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Opera house quotes opened
Fulton County Commissioners received a bit of a shock Tuesday in regard to quotes for the demolition of the Akron Opera House.

The lowest quote came from Chuck Shane Excavating, Akron, for $145,000. It was the only one in the expected price range.

The county also received quotes from Beer & Slabaugh, Nappanee, and Martin Enterprises, Fort Wayne. Those quotes were $270,000 and $490,000, respectively.

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


Friday, March 24, 2017
County burn ban area set
Fulton County Commissioners outlined Tuesday a designated area for a proposed ordinance that would prohibit open burning on Rochester's west side.

The area includes county properties west of Park Road and Heritage Drive inside U.S. 31. If the ordinance is approved, county residents in that area and those whose properties connect to 13th Street on the north could no longer burn yard waste. Anyone found violating the ordinance could face a fine not to exceed $2,500.

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


Thursday, March 23, 2017
ND player Redfield convicted
"Even when you're young, every decision matters. Take pride and make the most of every day."

That's the advice Floyd "Max" Redfield Jr. has for those younger than himself.

He offered it as he left the Fulton County Courthouse Tuesday after being convicted of two misdemeanors, possessing a firearm without a license and possessing marijuana.

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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Police records system mulled
Fulton County Sheriff Chris Sailors and Communications Director Gail Karas put forth their recommendations Monday for a new public safety software system.

Both, with the intention of getting away from the CODY Systems law enforcement database software, suggested contracting with Spillman Technologies, a Motorola Solutions Company. Their suggestion to have the company implement its computer-aided dispatch, or CAD system, along with records management and mobile and jail management modules was heard by Fulton County Commissioners. The cost, which is still being negotiated, is quoted at $462,631.

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


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
2 empty spots on city force
Rochester Police Department is accepting applications to hire two full-time patrolmen.

The department had originally opened the application process to fill one vacancy left by patrolman Chris Burton, who resigned last year to accept a position in Noblesville.

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

Monday, March 20, 2017
5 re-elected for 3 years
Five members of the Fulton County Extension Board were re-elected Monday during the board's annual meeting.

Dale Herrold, Stephenia Barkman, Sandy Owens, Rick Rock and Tom Smith each will serve another three-year term on the board, which is charged with performing an advisory role for local Purdue staff in programming, budget, personnel and program evaluation.

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

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Lease steps down
Warren Lease relinquished his job Wednesday as superintendent of the Rochester wastewater treatment plant and asked to work part time.

His request was unanimously approved by the Board of Public Works and Safety, which commended him for his 22 years of service to the city.

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


Friday, March 17, 2017
Dausman: Dredge Mt. Zion instead
Ray Dausman and Dennis Grossnickle believe only harm could come from dredging shallow areas of Lake Manitou right now.

That's why Dausman has been publicly vocal about his opposition to dredging and asked the Lake Manitou Association board to consider a different plan.

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Ohio man held here on murder
An Ohio man accused of killing his girlfriend and kidnapping their son was arrested Tuesday in Rochester - about 150 miles from where the crimes took place.

According to a news release from the Delta, Ohio, police department, the events unfolded shortly after 5 a.m. in the small town of Delta, which is about 30 miles west of Toledo. Police say James C. Ramey, 27, kicked in the door at 901 Fernwood where his girlfriend Amanda Mangas lived with her and Ramey's 10-month-old son Winston and her stepmother Deborah Mangas. They say Ramey shot Amanda and fled with the baby and stepmother.

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Analysts: Millions would lose care
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fourteen million Americans would lose coverage next year under House Republican legislation remaking the nation's health care system, and that figure would grow to 24 million by 2026, Congress' nonpartisan budget analysts projected Monday.

The figures dealt a blow to a GOP drive already under fire from both parties and large segments of the medical industry.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Transpo proposes rate hike
Fulton County Transpo is proposing a rate increase for the first time since its inception in 2001.

The fares for city and county rides are slated to increase by a dollar on May 1. It will then cost $2 per trip - one way - in town and $4 per stop in the county.

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

Saturday, March 11, 2017
4 men indicted in gun thefts
Three indictments charging four people in the burglary of Sand Burr Gun Ranch and theft of 57 guns were announced Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's office.

Robert M. Hoy, 21, North Manchester, and Jose Rogelio Vera-Diaz, 21, Mexico, are charged with one count of stealing firearms from a federal firearms licensee. The $42,519 burglary at Sand Burr, owned by former Rochester City Police detective Dennis O. Reichard and his family, was on Nov. 20, 2016, in the middle of the night.

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


Friday, March 10, 2017
Player pleads guilty
Notre Dame football player Kevin Stepherson followed the kickoff of the team's 2017 spring practices Wednesday with an appearance in Fulton Superior Court.

The sophomore wide receiver pleaded guilty to a single count of marijuana possession stemming from his arrest last year in Fulton County. He was among five players arrested during an Aug. 19 traffic stop along U.S. 31 near County Road 375 North. During a subsequent search of the car, officers found two bags of marijuana and a loaded semiautomatic 9 mm handgun.

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

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Health bill under threat
WASHINGTON (AP) - A powerful conservative backlash threatened to sink the new Republican health care bill less than 24 hours after its launch, even as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders began trying to sell the legislation as the long-promised GOP cure for "Obamacare. "

"We're going to do something that's great and I'm proud to support the replacement plan released by the House of Representatives," Trump declared at the White House as he met with the House GOP vote-counting team Tuesday. "We're going to take action. There's going to be no slowing down. There's going to be no waiting and no more excuses by anybody."

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

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
County mulls open-burning ban
A county ordinance prohibiting open burning on Rochester's west side is beginning to take shape and will come up for further discussion at the Fulton County Commissioners' next meeting March 20.

Although a specific area has not been defined, Commissioner Bryan Lewis announced Monday the proposed ordinance aims to address health and safety concerns for Rochester schools and Life Care Center. For several years, the middle and high school and Ivy Tech Community College at the Rochester Learning Center have been plagued with smoke coming from neighboring properties.

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

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Wires, windows and walls School work progresses
Tippecanoe Valley spokesman Aaron Leedy provides this update on the Akron Elementary School construction project.

The $17.6 million project was approved by the school board in April 2015. Completion is slated for December.

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

Monday, March 6, 2017
RMS a School to Watch
Rochester Middle School was lauded Friday by its administrators, state-level education leaders and politicians.

The school hosted a Schools to Watch celebration which included performances by the school choirs and band, speeches and awards to educators.

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

Saturday, March 4, 2017
School plans for zSpace
Rochester Community Schools is considering a virtual reality learning tool named zSpace that could benefit not only students, but the entire community.

No decision about the system has been made, but Kiwanis Club members and business and industry representatives got a preview last week. The school board discussed the system briefly Wednesday during a study session.

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

Friday, March 3, 2017
Jury acquits Beatty
Mark W. Beatty broke out in tears Wednesday evening after a Fulton County jury said he was not guilty of child molestation.

The 51-year-old Kokomo resident, formerly of Macy, was acquitted of four counts of felony child molestation after a two-day trial before Judge Chris Lee in Fulton Circuit Court.

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

Thursday, March 2, 2017
City: Big bill soon
Rochester businesses and residents will soon receive a letter regarding a double billing for water and sewer utilities in July.

Caroline Jones, a member of the Rochester Water Board, spoke to the Rochester City Council Tuesday and presented a draft of the letter - aimed at clarifying upcoming changes to the billing cycle - that consumers will receive.

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


Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Molestation trial starts
A Macy man goes to trial today for allegedly molesting a girl under the age of 14.

Mark W. Beatty, 51, 6081 N. Lakeshore Drive, Nyona Lake, faces four felony counts of child molestation. One count is classified as a Level 1 felony and stems from Beatty allegedly having intercourse with the child sometime between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2014. He is also accused of fondling the same girl on three separate occasions through February 2015.

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Winamac has best sectional chance
Boys basketball sectionals week is upon us.

The state tournament starts Tuesday, and with girls basketball, swimming and wrestling now over, boys basketball has the high school sports spotlight to itself.

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

Monday, February 27, 2017
RMS plans party
The community is invited to celebrate Rochester Middle School's recent success.

Right before Christmas, staff learned the school received a coveted national and state School to Watch designation from the Indiana Middle Level Education Association and National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.

A community celebration is 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday in the school gymnasium.

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

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Women's event features Lawson
The Fulton County Chamber of Commerce starts its second season of Women in Business meetings with Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson as the keynote speaker.

The March 17 breakfast starts with 7:45 a.m. registration and will end at 9:30 a.m. It will be at the Fulton County Public Library. Admission is free for the first two people from a chamber member business or organization. It's $5 for additional member attendees and $10 for those who don't work for or belong to a chamber member.

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

Friday, February 24, 2017
Third house changes
Fulton County residents won't find their state legislators at the Fulton Community Center Saturday for a legislative breakfast.

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce Director Amy Roe said none of them can make it. Instead, the chamber will use the time to offer a state of Fulton County session with local officials.

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Bridge work set to begin on Monday
One of three Fulton County projects funded by the state's Community Crossings matching grant program is set to begin Monday.

Fulton County Highway Superintendent John Geier told commissioners Tuesday Northern Indiana Construction Company is eager to start the replacement of Bridge No. 503 on County Road 200 North between county roads 400 and 500 West.

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Jail study OK'd
A study of the Fulton County Jail, to help determine whether to renovate and expand the current facility or build new, could move forward with Fulton County Council approval tonight.

Fulton County Commissioners met Tuesday and signed a contract with DLZ Engineering to complete a feasibility study and cost analysis of the jail.

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


Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Drowning linked to underage drinking
A Rochester man has plead guilty in connection with the drowning death of 20-year-old Aaron T. Eckman III on June 17, 2015.

Phillip A. Robbins, 7934 W. Olson Road, is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Fulton Superior Court. He is being held at Marshall County Jail on a charge of probation revocation.

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


Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Hurt seeks seat
Kokomo attorney Mark Hurt earlier this month became the first challenger for a U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.

Hurt, a Republican, formally announced his candidacy Feb. 1 in Indianapolis. Donnelly, elected to the Senate in 2012, is the only Indiana Democrat holding statewide office. National Republicans are targeting him for defeat after President Donald Trump won Indiana by 19 percentage points.

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

Saturday, February 18, 2017
4 dredging areas listed
Lake Manitou Association has applied for a state permit to dredge 20,406 cubic yards of sediment out of the lake.

The association's permit application lists four places where dredging would occur: At the Rain Creek Inlet at the head of the lake; at White Creek on the east side by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources boat launch; on the southwest side of the lake near the old Sportsman's Inn; and in the channels surrounding the end of Ford Court.

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Disc golf on its way: 18-hole course will be put up at City Park
Local disc golf enthusiasts and beginners alike will soon be able to test their skills at Rochester City Park.

Like traditional golf, disc golf is a precision-and-accuracy sport. However, instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc. Instead of hitting a ball into a hole, discs are thrown into baskets set at varying lengths around different obstacles.

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

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Rep. Friend: CAFO bill needs some discussion
State Rep. Bill Friend, R-Macy, believes a confined feeding bill pending for the Indiana General Assembly is "very misunderstood."

He's hoping the House Committee on Environmental Affairs has more time to devote to House Bill 1494, which amends state law on confined feeding operations.

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
College savings program gets a financial leg up
As college costs continue to rise at a pace that exceeds inflation, Teachers Credit Union on Thursday donated $5,000 to the Fulton County Promise in an effort to financially assist and raise awareness about the importance of saving for postsecondary education.

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

Monday, February 13, 2017
Mentors are a win-win
Talking Zebras is a monthly column written by Rochester Community Schools administrators and staff on the subjects of their choosing.

This past fall, the Rochester Athletic Student Council was formed. Athletes were nominated by their head coach.

Current members of the council include: Emma Dahlquist, Zane Gilbreath, Abigail McCarter, Alexis Elliott, Allie Bickle, Ben Perez, Carter Hooks, Drew Sailors, Jackson Sawyer, Kelsey Tyler, Madelyn Sailors, Mason Brady, Ross Pearson, Sarah Schaller, Killian Bailey, Kinley Lingenfelter, and Thomas Rohr.

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

Saturday, February 11, 2017
CAFO bill still pends
The Hoosier Environmental Council attorney says a Wednesday amendment to a confined feeding bill pending before the House Committee on Environmental Affairs is a step forward.

But there's still more race to be run, said Kim Ferraro, who also is the Environmental Council's agricultural policy director.

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


Friday, February 10, 2017
Sand Burr suspect arrested
A traffic stop in North Manchester and the recovery of a gun stolen from Sand Burr Gun Ranch led police to Robert M. Hoy.

Hoy, 21, is incarcerated in St. Joseph County on a charge of theft of firearms from a licensed firearm dealer.

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

Thursday, February 9, 2017
4th Street in the works
During a Rochester City Council strategic planning session Tuesday, Mayor Ted Denton announced that the city will pursue funding through the state's Community Crossings matching grant program for improvements to Fourth Street.

Part of applying for those funds requires the completion of a pavement study and asset management plan, which the city did not have when the funds were first made available last year.

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


Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Musical greetings planned
The Fulton County Community Foundation is planning its 19th year of the "Give Your Heart to Your Community" Valentine's Day project.

The Feb. 14 fundraiser is a way for people to celebrate Valentine's Day while making a contribution to local charitable organizations.

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


Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Zoning hearing Monday
Fulton County Commissioners have a 9 a.m. Monday public hearing at the Fulton County Office Building on amendments to the county zoning code and zone map.

A legal advertisement calling for a 6 p.m. Monday hearing was incorrect.

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

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Woodling joins TOPP racing team
TOPP Motorsports has added Dylan Woodling to its driver lineup for the 2017 racing season.

Woodling, a Warsaw native, has more than 12 years of racing experience and will drive a U.M.P. Modified race car for the team. He is expected to hit the track at 20 Midwest region races.

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


Friday, February 3, 2017
Friend seeks trail funds
For years, state officials have encouraged communities to develop trail systems to provide healthy recreational opportunities for residents and spur local economic development. But that encouragement never came with any money to help maintain those trails.

A new bill filed this year could change that.

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


Thursday, February 2, 2017
Group develops '17 goals
Rochester Downtown Partnership, which focuses on the economic and cultural health of downtown Rochester, has set its goals for 2017.

Sarah Reese, executive director of Rochester Downtown Partnership, said the nonprofit organization's goals include developing a communication network with local media, building a volunteer base, enhancing and sustaining downtown business, increasing tourism traffic and local investment, promoting downtown as a destination and serving as a resource for downtown businesses and property owners.

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Shafer honors late brother with girls state title
PLYMOUTH - In Rhiley Shafer, Rochester wrestling coach Clint Gard can't help but see a little of Jordan Shafer.

Shafer carried on the family legacy of wrestling excellence at the inaugural Indiana High School Girls Wrestling state finals at Hamilton Heights High School in Arcadia on Jan. 20.

Shafer won the state title, defeating Penn's Andelisia Henry 2-0 in a best-of-three finals format in the 220-pound weight class. Shafer lost to Henry at the Rochester regional two weeks earlier, but she beat Henry twice by fall at state. Neither match got to the second period.

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

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Third House packed
This year's legislative breakfast series kicked off with a large turnout of people interested in hearing from their state legislators.

The breakfast, hosted by Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and Fulton County Farm Bureau, was attended by State Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, and State Reps. Bill Friend, R-Macy, Jack Jordan, R-Bremen, and Doug Gutwein, R-Francesville.

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

Monday, January 30, 2017
Local woman on PBS show
Stacy Heckathorn, owner of Craft Crossing and Antiques, will be featured on the Public Broadcasting Service television show "Antiques Roadshow" Monday.

Viewers will see and hear about an item of hers that caught the eye of appraisers. She was one of maybe 50 people filmed for the show, which is in installments over three weeks at 8 p.m. Mondays on WNIT public television, Channel 34.1.

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


Saturday, January 28, 2017
Wall tax
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - President Donald Trump called on fellow Republicans to help him enact "great and lasting change" at a party retreat Thursday but offered few details. Later his spokesman said the president will seek a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to pay for a proposed border wall.

The president was greeted by cheers as he took the stage in a hotel ballroom, telling senators and House members, "This Congress is going to be the busiest Congress in decades - maybe ever."

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


Friday, January 27, 2017
Denton: Exciting time
With more than a year behind the mayor's desk at Rochester City Hall, Mayor Ted Denton gave his second State of the City address Wednesday.

"The state of Rochester is exciting ... We're seeing a lot of people that have hope, and they see that things are changing," Denton declared to a packed room of about 50 people. The annual address was delivered at a Rochester Kiwanis Club meeting at Woodlawn Hospital.

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

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Council mulls curbside recycling
Representatives of Republic Services pitched a pilot program for curbside recycling to city officials Tuesday.

The company, second only to Waste Management in the domestic solid waste industry, proposed the city implement its recycling service for a 3-month trial period.

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Lilly invests in Valley counseling
Tippecanoe Valley Schools has received $30,000 from Lilly Endowment to help it develop a comprehensive school counseling program.

According to a Valley press release, the corporation received a planning grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.'s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students.

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


Tuesday, January 24, 2017
U.S. 31 limited access topic of meeting
Fulton County officials have been given a voice ahead of a corridor study about upgrading U.S. 31 to a limited-access highway.

On Tuesday, former county commissioner Roger Rose and Fulton County Area Plan Director Casi Cowles will join officials from Tipton, Miami, southern Marshall and possibly northern Howard to discuss potential upgrades along the corridor with representatives of the Indiana Department of Transportation and CHA Consulting Inc., the firm contracted to complete the study.

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

Monday, January 23, 2017
Attempted murder charge for Macy man
A Macy man is accused of trying to murder his girlfriend Tuesday night. 

DeWayne C. Van Alstine Jr., 45, faces felony charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery. A jury trial is set for 8:30 a.m. July 11 in Fulton Circuit Court. 

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

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Valley slates adult study
The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation's winter adult education course is set.

Adult education classes are offered at various school sites through March and include canvas painting, first aid and CPR certification, high school equivalency test training, and an open weight room.

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

Friday, January 20, 2017
ISP: Big drug bust
Indiana State Police say a Tuesday traffic stop led to four arrests and the seizure of 3 pounds of methamphetamine, other drugs, 21 guns and more than $213,000.

About 5:40 p.m., Indiana State Troopers Steven Glass and Doug Weaver stopped a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck on U.S. 31 near County Road 375 North. An unsafe lane change is cited as the reason for the initial stop of the truck. Police say the truck was being driven by Stephan M. Howard, 54, 86 Reed Lane.

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

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Sheriff launches awards
Fulton County Sheriff Chris Sailors is launching a new program to show appreciation for significant acts performed by employees or citizens.

Sailors announced the Sheriff's Recognition Program to Fulton County Commissioners Tuesday, saying it's important to recognize someone when they do more than what would usually be expected.

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Barrs work for island return
Depending upon how you look at it, home could be a long way away for Dan and Brittany Barr, or just down the road.

The couple and their son Thomas ended a two-year stint as missionaries in the Philippines last summer with a yearning to return to the western Pacific country and their teaching jobs through Wycliffe International.

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

Saturday, January 14, 2017
No city vote on historic standards
City officials gave a draft of downtown design guidelines the cold shoulder Tuesday.

The 20-plus page document, prepared by Indiana Landmarks representatives Todd Zeiger and Brad Miller, lays out recommendations for property owners who want to make facade improvements in the Rochester Historic Downtown District.

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

Friday, January 13, 2017
City seeks storm sewer funds
City officials are working with an accounting firm to determine how to generate enough revenue to upgrade Rochester's stormwater drainage system.

They need $2.9 million to start with a pilot project.

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

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Weaver is school board president
The Rochester School Board has its first new president in three years.

Brad Weaver, who's serving the final year of his first four-year term in office, was elected Tuesday morning to the post. Tom Schwenk served as president in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Holcomb: We can't afford complacency
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Republican Eric Holcomb was sworn in Monday as Indiana's new governor, calling on the state to do more for those who "feel they've been left out" despite a growing economy and low unemployment rate.

"Despite our standing, despite our ongoing momentum, we can't afford to get complacent," Holcomb said during his inaugural address at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. "Too many are not participating in today's economy or getting a quality education - are struggling with the strangling grip of drugs.

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

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
City sets 2017 meetings
Here is the 2017 calendar of Rochester government meetings. All meetings, except for Area Plan Commission, are at Rochester City Hall, 320 Main St. The plan commission meets at the Fulton County Office Building, 125 E. Ninth St.

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

Monday, January 9, 2017
Fire attributed to space heaters
Rochester Fire Chief Tom Butler says a fire that broke out Thursday afternoon at 4487 Oakhill Lane was caused by the use of too many electrical space heaters.

Firefighters and medical personnel were dispatched about 3:30 p.m. to the house fire. Upon arrival, heavy smoke could be seen coming from the second floor, Butler said.

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

Saturday, January 7, 2017
Molest trial slated
A Macy man goes to trial Tuesday for allegedly molesting a girl under the age of 14.

Mark W. Beatty, 51, 6081 N. Lakeshore Drive, faces two counts of child molestation. One count is classified as a Class A felony and stems from Beatty allegedly having sex with the child sometime between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2014. He is also accused of fondling the same girl in February 2015.

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


Friday, January 6, 2017
Caston educator up for award
Caston Elementary School physical education teacher Maribeth Brash has been nominated for the 2016-17 national LifeChanger of the Year Award.

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the national LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 public and private school educators and employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

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

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Lewis named commission president
Fulton County's governing bodies on Tuesday reorganized for 2017.

Bryan Lewis replaces retired Sherry Fulton as president of the Fulton County Commission. He was selected by newly elected commissioners Rick Ranstead and Steve Metzger.

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


Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Tourism commission rebuilds
Heading into a new year, the Fulton County Tourism Commission is making moves to establish itself as more of a marketing force than ever before.

Earlier this month, the commission sought and gained adoption of a county ordinance that it hopes will better define its role - encouraging tourism and attracting visitors to the county.

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

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Low-dose CT in use
Woodlawn Hospital is one of three hospitals in Indiana with a new low-dose CT scanner.

"There's one in Indianapolis, one up near Chicago and us," said Chief Executive Officer John Alley. "If you do a head scan it can use up to 50 percent radiation. If you do a torso it can be 30 percent less. Over time, that can be a big deal."

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

Saturday, December 31, 2016
Library recoups money
The Fulton County Public Library has settled with energy contractor Johnson-Melloh and secured the return of nearly $100,000.

A mutual agreement between the contractor and library was reached in mid-November. It ends the contractual relationship between them and calls for the library to get back $95,689 of the $131,738 it paid the Indianapolis firm.

Library Board President Rusty McGrew said the end result is that the library paid for new lighting at its three branches - $36,049 - but that's it. That entailed retrofitting overhead lights from fluorescent to LED.

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

Friday, December 30, 2016
Water, sewer budgets approved
The Rochester City Council on Tuesday approved 2017 budgets for the city water and sewer departments.

Water Department expenses are estimated at $1,547,200 and sewer at $1,345,300. Both budget ordinances passed 7-0 during the council's year-end session.

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

Thursday, December 29, 2016
City seeks bids
The city is accepting bids from companies interested in contracting with the city to run the curbside recycling program.

During the Rochester City Council's meeting Tuesday, Mayor Ted Denton presented a proposed notice to bidders for "collection and disposal of recyclable materials for the city of Rochester."

Bids will be received at Rochester City Hall, 320 Main St., until 6 p.m. Jan. 24. They will be opened at the council's Jan. 24 meeting.

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

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Officials consider firearm policy changes
Fulton County Commissioners have tabled a vote on an amended personnel policy that would allow all elected officials to carry concealed firearms in the workplace.

Commissioner Bryan Lewis told The Sentinel Friday the amended personnel policy may not be voted on before the end of the year. That would put the decision about the change on incoming commissioners Rick Ranstead and Steve Metzger, as well as Lewis, the only returning commissioner.

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
EDITOR'S NOTE: This editorial, written by Francis P. Church, first appeared in The New York Sun in 1897. It has become one of the famous editorials in American history. The Sentinel publishes it each year at this time, along with wishes for a happy holiday.



"We take pleasure in answering at once and prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification in that this faithful author is among the friends of The Sun:

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Saturday, December 24, 2016
Ref's upturn begins
Rochester football fans might recall seeing back judge Dan Adams laid out like a trophy whitetail on Barnhart Field Aug. 26 during the RHS-Plymouth football game.

Rochester was hosting Plymouth. The ground was moist. Adams backpedaled on a kickoff. When the Rochester ball carrier got tackled, Adams planted his right foot to stop. He slipped.

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Friday, December 23, 2016
Court to get new tech
Fulton Circuit Court is getting a technology upgrade in the form of InFocus' Mondopad, a multi-touch high definition display.

Fulton County IT and Maintenance Director Josh Sriver pitched the system to the Fulton County Council Tuesday. The Mondopad, priced at $13,270, is an all-in-one video conferencing, interactive whiteboarding, presentation and data sharing display. It features a high definition 70-inch touchscreen display and a replaceable built-in PC.

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

Thursday, December 22, 2016
RMS gets unique title
Rochester School Board learned Monday night what it took for Rochester Middle School to receive a coveted national and state School to Watch designation.

School administrators learned Thursday the school's application for the designation was approved by Indiana Middle Level Education Association and the National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.

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


Wednesday, December 21, 2016
Noise, septic solved
County officials heard Monday that complaints of loud noise and a septic smell related to the renovation of the Fulton County Courthouse basement have been addressed.

Fulton County IT and Maintenance Director Josh Sriver told Fulton County Commissioners the crew making renovations has since moved to a night shift and noise generated from the work will no longer interfere with the normal operations.

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

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
Early grades love tech
John Dewey, famous educator, once said, "If we teach today's students as we taught yesterday's, we rob them of tomorrow."

In order to prepare our students at Rochester Community Schools for their tomorrow, the teachers and staff must constantly change and improve their methods of instruction. They are looking to the future every day.

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

Monday, December 19, 2016
Times now a public charity
The Times Theater, Inc. has received its public charity designation from the Internal Revenue Service.

The local group heading efforts to renovate and reopen the theater at 618 Main St. has received official word from the Internal Revenue Service that the theater has its 501(c) (3) designation and is exempt from federal income tax.

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

Saturday, December 17, 2016
School chiefs talk about state grades
The Indiana Department of Education revealed this week the letter grades it assigned to schools.

Based on such things as test scores, graduation rates, attendance and improvement, they are meant to be a way to measure accountability, as required by state and federal law.

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


Friday, December 16, 2016
Matt Woods is airport manager
Rochester native Matt Woods is the new Fulton County Airport manager, effective Jan. 1.

Woods, 38, moves to the helm from a six-year job as assistant manager. He replaces Sharon Rogers, whose retirement is effective Dec. 31.

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


Thursday, December 15, 2016
No Sunday cheering
The Tippecanoe Valley School Board on Monday denied a request for the middle school cheerleaders to go to the Bishop Dwenger Winter Classic Cheer Competition Jan. 29 in Fort Wayne.

The board split its vote. Members Bryan Murphy and Dave O'Brien were in favor; members Stan Miller, Tom Craft and Todd Hoffman were opposed.

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

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Feldman wins '17 Lilly
Rochester High School senior Emma Feldman is the Fulton County Community Foundation 2017 Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

She will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to an Indiana college or university of her choice and a $900 annual stipend for required books and equipment.

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

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Jackson more than just style
Sports consumers live in the world of the wacky video.

Sports highlight shows are not interested in you knowing who's good or who's bad but rather who did something amazing.

In a way, that formed the background of my Heisman Trophy vote this year.

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

Monday, December 12, 2016
Trump's war soon
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) - Afghanistan has fallen so far from Americans' consciousness that some may have forgotten it's called the forgotten war.

It also is America's longest war. Now in its 16th year and showing little sign of ending, it will soon be the responsibility of Donald Trump, two presidents removed from the October 2001 invasion.

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

Saturday, December 10, 2016
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.

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

Friday, December 9, 2016
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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

Saturday, December 3, 2016
All-Sentinel fall teams announced
Our listing of the All-Sentinel fall sports teams concludes today with girls and boys soccer, volleyball and football.

Thursday's Sentinel featured girls golf, boys tennis and girls and boys cross-country.

We thank area coaches for all their help in educating us about both their teams and other teams in the area. Ultimately, these choices are ours and ours alone.

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

Friday, December 2, 2016
Jury trial set for Stinemetz
A May 16, 2017, jury trial in Fulton Circuit Court has been set for William M. Stinemetz, 53, who is accused of killing Kewanna resident Lawrence Pfeifer and robbing Indiana Lawrence Bank at Kewanna on Sept. 26, 1997.

He is charged with two Class A felonies of murder and robbery resulting in serious bodily injury and a Class B felony of armed robbery. Indiana State Police served Stinemetz with a Fulton County warrant on Dec. 4, 2015, at Martin County, Fla., where he was being held on separate charges.

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

Thursday, December 1, 2016
New clinic opens Monday
Logansport Memorial Hospital is opening an obstetrics and gynecology clinic in downtown Rochester to grow its market share in women's health care services.

The clinic, Logansport Memorial's first facility here, will be called Rochester Health Center and is slated to open Monday at 816 Main St. Two board-certified physicians in the Logansport Memorial Physician Network, Drs. W. Bruce Murray and Amy L. Gingery, will staff the clinic on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Santa visits Friday
Santa Claus is planning his holiday season visits to Rochester and he's bringing along Mrs. Claus to help him.

The Jolly Old Elf is set to arrive at 6 p.m. Friday at the Fulton County Courthouse to help light the trees.

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

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Slisher retires after 28 years
Indiana State Police First Sgt. Lonie Slisher, Miami County, has retired.

Slisher graduated from the Indiana State Police Recruit Academy Dec. 19, 1987, and was assigned as a trooper to the Indiana State Police Peru Post for road patrol duties primarily in Miami County.

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

Monday, November 28, 2016
2 properties get grants
The former Rochester Masonic lodge and Webb's Family Pharmacy have been awarded a total of $125,000 in grant funding to make exterior renovations and repairs.

Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb announced the Masonic lodge and pharmacy are two of 17 properties that will receive grant funds through the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs' Historic Renovation Grant Program. The program, currently in its first year, is a competitive grant program designed to preserve and rehabilitate historic properties in order to further incentivize downtown economic development.

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

Saturday, November 26, 2016
2 players report to probation
Two Notre Dame football players reported Tuesday to the Fulton County Probation Department to begin a yearlong "conditional discharge" program.

Defensive back Ashton White and running back Dexter Williams, both sophomores, were among five Notre Dame players arrested during an Aug. 19 traffic stop along U.S. 31 near County Road 375 North.

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

Friday, November 25, 2016
Hen effort voted down
A straw poll conducted Tuesday by the Rochester City Council determined there was not enough support to proceed with creating an ordinance that would allow laying hens in city limits.

For its third meeting in a row, the council spoke at length about the proposal - recently brought forward by Rochester residents Shawn and Alyssa Campbell, 1190 Ferndale Drive.

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

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Burglars take 50-plus guns
Police said more than 50 guns were stolen over the weekend from Sand Burr Gun Shop, owned by former Rochester Police Department detective Dennis Reichard.

Reichard called police at 3:46 a.m. Sunday, to report the burglary at his business, 2111 E. 350 North. Fulton County Sheriff Chris Sailors, who processed the scene with the department's detective Travis Heishman, told The Sentinel someone broke into the shop and stole more than 50 revolvers and pistols.

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

Tuesday, November 22, 2016
RHS junior mixes acting, hoops
Emma Dahlquist tried to make herself comfortable in two different venues during the last month.

Balancing the lead role in Rochester High School's production of "Arsenic and Old Lace" - the last performance was Nov. 13 - with playing power forward for the RHS girls basketball team, she's balanced acting with basketball. Said another way, she's been the star of stage and screen, or at least the star of stage and screen and roll.

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

Monday, November 21, 2016
Bicyclist struck, killed by truck
A Rochester bicyclist died after a truck crashed into him in Fulton County.

Indiana State Police say 21-year-old Merle Ramer was riding southbound on Old U.S. 31 near County Road 600 North when a 2011 Dodge 1500 pickup truck driven by Garret Sommers, 24, hit him.

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

Saturday, November 19, 2016


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