Government & School Board

Markle Park Board meeting date changes

The Markle Park Board has changed its November meeting date from Nov. 12 to Monday, Nov. 4.

The meeting will take place in the meeting room of the Markle Fire Station, 150 W. Sparks St.

Andrews council hears details of police raid

The Andrews Town Council received information about an Oct. 22 police raid that had occurred in town during its meeting on Monday, Oct. 28.

Town Marshal Austin Bullock explained that he had been investigating two individuals residing in a house on Clifton Street. After obtaining a search warrant as part of that investigation, he reached out to an area law enforcement agency for assistance.

“Due to the nature of the house and the individuals that we were looking for, we contacted the Allen County sheriff; that provided us with the Allen County SWAT team,” said Bullock.

Huntington Common Council 3rd District race has 4 hopefuls

Candidates for the Huntington Common Council 3rd District are (from left) Eric Bruce, Tony Hiles, Jerry Meehan Jr. and Richard Mills.

Four candidates are running to become the next 3rd District representative on the Huntington Common Council.

The 3rd District is the easternmost district in Huntington. It contains locations such as Hier’s Park and the Huntington County Fairgrounds.

The candidates are Eric Bruce, independent; Tony Hiles, independent; Jerry Meehan Jr., Republican; and Richard Douglas Mills, Democrat.

More than 1,100 votes cast through initial dozen days of early voting

Over the first 12 days of early voting, four percent of Huntington County’s registered voters cast ballots in the municipal election.

Four percent translates to 1,125 voters, notes Yvette Runkle, the county’s voter registration and election deputy.

Early voting commenced on Oct. 8. The aforementioned totals reflect ballots cast through Oct. 23.

Out of 42 precincts in the county, the ballots in 22 of them featured only the two referendum questions posed by the Huntington County Community School Corporation. In those 22 precincts, a total of 471 voters cast ballots.

Treasurer’s office open on Nov. 2 to take property tax payments

The Huntington County Treasurer’s Office, located on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse, will be open to take property tax payments on Saturday, Nov. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon.  

Taxpayers are urged to take advantage of the much shorter lines on Saturday. The last day to pay property taxes is Tuesday, Nov. 12. Penalties will be added after that date.

Town of Warren sets holiday hours, closings

The Town of Warren has announced its holiday schedule and office closings:

Nov. 5 – Election Day, closed.

Nov. 11 – Veterans Day, closed.
Nov. 22 – Holiday Walk, downtown.

Nov. 28, 29 – Thanksgiving, closed.

Trash collection will be made on the Friday following Thanksgiving, Dec. 6, for all town routes.

Nov. 29 – Santa arrives downtown.

Dec. 25 to 27 – Christmas holiday, closed.

Dec. 31, Jan. 1 – New Year’s holiday, closed.

Banks co-sponsor of bill to protect vets in cases of overpayment

United States Representatives Jim Banks (R-Ind.-03) and Susie Lee (D-Nev.-03), both members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, introduced the bipartisan Student Veteran Protection Act on Friday, Oct. 18.

The bill would change how GI Bill overpayments are reimbursed by making schools, not student veterans, responsible for reimbursing the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for GI Bill overpayments. 

County GOP to caucus for Jackson Twp. trustee

The Huntington County Republican Party will be holding a caucus to fill the position of Jackson Township trustee. This position is vacant due to the resignation of the current trustee.

The caucus will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 p.m. at the Huntington City-Township Public Library located at 255 W. Park Drive, Huntington.

Three in race to become next mayor of City of Huntington

Huntington mayoral candidates are (from left) Larry Buzzard, Johnnie Hiles and Richard Strick.

Three candidates are vying to become the next mayor of Huntington.

Those candidates are Republican Larry Buzzard and independents Johnnie Hiles and Richard Strick.

Larry Buzzard
Buzzard, 61, has been a Huntington County commissioner since 2012 and currently serves as the commissioners’ president. He previously served on the Huntington Common Council and Huntington County Council.

Daugherty explains about life of tax increase

In the last regular meeting before the municipal election, the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees conducted business quickly Monday, Oct. 21.

A shortened agenda did not include any items regarding the two upcoming referendum questions that will appear on the ballot for all Huntington County voters to decide on Nov. 5.

New deputy in Andrews

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Michael Dean Young (left) gets sworn in as the new deputy marshal for the Andrews Police Department by Andrews Clerk-Treasurer Laura Dillon during the Andrews Town Council meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

Commish to hold meet to discuss jail options

The Huntington County Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, Oct. 28, in Room 103A of the Huntington County Courthouse at 10:15 a.m.

The purpose of the hearing is to consider a feasibility study on alternatives to the construction, reconstruction or expansion of the Huntington County Jail. The commissioners will listen to feedback from the public on this topic at the hearing. Following the hearing, the commissioners may take action approving the feasibility study.

The Huntington County Courthouse is located at 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

School board to have regular meet, executive sessions Monday at 7 p.m.

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in regular and executive sessions on Monday, Oct. 21, at Salamonie School, in Warren.

The regular session will be held at 7 p.m. while the executive session is set for 7:30 p.m.

The agendas and attachments are available on the school corporation’s website,

Salamonie School is located at 1063E-900S, Warren.

Markle Town Council passes budget and annexes property

With Councilman Matthew Doss absent, the council unanimously passed Ordinance 2019-4 on its final reading, adopting the $1,817,700 budget for the year ending Dec. 31, 2020.

The budget includes $753,766 in home-ruled funds not reviewed by the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF).
The proposed budget will now be submitted to the DLGF for review and approval.

On another action item, the council passed Ordinance 2019-5, approving the voluntary annexation of three small parcels owned by Novae Corporation.

Andrews council gives MHP owner more time for clean-up

The Andrews Town Council granted an extension to the owner of a mobile home park on complying with an order of enforcement from the Huntington Countywide Department of Community Development at its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 15.

The park in question is Antioch Mobile Home Park, located at 200 Wabash Ave. It is owned by Brian Salerno, managing member of Antioch MHP LLC.