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Local police have recommended that Rochester schools install concrete traffic barriers at major school entrances. This is to prevent someone from smashing a vehicle through doors and into the building. Is this necessary?

  40%
1. – It certainly is. It would be relatively inexpensive and reasonable. You never know when some goofball might try something.

  6%
2. – No opinion.

  54%
3. – Seems a little over the top to me. We don’t need to turn our schools into fortresses.

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AT THE PARK
AT THE PARK
AT THE PARK Kindergarten students from Akron Elementary School stopped by Manitou Mountain Friday after bowling and eating lunch on a school outing. At left: Matthew Norman grins while crawling through a tunnel at the park. 4-30-2016

The Sentinel photo/Mike Kenny



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
Fire claims man's life
Police say an early morning fire on Monday claimed the life of a Rochester man.

According to a Fulton County Sheriff's Department press release, Charles Fruitt, 61, died as a result of a residential fire at his 4058 E. 700 North home. His death is attributed to smoke inhalation.

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

Tuesday, April 26, 2016
County seeks $2.76M bond
The Fulton County Council is in the process of selling a general obligation bond issue of $2.9 million or less to finance capital improvement projects.

The public will have an opportunity to learn more and ask questions about the bond sale at the May 17 county council meeting at the Fulton County Office Building. The sale is slated for late May and closing in early June.

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

Monday, April 25, 2016
Ellspermann: Be yourself
Sue Ellspermann suggested to Fulton County's businesswomen Friday they need to stay true to themselves and bring all they have to the table if they want to succeed.

The former lieutenant governor, Ellspermann was the speaker for the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce's first Women in Business event.

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

Saturday, April 23, 2016
Bethlehem worshipers return
The Bethlehem Baptist Church congregation has returned home.

After two eventful years, they are worshiping in their own sanctuary, with their church rebuilding mostly complete.

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

Friday, April 22, 2016
Caston fetes four alumni
Caston School Corporation named its 2016 class of distinguished alumni Tuesday.

Caston established its distinguished alumni program in 2012, and has previously recognized four classes of distinguished alumni, a school press release states.

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

Thursday, April 21, 2016
$500K Lilly match met
The Fulton County Community Foundation has half a million dollars coming from Lilly Endowment Inc.

It met Lilly's GIFT - Giving Indiana Funds for Tomorrow - Phase 6 challenge to raise that amount from donors and will receive a dollar-for-dollar, $500,000 boost in return.

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

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
Olson Road repaving proposed
One of Fulton County's most traveled roads is proposed for repaving.

Fulton County Highway Superintendent Rick Ranstead suggested to Fulton County Commissioners Monday that they use a one-time distribution of funds provided by the state to repave Olson Road from Old U.S. 31 to County Road 700 West.

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


Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Autism month
Talking Zebras is a monthly column written by Rochester Community Schools administrators and employees on the subject of their choosing.

Columbia Elementary School, due to the efforts of teacher Chrissy Merrill, has been recognized by the Indiana Department of Education as a school of Promising Practices.

Columbia's promising practice, Managing Behavior... Positively, is one of 200 school programs to be recognized by the department in honor of Indiana's bicentennial celebration.

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

Monday, April 18, 2016
Rendezvous April 23-24
Although three damaged buildings are not fixed, the round barn has a new roof, and the annual Redbud Trail Rendezvous will be in a week.

Fudge lovers will be happy to know that Mark Gropp will be back with his bagpipe music and fudge for sale in the Old Time General Store. Many other crafts and historic camps will create an atmosphere of stepping into the past.

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

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Campaign total rises
Donations to the Fulton County United Way capital campaign are slowing inching upward.

The 2015 campaign earned $92,200, with smaller amounts still trickling in, said United Way Director Jenny Moriarty Wednesday. That's $5,500 over the 2014 campaign total.

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


Friday, April 15, 2016
Strasser: Dog search turns up nothing
A police dog search Tuesday at Rochester's upper level schools turned up nothing out of the ordinary.

Rochester High School Principal Adam Strasser said Rochester and Fulton County police and officers from Cass and Miami counties' sheriff's departments, with their police dogs, made sweeps of Rochester High and Middle schools, the Rochester Learning Center and the RHS parking lot.

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

Thursday, April 14, 2016
3 couples teach in same building
Akron Elementary School has some unique features, one of which is the fact there are three married couples working as teachers in the the building.

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

Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Chamber honors professionals
In addition to naming Joe and Terry Moore the 2016 Community Service Award winners Saturday, the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce handed out its 2016 business awards:

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


Tuesday, April 12, 2016
Joe, Terry Moore feted
Joe and Terry Moore are the 2016 winners of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce's Community Service Award.

The seventh husband and wife team to win the award, they were feted Saturday during the chamber's annual gala at the Fulton Community Building along with the winners of a host of chamber business awards.

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

Monday, April 11, 2016
Chamber starts women's group
Former Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann is the keynote speaker at the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce's first Women in Business gathering.

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

Saturday, April 9, 2016
Cops: Clerk went too far
Police say an angry gas station attendant caught a suspected shoplifter Tuesday and hurt him badly enough that a trip to the hospital and an arrest resulted.

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

Friday, April 8, 2016
Four local contests
Early voting for the May 3 primary election is underway at the Fulton County Courthouse.

Absentee, or early voting, is set up on the top floor of the courthouse. The election board is Democrat Dennis Grossnickle, Republican Fred Bohm and Fulton County Clerk Teri Furnivall.

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

Thursday, April 7, 2016
Downtown park planned
The northwest corner of Rochester's Ninth and Main Streets, vacant since a fire destroyed the old Centennial Tower building in December 2011, is getting a new life and will be made available for public use.

A park has been designed for the space.

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


Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Sheriff gets stray cat predicament
Fulton County Sheriff Chris Sailors has been tasked with trying to curb the county's increasing feral cat population.

He told Fulton County Commissioners Saturday a representative from H.O.P.E. for Animals, based in Fort Wayne, is willing to speak with county officials and employees of the Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center about possible solutions.

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

Tuesday, April 5, 2016
GOP Congress: Stalled bills, no court nominee
WASHINGTON (AP) - Congress increasingly is being defined by what it's not doing this election year.

The Senate returns this week with a strong majority of Republicans saying no to any consideration of President Barack Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court. No hearings, no vote and, for some lawmakers, not even a meeting with Federal Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland.

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

Monday, April 4, 2016
Good, Merley honored
Two Sentinel area students have been named Lilly Scholars.

They are Elizabeth Good of Rochester High School, for Fulton County and Shay Merley of Tippecanoe Valley High School for Kosciusko County. Both received a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to an Indiana college of their choice. Kosciusko County awarded two Lilly scholarships. The other went to Warsaw High School senior Audrey Rich.

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

Saturday, April 2, 2016
Fire erupts in Kewanna
Firefighters from multiple agencies responded to a structure fire in downtown Kewanna late Thursday afternoon.

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

Friday, April 1, 2016
Kewanna Fire
Seven area fire departments responded to a fire around 4:45 p.m. Thursday at the Union Cafe, 108 E. Main Street, Kewanna. Follow The Sentinel website tonight for more updates and read the full coverage in the Friday edition.
Thursday, March 31, 2016
Donnelly discusses opiates, groceries
Editor's note: U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., is a Notre Dame alumnus, an attorney and former U.S. congressman. He was elected to the Senate in 2012.

He responded via email to the following questions posed by Sentinel Editor W.S. Wilson. His responses appear as submitted.

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

Thursday, March 31, 2016
Gaskill paid to July 8
The Fulton County Public Library Board on Tuesday accepted the resignation of its former director, Jonathan Gaskill.

His employment was terminated March 14, after a closed-door library board March 13.

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

Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Indy 500 ties found
Richard Gundrum can flip through a 4-5-in-thick binder and tell you plenty about Fulton County's connections to the Indianapolis 500.

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

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Sanders wins 3 states; Hillary Clinton retains significant delegate lead
WASHINGTON (AP) - Bernie Sanders scored three wins in Western caucus contests, giving a powerful psychological boost to his supporters but doing little to move him closer to securing the Democratic nomination.



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

Monday, March 28, 2016
RHS students hit stage
Rochester High School Tri-Episilon presents Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun" at 7 p.m. April 8 and 9 in the RHS auditorium.

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

Saturday, March 26, 2016
Barks is new Purdue staffer
Indiana native Amber Barks is the new Fulton County Purdue Extension youth educator.

Barks started work two weeks ago. She'd been looking for an extension job in a county similar to Harrison, where she grew up in the town of Corydon.

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


Friday, March 25, 2016
Ortho talks
Rochester Mayor Ted Denton has a chance to market Rochester to the orthopedic industry.

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

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Big Plan OK
Rochester City Council signed Tuesday a resolution approving a downtown revitalization study.

The more than 190-page plan proposes improvements for the city's downtown, including projects for streets, sidewalks, green spaces, building facades and business recruitment. It is available for download on the city's website at www.rochester.in.us. Additional copies are available at Rochester City Hall and the Fulton County Public Library.

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


Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Early end to trapping
The Indiana Department of Natural Resources can't say yet how many otter were trapped this year in Fulton County, the first year for a river otter trapping season.

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

Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Big fire burns 3 structures
Massive clouds of smoke rose over the 1100 block of Main Street Saturday, and flames reached 30 feet in the air.

Fire chewed its way through two structures in the course of two hours and heavily damaged another. The cause is not yet determined.

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

Monday, March 21, 2016
Rochester Fire
Three structures, the Main Street Services building, a house and garage, burned today in the 1000 block of Main Street and 100 East block of 11th St. With four or more fire departments battling the blaze, Main Street traffic was blocked for at least two hours. No serious injury was reported. Watch for full coverage in Monday's edition of The Sentinel.
Saturday, March 19, 2016
New police jobs for two Former police chief the matron; deputy now detective
Fulton County Sheriff Chris Sailors announced this week Jodi Miller will replace Jennifer Pryor as the Fulton County Jail Matron.

Pryor's last day at work is April 1. Miller is currently a city dispatcher and has served as Rochester police chief, a police patrolman and the city police department secretary. She begins full-time employment for the sheriff's department the last week of March.

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

Saturday, March 19, 2016
Downtown TIF grants available
Captured tax money from a Rochester TIF - tax increment financing - district is available to downtown business owners for facade improvements.

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

Friday, March 18, 2016
Courthouse security mulled
Due to recent events at the Fulton County Courthouse, new security measures, including a full-time security officer, were proposed Tuesday.

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

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Library boss Gaskill gone
The Fulton County Public Library is without a director.

The library's board, behind closed doors, voted Monday to terminate John Gaskill's employment, said board president Rusty McGrew Tuesday. Voting in secret is illegal in Indiana.

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

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Feldman joins city park board
Emma Feldman is Rochester's first-ever auxiliary park board member and possibly the first high-schooler in Indiana to serve on a city park board.

Rochester Mayor Ted Denton, during a Monday meeting of the Rochester School Board, read his appointment of Feldman and introduced her.

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

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Early voting starts April 5
Beginning April 5, absentee voters in Fulton County will be able to make their choices from among candidates running for Fulton County treasurer, district 3 commissioner and county council at large seats in the May primary.

Absentee voting is at the Fulton County Courthouse from 8 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m. April 5-29, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. April 23 and 30 and 8 a.m.-noon May 2.

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

Monday, March 14, 2016
Action committee prevails
The efforts of the Fulton County Citizen Action Committee paid off Thursday when Senate Enrolled Act 80 was sent to Gov. Mike Pence for signing.

The bill calls for the legitimization of pseudoephedrine-based over-the-counter pharmaceuticals.

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

Saturday, March 12, 2016
eLearning weekend April 9-11
Talking Zebras is a monthly column written by Rochester Community Schools administrators and staff on the subjects of their choosing.

Rochester Schools Superintendent

Rochester's first eLearning day is scheduled for the weekend of April 9.

Rochester Schools has currently missed four days of school because of inclement weather. Three of those four days are scheduled to be made up on the predetermined makeup days of Feb. 22, April 18 and May 6. The eLearning day on April 9 will make up the time for the fourth day missed.

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

Friday, March 11, 2016
Community corrections used more
Fulton County Community Corrections is overseeing 24 offenders outside of jail or prison, and anticipates the number of participants to increase over the next year or two.

The county community corrections program includes a work crew and home detention, with currently 10 and 13 offenders participating, respectively. There is also one offender participating in a community transition program.

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

Thursday, March 10, 2016
Health Dept. gets help
Fulton County Commissioners on Monday approved a new part-time environmental clerk position for the Fulton County Health Department.

Fulton County Health Officer Dr. Craig Bugno made the request, noting an increase in work regarding environmental business and more stringent requirements mandated by the Indiana State Department of Health. Estimating on the higher end, he said, the position would cost the county $8,400 per year.

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

Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Police levy wreck charge
An Akron man is now charged in the death of a Rochester teenager who died of injuries suffered in an August 2015 wreck.

Brandon M. Honeycutt, 20, 403 W. Walnut St., was arrested Saturday in Mentone by Fulton County sheriff's deputies on a warrant charging him with causing death when operating a motor vehicle with a Schedule I or II controlled substance in the blood. That is a Level 5 felony.

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

Tuesday, March 8, 2016
EMS gets added training
Fulton County Emergency Medical Service crews are receiving one-on-one training and advanced skills training under the new management of Lutheran Hospital.

According to Fulton County Commissioner Sherry Fulton, additional training with a focus on clinical advancements is one of Lutheran's changes since the county's service was transferred at the first of the year. She also said there's been a change in dress code and updated equipment.

Moreover, she said, she's pleased with the transition.

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

Monday, March 7, 2016
Firefighter safety help
Rochester Fire Department is receiving new equipment to increase firefighters' safety.

In an effort to provide firefighters with emergency air, the department purchased a Scott Safety RIT, or rapid intervention team, Pak. The department also plans to purchase 15 voice amplifiers to improve communication between firefighters responding to a fire.

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

Saturday, March 5, 2016
INDOT's freeway 31 corridor update
Editor's note: Rochester Mayor Ted Denton is writing a regular column. This is his third.

Two weeks ago I was invited by Fulton County Commissioner Roger Rose to accompany him to a meeting in Indianapolis with the U.S. 31 Coalition group. This is an 18-person board, including Commissioner Rose, who represent communities along the 31 highway and act as "lobbyists" when it comes to the wishes of these communities regarding the corridor.

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

Friday, March 4, 2016
RHS builders ready their crafts
Rochester High School engineering students are testing the waters.

The students, divided into groups, have built life size boats and will race them Friday in the Rochester Middle School swimming pool.

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

Thursday, March 3, 2016
Marathoner has family ties to city
Dave Thompson, from Eden Prairie, Minn., will run in the 120th Boston Marathon on April 18 to create awareness of suicide prevention.

Thompson is the oldest son of Bill and Brooks (Baldwin) Thompson and grandson of the late Gates and Velma Thompson, who lived on Lakeshore Drive for many years.

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

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Kosciusko sheriff faces 10 felony counts
PLYMOUTH, Ind. (AP) - A northern Indiana sheriff was indicted Monday on 10 felony counts, including bribery and official misconduct, alleging he accepted $40,000 to allow special privileges for a jail inmate and a visitor.

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


Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Future downtown envisioned
Consultants have completed a 191-page downtown revitalization plan for Rochester.

They gave the public a peek at it Tuesday night. It's similar to a 2006 downtown plan, but notes the loss of more business.

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

Monday, February 29, 2016
Power boost
Generators have been ordered and will be installed at all three water towers in Rochester.

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

Saturday, February 27, 2016
HEAVY LIFTING
BY CHRISTINA M. SEILER

Managing Editor, The Sentinel

There's no way, Rochester Street Supervisor Lennie Conley said, to estimate the volume of snow city workers either pushed to the curb, pushed into piles or trucked out of the downtown Wednesday and Thursday.

They were too busy getting the job done - complicated by the bulk of the heavy, wet white stuff - to keep track.

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

Friday, February 26, 2016
Blizzard closes county
With a blizzard warning in effect until 10 p.m., Fulton County closed up shop early Wednesday.

By noon the Fulton County Courthouse and Office Building, Fulton County Public Library, all Fulton County schools and the Purdue Extension Service were closed.

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

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Shotts: 15 apply for police vacancy
Rochester Police Chief Andy Shotts told city council members Tuesday the police department received 15 applications to fill a vacant patrolman position.

The deadline to submit an application was Feb. 15, Presidents Day. Requirements include having a high school diploma or GED; being at least 21 years old, but younger than age 36; passing a written and physical agility test; and passing a background investigation.

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

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Pay raises on the way
Money was the dominant theme of Monday's Rochester School Board meeting.

The board approved Superintendent Jana Vance's contract, two technology workers' contracts and the release of pay increases and state incentive money for teachers.

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

Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Argos to state
CROWN POINT - Argos High School's colors are black and gold, but the black seemed unnecessary during their Class 1A semistate game against Tri-Central at Crown Point High School Saturday.

The Lady Dragons' performance was pure gold.

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

Monday, February 22, 2016
Plan ahead
Rochester Board of Public Works and Safety approved on Thursday a new, shorter route for the city's annual Community Celebration parade.

The parade is June 17 as a kick-off event to Rochester Downtown Partnership's block party and the Manitou Monster Triathlon, both on June 18.

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

Saturday, February 20, 2016
Pseudoephedrine laws halt labs
Editor's note: This story first appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Little Rock, Ark. It is reprinted with permission. A similar approach, engineered by Rochester's Val Pemberton and Harry Webb and their Citizen Action Committee, has led to legislation pending at the Indiana General Assembly.

Pharmacists feared a backlash from customers when the state enacted tighter regulations on pseudoephedrine five years ago, but the complaints never came.

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

Friday, February 19, 2016
Park plans
Rochester Park Board is looking at purchasing a new restroom for Rochester City Park.

Board President Kim Landis would like it to be ready for summertime use.

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

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Webb, Lawson honored by Walorski
U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-2nd District, recognized two of her five "Who's Who in IN-02" recipients in Rochester Tuesday.

"Our district is full of amazing people who are doing some pretty incredible things," Walorski said.

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


Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Legislative breakfast covers road funds, ISTEP, police video
Despite a blast of bitter cold and early morning snowfall on Saturday, more than 80 people attended Saturday's third house session to hear a legislative update.

The breakfast, hosted by Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and Fulton County Farm Bureau, was attended by State Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, and State Reps. Bill Friend, R-Macy, Tim Harman, R-Bremen, and Doug Gutwein, R-Francesville. Attendees received an Indiana General Assembly update and asked questions of their legislators

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

Tuesday, February 16, 2016
Standouts sought
The Fulton County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations through March 1 for its 2016 Fulton County Business Awards.

Nominees must be chamber members.

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

Saturday, February 13, 2016
Library contract to change
The Fulton County Public Library's contract with Johnson-Mellow Solutions, Indianapolis, will be changed to reflect a guaranteed savings in energy costs.

Partner Kurt Schneider agreed to the change Thursday at a meeting of the library board. He said he'll make sure the library recoups $9,000 per branch at Leiters Ford and Fulton and $15,000 at the main branch, per year.

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

Friday, February 12, 2016
Library contract mulled
When the Fulton County Public Library Board meets at 6 p.m. today to talk about its guaranteed energy savings contract with Indianapolis contractor Johnson-Melloh Solutions it will likely hear from Jim Straeter.

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

Thursday, February 11, 2016
Wrecks snarl highway traffic
Vehicle crashes and downed power lines tied up state highway traffic for hours Monday at two places and times.

Two crashes at roughly the same time at Indiana 17 and County Road 950 South kept that road closed for cleanup in the afternoon.

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

Wednesday, February 10, 2016
Library tables payment
After getting an earful from some members of the public Monday, the Fulton County Public Library Board on Monday put payment to its electrical contractor, Johnson Melloh, Indianapolis, on hold.

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

Tuesday, February 9, 2016
2016 SECTIONAL CHAMPIONS No. 2 Zs advance
Last year the Rochester High School girls basketball team faced the No. 2 team in the state in the sectional final.

This year they were the No. 2 team in the state in the sectional final.

Despite the switch from underdog to favorite, the outcome was the same.

The Lady Zs are sectional champs again thanks to their irrepressible seniors and timely shooting.

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

Monday, February 8, 2016
Downtown meeting is open to all
The public is encouraged to attend a 5 p.m. Feb. 23 meeting at Rochester City Hall to hear from Strategic Development Group representatives about downtown plans.

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


Saturday, February 6, 2016
Jackie lauds Lawson
Rochester volunteer firefighter Dave Lawson is gaining recognition for getting a family out of their burning home last month.

On Thursday Rochester Fire Chief Tom Butler told the Rochester Board of Public Works and Safety U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski, R-2nd Dist., will be in Rochester at 10 a.m. Feb. 16 at the fire department to recognize Lawson in person.

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

Friday, February 5, 2016
Denton attends school
Editor's note: Rochester Mayor Ted Denton is writing a regular column. This is his second.

The second week in office I spent four days in training with other new mayors in Indianapolis. One session of particular interest was "Ethics, Conflict of Interest and Assets."

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

Thursday, February 4, 2016
Moth spray proposed
A meeting about how the Indiana Department of Natural Resources intends to address Gypsy moths in Fulton County this year is Thursday in Argos.

The meeting, which will cover both Marshall and Fulton county treatment plans, is 6 p.m. at Argos Public Library, 142 N. Michigan St.

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

Wednesday, February 3, 2016
City, county sign mirror ordinances
The signing of two ordinances designed to regulate the sale of pseudophedrine-related products in Fulton County was met with applause Monday.

"I believe we're making history today, as we'll be the first in the state to do this," Mayor Ted Denton said before signing the city's ordinance. County officials signed a separate, but identical, ordinance.

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

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Valley, RHS, Argos sectional favorites
This might have been the most anticipated girls high school basketball season in The Sentinel area since the 2003-04 season.

After all, both Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley were returning key components from the teams that met in last year's Class 3A semistate. On top of that, it didn't take a genius to see Argos would have a chance of being good too.

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

Monday, February 1, 2016
Service award entries taken
Who will follow in the footsteps of Mart Smith?

The Fulton County Chamber of Commerce is accepting nominations for the 2016 Community Service Award. Smith was the 2015 winner.

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

Saturday, January 30, 2016
Packed house for theater
More than two years since its closing, an interested group of people met Wednesday to discuss the potential restoration and reopening of Rochester Times Theater.

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Friday, January 29, 2016
Denton: People biggest asset
Just 27 days behind the mayor's desk at Rochester City Hall, Mayor Ted Denton gave his first State of the City address on Wednesday.

The annual address is traditionally made by the mayor at Rochester Kiwanis Club's late January meeting. Although Rochester now has a new mayor, tradition stayed the same this year, and Denton spoke to a packed room of about 50 in an upstairs classroom at Woodlawn Hospital.

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

Thursday, January 28, 2016
Seiler sells 9th, Main lot
Editor's note - Toby Seiler is the husband of Sentinel staffer Christina Seiler. She was not involved in preparing this story.

The festering sore at the northwest corner of Ninth and Main streets has changed hands.

"We have sold the property and closed on it to Centennial Park," said seller Toby Seiler. He said Fulton Economic Development Corp. Director Terry Lee championed the sale of the property. The closing date was Jan. 19. Neither party to the sale would reveal the price.

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

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
New doctor settles in
Dr. Karyn Tapley's new Fulton County medical practice focus is gynecology.

Having started work at Woodlawn Medical Professionals Jan. 4, the doctor is now settling in and learning about the community. She and her husband Joseph, a retired U.S. Navy engineman, will then have to decide if they want to settle here.

Tapley is working here under the terms of a six-month locum tenens agreement.

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

Tuesday, January 26, 2016
Road funding bill is focus
Two main topics emerged during this year's first legislative breakfast: road funding and curbing illegal drug use.

The breakfast, hosted by Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and Fulton County Farm Bureau, gives state legislators the opportunity to visit with the public, answer questions and give an Indiana General Assembly update. Attending Saturday at Akron Community Center were State Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, and State Reps. Bill Friend, R-Macy, Tim Harman, R-Bremen, and Doug Gutwein, R-Francesville.

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

Monday, January 25, 2016
Lawson feted
In front of the Rochester Board of Works and Public Safety Thursday, Fire Chief Tom Butler commended the efforts of Rochester firefighter Dave Lawson, who was able to safely rescue a family of four from their burning home on Tuesday.

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Saturday, January 23, 2016
Woodlawn ends '15 with $2M
Woodlawn Hospital finished 2015 in fine financial shape.

Year-end net income for the county-owned facility was $2,027,674, said Hospital President John Alley. That money will be reinvested in facility infrastructure.

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

Friday, January 22, 2016
Webb: Long road ahead for meth bill
Pharmacist Harry Webb says there's a long way to go before State Sen. Randy Head's bill that calls for Indiana pharmacies to legitimize the sale of pseudoephedrine is a done deal.

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

Thursday, January 21, 2016
Valley agriculture teacher resigns
Tippecanoe Valley High School vocational agriculture teacher and FFA sponsor Lisa Paxton resigned Monday.

With more than 60 in attendance, it was standing room only at Burket Educational Center Monday for the Tippecanoe Valley School Board meeting.

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Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Valley girls beat RHS
Tippecanoe Valley senior basketball player Karis Tucker is back and better than ever.

On a Saturday night at Rochester High School in which the crowd both celebrated history of a team 40 years earlier and acknowledged history being made in front of their own eyes, Tucker came off the bench to score a career-high 19 points to lead the Valley girls to a 61-51 win over the Lady Zs.

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

Tuesday, January 19, 2016
Theater group forms
Ninety-two years after the first movie played on the big screen, the Rochester Times Theater has a chance at another curtain call.

There's an effort to try to resurrect the movie house, which closed two years ago. Since the time of silent movies the downtown venue at 618 Main St. has been a Rochester gathering place.

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


Saturday, January 16, 2016
Janet Showley is new executive director
Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center has a new executive director.

Janet Showley, 27, assumed those job responsibilities Tuesday.

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

Friday, January 15, 2016
Mayor Denton rides with city police
The first week has ended and the first awakening for a new mayor is the number of meetings, local as well as State, that the mayor could attend. My assessment of the meeting participation is that the local meetings are necessary for the mayor or his representative to attend, as many projects are progressing in the community that City Hall needs to be a part of.

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

Thursday, January 14, 2016
Courthouse evacuated after threat
A bomb threat caused the Fulton County Courthouse to be evacuated Tuesday morning.

The threat came on a day with a loaded docket of cases to go before superior and circuit court judges. Prisoners awaiting their hearings were spirited back to the jail. Employees and visitors were asked to leave at once.

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

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
The evil genius behind Indiana's KKK
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is one of the late Jack K. Overmyer's Considered Comment columns, which we are reprinting in selected installments. He was president and owner of The Sentinel when he died in 2010. This is the second in a five-part series originally published in 1999.

D.C. Stephenson created the Ku Klux Klan in Indiana almost single-handedly but at the moment of his greatest triumph, he destroyed it with his arrogance and debauchery. Setting out to prove his declaration that "I am the law in Indiana," he wound up instead a convicted murderer.

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

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Winter Weather Advisory
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory in effect from 8 p.m. today to noon Tuesday.

* Light snow will continue to develop into the early evening and then become moderate to heavy at times overnight into early Tuesday morning.

* Storm total snow accumulations 1 to 3 inches.

* Northwest winds will increase late tonight to between 20 and 30 mph and continue into Tuesday. This will create blowing and drifting of the powdery snow.

* Roads will become snow covered and hazardous tonight. driving may become difficult, especially late tonight into Tuesday morning.

* There will be reduced visibilities due to falling and blowing snow.

Monday, January 11, 2016
No. 1 RHS beats Whitko
SOUTH WHITLEY - To draw a parallel from a popular current movie, the force that is the Rochester girls basketball team has awakened.

Actually, this force might not have awakened so much as it has been relentless and focused. And if Becky Malchow is Rey and Alexa Holland is BB8, then the latest stormtroopers were Whitko Saturday. And like any good "Star Wars" movie, it leaves you excited for the next adventure.

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

Monday, January 11, 2016
School chiefs talk ISTEP
None of Fulton County's school corporations scored higher than the state average on the 2015 ISTEP-plus standardized test and only one area school beat the state mark.

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


Saturday, January 9, 2016
Denton delays pullover
Rochester Mayor Ted Denton on Thursday announced a moratorium on Rochester Police Department's participation in Operation Pullover.

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

Friday, January 8, 2016


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