Government & School Board

Markle’s 4th of July Block Party another casualty

With all the business before the Markle Town Council on Wednesday, May 21, perhaps the saddest piece of news announced was the cancellation of Markle’s 4th of July Block Party.

Council President Aaron McClary said the Markle Chamber of Commerce met earlier in May and made the decision to scrap the fledgling festival due to the pandemic and emergency mandates from the state.

“However, the chamber of commerce is proceeding with the fireworks and those will take place on the evening of July 4th,” McClary said.

Many races in county for precinct committeemen

In an article in the Monday, May 18, edition of The TAB, it was incorrectly stated that there was only one contested race in the county for precinct committeemen, when in fact many of the races for that position are contested on the Republican side.

Candidates for the contested positions of precinct committeemen are:

Huntington 1 - Bob Lusch and John Wonderly.

Huntington 2 - Rise Buzzard* and Mike Perkins.

Huntington 3 - Shad Paul and Tyler Rosenfeld.

Huntington 4 - Troy Irick and Joyce Rethlake.

Huntington 5 - Joe Blomeke and Jim Wall*.

City’s Board of Works set to meet remotely

The Board of Public Works & Safety of the City of Huntington will conduct its regular meeting today, Monday, May 18, at 3:30 p.m.

No board members will attend in person but will instead attend remotely.

The public is invited to attend by remote access.

Those interested can join by phone, 408-418-9388.

The meeting access code is 627 337 305; password is BPWS (2797 from phones).

Only 3 contested races for county voters

Only three contested local and state races appear on the ballot for Huntington County voters this primary election season.

Two of those races are on the Republican side. The first sees incumbent Dan Leonard facing a challenge from John Stoffel for the GOP nomination for the District 50 seat in the Indiana House of Representatives. The second race sees Bob Lusch and John Wonderly each vying for the post of Huntington 01 precinct committeeman.

Department of Revenue announces more extensions on tax returns

The Indiana Department of Revenue (DOR) announces additional extensions for the filing and payment of certain individual and corporate tax returns to provide further relief during the COVID-19 health crisis. These extensions are in addition to the ones previously announced on March 19.

In conjunction with the additional federal extensions provided by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) under Notice 2020-23, DOR has extended the following Indiana deadlines:

• Individual estimated payments originally due on June 15 are now due on or before July 15.

School board hears COVID-19 updates

Observing the six-foot rule of social distancing, the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees were back at work at Salamonie Elementary School on Monday, May 11, after holding remote sessions to conduct school business. Pictured are (from left) Board Member Matt Melcher, Board President Mathew Roth, Superintendent Chad Daugherty and Assistant Superintendent for Business and Classified Staff Scott Bumgardner.
Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

COVID-19 updates heard by the Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees at their regular meeting on Monday, May 11, included plans for high school graduation, new teacher devices and closing out the school year for students.

Andrews TC discusses delinquent water bills

The Andrews Town Council discussed delinquent utility bills at its meeting on Monday, May 11.

Name pair of 2020 Heith Garner schols

Pictured (from left) Mallory Emley and Hunter Heacock.
Photos provided.

Lincoln Caring Families has announced that Mallory Emley and Hunter Heacock are the 2020 recipients of Lincoln’s Heith Garner Memorial Scholarship. Each will be awarded a $500 scholarship.

Emley volunteered at Pioneer Festival and Operation Backyard throughout high school. She also is actively involved at College Park Church and plays Warren softball.

Emley plans to pursue a nursing degree at Huntington University. She attended Lincoln from 2006 to 2010. Her parents are Brad and Sarah Emley.

Leonard gets challenge from veteran teacher in District 50

Dan Leonard (left) and John Stoffel
Photos provided.

Incumbent Dan Leonard is facing a challenge for the Republican nomination for the District 50 seat in the Indiana House of Representatives.

The challenger is John Stoffel, a Huntington teacher.

District 50 encompasses all of Huntington County and portions of Wells and Allen counties.

The winner of the nomination will face Democrat Jorge Fernandez in the general election.

Representatives serve two-year terms.

Dan Leonard
Leonard, 71, has held the District 50 seat for 18 years. He formerly owned South Side Furniture, in Huntington.

School board to hold regular meeting on Monday

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in a regular meeting today, Monday, May 11, at 7 p.m. at Salamonie Elementary School, 1063E-900S, Warren.

Due to social distancing orders by Gov. Eric Holcomb and the requirement of no more than 25 people in a gathering, this meeting will be limited to 12 visitors and/or press reporters. Those interested in attending this meeting and/or who have a comment for the trustees are asked to call 356-8312 ext. 6090 by noon today to register. 

Testing the equipment


Photo by Steve Clark.

Members of the Huntington County Election Board participate in a public test of voting equipment at the Huntington County Courthouse on Wednesday, May 6. Pictured are (from left) Carolyn Smith, representing the Democratic Party; Lori Guy, representing the Republican Party; and Shelley Septer, election board secretary and Huntington County clerk. With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, all three women wore facemasks in the interests of safety.

Common council cancels meet for lack of agenda

The Huntington Common Council has canceled its meeting for May 12 due to lack of an agenda.

The council will conduct a special meeting on Tuesday, May 26, with the time changed to 7 p.m. to receive information, consider and perhaps act on matters brought before the council.

In accordance with Gov. Eric Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-09 dated May 1, extending portions of his previous executive orders, no council member will attend in person but will instead attend remotely.

 

HCCOA sets board meet

The Huntington County Council on Aging board meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 26, at 8 a.m. at Central Christian Church in the Trail Blazers Room.

The church is located at 500 MacGahan St. The public is welcome to attend.

City’s Redevelopment Commission invites questions, public at its remote meeting set for May 15

The Redevelopment Commission of the City of Huntington will conduct its regular meeting on Friday, May 15, at 10 a.m. to receive information, consider and perhaps act on matters brought before the commission.

No Commission members will attend in person but will instead attend remotely.

The public is invited to attend by remote access.

The city will use Webex for remote meetings.

Dial 408-418-9388, enter access code 290 918 796, and password COHRDC (264732 on phone keypad), up to 15 minutes prior to the meeting start time.

Huntington County Sheriff’s Dept. re-opens for public lobby visitation

The Huntington County Sheriff’s Department office has re-opened to the public.

Lobby visitations with Huntington County Jail inmates have resumed. Individuals may still visit with inmates from home via video, for a fee, by visiting www.icsolutions.com.

Funds may be placed on an inmates’ commissary account at www.jail funds.com.

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