AMERICAN HUEY Crew member Katie Baber, 14, waits for the UH-1H No. 63-08803 helicopter to land at the Bell Museum Saturday during Rotors Over Mentone. Based out of Grissom Air Musuem, the helicopter flew three years as a Medevac Air Ambulance and slick in Vietnam. 8-28-2017
A public hearing on proposed amendments to Fulton County's wind ordinance drew a crowd of about 60 to the Fulton County Office Building Monday night.
The Fulton County Area Plan Commission discussed the amendments for nearly five hours, adjourning shortly before midnight. In the audience were two representatives of RES, a renewable energy company considering the development of a wind farm in Fulton, Cass and Miami counties, and several people to challenge such a project.
The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation is seeking suggestions from the community on a name for the Tippecanoe Valley High School football field.
School corporation policy states that in order to name a facility, a committee must be formed and the public must have a chance to give input. Suggestions from the public will be accepted through noon Sept. 5 and must be emailed to email@example.com.
The committee will then review the names and narrow the list down to three. Those three names will then be sent to the school board for review and will be discussed during three separate public board meetings - a 6 p.m. Sept. 6 work session at the administration office, a 7 p.m. Sept. 11 board meeting at Mentone Elementary and a 7 p.m. Sept. 18 special board meeting at Mentone Elementary.
According to school corporation policy, the board of trustees will make the final selection from the list submitted by the committee.
The Fulton County Area Plan Commission meets 7 p.m. Monday at the Fulton County Office Building to discuss proposed amendments to the county's wind farming ordinance.
The current regulations, adopted in 2011, are being reviewed ahead of a proposed development of a wind farm in the county.
One of the world's leading renewable energy companies, UK-based RES Group, has reportedly been contacting landowners about possible lease agreements for a wind farm. The renewable energy developer, which completed its first wind project in the U.S. in 1997, would like to erect 300 wind turbines in south Fulton County, northwest Miami County and northeast Cass County.
Fulton County Area Plan Director Casi Cowles told The Sentinel the plan commission isn't trying to "reinvent the wheel" in amending the current ordinance. She said the proposed amendments are based on the ordinances of Benton, Tipton and White counties, which all have large wind farm projects in operation. Wind ordinances in Cass and Miami counties have also been reviewed, as those counties are included in RES Group's project area.
Rochester School Board reviewed the corporation's proposed $21,889,151 2018 budget on Monday.
The corporation expects at least $12,330,864 from the state to support its general fund, the largest of five funds.
Projected general fund expenditures are $14,860,700. That includes the cost of all teaching, administrative and support personnel salaries and benefits, all curriculum expenses and supplies, counseling, nursing and speech services, library and audiovisual services, maintenance of buildings and grounds and outside professional services.
The general fund, since 2009, is supported wholly by state tuition support rather than real property taxes. The exact amount of money the corporation receives is based on the number of students, plus other factors like how many honors and Core 40 diplomas it issued, its population of special education students, the technical and career education it provides and a complexity index which considers the community's socioeconomic factors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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."
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.