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Monday, July 13, 2020
The Rochester Sentinel
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:00 AM

    Sheriff Chris Sailors reports the daily inmate population at the Fulton County Jail is essentially where it needs to be to meet Indiana Jail Standards.

    As of Tuesday – the same day Sailors shared that information with the Fulton County Council – the inmate population was 57. In stark contrast, the county’s daily average in 2018 was 115.

    Despite the downturn, the county still retains an interlocal agreement with Miami County for guaranteed bed space. Under that agreement, the county is billed $40 per inmate per day.

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

  • Barkman wins the Lilly
    Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:00 AM
    Rochester High School senior Whitley Barkman is the 2020 Fulton County Community Foundation Lilly Endowment Community Scholar.

    She will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to an Indiana college or university of her choice and a $900 yearly stipend for required books and equipment.

    Whitley is the daughter of Stacy Barkman and Kassandra Barkman and plans to attend the University of Indianapolis, where she will major in biology.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Wings Etc. opens Dec. 17
    Tuesday, December 10, 2019 12:00 AM
    The Rochester Wings Etc. Grill & Pub will open Tuesday, Dec. 17.

    The family-friendly sports bar, which can seat 130 people, is at 390 Rochester Crossing Drive across from Pilot Travel Center. Groundbreaking took place in July.

    Nick Radecki, the company’s district manager, says not much remains on the checklist before the restaurant opens its doors.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Saturday, December 7, 2019 12:00 AM

    Breakfast with Santa

    Breakfast with Santa is 8:30-10:45 a.m. today at Jarrety’s Place. Tickets may be purchased at Jarrety’s.

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

  • Friday, December 6, 2019 12:00 AM
    Everything is ready to go for today’s Holiday Stroll in downtown Rochester.

    The event, organized by Rochester Downtown Partnership, kicks off at 6 p.m. with Santa making his way to his house on Main Street. He will ride in a horse-drawn carriage, led by Rochester Fire Department’s secondary fire engine. “Frozen” characters Elsa, Anna and Olaf will accompany him on the trip, which begins at City Hall.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Thursday, December 5, 2019 12:00 AM
    Joel Grindle has moved from the basketball court to the assistant principal’s office.

    He is nearly a semester in to his first school administrative position as Tippecanoe Valley High School assistant principal. Grindle comes to Valley after 15 years as a basketball coach and business teacher at schools around Indiana.

    For him, “there are certainly some correlations” between coaching and being an administrator, he said.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Wednesday, December 4, 2019 12:00 AM
    The Fulton County Council is set to conduct its third and final reading of the 2020 salary ordinance at its next meeting, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Fulton County Office Building.

    The proposed ordinance calls for pay raises for salaried employees and elected officials, as well as full-time and part-time employees. Hourly workers are to see a raise of $1 an hour, while many appointed or elected officials’ salaries may increase as much as $2,000. The latter proposal includes that of the area plan director, assessor, auditor, clerk, recorder, treasurer, surveyor and emergency management agency director.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Tuesday, December 3, 2019 12:00 AM
    Fulton County Commissioners on Monday approved an additional appropriation to pay for consulting on the setup of a dispatch center in the new jail.

    The request came from 911 Communications Director Gail Karas, who submitted a $25,000 contract with Evans Consoles for consideration. That contract is under review by County Attorney Holli Shorter-Pifer.

    Karas told commissioners 50 percent of the consultation fee would go toward building the dispatch center if the county chooses to contract with Evans for installation of consoles, flooring, acoustics, lighting, etc.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Monday, December 2, 2019 12:00 AM

    Readers can find these full reports in Tuesday’s Sentinel.

  • Monday, December 2, 2019 12:00 AM

    Fulton Economic Development Corp. is going through a rebranding process, Councilman Brian Goodman reported at a meeting of the Rochester City Council earlier this week.

    Goodman, who is president of the FEDCO board, told his fellow councilmen efforts are being undertaken to make the organization more effective.

    “We want to really start hitting the core focus of the organization moving forward, with economic development and quality of life and other aspects,” he said, adding the goal is to show everyone – all the taxpayers – that FEDCO is a relevant organization.

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

  • Friday, November 29, 2019 12:00 AM
    A request for a stop sign on Fulton Avenue caused considerable discussion Tuesday by the Rochester City Council.

    Councilman Mason Heyde, who was previously approached by Maria Kelsay on the matter, spoke in favor of creating a four-way stop on Fulton Avenue – either at Eighth or Ninth streets.

    “I do think that is a high-risk area,” he said, calling attention to speeding drivers and the lack of a stop from Sixth to 11th streets. Additionally, he said he noticed there are not a lot of sidewalks in the area. “That means people are pushed on the road as well, especially kids.”

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Wednesday, November 27, 2019 12:00 AM
    County officials have changed their minds and are allowing a Nativity scene on the Fulton County Courthouse lawn this holiday season.

    The announcement, which is a complete 180 from the county’s stance nearly two weeks ago, comes from Fulton County Commission President Bryan Lewis. He said he has since spoken to attorneys of Liberty Counsel and is following their recommendation.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Tuesday, November 26, 2019 12:00 AM
    INDIANAPOLIS — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency staffers have been told that the top issue in rewriting federal water regulations is to simplify rules initiated under the Obama administration, according to the current EPA administrator.

    “I wanted property owners to be able to stand on their property and be able to tell for themselves what is the definition of a federal waterway, whether or not they have a federal waterway on their property, without having to hire an outside lawyer or consultant,” Administrator Andrew Wheeler told 175 people at the annual Indiana Environmental Conference last month.

    For the complete story go to: Rochester Sentinel E-Edition.
  • Monday, November 25, 2019 12:00 AM

    INDIANAPOLIS — Top Indiana Republicans touted “record investment” in school spending and big teacher pay raises by some school districts in defending themselves as thousands of teachers turned out for a Statehouse rally this past week calling for a bigger boost in education funding.

    Those arguments, however, don’t give the full context of Indiana’s complicated method for distributing money for educating about 1.1 million students. And a common argument from traditional public school supporters for cutting off money for charter schools and private school vouchers has trouble as well.

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

  • Rochester native supports deployed troops
    Saturday, November 23, 2019 12:00 AM
    CAMP ARIFJAN, Kuwait — A Rochester native with the Indiana National Guard’s 38th Infantry Division assists in managing approximately 11,000 U.S. service members supporting Task Force Spartan in the Middle East.

    Maj. Dan Taylor, the division’s deputy personnel officer, along with approximately 600 Cyclone Division Soldiers, departed the Hoosier State in May to deploy to the Middle East to support Task Force Spartan, which helps strengthen defense relationships, build partner capacity and deter aggression in the region.

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