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Top stories: From cop to coach: Slocum draws lessons from day job. Wayward feline finds way home.

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Wayward feline finds way home
For seven months Katelyn Lockwood waited, and waited, for a telephone call.

The Mishawaka resident finally received it. Her cat Henry, missing in Rochester since December, was found.

"I was kind of in shock," Lockwood said.

After all the waiting, she actually missed the call because she was on a plane between Texas and Indiana.

She received a text delivering the good news upon landing at O'Hare International Airport. It was from - the company which registered Henry's microchip.

"My sister read the text over my shoulder and she put her hand over her mouth," Lockwood said. "She showed it to our mom. She said 'oh my God! That's crazy.'"

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

Friday, July 21, 2017

Local news
County seeks $1M road funds
County officials said Tuesday they will request $1 million in grant money from the state's Community Crossings Matching Grant program.

The 2016 program is back for a second year. Last year, the county was awarded $1 million - the most any local government could receive.

The program provides funding for road and bridge improvements. Counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer are now required to match 25 percent - not 50 - toward the total cost of projects.

Fulton County Highway Superintendent John Geier told the Fulton County Council four projects were submitted last week for funding. They include: resurfacing County Road 750 West, or Main Street, through Leiters Ford; Wabash Road, from U.S. 31 to County Road 500 East; and County Road 100 North, from U.S. 31 to County Road 400 West; and replacement of Bridge No. 45 on County Road 600 East, north of Fort Wayne Road.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017
4-Hers earn more than $138,000
Auction results

Fulton County 4-H members sold 180 animals during the Fulton County 4-H Livestock Auction and Spotlight Sale Friday, earning them a combined total of $138,403. Animals were sold by the unit, not the pound this year.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Jail findings announced
Fulton County officials on Tuesday heard two proposals regarding the future of the Fulton County Jail.

Eric Ratts, principal architect of DLZ Engineering, suggested the jail could be expanded or relocated. Fulton County Commissioners and members of the county council heard a cost analysis for both options.

"We're projecting that you will have probably about 40 or so more inmates than you do in your facility today," Ratts said, noting the 32-year-old jail was originally designed to house 36 inmates but now can house 88. "I will be very up front with you, if you build a 200-bed jail, you'll find a way to fill it and that's the unfortunate thing about jails ... You build it, and they come."

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Grant warns other RHS staff
Former Rochester High School football coach Joe Grant told Rochester Community Schools teachers in a group email that a member of the school board and their spouse bad-mouthed and threatened him prior to his resignation and that he is considering "possible litigation."

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Woman fights to get pet back
There is a campaign growing to bring Walter "Radar" O'Reilly back home.

The name may sound familiar to those who enjoyed the long-running television series M*A*S*H, but this episode is not one of fiction. A baby raccoon rescued by a Kewanna woman shares his name with the show's popular military clerk.

The raccoon, taken in by Tierney Lloyd in early April after his mother and siblings died in the demolition of a Kewanna home, is now in the hands of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
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From cop to coach: Slocum draws lessons from day job

Honor, discipline, respect.

If the Caston football team has the same standard of excellence as the Indiana State Police this season, it won't be a coincidence.

That's because new Caston coach Tony Slocum is also an Indiana State Trooper.

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

Friday, July 21, 2017
Caston names Slocum football coach

The Caston School Board hired Tony Slocum as its new football coach at a meeting Wednesday.

This is Slocum's first head coaching job, but he's hardly unfamiliar with the Caston community. He's coached the last 15 years in the Caston system, from the Chargers junior level to the middle school to the JV to the varsity.

Slocum is Caston's third coach since the beginning of June. Brady Jones resigned after two seasons as coach. Brian Hooker, who was hired as an interim coach for the season to replace Jones on June 20, resigned on June 28 to take the Rochester head coaching job.

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Rochester, Caston 8Us make Town and Country state finals

The Rochester Youth Baseball League will host the Town and Country State 8-and-under baseball finals, which start Thursday and last through Monday. The field consists of eight teams, including teams from Rochester and Caston.

Rochester will play Monticello at 7:45 p.m. Thursday. Caston will play Frankfort at 7:45 p.m. Friday. The winners will meet at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Rochester dropped the semistate title game to Mississinewa at Akron Monday night.

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
N. Miami softball drops to 1A

The North Miami softball team will drop down from Class 2A to Class 1A for the next two years, per classifications released by the IHSAA today.

The move puts North Miami back in the same class where they won the IHSAA state title in 2014. North Miami also won a Class 1A regional title in softball in 2015, which triggered the IHSAA Success Factor.

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Valley names Kindig tennis coach
Tippecanoe Valley has named Nick Kindig the new school's boys tennis coach.

Kindig is a 2013 Valley grad and a 2017 Bethel College grad. He is the son of Valley girls basketball coach Chris Kindig.

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

Monday, July 17, 2017
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Jacalyn L. Haist
Jacalyn L. Haist, 62, Mentone, died Wednesday in Mentone.

Survivors include her daughter, Meredith Adams, Mentone; her mother, Eva Mae Haist, Mentone; and her brothers, Herb Haist, Mentone, and Randy Haist, Brookville, Ohio.

Friday, July 21, 2017
James Johnson
James Johnson, 84, Rochester, died Wednesday at home.

Survivors include his wife, Winette; a daughter, Joni Thiry, Rochester; and his sons, Jeff Johnson, Mentone, and Jerry Johnson, Warsaw.

Friday, July 21, 2017
Charles Richard
Charles Richard, 57, Rochester, died Wednesday. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

Thursday, July 20, 2017
James Johnson
James Johnson, 84, Rochester, died Wednesday at home. Arrangements are pending at Good Family Funeral Home.

Thursday, July 20, 2017
Jacalyn L. Haist
Jacalyn L. Haist, 62, Mentone, died Wednesday in Mentone. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home.

Thursday, July 20, 2017
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Breaking News
'Let Obamacare fail,' Trump declares
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump declared Tuesday it's time to "let Obamacare fail" after the latest GOP health care plan crashed and burned in the Senate, a stunning failure for the president, Republican leader Mitch McConnell and a party that has vowed for years to abolish the law.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
GOP health bill delayed
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Senate delayed a highly anticipated vote this coming week to repeal and replace the nation's health care law after Sen. John McCain's announced absence due to surgery, an enormous setback as time dwindles for Republicans to pass the signature legislation after years of promises.

Monday, July 17, 2017
Indiana election officials ponder security
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - State election officials voiced doubt Saturday that adequate security measures can be adopted before 2018 elections to safeguard against the possibility of a foreign government interfering in U.S. elections.

That's according to attendees at a weekend gathering of the National Association of Secretaries of State, whose conference was held amid an uproar over a White House commission investigating President Donald Trump's allegations of voter fraud and heightened concern about Russian attempts to interfere in U.S. elections.

Monday, July 10, 2017
Trump travel ban partly reinstated
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court is allowing President Donald Trump to forge ahead with a limited version of his ban on travel from six mostly Muslim countries to the U.S. Trump hailed the decision as a "victory for national security," but it's likely to set off a new round of court disputes over anti-terror efforts and religious discrimination.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Trump: Health overhaul not 'that far off'
WASHINGTON (AP) - Making a final push, President Donald Trump said he doesn't think congressional Republicans are "that far off" on a health overhaul to replace "the dead carcass of Obamacare." Expressing frustration, he complained about "the level of hostility" in government and wondered why both parties can't work together on the Senate bill as GOP critics expressed doubt over a successful vote this week.

Monday, June 26, 2017
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