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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
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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?

  40%
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.

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2. No opinion.

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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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RHS HVAC OK'd - $4.63 million is winning bid
Rochester School Board on Monday approved $4,627,066 of heating, air conditioning and ventilation work at Rochester High School.

Herrman & Goetz, Inc., South Bend, will receive the contract for the work. The contactor was the low bidder of three. Also bidding were Hagerman Construction, Fort Wayne, at $4,802,800, and F.A. Wilhelm Construction, Indianapolis, with a $5,488,000 bid.

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


Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Notre Dame players jailed
The five University of Notre Dame football players arrested Friday night in Rochester have all been released from jail.

They were stopped about 10:07 p.m. by Indiana State Police Trooper Ben Reason on U.S. 31 at County Road 375 North. State police said in a press release they were traveling 73 mph and the Ford Focus that they were in had an improper taillight.

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

Monday, August 22, 2016
Active living goals set
There are plenty of opportunities to make Rochester a more active community, participants in Thursday's Active Living Workshop concluded.

Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program brought the workshop to Rochester.

The point of it was helping Rochester become a more healthy and active community for all ages and abilities. Government staff, civic leaders and advocates came together to network, learn about the benefits of active-living communities and discuss strategies for success.

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


Saturday, August 20, 2016
Railroad proposal discussed
Rochester Mayor Ted Denton told the Rochester Board of Public Works and Safety Thursday the city has an opportunity to object to the proposed removal of railroad crossing signals in the city.

Denton, along with City Operations Manager Warren Lease, Street Supervisor Lennie Conley and Fulton County Highway Assistant Superintendent John Geier, met with Indiana Department of Transportation Rail Project Manager Thomas Rueschhoff earlier in the day at the Fourth Street railroad crossing. That crossing and crossings on Eighth, Ninth and 12th streets are subject to having signals removed.

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

Friday, August 19, 2016
RR crossing lights mulled
A meeting to discuss the removal of Rochester railroad crossing lights is today.

Fulton County Highway Assistant Superintendent John Geier told the Fulton County Council Tuesday representatives of Elkhart & Western Railroad Co. and the Indiana Department of Transportation will discuss removing railroad crossing lights on Fourth, Eighth, Ninth and 12th streets. A meeting is 10 a.m. today at the Fourth Street crossing.

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

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Lead mostly gone
Fulton County IT and Maintenance Director Josh Sriver says removal of asbestos and lead-based paint at the Fulton County Courthouse should be completed today.

A crew from Star Environmental Inc., Indianapolis, has removed non-friable asbestos floor tiles in the courthouse basement and is expected to finish removing lead-based paint from corner posts, railings and tin plating on the staircase. The contract was for $34,750.

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Washout solution rejected
Fulton County Commissioners Monday turned down a proposed long-term fix for a washout on County Road 350 North, or River Road.

A feasibility study drafted by the Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers called for roughly a $2.2 million expense to repair a washout that temporarily closed the road in 2014. The proposed repair required a county share of 35 percent, or $779,000. The expense was too costly, officials said, and their attempts to have the cost lowered were unsuccessful.

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Medals of Valor given
Rochester volunteer firefighter Justin Melton and his friend Joseph Johnson are Medal of Valor recipients for their actions during a fire at 115 E. 11th St. on March 19.

Before the first firefighting units arrived, Melton and Johnson rescued the owners, Tan Hun and Lay Inh Phoun, both in their 90s, from the home.

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

Monday, August 15, 2016
Everyone can be a teacher
Talking Zebras is a monthly column written on a rotating basis, by Rochester Community Schools' administrators and staff on a subject of the writer's choosing.

In a time when education is constantly in the headlines for "problems with statewide testing," "school financing and deficit funding," "accountability and teacher evaluations," I wanted to take the time to share what headlines may be missing: inspiring educators and what a teacher truly is.

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

Saturday, August 13, 2016
The Dugout reopens
The Dugout Manager Steve Craft is so enamored with the concept of community he's naming a menu item after it.

Pretty soon there won't be a sampler platter - only a community platter.

Community, Craft said, is what got him through the past several months. Now that the 604 Main St. establishment is reopened and its grill is fired back up, he can breathe a sigh of relief.

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

Friday, August 12, 2016
Hines: Please attend
Purdue Community Wellness Coordinator Betsy Hines is hoping Fulton County will invest in its own health in the coming week.

Having worked a year in Fulton County and completed a comprehensive health assessment of the county, Hines worked with Woodlawn Hospital to apply for and won a free active living workshop for community leaders.

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


Thursday, August 11, 2016
Valley board gets project updates
The Tippecanoe Valley school board learned Monday night that corporation construction projects are moving along.

Representatives gave updates on the Akron Elementary School renovation and high school football field press box construction.

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


Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Belcher endows Ivy Tech fund
Rochester resident Dick Belcher's $15,000 endowed scholarship fund at Ivy Tech Community College is earmarked for supporting Fulton County students.

Belcher established the Suzanne B. and Richard E. Belcher Scholarship through the Ivy Tech Foundation, according to a press release from the college.

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


Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Pence not here much
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Since Gov. Mike Pence was tapped as Donald Trump's vice presidential running mate, he's been to Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada and Manhattan, and spent four days in Cleveland.

The national campaigning is just beginning, and he's been everywhere - but hasn't spent much time in Indiana.

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

Monday, August 8, 2016
A day at the beach
Rochester High School senior Hannah Towne found out in July that four walls surrounding her and the floor beneath her feet alone cannot contain her volleyball skill.

She's also really good in beach volleyball.

How good? Playing in an 18-and-under beach volleyball tournament for the first time in Huntington Beach, Calif., on July 17, she and her partner Morgan Chacon won the tournament.

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

Saturday, August 6, 2016
RDP receives nonprofit status
The IRS has officially granted 501(c)(3) status to the Rochester Downtown Partnership.

The organization, which focuses on the preservation of downtown Rochester, submitted its application seeking nonprofit designation July 14. While the approval process can take three to six months for some, Rochester Downtown Partnership received its letter of approval just 10 days after filing.

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

Friday, August 5, 2016
Pokemon hunters take to streets of Rochester
Pokemon are in Fulton County.

The game "Pokemon Go," involves people trying to capture cartoon monsters, or Pokemon, while traveling to different locations.

It has hit Rochester just as it has other parts of the United States and the world.

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

Thursday, August 4, 2016
All in good cheer: New Caston grad Martin makes IU cheerleading squad
Madison Martin's life has turned upside down in the last few months. Literally. And she has absolutely flipped over the results.

The 2016 Caston High School grad made the Indiana University cheerleading squad.

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

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Fulton festival is Saturday
The 2016 Fulton Fun Days festival is Saturday at Liberty Township Park.

This year's theme is "Happy 200th Birthday, Indiana." The festival will also pay tribute to the centennial celebration of the Indianapolis 500.

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


Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Mock shooting held at Caston
Fire alarms sounded at Caston School Corporation Saturday, smoke filled the hallways and victims acting injured were in classrooms.

The school wasn't the site of an actual catastrophe but rather an active shooter exercise. Organized by Fulton County Sheriff Chris Sailors, it included mock shooters, victims, pipe bombs and more. Local law enforcement, fire and medical personnel participated in the training exercise, which was part of the county's annual emergency management exercise.

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

Monday, August 1, 2016
Hack likened to DNC breach
WASHINGTON (AP) - The computers of the House Democratic campaign committee have been hacked, an intrusion that investigators say resembles the recent cyber breach of the Democratic National Committee for which the Russian government is the leading suspect.

The digital break-in at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which the organization acknowledged Friday, added another layer of mystery to the hacking of Democratic Party information that has been revealed in the heat of this year's presidential and congressional elections.

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

Saturday, July 30, 2016
Mayor talks cop cams, parade, sidewalk work
As Ted Denton has been Rochester Mayor for a bit more than six months now, we thought it was a good time to see how he is settling into office.

From from all indications, he is having a swell time.

Denton, a 65-year-old member of the Rochester High School Class of 1969, counts amateur theater as chief among his hobbies. He is especially fond of Snookie, his 6-year-old Shih-Tzu.

Mayor Denton responded to questions from Sentinel Editor W.S. Wilson.

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

Friday, July 29, 2016
City loses recycling subsidy
The Fulton County Solid Waste District pulled a $1,700 per month curbside recycling subsidy from the city.

In a letter addressed to Mayor Ted Denton, which was on Tuesday's Rochester City Council agenda, waste district Executive Director Stacy Hart says the decision to discontinue funding the program was due to the city not implementing the district's Pay-As-You-Throw trash disposal program.

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

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Manitou money needed
Based on an emergency action plan, Lake Manitou Dam's hazard classification has increased from significant to high and will require inspection every two years.

City Clerk-Treasurer Shoda Beehler told the Rochester City Council Tuesday the dam's classification was "bumped up to high risk" due to consequences related to a potential failure, including loss of life and damage to businesses and homes. The structure of the dam and the trajectory of any failure or breach in the dam were also contributing factors, she said.

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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Portable class OK
Every class of Columbia Elementary students will get a bit of an adventure at some point during the coming school year.

They'll pack up and move to a portable classroom while the heating, air conditioning and ventilation in their own classroom gets overhauled.

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

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Active Living forum Aug. 18
A workshop designed to help Rochester become a more healthy and active community for all ages and abilities is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 18 at Grace United Methodist Church, 201 W. Seventh St.

The city was selected in May, among seven others, to host an Active Living Workshop this summer and fall. The day-long workshop is designed for community leaders, government staff, civic leaders and health advocates in the community. Lunch will be provided.

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

Monday, July 25, 2016
Denton targets Illinois
Mayor Ted Denton plans to saturate the state of Illinois with letters asking companies to do business in Rochester.

Denton told The Sentinel on Friday that 317 letters have been sent to businesses in the adjoining state.

"We're targeting industry of 150 to 300 in size," he said. "We want to get about a thousand letters out ... The more bait we throw out, the more chance we have of catching something."

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

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Trump takes stage
CLEVELAND (AP) - In an appeal to anxious voters, Donald Trump was to pledge Thursday night that "safety will be restored" if he is elected president, using his Republican convention address to denounce Democrat Hillary Clinton as part of a political class causing the nation's troubles.

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

Friday, July 22, 2016
Courthouse asbestos abatement bid OK'd
The removal of asbestos and lead-based paint at the Fulton County Courthouse could begin as early as next week.

The Fulton County Council Tuesday accepted a bid of $34,750 from Star Environmental Inc., Indianapolis, to remove friable asbestos and lead-based paint in the basement of the courthouse.

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

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Conley takes new job
There is an empty seat on the Fulton County Council.

Councilman Walker Conley is stepping down to serve as a security officer at the Fulton County Courthouse.

Fulton County Sheriff Chris Sailors announced Tuesday, to no Fulton County Council members' surprise, that Conley was hired July 11 to serve as the full-time security officer at the courthouse. He starts Aug. 1. On the council, he represents Fulton County precincts 6, 7 and 8.

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Jensen pleads guilty
A former Warsaw doctor pleaded guilty to videotaping underage boys without their clothes on.

The attorney of Mark A. Jensen, 63, 1923 E. Timberline Circle S, Warsaw, and Fulton County Prosecutor Rick Brown submitted a plea agreement July 7 in Fulton Superior Court.

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

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Miller chosen for city council
Karen Miller will represent District 1 on the Rochester City Council.

She replaces nine-year member Mark McCall, who was forced to resign in late June due to a move outside of city limits. Miller was selected by Fulton County Democratic Party Chair Phyllis Biddinger.

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

Monday, July 18, 2016
$20,450 Spotlight Sale
A healthy $20,450 was raised by Fulton County 4-H'ers during Friday's Spotlight Sale of Champions at the county fair.

Another $6,200 was raised through the sale of specialty items, including a $4,300 kiss given by 2016 Miss Fulton County Alyssa Fagner to her father, Scott.

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


Saturday, July 16, 2016
40-year term for shooter Greer
A Knox man will serve 40 years for the attempted murder of his estranged wife.

Jeffery A. Greer, 33, 8771 E. 150 South, Knox, who in August 2015 shot Melanie R. Greer in the head before turning the gun on himself, was sentenced to 40 years in prison, none suspended.

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

Friday, July 15, 2016
Grand barrow a Duroc
It's rare for a Fulton County 4-H member to win both male and female top awards in a single species at the fair.

It's even more rare for the same child to win two species' top two awards in two days.

Isabel Scales can say she's done it.

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

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Sanders endorses Clinton
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - With hugs and handshakes, Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Tuesday and emphatically told his supporters their "political revolution" must now turn to electing his Democratic former rival.

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

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Leininger tops at sheep show
Mariah Leininger had a pretty good sheep show day Monday.

She first brought the grand champion ewe into the Jud Hudkins Arena show ring. By the end of the afternoon, she also repeated her 2015 fair success and led the grand champion market lamb into the ring.

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


Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Lake Fest celebrates Indiana Bicentennial
The 33rd annual Culver Lake Fest, celebrating the state's Bicentennial with the theme "Happy 200th Birthday, Indiana," is this weekend.

Activities kick off at 4 p.m. Friday with food, arts and crafts and commercial booths, followed by the annual Poker Run on the water at 5 p.m. The public is invited to stay to dance on the beach at the Maxinkuckee Beach Ball, where DJ Tim will be mixing tunes from 7-10 p.m.

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

Monday, July 11, 2016
Police in the Park
Rochester Police Department invites Rochester neighborhoods to join thousands of communities nationwide for the 33rd annual "National Night Out" on Aug. 2.

As a kickoff to the campaign, also known as "America's Night Out Against Crime," the police department will host the second annual "Police in the Park" July 30 at Rochester City Park, where a Disney movie will be shown and concessions will be available.

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

Saturday, July 9, 2016
Alyssa Fagner crowned
Miss Fulton County 2016 is Alyssa Fagner, the 18-year-old daughter of Scott and Bethany Fagner.

She was named Thursday night at Rochester High School from a field of 10 contestants. She will reign over the Fulton County 4-H Fair in the coming week and represent Fulton County at the Miss Indiana State Fair pageant in January 2017.

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

Friday, July 8, 2016
Daugherty seeks office
Fulton County voters now have two choices for county coroner in the Nov. 8 general election.

On June 30, Rochester School Resource Officer Robert "Skeeter" Daugherty filled a Democratic Party vacancy on the general election ballot. He'll face Republican candidate Jeri Good, the fourth member of her family to run for the office.

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

Thursday, July 7, 2016
Sailors: Perkins is busy
Fulton County Sheriff Chris Sailors told county officials Kyle Perkins, who replaced retired Fulton Animal Control Officer Kenny Kesler in early June, was busy his first month.

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

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Hannah Parker is Miss Akron 2016
Hannah Parker is the 2016 Miss Akron Fourth of July.

The 19-year-old daughter of Erica Snyder, she is a 2015 graduate of Warsaw High School and will be a sophomore at Manchester University this fall.

Her court includes first runner-up Kallie Adams, 17, daughter of Kevin and Kathie Adams and second runner-up Amanda Heltzel, 17, daughter of Dale and Kim Heltzel.

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

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Powlen aims for Rio
From a hog farm in Fulton to Providence, R.I., to Phoenix, Bryan Powlen hopes that his skill in throwing the discus will take him one more place - Rio.

Powlen, a 2006 Caston High School grad, will compete at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore., with the top three finishers advancing to the Olympics.

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

Saturday, July 2, 2016
Extra patrol denied
Rochester Mayor Ted Denton stood firm Tuesday in his position that city police should not participate in Operation Pullover.

"My position is still the same," Denton said after Chloeann Choate asked why he opposes the program during Tuesday's Rochester City Council meeting. "I don't want my officers operating in a different manner than they would any other day because of the influence of a special program."

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

Friday, July 1, 2016
13 named torchbearers for county
Thirteen Fulton County residents, from school-age to retired, including educators, a pastor, a retired judge, a basketball star, an entrepreneur, a historian and a Potawatomi, will carry Indiana's Bicentennial torch this October.

They are among more than 2,000-plus Hoosiers selected as torchbearers for the 92-county relay. They embody the Indiana traditions of service, civic pride, community involvement and volunteerism, said Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb in making the announcement Thursday.

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

Thursday, June 30, 2016
American Legion takes over fireworks show
Starting this year, American Legion Post No. 36 has a much bigger role in the community's Independence Day celebration.

It is helping the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce coordinate the annual fireworks show at the Fulton County Airport this year.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Brain injury focus
A year before a new law goes into effect, Rochester Community Schools is working on teaching athletic coaches to spot signs of a concussion.

Indiana became the first state to mandate that high school football coaches get concussion-recognition training. The 2014 law also requires that a player wait 24-hours after suffering a head injury before returning to a sport.

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

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
East 18th Street sidewalk OK'd
From approving a new one on 18th street to addressing a deteriorated one on Franklin Street, sidewalks were a main topic of the Rochester Board of Public Works and Safety Thursday.

The board approved the installation of a sidewalk on the north side of 18th Street from Madison Street east to Wallace Avenue.

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

Monday, June 27, 2016
Alleged killer faces new charge
The man who's accused of killing Kewanna resident Lawrence Pfeifer and robbing Kewanna State Bank on Sept. 26, 1997, has been charged with another 1997 armed robbery.

Indiana State Police on Wednesday served William M. Stinemetz with a Miami Circuit Court arrest warrant alleging a felony charge of robbery with a deadly weapon.

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

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Topp racing grows quickly
From the first time he sat behind the wheel of a race car, Kevin Birchmeier loved auto racing.

Recently the local businessman has taken his admiration for a driver named Tyler Courtney and turned it into a second business.

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


Friday, June 24, 2016
Sheriff's building payoff passed
The Fulton County Council on Tuesday agreed to pay off the Fulton County Sheriff's Department administration building.

It's been leasing the building for eight years from Dulin and Morris LLC.

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

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Lakefest theme is roaring '20s
The annual Lake Manitou Association Lakefest dinner and auction this year sports a roaring 20s theme.

Attendees are invited to dress in their finest for the event. The association also will sell some '20s attire for those who want or need it.

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


Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Washout fix out of reach, officials say
A proposed long-term fix for a washout on County Road 350 North, or River Road, is financially out of reach, according to county officials.

Fulton County Highway Superintendent Rick Ranstead told Fulton County Commissioners Monday a feasibility study calls for roughly $2.2 million to repair a washout that closed the road in 2014.

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

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Pugh, Zimmer win triathlon
Eli Pugh was already first in his class, and on Saturday, he was first at the Manitou Monster Triathlon.

Pugh won the fifth annual triathlon, firing out to an early lead during the swim portion and maintaining the lead to win in 53:25.6.

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

Monday, June 20, 2016
Times group starts drive
The citizen group that's working on rehabilitating The Times Theater has reached an agreement to accept the building and begin fundraising.

"The Times Theater is excited to announce it has begun raising funds to reopen as a community arts center where residents and visitors can come to enjoy and experience classic and second-run films, visual art exhibitions, music concerts and theatrical productions," a social media post said. "The Times will provide a much needed venue for the vibrant community of artists, musicians and actors already in North Central Indiana."

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

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Big race is Saturday
It starts with a 400-meter swim, includes some pain in the middle and concludes with a sense of accomplishment in the end, and Rochester's lakeshore overlooks most of it.

It's the fifth annual Manitou Monster Triathlon, which is scheduled for Saturday.

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

Friday, June 17, 2016
32 avoid jail
In overseeing 32 offenders outside of jail or prison, Fulton County Community Corrections has saved the Indiana Department of Corrections, or DOC, more than $46,500.

The community corrections program includes a work crew and home detention, with 17 and 12 offenders participating, respectively. There are also three offenders participating in a community transition program.

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

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Caston eyes $2M work
Caston School Board meets today to discuss financing an estimated $2 million in repairs and updates to the school.

The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the school administration building, at the south end of the school campus.

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

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Three days, five events
Fulton County will be a busy place this weekend.

The organizers of various events are combining their efforts and working together to make it a Father's Day to remember.

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

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
50 slain at gay nightclub
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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

Monday, June 13, 2016
Styles is new firefighter
The Rochester Fire Department is adding a full-time firefighter to its crew for the first time in 14 years.

Dan Styles, 32, Rochester, a two-year volunteer firefighter, is the latest full-time addition.

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


Saturday, June 11, 2016
Lake opening is Saturday
From decorated boats hugging its shores to runners circling it, Lake Manitou will be a busy place in the coming weeks.

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


Friday, June 10, 2016
Grant: I'm committed
When the Rochester High School football coaching job came open in April, Grant remembered the advice of coach Larry "Bud" Wright, his boss at Sheridan High School.

"Right when I first got there, he just kind of mentioned, don't just take a job to be the guy," Grant said. "Take a job you really want. And my wife and I are both from this area. Both graduated from North Miami. We knew we wanted to be back in this area and raise a family in this area. Rochester, the community and the town, we knew this was a place we wanted to be at for a long time."

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

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Animal control officer hired
Fulton County has a new animal control officer.

Kyle Perkins, who has served the county as a dispatcher for three and a half years, will replace retired Fulton County Animal Control Officer Kenny Kesler.

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

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Indiana crash law: Clear the road
If you have a car wreck, lawmen want you to get a move on.

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

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
New Cross pastor here
The Cross church's new Senior Pastor Mike Cloud hungers to "help people find healing in the Lord."

Cloud started work in Rochester May 1 and was sworn in Sunday. He said he would like "to see current outreach ministries prosper and grow, reach out in the community, and work with other churches in the community to reach lives for the Lord."

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

Monday, June 6, 2016
Summer fun at libraries is underway
Readers of all ages will exercise their minds this summer during the "On Your Mark, Get Set....Read!" Summer Reading Program, offered at all Sentinel- area libraries.

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

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Big show on tap
Fulton County will be seeing orange June 17-19 when Allis-Chalmers enthusiasts from across the country convene at the Fulton County Historical Society grounds.

They'll be here for the Gathering of the Orange during the Fulton County Historical Power Show.

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


Friday, June 3, 2016
Grants help with facades
Fulton County United Way, 722 Main St., and Tidewater Executive Tax Service, 806 Main St., received the first two awards from the Rochester Downtown Partnership's facade grant program.

They have awning projects underway.

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

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Grants benefit youth, seniors
Through endowed funds, the Fulton County Community Foundation and Women's Giving Circle recently awarded grants to local programs and organizations.

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

Wednesday, June 1, 2016
NM wins softball sectional
CONVERSE - The North Miami softball team played the Class 2A, Sectional 37 final against Northfield at Oak Hill High School on fake grass Saturday.

There is nothing fake about their success though. Not after what they did for the third straight year.

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

Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Dague preps for milk delivery
The following, about Fulton County resident Janet Dague, who will deliver the milk to the winner of Sunday's 100th Indianapolis 500, is courtesy of the American Dairy Association Indiana, which published it on the website winnersdrinkmilk.com, in advance of Sunday's race.

This year's Indianapolis 500 Milk Woman, Janet Dague, will hand a bottle of ice-cold milk to the winner of the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500.

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


Saturday, May 28, 2016
School boss Vance talks New Tech, cursive writing
ou might think of Jana Vance as well-schooled.

After graduating from Tippecanoe Valley High School in 1989, she studied at the University of Kentucky and graduated from Grace College. She earned a Master of Science in education (school counseling) at Indiana University and a Master of Arts in education from Ball State University. She expects to earn an education specialist degree next month.

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

Friday, May 27, 2016
Schools get extra LOIT too
Rochester Community Schools' distribution of Local Option Income Tax Funds recently released by the state is $48,827.

The school board on Monday heard it's all been put into the Rainy Day Fund, bringing that balance to $119,418.

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

Thursday, May 26, 2016
28 years for punch that killed
A Peru man was sentenced to the maximum of 28 years in prison for a sucker punch that resulted in the death of Rochester resident Tony Coleman at the Leiters Ford Tavern two years ago.

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

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
New Riddle chief hired
Culver Junior/Senior High School's athletic director and assistant principal is coming to work at Rochester Schools.

Luke Biernacki was hired Monday by the Rochester School Board as the new Riddle Elementary School principal.

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

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Pugh, Pomeroy at top
Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley high schools have named their Class of 2016 valedictorians and salutatorians.

Eli Pugh, son of Kevin and Jill Pugh, is the RHS valedictorian. He plans to study mathematics at Stanford University and participate with the triathlon team there. He is a member of National Honor Society, Key Club, student council, Peers Educating Peers, and the cross country, track and field and swim teams. He is employed at The Elks lodge and as a school lifeguard.

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

Monday, May 23, 2016
'A-M-A-Z-I-N-G:' Gut feeling preceded RHS girls tennis' first sectional title
Mariah Yochum had a feeling.

Yochum, the only senior on the Rochester girls tennis team, just had a feeling the Lady Zs would beat Culver Academy on Wednesday and win their first sectional title ever on Thursday even though there was evidence to suggest otherwise.

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

Saturday, May 21, 2016
$2.9 million bond OK'd
The Fulton County Council has approved the sale of a $2.9 million general obligation bond to finance capital improvement projects.

There were no public comments about the bond issue during a Tuesday public hearing at the Fulton County Office Building. A related ordinance appropriating the funds from the bond issue was adopted unanimously. The sale is slated for late May with closing in early June.

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

Friday, May 20, 2016
Flyers prep for construction
Akron Elementary School Flyers broke ground Wednesday for a $17.6 million expansion and rehabilitation project.

On hand were approximately 450 people, including students.

Principal Chrissy Mills asked the assembled crowd how many once attended Akron, an elementary, junior high or high school students? Many hands went up.

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

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Road boss: Capitalize on grants
Fulton County Highway Superintendent Rick Ranstead has a plan to double state road funding for the county.

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

Wednesday, May 18, 2016
County finishes road survey
Fulton County is ahead of the game when it comes to an assessment of its roadways.

In an effort to provide county officials with roadway conditions and pursue federal road funding, a Pavement Study and Asset Management Plan has been completed.

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

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Purdue offers E-class


Purdue University's award-winning Agronomy e-Learning Academy is starting a certificate program for agricultural professionals seeking to grow their expertise.

Participants who complete three, 12-week online courses will be recognized as a crop professional.

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

Monday, May 16, 2016
Block party, parade are June 17 and 18
Rochester Downtown Partnership's Second Annual Block Party is June 18 in downtown Rochester.

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


Saturday, May 14, 2016
Building materials mulled
Rochester City Council on Thursday discussed passing an ordinance that would require property owners to meet specific building regulations.

To allow for more public input, the council chose not to vote on the proposed ordinance and will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Rochester City Hall to continue its discussion.

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

Friday, May 13, 2016
Stineback takes helm
Andrea Stineback is the interim director at the Fulton County Public Library.

The Leiters Ford resident was promoted Monday by the library's board of trustees. There's no time frame for the interim position or for hiring a permanent director, she said. The library has been without a director since March 15.

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

Thursday, May 12, 2016
City wins workshop
Rochester has been selected to host an Active Living Workshop, designed to help the city become a more healthy and active community for all ages and abilities.

The Active Living Workshop is part of a series of workshops designed to help seven Indiana communities. It's made possible by the partnership of the Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program and Health by Design.

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

Wednesday, May 11, 2016
Greer pleads guilty
Nearly a year later, a man has plead guilty to shooting his estranged wife before turning the gun on himself.

Jeffery A. Greer, 32, pleaded guilty Wednesday to the attempted murder of his wife Melanie R. Greer, 29, that happened at their Culver home on Aug. 1, 2015.

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

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
FEDCO workshop teaches Facebook
Fulton Economic Development Corporation is offering a May 18 workshop about using Facebook and websites for business.

The 9 a.m.-noon workshop is at Rochester Learning Center. Cost is $25 and registration deadline is Wednesday.

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

Monday, May 9, 2016
Whiteland man follows Dague at 100th 500
WHITELAND, Ind. (AP) - When the Indianapolis 500 winner pulls into Victory Circle next month, he'll be joined by his team owner and chief mechanic.

All will partake in the hallowed Speedway tradition of a victory drink from an ice-cold bottle of milk.

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

Saturday, May 7, 2016
Interns meet mission
As I was pondering what to write, I struggled to settle on a topic. So many good things happen at Tippecanoe Valley, but what about the technology department?

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

Friday, May 6, 2016
New trash service soon
Any resident of Fulton County can participate in the Fulton County Solid Waste District's new trash disposal program called Pay-As-You-Throw.

Starting in early June, residents can purchase trash bags from the Solid Waste District for $3 each. Once the bags are full, residents can drop them off at the recycling center at 1452 N. Wentzel St.

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

Thursday, May 5, 2016
Big voter turnout
Double the number of Fulton County voters hit the polls this presidential primary election than in 2012.

Of the 13,098 registered voters in the county, 43.79 percent, or 5,736, cast ballots.

That compares to 21.71 percent turnout in the 2012 presidential primary, when 2,839 of the 13,074 registered voters cast ballots.

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

Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Police: 20 counts levied
A Peru woman who was allegedly leaving on a vacation paid for with a company credit card instead went to jail.

Renee K. Day, 54, has been arrested as a result of a criminal investigation by the Fulton County Sheriff's Department into discrepancies found in the business checking account of Burns Construction, 6676 S. Old U.S. 31, Macy.

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


Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Primary election is Tuesday
Tuesday is the primary election.

Polls are open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The last chance for early voting is 8 a.m.-noon today at the Fulton County Courthouse.

These county offices are up for election this year: auditor, coroner, treasurer, districts 1 and 3 commissioner and three county council at-large seats.

There is only one primary race for those seats though.

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

Monday, May 2, 2016
Election is Tuesday
When Fulton County voters go to the polls Tuesday, they will find contested state and national races but only one contested local race.

Stephen Williams and Rick Ranstead face off for the Republican nomination for District 3 Fulton County Commissioner, a seat now filled by Roger Rose.

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

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Pence visits Rochester
Deserving local leaders received high praise Thursday from Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, who visited Webb's Family Pharmacy in Rochester to ceremonially sign Senate Enrolled Act 80, SEA 161 and House Enrolled Act 1157, all aimed at combating methamphetamine use in Indiana.

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

Friday, April 29, 2016
City police, fire hiring
Staff Writer, The Sentinel

The Rochester Board of Public Works and Safety is meeting in executive session at 1 p.m. today to interview applicants for vacant patrolmen positions at Rochester Police Department.

Police Chief Andy Shotts told the Rochester City Council Tuesday the board will interview three candidates.

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

Thursday, April 28, 2016
Big step in battle started locally
It's nice to imagine the late, great pharmacist Parke Baxter - a good neighbor if there ever was one - looking down from on high at what Harry Webb hath wrought.

It is safe to say he would beam with pride. He would like the poise with which his successor Webb and cohorts struck a blow in the war against drug abuse. He would like their quiet persistence, their reliance on cold, hard facts and their willingness to do the right thing.

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

Wednesday, April 27, 2016


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