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Fulton County authorities are considering an ordinance that would allow licensed drivers to operate golf carts on county roads. Good idea? Please select the response that most closely represents your view.

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THEY'RE BITING
THEY'RE BITING
THEY'RE BITING Nick Maurer reels in a common bluegill from Jones Pond at Woodlawn Hospital Friday. The Sentinel's Outdoor Recreation section is Pages 10, 11 and 12 today. 4-29-17

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Prom crash reenactment Wednesday
First responders are coming together to give Rochester High School students a sobering reminder about the consequences of drunk driving.

With Rochester High School's prom coming up next weekend, Fire Chief Tom Butler told the Rochester Board of Public Works and Safety on Thursday his department will be one of multiple agencies participating in a prom crash reenactment at the high school.

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

Friday, April 28, 2017
Council supports purchase
Rochester City Council showed support Tuesday for the purchase of the former Nearly New Shop, 117 E. Seventh St., which has been eyed for demolition ahead of proposed improvements to an adjacent city parking lot.

Rochester Redevelopment Commission President Terry Lee told the council a purchase price of $15,000 has been set by owner Betty Hill. He noted the commission has tax increment financing funds available to act as the purchasing agent.

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

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Mayor Denton: Cut the chick-chat
Mayor Ted Denton on Tuesday said he will no longer entertain further discussion about allowing chickens in city limits unless it's brought forward by a member of the Rochester City Council.

His statement followed a brief presentation by Rochester resident Mallory Stout, who requested to be on the council's agenda Tuesday to discuss the benefits of backyard chickens.

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

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Benzing in top spot
Rochester resident Kim Benzing is the new state president of Psi Iota Xi sorority.

Benzing was installed Saturday at Bremen during the philanthropic organization's annual state meeting.

There to support her were the members of Eta Mu chapter, Rochester, who then invited their roughly 300 sisters to visit Rochester April 20 and 21, 2018.

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

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Utter is service award winner
This year's Fulton County Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award winner is Akron's J. Channing Utter, an owner and officer of Pike Lumber Company, community park champion and community revitalization-backer.

The award is given annually to someone who has given extraordinary service to the community over a period of years, either through their profession or career or through their outside interests and service. It is for continued service to the community and not for a single activity or event.

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

Monday, April 24, 2017
Contest honors 125 child artists
Student artists from all Fulton County schools were honored Wednesday for their entries into Rochester's first downtown banner contest.

The contest was sponsored by the Eta Mu Chapter of Psi Iota Xi and the Honeywell Foundation Educational Outreach Program, and the Fulton County Community Foundation helped with a $1,000 grant.

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

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Holcomb proclaims Indiana Indian Day
Students, county historians, Mennonites, Catholics and others invite everyone to attend Indiana Indian Day at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

The event is built around an apology to Native Americans.

Two tribes were driven out of Indiana at gunpoint: the Potawatomi in September 1838 and the Miami in October 1846. Members of both tribes will attend to tell their stories.

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

Friday, April 21, 2017
Student production of 'Into the Woods' opens Friday
Rochester High School students present the musical "Into the Woods" at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday in the RHS auditorium.

Presale tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students and ages 60 and older. They are available at First Federal Savings Bank, Rochester Telephone Co. and State Farm Insurance.

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

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Duncan meets brother
For some people, family history is clouded in mystery.

Some never know anything at all about their bloodline - so many questions and no answers and no one to ask.

That's exactly how Robert "Bob" Banta's first 67 years of life were until fate stepped in.

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

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Wind farm developer contacting landowners
One of the world's leading renewable energy companies is considering the development of a wind farm in Fulton, Cass and Miami counties that could begin producing power in the next few years.

The UK-based RES Group, which has been active in the renewable energy industry for more than 30 years, has reportedly been contacting landowners about possible lease agreements for the wind farm. The renewable energy developer, which completed its first wind project in the U.S. in 1997, would like to construct 300 wind turbines in south Fulton County, northwest Miami County and northeast Cass County.

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

Monday, April 17, 2017
Victim: 'Everything went black'
Her daughter bouncing around in the back seat, Bridha Rothenberger, Rochester, swung from her open car door as the man who stole her car was trying to get away Monday.

A minute later she and the child were safe. Michael V. Rosa, 40, Indianapolis, was speeding south on U.S. 31.

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

Saturday, April 15, 2017
RPD cutoff today
The deadline to submit an application to be a Rochester police officer is today.

Applications may be picked up at the Rochester Police Department, 312 Main St. Requirements include having a high school diploma or GED, being at least 21 years old but younger than 36, passing a written and physical agility test and passing a background investigation.

"To date, we have 16 applications that have been returned," Police Chief Andy Shotts told the Rochester Board of Public Works and Safety on Thursday. "Everyone who submitted an application will get an invitation to testing."

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


Friday, April 14, 2017
Tax break considered
The Rochester City Council is expected to grant a tax abatement to Rochester Metal Products Corp., which plans to purchase and install new molding equipment.

The new equipment is expected to cost about $3.3 million and should provide work for six new jobs, according to company maintenance and engineering manager Doug Smith. The project includes the replacement of an existing molding machine, originally installed in 1998. By replacing that machine, the company hopes to increase its ductile iron casting production by 15-20 percent.

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

Thursday, April 13, 2017
Judge gives men time to study dredging file
Dennis Grossnickle and Ray Dausman have a month to study the state's file associated with a newly issued four-site Lake Manitou dredging permit.

Administrative Law Judge Sandra Jensen set May 8 at 2 p.m. for the next action in their request to appeal the permit. That will be a teleconference lasting about 30 minutes, she said.

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


Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Nickel Plate Trail 1 of 9 under study
The Nickel Plate Trail has been selected as one of nine sites across Indiana for a statewide study to gather data on health factors related to trail use and their economic impact.

The 2017 Indiana Trails Study, administered by the Eppley Institute for Parks and Public Lands at Indiana University, was slated to begin Monday. The project follows up on the Nickel Plate Trail's last study that was conducted in 2001.

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

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Tillerson steps up on Syria
WASHINGTON (AP) - Criticized for his low-profile diplomacy, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is emerging from the shadows with a leading public role in shaping and explaining the Trump administration's missile strikes in Syria.

And, he's set for an even higher-profile mission, heading to Moscow under the twin clouds of Russia's U.S. election meddling and its possible support for a Syrian chemical weapons attack.

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

Monday, April 10, 2017
Strike on Syria widely praised
BEIRUT (AP) - World leaders rallied around the United States after it launched a missile strike early Friday on a Syrian air base in response to this week's chemical attack, while Russia condemned the move as "aggression" and suspended crucial coordination with Washington in Syria's congested skies.

The overnight missile attack, which marked the first time the U.S. has directly targeted Syrian President Bashar Assad's forces, was condemned by his allies in Russia and Iran but welcomed by the Syrian opposition and its supporters, who expressed hope it signaled a turning point in the country's devastating six-year-old civil war.

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

Saturday, April 8, 2017
Hisey guilty: Jury finds guilt on all 11 counts
A jury found a former cashier of Rochester Iron and Metal guilty of swindling more than $800,000 from the business over a three-year period.

Penny K. Hisey, 13614 N. Macy Millark Road, Macy, showed little or no emotion after Fulton Superior Court Judge Wayne Steele read guilty verdicts on all 11 counts of felony theft. She was fired from the local scrap yard in early 2015 after company officials discovered she was stealing cash and producing fraudulent payout tickets to cover her tracks.

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

Friday, April 7, 2017
Rovenstine pleads guilty
WARSAW, Ind. (AP) - A northern Indiana sheriff accused of giving special privileges to a jail inmate in exchange for $40,000 has agreed to plead guilty to an intimidation charge in a deal with prosecutors.

Kosciusko County Sheriff Aaron Rovenstine reached the plea deal on Wednesday, which was when his trial on bribery and other counts was to begin. In exchange for pleading guilty to the felony charge, prosecutors agreed to drop nine other charges.

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

Thursday, April 6, 2017
Hisey trial starts
A jury was selected Tuesday morning in the trial of Penny K. Hisey, a former cashier at Rochester Iron and Metal accused of stealing $826,595 from the business.

The jury, comprised of nine women and three men, heard opening statements from Fulton County Prosecutor Rick Brown and defense attorney Holli Shorter-Pifer as well as testimony from company controller Dan Zeiger. The trial is scheduled to last four days in Fulton Superior Court; however, Brown told The Sentinel it could wrap up by Thursday.

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

Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Scrapyard theft case trial today
Jury selection begins today for the trial of a former cashier at Rochester Iron and Metal, 1552 E. Lucas St., who is suspected of stealing as much as $1 million from the business.

Penny K. Hisey, 13614 N. Macy Millark Road, Macy, was arrested Feb. 26, 2015, at her home and booked at the Fulton County Jail on preliminary charges of theft and receiving stolen property. She is accused of stealing cash from the local scrapyard and producing fake records to cover her tracks.

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

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Art will decorate Rochester
Downtown Rochester will get a spruce-up this summer with the help of art from Fulton County students and a local philanthropic sorority.

The first-ever Rochester Area Banner Competition is underway with the support of Eta Mu Chapter of Psi Iota Xi and the Honeywell Foundation Educational Outreach Program.

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

Monday, April 3, 2017
$39K in grants given
The Fulton County Community Foundation has awarded $39,150 in grants to local nonprofit organizations thus far in 2017.

Grant applications will continue to be accepted and grants will be awarded throughout the year.

The Akron Park Board received $3,000 for its tree planting project. The organization would like to plant trees along the Akron trails, including markers to identify the species. The project will provide an educational experience for hikers, as well as shade, visual appeal and general pleasure.

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

Saturday, April 1, 2017
Sentinel winter athletic teams continued
Welcome to the second part of our two-part series highlighting the winter sports season's top athletes.

In Thursday's Sentinel, we revealed the top girls and boys basketball players. Today, we will reveal the top swimmers and wrestlers.

Once again, we thank all the coaches in the area for any feedback they might have given us throughout the year. However, these are subjective choices, and we are solely responsible for them.

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

Friday, March 31, 2017
Recycling still on for now
Nearly 30 people attended Tuesday's Rochester City Council meeting, many of them to hear the city's plan for curbside recycling, but no plan was presented.

The council didn't even discuss the issue. Instead, Mayor Ted Denton told the attendees, and council meetings, he's digging up historical data about curbside recycling in Rochester and how it's been funded.

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

Thursday, March 30, 2017
Mother, FBI blow whistle on predators
Crista Miller asked an audience at Tippecanoe Valley High School to extend "grace" to teenagers who may have made poor choices online.

The mother from Fort Wayne spoke Monday about teenagers and Internet safety to a TVHS lecture room full of parents, students and Valley staff members. She gave two reasons teens deserve that grace.

First, they may be prone to making poor decisions online due to their undeveloped brains. And second, unlike previous generations, they can suffer an inability to "decompress" from the stresses of school because of social media.

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


Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Software price is top issue
County and city officials left the March 21 meeting of the Fulton County Council convinced the county's public safety software system needs replaced.

The only question that remains is, can they reach a mutually agreeable price with the software provider of their choice?

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


Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Head, Friend give update
More than 50 people visited Kewanna-Union Township Public Library on Saturday morning to share concerns, ask questions and hear from their state legislators.

Speakers State Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, and State Rep. Bill Friend, R-Macy, discussed developments in the Indiana General Assembly during the second and last legislative breakfast of the year.

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

Monday, March 27, 2017
Recycling on council's radar
The Rochester City Council on Tuesday will resume discussions about how to handle curbside recycling.

The council meets at 6 p.m. at Rochester City Hall.

The subject of curbside recycling has been on the council agenda repeatedly since early 2015 when the city failed to receive suitable bids from a recycling pickup contractor.

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

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Opera house quotes opened
Fulton County Commissioners received a bit of a shock Tuesday in regard to quotes for the demolition of the Akron Opera House.

The lowest quote came from Chuck Shane Excavating, Akron, for $145,000. It was the only one in the expected price range.

The county also received quotes from Beer & Slabaugh, Nappanee, and Martin Enterprises, Fort Wayne. Those quotes were $270,000 and $490,000, respectively.

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


Friday, March 24, 2017
County burn ban area set
Fulton County Commissioners outlined Tuesday a designated area for a proposed ordinance that would prohibit open burning on Rochester's west side.

The area includes county properties west of Park Road and Heritage Drive inside U.S. 31. If the ordinance is approved, county residents in that area and those whose properties connect to 13th Street on the north could no longer burn yard waste. Anyone found violating the ordinance could face a fine not to exceed $2,500.

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


Thursday, March 23, 2017
ND player Redfield convicted
"Even when you're young, every decision matters. Take pride and make the most of every day."

That's the advice Floyd "Max" Redfield Jr. has for those younger than himself.

He offered it as he left the Fulton County Courthouse Tuesday after being convicted of two misdemeanors, possessing a firearm without a license and possessing marijuana.

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

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Police records system mulled
Fulton County Sheriff Chris Sailors and Communications Director Gail Karas put forth their recommendations Monday for a new public safety software system.

Both, with the intention of getting away from the CODY Systems law enforcement database software, suggested contracting with Spillman Technologies, a Motorola Solutions Company. Their suggestion to have the company implement its computer-aided dispatch, or CAD system, along with records management and mobile and jail management modules was heard by Fulton County Commissioners. The cost, which is still being negotiated, is quoted at $462,631.

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


Tuesday, March 21, 2017
2 empty spots on city force
Rochester Police Department is accepting applications to hire two full-time patrolmen.

The department had originally opened the application process to fill one vacancy left by patrolman Chris Burton, who resigned last year to accept a position in Noblesville.

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

Monday, March 20, 2017
5 re-elected for 3 years
Five members of the Fulton County Extension Board were re-elected Monday during the board's annual meeting.

Dale Herrold, Stephenia Barkman, Sandy Owens, Rick Rock and Tom Smith each will serve another three-year term on the board, which is charged with performing an advisory role for local Purdue staff in programming, budget, personnel and program evaluation.

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

Saturday, March 18, 2017
Lease steps down
Warren Lease relinquished his job Wednesday as superintendent of the Rochester wastewater treatment plant and asked to work part time.

His request was unanimously approved by the Board of Public Works and Safety, which commended him for his 22 years of service to the city.

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


Friday, March 17, 2017
Dausman: Dredge Mt. Zion instead
Ray Dausman and Dennis Grossnickle believe only harm could come from dredging shallow areas of Lake Manitou right now.

That's why Dausman has been publicly vocal about his opposition to dredging and asked the Lake Manitou Association board to consider a different plan.

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

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Ohio man held here on murder
An Ohio man accused of killing his girlfriend and kidnapping their son was arrested Tuesday in Rochester - about 150 miles from where the crimes took place.

According to a news release from the Delta, Ohio, police department, the events unfolded shortly after 5 a.m. in the small town of Delta, which is about 30 miles west of Toledo. Police say James C. Ramey, 27, kicked in the door at 901 Fernwood where his girlfriend Amanda Mangas lived with her and Ramey's 10-month-old son Winston and her stepmother Deborah Mangas. They say Ramey shot Amanda and fled with the baby and stepmother.

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

Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Analysts: Millions would lose care
WASHINGTON (AP) - Fourteen million Americans would lose coverage next year under House Republican legislation remaking the nation's health care system, and that figure would grow to 24 million by 2026, Congress' nonpartisan budget analysts projected Monday.

The figures dealt a blow to a GOP drive already under fire from both parties and large segments of the medical industry.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Transpo proposes rate hike
Fulton County Transpo is proposing a rate increase for the first time since its inception in 2001.

The fares for city and county rides are slated to increase by a dollar on May 1. It will then cost $2 per trip - one way - in town and $4 per stop in the county.

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

Saturday, March 11, 2017
4 men indicted in gun thefts
Three indictments charging four people in the burglary of Sand Burr Gun Ranch and theft of 57 guns were announced Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's office.

Robert M. Hoy, 21, North Manchester, and Jose Rogelio Vera-Diaz, 21, Mexico, are charged with one count of stealing firearms from a federal firearms licensee. The $42,519 burglary at Sand Burr, owned by former Rochester City Police detective Dennis O. Reichard and his family, was on Nov. 20, 2016, in the middle of the night.

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


Friday, March 10, 2017
Player pleads guilty
Notre Dame football player Kevin Stepherson followed the kickoff of the team's 2017 spring practices Wednesday with an appearance in Fulton Superior Court.

The sophomore wide receiver pleaded guilty to a single count of marijuana possession stemming from his arrest last year in Fulton County. He was among five players arrested during an Aug. 19 traffic stop along U.S. 31 near County Road 375 North. During a subsequent search of the car, officers found two bags of marijuana and a loaded semiautomatic 9 mm handgun.

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

Thursday, March 9, 2017
Health bill under threat
WASHINGTON (AP) - A powerful conservative backlash threatened to sink the new Republican health care bill less than 24 hours after its launch, even as President Donald Trump and congressional leaders began trying to sell the legislation as the long-promised GOP cure for "Obamacare. "

"We're going to do something that's great and I'm proud to support the replacement plan released by the House of Representatives," Trump declared at the White House as he met with the House GOP vote-counting team Tuesday. "We're going to take action. There's going to be no slowing down. There's going to be no waiting and no more excuses by anybody."

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

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
County mulls open-burning ban
A county ordinance prohibiting open burning on Rochester's west side is beginning to take shape and will come up for further discussion at the Fulton County Commissioners' next meeting March 20.

Although a specific area has not been defined, Commissioner Bryan Lewis announced Monday the proposed ordinance aims to address health and safety concerns for Rochester schools and Life Care Center. For several years, the middle and high school and Ivy Tech Community College at the Rochester Learning Center have been plagued with smoke coming from neighboring properties.

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

Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Wires, windows and walls School work progresses
Tippecanoe Valley spokesman Aaron Leedy provides this update on the Akron Elementary School construction project.

The $17.6 million project was approved by the school board in April 2015. Completion is slated for December.

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

Monday, March 6, 2017
RMS a School to Watch
Rochester Middle School was lauded Friday by its administrators, state-level education leaders and politicians.

The school hosted a Schools to Watch celebration which included performances by the school choirs and band, speeches and awards to educators.

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

Saturday, March 4, 2017
School plans for zSpace
Rochester Community Schools is considering a virtual reality learning tool named zSpace that could benefit not only students, but the entire community.

No decision about the system has been made, but Kiwanis Club members and business and industry representatives got a preview last week. The school board discussed the system briefly Wednesday during a study session.

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

Friday, March 3, 2017
Jury acquits Beatty
Mark W. Beatty broke out in tears Wednesday evening after a Fulton County jury said he was not guilty of child molestation.

The 51-year-old Kokomo resident, formerly of Macy, was acquitted of four counts of felony child molestation after a two-day trial before Judge Chris Lee in Fulton Circuit Court.

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

Thursday, March 2, 2017
City: Big bill soon
Rochester businesses and residents will soon receive a letter regarding a double billing for water and sewer utilities in July.

Caroline Jones, a member of the Rochester Water Board, spoke to the Rochester City Council Tuesday and presented a draft of the letter - aimed at clarifying upcoming changes to the billing cycle - that consumers will receive.

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


Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Molestation trial starts
A Macy man goes to trial today for allegedly molesting a girl under the age of 14.

Mark W. Beatty, 51, 6081 N. Lakeshore Drive, Nyona Lake, faces four felony counts of child molestation. One count is classified as a Level 1 felony and stems from Beatty allegedly having intercourse with the child sometime between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2014. He is also accused of fondling the same girl on three separate occasions through February 2015.

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Winamac has best sectional chance
Boys basketball sectionals week is upon us.

The state tournament starts Tuesday, and with girls basketball, swimming and wrestling now over, boys basketball has the high school sports spotlight to itself.

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

Monday, February 27, 2017
RMS plans party
The community is invited to celebrate Rochester Middle School's recent success.

Right before Christmas, staff learned the school received a coveted national and state School to Watch designation from the Indiana Middle Level Education Association and National Forum to Accelerate Middle-Grades Reform.

A community celebration is 1:30-2:30 p.m. Friday in the school gymnasium.

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

Saturday, February 25, 2017
Women's event features Lawson
The Fulton County Chamber of Commerce starts its second season of Women in Business meetings with Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson as the keynote speaker.

The March 17 breakfast starts with 7:45 a.m. registration and will end at 9:30 a.m. It will be at the Fulton County Public Library. Admission is free for the first two people from a chamber member business or organization. It's $5 for additional member attendees and $10 for those who don't work for or belong to a chamber member.

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

Friday, February 24, 2017
Third house changes
Fulton County residents won't find their state legislators at the Fulton Community Center Saturday for a legislative breakfast.

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce Director Amy Roe said none of them can make it. Instead, the chamber will use the time to offer a state of Fulton County session with local officials.

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Bridge work set to begin on Monday
One of three Fulton County projects funded by the state's Community Crossings matching grant program is set to begin Monday.

Fulton County Highway Superintendent John Geier told commissioners Tuesday Northern Indiana Construction Company is eager to start the replacement of Bridge No. 503 on County Road 200 North between county roads 400 and 500 West.

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

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Jail study OK'd
A study of the Fulton County Jail, to help determine whether to renovate and expand the current facility or build new, could move forward with Fulton County Council approval tonight.

Fulton County Commissioners met Tuesday and signed a contract with DLZ Engineering to complete a feasibility study and cost analysis of the jail.

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


Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Drowning linked to underage drinking
A Rochester man has plead guilty in connection with the drowning death of 20-year-old Aaron T. Eckman III on June 17, 2015.

Phillip A. Robbins, 7934 W. Olson Road, is scheduled to be sentenced at 9 a.m. Wednesday in Fulton Superior Court. He is being held at Marshall County Jail on a charge of probation revocation.

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


Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Hurt seeks seat
Kokomo attorney Mark Hurt earlier this month became the first challenger for a U.S. Senate seat held by Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.

Hurt, a Republican, formally announced his candidacy Feb. 1 in Indianapolis. Donnelly, elected to the Senate in 2012, is the only Indiana Democrat holding statewide office. National Republicans are targeting him for defeat after President Donald Trump won Indiana by 19 percentage points.

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

Saturday, February 18, 2017
4 dredging areas listed
Lake Manitou Association has applied for a state permit to dredge 20,406 cubic yards of sediment out of the lake.

The association's permit application lists four places where dredging would occur: At the Rain Creek Inlet at the head of the lake; at White Creek on the east side by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources boat launch; on the southwest side of the lake near the old Sportsman's Inn; and in the channels surrounding the end of Ford Court.

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

Thursday, February 16, 2017
Disc golf on its way: 18-hole course will be put up at City Park
Local disc golf enthusiasts and beginners alike will soon be able to test their skills at Rochester City Park.

Like traditional golf, disc golf is a precision-and-accuracy sport. However, instead of a ball and clubs, players use a flying disc. Instead of hitting a ball into a hole, discs are thrown into baskets set at varying lengths around different obstacles.

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Rep. Friend: CAFO bill needs some discussion
State Rep. Bill Friend, R-Macy, believes a confined feeding bill pending for the Indiana General Assembly is "very misunderstood."

He's hoping the House Committee on Environmental Affairs has more time to devote to House Bill 1494, which amends state law on confined feeding operations.

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2017
College savings program gets a financial leg up
As college costs continue to rise at a pace that exceeds inflation, Teachers Credit Union on Thursday donated $5,000 to the Fulton County Promise in an effort to financially assist and raise awareness about the importance of saving for postsecondary education.

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

Monday, February 13, 2017
Mentors are a win-win
Talking Zebras is a monthly column written by Rochester Community Schools administrators and staff on the subjects of their choosing.

This past fall, the Rochester Athletic Student Council was formed. Athletes were nominated by their head coach.

Current members of the council include: Emma Dahlquist, Zane Gilbreath, Abigail McCarter, Alexis Elliott, Allie Bickle, Ben Perez, Carter Hooks, Drew Sailors, Jackson Sawyer, Kelsey Tyler, Madelyn Sailors, Mason Brady, Ross Pearson, Sarah Schaller, Killian Bailey, Kinley Lingenfelter, and Thomas Rohr.

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Saturday, February 11, 2017
CAFO bill still pends
The Hoosier Environmental Council attorney says a Wednesday amendment to a confined feeding bill pending before the House Committee on Environmental Affairs is a step forward.

But there's still more race to be run, said Kim Ferraro, who also is the Environmental Council's agricultural policy director.

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Friday, February 10, 2017
Sand Burr suspect arrested
A traffic stop in North Manchester and the recovery of a gun stolen from Sand Burr Gun Ranch led police to Robert M. Hoy.

Hoy, 21, is incarcerated in St. Joseph County on a charge of theft of firearms from a licensed firearm dealer.

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

Thursday, February 9, 2017
4th Street in the works
During a Rochester City Council strategic planning session Tuesday, Mayor Ted Denton announced that the city will pursue funding through the state's Community Crossings matching grant program for improvements to Fourth Street.

Part of applying for those funds requires the completion of a pavement study and asset management plan, which the city did not have when the funds were first made available last year.

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


Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Musical greetings planned
The Fulton County Community Foundation is planning its 19th year of the "Give Your Heart to Your Community" Valentine's Day project.

The Feb. 14 fundraiser is a way for people to celebrate Valentine's Day while making a contribution to local charitable organizations.

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


Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Zoning hearing Monday
Fulton County Commissioners have a 9 a.m. Monday public hearing at the Fulton County Office Building on amendments to the county zoning code and zone map.

A legal advertisement calling for a 6 p.m. Monday hearing was incorrect.

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

Saturday, February 4, 2017
Woodling joins TOPP racing team
TOPP Motorsports has added Dylan Woodling to its driver lineup for the 2017 racing season.

Woodling, a Warsaw native, has more than 12 years of racing experience and will drive a U.M.P. Modified race car for the team. He is expected to hit the track at 20 Midwest region races.

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Friday, February 3, 2017
Friend seeks trail funds
For years, state officials have encouraged communities to develop trail systems to provide healthy recreational opportunities for residents and spur local economic development. But that encouragement never came with any money to help maintain those trails.

A new bill filed this year could change that.

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


Thursday, February 2, 2017
Group develops '17 goals
Rochester Downtown Partnership, which focuses on the economic and cultural health of downtown Rochester, has set its goals for 2017.

Sarah Reese, executive director of Rochester Downtown Partnership, said the nonprofit organization's goals include developing a communication network with local media, building a volunteer base, enhancing and sustaining downtown business, increasing tourism traffic and local investment, promoting downtown as a destination and serving as a resource for downtown businesses and property owners.

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

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Shafer honors late brother with girls state title
PLYMOUTH - In Rhiley Shafer, Rochester wrestling coach Clint Gard can't help but see a little of Jordan Shafer.

Shafer carried on the family legacy of wrestling excellence at the inaugural Indiana High School Girls Wrestling state finals at Hamilton Heights High School in Arcadia on Jan. 20.

Shafer won the state title, defeating Penn's Andelisia Henry 2-0 in a best-of-three finals format in the 220-pound weight class. Shafer lost to Henry at the Rochester regional two weeks earlier, but she beat Henry twice by fall at state. Neither match got to the second period.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Third House packed
This year's legislative breakfast series kicked off with a large turnout of people interested in hearing from their state legislators.

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, Jack Jordan, R-Bremen, and Doug Gutwein, R-Francesville.

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

Monday, January 30, 2017
Local woman on PBS show
Stacy Heckathorn, owner of Craft Crossing and Antiques, will be featured on the Public Broadcasting Service television show "Antiques Roadshow" Monday.

Viewers will see and hear about an item of hers that caught the eye of appraisers. She was one of maybe 50 people filmed for the show, which is in installments over three weeks at 8 p.m. Mondays on WNIT public television, Channel 34.1.

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


Saturday, January 28, 2017
Wall tax
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - President Donald Trump called on fellow Republicans to help him enact "great and lasting change" at a party retreat Thursday but offered few details. Later his spokesman said the president will seek a 20 percent tax on Mexican imports to pay for a proposed border wall.

The president was greeted by cheers as he took the stage in a hotel ballroom, telling senators and House members, "This Congress is going to be the busiest Congress in decades - maybe ever."

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Friday, January 27, 2017
Denton: Exciting time
With more than a year behind the mayor's desk at Rochester City Hall, Mayor Ted Denton gave his second State of the City address Wednesday.

"The state of Rochester is exciting ... We're seeing a lot of people that have hope, and they see that things are changing," Denton declared to a packed room of about 50 people. The annual address was delivered at a Rochester Kiwanis Club meeting at Woodlawn Hospital.

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

Thursday, January 26, 2017
Council mulls curbside recycling
Representatives of Republic Services pitched a pilot program for curbside recycling to city officials Tuesday.

The company, second only to Waste Management in the domestic solid waste industry, proposed the city implement its recycling service for a 3-month trial period.

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

Wednesday, January 25, 2017
Lilly invests in Valley counseling
Tippecanoe Valley Schools has received $30,000 from Lilly Endowment to help it develop a comprehensive school counseling program.

According to a Valley press release, the corporation received a planning grant from Lilly Endowment Inc.'s Comprehensive Counseling Initiative for Indiana K-12 Students.

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


Tuesday, January 24, 2017
U.S. 31 limited access topic of meeting
Fulton County officials have been given a voice ahead of a corridor study about upgrading U.S. 31 to a limited-access highway.

On Tuesday, former county commissioner Roger Rose and Fulton County Area Plan Director Casi Cowles will join officials from Tipton, Miami, southern Marshall and possibly northern Howard to discuss potential upgrades along the corridor with representatives of the Indiana Department of Transportation and CHA Consulting Inc., the firm contracted to complete the study.

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

Monday, January 23, 2017
Attempted murder charge for Macy man
A Macy man is accused of trying to murder his girlfriend Tuesday night. 

DeWayne C. Van Alstine Jr., 45, faces felony charges of attempted murder and aggravated battery. A jury trial is set for 8:30 a.m. July 11 in Fulton Circuit Court. 

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

Saturday, January 21, 2017
Valley slates adult study
The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation's winter adult education course is set.

Adult education classes are offered at various school sites through March and include canvas painting, first aid and CPR certification, high school equivalency test training, and an open weight room.

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

Friday, January 20, 2017
ISP: Big drug bust
Indiana State Police say a Tuesday traffic stop led to four arrests and the seizure of 3 pounds of methamphetamine, other drugs, 21 guns and more than $213,000.

About 5:40 p.m., Indiana State Troopers Steven Glass and Doug Weaver stopped a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck on U.S. 31 near County Road 375 North. An unsafe lane change is cited as the reason for the initial stop of the truck. Police say the truck was being driven by Stephan M. Howard, 54, 86 Reed Lane.

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

Thursday, January 19, 2017
Sheriff launches awards
Fulton County Sheriff Chris Sailors is launching a new program to show appreciation for significant acts performed by employees or citizens.

Sailors announced the Sheriff's Recognition Program to Fulton County Commissioners Tuesday, saying it's important to recognize someone when they do more than what would usually be expected.

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

Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Barrs work for island return
Depending upon how you look at it, home could be a long way away for Dan and Brittany Barr, or just down the road.

The couple and their son Thomas ended a two-year stint as missionaries in the Philippines last summer with a yearning to return to the western Pacific country and their teaching jobs through Wycliffe International.

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

Saturday, January 14, 2017
No city vote on historic standards
City officials gave a draft of downtown design guidelines the cold shoulder Tuesday.

The 20-plus page document, prepared by Indiana Landmarks representatives Todd Zeiger and Brad Miller, lays out recommendations for property owners who want to make facade improvements in the Rochester Historic Downtown District.

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

Friday, January 13, 2017
City seeks storm sewer funds
City officials are working with an accounting firm to determine how to generate enough revenue to upgrade Rochester's stormwater drainage system.

They need $2.9 million to start with a pilot project.

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

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Weaver is school board president
The Rochester School Board has its first new president in three years.

Brad Weaver, who's serving the final year of his first four-year term in office, was elected Tuesday morning to the post. Tom Schwenk served as president in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

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

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Holcomb: We can't afford complacency
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Republican Eric Holcomb was sworn in Monday as Indiana's new governor, calling on the state to do more for those who "feel they've been left out" despite a growing economy and low unemployment rate.

"Despite our standing, despite our ongoing momentum, we can't afford to get complacent," Holcomb said during his inaugural address at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. "Too many are not participating in today's economy or getting a quality education - are struggling with the strangling grip of drugs.

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

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
City sets 2017 meetings
Here is the 2017 calendar of Rochester government meetings. All meetings, except for Area Plan Commission, are at Rochester City Hall, 320 Main St. The plan commission meets at the Fulton County Office Building, 125 E. Ninth St.

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Monday, January 9, 2017
Fire attributed to space heaters
Rochester Fire Chief Tom Butler says a fire that broke out Thursday afternoon at 4487 Oakhill Lane was caused by the use of too many electrical space heaters.

Firefighters and medical personnel were dispatched about 3:30 p.m. to the house fire. Upon arrival, heavy smoke could be seen coming from the second floor, Butler said.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017
Molest trial slated
A Macy man goes to trial Tuesday for allegedly molesting a girl under the age of 14.

Mark W. Beatty, 51, 6081 N. Lakeshore Drive, faces two counts of child molestation. One count is classified as a Class A felony and stems from Beatty allegedly having sex with the child sometime between Jan. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2014. He is also accused of fondling the same girl in February 2015.

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


Friday, January 6, 2017
Caston educator up for award
Caston Elementary School physical education teacher Maribeth Brash has been nominated for the 2016-17 national LifeChanger of the Year Award.

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, the national LifeChanger of the Year program recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 public and private school educators and employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

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

Thursday, January 5, 2017
Lewis named commission president
Fulton County's governing bodies on Tuesday reorganized for 2017.

Bryan Lewis replaces retired Sherry Fulton as president of the Fulton County Commission. He was selected by newly elected commissioners Rick Ranstead and Steve Metzger.

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


Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Tourism commission rebuilds
Heading into a new year, the Fulton County Tourism Commission is making moves to establish itself as more of a marketing force than ever before.

Earlier this month, the commission sought and gained adoption of a county ordinance that it hopes will better define its role - encouraging tourism and attracting visitors to the county.

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

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
Low-dose CT in use
Woodlawn Hospital is one of three hospitals in Indiana with a new low-dose CT scanner.

"There's one in Indianapolis, one up near Chicago and us," said Chief Executive Officer John Alley. "If you do a head scan it can use up to 50 percent radiation. If you do a torso it can be 30 percent less. Over time, that can be a big deal."

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

Saturday, December 31, 2016
Library recoups money
The Fulton County Public Library has settled with energy contractor Johnson-Melloh and secured the return of nearly $100,000.

A mutual agreement between the contractor and library was reached in mid-November. It ends the contractual relationship between them and calls for the library to get back $95,689 of the $131,738 it paid the Indianapolis firm.

Library Board President Rusty McGrew said the end result is that the library paid for new lighting at its three branches - $36,049 - but that's it. That entailed retrofitting overhead lights from fluorescent to LED.

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

Friday, December 30, 2016
Water, sewer budgets approved
The Rochester City Council on Tuesday approved 2017 budgets for the city water and sewer departments.

Water Department expenses are estimated at $1,547,200 and sewer at $1,345,300. Both budget ordinances passed 7-0 during the council's year-end session.

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

Thursday, December 29, 2016
City seeks bids
The city is accepting bids from companies interested in contracting with the city to run the curbside recycling program.

During the Rochester City Council's meeting Tuesday, Mayor Ted Denton presented a proposed notice to bidders for "collection and disposal of recyclable materials for the city of Rochester."

Bids will be received at Rochester City Hall, 320 Main St., until 6 p.m. Jan. 24. They will be opened at the council's Jan. 24 meeting.

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

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
Officials consider firearm policy changes
Fulton County Commissioners have tabled a vote on an amended personnel policy that would allow all elected officials to carry concealed firearms in the workplace.

Commissioner Bryan Lewis told The Sentinel Friday the amended personnel policy may not be voted on before the end of the year. That would put the decision about the change on incoming commissioners Rick Ranstead and Steve Metzger, as well as Lewis, the only returning commissioner.

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

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus
EDITOR'S NOTE: This editorial, written by Francis P. Church, first appeared in The New York Sun in 1897. It has become one of the famous editorials in American history. The Sentinel publishes it each year at this time, along with wishes for a happy holiday.



"We take pleasure in answering at once and prominently the communication below, expressing at the same time our great gratification in that this faithful author is among the friends of The Sun:

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Saturday, December 24, 2016


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