Government & School Board

For the dogs

Photo by Cindy Klepper.

Sheriff Terry Stoffel (right) gets some attention from Queenie, a shelter rescue dog who accompanied her owner, Geoffrey L. Guy (center), to the Huntington County Sheriff's Department on Monday, March 17. Guy and Queenie delivered a donation in memory of Guy's father, George Guy, to Stoffel and Chief Deputy Chris Newton (left) to be used in support of the department's police dog. George Guy founded the 4-H dog program in Huntington County in 1959 and remained active in the program until shortly before his death in 1996.

Andrews council to hold special meeting Friday

The Andrews Town Council will hold a special meeting on Friday, March 21, at 10 a.m. in the meeting room of the Andrews Town Hall, 66 N. Main St., Andrews.

Because of incorrect information submitted to The TAB, the date of the meeting was incorrect in a March 17 article.


State treasurer hopefuls in town Saturday

Three candidates seeking the Republican nomination as state treasurer will speak at the Huntington County Republican Breakfast on Saturday, March 22.

The breakfast will be held at Café of Hope beginning at 8 a.m.

State treasurer candidates scheduled to speak are Don Bates, Kelly Mitchell and Wayne Seybold. Candidates for this office do not go through a primary; instead, the party's nominee will be selected by delegates to the Republican State Convention June 6 and 7 in Fort Wayne.

Roanoke council to draft plan for CEDIT expenditures

The Roanoke Town Council discussed crafting an outline for the town's CEDIT plan during its Tuesday, March 18, meeting.

The Huntington County Commissioners require every town council to file a plan detailing how it intends to use CEDIT monies during the year. Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner indicated that she would draft an outline for council's next meeting, April 1.

New public health nurse settling in to her role

Wendi Hollowell is the new Huntington County public health nurse. She officially began working at the Huntington County Health Department on Feb. 24.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Wendi Hollowell has been Huntington County's public health nurse for little more than two weeks, but she already knows she loves her job.

Hollowell replaced Deb Doctor, who left the post Feb. 28 to take a position as a state educator with the Immunization Division of the Indiana State Department of Health. Hollowell says although she's still learning the ropes of being the county's public health nurse, already she realizes she has some big shoes to fill.

Andrews Town Council to have special meeting March 20 morn

The town council for the Town of Andrews will have a special meeting beginning at 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 20, at Andrews Town Hall, 66 N. Main St.

The purpose of the meeting is to review a request for qualifications submitted by prospective applicants.


SWCD sponsors spring tree, shrub sale

The Huntington County Soil & Water Conservation District (SWCD) office is sponsoring a spring tree and shrub sale.

Some of the varieties available are October Glory, Red Oak, Cleveland Pear, Autumn Blaze Maple, Norway Spruce, Blue Spruce and Tulip Poplar. For an order form and a complete list of trees and shrubs visit the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington, or go to the SWCD website at

Tree order forms are due by April 16 with payment.

Trees will be available for pickup on April 23 from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Fire protection plans proceed amid concerns about annexation

The Huntington Township Advisory Board has moved ahead with arrangements to fund payment for fire protection services from area volunteer fire departments, despite uncer-tainty as to the effect of possible annexation of some areas of the township into the city of Huntington.

Huntington Township Trustee Tim Guy told members of his advisory board on Friday, March 14, that two volunteer fire departments - Andrews and Markle - have signed contracts to provide service to areas of Huntington Township on April 15.

Mayor proposes annexation of five areas

This map, provided by the City of Huntington, shows the five areas proposed for annexation by the city over the next eight years.
Graphic provided.

A plan to annex more than 3,000 acres of land into the city of Huntington drew protests even before it was formally introduced to the Huntington Common Council on Tuesday, March 11.

"You're looking at annexing as much as 40 percent of the unincorporated portion of Huntington Township," Huntington Township Trustee Tim Guy told council members.

The annexation would have a negative impact on the township's property tax revenue, Guy said, hampering the township's ability to provide services including fire protection.

City will conribute to downtown apartments

An Ohio-based company will receive some financial help from the city to construct 59 apartments for Senior adults in downtown Huntington.

The apartments will be located in an existing building at 41 E. Park Drive, currently occupied by Coach's Connection, and in a newly-constructed building in a vacant lot across Warren Street that was formerly the site of the Huntington YMCA.

Andrews looks ahead to spring clean-up

The Andrews Town Council set a tentative date for this year's spring clean-up during its Monday, March 10, meeting.

Council expressed interest in making Saturday, May 3, the date to permit residents to place refuse out by their garbage cans to be picked up. Clerk-Treasurer Bill Johnson said he would contact Waste Management to see if that date would work for them.

Johnson added that steps would be taken to ensure that all units in Vernon Manor Mobile Home Park could participate in this year's cleanup.

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

Photo provided.

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.