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Rochester AD Kevin Renie talks about disappointment of Bell Game cancellation

You could hear it in Kevin Renie’s voice when he appeared Thursday morning on ‘From the Bench’ on GIANT fm WROI. 

 

There's disappointment, maybe even fatigue, from Wednesday’s decision to cancel the annual football clash between Rochester and Tippecanoe Valley due to Covid issues with the Zebras football program.

 

 

Most sports leave open the chance to reschedule a game.  Football doesn’t.  That left scenarios to find a way around the dilemma few and far between.

 

 

The Rochester athletic director says a lot of effort and planning and the community feeling around the game are now lost.

 

 

Fortunately, at least, he decision to cancel Friday’s football game is isolated to that one event.

 

 

 

Caston School Corp discontinues mandatory quarantines of non-symptomatic close contact people.

The Caston School Corporation will not be requiring students to quarantine non-symptomatic close contact people.

 

The Caston School Board approved the revision to Caston School Corporation's Re-Entry Plan 2021-22 Wednesday evening in the Caston High School Gymnasium, despite executive orders placed by  Governor Holcomb.

 

Caston Superintendent Paul Voigt said that parents will still be notified of any student that has come into close contact, but will be given two options. 

 

 

Voigt said there are, as of Wednesday, currently 38 students being quarantined.   21 of those 38 students were nonsymptomatic and quarantined for not wearing a mask.

 

The new guidelines are effective immediately, allowing those students who are currently being quarantined to return to school if they are not showing symptoms. 

 

 

Tippecanoe Valley - Rochester Friday football cancelled

Tippecanoe Valley released the following information regarding the cancellation of the Vikings Bell Game matchup on Friday at Rochester and a newly scheduled matchup they will play instead.  

 

The following released by Tippecanoe Valley thru Twitter:

 

Due to Covid issues within the Rochester football program, the Friday night varsity football game has been canceled.  #9 (3A) Tippecanoe Valley will now travel to #7 (1A) North Judson for a 7:30 pm kickoff with the Blue Jays.

If you purchased a ticket for Tippecanoe Valley at Rochester, you can receive your refund by returning your ticket at the following times:

Thursday, September 16 from 6:30pm-8:00pm at the football ticket gate

Tuesday, September 21 from 6:30pm-8:00pm outside door 23 (main gym entrance)

 

NO REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN OUTSIDE OF THE DESIGNATED TIMES, AND WITHOUT RETURN OF YOUR TICKET. 

The public, dignitaries, family, friends, honored Logansport Marine Cpl Humberto Sanchez Tuesday

It was an emotional day in Logansport Tuesday, during the funeral for Cpl Humberto Sanchez. The Logansport Marine was killed on Aug 26 in the Kabul airport suicide bombing along with 12 other US service members.

 

Since the news of Sanchez's death, Cass County and surrounding communities have poured out their support for the fallen Marine. 

 

In attendance at the funeral were former Vice-President Mike Pence, Gov. Eric Holcomb, and U.S. Senator Todd Young. The streets of Logansport were filled with supporters during the funeral procession from Life Gate Church to Mt. Hope Cemetery. 

 

Students from Columbia Sixth Grade Academy were among the supporters lined up along Hanna Street and Pleasant Hill Street in Logansport during the funeral procession, just a few blocks away from Mt. Hope Cemetery.

 

No injuries in Cass Co. truck - school bus collision

No injuries in a collision Monday morning between a bucket truck and a Lewis Cass school bus.

It happened in the area of Cass County Road 1225 South on U.S. 35 just after 6:30 am.  A bucket truck driven by James Mayhill, 40, of Walton, was towing a trailer loaded with a Kubota skid steer.  A 2022 International school bus, driven by Sharon Case, 69, of Walton, was stopped in the southbound lane of U.S. 35 with the stop arms and warning lights activated.  The truck struck the rear of the school bus.

There were no students on the bus at the time of the crash.  Two students were standing on the west side of U.S. 35 waiting to board the stopped bus.  The children were uninjured.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office, Galveston Fire, Indiana State Police, and Phoenix Ambulance Service responded.

Rochester Metals, Sequel Wire and Cable to receive Manufacturing Readiness Grants

Industries in Fulton and Marshall counties will benefit from recently announced grants.

 

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), in partnership with Conexus Indiana, announced the fourth round of awards totaling more than $2.8 million to 34 Indiana businesses in Manufacturing Readiness Grants to support a projected $17.4 million in technology-based capital investment in Indiana.
 
The Manufacturing Readiness Grants program was launched in 2020 to stimulate private sector investments to modernize Indiana’s manufacturing sector. Based on the program’s success, the Indiana General Assembly appropriated $20 million in additional funding to the two-year state budget that runs through June 30, 2023, to help position Hoosier operations for future growth and prosperity. Availability of the new funding on July 1, 2021, has enabled a total of 122 awards to date totaling nearly $9.7 million in grants to Hoosier companies in 50 counties, supporting technology-based capital investment projected to be more than $68.6 million. 

 

Among those receiving grants:

 

  • Rochester Metal Products Corp. (Fulton County; $25,000 grant award), a manufacturer of quality gray and ductile iron castings, is investing in a cobot to automate part of its production process. 
     
  • Sequel Wire and Cable LLC (Marshall County; $6,710 grant award) is a startup company and manufacturer of copper fabricated and insulated wire and cable products for use in a variety of markets including OEM, wire and cable distribution, appliance, automotive and RVs. The company is implementing automated data collection on production machines across its facility.


The 34 grant recipients in this round include companies from 22 Indiana counties and cover a wide range of specialties, including aerospace and defense, automotive, custom electronics and medical devices.

Recipients include: 

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  • Rochester Metal Products Corp. (Fulton County; $25,000 grant award), a manufacturer of quality gray and ductile iron castings, is investing in a cobot to automate part of its production process. 
     
  • Sequel Wire and Cable LLC (Marshall County; $6,710 grant award) is a startup company and manufacturer of copper fabricated and insulated wire and cable products for use in a variety of markets including OEM, wire and cable distribution, appliance, automotive and RVs. The company is implementing automated data collection on production machines across its facility.
     

 

Miami Co, Walton and Knox receive OCRA GRANTS

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced 25 rural Indiana communities will receive more than $12.8 million in federal grant funding to improve water infrastructure and to address blighted properties. 

 

The State of Indiana distributes Community Development Block Grant funds to rural communities, which assist units of local government with various community projects such as infrastructure improvement, downtown revitalization, public facilities and economic development. 

Funding for OCRA’s CDBG programs originates from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Community Development Block Grant program and is administered for the State of Indiana by OCRA. For more information, visit in.gov/ocra/cdbg. 

 

The Blight Clearance Program encourages communities with blighted properties to focus on long-term community development and revitalization through improving quality of place, generating jobs and spurring economic revitalization. Eligible projects include the removal of deteriorated or abandoned downtown buildings or vacant/unusable industrial sites. 

  • The City of Knox is awarded $137,674 to demolish the former Moose Lodge building located in the downtown district of Knox. The proposed project will demolish the structure and includes the removal of approximately 6,900 square feet of asbestos-containing floor tile and approximately 5,100 square feet of asbestos-containing mastic, which was used as tile adhesive. The completion of the project will improve the downtown’s appearance and make it more attractive to visitors, residents and future developers. 
  • Miami County is awarded $333,070 to eliminate a blighted, unsafe structure that is known to have environmental issues with asbestos, a history of vandalism and a loss of structural integrity. Activities include demolition of the building, removal and proper disposal of materials, and remediation of any hazardous materials, which includes most notably asbestos and possibly lead base paint. Upon completion, the site will become local public greenspace. 

The Stormwater Improvement Program strives to reduce flooding, cut stormwater treatment and energy costs, protect rivers, lakes and vital landscape, and generate jobs to spur economic revitalization. Types of activities that are eligible for this grant funding include stormwater improvements, as well as demolition and/or clearance.

  • The Town of Walton is awarded $509,155 to improve stormwater flow throughout the community by reducing field run-off through the installation of new 12”, 15” and 18” storm sewer pipes. The project will eliminate standing water through the construction of a new headwall and by-pass connection and includes the construction of 11 new manholes to reduce inflow and infiltration, and overflow conditions. 

 

 

New light poles, traffic signal painting next week in Rochester

Rochester’s downtown light pole project will get busy next week.

 

Ted Redinger, Project Manager with Michiana Contracting Inc.

 

 

Redinger says they will have some traffic control in place while painting.

 

 

 

 

 

"I want to make sure my cousin's legacy doesn't end"; Cousin of Cpl Humberto Sanchez speaks out about the Logansport hometown hero

The Logansport community continues to honor Corporal Humberto Sanchez, the 22-year-old Logansport Marine who was killed with 12 other American soldiers in late August, after an attack at the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. On Sunday, September 12 his body will be returned to his hometown. 

 

Since his death on August 26,  the community has shown its support for the hometown hero and his family with memorial tributes and signs in yards and businesses across Cass County.

 

Ruben Roque, a close cousin of Cpl Sanchez says the outpouring from the small community they grew up in has meant a lot for the family.

 

 

Cpl. Sanchez is scheduled to arrive at Grissom Air Reserve Base at 10:30 AM, Sunday, September 12. The family is requesting privacy at Grissom and wants those participating in the procession to join outside of the base. Those wanting to show their support for Cpl Sanchez and line his route home can follow after he leaves the Grissom Air Reserve Base between 10:45 am and 11:15 am. The route will be as follows:

Leaving Grissom Air Reserve Base heading West on State Road 218 towards US 35 (Walton)

Turning north on US 35 and proceeding to Logansport.

Exiting onto Main Street from US 35 and continuing towards Burlington Ave.

Turning North onto Burlington Ave and proceeding to the intersection of 3rd and Market St.

Turning East onto Market Street and proceeding to 18th Street.

Turning North on 18th Street and proceeding to Broadway

Turning West on Broadway and arriving at Gundrum Funeral Home.

 

There will be no ceremony upon Cpl. Sanchez’s arrival at the funeral home, and the family is looking for privacy. They requested that those coming from the procession not congregate around the funeral home.

 

Visitation for Cpl. Humberto Sanchez will be held from 1:00 - 7:00pm on Monday, at LifeGate Church, 831 Burlington Ave, Logansport, IN 46947.

 

A funeral service will be held at 11:00 am on Tuesday, at LifeGate Church in Logansport. Burial with full military graveside rites will follow at Mt Hope Cemetery, Logansport.

 

Roque said his cousin was proud to serve his country and died doing what he loved. 

 

 

His legacy is already being honored with a scholarship fund started by Roque and Logansport businessman Dave Price early last week. The family requests any memorial contribution go to the Cpl Humberto Sanchez Memorial Scholarship Fund, through the Cass County Community Foundation Inc PO Box 441, Logansport, IN 46947.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fulton County could aid proposed development with READI grant; wait on for state announcement

A proposed 83-acre development would bring multi-family housing, hotel space and retail to Rochester and Fulton County.

 

Commissioner Brian Lewis said the Tuesday presentation before commissioners offers something the area needs.  

 

 

Lewis says a study has told Fulton County something it knows, hotels are needed.

 

 

The plans preliminary right now, but hopeful.

 

 

The development could include an area for hotels, over 600 apartment units and retail space.

 

FEDCO Executive Director Terry Lee says for the RealtyMatrix development, the infrastructure (water, sewer, storm water/detention, streets) was preliminarily listed at approx $10m. So for their project, the local match would need to be $5 million with $5 million from READI, if awarded.

 

 

 

 

Inmate's death declared a homicide

The death of an inmate at the Miami Correctional Facility has officially been declared a homicide.

On Tuesday, an autopsy was performed on Matthew Koch, 42, who had been found deceased, in his prison cell, at the Miami Correctional Facility.   

 

The autopsy conducted by Dr. Thomas Sozio, forensic pathologist, determined that Koch’s death was a homicide caused by blood loss from multiple sharp force trauma wounds.

 

Investigators are conducting an active homicide investigation.  

 

 

Original release from 9/6//2021:

Indiana State Police Investigating Death at the Miami Correctional Facility

 

Bunker Hill – Indiana State Police Detective Wendell Beachy initiated an investigation, at the request of the Miami Correctional Facility, into the death of inmate Matthew Koch, 42.

 

At approximately 11:30 a.m., correction officers found Koch unresponsive in his P Housing Unit cell. Despite life-saving measures performed by prison staff members, Koch succumbed to his injuries. Investigators suspect foul play and are treating the death as a homicide. 

 

Ken Hughes Benefit Dinner at RHS Friday, September 17

The Ken Hughes Benefit Dinner will be Friday, September 17 from 4 pm-7pm at the Rochester High School football field, prior to the Tippecanoe Valley - Rochester football game. The meal includes a Burkett's pulled pork sandwich, chips, cookie, and a drink for eight dollars. Proceeds go towards RHS teacher and football coach Ken Hughes's extensive medical bills.  

 

A note about changes in the benefit.  There will be two locations.  On the west side of Rochester HS will be drive-up only.  Gates for the game will open at 5:30 pm.  You must purchase a game ticket to pick up a dinner at this location.

 

For the past three-and-a-half decades, Ken Hughes been a part of Rochester sports.  He has been coaching on the sidelines of Zebra football since 2005. Winning games hasn't been the only battle for Hughes. He was diagnosed with chondrosarcoma in his right hip in 2005, resulting in surgery to remove the 28 cm mass. 

 

Cancer returned in 2008 and Hughes was treated with radiation, but his battle was still not over. Another cancer return in 2011 resulted in a hemipelvectomy, costing him his right pelvis hip, and leg. Since the radical surgery, Hughes has been cancer-free and has gone back to teaching and coaching at Rochester High School.

 

At the of last year, however, he was thrown another curveball. 

 

 

Recovery after his neck surgery meant building back his strength with physical therapy. By March of 2021, Hughes ran into further complications that required another surgery and an even longer recovery. 

 

 

Now back in his classroom and on the field, his recovery still isn't over. Calling it quits is not an option for the father of three, with two kids in college and one a senior in high school. 

 

First Christian Church of Rochester organized the benefit dinner to help the costs of the substantial medical bills generated in the past eight months from extensive hospital stays, two surgeries, home health care equipment, wound care supplies, and a new wheelchair. Tickets are available at RHS and First Christian Church. Donations can also be sent to First Christian Church at 1101 Madison Street in Rochester. 

 

Hughes says he's grateful for the supportive community he lives in. 

 

 

Development could bring hotels, apartments and retail space to Fulton County.

A proposed 83-acre development would bring multi-family housing, hotel space and retail to Rochester and Fulton County.

 

Commissioner Brian Lewis said the Tuesday presentation before commissioners offers something the area needs.  

 

 

The development could include an area for hotels, over 600 apartment units and retail space.

 

Mask mandate starts Thursday for Rochester schools

Masks are again mandated for students and staff inside Rochester schools when social distancing isn't possible.

 

The Rochester School Board approved a mask mandate be reinstated for schools in the system with the increase in Covid activity and Fulton County, once again, in the Red category on the state’s coronavirus dashboard map.


The board met for a two hour study session before opening the meeting at 6:30 pm Tuesday.  


Superintendent Jana Vance says the mask mandate for students and staff will be effective Thursday.


 


Gaiters and cloth masks will be accepted for most.  However, in the case of contact tracing students will be provided with a surgical type, medical mask.


 


The superintendent notes Governor Holcomb’s most recent executive order that allowed for reducing quarantines if masks were being used.


 


Vance says the decision and the ongoing battle with rising cases is beyond frustrating.


 


Again, the Rochester mask mandate is effective starting on Thursday and will be reviewed, much the same way as the governor’s executive order, each month.

 

Procession for fallen Marine Corporal Humberto Sanchez

The body of a Logansport native will return to the state this weekend.

 

On Sunday, the body of Marine Corporal Humberto Sanchez, 22, Logansport, will be transported to Indiana. Sanchez was killed on August 26, while serving on active duty in Kabul, Afghanistan.

 

Sanchez’s body will arrive at Grissom Air Reserve Base at approximately 10:30 a.m. A procession escorting his body to Logansport will depart the airbase at approximately 10:45 a.m.

 

The procession route is as follows:

 

- North on Foreman from the base, 

- West or left on SR 218 to US 35, 

- North or right on US 35 to East Main Street., (Logansport)

- Right on East Main Street

- Continuing west on East Main Street to Burlington Avenue 

- Turning north or right on Burlington, (Burlington turns into 3rd Street) 

- Continuing north to East Market Street

- Turning east or right on East Market, continue east on Market Street to 18th Street

- Turning north or left on 18th Street, staying on 18th Street for two blocks

- Turning west or left onto Broadway for 1 ½ blocks and arriving at Gundrum Funeral Home on 1603 East Broadway   

 

There will be a garrison flag positioned at Market and 8th Streets in Logansport. The procession will stop there for approximately 30 seconds.

 

Those wishing to honor Corporal Sanchez’s ultimate sacrifice to our country are encouraged to line the procession route. Suggested viewing areas are Foreman near Grissom Air Reserve Base, along State Road 218 and U.S. 35 in Walton, and along the entire route in Logansport. 

 

Google link of the procession route:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/1/edit?mid=1YrdNEH0qviARtbj9coKEe-ojBKrPUGJX&usp=sharing                                         

Fulton County, Rochester city leaders discuss FEDCO; Exec Director Terry Lee resigning effective Sept 24

The future of the Fulton Economic Development Corporation certainly seems to be one that will take on a new look.  What exactly that means is still to be determined.

 

The Fulton County Council on Tuesday morning and, later that evening, the Rochester City Council, met to discuss that very topic.  FEDCO Executive Director Terry Lee has announced he will leave that post on September 24.

 

Rochester Mayor Ted Denton says now is the time to restructure, reshape FEDCO.  It’s a conversation that had already started.

 

 

The mayor told the council he has interest in the way Crawfordsville disbanded their former setup for an economic development corporation and utilized a PR firm in its new structure.  It’s a firm that has also worked with the community of Culver.

 

 

The mayor noted communication will be the key going forward.  He says the county and city can’t rely upon one person to enhance growth, economic development.

 

 

FEDCO’s Board of Directors, which includes members of city and county government, is scheduled to meet Friday morning to continue discussions.

 

IRS criminal investigation sees surge in scams tied to Economic Impact Payments

The Internal Revenue Service received a record number of complaints about Economic Impact Payment scams in June and July 2021 not seen in more than a decade.

 

“Criminals will look for any opportunity to take what they are not entitled to and this is no exception,” said Acting Special Agent in Charge Justin Campbell, of IRS Criminal Investigation, Chicago Field Office. “While this is not the first time that EIP payments have been targeted, this increase in scams is alarming. This payment is meant to help those that are struggling to get by as a result of the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Be wary of any phone calls, emails, or text messages asking for your personal information or offering a deal that seems too good to be true,” said Campbell.

 

“The protection of our citizens from fraudsters and their schemes requires two things. The unflagging efforts of federal law enforcement to investigate and prosecute these criminals but also the awareness of all people that these scams exist, what they look like and how they work,” stated John E. Childress, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. “When faced with those two things, most fraudsters will think twice before attempting to victimize another unsuspecting individual.”

 

Phishing scams attempt to mirror legitimate IRS communications with the goal of convincing unsuspecting taxpayers to enter personal information or submit a payment. This information is then exploited by scammers.

 

Recent scam reports include:

  • Text messages stating that a taxpayer is eligible for a “stimulus payment” and they must click on a link to complete the necessary information to claim it.
  • Phishing emails claiming the IRS has calculated a taxpayer’s “fiscal activity” and they are eligible for an Economic Impact payment in a specific amount.

Although criminals are constantly changing their tactics, taxpayers can help protect themselves by acting as the first line of defense. The best way to avoid falling victim to a scam is knowing how the IRS communicates with taxpayers. The IRS does not send unsolicited texts or emails. The IRS does not threaten individuals with jail or lawsuits, nor does it demand tax payments on gift cards or via cryptocurrency.

 

Taxpayers should be on the lookout for grammatical, capitalization and spelling errors in emails and texts, which serve as fraud indicators. Taxpayers should also exercise caution when clicking shortened URLs, which can lead to fraudulent web pages.

 

Taxpayers who receive unsolicited emails or social media attempts to gather information that appear to be from either the IRS or an organization closely linked to the IRS, should forward the message to phishing@irs.gov. Taxpayers are encouraged not to engage potential scammers online or on the phone.

 

Taxpayers can report fraud or theft of their Economic Impact Payments to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA). Reports can be made online at TIPS.TIGTA.GOV.

 

If you suspect you are a victim of identity theft as a result of a scam, visit the Taxpayer Guide to Identity Theft to know what steps to take.

 

To learn more about COVID-19 scams and other financial schemes, visit IRS.gov. Official IRS information about COVID-19 and Economic Impact Payments can be found on the Coronavirus Tax Relief page, which is updated frequently.

 

Samples of IRS Impersonation Emails

 

 

 
 

Justin Miller charged with murder in child's death

A murder charge has been filed in the death of 11-month old Mercedes Lain.  The charge against Justin Miller, 37, was filed in Starke County.

 

A probable cause affidavit previously included information that Miller led authorities to a rural wooded intersection where Mercedes body was found in Starke County.

 

An autopsy led to the ruling of a homicide in the case and cause of death  - blunt force trauma to the head.

Logansport's Sanchez among those killed in Kabul bombing

A Logansport high school graduate was one of the 13 U.S. military members killed in the bombing Afghanistan’s Kabul airport.

 

The death of Marine Corps Cpl. Humberto Sanchez, 22, of Logansport, was confirmed Saturday by the Department of Defense.

 

Sanchez was a 2017 Logansport graduate.  He played on the school's varsity soccer team.

 

Governor Eric J. Holcomb offered the following statement regarding U.S. Marine Corporal Humberto Sanchez who was killed in the terrorist attack in Kubul, Afghanistan. 

 

I ask all Hoosiers so inclined to send prayers to the family of one of America’s finest, U.S. Marine, Corporal Humberto Sanchez.

Few among us answer a call of duty so dangerous as Corporal Sanchez volunteered to do. In doing so, he made the ultimate sacrifice so others could live and find freedom.

While Janet and I mourn his loss, we hold up his incredible legacy of service above self and vow to honor him in every way we know how.

 

 Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch offered the following statement regarding U.S. Marine Corporal Humberto Sanchez who was killed in the terrorist attack in Kubul, Afghanistan.


“I join Logansport, Cass County and Hoosiers across the state in mourning U.S. Marine, Corporal Humberto Sanchez. His bravery for answering the call to protect Americans, our freedom and our nation should always be remembered. I am praying for his family, friends and community that loved him and his selfless sacrifice."

 

The U.S. military said it was the most lethal day for American forces in Afghanistan since 2011.

 

 

Rochester schools superintendent letter addresses quarantines, masks

Rochester Superintendent of Schools Jana Vance released the following letter Monday afternoon pertaining to COVID-19:

 

Thank you for a wonderful start to the school year in what continues to be very trying times due to Covid.

 

On Friday, August 27, 2021, the Indiana Department of Health released very specific information around close contacts within schools.  Included in that information was the fact that schools “Must” quarantine unvaccinated students and staff for a minimum of 8 days.  Many will likely be quarantined for more than 8 days.   Vaccinated students and staff do not need to quarantine unless they are showing symptoms.  If you would like information around schools having to quarantine you can find all of the information here:

 

https://content.govdelivery.com/attachments/INDOE/2021/08/27/file_attachments/1918263/School%20webinar%208-26.pdf

   

Please note that Webb’s Family Pharmacy, CVS, Kroger’s and Walgreens do have vaccines available for students should you want to get your child vaccinated. 

 

Also, if you are interested in Rochester Schools providing a vaccine clinic, please reach out to Jana Vance at jana.vance@zebras.net and express your interest in a vaccine clinic.  Should we have enough interest, we will work to provide that for those within the district who are interested. 

 

Also, per our reopening plan which was adopted during a school board meeting on June 21, 2021 and which can be found on our website or by accessing this link:

 

school-safety-reopening-plan-2021-2022

 

Students will be required to wear masks in certain instances where social distancing can not reasonably occur:  any lab settings, reading groups, small group learning……..

 

The school will have surgical grade masks available for all students. 

 

Again, we appreciate your support as we continue to navigate the many changes from the state and local level. 

Governor Eric Holcomb directs flags to be flown at half-staff

Governor Eric J. Holcomb is directing flags to be flown at half-staff to honor and pay our respects to the U.S. service members and other victims killed in the terrorist attack on August 26, 2021 in Kabul, Afghanistan. 

 

Flags should be flown at half-staff until sunset on Monday, August 30, 2021.

 

Gov. Holcomb also asks businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff.

Fulton County Health Department to open Rochester testing site by September 7

As the COVID-19 Pandemic marches on and the Delta variant ramps up this back-to-school season, Rochester is getting prepared. 

 

The Rochester City Council approved funding $50,000 to the Fulton County Health Department Tuesday to do just that. With local testing sites being shut down after the first big wave of the pandemic was over, the first thing the funding will provide will be a testing site.

 

Dawn Risten from the Fulton County Health Department says the goal to have a testing site open is September 7. The location is still to be determined, but Risten says the future preferred location will be a place larger than the space they had previously, so they can eventually also open a vaccination clinic as well at the same location by October 1. 

 

Risten said they are very grateful for the funding and will utilize it to pay employees, get a location for the testing and vaccination site, extra supplies, and anything the health department might need in the future.  

 

The Fulton County Health Department is currently accepting applications to hire three testers and a supervisor for the testing site that will open in September. The job description includes handling greeting, screening questions, informing of the procedure, and swabbing.

 

Proficient computer knowledge is a plus. A high school diploma or equivalent is required. 

 

Applications are available at the auditor's office in the Fulton County Annex Building, located at 125 E 9th St in Rochester.

'Let There Be Light 2021 Recovery Event' Wabash September 5 at 13-24 Drive-In

The Christian Fellowship Church of North Manchester is hosting the second annual “Let There Be Light: Finding Hope In The Darkness” at the 13/24 Drive-In on Sunday, September 5 from 7 pm-11 pm.

 

Pastor Jacob Good, of Christian Fellowship Church of North Manchester, said it's something that was inspired during the dark times the pandemic brought last year and caught attention from the surrounding communities. 

 

 

Pastor Jacob says the idea has really taken off and hopes it shines a light on every corner of the community. 

 

 

Rochester city water rate adjustments explained

A recent public hearing was held to address changes regarding the City of Rochester's city water ordinance.

 

Eric Walsh, a partner for Baker Tilly, explained changes and tried to clear up concerns about the newest city water ordinance, during an othe hearing at the Rochester City Council meeting Tuesday, August 24, in the Rochester City Building Complex.

 

Walsh specializes in serving local governments and public utilities. 

 

 

Mayor Ted Denton agreed with Walsh, saying Rochester was behind the times by not having a developmental fee for incoming businesses. Walsh says the fee would be much less for housing development than it would for commercial property, essentially making it growth paying for growth. 

 

 

Other changed items in the ordinance include updated fees, which increase the call-out rate for after-hours or weekend calls, an increased rate in commercial sprinkler rates that will depend on the size of the sprinkler system, and a slight increase for outside city customers. 

 

 

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