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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.

  3%
2. No opinion.

  57%
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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SANTA VISITS
SANTA VISITS
SANTA VISITS Santa Claus stopped by Rochester Friday to light the trees at the Fulton County Courthouse and to see what the children are hoping to get for Christmas. Attendees walked to the Times Theater where Santa spoke with the children. Above: Bahyla Vanderwall gets her candy cane from the Jolley Old Elf. 12-3-2016

The Sentinel photo/Mike Kenny



Online crash map
A newly unveiled interactive website could help drivers across the state of Indiana predict and avoid traffic collisions before they happen.

According to the website, Rochester drivers are more likely to be involved in a crash between the hours of 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, November 19, 2016
Shop With a Cop soon
It's not too late to make a donation to the Shop with a Cop program, which celebrates its 20-year milestone this year.

Run by the local Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 143, the program pairs law enforcement officers and agency staff with children for a day of Christmas shopping. Each child is given an allotment of money to purchase items such as clothes or toys. Another goal of the program is to build positive relationships between law enforcement officers and young people in the community.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Click here

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

The Indiana State Department of Health conducts the testing.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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

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

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


Saturday, September 24, 2016
2nd D. hopeful: Walorski absent
Citing a recent report by Washington-based political newspaper Politico that claims north-central Indiana's congressional race is "surprisingly close," Lynn Coleman said he's excited about where his campaign stands and from now until Election Day "we're going to give it all we've got."

Coleman, a Democrat and retired South Bend police officer, is running for Indiana's 2nd Congressional District against U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, a Jimtown Republican, who was elected in 2012 and 2014.

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Friday, September 23, 2016
Courthouse bids Tuesday
Fulton County IT and Maintenance Director Josh Sriver told county officials Tuesday that bids for the courthouse renovation project will be opened 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Fulton County Office Building.

The goal of the project is to renovate the basement of the courthouse to meet ADA, or Americans with Disabilities Act, requirements and make cosmetic updates to align the basement with historical aesthetics on the other two floors.

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

Thursday, September 22, 2016
Runaway horse finds downtown
In an attempt to get a runaway horse and buggy to stop, police say a man intentionally drove into the buggy that was headed into downtown Rochester Tuesday morning.

Rochester Police Lt. Matt Campbell told The Sentinel the unmanned buggy "just took off" from Goodwill, where the owners had been shopping. It dropped at least one bag of horse feed along the way.

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

Wednesday, September 21, 2016
Board OKs Walk to School Day
Rochester School Board approved a Walk to School Day Oct. 4 for Riddle Elementary School.

On that day, explained Safe Routes to School committee member Terry Lee, students are encouraged to walk or ride their bicycles to school.

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

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Kinley wins sectional
WINONA LAKE - Rochester senior Kinley Lingenfelter stood in the deep grass on the 18th hole at Stonehenge Golf Club at the Warsaw girls golf sectional and she reached for her 7-iron.

This wasn't going to be an easy shot. The fading sun was in her eyes. A flock of squawking geese was behind her. The rough was tall, and her lie was not easy.

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

Monday, September 19, 2016
Police worry about opioids
Rochester Police Chief Andy Shotts told city officials Thursday the seizure of meth labs is down, but meth use has remained unchanged.

He announced during a meeting of the Rochester Board of Public Works officers are still finding "ice," or crystal methamphetamine, but his main concern is a rise in opioid abuse - particularly the powerful synthetic painkiller fentanyl.

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

Saturday, September 17, 2016
Hurt: Time to adjust
Hoosier farmers are going to have make some adjustments to weather current financial conditions.

With crop prices low and input costs high, farmers are now in what Purdue University Agricultural Economist Chris Hurt calls "The Dilemma Zone."

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


Friday, September 16, 2016
Potawatomi survival featured at Trail
The 41st Trail of Courage Living History Festival at the Fulton County Historical Society grounds will bring tourists to Rochester 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.

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


Thursday, September 15, 2016
Voter league forms
A group of Fulton County citizens has come together to get more people registered to vote in the upcoming Nov. 8 general election.

The new League of Women Voters of Fulton County, which was officially recognized by its corresponding state organization in mid-August, will host Sept. 27 voter registration drives in conjunction with National Voter Registration Day.

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

Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Voter sign-up cutoff Oct. 11
Election Day is fast approaching, and those wanting to vote this year are reminded that it's not too late to register.

Oct. 11 is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8, 2016, general election.

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

Tuesday, September 13, 2016
Study: Quality of life is key
LAFAYETTE - Aside from investments and tax abatements, what would it take to grow our regional economy?

According to regional leaders, it's projects like GE Aviation's new facility in Lafayette. Collaboration from public, private and nonprofit sectors on such projects, they say, will attract industry and bolster the regional workforce.

And that's what they're hoping will become the norm for the region, not just Greater Lafayette.

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

Monday, September 12, 2016
United Way push is on
Fulton County United Way would like to raise $100,000 during its 2016 capital campaign.

The fundraising effort is underway. There's a hope of concluding it by the end of October, said United Way Executive Director Jenny Moriarty, but board members know contributions will trickle in through the end of the year.

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


Saturday, September 10, 2016
Survey names Flirt 1st
The results are in, and Flirt Boutique was rated by 132 respondents as the local business which provides the best customer service.

Fulton Economic Development Corporation conducted the survey preceding its Sept. 7 Beyond Customer Service workshop.

It targeted anyone who shops in Fulton County and asked various questions regarding local customer service. Of the respondents, 80 percent were Fulton County residents.

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

Friday, September 9, 2016
From Rochester Schools:
With the passing of a high school senior student, we realize that it is not just the students, faculty and staff of our district feeling intense emotions, but the community at large.

On behalf of Rochester Schools, I would like the community to know that we have a full range of services being offered at the high school today. From mental health agencies to multiple denominations of faith based organizations. We want to make sure we meet the needs not just of our students, faculty and staff, but the community as a whole.

Anyone is welcome to attend: former students, parents and community members.

No appointments are needed; no fee is charged.

It takes a village and we want to give as best we can during this time to all within our community who may need those supports.

--

Jana K. Vance, Ed.S.

Superintendent

Rochester Community Schools

Thursday, September 8, 2016
Revival Friday
Staff Writer, The Sentinel

Seven Leiters Ford-area churches are coming together for a three-day community revival, featuring live music, games, food and more.

Worship services are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 9:30-11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Leiters Ford Community Building. If the weather permits, a tent will be set up outside for the festivities.

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

Thursday, September 8, 2016
Grader bids opened
Bids to purchase a new motor grader for the county highway department have opened and averaged about $50,000 more than previously anticipated.

The bids were opened by Highway Assistant Superintendent John Geier during Tuesday's Fulton County Commissioners meeting. They were submitted by Caterpillar dealer MacAllister Machinery, Indianapolis, and John Deere dealer West Side Tractor Sales, which has dealership locations in Indianapolis, South Bend, Fort Wayne, Lafayette and Bloomington.

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

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Valley coach Holsopple steps down
Tippecanoe Valley High School football coach Darin Holsopple resigned Monday, citing health concerns in a Facebook post announcing his decision.

The resignation is effective immediately.

Holsopple was three games into his second season as Valley coach. The Vikings are 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the Three Rivers Conference and coming off a 55-13 loss at home to North Miami Friday. Valley has been outscored 167-27 in three games.

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


Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Sroufe new city officer
With the swearing in of a new police officer, city officials learned recent applicant testing to fill another vacant patrolman position was somewhat underwhelming.

Rochester Mayor Ted Denton had the honor of swearing in one of Rochester Police Department's newest officers, Alanie Sroufe, at the Board of Public Works and Safety meeting Thursday. Officer Ben Wood, a Rochester resident originally from Michigan, was sworn in at the board's Aug. 18 meeting. Both were hired in late April.

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

Saturday, September 3, 2016
Manitou dam bids due soon
Repair of the more than 180-year-old Lake Manitou Dam could begin as early as October, a senior civil engineer said at a pre-bid meeting Wednesday.

Sky K. Medores, of Lawson-Fisher Associates P.C., South Bend, discussed the scope of work with contractors. Potential contractors were encouraged to attend to walk the site and ask questions about the project. Medores was joined by representatives of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Engineering.

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

Friday, September 2, 2016
Borntrager pleads guilty
A Milford man on Tuesday pleaded guilty of stealing money from Bethlehem Baptist Church, 3516 N. 650 East.

In doing so, Amos Borntrager Jr., 10240 N. Kosciusko County Road 425 West, admitted producing false receipts in order to induce the church to continue making payments.

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


Thursday, September 1, 2016
ND players appear
Fulton Superior Judge Wayne Steele entered preliminary not guilty pleas for two Notre Dame football players and a former player when they appeared in court Tuesday morning.

Freshman wide receiver Kevin Stepherson Jr., 18, sophomore linebacker Te'Von Coney, 19, and former senior safety Floyd "Max" Redfield, 21, were in court for initial hearings. They are three of the five Fighting Irish arrested Aug. 19 in Rochester and charged with misdemeanor counts of possession of marijuana.

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

Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Players charged
The five University of Notre Dame football players arrested Aug. 19 in Rochester have all been charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and are scheduled to appear in Fulton Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. today.

Fulton County Prosecutor Rick Brown filed charges Monday against Notre Dame freshman cornerback Ashton White, 19, Clinton, Md., senior safety Floyd "Max" Redfield, 21, Mission Viejo, Calif., freshman wide receiver Kevin Stepherson Jr., 18, Jacksonville, Fla., sophomore running back Dexter Williams, 19, Winter Garden, Fla., and sophomore linebacker Te'Von Coney, 19, West Palm Beach, Fla.

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


Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Boggs: Rural communities have many opportunities
The information to be shared in this Valley Insight article is based on an article titled Recommendations for Thriving Rural Communities from the March 2016 issue of "Thriving Communities, Thriving State."

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

Monday, August 29, 2016
State gives road grants
Fulton County and the towns of Akron and Kewanna were awarded more than $1.07 million from the state for road and bridge preservation projects.

The Indiana Department of Transportation announced Wednesday that 121 Northern Indiana cities, towns and counties will receive a combined $51 million to improve local roads and bridges through the state's Community Crossings matching grant fund.

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

Saturday, August 27, 2016
Couple charged with theft
A Milford couple is behind bars at the Fulton County Jail, each charged with stealing money from a Fulton County church.

Amos Jr. and Susan Borntrager also are the defendants in a civil suit brought by Bethlehem Baptist Church, 3516 N. 650 East, which wants its money back.

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

Friday, August 26, 2016
Webb, cops stop fraud
Rochester city police arrested an Illinois man Tuesday possibly trying to get drugs for a concoction called Purple Drank.

Valentino K. Wilson, 26, Alsip, Ill. allegedly attempted to have a fraudulent prescription filled at Webb's Family Pharmacy, police said.

At 1:24 p.m. Tuesday Harry Webb, pharmacist and owner of Webb's Family Pharmacy, told police a man called to have a prescription filled.

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

Thursday, August 25, 2016
City: DNR plans work on spillway
City officials learned Tuesday the Indiana Department of Natural Resources is planning extensive work this fall on the Lake Manitou Dam.

Clerk-Treasurer Shoda Beehler told the Rochester City Council that work on the dam's secondary spillway will now take a backseat to the reconstruction of the primary spillway. Following a meeting between DNR representatives and city officials, Beehler said it was discovered 70 percent of the primary concrete top is not supported by the underlying sand base.

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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
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


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