Government & School Board

Vanover trains at Fort Benning

Army National Guard Pvt. Greggory A. Vanover has graduated from the Direct Fire Infantryman One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Columbus, GA.

The training consists of Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training.

He is the son of Greggory Vanover, of Warren, and Ella Miller, of Ossian.

The private is a 2007 graduate of Southern Wells High School, Keystone.



Unisom offers Markle lease buyout on water tower

Jack Squier, of Unison Site Management LLC, offered to buy out the current lease on the water tower in Markle for $50,288 during the Markle Town Council meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17.

The council decided to seek legal review before approving and signing the contract.

Centennial Wireless currently leases space on the tower for its equipment, located at U.S.-224 and Ind.-3. Squier says his company would handle Centennial as well as any other companies that want to lease space on the tower.

Final week of filings pumps up Republican races

A four-way race has developed for the Republican nomination as Huntington County Clerk in the May 4 primary election.

During the final week of the filing period, which ended at noon on Friday, Feb. 19, three people joined incumbent Fran Felts in seeking that nomination.

Stacey Elzey Bischoff, 731 German St., Huntington; Kittie Keiffer, 4373W. Division Rd.; and Gary L. Snyder, 5101W-1000N, Huntington, are all seeking the Republican nomination as clerk.

Hurlburt announces his plans to run for county commissioner position

Huntington County Coroner Leon Hurlburt speaks during his news conference on Friday afternoon, Feb. 12. Hurlburt has announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Huntington County Commissioner, seeking incumbent Jerry Helvie’s seat.
Photo by Jessica Williams.

Huntington County Coroner Leon Hurlburt, 51, has announced he is seeking the Republican nomination as Huntington County Commissioner.

He is currently serving the second year of his second and final four-year term as coroner.

He says because of his term limit, he had to decide to run for commissioner during the current term, or he'd be very limited in available public service seats.

Huntington County BZA has full agenda for Feb. 23 meeting

Three special exceptions and two variances are being requested during the Tuesday, Feb. 23, Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals meeting.

The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the GAR Room in the courthouse, room 207.

Neal Bales is requesting an exception to allow a manufactured home type II on property zoned agricultural, located at 1340 E. Tipton St.

He is also requesting a variance from development standards to allow two homes on one parcel of ground on property zoned agricultural at the same location.

Krieg moves Meet and Greet to Feb. 27

The Committee to Elect Andrew Krieg for County Recorder has announced that the Meet and Greet originally scheduled for Feb. 20 has been delayed one week due to a scheduling conflict Krieg encountered.

The event is now set for Saturday, Feb. 27.

It will be held at Coffee D'Vine, 44 Vine St. in Huntington, from 7 to 9 p.m.


Andrews library one step closer to modernizing construction

The Andrews/Dallas Township Public Library is one step closer to a modernizing construction project, thanks to a resolution passed by the Andrews Town Council on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The resolution places ownership of the land on which the library sits back into the hands of the Andrews Library Board. When the library was constructed, it was owned by the Andrews Library Club, but when the facility became tax-supported, the deed to the property was transferred to the Town of Andrews.

Schools’ state budget cut to be smaller

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees was presented with good news from the state on Monday night, Feb. 8.

The anticipated $2 million budget cut for 2010 from Indiana is now looking to be $1.6 million instead.
The news came from Superintendent of Schools Tracey Shafer during the school board meeting.

Doctor to face Poe in primary

Marlin "Monty" Doctor, 9908N-200W, has filed as a candidate for the Republican nomination as Huntington County Surveyor.

Doctor will face incumbent Jay Poe in the Republican primary on May 4.

Brenda J. Kitt, 4719N-900W, Andrews, has filed as a Republican candidate for Dallas Township Trustee. Julie Newsome, who had previously filed as a Republican candidate for the office, has withdrawn her candidacy. Incumbent Steven J. Juillerat, also a Republican, remains in the race.

Krieg committee to host meet and greet Feb. 20

The Committee to Elect Andrew Krieg for County Recorder will hold a "meet & greet" with Krieg on Feb. 20.

The event will be held at Coffee D'Vine and will run from 7 to 9 p.m.

The public is invited to attend and hear what Krieg has to offer to Huntington County.

Free drinks will be provided.

Coffee D'Vine is located at 44 Vine St.


Roanoke Library Board meets tonight, Monday, Feb. 15

The Roanoke Library Board will meet on Monday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. at the library. The meeting will be followed at 8 p.m. by the annual review of staff.

The meeting was originally scheduled to be held on Feb. 9 but was postponed because of inclement weather.


Snow days push last day of school in Huntington County to May 28

With the recent school cancellations, the Huntington County Community School Corporation has used up all of its snow days and instructional days are now being tacked on to the end of the year.

As of Friday, Feb. 12, the last day of school is May 28, says HCCSC Superintendent Tracey Shafer.

According to the corporation Web site, students will attend school on the built-in snow days of March 19 and 22. Shafer says they will also attend May 14 and 17. May 27 and 28 have been added because of the cancellations last week.

Huntington resident Fusselman to challenge Leonard for seat

Huntington resident and small business owner Ron Fusselman has announced that he is a candidate for the Republican nomination to run for the 50th District seat in the Indiana House of Representatives.

That seat is currently held by Dan Leonard, also a Republican from Huntington.

Nine more city employees lose jobs; garbage collection goes to semimonthy

Nine more city employees lost their jobs on Thursday, Feb. 11, as Huntington Mayor Steve Updike continues his struggle to keep the city afloat as revenues continue to shrink.

And for the first time, the city's financial woes will have a direct effect on its residents - garbage collections will be reduced from once a week to twice a month, beginning in March.

"We laid off nine people a little bit ago," Updike said late Thursday.

Democrats move meeting back one week to Feb. 18

Huntington County Democrats will hold a business meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Democrat headquarters, 20 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Organizers originally announced the date of the meeting as Feb. 11.


State fire marshal ask for help in keep snow away from fire hydrants

Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson is asking fire departments and citizens in areas affected by winter storms to clear snow from around hydrants.

Huntington County Chamber to sponsor legislative update Feb. 27

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a legislative update on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m., in the meeting area of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

State Sen. Gary Dillon, State Rep. Dan Leonard, and representatives from Huntington County and city government are expected to attend.

They will make opening comments, then answer written questions submitted by those in the audience. Mike Perkins will serve as moderator.


Warren council learns assessed value has dropped about $5 million

Assessed value in the town of Warren has fallen by about $5 million, members of the Warren Town Council learned Monday, Feb. 8.

"The town's assessed value fell from $34 million to $29 million and closer look will be taken to figure out why the value fell," Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison noted in her report on the 2010 Warren budget.

The town recently rceived its revised budget figures from the Department of Local Government Finance.

In other business, Morrison presented quotes from area companies regarding the clean-up of a property on Hendricks Street.

Fair Tax group will host informational meeting

An informational meeting of the Huntington County Association for the Fair Tax will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center, located at the corner of Warren and Tipton streets.

For more information on the association, visit

For more information, contact Mary Oberle Hubley at 356-1398 or fair


Wall to face Banks for District 17 Senate seat

Floyd J. "Tom" Wall, of Huntington, has filed for the Republican nomination for the 17th District Indiana Senate seat.

Wall will face Jim Banks, of Columbia City, in the Republican primary.

Gary "Doc" Dillon, who has served the 17th district since 2002, had announced earlier that he does not plan to seek re-election.

Wall, 1359W-200S, currently serves as president of the Huntington County Commissioners.

Wall also filed as a candidate for Republican state convention delegate.

Those filing as candidates for local offices as of Feb. 4 include:

BZA says yes to higher Northview signage

The Northview Inn and Suites, 2820 Hotel Ave., will be allowed to install a new sign near the hotel, the Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals decided Monday, Feb. 1.

The new sign will be placed on an existing pole, but installation of the sign required the hotel to seek a variance from development standards because the pole is higher than is normally allowed.

BZA members, however, approved a variance allowing Northview to place the sign 60 feet in the air. The sign may be as large as 300 square feet.


Andrews Town Council changes date of meeting

The Andrews Town Council meeting regularly scheduled for Monday, Feb. 8, has been rescheduled.

It will be held instead on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. at the town's municipal building.


Peers choose Helvie as district president for state commissioners' group

Huntington County Commissioner Jerry Helvie was elected president of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners Northeast District during the group's annual conference in December.

Wells County Commissioner Paul Bonham was elected vice president.

Incumbent Miller files for return to Polk Township Trustee post

Gary Miller, 8920W-100S, Andrews, has filed his candidacy in the Huntington County clerk's office, seeking the Republican nomination as Polk township trustee.

Miller is the incumbent in that office.

Robert W. Gonser, 4136N-300E, Huntington, has filed as a Republican candidate for Union Township Board.

On the state level, Nasser Hanna, of Fishers, has filed for the Democrat nomination for United States representative from the fifth district.

Huntington hotel requests approval to install a new sign at its location

A Huntington hotel is requesting approval from the Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals to install a new sign.

Northview Inn and Suites, 2820 Hotel Ave., is requesting a variance from development standards to allow placement of a new sign, of up to 300 square feet, on an existing pole between 60 and 74 feet tall.

The board will also review previously-granted variances for a beauty salon at 1335 Edna Ave. and office and storage space for Huntington University at 846 North St.

Republican ballot for May 4 primary continues to heat up

The Republican ballot for the May 4 primary elections continues to heat up.

As of Jan. 25, the race for the party's nomination for Huntington County Assessor had grown to three candidates; and a second hopeful entered the races for both Huntington County Sheriff and Dallas Township Trustee.

Harris says he'd offer new perspective on council

Joel Harris officially filed his paperwork to run as a Republican in the May primary for the 3rd District County Council seat currently held by Pam Updike.

"In these difficult times there is a very real disconnect between those elected to serve and the people they represent," says Harris.

Krieg seeks Democrat nomination to Huntington County recorder's post

Andrew Krieg
Photo provided.

Andrew Wayne Krieg has announced that he is a candidate for the Democrat nomination as Huntington County recorder.
Krieg's platform is "No More Recycled Politicians."

Krieg says Huntington County needs to elect new people into office for a better future of our country.
Krieg says he will bring new ideas to Huntington County as recorder.

Zinsmeister plans to seek Republican nomination as county commissioner

Carl Zinsmeister recently announced his intent to run for the Republican nomination for the office of first district Huntington County commissioner.

Zinsmeister worked for General Electric for 19 years in various capacities and also operated his family farm for 24 years. His platform includes finding ways to lower the county's spending and debt.

He serves as chairman of his committee with Daniel E. Groff acting as committee treasurer.

Zinsmeister is married to wife Susan, and the couple has three grown children and nine grandchildren.

New preschool program to begin at Andrews Elementary

A preschool program that serves both "typical" and special needs stu-dents will be expanded to Andrews Elementary School, Huntington County Community Schools Superintendent Tracey Shafer told the HCCSC Board of Trustees Monday night, Jan. 25.

Shafer said the program did not require a vote, but added he wanted to present it to the board for "transparency" purposes. It was approved 6-0, with Board Vice President Richard Brubaker absent. It will be similar to the pro-grams already in existence at Lincoln and Horace Mann elementary schools.