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Friday, December 9, 2016
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Top Stories: Handing over the reins; Kepler wins state award.

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Handing over the reins
Fulton County Auditor Judy Reed and Commissioners Roger Rose and Sherry Fulton are retiring, taking with them a combined 48 years of experience.

Following one of their last meetings on Monday, each of them was recognized. They spoke about their time in office, remembering meaningful projects they've worked on, challenges they faced and what they'll miss the most.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Local news
Shop with a Cop one of many events planned this weekend
Youngsters in Fulton County will be treated to a day of Christmas shopping, all with a police officer by their side Saturday.

Shop with a Cop, run by the local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 143, kicks off 8 a.m. Saturday morning at Walmart. The program pairs law enforcement officers and agency staff with children for a day of Christmas shopping. Each child is given an allotment of money to purchase items such as clothes or toys. The program is also designed to build positive relationships between law enforcement officers and young people in the community.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016
Geier takes over
Fulton County Commissioners on Monday appointed John Geier interim highway superintendent.

He will officially take over as the department head Jan. 1. Former superintendent Rick Ranstead was elected to serve as District 3 county commissioner. His last day at the department was Nov. 30.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Lightning suppressor a no-go
Fulton County Commissioners learned Monday a lightning suppressor will not be installed atop a tower at the Fulton County Jail.

The announcement was made by Communications Director Gail Karas, who said a structural analysis determined the tower could not support the 15-pound unit.

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Sec. of state list grows
WASHINGTON (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump is expanding his pool of candidates for secretary of state, leaving unclear whether former CIA Director David Petraeus' guilty plea for leaking classified information disqualifies him to serve as the nation's top diplomat.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Monday, December 5, 2016
Online crash map
A newly unveiled interactive website could help drivers across the state of Indiana predict and avoid traffic collisions before they happen.

According to the website, Rochester drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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Saturday, December 3, 2016
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McCarter nears backstroke mark, leads RHS girls past Manchester

Rochester junior swimmer Abbie McCarter owns six school records, and her seventh might be bordering on the inevitable.

At a time when records aren't made to be broken, McCarter already broke the RHS 100 butterfly record earlier this year when she swam a 1:03.57 at a meet at Goshen on Nov. 22.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Friday, December 9, 2016
RHS goes 1-1, NM 0-2 at Triton 3-way

BOURBON - The Triton wrestling team won a thee-way match from visiting Rochester and North Miami at the Trojan Trench Wednesday.

Triton started by beating North Miami 63-15. Rochester then beat North Miami 54-16. Triton then finished with a 54-28 win over Rochester.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016
CMA pulls away in 2nd half, beats Valley

CULVER - Ethan Brittain-Watts scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the second half, and Dylan Powell added 13 to lead the Culver Academy boys basketball team to a 63-41 home win over Tippecanoe Valley at Fleet Gymnasium Tuesday.

Keith Wright scored 14 points, and Jarod Duzenbery added 13 for Valley, who fell to 2-2. Alec Craig, who scored a career-high 34 points in his last game against Knox Friday, was held to nine.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Brohm takes Purdue football job
NCAA Football

Jeff Brohm is leaving Western Kentucky to take the head coaching job at Purdue.

The Boilermakers announced the move Monday, calling him "one of the most innovative offensive masterminds in college football." An afternoon news conference was scheduled to introduce Brohm. Western Kentucky said Nick Holt will coach the Hilltopppers (10-3) in the Boca Raton Bowl against Memphis (8-4) on Dec. 20.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Late turnovers harm Lady Zs in loss to Southwood

WABASH - The Rochester girls basketball team lost their grip on a chance to get their season record back to .500 Saturday.

But three consecutive turnovers sparked a 7-0 Southwood run, and the Lady Knights hung on to beat RHS 35-33.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.

Monday, December 5, 2016
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Raymond D. Lewis
Raymond D. Lewis, 56, Rochester, passed away at 7:40 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, in Marshall County.

Friday, December 9, 2016
Frank J. Layne
Frank J. Layne, 89, Burket, died Wednesday at home.

Survivors include his daughter, Lechia Manns, Claypool; and his brother, Freelin Layne, Claypool.

No service is scheduled at this time. Arrangements are handled by King Memorial Home.

Friday, December 9, 2016
Betty J. Strong
Betty J. Strong, 96, Rochester, died Wednesday at home. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

Friday, December 9, 2016
Raymond D. Lewis
Raymond D. Lewis, 56, Rochester, died Wednesday in Plymouth. Arrangements are pending at Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
Michael J. Niblick
Michael J. Niblick, 71, Silver Lake, died Tuesday at Mason Health and Rehabilitation Center, Warsaw.

Survivors include his wife, Shirley Niblick, Silver Lake; his daughters, Martie Niblick, Michelle Killian, Valerie Cassidy, and Heather Cassidy; his sons, Ronnie Cassidy, and Jimmy Hart; and his brother, William Niblick, Durango, Colo.

No service will occur. Arrangements are handled by Hartzler Funeral Home.

Thursday, December 8, 2016
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2016 Election
Shock, joy and fear as voters elect Donald Trump president
From Virginia coal country, as election results trickled in, Jimmy McDonald texted his boss to warn he might need a day off Wednesday. Celebrations, it seemed, were in order.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Trump vows to unify a deeply divided nation
NEW YORK (AP) - President-elect Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to unify a deeply divided nation, having scored a stunning victory backed by extraordinary support from working-class America.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Trump takes Ohio, Florida, N. Carolina
NEW YORK (AP) - His path to the White House widening, Donald Trump scored victories in Ohio, Florida and North Carolina on Tuesday, but remained locked in tight races across several swing states with polls closing across the nation.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
GOP near 2 more years of House control
WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans were on track to secure two more years of House control Tuesday, as GOP lawmakers triumphed in districts in Florida and Virginia that Democrats had hoped Donald Trump's divisive comments would make their own.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Todd Young upends political dynasty
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Todd Young, a three-term Republican congressman and former Marine Corps intelligence officer, upended an Indiana political dynasty on Tuesday, delivering Evan Bayh the only defeat of his three-decade political career.

"I'm told by many people it's a big deal, but I'm just looking forward to serving the people of Indiana and serving this country," Young said in an interview with The Associated Press.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
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