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REWIRED A crew from L.E. Myers Co., Indianapolis, are installing new utility poles and power lines in Rochester. Race Street was closed Wednesday due to the work. A group of workers work on a guy wire. 1-21-2017

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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.

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

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:

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

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.

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

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
Shop With a Cop soon
It's not too late to make a donation to the Shop with a Cop program, which celebrates its 20-year milestone this year.

Run by the local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 143, 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. Another goal of the program is to build positive relationships between law enforcement officers and young people in the community.

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

Friday, November 18, 2016
Times gets $10K
The Times Theater, Inc., the nonprofit group leading the effort to renovate and eventually reopen Rochester's historic Main Street theater, received a $10,000 grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The grant, from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors, requires that the organization raise $10,000 in matching funds, a press release says.

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

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Opera house fees paid
The Fulton County Council unanimously approved Tuesday the expense of $200,000 in litigation fees for transfer of ownership for the lower level of the crumbling Akron Opera House.

"This will basically take care of everything," Council President Gary Sriver said of the expense, adding county officials can now proceed with getting quotes to raze the 114-year-old brick building at the southwest corner of Rochester and Mishawaka streets in downtown Akron. "The town of Akron is going to be relieved."

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

Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Cops: Blunt force killed child
Kosciusko County officials have released the cause of death related to the killing of 2-year-old Adalin P. Stamper.

Kosciusko County Coroner Tony Ciriello reports an autopsy conducted Friday determined Adalin died from multiple blunt force traumatic injuries. "Ciriello concluded by saying that there are still other pending laboratory results, but the cause of death was evident," a Kosciusko County Sheriff's Department press release stated.

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

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Tired Lady Zs fall to 0-4
NAPPANEE - Rochester girls basketball player Morgan Ruff made a 3-point shot from halfcourt at the halftime buzzer against NorthWood Saturday.

Unfortunately for the Lady Zs, they only made six other field goals in a 50-27 loss to the host Lady Panthers at the Panther Pit that prolonged their season-opening losing streak.

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

Monday, November 14, 2016
Fire truck on hold
Rochester Board of Works decided Thursday not to purchase a new fire engine for the Rochester Fire Department.

The proposal, made by Rochester Fire Chief Tom Butler, was tabled until next year during a works board meeting. Following a recent visit to the fire station, Mayor Ted Denton told The Sentinel "There's not a need" for the purchase.

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

Saturday, November 12, 2016
Opera House deal made
Fulton County Commissioners took possession of the lower level of the crumbling Akron Opera House Wednesday.

The owners of the lower level of the building, Julia Day Trust and Robert and Patti Newman, signed their properties over to the county via warranty deeds.

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

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Easterday tops Durkes for county treasurer
Voters chose Republican Kathy Easterday over Democrat Helen Durkes to serve as Fulton County Treasurer for the next four years.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Average voter turnout for presidential election
Voter turnout in Fulton County ended up slightly higher, but right around where it usually does for a presidential election.

Of the 13,373 registered voters, 8,663 cast ballots. That's 64.78 percent, according to figures from the Fulton County Clerk's office.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Voters reflect on long election year
38-year-old Cory Townsend voted for the first time ever Tuesday.

"It feels great. I feel like an American," Thompson said with a wide grin.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Republicans sweep county council race
Republican candidates secured a clean sweep Tuesday in the contested race for three Fulton County Council at-large seats.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Jeri Good is next county coroner
Jeri Good will become the fourth person in her family to take the Fulton County Coroner's oath of office Jan. 1.
Wednesday, November 9, 2016
Bridge 503 cost $415K
The second of three infrastructure projects in Fulton County funded by the Community Crossings grant program is moving forward, following a bid opening Monday.

Fulton County Commissioners opened three bids for replacing Bridge No. 503 on County Road 200 North between county roads 400 and 500 West. Northern Indiana Construction Company, which submitted a bid of $415,217, was selected to do the work.

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

Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Contest at end Clinton aims high,
Trump goes hard
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Hillary Clinton aimed to hit high notes Sunday in the final moments of her campaign, hoping an uplifting message would wash away voters' disgust with the grueling presidential contest. Donald Trump vowed he and his supporters would never quit, as he charged into unexpected territory.

Clinton preached at a black church in north Philadelphia, telling the congregation that Tuesday's election was a moment to choose "hopes over fear, unity over division and love over hate." She promised to continue the policies of President Barack Obama and accused Trump of trying to destroy Obama's legacy.

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

Monday, November 7, 2016
General election Tuesday
Polls are open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday as Fulton County voters go to elect a new county treasurer, coroner, auditor, councilmen, commissioners and school board members.

According to Fulton County voter registration clerk Vicki Fulton, nearly 2,000 people have voted early at the Fulton County Courthouse and 67 in nursing homes, 12 emailed military or overseas ballots are completed and about 260 mailed ballots have been returned.

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

Saturday, November 5, 2016
Local cops join chase
A Kokomo woman who allegedly shot her husband Thursday led police through two counties on a high-speed chase that ended near the Fulton-Miami County line.

Laura Fortson, 53, was arrested at Miami County Road 1000 North and U.S. 31 early Thursday.

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

Friday, November 4, 2016
Fulton County sample ballots posted here

Fulton County residents and the rest of the nation visit the polls Tuesday, 6 a.m.-6 p.m., to cast their votes for president, congressional seats, state officials, county government officials and school board members.

Sample ballots for all of Fulton County are posted now on The Sentinel website, www.rochsent.com. Click on the sample ballot on the left side of the homepage.

Rochester Precincts 1-8, are all the same, so only Precinct 1 is shown. Henry Township Precincts I, II and III also are the same so only one of those is shown. Union Township voters will find three ballots, as there are three school corporations that serve that township.

These voided ballots were provided by the Fulton County Clerk's office and are exactly what the voter will see election day.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016
2 players plead guilty
Staff Writer, The Sentinel

Two of the five Notre Dame football players arrested Aug. 19 in Rochester pleaded guilty of possession of marijuana. Sophomores Dexter Williams and Ashton White appeared Tuesday in Fulton Superior Court after reaching a plea agreement with Fulton County prosecutors that allows each to enter a conditional discharge program.

According to Fulton County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Michael T. Marrs, guidelines of the program would be set by Fulton Superior Judge Wayne Steele, who is presiding over the cases. If completed, White and Williams would avoid jail time and criminal records as the charges would eventually be dismissed.

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

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Center breaks ground, starts funding drive
After four years in the making, the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center has broken ground on an expansion that will more than double the facility's available space.

In December 2012, the Fulton County Community Foundation awarded the center's board $70,000 to construct a second building and a six-foot-tall fence on its Wentzel Street property. The fence has since been built, and fill dirt for the new building project was delivered last week.

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


Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Valley hosts suicide loss day
The Tippecanoe Valley Mental Health Task Force hosts an International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day program in mid-November for the public.

From 9:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 19 in the Tippecanoe Valley Middle School Commons, the event is meant for adults and older children or teenagers. Due to the sensitive nature of the topic, the task force asks young children not attend.

The program is for all of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's region 2, which includes Elkhart, Fulton, Kosciusko, Marshall, Pulaski, St. Joseph and Starke counties.

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

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
1 shot, 1 man jailed
A Rochester man was jailed and another hospitalized in South Bend after a Saturday night shooting in Rochester.

Rochester city police said Phillip Snook Jr., of 1519 Madison St., Apt. No. 1, was taken to the hospital via Samaritan helicopter from the Fulton County Airport with a wound that was reportedly not life threatening.

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

Monday, October 31, 2016
City sets leaf pickup
Rochester Street Department has set a leaf pickup schedule this year.

Having already traveled one time through town, said Street Supervisor Lennie Conley, the employees will now follow a schedule.

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

Saturday, October 29, 2016
Democratic spouses in spotlight
WASHINGTON (AP) - Seeking to lash Hillary Clinton to her husband's sprawling post-presidential empire, Donald Trump accused the couple of turning to corruption to enrich themselves while in public service. Michelle Obama boosted Clinton at a North Carolina rally, meanwhile, as the candidate cheered her on.

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

Friday, October 28, 2016
School submits $22M budget
The Rochester School board on Monday approved a $22,042,594 proposed 2017 budget.

It expects $11,832,212 will come from the state via tuition support.

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

Thursday, October 27, 2016
Main St. planting starts
Main Street's getting a foliage face-lift.

The Rochester Tree Board, with the help of a community support grant from the Fulton County Community Foundation, is planting 75 trees along Main Street, from Ninth to 16th streets.

They began arriving Monday and planting began Tuesday by the crew at Sroufe Landscape Nurseries and Garden, now owned by Mitch Melton.

The project is spearheaded by the Rochester Tree Board's Teresa Houser.

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


Wednesday, October 26, 2016
'Obamacare' premiums up, choices drop
WASHINGTON (AP) - Premiums will go up sharply next year under President Barack Obama's health care law, and many consumers will be down to just one insurer, the administration confirmed Monday.

Before taxpayer-provided subsidies, premiums for a midlevel benchmark plan will increase an average of 25 percent across the 39 states served by the federally run online market, according to a report from the Department of Health and Human Services. Some states will see much bigger jumps, others less.

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

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Back-to-back: RHS wins sectional
It came down to Southwood again.

It always seems to come down to Southwood for the Rochester volleyball team.

The Lady Knights might be the measuring stick, but the Lady Zs cleared the stick Saturday, winning 25-18, 25-17, 25-8 to win the Class 2A, Sectional 37 title at the RHS gym Saturday.

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

Monday, October 24, 2016
Clerk: Voter registrations here all OK
The likelihood of voter registration or election fraud happening in Fulton County is very small, said Fulton County Clerk's office employees Friday.

First, said Fulton County Clerk Teri Furnivall, Fulton County keeps its voter registration information in-house so nobody could hack it through the internet. "We don't have electronic poll books. We're not hooked up to the internet. It's all in-house," Furnivall said.

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

Saturday, October 22, 2016
$12.9 million plan OK'd
The Fulton County Auditor's office submitted Wednesday the county's 2017 budget to the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance, or DLGF.

A budget of $12,949,796 for 2017 was adopted by the Fulton County Council on Tuesday. The DLGF has the final say on how much money the county can budget and how much it can raise through property taxes. The proposed local tax levy for budget year 2017, tax year 2016, equals $5,318,521.

For residents in Fulton County, the estimated tax rate - per $100 of assessed property value - will be .5198, which equals $519.80 for homes with an assessed value of $100,000.

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

Friday, October 21, 2016
Presidential debate fact check
WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump painted an inaccurately dark portrait of manufacturing in America while Hillary Clinton stretched credulity in boasting that her spending plans won't add to the country's debt. As well, both struggled in the presidential final debate to explain comments from their past.



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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Funds OK'd for tourism site design
With the approval of a $7,000 transfer, the Fulton County Tourism Commission hopes to launch a new website by the end of the year.

The transfer request was brought before the Fulton County Council Tuesday by Amy Roe, executive director of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce. It was unanimously approved by the council and will be used to pay for design of the website. The transfer basically moves money from one line item to another within the commission's budget.

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

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Health officials: West Nile virus tests here positive
The Fulton County Health Department said Tuesday two samples of mosquitoes from Fulton County tested positive for West Nile virus.

The Indiana State Department of Health conducts the testing.

In light of the positive test results, county health officials advise residents to be vigilant and protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitoes.

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

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
D-T gets job
Renovation of the Fulton County Courthouse basement is slated to begin at the end of this month.

Fulton County Commissioners approved Monday an agreement with D-T Construction Services, Silver Lake, for the project. The company submitted a bid of $461,822 to make renovations that meet ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act, requirements and provide other cosmetic updates that align the basement with historical aesthetics found on the other two floors of the courthouse.

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

Tuesday, October 18, 2016
RHS boys make semistate, girls take 6th
CULVER - The number six had two different meanings for the Rochester cross-country team at the Culver Academy regional Saturday.

The RHS boys advanced to semistate for the sixth straight year. Meanwhile, the RHS girls finished sixth and missed out on semistate by just six points.

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

Monday, October 17, 2016
Halloween events aplenty
Fulton County has plenty of activities in the weeks ahead to get anyone in the Halloween spirit. In addition to trick-or-treating, events feature pumpkin decorating, costume contests and parties, haunted woods tours and fall festivals.

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

Saturday, October 15, 2016
Sewer plant passes test
City officials were pleased to learn Thursday Rochester's Wastewater Treatment Facility passed a EPA-required retest regarding the toxicity of its effluent, or discharge water.

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

Friday, October 14, 2016
Early voting starts
Absentee, or early, voting is underway for the Nov. 8 general election and if Wednesday is any indication, it may be a busy election season.

According to Fulton County Clerk's Office voter registration clerk Vicki Fulton more than 80 people cast their ballots between 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

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

Thursday, October 13, 2016
Spell: A Joker's Ball
Fulton County Public Library's literacy department is shaking up the annual literacy fundraiser.

Instead of the spell bowl, it is Spell: A Joker's Ball.

The event is 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the library, the location also a switch from previous years.

Teams of four people will be asked to solve four categories of riddles: conundrums, enigmas, popular culture and mathematical.

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

Wednesday, October 12, 2016
4-H sign-up starts
This was National 4-H week and it's also enrollment time again. I'm so excited to get started.

In honor of National 4-H week, I would like to share some of our most frequently asked questions to help families understand what 4-H is all about.

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

Sunday, October 9, 2016
Intersession bus routes start Monday
Here are the bus routes for Rochester School's fall intersession, which is 8:30-11:30 a.m., Monday through Thursday.

Questions may be directed to the school transportation office at 223-4675.

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

Friday, October 7, 2016
County helps celebrate Indiana's 200th birthday
From the colorful regalia of a Cherokee chief to the cheers of 440 youngsters, the chug of an antique tractor to the melody of high-schoolers singing the state song under a sunny, autumn sky, Fulton County's birthday party for 200-year-old Indiana was a hit.

The Indiana Bicentennial Torch was met Wednesday morning in Rochester by a throng of torchbearers, their families and friends, citizens and school students.

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

Thursday, October 6, 2016
WWTP fails toxicity test
City officials learned Thursday the Rochester Wastewater Treatment Facility failed a recent toxicity test of its effluent.

City Operations Manager Warren Lease told the Rochester Board of Public Works and Safety one of two aquatic organisms used to determine the toxicity of effluent leaving the facility died during testing.

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

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Ceremony fetes history
All Fulton County residents are invited to celebrate the Indiana Bicentennial Wednesday as the Bicentennial Torch Relay makes its way through Fulton County.

The festivities are slated to start at 9:30 a.m. on the lawn of the Fulton County Courthouse. Former Circuit Judge Doug Morton will accept the torch about 10 a.m. from Marshall County representatives and be the first of 14 relay members who will carry it through Rochester to U.S. 31 where it will make its way to Miami County.

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


Tuesday, October 4, 2016
GOP faithful gather
Fulton County Republican Party faithful gathered Sunday for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner at the Fulton County Museum.

Keynote speakers included Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, R-2nd Dist., Curtis Hill, candidate for Indiana Attorney General, and Jennifer McCormick, candidate for Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Also present were Indiana House District 17 candidate Jack Jordan, Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb's wife Janet and local candidates seeking election to county offices.

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

Monday, October 3, 2016
Torch relay celebration Wednesday
The Indiana Bicentennial Torch Relay comes through Fulton County Wednesday.

The torchlighting ceremony starts at 9:30 a.m. on the Fulton County Courthouse lawn with remarks by Rochester Mayor Ted Denton.

Fourteen Fulton County citizens, chosen by their peers as having made significant contributions to the county, will then run, walk or drive the Bicentennial Torch through Rochester as it makes its way to Miami County.

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

Saturday, October 1, 2016
RDP plans art contests
Rochester business owners have the opportunity to help spice up the downtown decor plus win some cash.

Rochester Downtown Partnership has two window decorating contests coming up. The first is for the Halloween, the second for Christmas.

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

Friday, September 30, 2016
Cook-off, car show, run Oct. 8
It's the time of year when everyday people can become chili connoisseurs, sampling some of Fulton County's best chili while perusing classic and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles in downtown Rochester.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce's Chili Cook-off, which is coupled with the Blacktop Cruisers' 21st annual Red Hot Car Show on Oct. 8.

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

Thursday, September 29, 2016
Council considers chickens
The Rochester City Council took a request to allow chickens in the city limits under advisement.

The request, made by Rochester residents Shawn and Alyssa Campbell, 1190 Ferndale Drive, was discussed at length by the council. It was met with both support and pushback, particularly from Rochester Mayor Ted Denton, who said allowing chickens in city limits would be "regressive" toward cleanup efforts.

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


Wednesday, September 28, 2016
AP fact check: Presidential debate
WASHINGTON (AP) - Donald Trump's habit of peddling hype and fabrication emerged unabated in the first presidential debate while Hillary Clinton played it cautiously in her statements, though not without error. They both denied making statements that they are on the record as saying.



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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
Lingenfelter makes state
KENDALLVILLE - Rochester senior golfer Kinley Lingenfelter knew she had shot a solid round at the East Noble regional at Cobblestone Golf Course Saturday.

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

Monday, September 26, 2016
Commission sets debates
INDIANAPOLIS - The Democratic, Republic and Libertarian candidates for governor of Indiana have agreed to debate three times in televised debates organized by the Indiana Debate Commission.

Participating will be Democrat John Gregg, Republican Eric Holcomb and Libertarian Rex Bell.

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


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