By Emily Wyatt - Wednesday, December 22, 2021 5:26 PM
On Monday, Dec. 13, Michelle Schweikhardt was appointed as the next Warren Town Council member. She will be filling the vacancy left by Ethan Stivers, who will be relocating to Kentucky.
Schweikhardt said she chose to apply for the council position because she wanted to do her part.
“I’ve lived in Warren my entire life. I’ve lived literally on the same street my entire life and it is such a nice town,” Schweikhardt said. “It’s a small town, it’s a family-friendly town… there’s not a lot of places like Warren I feel like and I thought this is my time to give back.”
Friday, December 17, 2021 4:13 PM
The City of Huntington took a procedural step on Tuesday, Dec. 14, to align its COVID-19 guidelines with accumulating data showing the vaccines’ effectiveness in preventing severe illness and hospitalizations.
Executive Order No. 8, signed on Tuesday by Mayor Richard Strick, acknowledges that 46.2 percent of Huntington County residents age 5 or older are fully vaccinated. In addition, Indiana Department of Health data shows that more than 94 percent of statewide hospitalizations in November related to COVID-19 are unvaccinated individuals.
Friday, December 17, 2021 3:59 PM
Photo by Katelynn Farley.
The City of Huntington has selected Cory Boxell as the Huntington Police Department’s new chief of Police.
Boxell is a well-respected veteran of the department who is approaching his 19th anniversary of joining HPD as a patrolman in February 2003. He has earned several promotions since, working as detective for 11 years and a supervisor for more than six years in his roles as detective sergeant and detective captain.
By Emily Wyatt - Wednesday, December 15, 2021 9:32 AM
Editor’s note: Additional information from this meeting was covered in the Monday, Dec. 13, issue of The TAB.
Kevan Biggs, of Ideal Homes, attended the Roanoke Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 7, to discuss a possible housing opportunity for Roanoke and hear the council’s thoughts on the matter. The council brought forth several questions regarding his ideas.
Wednesday, December 15, 2021 9:29 AM
Monday, Dec. 13, marked the final meeting for the Andrews Town Council for 2021, and several matters to start off 2022 were brought up over the course of the meeting including Tax Refund Exchange and Compliance Systems (TRECS) Participation and contracts for trash pick ups.
According to the Indianacounties.org website, TRECS is a “results-oriented process to help counties collect outstanding debts in a timely, cost-effective manner. Clerk-Treasurer Laury Powell stated that the town of Andrews has participated with TRECS for the past two years.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 3:45 PM
The Huntington Police Department (HPD) welcomed a new officer to the force during a swearing-in ceremony on Wednesday, Dec. 8, at the City Building.
Dustin Offenberger, the new officer, is a 2015 graduate of Caston High School in Fulton. He attended Purdue University for one year before deciding to join the Marine Corps. He obtained the rank of corporal and was honorably discharged in February of this year.
During the ceremony, Police Chief Chad Hacker spoke about how Offenberger’s experience and personality will make him a good long-term fit for the department.
Tuesday, December 14, 2021 3:31 PM
Republican State Senator Andy Zay has announced his bid for re-election in Senate District 17 for the 2022 election cycle. The District currently includes Wabash County and portions of Grant, Huntington and Whitley counties. Senate District 17 will include all parts of Grant, Huntington and Wabash counties from the newly created maps from redistricting.
By Emily Wyatt - Friday, December 10, 2021 12:40 PM
During the Roanoke Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 7, Council President Dave Meitzler gave an update on the 775 Seminary St., Roanoke, property.
During previous meetings, the property was discussed due to its poor condition. The matter went to court and the judge ruled that the resident had to vacate in October.
The council first opened the property for sale to the surrounding properties. The town had one offer, but they couldn’t come to an agreement with the individual.
The council is now looking to sell the property outright.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 12:13 PM
On Wednesday, Dec. 1, Gov. Eric J. Holcomb signed Executive Orders 21-31 and 21-32 to continue the public health emergency and the executive order for provisions that address the impact of COVID-19. Extending the executive orders allows key items to remain in place that protect Hoosiers.
Tuesday, December 7, 2021 12:11 PM
After announcing during the Tuesday, Nov. 9, Huntington City Council meeting that he would step down at the end of the month, Councilman Jerry Meehan Jr. officially notified the Huntington County Republican Party on Tuesday, Nov. 30, that he would relinquish his seat.
Meehan, a first-time city councilman, represented Huntington’s 3rd District including southern and eastern parts of the city. A May house fire in which Meehan and his wife lost their home of more than three decades ultimately forced a difficult decision to relocate outside of the district.
By Katelynn Farley - Thursday, December 2, 2021 11:52 AM
During the Monday, Nov. 22, regular Andrews Town Council meeting, it was revealed that quite a bit of progress has been made on the property at 75 S. Main St., and council members were able to see a variety of photos that documented the progress that has been made on the property. They were also able to see some of the structural issues that still need to be taken care of.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 12:18 PM
Ben Adams and Chris Harrison, of Commonwealth Engineering, attended the Monday, Nov. 22, Warren Town Council meeting to discuss updates on current Town of Warren projects.
Adams explained that Harrison will be overseeing the remainder of the Water Upgrade Project and will continue to provide water and wastewater assistance as needed.
Adams explained the status of the Upgrade Project noting that the construction of the Water Tower should be completed this year. The exterior painting and some additional work will be delayed until spring of 2022.
Tuesday, November 30, 2021 11:49 AM
Photo by Emily Wyatt
Mayor Richard Strick and City of Huntington Director of Public Works Adam Cuttriss attended the Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, Nov. 22, to discuss receiving easement rights for the Erie Rail Trail Expansion Project.
HCCSC Superintendent Chad Daugherty explained that this is a $1.9 million project that includes expansion of the existing Erie Rail Trail near the Huntington University (HU) campus. The expansion would end at the Parkview Huntington Family YMCA. The project would also include road improvements.
By Katelynn Farley - Wednesday, November 24, 2021 10:27 AM
A final decision was agreed upon regarding the Town of Markle’s water tower advertising space during the Wednesday, Nov. 17, regular Town Council meeting, as was the matter of choosing a name for a local street.
Tuesday, November 23, 2021 5:17 PM
The Huntington County Council has multiple Board Appointments available for interested citizens to serve on starting in 2022.
Appointments include a seat on the Alcoholic Beverage Commission (ABC) Board, which is a 1-year term starting in January 2022 and expiring on Dec. 31, 2022. Candidates must be 21 years of age and must have lived in the county for the past five years. Applicants cannot be a full or part-time public employee or hold a lucrative government office.