Government & School Board

Andrews to have spring clean-up

The town of Andrews will conduct a Spring Cleanup for all residents Friday, April 23, through Sunday, April 25.

Hours of operation will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

Large trash bins will be located at the west end of Terrell Street (site of the annual Western Days Demolition Derby) for residents to dispose of unwanted material.

Items that will not be accepted include electronics, refrigerators, washers/dryers, oil, tires, batteries, paint or other hazardous materials.

TEA party debate

Photo by Matt Murphy.

The two Republican candidates for District 50 Indiana state senate and the two Republican candidates for District 17 state representative squared off in a debate on Friday, April 16, as part of the Huntington TEA Party celebrating its first anniversary of activity. The activities took place at The Awakening Church in Huntington. State senate candidate Tom Wall (right) answers a question, while waiting their turns are (from left) state rep candidate Ron Fusselman, incumbent state rep Dan Leonard and state senate candidate Jim Banks.

County election board to take no action on time-date stamp complaint

The Huntington County Election Board will take no action on a complaint alleging fradulent action by the Huntington County Clerk.

"There is no proof of any fraud on the part of the clerk and her staff," Election Board President Carmen Oswalt announced after leaving the meeting room for a private discussion with the second board member, Carol Grove.

Huntington Common Council passes new sign ordinance

Signage regulations for businesses and residences will change as the Huntington Common Council enacted Ordinance 4-C-10, also known as the "sign ordinance" at its meeting on Tuesday, April 13.

The measure passed 6-1 with Councilman Steve McIntyre voting against.

School board fails to reach decision on New Tech renovation project at HNHS

Unable to reach a majority decision, the Huntington County Community School Board of Trustees on Monday, April 12, failed to approve member Troy Smart's motion to cap the first two years of spending for New Tech.

Member Jennifer Goff was absent, which allowed the 3-3 defeat of the motion to allow the Huntington North New Tech team to spend $170,000, using both grant and Capital Project Fund monies, to make structural changes to the high school building to accommodate the New Tech program.

The renovation would have both recycled and new materials.

Warren Council hears request to help fund KBC

It was a packed house on Monday, April 12, when the Warren Town Council convened for its monthly meeting.

Bob Pond, of the Knight Bergman Center, addressed the council seeking financial support to help a new KBC Preservation Fund, part of a three-year plan implemented by the center's board, to maintain and upgrade the center and its facilities.

The request for vacation of the alley/street by Heritage Pointe is still in progress as both parties (the Town of Warren and Heritage Pointe) are working out the details regarding access to existing sewer ways.

Property tax statements already mailed out

The bills are in the mail and, probably, already in your mailbox.

Huntington County Treasurer Brenda Hamilton says Huntington County property tax statements were mailed out on April 12. Anyone who does not receive a statement by April 23, she says, should stop by the treasurer's office, located on the first floor of the Huntington County Courthouse, to pick up a copy.

The spring installment of property taxes is due May 10, with the fall installment due Nov. 10. Tax payments must be accompanied by the tax statement.

Attorney General Zoeller discusses case against healthcare reform

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller visited downtown Huntington on Saturday, April 10, for an informal lunch at Nick's Kitchen to discuss Indiana joining the federal health care reform lawsuit.

Zoeller, a Republican who has served as attorney general for nine years, says his role is important for a number of reasons, one being a representation of the state's authority in the federal government and citizens' rights.
He currently has 23 cases against the federal government, most regarding regulatory issues of commerce laws.

Election board to meet Friday, April 16, to consider action on altered candidate fililng document

The Huntington County Election Board will meet on Friday, April 16, to consider whether or not to take action on a complaint lodged over an altered date on a candidate's filing documents.

The 1 p.m. meeting will be held in the GAR Room of the Huntington County Courthouse.

Carmen Oswalt, who serves as president of the election board, says the three-member panel agreed Monday morning on a date for the meeting.

Roanoke to get 35 new apartments in near future

Thirty-five new apartments are slated to be constructed in Roanoke next month, as a result of grants received by the Region III-A Economic Development District and Regional Planning Commission.

Dave Kinder, director of housing for Region III-A, updated the Roanoke Town Council about the Jackson Square Apartments project at the council's meeting on Tuesday, April 6.

The apartments will be the first senior housing project in Roanoke, a town that Kinder describes as "small, but full of amenities."

TEA Party debate set for Friday

Candidates for state office will be debating on Friday, April 16, at 7 p.m. at the Awakening Community Church. Candidates are (from left)) Ron Fusselman, Dan Leonard, Jim Banks and Tom Wall.
Photo provided.

The Huntington TEA Party will celebrate its one-year anniversary and hold a debate between candidates for state office on Friday, April 16, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at The Awakening Community Church.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Featured guest speakers include Peter Heck, conservative radio talk show host, and Jim O'Donnell, associate professor of business and executive-in-residence at Huntington University.

Council on Aging seeks SHIP help

The State Health Insurance Program (SHIP) at the Huntington County Council on Aging is looking for volunteers to help Medicare beneficiaries understand the complexities of Medicare and related health insurance.

Volunteers complete four days of training, which includes information on Medicare, Medicare supplement and long-term care insurance, Medicaid and the new Medicare Part D.

Volunteers are required to be availble for six to 12 hours per month, daytime commitment.

New online service will provide voters with names of all their candidates

Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita has announced the launch of a new online service developed by his office to provide Hoosier voters with a complete list of candidates who will appear on their upcoming primary and general election ballots.

"Who's On Your Ballot?" will be available to all Hoosiers online at

Church gets OK to expand parking lot

The Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals has granted a church's request to expand its parking lot.

BZA members voted Monday, April 5, to grant a special exception to SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church to expand an existing parking lot at 835 Cherry St., across the street from the church.

A house will be demolished to make way for the parking lot.


Attorney General Zoeller discusses state fight

Photo by Jessica Williams.

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller (right) makes a point to Jean Ann Bailey, owner of Nick's Kitchen in downtown Huntington, earlier today, Saturday, April 10, after his speech at the restaurant explaining the state's fight against the recently passed federal healthcare reform bill.