Government & School Board

New assistant principal joins Huntington North

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.
James Bragg.

When the doors to Huntington North High School open on Aug. 13, students will be greeted by a new assistant principal.

James Bragg will step into the role vacated by Jane Bitting and Kelly Renier, both of whom have moved on to other school systems.

Bragg, a native of Marion, has been an administrator for six years and was previously assistant principal at Marion High School.

HNHS Principal Chad Daugherty introduced Bragg to the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees during a special meeting held Thursday, July 30.

Clark’s Recycling wins tax abatement from city

A local business’s plans for growth have received some support from the City of Huntington.

Meeting on Tuesday, July 28, the Huntington Common Council approved a 10-year tax abatement for Clark’s Recycling.

The abatement will apply to a new building now under construction as well as several pieces of equipment, valued at $2.15 million, the business plans to add. Taxes on the building and equipment will be phased in over 10 years, with no tax collected the first year and the full amount of tax collected in year 10.

Paddock will speak to Dems

The Huntington County Democrat Party will meet Wednesday, Aug. 5, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Special guest speaker will be Sagamore of the Wabash award winner Geoff Paddock. He is a member of the High Speed Rail Initiative, a Fort Wayne city councilman and an associate professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne.

The public is welcome to join and bring a friend.

Council hears complaints on cluttered property

The Andrews Town Council spent the majority of its meeting on Monday, July 27, discussing a private residence located at 117 W. McKeever St.

Andrews resident Glenn Wallace voiced his concerns regarding the amount of debris that is visible both from the street as well as the sides of the property. He brought photo evidence that there are barrels of fuel, piles of steel and miscellaneous junk piles littering the area.

‘Humble’ Stoffel earns state’s top sheriff award

Huntington County Sheriff Terry Stoffel displays his 2015 Sheriff of the Year award. He was presented with the award on Saturday, July 18, by the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association. Stoffel has served since 2011 and has worked proactively in the fight against synthetic drugs.
Photo by Lauren Frischman.

If there is one word that Sheriff Terry Stoffel would use to describe his recent sheriff of the year award, it would be “humbling.”

Stoffel was honored as the 2015 Sheriff of the Year on July 18 in Indianapolis by the Indiana Sheriffs’ Association. He has served as the Huntington County sheriff since January 2011.

Chief Deputy Chris Newton nominated Stoffel for the award.

HCCSC Board makes it official with Harris signing

New Huntington County Community School Corporation Superintendent Randy Harris (left) chats with Huntington University President Sherilyn Emberton in the HCCSC boardroom at Horace Mann Educational Center Wednesday, July 22. A reception for Harris followed the 7-0 vote by board members to approve his contract, which begins Aug. 1.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Randy Harris will become Huntington County Community School Corporation’s next chief. His three-year contract was unanimously approved by the school board in a special session Wednesday, July 22, just ahead of a public reception to welcome him.

Harris replaces Interim Superintendent Ken Kline, who stepped into the role while a candidate search was conducted to replace former Superintendent Tracey Shafer.

Huntington County Health Department sets closing

The Huntington County Health Department will be closed all day on Friday, July 31, for staff training.

The office will re-open for regular hours on Monday, Aug. 3.

FSA seeks candidates for county committee by Aug. 3

The Farm Service Agency (FSA) is seeking nominees from Warren, Dallas, Polk and Wayne townships to serve on its county committee.

To become a nominee, eligible individuals must sign form FSA-669A. The form and other information about FSA county committee elections are available online at www.fsa.usda.gov.

Nomination forms for the 2015 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 3.

Several could get rain relief with disaster emergency call

Farmers, homeowners and others who fared poorly during the recent wave of heavy rain, severe storms and flooding may see some relief coming to help them recover their losses.

The Huntington County Board of Commissioners has declared a disaster emergency for Huntington County. Commissioners President Tom Wall says the inundation has been going on since June and its effects will continue to unfold as water recedes and more damage is uncovered.

Council grants funds to demolish unsafe structures

Marla Stambazze of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development requested more funds from the Huntington County Council during its meeting on Monday, July 20, to demolish unsafe structures.

Stambazze, the DCD’s subdivision coordinator, asked for $20,291 to facilitate the department’s razing of four properties, located at 8114N-900W, 8132N-894W, 8160N-894W and 9014W-800N.

After a short presentation in which Stambazze showed photographs of the properties to council, the board agreed to provide DCD the requested funds, taking the money out of the CAGIT fund.

Banks files report on donations

The Jim Banks for Congress campaign has announced that it filed its first FEC report for the quarter ending on June 30.

The Jim Banks for Congress campaign received 135 donations totaling $140,111 raised, with $134,916 cash on hand.

Eighty-three percent of the dollars raised came from donors who reside in Indiana’s third congressional district.

Commissioners to meet in exec session on Aug. 10 morn

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in executive session on Aug. 10 at 9:30 a.m. in the commissioners’ room on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

The agenda for the closed door meeting is “interviews and negotiations with industrial or commercial prospects or agents of industrial or commercial prospects.”

Flooding is main topic of Roanoke council at meeting

The main topic of conversation at the July 21 Roanoke Town Council meeting was the recent flooding that occurred in Roanoke the week of July 13.

The council listened to multiple citizen comments and gave updates on the aftermath of the flood.

A citizen was concerned that a town recycling bin was stuck under a bridge and partially to blame for the flooding. Council President Dave Tucker cleared up that it was in fact stuck under the bridge, but it was after the flooding, therefore not the cause of it.

Zanesville Town Council discusses drainage at meeting

The Zanesville Town Council discussed drainage problems in town during its meeting on Tuesday, July 21.

Residents at the meeting voiced concerns about flooding that had occurred at their properties recently and the ineffectiveness of the town’s aging drainage system.

Council President John Schuhmacher emphasized to the residents that the town was not ignoring the problem. Rather, the town has not taken steps to upgrade or replace drainage infrastructure because of the prohibitive costs associated with doing so.

Huntington County Right to Life hears reports on fund-raisers

During the July Huntington County Right to Life meeting, it was decided to once again run the Wannababies pro-life advertisements in the Huntington North High School newspaper, the Campus. This will be the 25th year the informational ads have been placed in the school paper.

A final report was given on the Mother’s Day weekend carnation sale. Receipts amounted to $4,503.05 minus expenditures of $2,861.03, leaving a net profit of $1,642.02.

Andrews council meets on Thursday

The Andrews Town Council will hold a special meeting on Thursday, July 23, at 1 p.m. in the meeting room of the Andrews Town Hall.

The council will receive information from department heads concerning next year’s budget. Other matters also may be discussed.

Warren council meets this afternoon

The Warren Town Council will hold a special meeting today,  Monday, July 20, at 3 p.m. at Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St., Warren.

The agenda will be any and all items that could come before the council, specifically a meeting with a property owner regarding property management.

Markle investigates excess water getting into treatment plant

The Town of Markle is mystified about the source of all the water that has been overtaxing its wastewater treatment plant.

At its regular meeting on Wednesday, July 15, town council members gave the green light to find some answers.

Town Superintendent Rick Asher says what town officials feared would happen happened: on July 13 all three of the plant’s pumps died and the town was without electricity, bringing operations at the wastewater treatment plant to a standstill. Help from a generator and an emergency line from Duke Energy got the plant back in operation.

IDHS says to be mindful of flooding risks

With the frequent rain that Indiana has experienced this summer, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security (IDHS) is reminding Hoosiers living in close proximity to rivers, creeks, tributaries or other low-lying areas to be mindful of potential flooding risks.

Watching out for any water flow and drainage issues can help to limit future flooding.

While awareness is an important component to keeping safe, there are other steps that can be taken to help prevent potentially dangerous situations. Tips on how to keep safe from river flooding in the long-term include:

HCCSC to have new superintendent in place soon

Ken Kline (third from left) was presented a plaque of appreciation by the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees for his work with the corporation as interim superintendent since January at the board meeting Monday, July 13. Randy Harris is slated to be the new permanent superintendent, and his hiring will be done at the next board meeting. Joining Kline in the photo are (from left) HCCSC board members Rex Baxter and Sarah Kyle and board President Scott Hoffman.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington County Community School Corporation will soon have a new superintendent.

School board members took the first step Monday, July 13, to hire a new chief, approving a contract for the position.

Board President Scott Hoffman confirmed that the new superintendent is expected to be Randy Harris, who previously served as superintendent of Eastern Hancock Community School Corporation.

Improvements on tap for Warren’s downtown business district

Improvements are in store for Warren’s downtown business district and at Tower Park.

With the appropriation of $35,000 in CEDIT funds from Huntington County, a total of $70,000 is now available to fund grants to help downtown business owners pay for structural repairs or facade improvements to their building.

Warren Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison announced the approval of county CEDIT funds during a meeting of the Warren Town Council on Monday, July 13.

Andrews Volunteer Fire Department to continue providing protection to Huntington Township

The Andrews Volunteer Fire Department will continue to provide fire protection to Huntington Township, the Andrews Town Council decided at its meeting on Monday, July 13.

Dispatch board sets meeting

The Huntington County Public Safety Dispatch Board will hold an executive meeting on Aug. 4 at 10:30 a.m. It will take place at the Huntington Fire Station 3 on Etna Avenue just prior to the regular meeting at 11 a.m.

Common council cancels meet

The Huntington Common Council meeting for Tuesday, July 14, has been canceled due to lack of an agenda.

The council will conduct a public hearing and Statement of Benefits resolution for the meeting on Tuesday, July 28, at 6:45 a.m.

Aviation board reschedules to Aug. 3

The Huntington Board of Aviation Commissioners will meet in regular session on Aug. 3 at 5:30 p.m.

The meeting will takethe place of the regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 10.

It will be held in the main terminal of the Huntington Municipal Airport.

Sheriff’s dept. swears in six new reserve officers

Newly sworn in as reserve officers with the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department are (front, from left) Jordan Sweet, Don Whitney and David Kewish; and (back, from left) Zack Wallace, Zak Buzzard and Jared Hughes.
Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Six new reserve officers were sworn in as members of the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department on Monday evening, July 6.

However, the new officers won’t begin patrolling immediately. They’ll receive almost 200 hours of training before being sent out on their own, says Deputy Chris Long, the coordinator of the reserve program.

The six new reserve officers are Jordan Sweet, Don Whitney, David Kewish, Zack Wallace, Zak Buzzard and Jared Hughes.

Leonard put on Native American Indian Affairs Commission recently

Photo provided.
Dan Leonard.

State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington) has been appointed to serve on the Native American Indian Affairs Commission, an interim study committee of the Indiana House of Representatives.

“I have had tremendous interest in Native American history and culture for many years,” Leonard says. “I am very thankful for the opportunity this summer and fall to study issues that I am so passionate about.”

Commissioners to have exec session today, Monday, July 13

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in executive session today, Monday, July 13, at 11 a.m. in the County Commissioners’ office, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive information about and interview prospective employees.

Executive sessions are not open to the public.

Mt. Etna council has new dates

The Mt. Etna Town Council has announced a new meeting schedule.

The council is now meeting on the first Saturday of each month at 9 a.m. at the Mt. Etna Town Hall, 5900W-582S, Huntington.

The next meeting will be held on Aug. 1.

Roanoke council hears about project and budget updates

Members of the Roanoke Town Council met Tuesday, July 7 and listened to Seminary Street, water tower, utility department, parks department and 2016 budget updates.

Phil Hibbert of DLZ presented three contracts to the council regarding the water tower and Seminary Street constructions.

The first contract for $22,135 was for masonry work for water plant improvements. A new filter for the plant will tentatively go in starting Aug. 10, says Hibbert.

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