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INQUISITIVE EYES

Macee Hinderlider, 11, looks at Community Building exhibits during the Fulton County 4-H Fair. Peeking out from behind is her 4-year-old brother Kent Hinderlider. 7-20-17.

The Sentinel photo/Shelby Lopez



Wayward feline finds way home
For seven months Katelyn Lockwood waited, and waited, for a telephone call.

The Mishawaka resident finally received it. Her cat Henry, missing in Rochester since December, was found.

"I was kind of in shock," Lockwood said.

After all the waiting, she actually missed the call because she was on a plane between Texas and Indiana.

She received a text delivering the good news upon landing at O'Hare International Airport. It was from foundanimals.org - the company which registered Henry's microchip.

"My sister read the text over my shoulder and she put her hand over her mouth," Lockwood said. "She showed it to our mom. She said 'oh my God! That's crazy.'"

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

Friday, July 21, 2017
County seeks $1M road funds
County officials said Tuesday they will request $1 million in grant money from the state's Community Crossings Matching Grant program.

The 2016 program is back for a second year. Last year, the county was awarded $1 million - the most any local government could receive.

The program provides funding for road and bridge improvements. Counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer are now required to match 25 percent - not 50 - toward the total cost of projects.

Fulton County Highway Superintendent John Geier told the Fulton County Council four projects were submitted last week for funding. They include: resurfacing County Road 750 West, or Main Street, through Leiters Ford; Wabash Road, from U.S. 31 to County Road 500 East; and County Road 100 North, from U.S. 31 to County Road 400 West; and replacement of Bridge No. 45 on County Road 600 East, north of Fort Wayne Road.

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017
4-Hers earn more than $138,000
Auction results

Fulton County 4-H members sold 180 animals during the Fulton County 4-H Livestock Auction and Spotlight Sale Friday, earning them a combined total of $138,403. Animals were sold by the unit, not the pound this year.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Jail findings announced
Fulton County officials on Tuesday heard two proposals regarding the future of the Fulton County Jail.

Eric Ratts, principal architect of DLZ Engineering, suggested the jail could be expanded or relocated. Fulton County Commissioners and members of the county council heard a cost analysis for both options.

"We're projecting that you will have probably about 40 or so more inmates than you do in your facility today," Ratts said, noting the 32-year-old jail was originally designed to house 36 inmates but now can house 88. "I will be very up front with you, if you build a 200-bed jail, you'll find a way to fill it and that's the unfortunate thing about jails ... You build it, and they come."

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Grant warns other RHS staff
Former Rochester High School football coach Joe Grant told Rochester Community Schools teachers in a group email that a member of the school board and their spouse bad-mouthed and threatened him prior to his resignation and that he is considering "possible litigation."

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


Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Woman fights to get pet back
There is a campaign growing to bring Walter "Radar" O'Reilly back home.

The name may sound familiar to those who enjoyed the long-running television series M*A*S*H, but this episode is not one of fiction. A baby raccoon rescued by a Kewanna woman shares his name with the show's popular military clerk.

The raccoon, taken in by Tierney Lloyd in early April after his mother and siblings died in the demolition of a Kewanna home, is now in the hands of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Pig rodeo is old-fashioned fun
It took less than 20 seconds for the Sizzling Sooies to wrestle their pig and lift it on top of stacked tires.

In that 20 seconds the team comprised of Anna Brown, Karli Murphy, Callie Richard and Bea Paulik became coated, head to toe, with mud and whatever the pig might have deposited on the ground.

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

Monday, July 17, 2017
Sale nets kids $28,575
Thirteen 4-H members earned a total of $28,575 at Friday's Fulton County 4-H Fair Spotlight Sale.

Included in the sale lineup were the grand and reserve grand champion steers and barrows. In the past few years, one or another was not auctioned.

During the course of the annual livestock auction, 164 other animals were sold by 4-H members.

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017
Plucky lass keeps going
If there were a courage contest at the Fulton County 4-H Fair, first-year 4-H'er Emmalie Grossman, 10, would have won it this week.

It didn't start so well Monday. Three times her crossbred market lamb, more than double her weight, dragged her through the sawdust. She held on tight, and the first experience was the worst.

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

Friday, July 14, 2017
Sommers a big winner
Connor Sommers, 12, son of Nick and Krista Sommers, brought home both grand champion and reserve grand champion gilt trophies and the grand champion county bred and born barrow trophy in Wednesday's Fulton County 4-H Fair swine show.

Judge Jeremy Jones commented throughout the show about the stoutness and ruggedness of Sommers' pigs.

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

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Fagner has top steer
The grand champion steer at the Fulton County 4-H Fair beef show, a Chianina exhibited by Levi Fagner, stood out for its deep quality.

The 1,332-pounder, said judge Brian Deatsman, of Leesburg, is "complete, big-backed, finished good, big and explosive." He continued, "I get a little charged up when one like this walks out," as he named the steer its breed champion.

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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Crime spree
Police are investigating a string of vehicle break-ins that happened in the overnight hours between Friday and Saturday.

Rochester Police Department was first tipped off to the break-ins shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday, when officers were called to the 300 block of Fulton Avenue. According to police records, a vehicle was ransacked there and its trunk and driver's side door were left open.

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

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Miller, Hisey end victorious
Fire erupted from tailpipes and mud flew from the tires of makeshift race cars at the David Clauson Amphitheater on Saturday night in the 2017 Fulton County Fair.

Contestants took to the track in Buicks, Chevys and other unidentifiable heaps of twisted metal to compete for prizes in two races: the figure 8 and the trailer race.

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

Monday, July 10, 2017
Park gets boost
Centennial Park received a $30,000 boost this week from the Fulton County Community Foundation.

The foundation gave a $30,000 impact grant to Fulton Economic Development Corporation to assist in building Centennial Park on the corner of Ninth and Main streets.

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

Saturday, July 8, 2017
Manitou dredging settled
Lake Manitou Association and the two men who appealed in an effort to stop dredging this year in Lake Manitou have reached an agreement.

The agreement between Kenny Anderson, represenenting the association, and Dennis Grossnickle and Ray Dausman, who appealed the permit Anderson received earlier this year for dredging, was signed in mid-June. Then the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, because it also was a party in the appeal process, also was required to agree with the agreement.

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

Friday, July 7, 2017
5 seek queen's crown
Five young women seek the crown of Miss Fulton County 2017.

The pageant is at 7 p.m. today at Rochester High School. Miss Fulton County 2016 Alyssa Fagner will crown her successor and court.

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

Thursday, July 6, 2017
US fetes July 4 with pomp, dazzle
NEW YORK (AP) - From flashy firework displays for massive crowds to small-town parades, Americans celebrated the United States' 241st birthday in both joyous and serious ways.

Tuesday's events even went international, as U.S. senators traveled to Afghanistan and spent the holidays with the troops and an Independence Day exhibition took Major League Baseball to London.

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

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Lake ski show draws crowd
Skiers can regularly be found on Lake Manitou. But it isn't every day one sees them skiing barefoot, shoe skiing, slalom strap, skiing off jumps and creating a 12-person pyramid on the water.

The four-time Division-II champions and Indiana's only competitive ski show team, the Lake City Skiers did just that Saturday afternoon in front of an excited crowd at the Moose Family Center.

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

Monday, July 3, 2017
Working group: Manitou at top
The U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service's local environmental working group this week easily set Lake Manitou and its watershed as a priority for conservation funding in 2018.

The group met Tuesday at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center, 1252 E. 500 South. Other than Fulton County Councilwoman Phyl Olinger, no one other than state and federal agriculture professionals and the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District board attended.

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

Saturday, July 1, 2017
City code targets bikes
Bicycling on city or protected properties will soon be illegal due to a slew of incidents involving adolescents performing stunts where they're not welcome.

Rochester City Council nearly approved an amended ordinance Tuesday that would prohibit bicycling on city property, including the properties of businesses, churches, organizations and any other property accessed by the public. Parks would be excluded from the ordinance, which was only halted by a lack of council members present to pass it at Tuesday's meeting.

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

Friday, June 30, 2017
Times seeks OCRA grant
The nonprofit group leading the effort to renovate and eventually reopen the Times Theater received a boost of support from the Rochester City Council on Tuesday.

The council voted unanimously to have the city of Rochester serve as the applicant for an Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs grant. The theater group is hoping to secure $500,000 in funding through OCRA's Public Facilities Program, funded with federal community development block grant dollars.

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

Thursday, June 29, 2017
City officials anticipate traffic woes
Rochester City Council pledged its support Tuesday for proposed intersection changes at Indiana 25 and Rouch Place Drive.

City officials hope the changes will ease traffic congestion that is expected to come with a new travel center at the southeast corner of the intersection. Included in the changes are a left-turn signal for drivers heading south along Indiana 25 and a right-turn lane that would allow northbound drivers a more efficient way to turn east on Rochester Crossing Drive, formerly an extension of Rouch Place Drive.

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Experts: Be safe with all fireworks
Using sparklers on the Fourth of July may be as traditional as cookouts, but they remain one of the most dangerous fireworks each holiday.

Burning at a temperature of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals - sparklers can cause serious burns. Combined with firecrackers and rockets, they account for more than 50 percent of firework-related injuries each year, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

Rochester Fire Chief Tom Butler says sparklers should always be used under close adult supervision and offers these safety tips to prevent sparkler injuries:

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


Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Relay raises $21K
Loud music, bright lights and even brighter smiles set the stage at Rochester High School's track Saturday night for Fulton County's 2017 Relay For Life.

The relay, which sets out to raise money for those affected by cancer, ran for eight hours. Participants walked, danced and partied under the lights well into the night as they raised approximately $21,000.

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

Monday, June 26, 2017
TOPP's Woodling wins 600 Open at Plymouth Speedway
TOPP Motorsports' Dylan Woodling won the 600 Open title at Plymouth Speedway Saturday night. TOPP Motorsports is race team based in Rochester.

Meanwhile, Winamac resident David Fritz was second in the Super Streets race, finishing behind only Shaun Wiltjer.

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

Monday, June 26, 2017
Belcher gives for LEDs in schools
Rochester resident Dick Belcher and his family have chosen to support another energy-saving project at a public building.

A donation of $150,000 will help put LED lighting in Rochester schools.

The money will be funneled through the Fulton County Community Foundation and released over a three-year period, Belcher said.

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

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Full lineup of weekend events here
Fulton County residents shouldn't have any trouble finding something fun to do this weekend.

The Living Local festival and community parade will keep downtown hopping Saturday.

Relay For Life will keep Rochester High School lit up late until midnight Saturday with people raising funds for the American Cancer Society.

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

Friday, June 23, 2017
Scrap yard gets tax break
The Fulton County Council on Tuesday approved a tax abatement package for Rochester Iron and Metal.

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

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Jail study meeting July 18
On July 18 anyone interested in the future of the Fulton County Jail can hear the findings of a recent study of the facility.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, June 16, 2017
8 medals for winery
If you were to walk through the front door of Schnabeltier, you may not realize that there isn't any other place in the United States like it.

The bottles of wine that line the walls and the samples of cheeses that sit on the counter indicate just how rare of a place it is.

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

Thursday, June 15, 2017
Gudas works for Riley
When families check in for medical care at Riley Hospital for Children, they are offered a little red wagon to transport their belongings, and sometimes children, through the hospital corridors.

One of those wagons now bears the artwork of Riddle Elementary School student Seanna Gudas, Rochester.

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

Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Tiki hut wins prize
Between the sunshine, waves, Jimmy Buffett on the radio and the smiling spectators, seven boats decorated with balloons, rubber ducks, and even red solo cups competed in this year's Lake Manitou Boat Parade.

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

Monday, June 12, 2017
Lake voting this week
During its annual meeting Saturday Lake Manitou Association will vote on as many as five candidates for the association board.

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


Monday, June 12, 2017
INDOT plans 2 J-turns; Intends to upgrade U.S. 31 at Indiana 10, Indiana 110
The Indiana Department of Transportation, hopes to reduce crashes at the intersections of Indiana 10 and Indiana 110 along U.S. 31 in Marshall County by putting in J-turns.

The re-designed intersections would prevent drivers from directly crossing the highway or making left-hand turns without the use of designated U-turn medians.

For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
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Saturday, June 10, 2017
Ponce, Sawyer top of class
Kristina "Nikki" Ponce, daughter of Mario and Maria Ponce, is the valedictorian of the Rochester High School Class of 2017.

The salutatorian is Jackson Sawyer, son of Rob and Beth Sawyer.

At Tippecanoe Valley High School, Jared Mikel, son of Stacy and Spencer Mikel, Mentone, was named valedictorian.

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

Friday, June 9, 2017
Parks program sign-up extended
The Rochester Park Board on Tuesday extended the registration deadline for the annual Summer Park Program.

After the initial application deadline of May 16, only 72 children were registered. There is capacity for 110 participants. The board decided to extend the deadline to 4 p.m., Wednesday.

Applications and the $60 fee must be delivered to Rochester City Hall.

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

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Guard's bus rehabbed; 2 companies donate labor and supplies for veterans
The U.S. military veterans who provide honor guard services at local funerals are traveling in style these days.

The Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard bus has been repaired and repainted, compliments of Hoffman Body Shop, Akron, and Craig Welding, Mentone.

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

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
John Doe arrested Saturday by RPD
A mystery man has been booked at the Fulton County Jail under the name John Doe.

Rochester police arrested him Saturday afternoon at Good To Go, 400 N. Main St., where he was allegedly trying to provoke a fight with another man.

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

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
REMC gives Times grant
The Times Theater, the nonprofit group leading the effort to renovate and eventually reopen Rochester's historic Main Street theater, has received a $1,000 grant from the Fulton County REMC.

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

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Service group, churches combine
Service providers and members of the faith community are joining forces with an aim of creating long-term solutions to core issues affecting Fulton County.

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce Director Amy Roe, who is part of the team, said Fulton County Service Providers task forces have been created to address issues of mental health, drug addiction, poverty and teen suicide.

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

Monday, June 5, 2017
Couple to race for 9 days
In the late 1980s Matt Sutton used to drive his girlfriend Julie around Rochester in his old International pickup truck.

Decades later Matt Sutton, and Julie, now his wife, still cruise down the Fulton County roads in a vintage vehicle. The ride is in a 1965 International Harvester Scout and brings back memories of high school days.

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

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Truck crash closes street
A feed truck that wrecked Thursday afternoon resulted in spilled diesel fuel and forced the closure of East Ninth Street for several hours.

Police dispatchers contended with multiple calls about traffic at Fort Wayne Road and Fourth Street, as traffic was diverted from Indiana 14 and Indiana 25 to the north.

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

Friday, June 2, 2017
Field of honor raised
More than 100 American flags were raised by volunteers on Saturday morning in remembrance of fallen and current military service members.

This is the 10th year Jayme Patterson has organized the field of flags to honor the United States military.

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

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Closings not just a local problem
Under the broken Hallmark sign that hangs on the face of Peace Tree Village strip mall is another sign that flaps in the wind. Its vibrant red and yellow colors demand the attention of anyone that passes by. It reads, "STORE CLOSING EVERYTHING MUST GO!!"

Dorothy's Hallmark shop, set to close in early June, will join a lengthening list of Fulton County businesses to close in recent weeks. The Auto Park used car dealership and Agave's Mexican Grill abruptly closed their doors in May too.

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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
2017 Open Class Home and Family Purdue Extension educator
The Fulton County Fair is just around the corner! In fact, the fair is July 8-15.

Each year we have open class home and family exhibits, which are sponsored by the Fulton County Extension Homemakers; however, any Fulton County resident may enter open class.

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
All eyes on Fernando Alonso; Sunday's Indianapolis 500 field is wide open
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - One of IndyCar's all-time greats will lead the field to green at the Indianapolis 500.

All eyes, though, will be one row behind Scott Dixon as Fernando Alonso makes his debut in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Alonso has never raced on an oval before, never raced an Indy car and hasn't done a rolling start in 20 years - and that was in a go-kart.

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

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Animal center is close; Facility features visiting rooms, meeting area, separated ventilation
The Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center's new building is nearing completion and there are still some ways to help with the effort to pay for it.

The opportunity to order commemorative pavers or benches ends Thursday. There's also a need for furnishings and supplies for the new 2,650-square-foot building, which will house the center's administrative offices, visiting rooms, supplies and cats and dogs which are ready for adoption.

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

Friday, May 26, 2017
Hisey gets 31 years; 9 years suspended in scrapyard theft case
Penny K. Hisey, who was found guilty of swindling more than $800,000 from Rochester Iron and Metal over a three-year period, was led out of Fulton Superior Court in handcuffs Wednesday.

Fulton Superior Judge Wayne Steele handed Hisey a sentence of 31 years, with nine suspended, and five years probation. Hisey was also ordered to pay $949,413.85 in restitution to the local scrapyard, from which she was fired in early 2015 after company officials discovered she was stealing cash and producing fraudulent payout tickets to cover her tracks.

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

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Blast suspect killed. Death toll at 22; soldiers called in
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - As officials hunted for accomplices of a suicide bomber and Britain's prime minister warned another attack could be "imminent," thousands of people poured into the streets of Manchester in a defiant vigil Tuesday for victims of a blast at a pop concert - the latest apparent target of Islamic extremists seeking to rattle life in the West.

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

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Riddle traffic pattern changes
During normal school hours, Charlee Schwenk is Riddle Elementary School's physical education instructor. But after the final bell rings and the students leave to go home, Schwenk works to thin the long line of traffic that chokes the neighborhood around the school.

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


Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Culver seeks park funds
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to build an outdoor amphitheater on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver.

The campaign, sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, and offered through the crowdfunding platform developed by Patronicity, is being run by the town of Culver.

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

Monday, May 22, 2017
Pilot eyes town; Proposes travel center on 25 South
Locals and travelers alike may in the future have a new option when it comes to fueling up and grabbing a bite to eat on Rochester's south side.

According to Fulton County Area Plan Director Casi Cowles, Pilot Flying J has expressed interest in the construction of a travel center just off U.S. 31 at the southeast corner of Indiana 25 and Rouch Place Drive. She said the company, based in Knoxville, Tenn., is expected to vote on final plans next week.

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017
After 2 ransoms, Woodlawn beefs up
Twenty-nine bitcoins, or $25,700. That's what it cost Woodlawn Hospital to get its hacked computers unlocked in the past year.

But the word "terrorists" is a better way to explain the people who were able to lock the hospital out of a good portion of its servers and computers, said Hospital IT Director Travis Albright.

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

Friday, May 19, 2017
Geier: Stretch wheel tax
Fulton County Highway Superintendent John Geier has plans to stretch funds for road repair and maintenance projects much further this year.

He told the Fulton County Council Tuesday more than $765,000 has been collected through the county's wheel tax and excise surtax, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. In a partnership with the city of Rochester later that year, 13th Street from Park Road to the bypass at U.S. 31 was repaved. It was the first time the county dipped into the wheel tax fund to complete a road repair project.

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Scrapyard asks for tax break
The Fulton County Council on Tuesday took its first step in approving a tax abatement package for Rochester Iron and Metal.

The council voted unanimously to approve a declaratory resolution establishing the scrap metal recycler's Lucas Street property as an economic revitalization area.

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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Good bye, Coach
Hall of Fame Tippecanoe Valley boys basketball coach Bill Patrick has retired after 19 seasons at the school and 48 seasons as a high school basketball coach.

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


Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Akron summer program planned
The Akron Public Library will soon start its 2017 summer reading program, Build a Better World.

This year, the library will again offer an adult and teen summer reading program, in addition to the children's summer reading program for ages 3 and older. Both programs start June 5 and will offer prizes and incentives for reading books, along with a weekly drawing.

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

Monday, May 15, 2017
Local youth join to fight hunger
Youth of Faith Outreach Center and Grace United Methodist Church are getting a glimpse of what going hungry feels like in an effort to raise awareness and money for those in countries suffering from starvation.

About 30 youth are participating in the annual 30 Hour Famine through World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization working to help communities lift themselves out of poverty. The famine began at noon Friday and ends with a meal and congregation at Grace United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. today.

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

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Parks program sign-up starts
The Rochester Summer Parks Program applications are now available at both Riddle and Columbia elementary schools for children who have completed kindergarten through grade 6. Applications may also be picked up in the Rochester Middle School office.

Designed to bring together the children and young adults of the community in a fun, positive and active environment of play, the program will run for three weeks, June 12-30 from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday at Rochester City Park.

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

Friday, May 12, 2017
Russia probe push before Comey axed
WASHINGTON (AP) - Days before he was fired by Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey requested more resources to pursue his investigation into Russia's election meddling and the possible involvement of Trump associates, U.S. officials said Wednesday, fueling concerns that Trump was trying to undermine a probe that could threaten his presidency.

It was unclear whether word of the Comey request, put to deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, ever made its way to Trump. But the revelation intensified the pressure on the White House from both political parties to explain the motives behind Comey's stunning ouster.

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

Thursday, May 11, 2017
TVMS changes schedule
Tippecanoe Valley Middle School is slightly changing its schedule for next year.

At its meeting Monday, the Tippecanoe Valley School Board approved changing TVMS' calendar for the 2017-2018 school year.

Now art classes will all be divided into 12-week trimesters.

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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Course layout detailed
Rochester Park Board's agenda - visits to each of the parks to discuss plans - was cut short Monday.

Much of the board's time was spent discussing and walking the proposed layout of an 18-hole disc golf course coming to Rochester City Park.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017
INDOT to detail road funds
Rochester and Fulton County officials have been invited to attend one of six regional meetings regarding new funding for roads and bridges.

The meetings will be hosted by the Indiana Department of Transportation, INDOT, and will detail changes to the Community Crossings matching grant program through recent legislation.

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

Monday, May 8, 2017
Roe: Local effort grows
The Fulton County Tourism Commission has a new board that is poised and ready to attract visitors to the county while undertaking new projects.

It's a rebuilding year for the commission, which has unveiled a new logo and gained adoption of a local ordinance to better define its role in promoting Fulton County. The ordinance also called for reorganizing the commission into a seven-member board, five of whom were appointed by Fulton County Commissioners and two by Rochester Mayor Ted Denton.

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Saturday, May 6, 2017
New health bill squeaks by
WASHINGTON (AP) - Declaring it "an unbelievable victory," President Donald Trump delayed his first trip home to New York as president to celebrate House passage of legislation undoing much of former President Barack Obama's health law, a top campaign promise and a long-sought GOP goal.

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

Friday, May 5, 2017
Cell bill rush; New state law causes scramble for local boards
Because of a new state law that went into effect Tuesday, government bodies throughout Fulton County scrambled late last week to protect their public rights of way interests.

The law allows telephone and internet companies to use public rights of way, sometimes without a permit. The law, said State Sen. Brandt Hershman, R-Buck Creek, in a press release, is meant to help the state develop a broader 5G cellular network.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017
Scrapyard asks for abatement
Fulton County Commissioners on Monday approved a tax abatement package on at least $2.59 million of improvements at Rochester Iron and Metal.

Speaking on behalf of the company, Rochester attorney Ted Waggoner said commissioners' approval was sought as a courtesy before the request is taken to the Fulton County Council.

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Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Caston honors 2 men
Caston School Corporation has named this year's class of distinguished alumni.

Ryan Zimpleman, Fulton, and Todd Miller, Logansport, will be recognized May 15 at the annual Caston High School senior awards program at 7 p.m. at the school.

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

Tuesday, May 2, 2017
BZA OKs Manitou Marina
Rochester City Councilman Mason Heyde is turning a high school dream into a reality.

As a student at Rochester High School, he developed a business plan for a marina on Lake Manitou. Nine years later, his plan will come to fruition.

On Thursday, the Rochester Board of Zoning Appeals gave him the go-ahead to operate Manitou Marina LLC at 1309 Ewing Road. The property is directly south of The Dam Landing and was once the location of a former marina.

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

Saturday, April 29, 2017
Prom crash reenactment Wednesday
First responders are coming together to give Rochester High School students a sobering reminder about the consequences of drunk driving.

With Rochester High School's prom coming up next weekend, Fire Chief Tom Butler told the Rochester Board of Public Works and Safety on Thursday his department will be one of multiple agencies participating in a prom crash reenactment at the high school.

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Friday, April 28, 2017
Council supports purchase
Rochester City Council showed support Tuesday for the purchase of the former Nearly New Shop, 117 E. Seventh St., which has been eyed for demolition ahead of proposed improvements to an adjacent city parking lot.

Rochester Redevelopment Commission President Terry Lee told the council a purchase price of $15,000 has been set by owner Betty Hill. He noted the commission has tax increment financing funds available to act as the purchasing agent.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
Mayor Denton: Cut the chick-chat
Mayor Ted Denton on Tuesday said he will no longer entertain further discussion about allowing chickens in city limits unless it's brought forward by a member of the Rochester City Council.

His statement followed a brief presentation by Rochester resident Mallory Stout, who requested to be on the council's agenda Tuesday to discuss the benefits of backyard chickens.

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Benzing in top spot
Rochester resident Kim Benzing is the new state president of Psi Iota Xi sorority.

Benzing was installed Saturday at Bremen during the philanthropic organization's annual state meeting.

There to support her were the members of Eta Mu chapter, Rochester, who then invited their roughly 300 sisters to visit Rochester April 20 and 21, 2018.

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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Utter is service award winner
This year's Fulton County Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award winner is Akron's J. Channing Utter, an owner and officer of Pike Lumber Company, community park champion and community revitalization-backer.

The award is given annually to someone who has given extraordinary service to the community over a period of years, either through their profession or career or through their outside interests and service. It is for continued service to the community and not for a single activity or event.

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

Monday, April 24, 2017
Contest honors 125 child artists
Student artists from all Fulton County schools were honored Wednesday for their entries into Rochester's first downtown banner contest.

The contest was sponsored by the Eta Mu Chapter of Psi Iota Xi and the Honeywell Foundation Educational Outreach Program, and the Fulton County Community Foundation helped with a $1,000 grant.

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

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Holcomb proclaims Indiana Indian Day
Students, county historians, Mennonites, Catholics and others invite everyone to attend Indiana Indian Day at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

The event is built around an apology to Native Americans.

Two tribes were driven out of Indiana at gunpoint: the Potawatomi in September 1838 and the Miami in October 1846. Members of both tribes will attend to tell their stories.

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

Friday, April 21, 2017
Student production of 'Into the Woods' opens Friday
Rochester High School students present the musical "Into the Woods" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the RHS auditorium.

Presale tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and ages 60 and older. They are available at First Federal Savings Bank, Rochester Telephone Co. and State Farm Insurance.

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Thursday, April 20, 2017
Duncan meets brother
For some people, family history is clouded in mystery.

Some never know anything at all about their bloodline - so many questions and no answers and no one to ask.

That's exactly how Robert "Bob" Banta's first 67 years of life were until fate stepped in.

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Wind farm developer contacting landowners
One of the world's leading renewable energy companies is considering the development of a wind farm in Fulton, Cass and Miami counties that could begin producing power in the next few years.

The UK-based RES Group, which has been active in the renewable energy industry for more than 30 years, has reportedly been contacting landowners about possible lease agreements for the wind farm. The renewable energy developer, which completed its first wind project in the U.S. in 1997, would like to construct 300 wind turbines in south Fulton County, northwest Miami County and northeast Cass County.

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

Monday, April 17, 2017
Victim: 'Everything went black'
Her daughter bouncing around in the back seat, Bridha Rothenberger, Rochester, swung from her open car door as the man who stole her car was trying to get away Monday.

A minute later she and the child were safe. Michael V. Rosa, 40, Indianapolis, was speeding south on U.S. 31.

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

Saturday, April 15, 2017
RPD cutoff today
The deadline to submit an application to be a Rochester police officer is today.

Applications may be picked up at the Rochester Police Department, 312 Main St. Requirements include having a high school diploma or GED, being at least 21 years old but younger than 36, passing a written and physical agility test and passing a background investigation.

"To date, we have 16 applications that have been returned," Police Chief Andy Shotts told the Rochester Board of Public Works and Safety on Thursday. "Everyone who submitted an application will get an invitation to testing."

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Friday, April 14, 2017
Tax break considered
The Rochester City Council is expected to grant a tax abatement to Rochester Metal Products Corp., which plans to purchase and install new molding equipment.

The new equipment is expected to cost about $3.3 million and should provide work for six new jobs, according to company maintenance and engineering manager Doug Smith. The project includes the replacement of an existing molding machine, originally installed in 1998. By replacing that machine, the company hopes to increase its ductile iron casting production by 15-20 percent.

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Judge gives men time to study dredging file
Dennis Grossnickle and Ray Dausman have a month to study the state's file associated with a newly issued four-site Lake Manitou dredging permit.

Administrative Law Judge Sandra Jensen set May 8 at 2 p.m. for the next action in their request to appeal the permit. That will be a teleconference lasting about 30 minutes, she said.

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


Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Nickel Plate Trail 1 of 9 under study
The Nickel Plate Trail has been selected as one of nine sites across Indiana for a statewide study to gather data on health factors related to trail use and their economic impact.

The 2017 Indiana Trails Study, administered by the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University, was slated to begin Monday. The project follows up on the Nickel Plate Trail's last study that was conducted in 2001.

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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Tillerson steps up on Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) - Criticized for his low-profile diplomacy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is emerging from the shadows with a leading public role in shaping and explaining the Trump administration's missile strikes in Syria.

And, he's set for an even higher-profile mission, heading to Moscow under the twin clouds of Russia's U.S. election meddling and its possible support for a Syrian chemical weapons attack.

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Monday, April 10, 2017
Strike on Syria widely praised
BEIRUT (AP) - World leaders rallied around the United States after it launched a missile strike early Friday on a Syrian air base in response to this week's chemical attack, while Russia condemned the move as "aggression" and suspended crucial coordination with Washington in Syria's congested skies.

The overnight missile attack, which marked the first time the U.S. has directly targeted Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces, was condemned by his allies in Russia and Iran but welcomed by the Syrian opposition and its supporters, who expressed hope it signaled a turning point in the country's devastating six-year-old civil war.

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Saturday, April 8, 2017
Hisey guilty: Jury finds guilt on all 11 counts
A jury found a former cashier of Rochester Iron and Metal guilty of swindling more than $800,000 from the business over a three-year period.

Penny K. Hisey, 13614 N. Macy Millark Road, Macy, showed little or no emotion after Fulton Superior Court Judge Wayne Steele read guilty verdicts on all 11 counts of felony theft. She was fired from the local scrap yard in early 2015 after company officials discovered she was stealing cash and producing fraudulent payout tickets to cover her tracks.

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

Friday, April 7, 2017
Rovenstine pleads guilty
WARSAW, Ind. (AP) - A northern Indiana sheriff accused of giving special privileges to a jail inmate in exchange for $40,000 has agreed to plead guilty to an intimidation charge in a deal with prosecutors.

Kosciusko County Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine reached the plea deal on Wednesday, which was when his trial on bribery and other counts was to begin. In exchange for pleading guilty to the felony charge, prosecutors agreed to drop nine other charges.

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

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Hisey trial starts
A jury was selected Tuesday morning in the trial of Penny K. Hisey, a former cashier at Rochester Iron and Metal accused of stealing $826,595 from the business.

The jury, comprised of nine women and three men, heard opening statements from Fulton County Prosecutor Rick Brown and defense attorney Holli Shorter-Pifer as well as testimony from company controller Dan Zeiger. The trial is scheduled to last four days in Fulton Superior Court; however, Brown told The Sentinel it could wrap up by Thursday.

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

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Scrapyard theft case trial today
Jury selection begins today for the trial of a former cashier at Rochester Iron and Metal, 1552 E. Lucas St., who is suspected of stealing as much as $1 million from the business.

Penny K. Hisey, 13614 N. Macy Millark Road, Macy, was arrested Feb. 26, 2015, at her home and booked at the Fulton County Jail on preliminary charges of theft and receiving stolen property. She is accused of stealing cash from the local scrapyard and producing fake records to cover her tracks.

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

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Art will decorate Rochester
Downtown Rochester will get a spruce-up this summer with the help of art from Fulton County students and a local philanthropic sorority.

The first-ever Rochester Area Banner Competition is underway with the support of Eta Mu Chapter of Psi Iota Xi and the Honeywell Foundation Educational Outreach Program.

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

Monday, April 3, 2017
$39K in grants given
The Fulton County Community Foundation has awarded $39,150 in grants to local nonprofit organizations thus far in 2017.

Grant applications will continue to be accepted and grants will be awarded throughout the year.

The Akron Park Board received $3,000 for its tree planting project. The organization would like to plant trees along the Akron trails, including markers to identify the species. The project will provide an educational experience for hikers, as well as shade, visual appeal and general pleasure.

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

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Sentinel winter athletic teams continued
Welcome to the second part of our two-part series highlighting the winter sports season's top athletes.

In Thursday's Sentinel, we revealed the top girls and boys basketball players. Today, we will reveal the top swimmers and wrestlers.

Once again, we thank all the coaches in the area for any feedback they might have given us throughout the year. However, these are subjective choices, and we are solely responsible for them.

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

Friday, March 31, 2017
Recycling still on for now
Nearly 30 people attended Tuesday's Rochester City Council meeting, many of them to hear the city's plan for curbside recycling, but no plan was presented.

The council didn't even discuss the issue. Instead, Mayor Ted Denton told the attendees, and council meetings, he's digging up historical data about curbside recycling in Rochester and how it's been funded.

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

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Mother, FBI blow whistle on predators
Crista Miller asked an audience at Tippecanoe Valley High School to extend "grace" to teenagers who may have made poor choices online.

The mother from Fort Wayne spoke Monday about teenagers and Internet safety to a TVHS lecture room full of parents, students and Valley staff members. She gave two reasons teens deserve that grace.

First, they may be prone to making poor decisions online due to their undeveloped brains. And second, unlike previous generations, they can suffer an inability to "decompress" from the stresses of school because of social media.

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


Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Software price is top issue
County and city officials left the March 21 meeting of the Fulton County Council convinced the county's public safety software system needs replaced.

The only question that remains is, can they reach a mutually agreeable price with the software provider of their choice?

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


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