Tennis enthusiasts will be happy to know Chas's Wall is coming to the Rochester High School tennis courts.
Named after the late Charlie Rathburn, a four-time sectional winning tennis coach, the hitting wall will be at the southwest corner of the RHS courts, inside the fence, said Mike Marrs.
He gained Rochester School Board approval for the wall Monday. Chad Leap, Skyline Builders, will construct the wall, slated to be 10 feet high and 20 feet long and painted dark green. Work could begin soon.
About $800 of the $1,200 needed for materials has been raised, Marrs said. Anyone can make a contribution by writing a check to the Rochester Tennis Club - a not-for-profit organization - and getting the check to Mike Marrs, Joe McCarter or RHS girls tennis coach Jesse Atkinson.
The wall will help beginning players of all ages develop hand-eye coordination and basic skills, Marrs said.
The registration deadline for a two-day Bridges Out of Poverty workshop, which offers a comprehensive look at poverty, is fast approaching.
The workshop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7 in the Community Building at the Fulton County 4-H Fairgrounds, is made possible through a partnership of the Fulton County Service Providers, members of the faith community and the Fulton County Purdue Extension Office.
It is provided as part of a community conversation series, also hosted by service providers and the faith community. Speakers will include certified Bridges Out of Poverty trainers Karen Hinshaw, Annette Lawler and Nancy Manuel.
The cost, which includes the Bridges Out of Poverty book, is $40 for the first day and $25 for the second day. Participants must attend the first day to register for the second day. Lunch is on one's own.
The cost to register increases after Wednesday to $85 for both days.
Jason See, chaplain at Woodlawn Hospital, said the workshop offers something for everyone. He has been leading a task force, comprised of service providers and members of the faith community, which aims to increase awareness of poverty among the public and increase available resources for families and residents of Fulton County.
The Rochester Board of Public Works and Safety on Thursday awarded a contract to Kleenco Maintenance & Construction for $793,000 worth of improvements at the city's wastewater treatment plant.
The project, slated to begin in September, is aimed at reducing phosphorus discharge to meet limits required by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, which handles many federal environmental rules.
Until recently, IDEM has not limited phosphorus. Ahead of applying for a new discharge permit last year, the city became aware that limits were expected to tighten. An extension on that permit was eventually granted, while a plan to meet the new state and federal regulations was put into place.
Kristopher T. Abney, 36, pleaded guilty Wednesday of one count of intimidation.
He was sentenced to one year in jail on the Class D felony. The plea came the same day he would have faced a jury trial.
A plea agreement between Abney, his attorney Mark K. Leeman and Fulton County Prosecutor Rick Brown calls for an additional charge of intimidation and a habitual offender notice to be dismissed.
Abney was issued an arrest warrant in the case on June 17, 2014, after an investigation by Fulton County Prosecutor's Investigator Dave Lawson determined he made threatening phone calls from prison to his ex-wife. The context of what lead up to the threats, Lawson stated, revolved around money, property and relationship issues.
Bremen 41, Tippecanoe Valley 13 (Friday): Tanner Trippiedi threw a 24-yard touchdown pass to Jalen Shepherd, and Wes Melanson had a 7-yard touchdown run, but the visiting Vikings lost to Bremen Friday.
Bremen led 14-13 at halftime before outscoring Valley 27-0 in the second half.
Nathan Mullen ran 16 times for 239 yards and four touchdowns, and Jacob Wunder added 85 yards rushing and a score on 11 carries for Bremen. Mullen also led the Lions in receiving yards with 40.
Alex Morrison led Valley with 56 yards on 13 carries. Melanson also had three receptions for 21 yards.
Valley has lost their last three meetings against Bremen and five of the last six. Valley hasn't beaten Bremen since a 21-7 win at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Aug. 25, 2012.
WABASH - Corbyn Wood loves football too much for some leg cramps to keep him out of the Rochester football team's game with Wabash Friday.
And there he was, just moments after needing help to get off the field, returning a punt 42 yards for a touchdown with 9:45 left in the game. Fullback Bryce Abbott willed the pile forward past the goal line for a 2-point conversion, and the Zebras beat the Apaches 8-0 to snap their 13-game losing streak.
WABASH -- Rochester's 13-game football nightmare is over.
Corbyn Wood shook off cramps that forced him from the game earlier to return a punt 42 yards for a touchdown with 9:45 left and give the Zebras an 8-0 win over Wabash Friday.
The win was RHS' first since a 17-10 win over Tippecanoe Valley on Oct. 2, 2015. They lost their last three games of that season and lost all 10 by an average margin of 38 points last season.
The win was also Brian Hooker's first in his first game as Zebra coach.
Ironically, moments before the RHS-Wabash game went final, North Miami polished off Maconaquah 16-6 in Denver to give coach Joe Grant his first win as a varsity coach. Grant coached RHS last year before resigning in June and taking the North Miami job.
FULTON - Rochester boys soccer player Trey Adley's knee hurts a lot. Out of the 160 minutes the team has played through two games this week, he's played in less than half of them.
But when he has been on the pitch, he's helped the Zebras to a 2-0 record.
Adley scored twice against Caston on Thursday to give RHS a 4-1 win. Skylar Razer scored on a rebound, and Alex Andrianov scored the only goal of the second half on a direct kick set piece assist from Will Thonn.
Bryan Hernandez scored the lone Caston goal with 34:27 left in the first half, but that was the only goal Dalton Heishman allowed in his first career start in goal.
RHS coach Trevor Brown was unimpressed with his team and added that Caston and coach Narciso Sanchez were more prepared.
"Honestly, the first 34 minutes, they were by far the better team," Brown said. "They outpossessed us. They had better opportunities. They were more cohesive. Tons and tons of credit to coach Sanchez. I'm always amazed at how much he maximizes his talent. Just a lot of respect for him. ... I don't know how much we deserved it, but we'll take it."
William L. Johnson, 70, rural Claypool, died Friday at Claypool.
Survivors include his wife, Carolyn S. Johnson, Claypool; his daughter, Heather Yell, San Angelo, Texas; and his son, Troy Johnson, Warsaw.
His funeral service is 3 p.m. Thursday at Silver Lake Wesleyan Church, 106 Walnut Street. Visitation is 1 p.m. to the time of the service Thursday at the church. Arrangements are handled by Hartzler Funeral Home.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Jerry Lewis, the manic, rubber-faced showman who jumped and hollered to fame in a lucrative partnership with Dean Martin, settled down to become a self-conscious screen auteur and found an even greater following as the tireless, teary host of the annual muscular dystrophy telethons, has died. He was 91.
BEDMINSTER, N.J. (AP) - President Donald Trump on Saturday blamed "many sides" for the violent clashes between protesters and white supremacists in Virginia and contended that the "hatred and bigotry" broadcast across the country had taken root long before his political ascendancy.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump warned North Korea that it could face "fire and fury" after a new report Tuesday said U.S. intelligence believes Pyongyang has successfully produced a nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Firmly taking charge in an unruly White House, former Gen. John Kelly moved in Monday as President Donald Trump's new chief of staff and immediately made sure that Trump's profanity-spouting new communications director was shown the door, ignominiously ousted after less than two weeks on the job.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House stepped up demands Sunday for revived congressional efforts on health care and suggested senators cancel their entire summer break, if needed, to pass legislation after failed votes last week.