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Top story:Scrap yard gets tax break.

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Scrap yard gets tax break
The Fulton County Council on Tuesday approved a tax abatement package for Rochester Iron and Metal.

With a unanimous vote, the council approved a confirmatory resolution, establishing the scrap metal recycler's Lucas Street property as an economic revitalization area. The council also approved the company's request for a reduction in real property tax for 10 years.

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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Local news
Jail study meeting July 18
On July 18 anyone interested in the future of the Fulton County Jail can hear the findings of a recent study of the facility.

DLZ Engineering was engaged in February to complete the study. Results will be presented before the Fulton County Council's meeting at 5 p.m. at the Fulton County Office Building.

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Triathlete: I finished
As Stacia Siefert crossed the finish line Saturday at the Manitou Monster Triathlon, she danced and smiled with a tiger lily flower in her hair.

No one followed her. No one lagged behind. She was the final one to finish, but to her, she had finally finished.

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Heyde joins lake board
David Heyde is the newest member of the Lake Manitou Association board.

The association, led by President Tim Lowe, conducted its annual meeting Saturday to vote in four members of the board of directors.

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

Monday, June 19, 2017
ISTEP woes
Rochester Schools Superintendent Jana Vance on Friday passed along a press release from the Indiana Department of Education detailing ISTEP problems here.

Rochester's ISTEP results are skewed because the state-hired testing company, Pearson, provided a calculator to some students that it should not have. The situation has not been resolved with the Indiana Department of Education at this time, the release said. The school corporation's accountability grade could be affected and high schoolers may have to retake their tests in order to graduate.

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

Saturday, June 17, 2017
City picks 4th Street for grant
Those traveling on Fourth Street for work or recreation could see major improvements to the street in the near future.

City officials have selected the street, for several years considered a high priority, as one they'd like to submit for funds through the state's Community Crossings Matching Grant program.

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

Friday, June 16, 2017
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Hooker gets first football job at Caston

The lesson one might be able to gain from Brian Hooker is not to assume.

He thought he would be a football coach before he would be a baseball coach. He wound up coaching baseball at Rochester for 15 years.

He thought he would be the offensive coordinator for the Caston football team this year. Instead, he's the head coach.

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Caston names Hooker interim football coach

The Caston School Board approved Brian Hooker as interim varsity football coach for the 2017 season at its meeting Tuesday. Hooker will also be the offensive coordinator.

Hooker replaces Brady Jones, who resigned as both football and wrestling coach as well as his faculty position. Hooker will remain a physical education and health teacher within the Rochester schools.

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Knee injury helps turn Bonnell into champ
A knee injury might not sound like a good way to start a successful triathlon career, but Manitou Monster Triathlon women's champion Shanna Bonnell, a Star City resident and 2002 Winamac High School grad, might not have won Saturday without it.

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
York, Bonnell win triathlon titles
Matt York won the men's title, and Shanna Bonnell won the women's title at the Manitou Monster Triathlon Saturday.

York, a middle school math teacher in the Kokomo schools, beat friend and training partner Dustyn Schrock to the finish line by 46 seconds. York was timed in 56 minutes, 47.2 seconds. Schrock completed the course in 57:33.0.

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

Monday, June 19, 2017
For returning Malchow, coaching in the blood

Rob Malchow is back as the boys basketball coach at Rochester High School, and the reason is simple.

There was no unfinished business, no scores he needed to settle, no nagging losses - no, not even that double-overtime loss to Princeton in the 2009 Class 3A state title game - that he needed to overcome.

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

Saturday, June 17, 2017
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Anna Slone
Anna Slone, 94, Mentone, died Wednesday. Arrangements are pending at King Memorial Home.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Marjorie A. Braun
Marjorie A. Braun, 95, Winamac, died Tuesday at Pulaski Memorial Hospital, Winamac.

Survivors include her daughters, Carol Shafer, Plymouth, and Kay DeWitt, Royal Center; and her sister, Wilma Swindell, Sparta, Tenn.

Her funeral service is 11 a.m. EDT Monday at Frain Mortuary, Winamac. Visitation is 2-6 p.m. EDT Sunday at the funeral home.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Ashley Nicole DeMont
Ashley Nicole DeMont, 17, died at 4:04 p.m. June 19, 2017, at Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, from injuries she sustained in an automobile accident.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Karen M. Grimm
Karen M. Grimm, 70, Clinton, Ark., died April 28, 2017, at home.

Survivors include her husband, James R. Grimm; her sons, James M. Grimm, Rochester, and Daniel R. Grimm, Clinton, Ark.; a brother, David McCarthy, Ocala, Fla.; and a sister, JoAnne Wingereid, Loveland, Ohio.

Her memorial service is 1-4 p.m. Sunday at Crawford Park, 1000 E. Mishawaka Ave., Mishawaka.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Zachery A. Pierce
Zachery A. Pierce, 27, Waukesha, Wis., died March 26, 2017.

Survivors include two sons, Dominec Pierce and Dante Pierce; his parents, Donald and Carolyn Raska, Rochester; four sisters, Penelope Prater, Texas, Anna Nicole Stanley, Warsaw, Jamie Painter, Illinois, and Amber Sauer, Illinois; and three brothers, Michael High, North Carolina, Braxton Raska, Rochester, and James Raska, Illinois.

A memorial service is noon Monday at Good Family Funeral Home. Visitation is 11 a.m. to the time of the service Monday at the funeral home.

Saturday, June 17, 2017
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Breaking News
AP sources: Senate GOP would halt Obamacare taxes
WASHINGTON (AP) - Top Senate Republicans prepared Wednesday to release their plan for dismantling President Barack Obama's health care law, a proposal that would cut and revamp Medicaid, end penalties on people not buying coverage and eliminate tax increases that financed the statute's expansion of coverage, lobbyists and congressional aides said.

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Sessions to testify
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fellow Republicans pressed President Donald Trump on Sunday to come clean about whether he has tapes of private conversations with former FBI Director James Comey and provide them to Congress if he does - or possibly face a subpoena, as a Senate investigation into collusion with Russia or obstruction of justice extended to a Trump Cabinet member.

Monday, June 12, 2017
Trump injects US into Arab crisis
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump injected the United States into a volatile crisis among America's Mideast allies, siding Tuesday with Saudi Arabia and other countries against Qatar in a dispute that threatens to disrupt efforts to defeat the Islamic State group and counter Iran.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Cyberattack wreaks havoc
LONDON (AP) - An unprecedented "ransomware" cyberattack that has already hit tens of thousands of victims in 150 countries could wreak even more havoc today as people return to their desks and power up their computers at the start of the work week.

Monday, May 15, 2017
AP FACT CHECK: Misfires in Trump's AP interview
WASHINGTON (AP) - In an Associated Press interview, President Donald Trump claimed more progress than he's achieved on his 100-day plan and showed he was not completely familiar with what he had promised in that "contract" with voters.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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