Government & School Board

School board to meet in regular session tonight

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in a regular meeting tonight, Monday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. at Salamonie School, 1063E-900S, Warren. 

The agenda and attachments are now available in BoardDocs by visiting the HCCSC website at then clicking on Current School Board Meeting Agenda, then clicking on the date of the meeting, and then clicking on view agenda.

Smith sworn in

Photo by Steve Clark.

Austin Smith (third from left), gets sworn in as a deputy with the Huntington County Sheriff’s Department by Huntington County Circuit Court Judge Davin Smith (first from left) on Monday, Sept. 30, in the Circuit Court Courtroom at the Huntington County Courthouse. Holding the Bible for Smith is his girlfriend, Josie Goetz. Also pictured is Smith’s mother, Paula Bartoo.

Announce govt. meetings for next two weeks

The following are the governmental meetings listed for the time period from Monday, Oct. 7, to Friday, Oct. 18:

Tuesday, Oct. 8
5:30 p.m. - Andrews Board of Zoning Appeals, Andrews Town Hall.
7 p.m. - Huntington Common Council, City Building, Second Floor.

Wednesday, Oct. 9
6:30 p.m. - Huntington County Plan Commission, GAR Room, Courthouse.

Commish to meet special

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold a special session Monday, Oct. 7, at 11 a.m. in the Commissioners Room 103A, Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to accept and award construction bids for the Huntington County Jail south parking lot.

Resident wants Roanoke to acquire Seminary Street property

A resident of Seminary Street made a request to the Roanoke Town Council at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1, that it approach the Huntington County Commissioners about acquiring a property on the street before its inclusion in a forthcoming sale.

Deadline to register to vote in upcoming election is approaching

Bill Haas (right), of MicroVote, the company that calibrates Huntington County’s voting equipment, hands a receipt to Huntington County Clerk Shelley Septer (second from left) that shows what votes were cast on her machine during a public test of voting equipment at the Huntington County Courthouse on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Also pictured are (first from left) Carolyn Smith, a member of the Huntington County Election Board representing the Democratic Party, and Lori Guy, election board president and Republican Party representative. Smith and Guy participated in the test with Septer.
Photo by Steve Clark.

The deadline to register to vote in the municipal election is approaching.
The final day to register, or update registration, is Monday, Oct. 7.
To be eligible to vote in Huntington County, one must be a county resident, a United States citizen and a minimum of 18 years old at the time of voting.

Andrews council says several homes in trailer park must go

The Andrews Town Council declared at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 23, that several dilapidated trailers in a local mobile home park must be removed by the end of October.

School board budget hearing for 2020 goes without a hitch

The 2020 Huntington County Community School Corporation budget hearing went without a hitch Monday, Sept. 23, without anyone from the public coming forward to comment on the proposed $57 million budget.

That paves the way for a vote of adoption at the board of school trustees’ next regularly-scheduled meeting on Oct. 7.

HU graduate Hunt grads from AF basic

Tyana Hunt

United States Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyana L. Hunt, of Wabash, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, 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.

Hunt is the daughter of Kimberly Staten, of Marion, and Robert Hunt, of Wabash.

Announce governmental meetings for weeks of Sept. 30 to Oct. 11

The following are the governmental meetings listed for the weeks of Sept. 30 through Oct. 11:

Monday, Sept. 30
8:30 a.m. - Huntington County Board of Commissioners, Commissioners Room.

Tuesday, Oct. 1
7 p.m. - Roanoke Town Council, Roanoke Town Hall.

Wednesday, Oct. 2
6:30 p.m. - Markle Board of Zoning Appeals, Markle Town Hall.

Gov. candidate to speak to local Democrats

Photo provided.
Woody Myers

Dr. Woody Myers, Democratic candidate for Indiana governor, will be the guest speaker at the Huntington County Democratic Party meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m., at the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Myers is the first candidate for the 2020 election to visit Huntington County, and will outline his plans for Indiana and the governorship.

Markle town employees get raise in new $2.5 million budget

Along with a new $2.5 million budget, employees of the Town of Markle are getting a raise, approved by councilmen during the Town Council meeting held Wednesday, Sept. 18.

No one came forward during a public hearing on the budget. The budget estimated total for 2020 is $2,471,466, with three funds that had changes this year;

• The General Fund will decrease 15.34 percent to $984,300, with maximum estimated funds to be raised at $358,242 and a current tax levy of $423,142.

Roanoke council discusses sign placement on its property

The Roanoke Town Council discussed the placement of signs on town property at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17.

At council’s previous meeting on Sept. 3, it decided to allow Sarah Milton, a candidate for the office of Roanoke clerk-treasurer, to place campaign signs on town property. When Milton placed a sign in the Roanoke Town Hall lawn, however, it prompted Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner to question if campaign signs could be placed outside of government buildings.

Banks to host service academy brief

Congressman Jim Banks (IN-03) has announced he will host a U.S. Service Academy Briefing on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Bluffton High School for local students who are interested in attending one of the five U.S. service academies.

The briefing will be held at Bluffton  High School at 1 Tiger Trail, Bluffton, in the Cafetorium. Doors will open for registration at 8:30 a.m., and the event is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. The Congressman’s Service Academy Advisory Board and academy representatives will be present to provide information about applying to an academy.

City department heads present 2020 budget to common council

The Huntington Common Council reviewed the city’s proposed 2020 budget at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 10.

The budget can be viewed online at budgetno Click on “Huntington” in the “Search by County” drop-down list, then click on “0307 – Huntington Civil City” on the following page. On the page after that, click “View Budget Notice.”

City department heads presented their budgets to council. While many budgets resembled their 2019 counterparts, some featured notable changes.