banks introduced several bills intended to make Indiana's higher education system more efficient and accountable. His legislation approved on March 25 included: