Government & School Board

Election Day for primary election just a day away

Election Day for the municipal primary election is Tuesday, May 7.

The only voters who will cast ballots are Republicans residing in Huntington and Andrews.

There will be no Democrat ballot as there was no opposition among the party’s candidates. Those hopefuls have advanced to the municipal election on Nov. 5.

Huntington and Andrews residents who are registered to vote may cast their ballots at one of four vote centers in the county. Each center will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Vote centers are:

Recognizing older Americans

Photo by Steve Clark.

Larry Buzzard (third from left), president of the Huntington County Commissioners, and Ron Frischman (fourth from left), Huntington County Council on Aging board member, hold a proclamation signed by Buzzard designating May as Older Americans Month in Huntington County. May is National Older Americans Month. In the proclamation, Buzzard encouraged citizens to recognize older adults and the people who serve them as vital parts of the community.

Huntington County SWCD to hold monthly meeting May 8

The Huntington County Soil and Water Conservation District will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. at the district office, located at 2040 Riverfork Drive, Huntington.

The meeting is open to the public.    

List governmental meetings for May 7 to May 15

The following are the governmental meetings for the time period of Monday, May 6, to Friday, May 17.

Tuesday, May 7
7 p.m. - Roanoke Town Council, Roanoke Town Hall.

Wednesday, May 8
6:30 p.m. - Huntington County Plan Commission, GAR Room, Courthouse.

Degitz leaving Huntington North for Huntington University COO post

Photo provided.
Russ Degitz

In a move “that I could not pass up,” Huntington North High School Principal Dr. Russ Degitz will become the chief operating officer at Huntington University, after an announcement was made public on May 1, on the high school’s Facebook page.

Harris out as HCCSC superintendent of schools

Huntington County Community School Corporation Superintendent Randy Harris is no longer working for the corporation, following his resignation during a special school board session held Tuesday, April 30.

Board members accepted the separation agreement with a 6-0 vote, with Board Member Gary McClellan abstaining. Harris’ resignation was effective May 1.

Following the vote, board member Brian Warpup noted Harris’ four years of service, having come to HCCSC in August of 2015.

Ground broken on new police HQ

Photo by Steve Clark.

Ground is broken at a ceremony marking the start of construction of the Huntington Police Department headquarters on Wednesday, April 24, on Cherry Street in downtown Huntington. Pictured are (from left) Chad Hacker, chief, and Jay Kyle, assistant chief, Huntington Police Department; Joe Blomeke, councilman, Huntington Common Council; Mayor Brooks Fetters; Chris McCutcheon, captain, Huntington Police Department; Dana Wannemacher, president, Barton-Coe-Vilamaa; and Brad Smith, executive vice president, The Hagerman Group. The facility was designed by Barton-Coe-Vilamaa.

Mayor has his say

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters answers a question during the Republican mayoral debate with fellow GOP candidate Larry Buzzard on Thursday night, April 18, in the Huntington North High School Auditorium. The event was sponsored by the HNHS Rotary Interact Service Club and the Huntington Rotary Club.

Challenger speaks up

Photo by Scott Trauner.

Republican mayoral candidate Larry Buzzard expounds on a point during the GOP mayoral candidates’ debate with Huntington Mayor Brooks Fetters on Thursday night, April 18, in the Huntington North High School Auditorium. The event was sponsored by the HNHS Rotary Interact Service Club and the Huntington Rotary Club.

Andrews Town Council notes that scope of McKeever stormwater system to be reduced

The Andrews Town Council discussed the stormwater system it wants to install on McKeever Street during its meeting on Monday, April 22.

Due to rising construction costs, the board stated that it would have to reduce the scope of the project from what it had originally intended. While council had hoped to implement the system from Leedy Lane to Loon Creek on McKeever Street, it reported that the proposed system would now run from Jackson Street to Loon Creek.

List governmental meetings on tap for April 29 to May 10 time period

Following are the governmental meetings scheduled from Monday, April 29, to Friday, May 10:

Monday, April 29
8:30 a.m. - Huntington County Board of Commissioners, Commissioners Room.

Tuesday, April 30
6:45 a.m. - Huntington Common Council, City Building, Second Floor.

Wednesday, May 1
6:30 p.m. - Markle Board of Zoning Appeals, Markle Town Hall.

Tuesday, May 7
7 p.m. - Roanoke Town Council, Roanoke Town Hall.

Humbarger leaves Markle Town Council

The regular meeting of the Markle Town Council turned out to also be the final meeting for the president of the council, Jeff Humbarger. Humbarger announced that he has purchased a home outside of Roanoke, and his family has moved out of the Markle area.

Humbarger said leaving the council has left him saddened, but grateful.

County commissioners to meet in special session on April 23

The Huntington County Commissioners will meet in a special session on Tuesday, April 23, at 8 a.m. and will also meet in an executive session at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 23, at the Huntington County Courthouse, 201 N. Jefferson St., Room 103A, Huntington.

The commissioners will meet with respect to discussion of job performance evaluations of individual employees.

Quint truck to be in service soon for Roanoke VFD

The Roanoke Town Council learned that the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department’s recently acquired quint truck would soon be in service during its meeting on Tuesday, April 16.

The truck, a combination between a fire engine and a ladder truck, was purchased by the town in January from the St. Joseph Township Volunteer Fire Department, in Fort Wayne. Brandon Taylor, chief of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department, stated that the department’s personnel would be training on the truck for the next two to three weeks. After that, the truck would be in service, he said.

Huntington County property tax statements in mail on April 11

Huntington County Treasurer Paula Farley recently announced that Huntington County property tax statements were mailed on April 11.

Property owners who do not receive a statement by the end of April should call the treasurer’s office at 358-4860. Failure to receive a statement does not relieve the taxpayer of the responsibility to pay the bill.

The amount of taxes due for each property can also be accessed online at by choosing GIS mapping and searching by name, address or parcel number.