The 2016 Noble County Community Guide is provided by the News-Sun.
HISTORY: Albion was a patch of wilderness known as The Center, because of its location in the county’s geographic middle, when citizens voted to make it the county seat in 1846. Upon its selection, the county commissioners of the time appointed a committee to formally select a town name. One of the committee members proposed Albion because he had lived in a town of that name in New York, and the idea was approved. Going back to earlier times, Albion was the ancient name for Great Britain.
POPULATION: About 2,319 according to the 2014 Census estimate.
GOVERNMENT: Albion Town Council consists of five members — Don Schultz, Christina Magnuson, Max Weber, Vicki Jellison and John Morr — who meet regularly on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. The town also has a Board of Zoning Appeals, a Plan Commission, a Redevelopment Commission, a Park Board and an Economic Development Commission. Stefen Wynn serves as Town Manager. Carol Selby is Albion’s clerk-treasurer. Her office the Albion Municipal Building, 211 E. Park Drive, is open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, and she can be reached at 636-2246.
UTILITIES-Water/Sewer: Water and sewer service is maintained by the town. The water/wastewater supervisor is Terry Forker. Mark Tarlton is in charge of the street and cemetery department.
EDUCATION: Students attend Albion Elementary School (kindergarten through 5th grade), Wolf Lake Elementary (kindergarten through 5th grade), Central Noble Jr./Sr. High School (grades 6-12).
RECREATION: Within town are Valleyview Park, which has a baseball diamond; Owen Park, which includes picnic facilities; Gage Youth Ballpark, which has batting cages and two ball diamonds; and Hidden Diamonds, which includes two ball diamonds, a sand volleyball pit, a soccer field, a pavilion and trails. Black Pine Animal Sanctuary, 1426 W. C.R. 300N, is open year-round (call the park at 636-7383 for tour times). Albion Bowl is along S.R. 9, just north of town. Chain O’Lakes State Park, three miles south, offers activities including fishing, boating, hiking, swimming, camping and cross country skiing.
UTILITIES-Electric and Gas: Noble REMC and American Electric Power each provide local electric service, Northern Indiana Fuel & Light provides natural gas service, Verizon provides telephone service, MediaCom provides cable television service, Ligtel and Verizon provide Internet service and Noble County Disposal provides trash collection.
POLICE: Tom Lock is the Albion Police Chief. The Albion Police Department consists of six full-time officers, including Lock, as well as part-time officers and reserve officers. The department is located in the Albion Municipal Building at 211 E. Park Drive, and can be reached by calling 636-7157, or 911 in emergencies. Backup service is provided by the Noble County Sheriff’s Department, 636-2182.
FIRE: Brad Rollins is the fire chief. About 35 volunteer firefighters comprise the Albion Fire Department, which is located at 210 Fire Station Drive. The station houses three pumpers, two tankers, a first responder command unit, two grass trucks, a boat, and a fire safety house for educational purposes. The department can be reached at 636-7712, or 911 in emergencies.
POST OFFICE: 123 S. Orange St., 636-2711. The Postmaster is Cindy Bolinger. Its window is open 9:00 to 11:00am and noon to 4:30pm Monday through Friday and 8:30-11:00am Saturday. Doors to mailboxes are unlocked from 6:00am to 4:45pm Monday through Friday and window 6:00-11:00am on Saturday.