Government & School Board

Fiber optics being installed in Warren

Fiber optic service is coming to Warren.

Citizens Telephone Corp. has begun installing fiber optic cables in a test neighborhood, Citizens Telephone representative Neal Laymon told members of the Warren Town Council on Monday, March 10.

"It's mainly for Internet speed," Laymon said. "It will allow unlimited Internet speeds."

The century-old Citizens Telephone provides cable television and Internet service in Warren, as well as telephone service.

Director offers review of VNT program

Kelly Renier, director of Viking New Tech, provided an update on that program during the Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) Board of Trustees meeting on Monday evening, March 10.

Viking New Tech was instated four years ago at Huntington North High School.

"Our instructional approach is centered on project-based learning, a culture that empowers students and facilitators and integrated technology in the classroom," Renier says.

Community members can have say about ordinance regulating wind farms at plan commission meeting March 12

Community members are invited to comment on the Huntington County ordinance regulating wind farms during a meeting of the Huntington County Plan Commission on Wednesday, March 12.

The meeting will be held in the auditorium of Huntington North High School, 450 MacGahan St., Huntington, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

House page


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Kathleen Jacobs (left), a student at Huntington North High School, served with State Rep. Dan Leonard (right) as an Indiana House page during the 2014 session of the Indiana General Assembly. Students serving as pages can tour the statehouse, see where the governor works and observe sessions of the House, Senate and Supreme Court. They also learn how a bill becomes a law as they watch legislators debate issues on the House floor and work alongside legislators, legislative assistants and interns.

Staving off floods


Photo by Steve Clark.

A construction worker peers into a hole along Taylor Street across from Hier's Park on Friday, Feb. 28. The hole eventually became home to a pump station, designed to alleviate flooding on the south side of Huntington such as occurred during heavy rains last April. During that incident, a large amount of water flowing by gravity in a drainage ditch at Hier's Park backed up through a manhole near Ace Hardware on South Jefferson Street, triggering flooding throughout the neighborhood, explains Anthony Goodnight, the city's director of public works and engineering services.

Applications for tax exempt status are due May 15

Organizations that may be exempt from property tax must file a property tax exemption form in the Huntington County assessor's office no later than May 15, Huntington County Assessor Terri Boone has announced.

The application, which can be used for both real and personal property exemptions, must be filed every two years on the even year.

City offices to close for meeting today

All Huntington city offices will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today, Thursday, March 6, for an employee meeting.

Hurlburt to seek second term as Huntington County commissioner

Leon Hurlburt.
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Huntington County Commissioner Leon Hurlburt has announced that he plans to seek a second term in that office.

Hurlburt has filed for the Republican nomination in the first commissioners' district. He has an opponent in the Republican primary, Rob Miller.

"I believe the core foundation of government is to represent the people's views and be their voice in county government," Hurlburt says. "I am against big government and any new taxes.

Assessment forms need to be turned in by May 15

Assessment forms for business and farm personal property must be turned in at the Huntington County assessor's office by May 15, Huntington County Assessor Terri Boone has announced.

The requirement includes churches and exempt entities. No filing extensions will be granted, she adds.

Neither the assessment forms nor reminder cards will be mailed this year, Boone says.

UTEC gets tax abatement on new equipment

A local company will receive a tax break as it purchases and installs nearly $1.5 million worth of new equipment to be used in both manufacturing and research and development.

The 10-year tax abatement for United Technologies Electronic Controls was unanimously approved Tuesday, Feb. 25, by the Huntington Common Council.

School board sets calendar for 2015-2016

A 2015-2016 school calendar was approved on Monday night, Feb. 24, by the Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees.

The calendar resembles the previously approved 2014-2015 school calendar, which includes breaks in October and February that have not been included on the calendar in previous years.

The new calendar format for 2014-2015, which was preferred by the corporation's calendar committee, was approved by the board in March 2013.

UTEC to get tax break on new equipment

A local company will receive a tax break as it purchases and installs nearly $1.5 million worth of new equipment to be used in both manufacturing and research and development.

The 10-year tax abatement for United Technologies Electronic Controls was unanimously approved Tuesday, Feb. 25, by the Huntington Common Council.

County auditor says error warrants change in software

Huntington County's auditor thinks a software change might be in order, after a "glitch" in making a $2.5 million payment left her skeptical about the current program's trustworthiness.

It happened in December, when a deputy auditor made a distribution to the Huntington County Community School Corporation, using MVP software produced by Thompson-Reuters. The school corporation didn't get the check until Jan. 3, after Yeiter discovered the software didn't work they way it should.

Andrews to set rules for abandoned vehicles

Andrews Town Marshal Curt VanOver approached the Andrews Town Council during its Monday, Feb. 24 meeting about drafting an abandoned vehicle ordinance.

VanOver stated that he would like to see the ordinance completed by spring, enabling him to get to work immediately once the weather breaks on pinpointing vehicles that are in violation of it. Council agreed with VanOver that abandoned vehicles are an issue in town and President Mike Rohler targeted the end of March as the time to have an ordinance drafted.

Local man earns Bronze Star

Marine Staff Sgt. Joshua Brodrick, of Huntington, wears his Bronze Star Medal with combat V awarded Feb. 18, at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA.
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Marine Staff Sgt. Joshua Brodrick, of Huntington, was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with combat V for valor during a ceremony held Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center in Twentynine Palms, CA.

The medal was presented by Lt. Gen. John A. Toolan, commander general of I Marine Expeditionary Force, for "valiant achievements in connection with combat operations against the enemy while deployed to Afghanistan in June of 2012."

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