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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
The Rochester Sentinel
  • Wednesday, October 16, 2019 12:00 AM
    A jury of six men and six women has been selected to hear the case against Alyssa Shepherd, the driver who hit four children, killing three of them, in Fulton County.

    It’s been nearly a year since the tragedy, which has garnered national attention and prompted state legislation. In May, Gov. Eric Holcomb ceremonially signed the MAXSTRONG school bus safety law. The bill mandates safety changes that include requiring stop arm cameras on buses, no longer allowing children to cross state highways to board a bus and increasing penalties for those who disregard school buses with their stop arms out.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Tuesday, October 15, 2019 12:00 AM
    INDIANAPOLIS — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed to Indiana health officials that a person in Elkhart County contracted Eastern equine encephalitis, or EEE, a rare virus transmitted by mosquitoes. The patient died as a result of the infection. The identity of the person was not revealed.

    This is the first human case in Indiana since 1998 and only the fourth reported since 1964, according to the health department. The CDC says approximately five to 10 human cases of EEE are reported nationwide each year, typically from late spring through early fall. Nearly one-third of human cases are fatal.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Solving world food insecurity
    Monday, October 14, 2019 12:00 AM
    Tippecanoe Valley High School sophomore Mallory Bowers is one of only six Indiana high school students selected as delegate to the World Food Prize Youth Institute.

    The institute is Wednesday-Oct. 19 in Des Moines, Iowa.

    Bowers first competed at the Purdue Youth Institute to qualify for this event.

    In the spring, she submitted her prize-winning research paper for which she selected a country currently experiencing food insecurity, researched causes of that food insecurity and then proposed a solution to improve food security. She presented her paper to a panel of experts at Purdue University, who provided constructive feedback.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Friday, October 11, 2019 12:00 AM
    Here’s a roundup of upcoming Halloween-themed events:

    Pumpkin contest

    Akron Public Library’s The Great Pumpkin Decorating Contest has started.

    Children ages 5-12 and teens and adults may pick up a pumpkin template to decorate. Pumpkins must be returned to the library by Oct. 22.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Thursday, October 10, 2019 12:00 AM
    La PORTE — A La Porte woman wants a county 4-H committee to begin operating in the daylight – and is getting backing from the LaPorte County Board of Commissioners.

    On Wednesday, the commissioners ordered attorney Shaw Friedman to contact the Purdue Extension Office and request it comply with a recent opinion from Indiana Public Access Counselor Luke Britt. He advised that the 4-H Horse and Pony Committee must follow the Indiana Open Door Law for meetings – rules a group of local parents claim the board doesn’t obey.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Marvel-Us Optimist Club begins
    Wednesday, October 9, 2019 12:00 AM
    Rochester Optimist Club has branched out to provide those with special needs a club of their own.

    The Marvel-Us Optimist Club started Sept. 3. It meets at 6 p.m. the first and third Tuesdays of each month at the Fulton County Public Library.

    The club is the first in the state, said Rochester Optimist Club President Becky Mahoney, and one of 12 in the nation geared specifically to adults with special needs.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Tuesday, October 8, 2019 12:00 AM
    DETROIT — Contract talks aimed at ending a 22-day strike by the United Auto Workers against General Motors continued Monday after United Auto Workers union bargainers rejected a company offer on Sunday.

    In a letter to members, UAW Vice President Terry Dittes cast doubt on whether there will be a quick settlement in the contract dispute, which sent 49,000 workers to the picket lines on Sept. 16, crippling GM’s factories.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Monday, October 7, 2019 12:00 AM
    Victims of opioid addiction weren’t in the room when OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma persuaded half the state attorneys general to settle claims over the company’s role in the nationwide overdose epidemic.

    Now that Purdue is in federal bankruptcy court, four people whose lives were touched by addiction have important seats at the table – and could force fundamental changes to the tentative deal. They are part of a bankruptcy committee that will play a major role in deciding how much Purdue will pay and potentially how that money is to be spent.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • RFD kicks off fire prevention week
    Saturday, October 5, 2019 12:00 AM

    The Rochester Fire Department is hosting a series of events in support of this year’s Fire Prevention Week.

    The national campaign runs from Oct. 6-12, but the fire department is stretching its outreach efforts over the entire month. The department kicked off its campaign this week with an educational program for preschoolers of Grace United Methodist Church.

    The department has hosted Grace United Methodist Church preschoolers at the fire station for roughly 20 years. In addition to learning about fire safety, the children get to tour the station and sit in a firetruck. They also leave with plastic fire helmets, sticker badges and an educational coloring book.

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

  • Open house set for new hangar
    Friday, October 4, 2019 12:00 AM
    He added there’s plenty of room to grow and the Rochester location will likely become the company’s main hub.

    “There aren’t a lot of shops left,” he said. “We lost three major inspectors in one month, which freed up over 100 clients that this facility will pretty much take advantage of filling that need, and we expect more.”

    The hangar at the Fulton County Airport is a step up in size from the company’s Elkhart location.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Thursday, October 3, 2019 12:00 AM
    Aerial spraying was set to get underway Wednesday night in Noble, LaGrange and Elkhart counties in an effort to stop the spread of the mosquito-borne EEE virus.

    The virus already has infected eight horses in Elkhart County and three in LaGrange County in Indiana; all but one have died.

    In Michigan, the virus has infected nine humans – three of whom have died – as well as 33 animals.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Wednesday, October 2, 2019 12:00 AM

    Quoting Henry Ford, Round Barn Golf Club at Mill Creek pro Lyle Lingenfelter says, “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

    As the city looks to increase revenue and reduce spending at the municipal-owned golf course, Lingenfelter is urging caution over any decision that could dramatically hurt its condition and decrease play.

    “From a golf course standpoint, I like what we’re doing. I like the product we put forward, so I’m hesitant to change anything there,” he said. But he acknowledges something needs to change to address a deficit, which Rochester Mayor Ted Denton outlined in his most recent “Notes From the Mayor’s Desk” column in The Sentinel.

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

  • Akron chamber to help with Halloween
    Tuesday, October 1, 2019 12:00 AM
    The Akron Chamber of Commerce is planning to be involved in a Halloween celebration this month.

    On Sept. 24, chamber members met at Kristy’s Hometown Bar and Grill. Among items discussed was helping with Hartzler’s Halloween Bash.

    This is the fourth year Hartzler Funeral Home in Akron, one of the Akron Chamber businesses, has sponsored the event. It is from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the funeral home, 305 W. Rochester St.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Monday, September 30, 2019 12:00 AM
    Dr. Kerry Deardorff loves animals.

    That love caused him to have a 45-year career as a veterinarian. On Sept. 16, that came to an end as he retired from his practice Deardorff Veterinary Clinic, 11686 E. 100 N., Akron.

    His last day of work may not have been that different from all his other days, with him giving checkups to dogs and yes, a monkey.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Saturday, September 28, 2019 12:00 AM

    Indiana State Police Trooper Ben Reason is credited with saving the life of a 5-year-old boy on Thursday.

    He was driving home after a day of police K-9 training in Indianapolis when a report about an unresponsive boy was broadcast by the Miami County Central Dispatch Center. The child was inside a stopped minivan on U.S. 31 near Miami County Road 900 North, according to an Indiana State Police press release.

    Reason responded to the call for help, arriving approximately 30 seconds after the dispatch. Upon arrival, he found 5-year-old Maddox Gates, of Marietta, Ga., being held by his mother.

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

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