Government & School Board

3 GOP, 1 Dem running for three seats in Andrews

Andrews Town Council candidates are (from left) Laura Dillon, John Harshbarger, Roger Newsome Jr. and Ray Tackett.

Three Republicans and one Democrat are running for three seats on the Andrews Town Council.

The Republican candidates are Laura Dillon, John Harshbarger and Roger Newsome Jr.; the Democrat hopeful is Raymond Tackett.

Harshbarger is the lone incumbent running.

Laura Dillon
Dillon, 63, is the Andrews clerk-treasurer. She worked as the deputy auditor in the Huntington County Auditor’s Office, then as the deputy clerk-treasurer for the City of Huntington, serving in that role from 1985 to 2011.

4 in Roanoke also chasing after three seats

Roanoke Town Council candidates are (from left) Joan Abbott, David Meitzler, Pamala Parker and David Tucker.

Four independent candidates are running for three seats on the Roanoke Town Council.

Two of those candidates, Joan Abbott and David Tucker, are incumbents. The other candidates are David Meitzler and Pamala Parker.

Health dept. to meet next Monday

The Huntington County Department of Health’s Health Board will meet Monday, Oct. 21, at 7 p.m. in the conference room of the Courthouse Annex Building, 1330 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Mayoral forum

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

Huntington candidate for mayor Johnnie Hiles (center) expresses her opinions about how the City of Huntington should be run, as opponents Larry Buzzard (left) and Richard Strick wait their turns to speak Thursday, Oct. 10, at the mayoral forum held at Victory Noll. The well-attended forum, which lasted about one-and-a-half hours, included questions from the audience. Organizers announced a video of the event will be posted online at

Council gets update on Porter site remediation

The Huntington Common Council received an update on the remediation process at the H.K. Porter site during its meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

County health department scrutinizing HNHS air quality

The air quality at Huntington North High School has come under scrutiny and subsequent testing, and has been found to show elevated carbon dioxide levels, among other test results.

A press release from Huntington County Health Officer Dr. Thomas Ringenberg states, “The current air quality test on Oct. 1, 2019, shows concerns with elevated carbon dioxide levels secondary to inadequate ventilation, increased indoor relative humidity, water leaks with resulting stained ceiling tiles, and requested contact information for an ‘indoor air quality’ coordinator.”

Local communities get big bucks for roads

Local communities were recently awarded more than $1.8 million in state matching grants to accelerate road and bridge improvements, according to State Rep. Dan Leonard (R-Huntington).

Nearly $100 million was awarded to Indiana cities, towns and counties through the Community Crossings Matching Grant program, which is now in its fourth year. The grants are made available through the Indiana Department of Transportation as a result of a law Leonard supported in 2016, and funded through the state budget.

Veteran C-T has challenger in Roanoke

JoAnne Kirchner (left) and Sarah Milton.
Photos by Steve Clark.

Two independent candidates are vying for the office of clerk-treasurer in Roanoke.

JoAnne Kirchner is the race’s incumbent. She is being challenged by Sarah Milton.

JoAnne Kirchner
Kirchner, 70, has served as Roanoke’s clerk-treasurer for 23 years. She has a Bachelor of Science in education, majoring in history, political science and business. She is a graduate of the Huntington County Leadership Academy. She served as an adjunct instructor at the Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne business school.

School board cleans up action items at short but productive meeting

Although it was a short meeting on Monday, Oct. 7, members of the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees cleaned up several action items, including some that were on its agenda in second readings.

All items voted on by the board were approved unanimously.

Locals join large group at AIC annual conference

Huntington County Council members Terry Miller, Ron Cline and Kittie Keiffer joined more than 550 county officials and county employees who attended the Association of Indiana Counties’ (AIC) annual conference, which was held Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 in Orange County.

The AIC’s annual conference is the largest gathering of county officials in the state.

County’s Solid Waste Management District moves up meeting to today

The Huntington County Solid Waste Management District is changing its regular scheduled meeting from Oct. 14, at 8 a.m. to today, Thursday, Oct. 10, at 8 a.m. in the commissioners’ office at the Huntington County Courthouse.

Set governmental meetings for next week

The following are the governmental meetings which are scheduled to take place from Monday, Oct. 14, to Friday, Oct. 18:

Monday, Oct. 14
8:30 a.m. - Huntington County Board of Commissioners, Commissioners Room.
5 p.m. - Warren Town Council, Assembly Hall.
7 p.m. - Roanoke Board of Zoning Appeals, Roanoke Town Court Building.

Tuesday, Oct. 15
6 p.m. - Andrews Town Council, Andrews Municipal Building.
6:30 p.m. - Zanesville Town Council, Zanesville Town Hall.
7 p.m. - Roanoke Town Council, Roanoke Town Hall.

Referendum on ballot as voting starts Oct. 8

In just shy of a month, Huntington County voters will have the opportunity to weigh in on two questions that will direct the Huntington County Community School Corporation in how it pays its teachers and provides facilities for students.

Every voter registered in the county will be able to vote on the questions, regardless as to whether there is a municipal race in their residential district.

Member of Rep. Banks’ staff to be in Huntington on Thursday morning

A member of Congressman Jim Banks’ (IN-03) staff will visit Huntington on Thursday, Oct. 10, to meet with local residents and assist Hoosiers experiencing problems with a federal agency.

The Huntington office hours are 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

The staff will be available in the meeting room located at the Courthouse Annex, 1350 S. Jefferson St., Huntington.

School board to meet in regular session tonight

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in a regular meeting tonight, Monday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m. at Salamonie School, 1063E-900S, Warren. 

The agenda and attachments are now available in BoardDocs by visiting the HCCSC website at then clicking on Current School Board Meeting Agenda, then clicking on the date of the meeting, and then clicking on view agenda.