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HCCSC celebrates Learning Center expansion

Tiffanney Drummond addresses those gathered at the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.
Photo by Katelynn Farley

The Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) and the Huntington County Community Learning Center hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to dedicate the Learning Center’s expansion project on Tuesday, Sept. 21.

Preliminary discussions for the expansion began in the fall of 2019, with plans beginning to be initiated in the spring of 2020. Ground was broken for the project on March 4, and the projected occupancy date for the expansion is currently set for the end of September.

City Council has revised two codes

Huntington City Council members took action on Tuesday, Sept. 14, to update two ordinances on the books in the City of Huntington. Ordinance 12-C-21, passed unanimously, revises city codes related to open burning and parking.

Chapter 94 of the city’s Code of Ordinances prohibits open burning within city limits, with exceptions for small recreational campfires and barbecue pits or grills used to prepare food.

Markle talks ordinances

During the Markle Town Council meeting that took place on Wednesday, Sept. 15, several ordinance amendments were introduced by Kim Hostetler, of the Department of Community Development. Ordinances were 2021-19 through 2021-27.

The first change that Hostetler introduced was regarding primary and/or secondary septic replacement systems, called OSS sites. In the amendment she brought forward, Hostetler said that, under certain circumstances, the requirement could be waived.

HCCSC discusses collective bargaining

The Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) Board of Trustees held a public hearing during their regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 13, to introduce collective bargaining with the Huntington County Teachers Association (HCTA) for this school year.

Collective bargaining takes place between HCCSC and HCTA every year in order to negotiate teachers’ wages. Once the contract is settled between the two groups, it is sent to the Indiana Education Employment Relations Board (IEERB) who has to approve it by November.

Andrews TC reviews upcoming projects

In a special meeting on Friday, Sept. 3, and again during a regular meeting on Monday, Sept. 13, the Andrews Town Council discussed two pricy projects that have been on the docket for quite some time – the construction of a new water treatment plant and the purchase of a new fire truck.

During the Sept. 3 special meeting, Council President John Harshbarger introduced a resolution that would allow the town of Andrews to use American Rescue Plan (ARPA) funds for their water project. A motion was made to pass the resolution and the resolution passed.

Hgtn. Recorder now accepts cards for in-office payment

Huntington County Recorder Vicki Pearson says she has listened to her constituents and will start to accept credit cards for in-office customers during normal business hours. There is not a cost to the county for this service. The only cost is charged to the customer and it is based on the recording fee.

The in-office customers will have to pay a small convenience fee for the use of the service. The recording fee for all documents recorded is based on Indiana State Statutes.

Clark’s Recycling collecting items for Hurricane Ida relief

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ida’s widespread devastation, a Huntington business hopes to rally the community to collect supplies and donate them to agencies providing much-needed relief to people living in southeastern Louisiana.

Clark’s Recycling will host a community drive from Tuesday, Sept. 7, through Saturday, Sept. 11. Community members can drop off items they wish to donate in the front parking lot at the Clark’s Recycling facility, 100 Hitzfield St., Huntington.

Warren Town Council discusses communication issues at meeting

Members of the Board of the Warren Conservation Club and members of the Salamonie Summer Festival committee attended the regular Warren Town Council meeting on Monday, Aug. 23, to introduce themselves and establish a better line of communication for the future.

Council President Ethan Stivers began the discussion by explaining that the council has been trying to reach out to different committees and organizations in Warren to touch base and keep communication open between the town and these entities.

Markle TC discusses advertising contract

Much of the discussion that took place during the Wednesday, Aug. 18, regular Markle Town Council meeting revolved around the matter of advertising space on Markle’s water tower.

Back in 2015, a three-year contract was signed between the town of Markle and Novae Corp. so that the company could advertise Sure-Trac trailers. This contract was signed after the town put out the option for advertising and received the sole bid from Novae.

Roanoke TC discusses animal control matters

Huntington County Humane Society Board President Katy Hudson, along with shelter and animal control manager Brad Block, attended the regular Roanoke Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Aug. 17, to give a report and request more funding for the shelter in the future.

Hudson took over as board president in May and says that she has had several meetings with County Commissioner Tom Wall about the county contract they hold right now for animal control services.

COVID-19 Delta variant on the rise in Huntington

After a brief period of lower COVID-19 cases being present in Huntington, the county is now seeing a spike in the new Delta variant of the virus - and Huntington’s Public Health Officer Dr. Matt Pflieger has shared concern over the matter.

According to Pflieger, the Delta variant of the virus is more contagious than other strands of coronavirus because the particular variant binds to nasal passages easier - meaning it can more easily enter the body.

“You don’t need to experience as much virus to get infected,” Plieger explained.

Reust appointed to position at Horace Mann

Photo provided by Huntington County Community School Corporation.

During the Monday, Aug. 9, Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) Board of Trustees meeting, Mindy Reust (center) was approved as the new assistant principal at Horace Mann Elementary School. Featured with Reust are HCCSC Superintendant Chad Daugherty (left) and Horace Mann principal Chris Baut (right).