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Thursday, August 27, 2015
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This Week's Poll
The New York City Council is considering a measure that would raise the minimum age of legal cigarette purchase to 21. Supporters cite studies finding that most adult smokers began smoking in their teens and when other places have raised the age, the percentage of teen smokers has dropped. Opponents of the measure argue that government has no role worrying about such personal behavior. What say you? It is now 18. Is this something you would like to see the Rochester City Council consider?

Please select one:
1. Good idea. Smoking is vile and expensive. It costs untold millions in health care costs and generates lots of noxious litter. The city has an obligation to help keep our kids healthy and the air that we breathe clean.
2. No opinion.
3. Bad idea. I have the right to smoke. Young people wearing the uniform of this country ought to be able to smoke. The city ought to keep out of personal affairs and what we put in our bodies is definitely personal.

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This Week's Poll
The New York City Council is considering a measure that would raise the minimum age of legal cigarette purchase to 21. Supporters cite studies finding that most adult smokers began smoking in their teens and when other places have raised the age, the percentage of teen smokers has dropped. Opponents of the measure argue that government has no role worrying about such personal behavior. What say you? It is now 18. Is this something you would like to see the Rochester City Council consider?

Please select one:
1. Good idea. Smoking is vile and expensive. It costs untold millions in health care costs and generates lots of noxious litter. The city has an obligation to help keep our kids healthy and the air that we breathe clean.
2. No opinion.
3. Bad idea. I have the right to smoke. Young people wearing the uniform of this country ought to be able to smoke. The city ought to keep out of personal affairs and what we put in our bodies is definitely personal.

View Results
This Week's Poll
The New York City Council is considering a measure that would raise the minimum age of legal cigarette purchase to 21. Supporters cite studies finding that most adult smokers began smoking in their teens and when other places have raised the age, the percentage of teen smokers has dropped. Opponents of the measure argue that government has no role worrying about such personal behavior. What say you? It is now 18. Is this something you would like to see the Rochester City Council consider?

Please select one:
1. Good idea. Smoking is vile and expensive. It costs untold millions in health care costs and generates lots of noxious litter. The city has an obligation to help keep our kids healthy and the air that we breathe clean.
2. No opinion.
3. Bad idea. I have the right to smoke. Young people wearing the uniform of this country ought to be able to smoke. The city ought to keep out of personal affairs and what we put in our bodies is definitely personal.

View Results



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DONATION The VFW Post 1343 presented the Fulton County Veterans Service office with $3,641 toward the purchase of a new van. From left: VFW member and driver Dwayne Bailon, Ladies' Auxiliary senior vice president Judy Vaughn, Men's Auxiliary quartermaster Joe Goodman, Men's Auxiliary president Bob Goodman, Fulton County Veterans Service officer Ric Fouts, Ladies' Auxiliary president Ellen Ferrell, post quartermaster Tom Migonis, post commander Randy McKenzie. The auxiliaries and the post donated $1,000 each and the canteen put in $641. 8-24-2015

The Sentinel photo/Mike Kenny



Pseudophed sales down since May
The Citizen Action Committee is pretty sure its plan to stop meth-making in Fulton County is working.

Pharmacist Harry Webb and citizen Val Pemberton told interested people from other counties last week statics show fewer people are buying pseudoephedrine in this county since pharmacies are legitimizing sales of the decongestant.

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

Thursday, August 27, 2015
Council rules on 4 locales
Rochester city officials tabled orders of condemnation Tuesday on three properties while dismissing a ruling on one residence.

The Rochester City Council approved the continuation of condemnation orders for 826 Main St., 1000 Monroe St. and 700 Fulton Ave. A condemnation order for the home at 323 Fulton Ave. was dismissed by the council.

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

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
School rental policy mulled
Rochester School Board has revisited facility use policy.

A proposed policy update was discussed Monday. There's little change to the policy.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Weather makeup plans expand
The 2015-2016 academic year is under way and with it comes exciting changes to Rochester Commmunity School Corporation.

Our technology department and teachers are diligently working to make eLearning a possibility this year, should winter weather cause us to miss excessive days.

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

Monday, August 24, 2015
Body found in west Rochester
Police say it's too early to tell if a body found Thursday in a wooded area behind Rochester Mobile Home Park is Jeremiah Mathis, missing from Rochester since May 22.

Shortly before 7 p.m. Thursday a resident of Rochester Mobile Home Court told police someone found something suspicious in the woods. Police determined, upon arrival, it was skeletal remains.

According to Fulton County Sheriff Chris Sailors, the remains were found in a wooden area off West 13th Street. He said the remains appeared to be the body of a man, but he couldn't be sure.

"Really, all we've got is a John or Jane Doe," Sailors said.

Fulton County Coroner Darin Beeker said late Friday he believed the body was that of a male.

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

Saturday, August 22, 2015
Body Found
Fulton County Police are investigating the discovery of a body found Thursday night in woods west of Rochester Mobile Home Court.

Sheriff Chris Sailors said it's too early to identify the body or tell if it's Jeremiah Mathis, a missing Metea resident.

An autopsy has been ordered.

A woman told police about 7 p.m. Thursday someone found something suspicious in the woods.

It was skeletal remains, police said.

Find a more complete report in The Saturday edition of The Sentinel.

Friday, August 21, 2015
Saturday event corrections

Saturday events
If you're looking for something to do Saturday, here are a few suggestions. We incorrectly listed these events as being today, not Saturday, in the Friday, Aug. 21 Sentinel.

Benefit dinner
A spaghetti dinner to benefit the late Destiny Smith is 5 p.m. Saturday at the Fulton County Museum. There also will be a bake sale and live music. Cost is a freewill donation and all proceeds go to help with funeral expenses.

Summer music
Fred and Joyce Jones will host a free summer music program by the Big Band jazz ensemble Fascinating Rhythm 7-8:30 p.m. Saturday at their residence, six houses south of the Elks Lodge on Lake Manitou. Anyone who would like to listen is invited to float or boat over to enjoy free music. There is no street parking available.

Hog roast
Craig Welding & Manufacturing Inc., 5158 N. 825 East, Mentone, hosts an open house and hog roast 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.


Friday, August 21, 2015
Greer charged
Fulton County Prosecutor Rick Brown has filed charges of attempted murder in the shooting of a Leiters Ford-area woman on Aug. 1.

Police say Jeffery A. Greer, 32, 10561 W. 800 North, shot his estranged wife Melanie R. Greer, 29, in the head before turning the gun on himself that day. He was arrested Wednesday and also faces one count of felony burglary.

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

Friday, August 21, 2015
Topp Industries breaks ground
Topp Industries broke ground Wednesday for a 115,000-square-feet manufacturing and warehouse addition.

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

Thursday, August 20, 2015
Inmate Medicaid sheriff's concern
Fulton County Chris Sailors told the Fulton County Council Tuesday House Bill 1269, which took effect July 1, requires the Indiana Department of Correction or sheriff to serve as an inmate's authorized representative to apply for Medicaid.

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

Wednesday, August 19, 2015
City: Water clear of E. coli
Rochester Water Department wants citizens to know that no E. coli has shown up in its state-mandated weekly water tests.

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

Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Study: Lower incomes affecting growth
Local redevelopment champions met Thursday with consultants to hear their opinion about what should happen to strengthen downtown Rochester.

Strategic Development Group, SDG, a private Bloomington-based consulting company, met with Rochester Downtown Partnership and the Rochester Redevelopment Commission.

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

Monday, August 17, 2015
TRC change draws mixed reaction
The Rochester High School football team has played its final regular season game against North Miami every year since 1987.

Tippecanoe Valley has played Whitko in its regular season finale every year since 1985.

Until this year.

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


Saturday, August 15, 2015
Scobie returns to lighthouse
Walter Scobie remembers June 18, 1961, when his quiet morning was shattered by an explosion that ripped through the Stannard Rock Lighthouse where he was stationed.

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

Friday, August 14, 2015
Grieving parents tell Destiny's story
Tracy and Paul Schaeffner are in the throws of deep, heart-wrenching grief.

Having just buried their 9-year-old daughter Destiny Smith, they wanted, on Wednesday, to run and hide.

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

Thursday, August 13, 2015
2015 RHS grad Shafer killed
Kosciusko County Sheriff's Deputies and emergency personnel responded today at 11:00 a.m. to a reported vehicular crash located on County Road 500 South, east of State Road 19. Responders located a passenger, identified as Cole Allen Dowd, 19, Mentone, and the driver, Jordan Anthony Shafter, 18, Rochester, near the crash of a silver Ford Taurus. Dowd was transported to Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, in serious condition with various injuries. Shafter died from blunt force trauma injuries he received after being ejected from the vehicle, according to Kosciusko County Coroner Michael Wilson.

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


Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Parents talk about daughter's E. coli death
Tracy and Paul Schaeffner are in the throws of deep, heart-wrenching grief.

Having just buried their 9-year-old daughter Destiny Smith, they wanted, on Wednesday, to run and hide.

Instead, they talked publicly about the loss of their daughter. She died Saturday at Riley Hospital For Children in Indianapolis. The result of Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome, a severe complication of E. coli, caused her brain to swell. There was nothing to be done, doctors told the Schaeffners.

"They said she was basically brain dead," Paul Schaeffner said.

Kendra and Kyle Creighbaum, Rochester, spent more than a month at Riley with their twin sons, Hunter and Tucker, 3, who also contracted a severe case of HUS from E. coli 0157.

The Indiana Department of Health, and Fulton County and Wabash county health departments, are investigating recent cases of E. coli, strain 0157 H7, in this area.

Both sets of parents say they are speaking publicly because they want answers. They want to know the root cause of their children's illnesses and they want to help other parents in the community avoid such devastating heartbreak.

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

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Twins recover from E. coli
Tucker and Hunter Creighbaum run to the living room to greet a guest.

3-year-old Hunter is quick to say, "See my bag" He holds up an ostomy bag, the most obvious sign of his month-long battle with an E. coli infection that nearly claimed his life at least twice.

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

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
Senator talks clean water
U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly talked about federal water protection efforts Monday in Fulton County.

He visited the Dennis and Linda Burton farm, toured it and spoke to Fulton County Farm Bureau members at what was billed as a tool shed meeting.

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

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Tehya Grimm airlifted
The Fulton County Sheriff's Department received a report of a single vehicle accident at approximately 2:39 p.m. today on Fulton County Road 675 East between 500 North and 550 North.

Tehya Grimm, 18, of Rochester, was a passenger and was ejected from the vehicle and airlifted to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne. Brandon Honeycutt, 20, of Tippecanoe, is the owner and was the driver of the vehicle and was transported by ambulance to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne.

The crash is still under investigation.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Motorcycle crash kills veteran
Phillip Briar Nicklaus, a 24-year-old U.S. Army veteran of Afghanistan, was killed Saturday in a motorcycle crash.

Nicklaus, of Rochester, was a member of the Indiana National Guard and a 2010 Rochester High School graduate who went by Briar.

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

Monday, August 10, 2015
8 Valley grads honored
The Tippecanoe Valley High School Distinguished Alumni Class of 2015 has been named.

The seven members of this year's class join a group of TVHS graduates who have led successful lives while making substantial contributions to their chosen field of work or have provided outstanding service to their community, state, or country. The class of 2015 stands as an example for all current and future students of what is possible for TVHS graduates.

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

Saturday, August 8, 2015
November trial date for former physician
A Nov. 18 trial has been set for Mark A. Jensen, the former Warsaw doctor accused of videotaping underage boys without their clothes and touching them.

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

Friday, August 7, 2015
Storm rebuild priority set
Estimates are being gathered for fixing the Round Barn Museum, which was whipped apart during a violent early Monday morning storm.

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

Thursday, August 6, 2015
Bus routes detailed
Here are the 2015-2016 Rochester Community Schools bus routes. Questions should be directed to the transportation office at 223-4675.

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

Wednesday, August 5, 2015
Historic barn takes big hit
The Round Barn Museum at the Fulton County Historical Society no longer resembles the historic structure that welcomes visitors to Fulton County.

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

Tuesday, August 4, 2015
2 shot in Culver
Indiana State Police are investigating a shooting at a home in Culver that resulted in two people being injured.

Officers from the Indiana State Police and the Fulton County Sheriff's Department responded to a report of a person possibly being shot at a residence on 10561 W. County Road 800 North at approximately 1:20 a.m. Saturday.

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

Monday, August 3, 2015
State leaders request disaster relief
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Gov. Mike Pence and Sen. Joe Donnelly are asking the U.S. agriculture secretary to declare 53 of Indiana's 92 counties disaster areas because of crop damage and losses caused by flooding and excessive rain.

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

Saturday, August 1, 2015
Downtown planning underway
Strategic Development Group, a private Bloomington-based consulting company, is working with Rochester leaders to create a downtown revitalization plan to improve the community.

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

Friday, July 31, 2015
Grace to host suicide conference
The planning committee of the 2015 Indiana Suicide Conference announced that the conference, "Journey from Hopelessness to Health," will be on Aug. 27 at the Manahan Orthopedic Capital Center on the campus of Grace College in Winona Lake.

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

Thursday, July 30, 2015
Police in the Park Friday
Police in the Park, Rochester Police Department's kickoff event to National Night Out, is Friday at the Rochester City Park.

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


Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Man charged with battery on officers
A Rochester man is facing charges after resisting law enforcement and kicking three Rochester city officers, authorities said.

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

Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Ritz, Buttigieg speak at Democratic dinner
Glenda Ritz, superintendent of public instruction and 2016 gubernatorial candidate, called for greater emphasis on education and job creation while terming the Religious Freedom Restoration Act a "disaster" at the annual Jefferson Jackson Democratic Dinner at the Fulton County Museum Saturday.

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

Monday, July 27, 2015
Former doctor faces molest charge
A former Warsaw doctor was jailed, accused of videotaping underage boys without their clothes and touching them to satisfy sexual desires.

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

Saturday, July 25, 2015
FRANKIE SWANGO, RMP SALES BOSS
As sales manager of Rochester Metal Products, Frankie Swango, 64, is among the most accomplished professional women in Fulton County.

Her accounts might be worth a few thousand or a few million dollars.

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

Friday, July 24, 2015
4-H auction raises $174,666
With volunteers having had a chance to catch their breath, the preliminary results of Friday's Fulton County 4-H livestock auction and Spotlight Sale of Champions are now available, according to Eric Biddinger, the auction committee's tech whiz.

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

Thursday, July 23, 2015
County to use digital filing
After several years of exploring digital filing, county officials are ready to move forward with a system.

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


Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Joel Lowe returns to RHS
Some familiar faces are returning to the Rochester Community School Corp. this summer.

Joel Lowe returns to teach Rochester High School Project Lead the Way courses. He replaces Ryan Smiley, who was hired for the position when Lowe left to enter the private sector in the spring of 2012.

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

Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Denney reports E. coli violation
Richard Denney, wastewater treatment operator for the Lake Bruce Conservancy District, reported Saturday an E. coli violation occurred last week.

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

Monday, July 20, 2015
Spotlight numbers down
With just 11 Fulton County 4-H members putting their animals or products on the auction block for Friday's Spotlight Sale of Champions, it was a quick one.

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


Saturday, July 18, 2015
Moeller is tops twice
18-year-old Madeline Moeller, daughter of Jeff and Lida, brought both the grand champion market goat and the grand champion Boer goat to the Fulton County 4-H Fair.

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

Friday, July 17, 2015
Police pay hike proposed
Rochester Police Chief Andy Shotts has proposed a budget to city officials that he hopes will entice new officers to stay with the department.

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

Thursday, July 16, 2015
DEAN FOODS CLOSING
Dean Foods Co. is closing its 1700 N. Old U.S. 31 plant and sending its production work elsewhere in Indiana after 60 years in Rochester.

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

Wednesday, July 15, 2015
Leininger has top lamb
Mariah Leininger cleaned up in the Fulton County 4-H Fair sheep show Monday.

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


Tuesday, July 14, 2015
Bugno leaves Army
Fulton County Medical Clinic will host an open house from 3-5 p.m. today to celebrate the military career of Dr. Craig Bugno.

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

Monday, July 13, 2015
FARM BLOG
Kelly Whiteman-Snipes wanted to be more active in her community.

So a job at the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce was right up her alley.

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

Saturday, July 11, 2015
Karah Hizer is queen
Karah Hizer, daughter of Brett and Kimberley Hizer, is the 2015 Miss Fulton County.

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

Friday, July 10, 2015
Chamber seeks new director
Fulton County Chamber of Commerce is looking for a new executive director.

Diane Spore resigned June 29, said Bethaney Bauman, chamber board president.

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

Thursday, July 9, 2015
Block party Friday
As part of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce's first annual Community Celebration, the Rochester Downtown Partnership also planned Friday activities.

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

Wednesday, July 8, 2015
10 seek Miss Fulton County title
Ten young women will vie for the title of Miss Fulton County 2015.

The annual queen contest is at 7 p.m. Thursday at Rochester High School. Admission is $5 for ages 6 and older.

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

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
MaKenzie Lowe is Miss Akron
MaKenzie Lowe is the 2015 Miss Akron Fourth of July.

The 17-year-old daughter of Buddy and Angie Lowe, she will be a senior at Tippecanoe Valley High School in the fall.

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

Monday, July 6, 2015
Recycling schedule changes
Based on experience in the months since the program started, city workers have adjusted the Rochester curbside recycling schedule.

They've split the Lake Manitou route into two routes, bumping back Manitou Heights collection by one day, said Fulton County Solid Waste District Director Stacy Hart.

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

Friday, July 3, 2015
7 girls seek Akron queen's tiara
The Miss Akron Fourth of July pageant is 7 p.m. Friday in the Akron Community Center, following the Miss Sparkler and Mr. Firecracker contest at 6:30 p.m.

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


Thursday, July 2, 2015
Thomas part of fire department history
I had a meeting with the chief at the Rochester Fire Department, and as I walked through the front doors, I saw a beautiful bench with the name Paul Thomas etched in it.

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

Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Giving circle awards 5 grants
The Fulton County Community Foundation's Women's Giving Circle gave away $5,000 in grants Saturday during their annual gathering.

Circle members' annual dues are split between annual grants for immediate needs and an endowment for future grants.

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

Tuesday, June 30, 2015
U.S. 31 focus is drug arrests
Six police departments targeted U.S. 31 in Fulton and Miami counties over three days last week to stem drug trafficking.

Officers dubbed the unannounced three-day patrols "Operation Blue Wave," Indiana State Police said in a press release.

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

Monday, June 29, 2015
U.S. 31 focus is drug arrests
Six police departments targeted U.S. 31 in Fulton and Miami counties over three days last week to stem drug trafficking.

Officers dubbed the unannounced three-day patrols "Operation Blue Wave," Indiana State Police said in a press release.

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

Monday, June 29, 2015
Flu knocks poultry from fair
Fulton County 4-Hers signed up for poultry projects won't be taking their birds to the fair this year.

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

Saturday, June 27, 2015
Chamber party taking shape
The Fulton County Chamber of Commerce's July 10 Community Celebration is taking shape.

A parade, a downtown party with food, games, vendors, an art show and music make up the Friday events.

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

Friday, June 26, 2015
Webb: Help us rehab spaces
Harry Webb spoke to city officials on Tuesday about improving city-owned parking lots and creating a space for small events at the Fulton County Courthouse.

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

Thursday, June 25, 2015
New EMA boss hired
Lawrence Hoover is Fulton County's newly appointed emergency management agency director.

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

Wednesday, June 24, 2015
NEW CHIEF
Oscar Haughes is the new Rochester Middle School principal.

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Eckman located on Friday
Indiana Department of Natural Resources conservation officers found the body of Aaron T. Eckman, 20, Lapaz, about a mile from where he is believed to have fallen into the Tippecanoe River.

State police said they found him about 9:20 p.m. Friday. He was last seen about 2 a.m. Wednesday near 7934 W. Olson Road. Police said he had been visiting his girlfriend's relatives at that home, west of Leiters Ford, owned by Daniel Rhode.

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

Monday, June 22, 2015
AAAL seeks art, talent
Akron Area Arts League has two opportunities for people to share their talents during the Akron Fourth of July Festival.

The league plans a Fourth of July talent show.

Open auditions are at 7 p.m. June 29 and 30 at the Akron Community Center. Any talent is welcome.

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

Saturday, June 20, 2015
Still no word
There was no additional information from Indiana State Police Thursday about the possible drowning of 20-year-old Aaron T. Eckman, Lapaz.

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

Friday, June 19, 2015
Council OKs wheel taxes
The Fulton County Council passed a wheel tax and excise surtax on Tuesday, which will cause drivers to pay more to register a vehicle in 2016.

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


Thursday, June 18, 2015
3" rain washes roads away
Three inches of rain Monday night and early Tuesday left Fulton County with stranded motorists, closed roadways and a flood warning.

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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Kepler: More rain could hurt crops
To a farmer, or gardener, rain is generally a welcome blessing; however, sometimes there can be too much of a good thing.

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

Tuesday, June 16, 2015
York, Bearss earn triathlon victory
Kokomo's Matt York and Rochester's Anna Bearss won the men's and women's titles, respectively, at the fourth Manitou Monster Triathlon Saturday.

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

Monday, June 15, 2015
Police go to SWAT school
Rochester police officers will head to the 12th annual Indiana SWAT Officers Association Conference Sunday-Tuesday in Fort Wayne.

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

Saturday, June 13, 2015
Police: Mow or get fined
It's the season to keep your lawn mowed or face ordinance violation warnings and citations.

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

Friday, June 12, 2015
Park lights return
An online petition addressed to city officials to restore power to Rochester City Park lights was successful, and as of June 2 the lights have been turned back on.

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

Thursday, June 11, 2015
Tyler gets big Moose honor
Rochester resident Mark Tyler, a member of Manitou Lodge No. 1107, Loyal Order of Moose, was summoned to receive the Pilgrim Degree of Merit.

It is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a member of the Loyal Order of Moose.

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


Wednesday, June 10, 2015
Bell's prison term stays
The Indiana Supreme Court turned down the appeal of convicted Fulton County murderer Roy E. Bell.

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

Tuesday, June 9, 2015
Wood fans 21, but NM falls
FRANKFORT - Carroll High School softball coach Stephanie Pencek often quotes Rudyard Kipling's poem "If" to her players.

The poem is known for a famous line: "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster/And treat those two impostors just the same."

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

Monday, June 8, 2015
Drug test survey still available
The number of people who took a Rochester Community Schools poll about random drug testing wasn't as big as school officials thought it would be.

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

Saturday, June 6, 2015
Garden spaces open to all
Devon and Jamie Larrison are seeking volunteers interested in providing the community with organic produce.

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

Friday, June 5, 2015
Sheriff eyes jail's future
Fulton County Sheriff Chris Sailors has an extensive wishlist for the Fulton County Jail.

Sailors approached Fulton County Commissioners Monday about plans to extend the life of the jail for 20-30 years and gave them a tour of the 30-year-old facility.

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

Wednesday, June 3, 2015
Search reveals nothing
Searchers for Jeremiah Mathis found nothing of consequence Monday.

They didn't find Jeremiah, and they didn't find such things as his red fabric lunch box or his cellphone.

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


Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Search today
There's a search today for 22-year-old missing Jeremiah Mathis.

At some point on the afternoon of May 22 between his sister's home in the 1200 block of Wabash Avenue and his job at Walmart, he vanished.

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

Monday, June 1, 2015
Police: No sign of man gone a week
BY CHRISTINA M. SEILER

Managing Editor, The Sentinel

and WESLEY DEHNE

Staff Writer, The Sentinel

Robin Jeffs' little brother is missing, and she's worried sick.

Jeremiah Mathis, 22, was last seen on his way to work May 22, walking south on Main Street in front of Rochester Glass Co. That was about 2 p.m. He never made it to work. He hasn't been heard from since.

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

Saturday, May 30, 2015
Daugherty reflects on year 1
Robert "Skeeter" Daugherty has no regrets about leaving the road and heading inside.

Having gone from assistant Rochester police chief to Rochester Community Schools school resource officer, he's adjusted.

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

Friday, May 29, 2015
Caston junior killed in wreck
Caston Junior-Senior High School students are dealing with the loss of a classmate during finals week.

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

Thursday, May 28, 2015
Lingenfelter, Pfeiffer top RHS Class of '15
Kovenant Lingenfelter, daughter of Lyle and Cana Lingenfelter, Rochester, is the valedictorian of the Rochester High School Class of 2015.

Riley N. Pfeiffer, daughter of Ed and Wendy Pfeiffer, Rochester, is the salutatorian.

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

Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Grant funds 30 students' reading fun
Talking Zebras is a monthly column written by Rochester Community Schools administrators and educators. Rochester Middle School math teacher Cassie Murphy, who has a principal's license, is the administrative coordinator of a new summer reading program.

Rochester Community Schools is pleased to offer several great programs to help students continue their learning throughout the summer.

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

Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Dague is Rookie Milk Woman
Kewanna's Janet Dague enjoys all the Indy 500 has to offer this weekend from a unique perspective.

She's the Indiana Dairy Association's Rookie Milk Woman.

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

Saturday, May 23, 2015
County has new wellness specialist
Elizabeth "Betsy" Hines has only one thing on her work plate lately - improving the wellness of Fulton County.

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Friday, May 22, 2015
Wheel tax vote ahead
Fulton County Council hopes to start collecting on Jan. 1 a wheel tax and excise surtax to help cover road repair and maintenance expenses.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015
Kewanna council passes rate hikes
The Kewanna Town Council on May 7 passed sewer and water utility rate increases that will take effect over three and four years, respectively.

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

Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Facing 3 charges, RMS' Ross resigns
Rochester Middle School Principal Chris Ross, facing three alcohol-related misdemeanor drinking and driving charges, resigned Friday.

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Positive change happening at Valley
The sixth-century Greek philosopher Heraclitus claimed, "Change is the only constant in life."

At Tippecanoe Valley High School, we recognize that change is a normal and necessary part of the education profession. In many ways, it is inevitable. It can be sudden or structured, or it can be mandated or self-initiated. It is the role of the school to ensure that the change is in the best interest of the children we serve.

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Monday, May 18, 2015
Mt. Zion homes targeted
Fulton County sheriff's deputies are seeking suspects in the shooting of homes in the Mount Zion area.

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Saturday, May 16, 2015
City to reduce phosphorus
The city of Rochester has some serious work to do when it comes to how much phosphorus leaves the city sewer plant and ends up in public waterways.

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Friday, May 15, 2015
Body shop burns
Officials are trying to determine what caused a fire that destroyed a Kewanna body shop.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015
Valley honors retirees
At Monday night's Tippecanoe Valley School Board meeting, seven staff members were honored for exceptional service and retirement.

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Reading test results in
Some local third-graders will have to retake Indiana's mandatory reading assessment.

The Indiana Department of Education on Friday released 2015 iREAD test results.

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

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Energy law ripped
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - A new law aimed at decreasing energy usage in Indiana might not save consumers money as advertised and could leave the state at risk of violating federal emissions rules, environmentalists say.

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Monday, May 11, 2015
SWCD starts INfield
Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District is forming an INfield Advantage group in 2015.

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Saturday, May 9, 2015
Beeker: Pugh drowns
Fulton County Coroner Darin Beeker has determined 68-year-old Dale Pugh, Rochester, died Wednesday by accidental drowning.

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Friday, May 8, 2015
Pugh dies in lake
Rochester resident Dale Pugh, 68, died at Lake Manitou Wednesday.

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