Government & School Board

Democrats move meeting back one week to Feb. 18

Huntington County Democrats will hold a business meeting on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6:30 p.m. at Democrat headquarters, 20 N. Jefferson St., Huntington.

Organizers originally announced the date of the meeting as Feb. 11.


State fire marshal ask for help in keep snow away from fire hydrants

Indiana State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson is asking fire departments and citizens in areas affected by winter storms to clear snow from around hydrants.

Huntington County Chamber to sponsor legislative update Feb. 27

The Huntington County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a legislative update on Saturday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m., in the meeting area of the Huntington City-Township Public Library.

State Sen. Gary Dillon, State Rep. Dan Leonard, and representatives from Huntington County and city government are expected to attend.

They will make opening comments, then answer written questions submitted by those in the audience. Mike Perkins will serve as moderator.


Warren council learns assessed value has dropped about $5 million

Assessed value in the town of Warren has fallen by about $5 million, members of the Warren Town Council learned Monday, Feb. 8.

"The town's assessed value fell from $34 million to $29 million and closer look will be taken to figure out why the value fell," Clerk-Treasurer Marilyn Morrison noted in her report on the 2010 Warren budget.

The town recently rceived its revised budget figures from the Department of Local Government Finance.

In other business, Morrison presented quotes from area companies regarding the clean-up of a property on Hendricks Street.

Fair Tax group will host informational meeting

An informational meeting of the Huntington County Association for the Fair Tax will be held on Thursday, Feb. 18, at 6 p.m. at the Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center, located at the corner of Warren and Tipton streets.

For more information on the association, visit

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Wall to face Banks for District 17 Senate seat

Floyd J. "Tom" Wall, of Huntington, has filed for the Republican nomination for the 17th District Indiana Senate seat.

Wall will face Jim Banks, of Columbia City, in the Republican primary.

Gary "Doc" Dillon, who has served the 17th district since 2002, had announced earlier that he does not plan to seek re-election.

Wall, 1359W-200S, currently serves as president of the Huntington County Commissioners.

Wall also filed as a candidate for Republican state convention delegate.

Those filing as candidates for local offices as of Feb. 4 include:

BZA says yes to higher Northview signage

The Northview Inn and Suites, 2820 Hotel Ave., will be allowed to install a new sign near the hotel, the Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals decided Monday, Feb. 1.

The new sign will be placed on an existing pole, but installation of the sign required the hotel to seek a variance from development standards because the pole is higher than is normally allowed.

BZA members, however, approved a variance allowing Northview to place the sign 60 feet in the air. The sign may be as large as 300 square feet.


Andrews Town Council changes date of meeting

The Andrews Town Council meeting regularly scheduled for Monday, Feb. 8, has been rescheduled.

It will be held instead on Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 6 p.m. at the town's municipal building.


Peers choose Helvie as district president for state commissioners' group

Huntington County Commissioner Jerry Helvie was elected president of the Indiana Association of County Commissioners Northeast District during the group's annual conference in December.

Wells County Commissioner Paul Bonham was elected vice president.

Incumbent Miller files for return to Polk Township Trustee post

Gary Miller, 8920W-100S, Andrews, has filed his candidacy in the Huntington County clerk's office, seeking the Republican nomination as Polk township trustee.

Miller is the incumbent in that office.

Robert W. Gonser, 4136N-300E, Huntington, has filed as a Republican candidate for Union Township Board.

On the state level, Nasser Hanna, of Fishers, has filed for the Democrat nomination for United States representative from the fifth district.

Huntington hotel requests approval to install a new sign at its location

A Huntington hotel is requesting approval from the Huntington Board of Zoning Appeals to install a new sign.

Northview Inn and Suites, 2820 Hotel Ave., is requesting a variance from development standards to allow placement of a new sign, of up to 300 square feet, on an existing pole between 60 and 74 feet tall.

The board will also review previously-granted variances for a beauty salon at 1335 Edna Ave. and office and storage space for Huntington University at 846 North St.

Republican ballot for May 4 primary continues to heat up

The Republican ballot for the May 4 primary elections continues to heat up.

As of Jan. 25, the race for the party's nomination for Huntington County Assessor had grown to three candidates; and a second hopeful entered the races for both Huntington County Sheriff and Dallas Township Trustee.

Harris says he'd offer new perspective on council

Joel Harris officially filed his paperwork to run as a Republican in the May primary for the 3rd District County Council seat currently held by Pam Updike.

"In these difficult times there is a very real disconnect between those elected to serve and the people they represent," says Harris.

Krieg seeks Democrat nomination to Huntington County recorder's post

Andrew Krieg
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Andrew Wayne Krieg has announced that he is a candidate for the Democrat nomination as Huntington County recorder.
Krieg's platform is "No More Recycled Politicians."

Krieg says Huntington County needs to elect new people into office for a better future of our country.
Krieg says he will bring new ideas to Huntington County as recorder.

Zinsmeister plans to seek Republican nomination as county commissioner

Carl Zinsmeister recently announced his intent to run for the Republican nomination for the office of first district Huntington County commissioner.

Zinsmeister worked for General Electric for 19 years in various capacities and also operated his family farm for 24 years. His platform includes finding ways to lower the county's spending and debt.

He serves as chairman of his committee with Daniel E. Groff acting as committee treasurer.

Zinsmeister is married to wife Susan, and the couple has three grown children and nine grandchildren.