Government & School Board

Andrews Town Council changes date of meeting

The Andrews Town Council meeting regularly scheduled for Monday, Feb. 8, has been rescheduled.

It will be held instead on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. at the town's municipal building.


Peers choose Helvie as district president for state commissioners' group

Huntington County Commissioner Jerry Helvie was elected president of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners Northeast District during the group's annual conference in December.

Wells County Commissioner Paul Bonham was elected vice president.

Incumbent Miller files for return to Polk Township Trustee post

Gary Miller, 8920W-100S, Andrews, has filed his candidacy in the Huntington County clerk's office, seeking the Republican nomination as Polk township trustee.

Miller is the incumbent in that office.

Robert W. Gonser, 4136N-300E, Huntington, has filed as a Republican candidate for Union Township Board.

On the state level, Nasser Hanna, of Fishers, has filed for the Democrat nomination for United States representative from the fifth district.

Huntington hotel requests approval to install a new sign at its location

A Huntington hotel is requesting approval from the Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals to install a new sign.

Northview Inn and Suites, 2820 Hotel Ave., is requesting a variance from development standards to allow placement of a new sign, of up to 300 square feet, on an existing pole between 60 and 74 feet tall.

The board will also review previously-granted variances for a beauty salon at 1335 Edna Ave. and office and storage space for Huntington University at 846 North St.

Republican ballot for May 4 primary continues to heat up

The Republican ballot for the May 4 primary elections continues to heat up.

As of Jan. 25, the race for the party's nomination for Huntington County Assessor had grown to three candidates; and a second hopeful entered the races for both Huntington County Sheriff and Dallas Township Trustee.

Harris says he'd offer new perspective on council

Joel Harris officially filed his paperwork to run as a Republican in the May primary for the 3rd District County Council seat currently held by Pam Updike.

"In these difficult times there is a very real disconnect between those elected to serve and the people they represent," says Harris.

Krieg seeks Democrat nomination to Huntington County recorder's post

Andrew Krieg
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Andrew Wayne Krieg has announced that he is a candidate for the Democrat nomination as Huntington County recorder.
Krieg's platform is "No More Recycled Politicians."

Krieg says Huntington County needs to elect new people into office for a better future of our country.
Krieg says he will bring new ideas to Huntington County as recorder.

Zinsmeister plans to seek Republican nomination as county commissioner

Carl Zinsmeister recently announced his intent to run for the Republican nomination for the office of first district Huntington County commissioner.

Zinsmeister worked for General Electric for 19 years in various capacities and also operated his family farm for 24 years. His platform includes finding ways to lower the county's spending and debt.

He serves as chairman of his committee with Daniel E. Groff acting as committee treasurer.

Zinsmeister is married to wife Susan, and the couple has three grown children and nine grandchildren.

New preschool program to begin at Andrews Elementary

A preschool program that serves both "typical" and special needs stu-dents will be expanded to Andrews Elementary School, Huntington County Community Schools Superintendent Tracey Shafer told the HCCSC Board of Trustees Monday night, Jan. 25.

Shafer said the program did not require a vote, but added he wanted to present it to the board for "transparency" purposes. It was approved 6-0, with Board Vice President Richard Brubaker absent. It will be similar to the pro-grams already in existence at Lincoln and Horace Mann elementary schools.

City to pay for professional opinion about how to fix financial mess

The city of Huntington will spend up to $60,000 out of its ever-shrinking budget to get a professional opinion about how it can get its finances back on an even keel.

Members of the Huntington Common Council voted 5-2 Tuesday, Jan. 26, to hire Umbaugh, a financial consulting firm with offices in Indianapolis and Plymouth, to conduct an in-depth study of procedures and policies throughout the city. Council members hope the study will point out areas where the city can save money.

Roanoke council hears proposed ordinance concept for A-7 corridor

A proposed concept for an ordinance concerning the future of the A-7 Corridor was presented to the Roanoke Town Council at the council's meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

John Molitor, an attorney at William-Lynn-James consulting firm in Indianapolis, presented the concept to the council.

Zoning board to hear Kline request

Jonathan Kline has filed two petitions with the Huntington County Board of Zoning Appeals, asking to be allowed to place two homes on property at 1740E-675N in Jackson Township.

The board will discuss Kline's request during its meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the GAR Room on the second floor of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Early filings create races for five offices

In just the first two days of the candidate filing period, races have been created for five offices on the Republican ballot in the May 4 primaries.

And at least one contest is assured for the November general election.

The filing period for the primaries opened Jan. 20 and will continue through noon on Feb. 19.

Students to make up days March 14, May 14

In light of the closing of Huntington County Community School Corporation schools on Thursday and Friday, Jan. 21 and 22, make-up dates have been announced.

For Thursday's cancellation, HCCSC students will attend school on Monday, March 22, and for Friday's cancellation, schools will be open on Friday, May 14.

In addition, parents and students are reminded that school will be in session on Friday, March 19, in order for teachers and staff to attend a conference on April 23. Schools will therefore be closed on Friday, April 23.

Markle names offers, administrative coordinator

The Markle Town Council appointed a new president and vice president for 2010 during its first meeting of the year on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

Jeff Humbarger was voted in as president while Tamra Boucher was appointed vice president; the two switched from the seats they held in 2009.

Other items approved include payment to Mark Wickersham of Huntington County United Economic Development and appointment of an administrative coordinator.