Government & School Board

Exec session for school board today

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in executive session on Monday, Jan. 7, at 5 p.m. at Salamonie School, 1063E-900S, Warren. 

The stated agenda will be to train school board members with an outside consultant about the performance of the role of the members as public officials.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

The next regular school board meeting will be held Monday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. at Salamonie School.

Filing for this year’s election starts on Jan. 9

Candidates may begin filing to run in this year’s municipal election primary on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

Republican and Democrat candidates must file a declaration of candidacy with the Huntington County Clerk’s Office. In addition to the declaration, which is designated a CAN-42 form, candidates must file CAN-12 and CFA-1 forms as well. All of these forms can be obtained in the clerk’s office or online at

The declaration of candidacy must be filed in person.

Austin Best graduates from Marine boot camp

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Pvt. Austin G. Best

Pvt. Austin G. Best, 21, of Markle, graduated on Dec. 14 from the United States Marine Corps boot camp at MRCD San Diego, CA.

Best successfully completed 13 weeks of intensive basic training as one of 82 recruits in Training Platoon 2106. While in training, he and his entire platoon were named Honor Platoon for scoring 98.7 percent or above on academic testing.

Following 24 days home on leave, he will report to Camp Pendleton for one month of training in the School of Infantry, then he will attend Military Occupation School in Fort Leonard Wood, MO.

Roanoke council again discusses ‘quint’ fire truck

The Roanoke Town Council continued to discuss the possible purchase of a quint truck from a fire department in Allen County during its meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

Brandon Taylor, chief of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department, reported that the truck, a 2012 model, would be sold for $285,000 by the St. Joseph Township Volunteer Fire Department. That price, noted Taylor, included all of the truck’s ladders and attached equipment.

Health board meeting set for today at 7 p.m.

The Huntington County Health Department will hold a health board meeting on Monday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Courthouse Annex building, 1330 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Legislators say budget to be biggest challenge as ‘long’ session starts

The “long” legislative session convenes today at the Indiana Statehouse, and the three legislators representing Huntington County say it’s the budget that will prove to be the biggest challenge, as lawmakers struggle to balance it while making provisions for other important issues.

State Rep. Dan Leonard (R), who represents District 50, says he just hopes to be able to get through the session during a budget year, balancing what he calls a “fairly tight budget.”

Retirement – for now

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington County Circuit Court Clerk Kittie Keiffer (left) receives congratulations from former county clerk Anne Malone during Keiffer’s retirement party held Friday, Dec. 28, at the county courthouse. Keiffer, who did not run again for the clerk’s office, will now take up her new role as a member of Huntington County Council, representing District 4. Malone’s daughter, Shelley Septer, became the new county clerk after she was sworn into office on Dec. 31.

Retiring auditor

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington County Auditor Cindy Yeiter (left) stands in the auditor’s office with her staff during her retirement reception held Friday, Dec. 28. With her are (front row from left) Mary Ellen Scott and Tina Stevens; and (back row from left) Cheryl Baldridge, Connie Smith and Kim Heaston. Yeiter has logged nearly 24 years working for the county, with two terms as treasurer and two terms as auditor. She left the office at the end of 2018 and is succeeded by Jill Landrum, who was sworn in as county auditor Dec. 31.

Huntington County one of eight in state to see income tax rise in 2019

Huntington is one of eight Indiana counties in which the county income tax rate will increase after the first of the year.

The rate in Huntington County will go from 1.75 percent to 1.95 percent.

The other counties with rate increases are Carroll, Cass, Dearborn, Grant, Hancock, Jennings and White counties.

Local income tax rates are determined by county officials and reported to the Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR). Once reported, they are then reviewed for compliance with Indiana law.

Carroll graduates from ISP academy, to patrol from FW post

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Adam CArroll

A new Indiana State trooper reported for duty to the Indiana State Police Post in Fort Wayne on Dec. 17.

The trooper is from a class of 54 recruits who just graduated from the 78th Indiana State Police Recruit Academy on Thursday, Dec. 13.

During the 22-week training period, he and his fellow recruits received over 600 hours of classroom instruction as well as nearly 400 hours of hands-on practical and scenario based training exercises.

Markle Town Council hears it might get blighted space for storage spot

The Markle Town Council spent its final meeting of the year on Wednesday, Dec. 19, approving some housekeeping measures but also received word it will likely acquire a blighted property for use as storage space.

Marla Stambazze of the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development brought the property at 480 N. Clark St. back before the board, saying that after having no correspondence with the owner, Matthew Schrodi of Fort Wayne, it is now in the tax sale process.

Roanoke council to meet on Wednesday, Jan. 2

The Town of Roanoke will have its first town council meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 2, since the first Tuesday of the month is New Year’s Day.

Special meeting for Andrews Town Council

The Andrews Town Council will meet in a special meeting on Friday, Dec. 28, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Andrews Town Hall meeting room, 66 N. Main St., Andrews.

The purpose of the meeting will be to receive information, consider and perhaps act on matter brought before the council.

The meeting is open to the public.

Roanoke board looks at newer fire engine

The Roanoke Town Council considered acquiring a firefighting vehicle from a fire department in Allen County at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 18.

Brandon Taylor, chief of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department, reported that he had been in contact with the St. Joseph Township Volunteer Fire Department, which is closing, and inquired about what vehicles and equipment it would be selling off.

HCCSC board hears report on first e-Learning day

There were several action items on the agenda of the Huntington County Community School Corporation’s Board of School Trustees’ meeting on Monday, Dec. 17, but the item that captured the interest of board members was a review of the corporation’s first school-wide flex day/e-learning day, held Dec. 4.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Chad Daugherty provided much of the post-event statistics of the day, which was used for classified and certified staff development for about 700 employees, while students stayed home to work on assignments online.