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."
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.
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.
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.
The Rochester football team didn't so much play a game against Plymouth Friday as undergo a test in courage.
There might not have been much doubt who was the superior football team as Plymouth jumped to a 59-0 lead in the first half and cruised to a 59-6 win in a game that featured a running clock in the second half.
The Rochester football team lost three starters due to injury during the first half of a 59-6 loss to Plymouth at Barnhart Field Friday.
Starting quarterback Brady Perez suffered head and neck injuries on the first play from scrimmage and had to be taken off the field by ambulance. Starting offensive guard Zack Graham also suffered head and neck injuries and needed to be taken off by ambulance. Corbyn Wood, a two-way starter at wide receiver and defensive back, also appeared to suffer a leg injury in the second quarter and did not return.
The RHS pass defense had enough issues to go around during its 51-0 loss to John Glenn Friday, according to coach Joe Grant. The secondary was unable to stick with John Glenn receivers, and the pass rush was unable to upset the timing of Falcon quarterback Grant Borsch.
The solution is to try and simplify the defense further.
"I think the biggest thing is guys just doing their job and not worrying about everybody else," Grant said. "You need to worry about you first. We can sit here and try to tinker and correct and put in a bunch of different coverages, but if a guy runs straight by you, that's a lot of want-to right there."
WARSAW - A Zebra caught up with Zeb Tuesday and made a stunning first impression for the Rochester boys cross-country team at the Warsaw Cross-Country Classic Tuesday.
Thomas Rohr noticed that Warsaw's Zeb Hernandez was beginning to falter in the final mile and passed him to win the title in a personal-best 16:11. Hernandez, a state qualifier last year as a freshman, was second in 16:35.
ASHLAND, Ohio (AP) - Hillary Clinton said Sunday that Donald Trump repaid the "ultimate sacrifice" of a U.S. Army captain killed in Iraq with insults and degrading comments about Muslims, as the soldier's bereaved father pressured Republican Party leaders to distance themselves from the GOP presidential nominee.
CLEVELAND (AP) - Undercutting calls for Republican unity, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz stubbornly refused to endorse Donald Trump Wednesday night as he addressed the GOP convention, igniting thunderous boos from furious delegates as he encouraged Americans to simply "vote your conscience" in November.
CLEVELAND (AP) - United for a night, Republicans nominated Donald Trump Tuesday as their presidential standard-bearer, capping the billionaire businessman's stunning takeover of the GOP and propelling him into a November faceoff with Democrat Hillary Clinton.