Government & School Board

Banks introduces COVID justice bill

Congressmen Jim Banks (R-IN) and Lance Gooden (R-TX) have introduced the Civil Justice for Victims of COVID Act to allow Americans to sue China in federal court for its role in causing the coronavirus pandemic.

The bill consolidates previous efforts to hold Communist China accountable and serves as the House companion to identical legislation introduced by Senators Marsha Blackburn, Martha McSally, Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley, Mike Rounds, Thom Tillis and Lindsey Graham on Monday, July 20.

FSSA’s Be Well Crisis Helpline is now operational

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration has announced the launch of the Be Well Crisis Helpline, a confidential resource available through Indiana 211 that will allow Hoosiers to call and speak with a trained counselor 24/7.

The free Be Well Crisis Helpline was established by FSSA’s Division of Mental Health and Addiction in direct response to the elevated levels of stress and anxiety Hoosiers are experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

School Board OKs 2020-21 calendar changes

More changes are coming to Huntington County Community School Corporation, as the Board of School Trustees adopted a reworked 2020-2021 school calendar during its regular meeting on Monday, July 20.

Superintendent Charles Daugherty outlined the changes to the calendar, beginning with moving four makeup days from March 29 to April 1 to Christmas break. The holiday break would run from Dec. 21 to Jan. 8 under the new calendar, with students returning to school on Jan. 11.

Sewer line project ‘in the works’ for Roanoke

The Roanoke Town Council approved Superintendent Philip Hibbert’s request for funds to replace the sewer line on Western Avenue during their July 21 meeting.

Hibbert said he responded to a sewer issue on Western Avenue on July 7.

He said he spent the last two weeks researching the issue and meeting with contractors, and he intends to use the funds to,

“Replace the old six-inch line that is on Western now.”

Council’s approval will allow funds not to exceed $50,000 from the sewer fund to be allocated for the project.

Zay receives Award of Conservative Excellence from ACUF organization

The American Conservative Union Foundation (ACUF), host of the Conservative Political Action Conference, recently recognized State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington) with its Award for Conservative Excellence based on his votes in the Indiana General Assembly.

Zay was one of two Hoosier legislators to receive this award.

“I am honored to be recognized for holding conservative values at the forefront of my decisions,” Zay said.

“I will continue to embrace the conservative philosophy, in efforts to make a positive impact on Hoosier lives.”

Harshbarger worried and frustrated as Andrews battles water crisis

John Harshbarger
TAB file photo.

John Harshbarger is a worried man. That’s second only to the frustration he feels, as the president of the Andrews Town Council, over the month-long water crisis that resulted in him calling a town public health emergency and issuing a “Do Not Drink” order to its residents.

Utility meeting on July 29

The Utility Subcommittee of the City of Huntington will hold a special meeting on Wednesday, July 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers, third floor, City Building, 300 Cherry St., Huntington.

The purpose of the meeting is to receive information, consider and perhaps act on matters brought before the subcommittee.

HCCSC School Board accepts the comprehensive school re-entry plan

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of School Trustees approved the administration’s comprehensive school re-entry plan at its regular meeting Monday, July 20, in a standing-room only board room in which most of the occupants wore masks. The vote was 6-0 with Board Member Brian Warpup abstaining.

State’s COVID testing site moves

Photo by Rebecca Sandlin.

A former medical office located at 1601 N. Jefferson St. is the new location of the Optum COVID-19 testing site in Huntington. The Indiana State Department of Health moved to the new location to make way for the upcoming Huntington County 4-H Fair.

HCCSC board meeting tonight

The Huntington County Community School Corporation Board of Trustees will meet in executive session tonight, Monday, July 20, at 8 p.m. at Salamonie Elementary School, located at 1063E-900S, Warren.

The regular school board meeting will follow at 7 p.m.

To view the agenda for the executive session, visit, then click on Current School Board Meeting Agenda. Then, click on the date of the meeting and click view agenda.

Warren meetings on July 20

The Town of Warren has scheduled two meetings for Monday, July 20, to be held at Assembly Hall, 131 N. Wayne St.

An executive meeting will be held at 4 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to receive information about or interview prospective employees.

A special meeting will follow at 5 p.m.

Markle Council votes to fix standing water

With Councilman Nick Lund abstaining, the Markle Town Council voted 2-0 at its meeting Wednesday, July 15, to hire Wolf Excavating to fix the standing water problem behind homes at 110, 120 and 130 Woodfield Ct.

Lund abstained from the vote because his property is one of those affected by the standing water.

“The swale right behind Nick’s house is out of the easement. That’s where the swale is supposed to be,” said Town Superintendent Rick Asher. “Why it was done that way, nobody knows.”

Bohm elected new Democratic Party chair

Huntington County Democratic Party precinct officials recently elected Christine Bohm, by unanimous consent, as the next chair of the Huntington County Democratic Party. She will be filling the vacancy left by outgoing chair Gary Beatty.

Brian Humphries of Roanoke was elected by unanimous consent as vice chair. Humphries is replacing Patricia McCloskey who stepped down due to the opposite gender requirement for chair/vice chair per the Indiana Democratic Party rules.

Common Council votes 'NO' to splash park improvements

The Terry R. Abbett Splash Park in Drover Park, Huntington, sits unused on a hot sunny afternoon in July. Mayor Richard Strick decided not to open the park this summer amid concerns of spreading COVID-19. On Tuesday, July 14, Huntington City Common Council voted against renovating the park with new fixtures and installing a new water filtration system that would help prevent the spread of such viruses.
Photo by Lauren Winterfeld.

The Huntington City Common Council failed to pass an ordinance on Tuesday evening, July 14, that would have allowed the Huntington Parks and Recreation Department to improve the Terry R. Abbett Splash Park.

The splash pad, a popular attraction in Drover Park, Huntington, is currently shut down due to the mayor’s concerns about the spread of COVID-19.

Andrews' Town Council discusses water bill payment plan

Concerns over unpaid water bills and the plans for recovering from the contamination of well water were the main focuses of the Andrews' Town Council meeting held on Monday, July 13, at the Andrews Volunteer Fire Department.