Government & School Board

Shultz serves as page

Indiana State Rep. Dan Leonard (right), R-Huntington, recently welcomed Keswick Shultz, of Huntington, to the Indiana Statehouse to serve as a student page. Shultz, a Huntington North High School student, toured government offices, helped staff with daily duties and joined Leonard on the House floor during the legislative session.

Holdman page

Indiana State Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) (left) welcomes Ashley VandenBoom, who recently served as a page at the Indiana Statehouse. VandenBoom, of Markle, attends Norwell High School. Pages spend a day at the Statehouse, touring the historic building, observing debates from the Senate floor and interacting with their state senators.

Assessment forms in mail today

Huntington County Assessor Terri L. Boone holds a Form 11, a notice of assessment of land and improvements, which will be mailed to all property owners in Huntington County today, Monday, March 26. This notice shows the previous assessment and the new assessment of property, effective Jan. 1, 2018.
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Huntington County Assessor Terri L. Boone is mailing Form 11s – Notice of Assessment of Land and Improvements – to all property owners today, March 26.

Landrum announces her run for Huntington County auditor

Jill Landrum
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Jill Landrum has announced her candidacy for Huntington County auditor.

Landrum, a Republican, is the athletic department secretary at Huntington North High School. She has worked at the school for 10 years and believes the experience she’s accrued during that time would serve her well as auditor.

Markle council moves swiftly to keep town running smoothly

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Cody Jones

Markle Town Council members moved swiftly at their regular meeting on Wednesday, March 21, authorizing several items to keep the town running smoothly.

The council started with unanimously approving a contract with consulting firm T.M. Wells Valuation Services, which will assist Town Clerk Carolyn Hamilton with capital asset services for all town-owned properties. The town will pay a fee of $12,000 to T.M. Wells, with annual updates available at $1,250.

Hamilton says the town has needed to put its asset records right for several years.

Huntington Street Department closing March 30 for Good Friday

The Huntington Street Department will be closed for Good Friday on Friday, March 30.

If Friday is a home’s normal trash pickup day, the trash will now be picked up starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, April 2.

Mickley to seek re-election for county council position

Kendall Mickley
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Kendall Mickley has announced he will seek re-election on the Republican ballot for the District 2 County Council seat.

Mickley feels that his past seven years of service on County Council and private industrial financial experience makes him a strong candidate. He says that faced with continued property tax caps challenges and other revenue shortfalls for the county government, his financial experience is needed now more than ever.

Smith announces candidacy for circuit court judge position

Davin Smith

Republican Davin G. Smith has announced his candidacy for judge of the Huntington County Circuit Court.

Smith is a partner at the law firm of Bowers, Brewer, Garrett & Wiley, LLP. After graduating from Huntington North High School, Smith attended Cincinnati Christian University for one year. He graduated from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington and then graduated from Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis.

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.