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Tuesday, September 27, 2016
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More than 220 philanthropic-minded teenagers from across the U.S. are in Fulton County this week for a Group WorkCamps mission trip. They are helping homeowners spiff up their houses and yards. What is your mission trip experience?

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DARK MATTER A melanistic eastern gray squirrel on a tree along West 12th Street. Melanism is the abnormal development of the dark pigment melanin. It can help with survival, making the animal harder to see in dense woods. Also, the dark fur helps keep the squirrel warmer in harsh winters. 9-27-2016

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



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

No appointments are needed; no fee is charged.

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

--

Jana K. Vance, Ed.S.

Superintendent

Rochester Community Schools

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The resignation is effective immediately.

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016
RHS HVAC OK'd - $4.63 million is winning bid
Rochester School Board on Monday approved $4,627,066 of heating, air conditioning and ventilation work at Rochester High School.

Herrman & Goetz, Inc., South Bend, will receive the contract for the work. The contactor was the low bidder of three. Also bidding were Hagerman Construction, Fort Wayne, at $4,802,800, and F.A. Wilhelm Construction, Indianapolis, with a $5,488,000 bid.

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


Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Notre Dame players jailed
The five University of Notre Dame football players arrested Friday night in Rochester have all been released from jail.

They were stopped about 10:07 p.m. by Indiana State Police Trooper Ben Reason on U.S. 31 at County Road 375 North. State police said in a press release they were traveling 73 mph and the Ford Focus that they were in had an improper taillight.

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

Monday, August 22, 2016
Active living goals set
There are plenty of opportunities to make Rochester a more active community, participants in Thursday's Active Living Workshop concluded.

Purdue Extension Nutrition Education Program brought the workshop to Rochester.

The point of it was helping Rochester become a more healthy and active community for all ages and abilities. Government staff, civic leaders and advocates came together to network, learn about the benefits of active-living communities and discuss strategies for success.

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


Saturday, August 20, 2016
Railroad proposal discussed
Rochester Mayor Ted Denton told the Rochester Board of Public Works and Safety Thursday the city has an opportunity to object to the proposed removal of railroad crossing signals in the city.

Denton, along with City Operations Manager Warren Lease, Street Supervisor Lennie Conley and Fulton County Highway Assistant Superintendent John Geier, met with Indiana Department of Transportation Rail Project Manager Thomas Rueschhoff earlier in the day at the Fourth Street railroad crossing. That crossing and crossings on Eighth, Ninth and 12th streets are subject to having signals removed.

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

Friday, August 19, 2016
RR crossing lights mulled
A meeting to discuss the removal of Rochester railroad crossing lights is today.

Fulton County Highway Assistant Superintendent John Geier told the Fulton County Council Tuesday representatives of Elkhart & Western Railroad Co. and the Indiana Department of Transportation will discuss removing railroad crossing lights on Fourth, Eighth, Ninth and 12th streets. A meeting is 10 a.m. today at the Fourth Street crossing.

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

Thursday, August 18, 2016
Lead mostly gone
Fulton County IT and Maintenance Director Josh Sriver says removal of asbestos and lead-based paint at the Fulton County Courthouse should be completed today.

A crew from Star Environmental Inc., Indianapolis, has removed non-friable asbestos floor tiles in the courthouse basement and is expected to finish removing lead-based paint from corner posts, railings and tin plating on the staircase. The contract was for $34,750.

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

Wednesday, August 17, 2016
Washout solution rejected
Fulton County Commissioners Monday turned down a proposed long-term fix for a washout on County Road 350 North, or River Road.

A feasibility study drafted by the Louisville District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers called for roughly a $2.2 million expense to repair a washout that temporarily closed the road in 2014. The proposed repair required a county share of 35 percent, or $779,000. The expense was too costly, officials said, and their attempts to have the cost lowered were unsuccessful.

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

Tuesday, August 16, 2016
Medals of Valor given
Rochester volunteer firefighter Justin Melton and his friend Joseph Johnson are Medal of Valor recipients for their actions during a fire at 115 E. 11th St. on March 19.

Before the first firefighting units arrived, Melton and Johnson rescued the owners, Tan Hun and Lay Inh Phoun, both in their 90s, from the home.

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

Monday, August 15, 2016
Everyone can be a teacher
Talking Zebras is a monthly column written on a rotating basis, by Rochester Community Schools' administrators and staff on a subject of the writer's choosing.

In a time when education is constantly in the headlines for "problems with statewide testing," "school financing and deficit funding," "accountability and teacher evaluations," I wanted to take the time to share what headlines may be missing: inspiring educators and what a teacher truly is.

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

Saturday, August 13, 2016
The Dugout reopens
The Dugout Manager Steve Craft is so enamored with the concept of community he's naming a menu item after it.

Pretty soon there won't be a sampler platter - only a community platter.

Community, Craft said, is what got him through the past several months. Now that the 604 Main St. establishment is reopened and its grill is fired back up, he can breathe a sigh of relief.

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

Friday, August 12, 2016
Hines: Please attend
Purdue Community Wellness Coordinator Betsy Hines is hoping Fulton County will invest in its own health in the coming week.

Having worked a year in Fulton County and completed a comprehensive health assessment of the county, Hines worked with Woodlawn Hospital to apply for and won a free active living workshop for community leaders.

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


Thursday, August 11, 2016
Valley board gets project updates
The Tippecanoe Valley school board learned Monday night that corporation construction projects are moving along.

Representatives gave updates on the Akron Elementary School renovation and high school football field press box construction.

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


Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Belcher endows Ivy Tech fund
Rochester resident Dick Belcher's $15,000 endowed scholarship fund at Ivy Tech Community College is earmarked for supporting Fulton County students.

Belcher established the Suzanne B. and Richard E. Belcher Scholarship through the Ivy Tech Foundation, according to a press release from the college.

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


Tuesday, August 9, 2016
Pence not here much
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Since Gov. Mike Pence was tapped as Donald Trump's vice presidential running mate, he's been to Virginia, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Nevada and Manhattan, and spent four days in Cleveland.

The national campaigning is just beginning, and he's been everywhere - but hasn't spent much time in Indiana.

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

Monday, August 8, 2016
A day at the beach
Rochester High School senior Hannah Towne found out in July that four walls surrounding her and the floor beneath her feet alone cannot contain her volleyball skill.

She's also really good in beach volleyball.

How good? Playing in an 18-and-under beach volleyball tournament for the first time in Huntington Beach, Calif., on July 17, she and her partner Morgan Chacon won the tournament.

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

Saturday, August 6, 2016
RDP receives nonprofit status
The IRS has officially granted 501(c)(3) status to the Rochester Downtown Partnership.

The organization, which focuses on the preservation of downtown Rochester, submitted its application seeking nonprofit designation July 14. While the approval process can take three to six months for some, Rochester Downtown Partnership received its letter of approval just 10 days after filing.

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

Friday, August 5, 2016
Pokemon hunters take to streets of Rochester
Pokemon are in Fulton County.

The game "Pokemon Go," involves people trying to capture cartoon monsters, or Pokemon, while traveling to different locations.

It has hit Rochester just as it has other parts of the United States and the world.

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

Thursday, August 4, 2016
All in good cheer: New Caston grad Martin makes IU cheerleading squad
Madison Martin's life has turned upside down in the last few months. Literally. And she has absolutely flipped over the results.

The 2016 Caston High School grad made the Indiana University cheerleading squad.

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

Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Fulton festival is Saturday
The 2016 Fulton Fun Days festival is Saturday at Liberty Township Park.

This year's theme is "Happy 200th Birthday, Indiana." The festival will also pay tribute to the centennial celebration of the Indianapolis 500.

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


Tuesday, August 2, 2016
Mock shooting held at Caston
Fire alarms sounded at Caston School Corporation Saturday, smoke filled the hallways and victims acting injured were in classrooms.

The school wasn't the site of an actual catastrophe but rather an active shooter exercise. Organized by Fulton County Sheriff Chris Sailors, it included mock shooters, victims, pipe bombs and more. Local law enforcement, fire and medical personnel participated in the training exercise, which was part of the county's annual emergency management exercise.

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

Monday, August 1, 2016
Hack likened to DNC breach
WASHINGTON (AP) - The computers of the House Democratic campaign committee have been hacked, an intrusion that investigators say resembles the recent cyber breach of the Democratic National Committee for which the Russian government is the leading suspect.

The digital break-in at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, which the organization acknowledged Friday, added another layer of mystery to the hacking of Democratic Party information that has been revealed in the heat of this year's presidential and congressional elections.

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

Saturday, July 30, 2016
Mayor talks cop cams, parade, sidewalk work
As Ted Denton has been Rochester Mayor for a bit more than six months now, we thought it was a good time to see how he is settling into office.

From from all indications, he is having a swell time.

Denton, a 65-year-old member of the Rochester High School Class of 1969, counts amateur theater as chief among his hobbies. He is especially fond of Snookie, his 6-year-old Shih-Tzu.

Mayor Denton responded to questions from Sentinel Editor W.S. Wilson.

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

Friday, July 29, 2016
City loses recycling subsidy
The Fulton County Solid Waste District pulled a $1,700 per month curbside recycling subsidy from the city.

In a letter addressed to Mayor Ted Denton, which was on Tuesday's Rochester City Council agenda, waste district Executive Director Stacy Hart says the decision to discontinue funding the program was due to the city not implementing the district's Pay-As-You-Throw trash disposal program.

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

Thursday, July 28, 2016
Manitou money needed
Based on an emergency action plan, Lake Manitou Dam's hazard classification has increased from significant to high and will require inspection every two years.

City Clerk-Treasurer Shoda Beehler told the Rochester City Council Tuesday the dam's classification was "bumped up to high risk" due to consequences related to a potential failure, including loss of life and damage to businesses and homes. The structure of the dam and the trajectory of any failure or breach in the dam were also contributing factors, she said.

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

Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Portable class OK
Every class of Columbia Elementary students will get a bit of an adventure at some point during the coming school year.

They'll pack up and move to a portable classroom while the heating, air conditioning and ventilation in their own classroom gets overhauled.

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

Tuesday, July 26, 2016
Active Living forum Aug. 18
A workshop designed to help Rochester become a more healthy and active community for all ages and abilities is 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 18 at Grace United Methodist Church, 201 W. Seventh St.

The city was selected in May, among seven others, to host an Active Living Workshop this summer and fall. The day-long workshop is designed for community leaders, government staff, civic leaders and health advocates in the community. Lunch will be provided.

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

Monday, July 25, 2016
Denton targets Illinois
Mayor Ted Denton plans to saturate the state of Illinois with letters asking companies to do business in Rochester.

Denton told The Sentinel on Friday that 317 letters have been sent to businesses in the adjoining state.

"We're targeting industry of 150 to 300 in size," he said. "We want to get about a thousand letters out ... The more bait we throw out, the more chance we have of catching something."

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

Saturday, July 23, 2016
Trump takes stage
CLEVELAND (AP) - In an appeal to anxious voters, Donald Trump was to pledge Thursday night that "safety will be restored" if he is elected president, using his Republican convention address to denounce Democrat Hillary Clinton as part of a political class causing the nation's troubles.

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

Friday, July 22, 2016
Courthouse asbestos abatement bid OK'd
The removal of asbestos and lead-based paint at the Fulton County Courthouse could begin as early as next week.

The Fulton County Council Tuesday accepted a bid of $34,750 from Star Environmental Inc., Indianapolis, to remove friable asbestos and lead-based paint in the basement of the courthouse.

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

Thursday, July 21, 2016
Conley takes new job
There is an empty seat on the Fulton County Council.

Councilman Walker Conley is stepping down to serve as a security officer at the Fulton County Courthouse.

Fulton County Sheriff Chris Sailors announced Tuesday, to no Fulton County Council members' surprise, that Conley was hired July 11 to serve as the full-time security officer at the courthouse. He starts Aug. 1. On the council, he represents Fulton County precincts 6, 7 and 8.

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

Wednesday, July 20, 2016
Jensen pleads guilty
A former Warsaw doctor pleaded guilty to videotaping underage boys without their clothes on.

The attorney of Mark A. Jensen, 63, 1923 E. Timberline Circle S, Warsaw, and Fulton County Prosecutor Rick Brown submitted a plea agreement July 7 in Fulton Superior Court.

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

Tuesday, July 19, 2016
Miller chosen for city council
Karen Miller will represent District 1 on the Rochester City Council.

She replaces nine-year member Mark McCall, who was forced to resign in late June due to a move outside of city limits. Miller was selected by Fulton County Democratic Party Chair Phyllis Biddinger.

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

Monday, July 18, 2016
$20,450 Spotlight Sale
A healthy $20,450 was raised by Fulton County 4-H'ers during Friday's Spotlight Sale of Champions at the county fair.

Another $6,200 was raised through the sale of specialty items, including a $4,300 kiss given by 2016 Miss Fulton County Alyssa Fagner to her father, Scott.

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


Saturday, July 16, 2016
40-year term for shooter Greer
A Knox man will serve 40 years for the attempted murder of his estranged wife.

Jeffery A. Greer, 33, 8771 E. 150 South, Knox, who in August 2015 shot Melanie R. Greer in the head before turning the gun on himself, was sentenced to 40 years in prison, none suspended.

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

Friday, July 15, 2016
Grand barrow a Duroc
It's rare for a Fulton County 4-H member to win both male and female top awards in a single species at the fair.

It's even more rare for the same child to win two species' top two awards in two days.

Isabel Scales can say she's done it.

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

Thursday, July 14, 2016
Sanders endorses Clinton
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - With hugs and handshakes, Bernie Sanders endorsed Hillary Clinton for president on Tuesday and emphatically told his supporters their "political revolution" must now turn to electing his Democratic former rival.

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

Wednesday, July 13, 2016
Leininger tops at sheep show
Mariah Leininger had a pretty good sheep show day Monday.

She first brought the grand champion ewe into the Jud Hudkins Arena show ring. By the end of the afternoon, she also repeated her 2015 fair success and led the grand champion market lamb into the ring.

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


Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Lake Fest celebrates Indiana Bicentennial
The 33rd annual Culver Lake Fest, celebrating the state's Bicentennial with the theme "Happy 200th Birthday, Indiana," is this weekend.

Activities kick off at 4 p.m. Friday with food, arts and crafts and commercial booths, followed by the annual Poker Run on the water at 5 p.m. The public is invited to stay to dance on the beach at the Maxinkuckee Beach Ball, where DJ Tim will be mixing tunes from 7-10 p.m.

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

Monday, July 11, 2016
Police in the Park
Rochester Police Department invites Rochester neighborhoods to join thousands of communities nationwide for the 33rd annual "National Night Out" on Aug. 2.

As a kickoff to the campaign, also known as "America's Night Out Against Crime," the police department will host the second annual "Police in the Park" July 30 at Rochester City Park, where a Disney movie will be shown and concessions will be available.

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

Saturday, July 9, 2016
Alyssa Fagner crowned
Miss Fulton County 2016 is Alyssa Fagner, the 18-year-old daughter of Scott and Bethany Fagner.

She was named Thursday night at Rochester High School from a field of 10 contestants. She will reign over the Fulton County 4-H Fair in the coming week and represent Fulton County at the Miss Indiana State Fair pageant in January 2017.

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

Friday, July 8, 2016
Daugherty seeks office
Fulton County voters now have two choices for county coroner in the Nov. 8 general election.

On June 30, Rochester School Resource Officer Robert "Skeeter" Daugherty filled a Democratic Party vacancy on the general election ballot. He'll face Republican candidate Jeri Good, the fourth member of her family to run for the office.

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

Thursday, July 7, 2016
Sailors: Perkins is busy
Fulton County Sheriff Chris Sailors told county officials Kyle Perkins, who replaced retired Fulton Animal Control Officer Kenny Kesler in early June, was busy his first month.

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

Wednesday, July 6, 2016
Hannah Parker is Miss Akron 2016
Hannah Parker is the 2016 Miss Akron Fourth of July.

The 19-year-old daughter of Erica Snyder, she is a 2015 graduate of Warsaw High School and will be a sophomore at Manchester University this fall.

Her court includes first runner-up Kallie Adams, 17, daughter of Kevin and Kathie Adams and second runner-up Amanda Heltzel, 17, daughter of Dale and Kim Heltzel.

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

Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Powlen aims for Rio
From a hog farm in Fulton to Providence, R.I., to Phoenix, Bryan Powlen hopes that his skill in throwing the discus will take him one more place - Rio.

Powlen, a 2006 Caston High School grad, will compete at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in Eugene, Ore., with the top three finishers advancing to the Olympics.

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

Saturday, July 2, 2016
Extra patrol denied
Rochester Mayor Ted Denton stood firm Tuesday in his position that city police should not participate in Operation Pullover.

"My position is still the same," Denton said after Chloeann Choate asked why he opposes the program during Tuesday's Rochester City Council meeting. "I don't want my officers operating in a different manner than they would any other day because of the influence of a special program."

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

Friday, July 1, 2016
13 named torchbearers for county
Thirteen Fulton County residents, from school-age to retired, including educators, a pastor, a retired judge, a basketball star, an entrepreneur, a historian and a Potawatomi, will carry Indiana's Bicentennial torch this October.

They are among more than 2,000-plus Hoosiers selected as torchbearers for the 92-county relay. They embody the Indiana traditions of service, civic pride, community involvement and volunteerism, said Lt. Governor Eric Holcomb in making the announcement Thursday.

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

Thursday, June 30, 2016
American Legion takes over fireworks show
Starting this year, American Legion Post No. 36 has a much bigger role in the community's Independence Day celebration.

It is helping the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce coordinate the annual fireworks show at the Fulton County Airport this year.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
Brain injury focus
A year before a new law goes into effect, Rochester Community Schools is working on teaching athletic coaches to spot signs of a concussion.

Indiana became the first state to mandate that high school football coaches get concussion-recognition training. The 2014 law also requires that a player wait 24-hours after suffering a head injury before returning to a sport.

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

Tuesday, June 28, 2016
East 18th Street sidewalk OK'd
From approving a new one on 18th street to addressing a deteriorated one on Franklin Street, sidewalks were a main topic of the Rochester Board of Public Works and Safety Thursday.

The board approved the installation of a sidewalk on the north side of 18th Street from Madison Street east to Wallace Avenue.

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

Monday, June 27, 2016
Alleged killer faces new charge
The man who's accused of killing Kewanna resident Lawrence Pfeifer and robbing Kewanna State Bank on Sept. 26, 1997, has been charged with another 1997 armed robbery.

Indiana State Police on Wednesday served William M. Stinemetz with a Miami Circuit Court arrest warrant alleging a felony charge of robbery with a deadly weapon.

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

Saturday, June 25, 2016
Topp racing grows quickly
From the first time he sat behind the wheel of a race car, Kevin Birchmeier loved auto racing.

Recently the local businessman has taken his admiration for a driver named Tyler Courtney and turned it into a second business.

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


Friday, June 24, 2016
Sheriff's building payoff passed
The Fulton County Council on Tuesday agreed to pay off the Fulton County Sheriff's Department administration building.

It's been leasing the building for eight years from Dulin and Morris LLC.

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

Thursday, June 23, 2016
Lakefest theme is roaring '20s
The annual Lake Manitou Association Lakefest dinner and auction this year sports a roaring 20s theme.

Attendees are invited to dress in their finest for the event. The association also will sell some '20s attire for those who want or need it.

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


Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Washout fix out of reach, officials say
A proposed long-term fix for a washout on County Road 350 North, or River Road, is financially out of reach, according to county officials.

Fulton County Highway Superintendent Rick Ranstead told Fulton County Commissioners Monday a feasibility study calls for roughly $2.2 million to repair a washout that closed the road in 2014.

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

Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Pugh, Zimmer win triathlon
Eli Pugh was already first in his class, and on Saturday, he was first at the Manitou Monster Triathlon.

Pugh won the fifth annual triathlon, firing out to an early lead during the swim portion and maintaining the lead to win in 53:25.6.

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

Monday, June 20, 2016
Times group starts drive
The citizen group that's working on rehabilitating The Times Theater has reached an agreement to accept the building and begin fundraising.

"The Times Theater is excited to announce it has begun raising funds to reopen as a community arts center where residents and visitors can come to enjoy and experience classic and second-run films, visual art exhibitions, music concerts and theatrical productions," a social media post said. "The Times will provide a much needed venue for the vibrant community of artists, musicians and actors already in North Central Indiana."

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

Saturday, June 18, 2016
Big race is Saturday
It starts with a 400-meter swim, includes some pain in the middle and concludes with a sense of accomplishment in the end, and Rochester's lakeshore overlooks most of it.

It's the fifth annual Manitou Monster Triathlon, which is scheduled for Saturday.

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

Friday, June 17, 2016
32 avoid jail
In overseeing 32 offenders outside of jail or prison, Fulton County Community Corrections has saved the Indiana Department of Corrections, or DOC, more than $46,500.

The community corrections program includes a work crew and home detention, with 17 and 12 offenders participating, respectively. There are also three offenders participating in a community transition program.

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

Thursday, June 16, 2016
Caston eyes $2M work
Caston School Board meets today to discuss financing an estimated $2 million in repairs and updates to the school.

The board will meet at 6:30 p.m. in the school administration building, at the south end of the school campus.

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

Wednesday, June 15, 2016
Three days, five events
Fulton County will be a busy place this weekend.

The organizers of various events are combining their efforts and working together to make it a Father's Day to remember.

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

Tuesday, June 14, 2016
50 slain at gay nightclub
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A gunman wielding an assault-type rifle and a handgun opened fire inside a crowded gay nightclub early Sunday, killing at least 50 people before dying in a gunfight with SWAT officers, police said. It was the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

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

Monday, June 13, 2016
Styles is new firefighter
The Rochester Fire Department is adding a full-time firefighter to its crew for the first time in 14 years.

Dan Styles, 32, Rochester, a two-year volunteer firefighter, is the latest full-time addition.

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


Saturday, June 11, 2016
Lake opening is Saturday
From decorated boats hugging its shores to runners circling it, Lake Manitou will be a busy place in the coming weeks.

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


Friday, June 10, 2016
Grant: I'm committed
When the Rochester High School football coaching job came open in April, Grant remembered the advice of coach Larry "Bud" Wright, his boss at Sheridan High School.

"Right when I first got there, he just kind of mentioned, don't just take a job to be the guy," Grant said. "Take a job you really want. And my wife and I are both from this area. Both graduated from North Miami. We knew we wanted to be back in this area and raise a family in this area. Rochester, the community and the town, we knew this was a place we wanted to be at for a long time."

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

Thursday, June 9, 2016
Animal control officer hired
Fulton County has a new animal control officer.

Kyle Perkins, who has served the county as a dispatcher for three and a half years, will replace retired Fulton County Animal Control Officer Kenny Kesler.

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

Wednesday, June 8, 2016
Indiana crash law: Clear the road
If you have a car wreck, lawmen want you to get a move on.

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

Tuesday, June 7, 2016
New Cross pastor here
The Cross church's new Senior Pastor Mike Cloud hungers to "help people find healing in the Lord."

Cloud started work in Rochester May 1 and was sworn in Sunday. He said he would like "to see current outreach ministries prosper and grow, reach out in the community, and work with other churches in the community to reach lives for the Lord."

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

Monday, June 6, 2016
Summer fun at libraries is underway
Readers of all ages will exercise their minds this summer during the "On Your Mark, Get Set....Read!" Summer Reading Program, offered at all Sentinel- area libraries.

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

Saturday, June 4, 2016
Big show on tap
Fulton County will be seeing orange June 17-19 when Allis-Chalmers enthusiasts from across the country convene at the Fulton County Historical Society grounds.

They'll be here for the Gathering of the Orange during the Fulton County Historical Power Show.

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


Friday, June 3, 2016
Grants help with facades
Fulton County United Way, 722 Main St., and Tidewater Executive Tax Service, 806 Main St., received the first two awards from the Rochester Downtown Partnership's facade grant program.

They have awning projects underway.

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

Thursday, June 2, 2016


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