Government & School Board

County primary goes off without a hitch, and with relatively few voters

Huntington County Recorder Cheryl Schenkel (left) and her husband Roger pay close attention to a monitor displaying Huntington County Republican primary election results at a Republican gathering at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Tuesday, May 6.
Photo by Scott Trauner.

Tuesday's primary election went off without a hitch, election officials say.

It also went off with relatively few voters, garnering a turnout of just 16.41 percent.

Four years ago, when the same offices were on the ballot, Huntington County saw a turnout of 33.20 percent.
But even though the offices were the same in 2010, the competition was different.

"We had a sheriff's race, and that made a difference," County Clerk Kittie Keiffer said of the 2010 primary. "And there were several contested races with three and four people for one position."

Huntington County primary election results

Here are the unofficial results of contested races in the Huntington County primary election on May 6, 2014, with 36 of 36 precincts reported.

Superior Court Judge
Jeffrey R. Heffelfinger (incumbent) 2486
Justin R. Wall 1911

County Auditor
Pamela J. "Pam" Updike 2011
Cindy Yeiter (incumbent) 2333

County Surveyor
Monty Doctor 1523
Jay D. Poe (incumbent) 2728

County Commissioner District 1
Leon Hurlburt (incumbent) 1950
Rob Miller 2436

SWCD meeting is May 20

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Tuesday, May 20, at 7:30 p.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.

Due to possibility of lack of quorum, contact the District Office at 356-6816 ext. 3 to confirm that the meeting will be held.


Treasurer’s office open Saturday morning to accept tax payments

The Huntington County treasurer's office will be open to take property tax payments on Saturday, May 10, from 8 a.m. to noon in the courthouse.

Taxpayers are urged to take advantage of the much shorter lines on Saturday as the due date has been extended to Monday, May 12, since May 10 falls on a weekend this year.

Property tax statements were mailed April 9.

Group against annexation to meet May 6

A group opposed to an annexation plan proposed by the city of Huntington will meet Tuesday, May 6, at 6:30 p.m. at 6864 Stults Rd., Huntington.

The group has also posted information on its Facebook page, Huntington Annexation.


Boone unopposed for Hgtn. County assessor

Terri L. Boone, the incumbent Huntington County assessor, is unopposed as she seeks her party's nomination in the May 6 primary election.

Boone, a 1978 Huntington North High School graduate, is a Level I certified assessor/appraiser. She has served three terms as county assessor and is a member of the Indiana County Assessors Association and the International Association of Assessing Officers.

She is a volunteer with the Open Door and is active in the Bippus Lions Club.


Early voting deadline is May 5

Early voting for the May 6 primary election will end on Monday, May 5, at noon.

The early voting station is set up outside the county clerk's office, on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Ballots may be cast Thursday and Friday, May 1 and 2, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Saturday, May 3, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and Monday, May 5, from 9 a.m. to noon.


City plans park renovations, paving projects

Funding for a major renovation project at Memorial Park - a project that will include moving tennis courts, building new pickleball courts and creating a veterans' park - was approved on Tuesday, April 29, by the Huntington Common Council.

The $350,000 appropriation will pay for just the first part of what is ultimately planned as a $1.2 million project.

Council members also approved an additional $150,000 for this summer's street paving projects, bringing the total available for street projects to $1.6 million - double the amount spent last year.

Sheriff to assume responsibility for transportation of juveniles

The Huntington County Council gave the nod by consensus on Monday, April 28, to Sheriff Terry Stoffel and Circuit Court Judge Thomas Hakes to move $14,480 to pay transportation costs for under-age offenders who are transferred to juvenile secure detention facilities.

School board recognizes Kriegbaum's gift

Charles Kriegbaum was honored Monday evening, April 26, at the Huntington County Community School (HCCSC) Board of Trustees meeting.

Sarah Kriegbaum Guhl, Charles' sister, represented him at the meeting. She accepted a plaque that commemorates Charles Kriegbaum's gift of the parcel of land the school was built on. The plaque will be displayed at Crestview Middle School.

Andrews council ponders utility repairs, summer festival

The Andrews Town Council discussed amending a proposal presented to it by a structural engineering firm during its meeting on Monday, April 28.

The firm, Strand Associates, was awarded of the town's planning grant and will assess the town's utilities and then plot the best course of action for fixing them.

8 from GOP, 1 from Dems, unopposed in county for primary races

(From left) Amy Richison, Kittie Keiffer, Cheryl Schenkel, Terry Stoffel, Terri Boone, Kendall Mickley and Don Davenriner.
Photos provided.

Eight Republican officeholders are unopposed in their primary bids, as is the lone Democrat seeking a county office.

On the township level, nine Republican township trustees face no primary opposition as they seek to retain their offices. The lone Democrat seeking to become a township trustee is also unopposed. In three townships, there are no candidates of either party seeking the trustee's office.

Commissioner race pits current firefighter vs. retired firefighter

Leon Hurlburt (left) and Rob Miller.
Photos provided.

A retired firefighter and a current member of the Huntington Fire Department are both seeking to become the Republican nominee for the first district seat on the Huntington County Board of Commissioners.

The primary election will be held on May 6.

Leon Hurlburt, currently an assistant chief with the HFD, is the incumbent, having served as a county commissioner since 2011. He also served as Huntington County coroner from 2004 to 2010.

Harris and Eller vying for spot as third district rep for county

Joel Harris (left) and Raymond Eller.
Photos provided.

Joel A. Harris, completing his first term as third district representative on the Huntington County Council, faces a challenge from Raymond Keith Eller in the Republican primary on May 6.

Harris, however, says that even though he filed as a candidate for a second term, he won't be able to serve if elected to council - he plans to move this fall to the Dominican Republic, where he will serve as a missionary.

Wind ordinance comment session set for May 14

A public meeting for comment on the Huntington County ordinance regulating wind farms, which was postponed last month because of inclement weather, has been rescheduled for May 14.

The meeting will be held in the auditorium of Huntington North High School, 450 MacGahan St., Huntington, beginning at 7 p.m. It is part of a Huntington County Plan Commission meeting.

Apex Clean Energy, based in Charlottesville, VA, is in the preliminary stages of work that could lead to the establishment of a wind energy project in the southeast corner of Huntington County.