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CLASSICS A line up of some of the cars at the Round Barn Car, Truck and Bike Show, held Saturday at the Fulton County Historical Society grounds. 8-21-2017

The Sentinel photos/Shelby Lopez



Teed off
Recent actions by Rochester Mayor Ted Denton have apparently resulted in the city park board president contemplating her resignation and a South Bend resident, formerly of Rochester, saying the mayor violated Indiana's Open Door Law.

A new disc golf course at Rochester City Park is at the root of both matters.

On Aug. 14, the Rochester Park Board unanimously approved a contract with Todd Brooks, of Professional Concrete, for installation of 18 concrete tee pads at the course. Cost: $7,200.

However, Park Board President Kendra Chudzynski tells The Sentinel the mayor overrode the board's decision.

The board also reportedly heard at its meeting from Bryce Hardesty of Split Road Media, who presented a mock-up sign he had created that included an overhead view of the hole, the hole number, yardage and par.

Throughout the summer, disc golf enthusiasts and beginners alike have been met with confusion on how to play the course due to a lack of signs and tee pads.

Chudzynski said Hardesty wanted to solicit sponsorship offers from companies interested in attaching their name to the signs.

But again, Denton purportedly had other ideas.

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

Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Chas's Wall OK'd
Tennis enthusiasts will be happy to know Chas's Wall is coming to the Rochester High School tennis courts.

Named after the late Charlie Rathburn, a four-time sectional winning tennis coach, the hitting wall will be at the southwest corner of the RHS courts, inside the fence, said Mike Marrs.

He gained Rochester School Board approval for the wall Monday. Chad Leap, Skyline Builders, will construct the wall, slated to be 10 feet high and 20 feet long and painted dark green. Work could begin soon.

About $800 of the $1,200 needed for materials has been raised, Marrs said. Anyone can make a contribution by writing a check to the Rochester Tennis Club - a not-for-profit organization - and getting the check to Mike Marrs, Joe McCarter or RHS girls tennis coach Jesse Atkinson.

The wall will help beginning players of all ages develop hand-eye coordination and basic skills, Marrs said.

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

Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Health Dept.: West Nile virus tests positive here
Three pools of mosquitoes tested by the Indiana State Department of Health came back positive for West Nile virus in Fulton County, according to a Fulton County Health Department press release.

Local health officials are reminding residents to stay vigilant in protecting themselves from the virus and other mosquito-borne diseases.

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

Monday, August 21, 2017
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Monday, August 21, 2017
See: All will benefit
The registration deadline for a two-day Bridges Out of Poverty workshop, which offers a comprehensive look at poverty, is fast approaching.

The workshop, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 6 and 7 in the Community Building at the Fulton County 4-H Fairgrounds, is made possible through a partnership of the Fulton County Service Providers, members of the faith community and the Fulton County Purdue Extension Office.

It is provided as part of a community conversation series, also hosted by service providers and the faith community. Speakers will include certified Bridges Out of Poverty trainers Karen Hinshaw, Annette Lawler and Nancy Manuel.

The cost, which includes the Bridges Out of Poverty book, is $40 for the first day and $25 for the second day. Participants must attend the first day to register for the second day. Lunch is on one's own.

The cost to register increases after Wednesday to $85 for both days.

Jason See, chaplain at Woodlawn Hospital, said the workshop offers something for everyone. He has been leading a task force, comprised of service providers and members of the faith community, which aims to increase awareness of poverty among the public and increase available resources for families and residents of Fulton County.

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

Saturday, August 19, 2017
Sewer plant work soon
The Rochester Board of Public Works and Safety on Thursday awarded a contract to Kleenco Maintenance & Construction for $793,000 worth of improvements at the city's wastewater treatment plant.

The project, slated to begin in September, is aimed at reducing phosphorus discharge to meet limits required by the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, which handles many federal environmental rules.

Until recently, IDEM has not limited phosphorus. Ahead of applying for a new discharge permit last year, the city became aware that limits were expected to tighten. An extension on that permit was eventually granted, while a plan to meet the new state and federal regulations was put into place.

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

Friday, August 18, 2017
Abney enters intimidation plea
Kristopher T. Abney, 36, pleaded guilty Wednesday of one count of intimidation.

He was sentenced to one year in jail on the Class D felony. The plea came the same day he would have faced a jury trial.

A plea agreement between Abney, his attorney Mark K. Leeman and Fulton County Prosecutor Rick Brown calls for an additional charge of intimidation and a habitual offender notice to be dismissed.

Abney was issued an arrest warrant in the case on June 17, 2014, after an investigation by Fulton County Prosecutor's Investigator Dave Lawson determined he made threatening phone calls from prison to his ex-wife. The context of what lead up to the threats, Lawson stated, revolved around money, property and relationship issues.

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

Thursday, August 17, 2017
Pilot crash-lands at Lau
A Claypool pilot's airplane glided into the parking lot of Lau Industries after its engine stalled Monday night.

Kenneth Bergman, 58, took off from the Fulton County Airport shortly before 7 p.m. He flew about 500 feet from the runway when the engine of the 2016 Easy Raider airplane he was piloting stalled, according to Indiana State Police Trooper Ben Reason and Indiana State Police Sgt. Dan Prus.

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

Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Voting has begun
Beacon Credit Union's Project Spotlight voting is underway.

In Fulton County, six organizations are vying for funding from the charitable giving program. The ones with the three highest number of votes will split $1,750. Voting ends Sept. 30.

A person may vote one time a day, using their email address as verification. Voters can cast ballots in more than one county each day.

Here are the Fulton County organizations and the descriptions they provided about themselves:

Fulton County Horse and Pony Club - The Fulton County Horse and Pony Club is dedicated to teaching youth all about horses and the equine industry. They are a local 4-H club with a beautiful facility to call home. They have large horse shows throughout the spring and summer which are always free to the public.

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

Tuesday, August 15, 2017
3 die, dozens injured
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - A car rammed into a crowd of protesters and a state police helicopter crashed into the woods Saturday as tension boiled over at a white supremacist rally. The violent day left three dead, dozens injured and this usually quiet college town a bloodied symbol of the nation's roiling racial and political divisions.

The chaos erupted around what is believed to be the largest group of white nationalists to come together in a decade - including neo-Nazis, skinheads, members of the Ku Klux Klan - who descended on the city to "take America back" by rallying against plans to remove a Confederate statue. Hundreds came to protest against the racism. There were street brawls and violent clashes; the governor declared a state of emergency, police in riot gear ordered people out and helicopters circled overhead.

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

Monday, August 14, 2017
FBI sketch spurs 6,000 Delphi tips
DELPHI, Ind. (AP) - Authorities say they've received more than 6,000 tips since police released a composite sketch of the suspected killer of two northern Indiana girls.

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


Monday, August 14, 2017
NKorea, US in regular contact
WASHINGTON (AP) - Beyond the bluster, the Trump administration has been quietly engaged in back channel diplomacy with North Korea for several months, addressing Americans imprisoned in the communist country and deteriorating relations between the long-time foes, The Associated Press has learned.

It had been known the two sides had discussions to secure the June release of an American university student. But it wasn't known until now that the contacts have continued, or that they have broached matters other than U.S. detainees.

People familiar with the contacts say the interactions have done nothing thus far to quell tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile advances, which are now fueling fears of military confrontation. But they say the behind-the-scenes discussions could still be a foundation for more serious negotiation, including on North Korea's nuclear weapons, should President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un put aside the bellicose rhetoric of recent days and endorse a dialogue.

Trump refused to discuss the diplomatic contacts. "We don't want to talk about progress, we don't want to talk about back channels," Trump told reporters Friday.

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


Saturday, August 12, 2017
Kitchen is done in time
Just in time for school to start at Akron Elementary School the kitchen equipment was installed and approved by the Fulton County Health Department.

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

All but the 1987 wing of the school is new construction, including a kindergarten through second-grade wing directly north of the 1987 section, a new front office to the west and a new cafeteria, large group room and gymnasium to the east. A new playground is scheduled, and the school will have a central courtyard to allow natural light into the building.

Early this week, when The Sentinel received a project update, contractors were still working on finishing touches such as baseboard installation and touching up paint in the new classroom, pre-kindergarten and administration area.

"A lot of finishing touches we were scrambling to get in like the door hardware and the locks," said Brandon Wolf, site manager for The Skillman Corporation.

Teachers and office staff were able to move into these areas last week.

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

Friday, August 11, 2017
Bolstered by friendship,they forge drug-free lives
Former addicts Alicia Henriott-Conner and Alix Fetty turned their lives around.

They hope their stories will inspire those struggling with drug addiction to get help. They have remained clean largely due to the bond they formed between each other.

In an interview with The Sentinel, Alicia and Alix candidly spoke about their struggles with drugs and alcohol.

"I remember as far back as middle school having issues with depression and eating disorders," said Alicia. Later, she would learn that she was struggling with bipolar and borderline personality disorders. She said drugs and self-cutting gave her a sense of control.

"All through my freshman year and sophomore year I was 82 pounds because I just wouldn't eat ... I ran all the time," she said. "I would actually cut myself on my ankles because I could blame it on cross-country."

Alicia, now 29, began drinking alcohol at about 12 years old. It was in her sophomore year at Rochester High School when she began abusing prescription medications such as OxyContin, Ritalin and Adderall.

She got the pills from friends at school, she said. "Right there in the hallways most of the time."

After graduating from RHS in 2006, Alicia progressed to more dangerous drugs.

"I think I was 22 when I got into heroin," she said. "I was doing that for six months and then overdosed."

That was in South Bend. "I was at a friend's, shot up in my car and woke up in an ambulance." She was given two doses of naloxone, commonly known as Narcan, and received cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

"The next day, I went to an impatient unit ... It was actually my third stay in an impatient unit because before that I went for suicide attempts, depression and anxiety."

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

Thursday, August 10, 2017
Naloxone quickly reverses affects of opioid overdoses
Matt Utter was the first Fulton County deputy to administer naloxone in an overdose case.

He remembers feeling calm and a little uncertain on that July 2016 day when he entered the Rochester mobile home of a man who overdosed.

Deputies had recently received supplies of naloxone and training in how to use it.

"Hopefully this works." Utter thought to himself. "I was new to it so it was the first time actually administering it. The family is all around so hopefully we can bring him back and save him."

The nasal spray performed as advertised. The man survived.

Law enforcement officers in Fulton County have deployed naloxone 12 times since July 2016. Nine of those were on men, four on women. Four of those 12 doses were administered on two people on July 24.

There have been three reported overdose deaths in Fulton County since July 2016.

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

Wednesday, August 9, 2017
Heartbroken grandma fills parenting void
This 53-year-old woman - we'll call her Mary - didn't expect to be raising children a second time.

She didn't expect to attend court hearings, make prison visits or call the police to turn in her own children.

She definitely didn't expect that two of her five kids - a son and a daughter - would become drug addicts.

"They're just like the other kids, but the drugs, it's just vicious," Mary said.

Her son, 32, is in prison for the third time, this time for heroin. His previous sentences involved methamphetamine.

After going to jail for the first time, Mary's daughter, 26, was sentenced to treatment at a rehabilitation center for heroin and prescription pill addiction.

"Between him and my daughter they have sold everything they own," Mary said. "They literally have nothing but clothes."

Addicts are not the only sufferers when it comes to addiction. The repercussions run deep into the veins of a family and those who care the most about the person who uses.

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

Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Opioid devastation spreads across Fulton County
Sheriff Chris Sailors knows very well that Fulton County isn't immune to heartbreaking woes of drug abuse.

He believes it's an illness.

"I don't know what the answer is other than just educate, educate, educate," Sailors said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control the rate of drug overdose deaths in America more than doubled between 1999 and 2015.

Fulton County is no exception. There have been three drug fatalities here since July 2016. That number would have been much higher without the advent of Naloxone - commonly referred to as its brand name, Narcan. It is an overdose-reversing drug now regularly administered by police and medics.

Drug overdoses surpassed motor vehicle deaths in 2008 and now are the leading cause of injury deaths, the Indiana Department of Health reports.

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

Monday, August 7, 2017
INDOT details 5-year plan
The Indiana Department of Transportation plans to invest nearly $16 million to upgrade roads and bridges in Fulton County over the next five years.

Those plans do not include upgrading U.S. 31 to a limited-access highway, Fulton County Economic Development Director Terry Lee announced after a recent meeting he and Rochester Mayor Ted Denton had with INDOT representatives.

Louis Feagans, a senior engineer on the U.S. 31 Corridor project, and Pam Fisher, director of economic development and special initiatives for INDOT, apparently indicated to Lee and Denton that INDOT has no plans to limit U.S. 31 access in Fulton County for at least 15 years.

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

Saturday, August 5, 2017
Smash Out Cancer is Aug. 26
People may again gather in Akron on Aug. 26 to help put an end to cancer.

Akron's Beaver Dam United Methodist Church's Wheels on Fire-Cancer Crusaders will host their second annual Smash Out Cancer event from 3-9:30 p.m. at the Akron Community Center. All money raised during the event will be donated to the Kosciusko and Fulton county cancer funds to help local people struggling with cancer.

Linda Tucker, who helped found Wheels on Fire 14 years ago, said there is a twofold focus of the event. "Celebrate with those people who have fought the battle and won" and "Reach out to those who are struggling to go through it."

At last year's event, the Crusaders raised $3,000, but Tucker said the group never has a specific goal they want to shoot for.

"Anything that we can raise is more than," she said, referring to more money to fight cancer than there was before.

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

Friday, August 4, 2017
Pilot travel center project moving fast
The Pilot Flying J Traveling Center, which broke ground in mid-July, is expected to be complete by the end of November, said Fulton County Area Plan Director Casi Cowles on Wednesday.

"They're moving very fast," Cowles said. "It wouldn't surprise me if it's open by Thanksgiving."

She said that the addition of Pilot Flying J will possibly bring more commerce to the surrounding areas, particularly to the restaurants and businesses that line the edges of U.S. 25 on the south side of Rochester.

"You always hope for that," Cowles said. "You know, it will spur further development out there ... In between this lot and other ones, hopefully it will spur future development."

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

Thursday, August 3, 2017
Fulton, Lions mobilize
The Lions Club International will celebrate its 100th anniversary Saturday as host of the 18th Fulton Fun Day Festival.

The service organization has been in operation in Fulton County since 1943. Phil and Katie McCarter have been part of that for more than 45 years.

"As I say, our motto is we serve and we try to help people who need something," Katie said. "We might say that we make a big impact on different groups that need help."

To the McCarters, participation is everything when it comes to events such as the Fulton festival. But they are a bit worried about declining volunteer numbers.

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

Wednesday, August 2, 2017
ROCHESTER COMMUNITY SCHOOLS 2017-2018 BUS ROUTES (corrected)
(Please be at your stop at least 10 minutes prior to published time the first few days.)

NOTE: SOME BUS NUMBERS HAVE CHANGED

Bus 2 - Mr Kesler

7:19 a.m. 11th St & Madison St

7:22 a.m. 11th St & Elm St

7:25 a.m. 13th St & Elm St

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Map shows Rochester's early vigor
EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is one of the late Jack K. Overmyer's Considered Comment columns, which we are reprinting in selected installments. He was president and owner of The Sentinel when he died in 2010. This one originally was published in 1997.

BY JACK K. OVERMYER

It's easier to recreate the past if one is given a map to it. So now we shall look backward and locate the major commercial establishments that the town, not yet city, of Rochester offered its 3,500 citizens 102 [now 122] years ago.

We're able to do this because of a series of maps prepared in 1895, showing every town lot, building and residence thereupon and the availability of water thereto. Their purpose was to provide the fire department of 35 volunteer members (manning three hose carts) with information necessary for fighting fires.

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

Tuesday, August 1, 2017
City to fund downtown?
Rochester Downtown Partnership is hoping to pay its executive director.

The duties of the position have been shared by Fulton County Chamber of Commerce Director Amy Roe and Sarah Reese, who volunteers. Reese took on those duties in January after serving as Rochester Downtown Partnership's president.

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

Monday, July 31, 2017
Woman tries to flee police by swimming
Police say a woman who attempted to flee from officers by swimming away in Lake Manitou put up a fight before being arrested Thursday night.

According to police records, officers were called by Ron Bird to 2602 Wolf's Point Drive after receiving a report there was a naked man, possibly deceased, in his boat.

Police arrived to find a living woman instead. She was later identifed as 45-year-old Angela M. Westwood.

Rochester Police Lt. Matt Campbell told The Sentinel Westwood was instructed to get off the boat, but instead she jumped in the water and started to swim away. By that time she was clothed.

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

Saturday, July 29, 2017
Theater deed signed
The Times Theater Inc. took ownership of the former downtown movie theater building on Thursday.

"'The shows will go on!" That could be the slogan for the nonprofit organization determined to reopen the historic downtown Rochester theater," a press release said.

The transfer of the deed from Fulton Economic Development Corp. to the theater corporation was Thursday morning at the office of the Fretz Abstract Co. in Rochester.

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

Friday, July 28, 2017
Brewers want Baileys'
Rochester City Council learned on Tuesday night a group of investors is eyeing the former Bailey's Outdoor Outfitter building, 712-14 Main St., as a site for a downtown brewery.

The brew team, dubbed the "revitalizers" by Fulton County Chamber of Commerce Director Amy Roe, is comprised of Cory Thomas, Mike Doran, Chris Markley, Jared Tyler, Andy Strasser and Rick Wilburn. They are self-taught brewers. One of them told the council they hope the project sparks further downtown investment.

"This team, which we connected with an individual that would like to invest, is looking at the possibility of purchasing the Baileys' building and moving forward with a brewery on the bottom floor and apartments on the top," said Roe.

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

Thursday, July 27, 2017
RHS gets guitar lab
A guitar is a simple instrument: Six strings attached to a sound box and a wooden neck form something that has been the centerpiece of bands and shows for centuries.

But the work put into learning to play the guitar is anything but simple.

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


Thursday, July 27, 2017
Warbird Cruise In Aug. 5 at Grissom
Grissom Air Museum hosts its annual Warbird Cruise In car show Aug. 5.

It is the largest attended fundraiser the museum at Bunker Hill hosts with nearly 200 entries and 1,700 guests in 2016.

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




Thursday, July 27, 2017
Bike rule OK'd
Rochester City Council approved on Tuesday an amended ordinance that prohibits bicycling on city or protected properties, such as the properties of any business, church or organization.

Rochester Police Chief Andy Shotts, who met with Mayor Ted Denton and City Attorney Andy Perkins to draft the ordinance, earlier stated it targets those performing stunts or tricks and does not prohibit bicycles being used for normal transportation. He noted parks are excluded from the ordinance.

Prior to its unanimous decision, the council received an earful from one Rochester resident who argued "It's an open ordinance, so you guys can just hang any kid for being a kid and riding a bike."

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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017
HIV-positive man faces new charge
An man awaiting sentencing for having unprotected sex with three Allen County women without informing them of his HIV-positive status beforehand has been charged with the same crime against another Allen County woman.

Travis R. Spoor, 37, was charged Thursday in Allen Superior Court with one count of malicious mischief, a Level 6 felony, according to court records.

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

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Donnelly: US needs affordable health care
U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly told a cheering crowd at the Fulton County Democrats' John F. Kennedy Dinner Saturday night that he will vote against President Donald Trump's proposed health care bill when he returns to Washington, D.C.

Donnelly raised a hand in the air while holding a microphone in the other as he spoke.

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

Monday, July 24, 2017
New jail would be 2 years to finish
Fulton County officials learned last week any possible expansion or relocation of the Fulton County Jail would not only be costly but take more than two years to complete.

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

Monday, July 24, 2017
Mrs. Vance goes to DC
Rochester Community School Corp. now has a national influence.

Superintendent Jana Vance now sits on the board of the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform.

"It's just very humbling," Vance said. "I started as a substitute teacher, now sitting in this position ... I've been blessed with opportunities that Rochester has given me to grow. As I said, in this position, I want those within the district to have that same opportunity.

"It opens up an even greater opportunity for Rochester schools, and really for this area," she continued.

Vance, who is the only active superintendent on the board, joins 11 other members.



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

Saturday, July 22, 2017
Wayward feline finds way home
For seven months Katelyn Lockwood waited, and waited, for a telephone call.

The Mishawaka resident finally received it. Her cat Henry, missing in Rochester since December, was found.

"I was kind of in shock," Lockwood said.

After all the waiting, she actually missed the call because she was on a plane between Texas and Indiana.

She received a text delivering the good news upon landing at O'Hare International Airport. It was from foundanimals.org - the company which registered Henry's microchip.

"My sister read the text over my shoulder and she put her hand over her mouth," Lockwood said. "She showed it to our mom. She said 'oh my God! That's crazy.'"

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

Friday, July 21, 2017
County seeks $1M road funds
County officials said Tuesday they will request $1 million in grant money from the state's Community Crossings Matching Grant program.

The 2016 program is back for a second year. Last year, the county was awarded $1 million - the most any local government could receive.

The program provides funding for road and bridge improvements. Counties with a population of 50,000 or fewer are now required to match 25 percent - not 50 - toward the total cost of projects.

Fulton County Highway Superintendent John Geier told the Fulton County Council four projects were submitted last week for funding. They include: resurfacing County Road 750 West, or Main Street, through Leiters Ford; Wabash Road, from U.S. 31 to County Road 500 East; and County Road 100 North, from U.S. 31 to County Road 400 West; and replacement of Bridge No. 45 on County Road 600 East, north of Fort Wayne Road.

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

Thursday, July 20, 2017
4-Hers earn more than $138,000
Auction results

Fulton County 4-H members sold 180 animals during the Fulton County 4-H Livestock Auction and Spotlight Sale Friday, earning them a combined total of $138,403. Animals were sold by the unit, not the pound this year.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Jail findings announced
Fulton County officials on Tuesday heard two proposals regarding the future of the Fulton County Jail.

Eric Ratts, principal architect of DLZ Engineering, suggested the jail could be expanded or relocated. Fulton County Commissioners and members of the county council heard a cost analysis for both options.

"We're projecting that you will have probably about 40 or so more inmates than you do in your facility today," Ratts said, noting the 32-year-old jail was originally designed to house 36 inmates but now can house 88. "I will be very up front with you, if you build a 200-bed jail, you'll find a way to fill it and that's the unfortunate thing about jails ... You build it, and they come."

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

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Grant warns other RHS staff
Former Rochester High School football coach Joe Grant told Rochester Community Schools teachers in a group email that a member of the school board and their spouse bad-mouthed and threatened him prior to his resignation and that he is considering "possible litigation."

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


Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Woman fights to get pet back
There is a campaign growing to bring Walter "Radar" O'Reilly back home.

The name may sound familiar to those who enjoyed the long-running television series M*A*S*H, but this episode is not one of fiction. A baby raccoon rescued by a Kewanna woman shares his name with the show's popular military clerk.

The raccoon, taken in by Tierney Lloyd in early April after his mother and siblings died in the demolition of a Kewanna home, is now in the hands of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

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

Tuesday, July 18, 2017
Pig rodeo is old-fashioned fun
It took less than 20 seconds for the Sizzling Sooies to wrestle their pig and lift it on top of stacked tires.

In that 20 seconds the team comprised of Anna Brown, Karli Murphy, Callie Richard and Bea Paulik became coated, head to toe, with mud and whatever the pig might have deposited on the ground.

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

Monday, July 17, 2017
Sale nets kids $28,575
Thirteen 4-H members earned a total of $28,575 at Friday's Fulton County 4-H Fair Spotlight Sale.

Included in the sale lineup were the grand and reserve grand champion steers and barrows. In the past few years, one or another was not auctioned.

During the course of the annual livestock auction, 164 other animals were sold by 4-H members.

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

Saturday, July 15, 2017
Plucky lass keeps going
If there were a courage contest at the Fulton County 4-H Fair, first-year 4-H'er Emmalie Grossman, 10, would have won it this week.

It didn't start so well Monday. Three times her crossbred market lamb, more than double her weight, dragged her through the sawdust. She held on tight, and the first experience was the worst.

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

Friday, July 14, 2017
Sommers a big winner
Connor Sommers, 12, son of Nick and Krista Sommers, brought home both grand champion and reserve grand champion gilt trophies and the grand champion county bred and born barrow trophy in Wednesday's Fulton County 4-H Fair swine show.

Judge Jeremy Jones commented throughout the show about the stoutness and ruggedness of Sommers' pigs.

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

Thursday, July 13, 2017
Fagner has top steer
The grand champion steer at the Fulton County 4-H Fair beef show, a Chianina exhibited by Levi Fagner, stood out for its deep quality.

The 1,332-pounder, said judge Brian Deatsman, of Leesburg, is "complete, big-backed, finished good, big and explosive." He continued, "I get a little charged up when one like this walks out," as he named the steer its breed champion.

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

Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Crime spree
Police are investigating a string of vehicle break-ins that happened in the overnight hours between Friday and Saturday.

Rochester Police Department was first tipped off to the break-ins shortly after 5 a.m. Saturday, when officers were called to the 300 block of Fulton Avenue. According to police records, a vehicle was ransacked there and its trunk and driver's side door were left open.

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

Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Miller, Hisey end victorious
Fire erupted from tailpipes and mud flew from the tires of makeshift race cars at the David Clauson Amphitheater on Saturday night in the 2017 Fulton County Fair.

Contestants took to the track in Buicks, Chevys and other unidentifiable heaps of twisted metal to compete for prizes in two races: the figure 8 and the trailer race.

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

Monday, July 10, 2017
Park gets boost
Centennial Park received a $30,000 boost this week from the Fulton County Community Foundation.

The foundation gave a $30,000 impact grant to Fulton Economic Development Corporation to assist in building Centennial Park on the corner of Ninth and Main streets.

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

Saturday, July 8, 2017
Manitou dredging settled
Lake Manitou Association and the two men who appealed in an effort to stop dredging this year in Lake Manitou have reached an agreement.

The agreement between Kenny Anderson, represenenting the association, and Dennis Grossnickle and Ray Dausman, who appealed the permit Anderson received earlier this year for dredging, was signed in mid-June. Then the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, because it also was a party in the appeal process, also was required to agree with the agreement.

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

Friday, July 7, 2017
5 seek queen's crown
Five young women seek the crown of Miss Fulton County 2017.

The pageant is at 7 p.m. today at Rochester High School. Miss Fulton County 2016 Alyssa Fagner will crown her successor and court.

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

Thursday, July 6, 2017
US fetes July 4 with pomp, dazzle
NEW YORK (AP) - From flashy firework displays for massive crowds to small-town parades, Americans celebrated the United States' 241st birthday in both joyous and serious ways.

Tuesday's events even went international, as U.S. senators traveled to Afghanistan and spent the holidays with the troops and an Independence Day exhibition took Major League Baseball to London.

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

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Lake ski show draws crowd
Skiers can regularly be found on Lake Manitou. But it isn't every day one sees them skiing barefoot, shoe skiing, slalom strap, skiing off jumps and creating a 12-person pyramid on the water.

The four-time Division-II champions and Indiana's only competitive ski show team, the Lake City Skiers did just that Saturday afternoon in front of an excited crowd at the Moose Family Center.

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

Monday, July 3, 2017
Working group: Manitou at top
The U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service's local environmental working group this week easily set Lake Manitou and its watershed as a priority for conservation funding in 2018.

The group met Tuesday at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center, 1252 E. 500 South. Other than Fulton County Councilwoman Phyl Olinger, no one other than state and federal agriculture professionals and the Fulton County Soil and Water Conservation District board attended.

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

Saturday, July 1, 2017
City code targets bikes
Bicycling on city or protected properties will soon be illegal due to a slew of incidents involving adolescents performing stunts where they're not welcome.

Rochester City Council nearly approved an amended ordinance Tuesday that would prohibit bicycling on city property, including the properties of businesses, churches, organizations and any other property accessed by the public. Parks would be excluded from the ordinance, which was only halted by a lack of council members present to pass it at Tuesday's meeting.

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

Friday, June 30, 2017
Times seeks OCRA grant
The nonprofit group leading the effort to renovate and eventually reopen the Times Theater received a boost of support from the Rochester City Council on Tuesday.

The council voted unanimously to have the city of Rochester serve as the applicant for an Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs grant. The theater group is hoping to secure $500,000 in funding through OCRA's Public Facilities Program, funded with federal community development block grant dollars.

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

Thursday, June 29, 2017
City officials anticipate traffic woes
Rochester City Council pledged its support Tuesday for proposed intersection changes at Indiana 25 and Rouch Place Drive.

City officials hope the changes will ease traffic congestion that is expected to come with a new travel center at the southeast corner of the intersection. Included in the changes are a left-turn signal for drivers heading south along Indiana 25 and a right-turn lane that would allow northbound drivers a more efficient way to turn east on Rochester Crossing Drive, formerly an extension of Rouch Place Drive.

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Experts: Be safe with all fireworks
Using sparklers on the Fourth of July may be as traditional as cookouts, but they remain one of the most dangerous fireworks each holiday.

Burning at a temperature of about 2,000 degrees - hot enough to melt some metals - sparklers can cause serious burns. Combined with firecrackers and rockets, they account for more than 50 percent of firework-related injuries each year, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

Rochester Fire Chief Tom Butler says sparklers should always be used under close adult supervision and offers these safety tips to prevent sparkler injuries:

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


Tuesday, June 27, 2017
Relay raises $21K
Loud music, bright lights and even brighter smiles set the stage at Rochester High School's track Saturday night for Fulton County's 2017 Relay For Life.

The relay, which sets out to raise money for those affected by cancer, ran for eight hours. Participants walked, danced and partied under the lights well into the night as they raised approximately $21,000.

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

Monday, June 26, 2017
TOPP's Woodling wins 600 Open at Plymouth Speedway
TOPP Motorsports' Dylan Woodling won the 600 Open title at Plymouth Speedway Saturday night. TOPP Motorsports is race team based in Rochester.

Meanwhile, Winamac resident David Fritz was second in the Super Streets race, finishing behind only Shaun Wiltjer.

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

Monday, June 26, 2017
Belcher gives for LEDs in schools
Rochester resident Dick Belcher and his family have chosen to support another energy-saving project at a public building.

A donation of $150,000 will help put LED lighting in Rochester schools.

The money will be funneled through the Fulton County Community Foundation and released over a three-year period, Belcher said.

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

Saturday, June 24, 2017
Full lineup of weekend events here
Fulton County residents shouldn't have any trouble finding something fun to do this weekend.

The Living Local festival and community parade will keep downtown hopping Saturday.

Relay For Life will keep Rochester High School lit up late until midnight Saturday with people raising funds for the American Cancer Society.

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

Friday, June 23, 2017
Scrap yard gets tax break
The Fulton County Council on Tuesday approved a tax abatement package for Rochester Iron and Metal.

With a unanimous vote, the council approved a confirmatory resolution, establishing the scrap metal recycler's Lucas Street property as an economic revitalization area. The council also approved the company's request for a reduction in real property tax for 10 years.

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

Thursday, June 22, 2017
Jail study meeting July 18
On July 18 anyone interested in the future of the Fulton County Jail can hear the findings of a recent study of the facility.

DLZ Engineering was engaged in February to complete the study. Results will be presented before the Fulton County Council's meeting at 5 p.m. at the Fulton County Office Building.

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

Wednesday, June 21, 2017
Triathlete: I finished
As Stacia Siefert crossed the finish line Saturday at the Manitou Monster Triathlon, she danced and smiled with a tiger lily flower in her hair.

No one followed her. No one lagged behind. She was the final one to finish, but to her, she had finally finished.

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

Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Heyde joins lake board
David Heyde is the newest member of the Lake Manitou Association board.

The association, led by President Tim Lowe, conducted its annual meeting Saturday to vote in four members of the board of directors.

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

Monday, June 19, 2017
ISTEP woes
Rochester Schools Superintendent Jana Vance on Friday passed along a press release from the Indiana Department of Education detailing ISTEP problems here.

Rochester's ISTEP results are skewed because the state-hired testing company, Pearson, provided a calculator to some students that it should not have. The situation has not been resolved with the Indiana Department of Education at this time, the release said. The school corporation's accountability grade could be affected and high schoolers may have to retake their tests in order to graduate.

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

Saturday, June 17, 2017
City picks 4th Street for grant
Those traveling on Fourth Street for work or recreation could see major improvements to the street in the near future.

City officials have selected the street, for several years considered a high priority, as one they'd like to submit for funds through the state's Community Crossings Matching Grant program.

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

Friday, June 16, 2017
8 medals for winery
If you were to walk through the front door of Schnabeltier, you may not realize that there isn't any other place in the United States like it.

The bottles of wine that line the walls and the samples of cheeses that sit on the counter indicate just how rare of a place it is.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Gudas works for Riley
When families check in for medical care at Riley Hospital for Children, they are offered a little red wagon to transport their belongings, and sometimes children, through the hospital corridors.

One of those wagons now bears the artwork of Riddle Elementary School student Seanna Gudas, Rochester.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Tiki hut wins prize
Between the sunshine, waves, Jimmy Buffett on the radio and the smiling spectators, seven boats decorated with balloons, rubber ducks, and even red solo cups competed in this year's Lake Manitou Boat Parade.

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

Monday, June 12, 2017
Lake voting this week
During its annual meeting Saturday Lake Manitou Association will vote on as many as five candidates for the association board.

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Monday, June 12, 2017
INDOT plans 2 J-turns; Intends to upgrade U.S. 31 at Indiana 10, Indiana 110
The Indiana Department of Transportation, hopes to reduce crashes at the intersections of Indiana 10 and Indiana 110 along U.S. 31 in Marshall County by putting in J-turns.

The re-designed intersections would prevent drivers from directly crossing the highway or making left-hand turns without the use of designated U-turn medians.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017
Ponce, Sawyer top of class
Kristina "Nikki" Ponce, daughter of Mario and Maria Ponce, is the valedictorian of the Rochester High School Class of 2017.

The salutatorian is Jackson Sawyer, son of Rob and Beth Sawyer.

At Tippecanoe Valley High School, Jared Mikel, son of Stacy and Spencer Mikel, Mentone, was named valedictorian.

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

Friday, June 9, 2017
Parks program sign-up extended
The Rochester Park Board on Tuesday extended the registration deadline for the annual Summer Park Program.

After the initial application deadline of May 16, only 72 children were registered. There is capacity for 110 participants. The board decided to extend the deadline to 4 p.m., Wednesday.

Applications and the $60 fee must be delivered to Rochester City Hall.

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

Thursday, June 8, 2017
Guard's bus rehabbed; 2 companies donate labor and supplies for veterans
The U.S. military veterans who provide honor guard services at local funerals are traveling in style these days.

The Fulton County Veterans Honor Guard bus has been repaired and repainted, compliments of Hoffman Body Shop, Akron, and Craig Welding, Mentone.

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

Wednesday, June 7, 2017
John Doe arrested Saturday by RPD
A mystery man has been booked at the Fulton County Jail under the name John Doe.

Rochester police arrested him Saturday afternoon at Good To Go, 400 N. Main St., where he was allegedly trying to provoke a fight with another man.

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

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
REMC gives Times grant
The Times Theater, the nonprofit group leading the effort to renovate and eventually reopen Rochester's historic Main Street theater, has received a $1,000 grant from the Fulton County REMC.

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

Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Service group, churches combine
Service providers and members of the faith community are joining forces with an aim of creating long-term solutions to core issues affecting Fulton County.

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce Director Amy Roe, who is part of the team, said Fulton County Service Providers task forces have been created to address issues of mental health, drug addiction, poverty and teen suicide.

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

Monday, June 5, 2017
Couple to race for 9 days
In the late 1980s Matt Sutton used to drive his girlfriend Julie around Rochester in his old International pickup truck.

Decades later Matt Sutton, and Julie, now his wife, still cruise down the Fulton County roads in a vintage vehicle. The ride is in a 1965 International Harvester Scout and brings back memories of high school days.

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

Saturday, June 3, 2017
Truck crash closes street
A feed truck that wrecked Thursday afternoon resulted in spilled diesel fuel and forced the closure of East Ninth Street for several hours.

Police dispatchers contended with multiple calls about traffic at Fort Wayne Road and Fourth Street, as traffic was diverted from Indiana 14 and Indiana 25 to the north.

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

Friday, June 2, 2017
Field of honor raised
More than 100 American flags were raised by volunteers on Saturday morning in remembrance of fallen and current military service members.

This is the 10th year Jayme Patterson has organized the field of flags to honor the United States military.

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

Thursday, June 1, 2017
Closings not just a local problem
Under the broken Hallmark sign that hangs on the face of Peace Tree Village strip mall is another sign that flaps in the wind. Its vibrant red and yellow colors demand the attention of anyone that passes by. It reads, "STORE CLOSING EVERYTHING MUST GO!!"

Dorothy's Hallmark shop, set to close in early June, will join a lengthening list of Fulton County businesses to close in recent weeks. The Auto Park used car dealership and Agave's Mexican Grill abruptly closed their doors in May too.

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

Wednesday, May 31, 2017
2017 Open Class Home and Family Purdue Extension educator
The Fulton County Fair is just around the corner! In fact, the fair is July 8-15.

Each year we have open class home and family exhibits, which are sponsored by the Fulton County Extension Homemakers; however, any Fulton County resident may enter open class.

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

Tuesday, May 30, 2017
All eyes on Fernando Alonso; Sunday's Indianapolis 500 field is wide open
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - One of IndyCar's all-time greats will lead the field to green at the Indianapolis 500.

All eyes, though, will be one row behind Scott Dixon as Fernando Alonso makes his debut in "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing." Alonso has never raced on an oval before, never raced an Indy car and hasn't done a rolling start in 20 years - and that was in a go-kart.

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

Saturday, May 27, 2017
Animal center is close; Facility features visiting rooms, meeting area, separated ventilation
The Fulton County Animal Adoption and Education Center's new building is nearing completion and there are still some ways to help with the effort to pay for it.

The opportunity to order commemorative pavers or benches ends Thursday. There's also a need for furnishings and supplies for the new 2,650-square-foot building, which will house the center's administrative offices, visiting rooms, supplies and cats and dogs which are ready for adoption.

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

Friday, May 26, 2017
Hisey gets 31 years; 9 years suspended in scrapyard theft case
Penny K. Hisey, who was found guilty of swindling more than $800,000 from Rochester Iron and Metal over a three-year period, was led out of Fulton Superior Court in handcuffs Wednesday.

Fulton Superior Judge Wayne Steele handed Hisey a sentence of 31 years, with nine suspended, and five years probation. Hisey was also ordered to pay $949,413.85 in restitution to the local scrapyard, from which she was fired 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.

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Blast suspect killed. Death toll at 22; soldiers called in
MANCHESTER, England (AP) - As officials hunted for accomplices of a suicide bomber and Britain's prime minister warned another attack could be "imminent," thousands of people poured into the streets of Manchester in a defiant vigil Tuesday for victims of a blast at a pop concert - the latest apparent target of Islamic extremists seeking to rattle life in the West.

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Riddle traffic pattern changes
During normal school hours, Charlee Schwenk is Riddle Elementary School's physical education instructor. But after the final bell rings and the students leave to go home, Schwenk works to thin the long line of traffic that chokes the neighborhood around the school.

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


Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Culver seeks park funds
A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to build an outdoor amphitheater on the shores of Lake Maxinkuckee in Culver.

The campaign, sponsored by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, and offered through the crowdfunding platform developed by Patronicity, is being run by the town of Culver.

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

Monday, May 22, 2017
Pilot eyes town; Proposes travel center on 25 South
Locals and travelers alike may in the future have a new option when it comes to fueling up and grabbing a bite to eat on Rochester's south side.

According to Fulton County Area Plan Director Casi Cowles, Pilot Flying J has expressed interest in the construction of a travel center just off U.S. 31 at the southeast corner of Indiana 25 and Rouch Place Drive. She said the company, based in Knoxville, Tenn., is expected to vote on final plans next week.

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

Saturday, May 20, 2017
After 2 ransoms, Woodlawn beefs up
Twenty-nine bitcoins, or $25,700. That's what it cost Woodlawn Hospital to get its hacked computers unlocked in the past year.

But the word "terrorists" is a better way to explain the people who were able to lock the hospital out of a good portion of its servers and computers, said Hospital IT Director Travis Albright.

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

Friday, May 19, 2017
Geier: Stretch wheel tax
Fulton County Highway Superintendent John Geier has plans to stretch funds for road repair and maintenance projects much further this year.

He told the Fulton County Council Tuesday more than $765,000 has been collected through the county's wheel tax and excise surtax, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016. In a partnership with the city of Rochester later that year, 13th Street from Park Road to the bypass at U.S. 31 was repaved. It was the first time the county dipped into the wheel tax fund to complete a road repair project.

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Scrapyard asks for tax break
The Fulton County Council on Tuesday took its first step in approving a tax abatement package for Rochester Iron and Metal.

The council voted unanimously to approve a declaratory resolution establishing the scrap metal recycler's Lucas Street property as an economic revitalization area.

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

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Good bye, Coach
Hall of Fame Tippecanoe Valley boys basketball coach Bill Patrick has retired after 19 seasons at the school and 48 seasons as a high school basketball coach.

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


Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Akron summer program planned
The Akron Public Library will soon start its 2017 summer reading program, Build a Better World.

This year, the library will again offer an adult and teen summer reading program, in addition to the children's summer reading program for ages 3 and older. Both programs start June 5 and will offer prizes and incentives for reading books, along with a weekly drawing.

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

Monday, May 15, 2017
Local youth join to fight hunger
Youth of Faith Outreach Center and Grace United Methodist Church are getting a glimpse of what going hungry feels like in an effort to raise awareness and money for those in countries suffering from starvation.

About 30 youth are participating in the annual 30 Hour Famine through World Vision, a Christian humanitarian organization working to help communities lift themselves out of poverty. The famine began at noon Friday and ends with a meal and congregation at Grace United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. today.

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

Saturday, May 13, 2017
Parks program sign-up starts
The Rochester Summer Parks Program applications are now available at both Riddle and Columbia elementary schools for children who have completed kindergarten through grade 6. Applications may also be picked up in the Rochester Middle School office.

Designed to bring together the children and young adults of the community in a fun, positive and active environment of play, the program will run for three weeks, June 12-30 from 8 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday at Rochester City Park.

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

Friday, May 12, 2017
Russia probe push before Comey axed
WASHINGTON (AP) - Days before he was fired by Donald Trump, FBI Director James Comey requested more resources to pursue his investigation into Russia's election meddling and the possible involvement of Trump associates, U.S. officials said Wednesday, fueling concerns that Trump was trying to undermine a probe that could threaten his presidency.

It was unclear whether word of the Comey request, put to deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, ever made its way to Trump. But the revelation intensified the pressure on the White House from both political parties to explain the motives behind Comey's stunning ouster.

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

Thursday, May 11, 2017
TVMS changes schedule
Tippecanoe Valley Middle School is slightly changing its schedule for next year.

At its meeting Monday, the Tippecanoe Valley School Board approved changing TVMS' calendar for the 2017-2018 school year.

Now art classes will all be divided into 12-week trimesters.

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

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Course layout detailed
Rochester Park Board's agenda - visits to each of the parks to discuss plans - was cut short Monday.

Much of the board's time was spent discussing and walking the proposed layout of an 18-hole disc golf course coming to Rochester City Park.

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

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