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HCCSC to pursue high school renovations

 Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) will be pursuing extensive renovations at Huntington North High School (HNHS) over the coming three years as part of the corporation’s 2022 $25 million bonds becoming available under the current tax structure.

The funding has become available as a result of Crestview Middle School being fully paid off at the end of 2023, which will allow HCCSC to begin selling bonds for up to $25 million beginning in September of 2022. As such, there will not be an increase of taxes.

HCCSC approves Trout

John Trout (right) has officially been approved as Assistant Superindendent for Business and Classified Staff by the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees. Featured, Trout shakes the hand of HCCSC Superintendent Chad Daugherty following the approval.
Photo provided by Huntington County Community School Corporation

The Board of School Trustees formally approved John Trout as HCCSC’s new Assistant Superintendent for Business & Classified Staff during the Monday, Feb. 28, board meeting.

Trout had been serving in the role on an interim basis since January prior to Monday’s unanimous decision to promote him to the full-time role.

Markle Town Council elects officers

During the Wednesday, Feb. 16, Markle Town Council meeting, a proposal to make a change for the usual election of officers was made by current Council President Matthew Doss.

The election of officers took place to open the meeting, and all positions remained the same. Doss was elected President and Nick Lund was elected Vice President. This election traditionally would have taken place in January, but due to council member Blake Caley being absent for that meeting, it was delayed.

Executive session at Roanoke library

In compliance with the IC 5-14-1.5-6.1 The Trustees of the Roanoke Public Library will convene Tuesday, March 22, at 6:30 p.m, preceding the regular meeting, in Executive Session in the Library’s program room for employee performance evaluations.

The Roanoke Public Library Board Meeting will take place at 7 p.m. that day in the program room.

Holdman comments on CollegeChoice529

With the help of the CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan, about 10,300 families in Senate District 19 will experience reduced costs once their child enrolls in a higher education institute, said State Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle).

CollegeChoice Savings Plans are flexible and tax-advantaged investment tools used to help individuals and families save for higher education and reduce loan debt. As of December 2021, savings within the CollegeChoice program exceeded $6.8 billion, with about $95 million held by Senate District 19 families.

School Board talks Summer School ‘22

Salamonie National Elementary Honor Society members presented the HCCSC Board of Trustees with gifts of appreciation during the Monday, Feb. 14, school board meeting.
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During the Monday, Feb. 14, Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees meeting, members of the Salamonie School chapter of the National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) presented trustees with gifts of appreciation in honor of School Board Recognition Month.

The NEHS President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer were all in attendance, along with school counselor Melinda Huber. The students each addressed the board, explaining a little bit of the history behind School Board Recognition Month and the gifts that were given to the trustees.

Strick presents State of the City Address Feb. 8

Photo by Katelynn Farley

During the Tuesday, Feb. 8, City Council meeting at the Huntington City Building, Mayor Richard Strick presented the 2022 State of the City address, detailing the hard work that had been done during 2021 and looking to the future of Huntington. Council members, as well as several city department heads, were present to hear what Strick had to say.

County officials attend conference

Several local county officials recently attended the Association of Indiana Counties (AIC) 2022 Legislative Conference. Featured above are (from left) David Botorff, executive director of the AIC; Andy Zay, District 17 Indiana State Senator; Shelly Septer, Huntington County Clerk; Jill Landrum, Huntington County Auditor; Kittie Keiffer, Huntington County Council District 4; and Terry Miller, Huntington County Council at large.
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Terry Miller, of Huntington County Council, was one of about 200 county officials from around the state who attended the Association of Indiana Counties’ (AIC) 2022 Legislative Conference. Several other local officials were also in attendance.

County officials met with the legislators to express their concern about local government issues at this two-day event sponsored by AIC. The event was held at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Indianapolis on Jan. 25 and 26.

Banks files for re-election to House of Representatives

Congressman Jim Banks has filed to run for re-election to represent the third District of Indiana and continue fighting for Hoosiers and all Americans. Congressman Banks is running for his fourth term in the United States House of Representatives and has been serving the people of Indiana since 2010, first as a State Senator and as their representative in Washington, DC since 2017.