Government & School Board

Asher named firefighter of the year

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Rick Asher (center) of the Markle Volunteer Fire Department holds the plaque he received after he was named the 2019 Fireman of the Year recently. Presenting the award are MVFD Assistant Chief Eric Pike (left) and Fire Chief Jon Gray.

HCCF awards 2019 Cycle II grants totalling $85K to various groups

Some of the organizations that recently received 2019 Cycle II grants from the Huntington County Community Foundation are (front row from left) Craig Reese, Oak Hill Farm; Karen Gize, Kate’s Kart; Jean Pasko, Drake Goetz Memorial Park; Donnie Foster, Indiana Dream Center; Dawn Zahm Wilson, Rapid Rehousing and Homeless Prevention/Huntington House; and Nate Perry, Huntington University; and (back row from left) Leisa Drinkwater, Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana; Sarah Wright, Family Centered Services/Healthy Families; Kelley Miller, Love INC; Suzanne Jepsen, Friends of the Huntington City-Township Public Library; Renee Shultz, Huntington House; and Janelle Taylor, Huntington University.
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The Huntington County Community Foundation announced that 2019 Cycle II grants totaling $71,117 were awarded to the following nonprofits: Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana, Community and Family Services, Community Choirs of Huntington County, Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, Drake Goetz Memorial Park, Family Centered Services/Healthy Families and Friends of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

Milton becomes Roanoke’s next clerk

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Supported by her family, Sarah Milton (second from left) takes the oath of office as the Town of Roanoke’s new clerk-treasurer as Huntington County Clerk Shelley Septer (left) conducts the ceremony Thursday, Dec. 26. With her are (from third from left) her husband, Brian Milton, son Aidan Milton, and daughters Ambrea Milton and Madison Milton.

Meitzler takes the oath

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David Meitzler (second from left) takes the oath of office for his first term as a Roanoke town councilman on Thursday, Dec. 26. Administering the oath is Huntington County Clerk Shelley Septer (left). Meitzler’s wife, Sherry, holds the Bible during the ceremony.

Joining the Roanoke Town Council

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Pamala Parker (second from left) repeats the oath of office to take a seat on the Roanoke Town Council Thursday, Dec. 26. Huntington County Clerk Shelley Septer (left) presides over the swearing-in ceremony as Parker’s husband, Eric Parker, holds the Bible for his wife.

Starting a third term

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Joan Abbott (second from left) takes the oath of office to begin her third term as a member of the Roanoke Town Council Thursday, Dec. 26. Administering the oath is Huntington County Clerk Shelley Septer (left), as Abbott’s husband, Jim, holds the Bible.

Andrews to take over Antioch MHP clean-up

The Andrews Town Council decided to take over the clean-up process at Antioch Mobile Home Park at its meeting on Monday, Dec. 30.

Markle residents will be able to get help for sidewalk repair, installs

Markle residents will be able to get substantial help to replace, rehab or install sidewalks along their properties, after the Markle Town Council updated its matching sidewalk program during it regular meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Town Superintendent Rick Asher said he had trouble with contractors returning his calls with estimates on what the cost would be to replace the town’s sidewalks.

County’s RDC to hold meeting at courthouse

The Huntington County Redevelopment Commission will be meeting today, Monday, Dec. 23, at the Huntington County Courthouse at noon.

The meeting will be held in the Huntington County Commissioners Office, Room 103A.

The courthouse is located at 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Zay attends insurance council meeting

State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) (right) stands with State Rep. Matt Lehman (R-Berne) at the National Council of Insurance Legislators annual meeting in Austin, TX.
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State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) and other Indiana lawmakers attended the annual meeting of the National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) in Austin, TX, from Dec. 10 to 13.

NCOIL is a legislative organization that brings together policymakers serving on insurance and financial committees and educates them on current insurance issues.

Roanoke council honors 3 for service

John Stoeckley (left) and JoAnne Kirchner (right) hold plaques presented to them by Dave Tucker, president of the Roanoke Town Council, on behalf of the town in thanks for their years of service to the community. Stoeckley was a member of the town council for 27 years while Kirchner served at the town’s clerk-treasurer for 23 years.
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The Roanoke Town Council bid farewell to a pair of council members, as well as the town’s longtime clerk-treasurer at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 17.

Councilman John Stoeckley and Council President Dave Tucker participated in their final meeting, as did Clerk-Treasurer JoAnne Kirchner.
While Kirchner and Tucker fell short in re-election bids for their respective offices in the municipal election on Nov. 5, Stoeckley opted to not seek another term.

Record year for private capital investment in HC

It was a record-setting year for private capital investment in the county, hails Huntington County United Economic Development in its year-end report.

A total of $59,602,200 in private capital was invested in Huntington County in 2019, says the agency. That figure smashed the previous record of $40,271,400, which had stood since 2016.

Three elementary schools to get added security with camera buy

Three of Huntington County Community School Corporation’s elementary schools will get more security in the way of new cameras after the purchase was approved by the board of school trustees during its regular meeting Monday, Dec. 16.

The security system was approved 6-0 at a cost of $99,914. School board member Tim Allen was absent.

The cameras, to be purchased from Stylus Technologies of Bluffton, will be installed at Lincoln, Flint Springs and Horace Mann elementary schools.

Commish to have pair of executive sessions next Monday, Dec. 23

The Huntington County Board of Commissioners announces two executive sessions to take place on Monday, Dec. 23.

Both sessions will take place in the Commissioners’ Office, Room 103A, 201 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

The first session, at 9:45 a.m., is in respect to receiving information about and interviewing prospective employees. The second session will be held at 1:30 p.m. and will see the board discuss records classified as confidential by state or federal statute.

Executive sessions are closed to the public.

Warren Town Council reschedules December meeting for tonight, Dec. 19

The Warren Town Council has rescheduled its December meeting to tonight, Thursday, Dec. 19, at 5 p.m. in the Council meeting room of Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St. 

The Dec. 18 meeting was canceled.