Government & School Board

Blomeke seeks recorder spot on GOP ticket

Joe Blomeke
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Joe Blomeke has officially announced his candidacy for Huntington County Recorder, on the Republican ticket.

Blomeke, 63, is a familiar face in Huntington politics, having served on the city’s Common Council for the past 16 years.

“I just think it’s time for a change; just do something different,” he says. “I am well-suited for the office of recorder based upon my lifelong family ties, my college and professional education, my work experiences with the public and my volunteerism to community service.”

All state BMV branches closed March 30 for Good Friday holiday

All Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicle (BMV) branches will be closed Friday, March 30, in observance of the Good Friday holiday.

Branches resume regularly scheduled business hours on Saturday, March 31.

For more information on branch locations and hours, BMV Connect self-service kiosk locations or to complete an online transaction, visit

Kline announces re-election bid for Huntington Township Board

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Tammy Kline

Tammy Kline has announced she is seeking re-election on the Huntington Township Board.

Kline joined the board in January 2017, and is currently serving as president in 2018.

Kline noted she has been a lifelong resident of Huntington County, graduating from Huntington North High School and Huntington College, from the latter receiving a degree in organizational management.

She has also completed the Huntington County Leadership Academy, and is currently a board member for that organization.

Roanoke council fines homeowner yet again

The Roanoke Town Council handed out another substantial fine to a resident for failing to resolve building code violations at her house during its meeting on Tuesday, March 20.

The board assessed Casandra Emley, the occupant of 775 Seminary St., with a $5,000 civil penalty for willful failure to comply with a continuing order of enforcement from the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development (DCD) that details what needs to be corrected at her property, which she is buying on contract.

Etna Avenue improvement project could be done by August

The inspection project supervisor for the Etna Avenue improvement project in Huntington reports that with good weather, the Etna Avenue project could be completed by August.

Morgan Reardon, the inspection project supervisor with Butler, Fairman & Seufert Inc. issued a report on Thursday, March 15, detailing timeline expectations for the project, based on inclement weather not slowing things down.

“Yes, the underground stuff is almost all done … it actually goes quite fast once we get to the driveways.”

Robot challenge

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Robotics team members from Flint Springs Elementary School (in white shirts) and Andrews Elementary School (in red shirts) work together to complete tasks using robots they built during a demonstration made to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees on Monday, March 12. The program, which receives grant funding, focuses on honing students’ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills.

Commish in exec session Monday

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session today, Monday, March 19, at 11:30 a.m. at the Huntington County Courthouse, Commissioners Room 103A, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The commissioners will meet with respect to initiation of litigation or litigation that is either pending or has been threatened specifically in writing.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Groves seeks to retain Huntington County Circuit Court judge seat

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Jamie Groves

Jamie Groves has officially announced his intention to run for Huntington County Circuit Court judge, a seat he currently fills and would like to retain.

Groves, a Republican, was picked in December from a list of six individuals who sought to replace Judge Tom Hakes on the bench. He previously served as the chief deputy prosecutor in Huntington County. He was with the Huntington County Prosecutor’s Office for the past 20 years and had served as its chief deputy for the past 10 years. It will be his first time running for an elected position.

Denman announces for circuit court judge seat

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Jill Denman

Republican Jill Denman has announced her candidacy for Huntington Circuit Court judge.

Denman, originally from Wabash, has lived in Huntington for the past 21 years. She attended Bradley University, in Peoria, IL, receiving a Bachelor of Arts with honors in political science and English. After her undergraduate studies, she attended Indiana University School of Law, in Bloomington.

Davenriner to defend seat on county council

Don Davenriner
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Don Davenriner has announced that he is seeking the Republican nomination for the fourth-district seat on the Huntington County Council.

Davenriner currently holds the seat and has served on the council for 15 years.

During his time in office, Davenriner says he’s proud of the way council and Huntington County department heads have worked together. He points to the way they dealt with a budget shortfall in 2010 as a prime example of their ability to collaborate.

Huntington council takes first steps toward expanding animal care code

The Huntington Common Council took the first step toward passing an ordinance that expands the city code specifications for animal care and treatment during its meeting on Tuesday, March 13.

Council voted unanimously to pass the ordinance on first reading. The ordinance outlines the minimum requirements for animal shelters; fenced yards and kennels used for keeping animals outdoors; and tethering animals outdoors. Additionally, the ordinance provides regulations for animal care in the event of extreme weather conditions.

School board ready to roll on building projects

With snow coming down most of the day, summer school and spring construction projects were on the minds of Huntington County Community School Corporation board members, as they passed several action items before them in their regular meeting Monday, March 12.

Andrews Town Council creates stormwater board

The Andrews Town Council created a stormwater board at its meeting on Monday, March 12.

Council formed the board, which will oversee the town’s stormwater infrastructure, in the interests of improving the town’s odds of obtaining a community development block grant through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). That grant would fund the construction of stormwater infrastructure in town.

Running for representative

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Jorge Fernandez (left), Democrat candidate for the District 50 seat in the Indiana House of Representatives, explains why he believes he’s the best man for the job Wednesday, March 7, at the Huntington City-Township Public Library. Fernandez spoke to the monthly meeting of the Huntington County Democrat Party, with about 25 people in attendance.

SWCD extends tree and shrub sale to March 23

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District office has extended its spring tree sale.

The SWCD will take orders through March 23, with payment due by March 28.  Delivery will be on April 4.

Some of the varieties of trees available are Autumn Blaze Maple, Redpointe Maple, Tulip Poplar, Red Oak, Royal Raindrops Crabapple, Norway Spruce, Exclamation London Plane, Blue Spruce, White Pine and Ivory Silk Lilac.

Shrubs available are Coral Snap, American Cranberry, Forsythia, Red Osier Dogwood and Diablo Ninebark.

Security cameras to be installed at Roanoke Park

In response to recent vandalism, security cameras will be installed at Roanoke Park, the Roanoke Town Council learned at its meeting on Tuesday, March 6.

Town Marshal Jim Wood informed the board that a total of eight cameras would be installed in the park for a cost of $250.

Hearing before School Board meeting

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees has announced a public hearing to be held at 7 p.m., before its regular meeting on April 9 at Salamonie School, in Warren.

A proposed lease agreement to be entered into between HCCSC and the Huntington Countywide School Building Corporation will be discussed.

Local SWCD hands out awards at its 60th annual meeting and banquet

Steve and Judy Adams (second and third from left, respectively) received the River Friendly Farmer Award at the Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual meeting and banquet, held Tuesday, Feb. 27, in First Merchants Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds. With the Adamses are SWCD Vice Chairman Kyle Lund (first from left) and SWCD Chairman Andy Ambriole.

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District handed out awards at its 60th annual meeting and banquet, held Tuesday, Feb. 27, in First Merchants Heritage Hall at the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

Joe Updike received the Conservation Farmer Award while Steve and Judy Adams took home the River Friendly Farmer Award.

County council moves up March meeting to 19th

The Huntington County Council has moved up its March meeting to Monday, March 19.

The meeting was originally scheduled for Monday, March 26, but several councilmen announced that they would be unable to attend.

The meeting will take place at the Huntington County Courthouse at 7 p.m.

Banks’ mobile office in Hgtn. on March 8

U.S. Rep. Jim Banks, Third District, has announced that a member of his staff will visit Huntington on Thursday, March 8, to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

The mobile office hours are from 9:30 a.m. to noon at the Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Huntington County Commissioners to meet in exec session Monday morn

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in an executive session on Monday, March 5, at 11:15 a.m. in the Commissioners Room 103A of the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Meet the Candidates Breakfast

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Rena Claus, a candidate for Huntington County clerk on the Republican ticket in the May primary, gives some background about herself to those in attendance at the Republicans' Meet the Candidates Breakfast at VFW Post 2689 on Saturday morning, March 3.

Septer announces candidacy for Huntington County clerk

Republican Shelley Septer has announced her candidacy for the office of Huntington County clerk.

School board passes resolutions to move construction forward

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees approved a trio of resolutions at its regular meeting on Monday, Feb. 26, setting in place the legalities needed to move construction forward on the Roanoke Elementary School building and Huntington North High School.

Andrews council discusses way to strengthen app for stormwater grant

The Andrews Town Council discussed ways to strengthen its application for a grant that would fund the construction of stormwater infrastructure in town during its meeting on Monday, Feb. 26.

Wall announces for circuit court judge spot

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Justin Wall

Republican Justin R. Wall has announced his candidacy for Huntington circuit court judge.

Wall, 41, is an attorney and owns Wall Legal Services, a law firm with offices in Huntington, Wabash and Columbia City. In his 10 years as an attorney, Wall says he’s amassed a wide range of legal experience.

“I have practiced in just about every single county in northern Indiana and I’ve handled just about every type of civil and criminal case there is out there,” he states.

Wall says it’s that range of experience that’s prepared him for the office he’s seeking.

School board exec session Monday

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet today, Monday, Feb. 26, in executive session at Salamonie Elementary School at 6 p.m. The board’s regular meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

Several streets in Markle to benefit from next round of CC funding

Several streets in Markle will benefit from the next round of Community Crossings funds.

Although some alleys and one disputed street were cut out of INDOT funding in the town’s recent grant request, members of the Markle Town Council agreed to go ahead and pay for them anyway.

The 3-0 vote was taken at the council’s regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 21, to accept the lowest bid on the street improvement project from E&B Paving at $187,505.

Roanoke council supports part-time Roanoke chamber employee

The Roanoke Town Council pledged its support for the creation of a part-time employee position for the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce during its meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20.

Stephanie McKibben, a member of the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce Board, explained to council why there was a need for such a position. McKibben noted that organizing the high number of tourism events conducted in Roanoke over the course of the year had become strenuous for the town’s stable of volunteers.

GOP circuit court judge race draws most attention for primary election

The field is set for this year’s primary election on May 8.

A number of local offices drew interest from multiple Republican candidates.

Of those offices, the one to attract the most candidates was circuit court judge, which features four Republican hopefuls. In that race, incumbent Jamie Groves will face challengers Jill M. Denman, Davin Glen Smith and Justin R. Wall.

Groves was appointed to the office by Gov. Eric Holcomb this past December to fill the remainder of Judge Thomas M. Hakes’ term.