Government & School Board

Early voting deadline coming up

Early voting will end in Huntington County on Monday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m. Huntington residents have until then to come to the Huntington County Courthouse to cast their early ballot.
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Just a few more days stand between Huntington residents and the Tuesday, Nov. 3 Election Day.

As with all things in 2020, the election has looked a little bit different this year. Huntington has seen the number of mail-in ballots and early voters skyrocket in comparison to the 2016 presidential election.

At the 10-day Early Voting mark, Huntington County Clerk Shelley Septer shared that 2020 was slated to be a record year, with the number of early walk-in votes at that point being 2,580. This is in comparison to 1,818 early votes at the 10-day Early Voting mark in 2016.

Andrews to battle Raytheon in court

The Andrews Town Council met on Monday, Oct. 26, to discuss details of their November 9 court date in Adams County, issues with four town properties, progress on paving projects, and received several department updates.

According to Clerk-Treasurer Laury Powell, there has been no confirmation on the amount of people allowed to be present for the town’s court date against Raytheon on Monday, Nov. 9. Currently, the Council is preparing to spend a full day in court.

Markle talks maintenance

The Markle Town Council discussed town maintenance, the 2021 budget ordinance and United Way donations during their Thursday, Oct. 15 meeting.

During the superintendant report, it was announced that water tower maintenance would begin this week, with Dixon Engineering performing the inspection. Sidewalk construction has begun on East Morse Street, with E&B Paving anticipating having the sidewalk finished in 2020.

Huntington board discusses core values

The Huntington County Community School Corporation school board met on Monday, Oct. 19, discussing core values being met at local schools, updates on the virtual learning option, a contract extension for superintendent Chad Daugherty, as well as financial report updates.

County Redevelopment Commission to meet

This is a public notice that the Huntington County Redevelopment Commission will be holding a meeting on Monday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m.

The meeting will be in the Huntington County Commissioner’s Conference Room 106.

USDA issues $1.68 billion payment

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is issuing $1.68 billion in payments to agricultural producers and landowners for the 21.9 million acres enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP), which provides annual rental payment for land devoted to conservation purposes.

Two school board seats contested in Hgtn. Co.

Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3.

In Huntington County many candidates are running unopposed this year. However, there are two non-partisan school board races to take note of.

Of the four open positions on the school board, comprised of Districts 1, 4, 6 and 7, the races for District 1 and District 4 are contested.

For District 1, the race stands between Jason D. Conwell and Matthew B. Melcher.

Andrews Town Council talks water and safety

The Andrews Town Council discussed progress on the McKeever Street paving project; enforcement orders on two Andrews addresses; and met with Steve Brock, of Therber Brock & Associates LLC, out of Indianapolis in their Tuesday, Oct. 13, meeting.

Brock discussed different water project options with the council, giving options for State Revolving Loan funds and what would best work for Andrews in their current situation, and the timeline of how those options would work with the grant cycle.

Huntington to purchase new fire truck next year

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The Huntington Fire Department will purchase a new fire truck.

Fire Department Chief Tony Johnson spoke before the Common Council of the City of Huntington, on Tuesday, Oct. 13, on behalf of Ordinance 12-C-20, which was approved on first and second reading.

The ordinance allows $357,500 to be appropriated from the fire equipment fund for a down payment of half the cost of the new truck.

Senior theater event

Those age 50 and older looking for a Wednesday activity may come to the Huntington 7 Theater, 350 Hauenstein Road, Huntington, on Wednesday, Oct. 21 for a Wild Wednesday morning at the movies.

Theater doors open at 9 a.m., with the movie starting at 9:30 a.m. with free donuts, juice, coffee and fellowship. Popcorn and soda will also be available for purchase at a discounted rate.

Door prizes will also be available.

“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” will be showing on Oct. 21.

Faith Community to host Lunch ‘n Learn seminar

Faith Community Church will be holding a Lunch ‘n Learn seminar on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from 11:30 a.m to 1 p.m.

The Lunch ‘n Learn seminar, “Stronger Security = Better Business” will be presented by Joe Danaher, senior security analyst for The AME group. Those who are concerened about ransomware, hacking, phishing, malware, breaches and more are encouraged to attend.

Ageless iron

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Al Williams (right) and Marlin Doctor stand next to Rollie Knepper’s 1943 Farmall H. tractor before the Ageless Iron Antique Tractor Club parades through downtown Roanoke on Saturday morning, Oct. 10. 

Roanoke Council has new president

The Roanoke Town Council elected Dave Meitzler as president on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

Meitzler takes the place of Ryan Carroll, who will step down from the council in December as he moves outside of town limits. Carroll requested to relinquish his duties as president for the remainder of his term.

Meitzler was elected to the town council in 2019. He is president of the Roanoke Park Board and secretary and former president of the Roanoke Volunteer Fire Department. He also volunteers throughout the town.

Rep. Banks pledges to support equipment producers

Congressman Jim Banks announced he took the “Pledge to Support Equipment Manufacturers,” organized by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the North American-based trade group. The equipment manufacturing industry directly employs 3,426 workers in Indiana’s 3rd district and contributes $8.2 Billion annually to Indiana’s GDP.

Local libraries offer delivery service

The Huntington and Markle branches of the Huntington City-Township Public Library now offer delivery services to any patrons in their service areas.

Patrons may sign up by visiting the library’s website. Once registered, patrons can request specific items, topics, genres or even just list books or media they’ve checked out in the past, and receive a monthly delivery of new items, hand-delivered by library staff, to their doorstep.

When new items are delivered, library staff can pick up the previous month’s delivery items as well.