The Rochester Sentinel is a daily newspaper whose reason for existence is the same today as it was at its 1858 founding: To be interested in and concerned about the people and the affairs of Rochester and Fulton County.
The Sentinel’s daily task is to cover the news as fairly, impartially, accurately and objectively as possible. But it also strives to provide support, encouragement and leadership in all matters that will improve the progress and quality of life in city and county. The people and places of Fulton County are our first priority and we enjoy recording your news in a lasting and meaningful way. We are the longest continually operating business in Fulton County.
Today, The Sentinel is owned by Paxton Paxton Media Group, LLC, a family-owned publishing company founded in 1896 and headquartered in Paducah, Kentucky. It acquired The Rochester Sentinel May 1, 2019. David M. Paxton is president and chief executive officer. Bill Hackney is The Sentinel’s publisher.
Paxton publishes 71 community newspapers, 37 of which are daily newspapers, as well as related web sites in each of those communities. The newspapers are located in Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. The company also operates television station WPSD-TV in Paducah.
Christina Seiler, with 25 years of experience at The Sentinel, is the managing editor. A Ball State University graduate, she has spent nearly all of her 35-year journalism career in northern Indiana.
Jack K. Overmyer, the late owner and president of The Sentinel Corp., began his association with the paper as a Rochester High School student, went on to Indiana University returned to Rochester in 1952 to spend the rest of his life devoted to The Sentinel, Rochester and Fulton County. He died May 21, 2010. A second generation of the Overmyer family recently retired. Sarah Overmyer Wilson and husband W.S. (Bill) Wilson were in charge of the newspaper’s operations from 1982 until May 2019.
The Sentinel publishes five days a week, every day except Sunday and Monday and 10 federal holidays. Delivery is by the U.S. Postal Service or by electronic edition. The Sentinel has been a daily publication since 1896 and has nearly 3,000 subscribers in and around Rochester and the county towns of Akron, Fulton, Kewanna and Leiters Ford, in north Miami County, across Indiana and the rest of the nation.
We welcome your comments and invite you to visit us at our 118 E. Eighth St., office or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find us on social media. (December 2019)