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More flexibility now available for crop insurance

Specialty crop producers can now benefit from greater flexibility to use their own records to meet crop insurance reporting requirements.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced revisions that will make it easier for specialty crop producers, and others who sell through direct marketing channels, to obtain insurance, report annual production, and file a claim.

Changes include:

IDEM issues Statewide Air Quality Action Day June 30

The Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) has issued an Air Quality Action Day (AQAD) and is forecasting high ozone levels for June 30 in the following regions: 

• Central Indiana: Marion, Bartholomew, Boone, Brown, Delaware, Hamilton, Hendricks, Howard, Madison, Shelby

• North Central Indiana: St. Joseph, Elkhart

• Northeast Indiana: Allen, Huntington, Wabash

• Northwest Indiana: Lake, Porter, LaPorte

• Southeast Indiana: Clark, Floyd

Daughtry steps down

Charles “Chad” Daugherty resigned as superintendent of the Huntington County Community School Corporation during the school board meeting on Monday,June 27.

 “After serving the past 25 years at HCCSC in various roles and the last three years as superintendent, I plan to resign my position of Superintendent of Huntington County Community Schools effective July 29,” he told the board. “I plan on taking vacation after July first. I have been very fortunate to be able to serve in many different positions in the same district for the past 25 years without moving my family.

State launches art & culture passport

 Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Indiana Destination Development Corporation (IDDC) and Indiana Arts Commission (IAC), with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, are teaming up to launch the Indiana Arts and Culture Passport.

“From music venues and theaters, to museums and more, communities across Indiana are using art as a way to come together and build a sense of place,” Crouch said. “All of these attractions reflect the values of residents and help build a sense of identity for both residents and visitors alike.”

Administrative changes OK’d

Mindy Reust will be the new principal at Horace Mann Elementary.
She was previously the vice principal there.  

Patrick McLaughlin will be the new principal of Huntington North High School.
He has 19 years of high school experience and is a resident of Huntington County.

Michael Sumpter will be the new director of technology.
He has more than 20 years in education.


HCCSC begins STEAM LABS program

Huntington County Community School Corporation (HCCSC) has begun high ability programs with STEAM LABS at both Crestview and Riverview middle schools.

High ability is support for students who are performing above average in the schools.

STEAM LAB stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math, Leadership, Agriculture, and Business.

There are three rooms at the Crestview location. One room is a science lab and the other two are for technology and engineering are based in.  

City OKs funds for fire station repairs

The Huntington City Council members approved $10,000 for fire department building repairs.

Chief Tony Johnson presented information about the repairs for Station 1.
Last year, the fire department had Baker Construction check air quality where they found moisture coming through blocks and a failing window.

During the window repair and the installment of insulation on the east wall in the spring of this year, they found four more rotted windows. The project was completed but went over their building structure budget.

Council OKs ARPA fund use

The Huntington City Council approved the ordinance for the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) fund expenditures.

The funds will be distributed to eight different categories. These categories and their estimated cost are:

HCCS board outlines FB field demo

The demolition of Kriegbaum football field was discussed by Steve Park and the Huntington County Community School (HCCSC) board.

The board is approaching the demolition of the facility through a bid process due to the dollar amount they are anticipating it to be which allows for them to get quotes rather than a public bidding.

It will receive these bids from invited list of contractors by the end of June. The list of contractors invited to bid include Amor Excavating, D & R Demolition, Crosby Excavating, Inc., Geiger Excavating, Inc., and Star Excavating.

State board of ed announces changes

The Indiana State Board of Education (SBOE) approved new K-12 Indiana Academic Standards in science and computer science, as well as academic standards for a new middle school civics course.

Indiana’s new science standards reflect similar content areas as Indiana’s previous 2016 standards, with an increased focus on supporting active student engagement in science learning.

$700 million available for sustainable fuel

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) secretary Tom Vilsack announced that the Department has provided $700 million to help lower costs and support biofuel producers who faced unexpected market losses due to COVID-19 pandemic.
The funds are available through the Biofuel Producer Program, which was created as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and economic Security Act (CARES Act).
Investments include more than $486 million for 62 producers located in socially vulnerable communities.

USDA announces baby formula waiver

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is offering nationwide waivers to increase access to infant formula for families in need as states receive and distribute imported formula.
This imported formula is made available by the Biden-Harris Administration’s operation Fly Formula. The USDA is leveraging new authority from this recently passed Access to Baby Formula act to offer this flexibility.

DNR seeks reports of certain mammals

You can help the Indiana Division of Fish and Wildlife by submitting reports of certain mammals of interest.
By reporting a compiling observation of these species, it will help identify local and statewide trends in these rare or elusive mammals.
Mammals of interest include a variety of species ranging from nocturnal and difficult to observe mammals to common mammals locally that are rare elsewhere.
Some of these mammals may have no resident breeding population but are just visitors to Indiana.