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TAKE DOWN
TAKE DOWN
TAKE DOWN Operator Bill Wirey, Central Rent-a Crane, prepares to hoist his crane's counterweights Thursday onto a flat-bed trailer after they removed three product tanks from the former Dean Foods plant. George Dorling directs the lift. 2-1-2016

The Sentinel photo/Mike Kenny



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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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
City sets 2016 meetings
Here is the 2016 calendar of Rochester government meetings.

Meetings are at Rochester City Hall, 320 Main St., unless otherwise specified.

Meeting dates are subject to change.

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

Thursday, January 7, 2016
Murder suspect back in Indiana
A public defender will represent former Winamac resident William M. Stinemetz on charges he murdered 69-year-old Lawrence Pfeifer on Sept. 26, 1997, and robbed the Indiana Lawrence Bank.

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

Wednesday, January 6, 2016
Panel delays action
Fulton County Commissioners on Monday chose not to vote on regulating how pseudoephedrine-related products are sold by pharmacies in Fulton County.

A proposed ordinance, presented Monday to commissioners, empowers a pharmacist to make a professional determination about whether there is a legitimate medical and pharmaceutical need for such cold medications to be purchased.

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

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
Farm school starts Wednesday
New soybean herbicides, farm safety and gaining better financial skills are among the topics for the 2016 Farm Winter School.

Purdue University experts will visit Rochester Wednesdays in January to teach free classes to the public.

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

Saturday, January 2, 2016
Denton takes oath of office
Rochester welcomed a new mayor and two new elected city council members Wednesday.

Ted Denton took the mayoral oath from Fulton Circuit Court Judge Chris Lee.

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


Thursday, December 31, 2015
Clean up underway
Electrical service was nearly back to normal Tuesday afternoon, Fulton County REMC Chief Joe Koch reported.

"We've made pretty good progress here today," Koch said.

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

Wednesday, December 30, 2015
WEATHER NIGHTMARE
The one-two punch of fierce east winds and freezing rain clobbered Rochester Monday, knocking out power and making travel risky.

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

Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Indiana birding big year starts Jan. 1
Bird enthusiasts can celebrate the state's bicentennial by trying to find and log 200 bird species in 2016 as part of the Indiana Bicentennial Birding Big Year or IBBBY.

IBBBY starts Jan. 1 and continues through mid-December.

Birders who find at least 100 species will receive a commemorative IBBBY sticker or decal provided by the Indiana Audubon Society.

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

Monday, December 28, 2015
2016-2017 RCSC calendar approved
Rochester School Board recently approved the 2016-2017 school calendar.

The calendar calls for:

• Start of school July 3, 2016 and last day of school May 26, 2017.

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

Saturday, December 26, 2015
City officials mull nearly $5M WWTP proposal
Rochester is facing a wastewater treatment plant upgrade that could cost $4.9 million.

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

Thursday, December 24, 2015
Rochester schools e-learning
A monthly column written by Rochester school administrators and staffers about a subject of their choosing.



Did you know Indiana has an online high school?

Their students never step foot into a physical building and, instead, take all of their courses through a computer connection.

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

Wednesday, December 23, 2015
County officials sign EMS contract
Come Jan 1, Lutheran Hospital of Indiana will operate Fulton County's emergency medical service.

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

Tuesday, December 22, 2015
Trio leads Lady Vikes past Whitko
AKRON - With Caylie Teel and Taylor Trippiedi having graduated and with Karis Tucker recovering from a knee injury, it might not have been clear what the Tippecanoe Valley girls basketball team would look like this year after their run to the Class 3A state title game last year.

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

Monday, December 21, 2015
Massive fire takes Liberty Lane house
Fire took the home of Tim and Lynne Grosvenor, 1545 Liberty Lane, Friday afternoon.

Firefighters were called to the blaze at 12:25 p.m.

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

Saturday, December 19, 2015
EMS vote expected Monday
County officials are expected to sign Monday an ambulance service agreement with Lutheran Hospital of Indiana for operating the Fulton County Emergency Medical Service.

During a joint meeting Thursday the Fulton County Council and Fulton County Commissioners reached a consensus to move ahead with a 10-year agreement with Lutheran.

Under the proposed agreement, the county would pay Lutheran $113,333 a year for three years, with that money to be spent on capital equipment upgrades. The next seven years the county would not pay Lutheran anything. In exchange, Lutheran will receive all income from the ambulance service.

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

Friday, December 18, 2015
Gottschalk named new First Federal president
First Federal Savings Bank will begin its 50th year with a new president.

On Jan. 4, one day after marking the bank's 50th anniversary, Rochester native Evan Gottschalk will begin his duties as president, announced bank founder Dick Belcher.

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

Thursday, December 17, 2015
City OKs $73K pole barn
The city is building a $73,000 equipment storage facility by the city street garage and sewage treatment plant, 610 Monticello Road.

It will house new equipment used in composting yard and leaf waste.

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

Wednesday, December 16, 2015
School bond interest favorable
Rochester Community School Corporation received a really big Christmas present.

The sale of $9.9 million of revenue bonds for the upcoming construction sold at 1.54 percent lower than anticipated, saving the school corporation $2,048,063 in total interests costs over the 20-year bond payback period.

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

Tuesday, December 15, 2015
In year of RB, I voted for McCaffrey
This was the year of the running back in college football.

From teams that relied on more option-oriented attacks to teams that played smash-mouth football, they stood out everywhere.

This might be a turning point. Quarterbacks dominated the college game over the last two decades with increasingly sophisticated passing attacks that also valued a quarterback's mobility.

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

Monday, December 14, 2015
2 Legacy Projects for Fulton County
As part of Indiana's yearlong celebration leading up to the state's 200th birthday in December 2016, the Indiana Bicentennial Commission has approved two Legacy Projects for Fulton County.

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

Saturday, December 12, 2015
Overrun with felines
The problem of feral cats in Fulton County seems to be multiplying and officials are looking to change that.

Fulton County Sheriff Chris Sailors said there are few calls of concern about dogs. On the other hand, controlling the increasing cat population is an issue. Fulton County Commissioners on Monday discussed proposed solutions.

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

Friday, December 11, 2015
Sailors: IRS doesn't call
County and state police alert citizens about two popular scams returning during the holiday season; the IRS scam alleging back taxes are owed and threatening immediate arrest if funds are not wired as directed, and the bank credit card scam alleging your credit card has been suspended and asking for the credit card number to be key stroked over the phone to reactivate the card.

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

Thursday, December 10, 2015
Police: DNA found on hat
Indiana State Police, in court documents, say William M. Stinemetz's DNA was found on the clothes he allegedly dropped in the street after he robbed Indiana Lawrence Bank at Kewanna on Sept. 26, 1997, and shot Lawrence Pfeifer to death.

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

Wednesday, December 9, 2015
County to raise new flag
The year 2016 marks Indiana's bicentennial and cities and towns around the state will raise the official Indiana Bicentennial Flag in unison on Statehood Day Friday.

Fulton County is set to take part in the celebration with a flag raising at noon Friday at the Fulton County Courthouse.

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

Tuesday, December 8, 2015
X1K: Holland scores 1,000
To get to the point of the screaming, exultation and taking pictures with seemingly everybody in the crowd after she scored her 1,000th career point against Southwood, Rochester girls basketball player Alexa Holland went through many moments where no one was noticing long before she ever got to 1,000.

Getting to school early to fire up a few extra shots, driving to South Bend three times a week to play AAU basketball and hiring a personal shooting coach named Luke Lattimer all went into it.

The payoff was Saturday.

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

Monday, December 7, 2015
COLD CASE TURNS HOT
Indiana State Police revealed Friday they believe they have solved the 18-year cold-case killing of Kewanna resident Lawrence Pfeifer.

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

Saturday, December 5, 2015
Still buzzing after all these years
Bill Knauff has lowered a lot of ears.

Come April, he will have been cutting hair at 196 N. Main St. for 50 years.

Says he: "I think I'm going to like it (barbering) if I ever get the hang of it."

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

Friday, December 4, 2015
Florida Man Arrested in 18 Year-Old Indiana Murder Case
Stuart, FL - Yesterday, a cold case murder investigation by Indiana State Police Detective First Sergeant Bob Burgess and Detective Josh Maller resulted in the arrest of William Stinemetz, 52, Palm City, Florida. The detectives served Stinemetz with a Fulton Circuit Court arrest warrant alleging felony charges for murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, and theft. The warrant was served at the Martin County Jail (FL) where Stinemetz is currently incarcerated on criminal charges stemming from cases in Florida.

On September 26, 1997 at approximately 11:55 a.m., the Indiana Lawrence Bank at 221 East Main Street, Kewanna, IN, was robbed, at gun point, by a white male that was approximately 5'9' tall, husky build, and wearing a mask. He escaped with an undisclosed amount of Untied States currency.

Approximately an hour and forty minutes after the bank robbery, investigators received information that Lawrence Pfeifer, 69, Kewanna, IN, was found shot to death in his home, which was located approximately one mile from the Lawrence Bank. Investigators developed information that Pfeifer's red 1988 Chevrolet Corsica was allegedly used during the bank robbery. Investigators determined that the bank robber used Pfeifer's car while committing the robbery. The suspect then returned it to Pfeifer's home and escaped in a different vehicle. The findings of a subsequent autopsy resulted in Pfeifer's death being ruled a homicide.

Despite efforts by the Indiana State Police and the Fulton County Sheriff's Department to identify the bank robber, and murder suspect, the cases went stale. Evidence which had been collected during the initial phase of the investigations was submitted to an Indiana State Police Laboratory for DNA analysis. The results were entered into the Combined DNA Index System (CODIS).

On November 9, 2015, a DNA profile was matched to Stinemetz. Further investigation, revealed Stinemetz had family ties to northern Indiana. Combined with the new DNA evidence and previous evidence gathered during the investigation, officers developed enough probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant for Stinemetz. The warrant alleged criminal charges for theft, robbery with a deadly weapon, and murder.

Friday, December 4, 2015
Kids connect with soldier
Students in Meghan Schroder's third-grade class at Riddle Elementary have a new pen pal - Sgt. Brady Hudkins of the U.S. Army.

Hudkins, 37, is the son of their classroom teaching aid Nora Hudkins and stepson of Larry Crouch. Stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia. Sgt. Hudkins was deployed to Afghanistan January 2014 through the summer. The information technology professional is now scheduled for another deployment.

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

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Balanced No. 1 Lady Zs beat Culver
GIRLS BASKETBALL

CULVER - Becky Malchow scored 15 points, Kennedy Musselman and Ali Larkin had 14 each, and Keaton Stesiak added 10, and the Class 2A, No. 1 Rochester girls basketball team held Culver scoreless in the second and third quarters en route to a 62-13 win at John R. Nelson Gymnasium Tuesday.

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

Wednesday, December 2, 2015
RHS gym floor redo approved
The Rochester High School gymnasium floor will get a reworking over the summer.

It will be sanded and receive a new look, including a Zebra head in the middle, said Athletic Director Ryan Helt.

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

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
No. 1 Lady Zs rout Winamac
While a holiday pops concert was going on just down the hallway, the Class 2A, No. 1 Rochester girls basketball team made some beautiful music of their own against visiting Winamac at the RHS gym Saturday.

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

Monday, November 30, 2015
TVHS changes mean results
Valley Insight is a month column written by Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation administrators and staffers on the subject of their choosing.

Why Change?

"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela

At Tippecanoe Valley High School 160 to 200 new students come through our doors at the start of every school year. Each group has its own personality, maturity level, and potential for success.

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

Saturday, November 28, 2015
Santa Claus arrives tonight in downtown Rochester
Here comes Santa

Rochester Downtown Partnership presents Santa's Parade 6 p.m. today.

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


Friday, November 27, 2015
Works board has 2 cop candidates
In an attempt to fill two vacant patrolman positions, Rochester Police Chief Andy Shotts told city officials Tuesday he's recommending two candidates for the job.

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

Wednesday, November 25, 2015
Lilly time
High school seniors may now apply for the 2016 Lilly Community Scholarship, which provides a full-ride scholarship to an accredited college or university of the winner's choosing.

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

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Parent center on way
Rochester Middle School has a lot of great things happening.

We are excited about a PBIS grant we were just awarded, so we can continue to promote our students earning their RMS letters for respect, motivation and social responsibility.

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

Monday, November 23, 2015
Clauson family honored with annual award
INDIANAPOLIS - Dave and Dorothy Clauson and their extended family are Indiana's Farm Family of the Year.

The family was honored during a presentation at the Indiana Farm Bureau State Convention in Indianapolis on Monday. Beck's Hybrids and Indiana AgriNews, two family businesses, sponsor the 19-year-old award. It honors an outstanding Hoosier family for its farming efforts and community involvement.

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


Saturday, November 21, 2015
Torchbearers sought
Indiana needs a few good Fulton County men and women to carry the 2016 Bicentennial Torch Relay torch through the county.

The torch is slated to come through downtown Rochester on Oct. 5, 2016. Estimated time: 10-11:30 a.m. The route will be north to south through the county.

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

Friday, November 20, 2015
Dispatch upgrade proposed
County officials are attempting to iron out the details of upgrading dispatch consoles at the Fulton County communications center.

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

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Erp: Talma siren down
Newcastle Township trustee Linda Erp told county officials Monday the Talma community has been without a tornado siren for about three weeks.

The siren, located at Talma Fastener, has not been in operation due to the electricity being shut off at the factory. Erp said owner John Galloway is attempting to sell the building.

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

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Lutheran contract mulled
County commissioners on Monday talked about their proposed contract with Lutheran Hospital of Indiana for operating the Fulton County Emergency Medical Service.

They did not yet have a final document on which to vote. When they do, Fulton said earlier Monday, the public will have a chance to review it.

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

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Holiday Roundup
Christmas Child

Grace United Methodist Church is an Operation Christmas Child drop-off point today-Nov. 23.

Drop off shoe boxes filled with toys, school supplies, hygiene items and notes of encouragement children in need overseas. Dropoff hours are 4-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 21; 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 22; and 8-10 a.m. Nov. 23. To learn more visit samaritanspurse.org/occ.

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

Monday, November 16, 2015
County continues EMS contract work
Fulton County Commissioners tonight could receive the final draft of a contract with Lutheran Hospital of Indiana for operating the Fulton County Emergency Medical Service.

"If we should get one I'd like to read it and make it public tonight," Fulton County Commissioner Sherry Fulton said early today. Commissioners meet at 6 p.m. today at the Fulton County Office Building.

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

Monday, November 16, 2015
Police: Keep leaves on curb
The Rochester Police Department would like to remind city residents to keep their leaves at the edge of the roadway instead of in or on city streets.

This is in accordance with a city ordinance titled Depositing Matter on Public Ways.

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

Saturday, November 14, 2015
County meth approach embraced by senator
INDIANAPOLIS - Cold medicine sales were on the rise in the small town of Rochester a year ago. So were discoveries of illicit meth labs.

Now, pharmacists are asking more nosy questions of sniffling customers who come looking for products that contain pseudoephedrine - the essential ingredient in homemade methamphetamine.

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

Friday, November 13, 2015
Basket signup
Fulton County United Ministries is now accepting applications for its annual Christmas toy and food drive.

Applications for Christmas baskets are accepted 9 a.m.-noon Saturday and Nov. 21 and 4-7 p.m. Nov. 17.

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

Thursday, November 12, 2015
Little ones honor veterans
First-grade students and staff at Columbia Elementary School will take time to honor local veterans at 6 p.m. Thursday in the school gym.

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

Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Holiday Roundup
Christmas baskets

Woodlawn Hospital Auxiliary's Christmas basket silent auction is Dec. 1-3 in the hospital's cafeteria. Silent pricing is available each day until 5:30 p.m.

Holiday extravaganza

The Akron Community Center's Holiday Extravaganza is 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday.

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

Monday, November 9, 2015
ever-green's aim is fresh
Ruth Gunter's grandmother taught her to cook.

"I still remember her saying, 'One day you'll be on your own. You gotta know how to cook'," Gunter recalled recently.

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


Saturday, November 7, 2015
NEW TRIAL DATE IN BAR ATTACK
A new jury trial has been chosen for a Peru man charged with aggravated battery and involuntary manslaughter.

Fulton Superior Court Judge Wayne Steele set Zachary M. Clark's jury trial for March 16, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.

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

Friday, November 6, 2015
New beat for Wilkins
When Mike Wilkins, fighting multiple infections, had visions in the hospital they included his family.

"My father stood beside my bed, looked at me and said 'God's not done with you yet,'" Wilkins recalled recently.

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Thursday, November 5, 2015
Denton next mayor
Ted Denton is Rochester's next mayor.

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Building panel convenes
The Rochester Community School Building Corporation and Rochester School Board approved the financing vehicle for a $9.9 million school renovation project Monday.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015
RHS falls in semistate final
BREMEN - Knock the opponent off balance with the serve. Don't let the ball hit the floor on your side of the net.

Those are some of the credos of the Rochester High School volleyball team.

In the Class 2A semistate final at Bremen High School Saturday night, the tables got turned.

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Monday, November 2, 2015
Akron catches big one
The Fulton County Community Foundation on Thursday gave 11 organizations a little more financially security and purchasing power.

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Friday, October 30, 2015
Lady Zs rally past Covington
"If the road is easy, you're likely going the wrong way," author Terry Goodkind once wrote.

The Rochester volleyball team didn't make their road easy against Covington in a Class 2A regional at the RHS gym Wednesday.

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Thursday, October 29, 2015
Coaches help teachers grow
"No matter how well trained people are, few can sustain their best performance on their own. That's where coaching comes in." - Atul Gawande

If you could peek into any Tippecanoe Valley classroom where an instructional coach is spending some time, you might see her sitting by a student and conferring with him about his learning. Later on, you may see her with a group of teachers pouring over student data and making decisions about instruction to meet their students' needs. Then again, you may see her in front of the class teaching a mini-lesson about how writers' find the heart of the story and tell it bit-by-bit.

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Wednesday, October 28, 2015
RHS beats Knights, wins sectional
The gym at Southwood High School was adorned not only in the traditional red and black but also teal and pink Monday for the Class 2A, Sectional 37 volleyball final between Rochester and the host Lady Knights.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Bus routes detailed
Here are the 2015 fall intersession bus routes for Rochester Community Schools. Questions should be directed to the transportation office at 223-4675.

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Monday, October 26, 2015
Beehler seeking 2nd term
Incumbent City Clerk-Treasurer Shoda Beehler, a Democrat, is seeking re-election, saying she wants to continue to build on the successes of her first 4-year term in office.

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Saturday, October 24, 2015
For Evan's sake: RHS manager loves volleyball
The Rochester volleyball team has just finished winning a home match earlier in the season, and while the girls on the team are done for the day, sophomore Evan Cashen is not.

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Friday, October 23, 2015
Theater survey results are in
Rochester Redevelopment Commission has received community feedback concerning the Rochester Times Cinema, as surveys regarding the potential restoration and re-opening project are now in.

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Thursday, October 22, 2015
Old U.S. 31 resurfacing complete
Fulton County Highway Superintendent Rick Ranstead told county officials resurfacing work on Old U.S 31 will be completed today.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Lute's resignation approved
Rochester School Board officially accepted Monday the resignation of high school Spanish teacher Alex Lute.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015
Reading awards are new
Each school year brings exciting times for students and staff. The smell of new notebooks, fresh packs of #2 pencils, and the new un-ripped, unstained, book bag. There are freshly painted walls and nice clean desks and floors throughout the building. As we have ventured past that time this school year, we try to keep that excitement going throughout the entire school year.

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Monday, October 19, 2015
Lute done
Rochester High School Spanish teacher Alex Lute is no longer employed at Rochester Community Schools.

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Saturday, October 17, 2015
GOP's hopefuls converge here
It was a banner year for the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, as larger than normal numbers of local, state and federal Republican party politicians and officials gathered at the Fulton County Museum on Wednesday.

Keynote speakers included Congresswoman Jackie Walorski, R-2nd Dist., Congressman Marlin Stutzman, R-3rd Dist., Congressman Todd Young, R-9th Dist. and former Indiana State Republican Chairman Eric Holcomb.

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Friday, October 16, 2015
$50K set for facade grants
As part of a facade grant program, Rochester Redevelopment Commission plans to invest $50,000 into downtown Rochester.

The commission spoke Wednesday about the facade grant program, which promotes the maintenance and rehabilitation of central business district properties by providing matching grants to business and building owners.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015
Maes seeks clerk job
Rochester city clerk-treasurer candidate Bob Maes said running for office was the furthest thing from his mind when mayoral candidate Ted Denton tapped him on the shoulder during church and asked, "How'd you like to run for city clerk?"

After talking with his wife and Denton, Maes, a Republican, said he decided it was time for his 40 years of experience in diverse industries to be used to serve the city of Rochester.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Mayoral hopefuls tout plans
Rochester mayoral candidates agree on some topics and are polar opposite on others, the public learned during a Monday debate at Rochester High School.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015
EMS quiz
Fulton County residents and emergency workers Monday were able to ask questions about a proposed Lutheran Hospital management contract for the Fulton County Emergency Medical Service.

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Saturday, October 10, 2015
Debate is Monday
Planning for the Oct. 12 Sentinel mayoral debate between Republican Ted Denton and Democrat Dick Roe is complete.

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Friday, October 9, 2015
TVHS student: We got time to reflect
Charles Smith, his son Scott Smith, Scott Bibler and Tony Elliott were killed Friday in an airplane crash at Oconee County, S.C., on their way to the Notre Dame-Clemson football game. Zac Capps is a senior at Tippecanoe Valley High School and Sentinel intern. He offers here a personal perspective of the mood and response at TVHS on Monday.

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Thursday, October 8, 2015
Lutheran contract mulled
Fulton County officials are considering contracting out the management of the Fulton County Emergency Medical Service to Lutheran Hospital of Indiana.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015


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