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WROI News Archives for 2021-10

Natural gas market prices to cause potentially higher winter heating bills compared to last year

Due to current market price projections for natural gas and assuming normal
winter weather, NIPSCO natural gas customers could expect to see increased costs this winter  compared to last year, which is a trend across much of the country.


Each year, NIPSCO and other Indiana energy providers provide a forecast for home heating bills during the upcoming cold weather season. Projections take into account market forecasts, supply trends and storage levels, and are based on normal weather projections. If temperatures are colder or warmer than normal, usage amounts and bills could differ.  


NIPSCO has been the lowest natural gas cost provider in Indiana on average over the last 10 years according to IURC comparisons (Source: Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission’s 2021 Residential Bill Survey). There are two primary components of natural gas bills – the cost of the natural gas itself and the cost of delivering the natural gas to customers. For the cost of natural gas itself – which is largely
dependent upon the market prices – NIPSCO does not control these costs; the company passes them directly through to customers with no markup and does not profit on that portion of the bill.


Before billing, natural gas commodity costs must be reviewed and approved by the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission (IURC). Keeping costs down related to the deli very of natural gas to homes and businesses is essential, and NIPSCO is actively working to institute technologies and other system improvements to create long-term efficiencies for the benefit of customers.


Over the course of the upcoming five-month winter heating season — Nov. 1 to March 31 — NIPSCO’s average natural gas residential customers using 630 therms
could expect to pay approximately $590 total. This compares to $422 last winter,
and it represents about a $168 difference (40 percent) or $34 per month on average

*Note: Actual bills vary by customers depending on the home’s age and size, number in the household, number and age of gas appliances, thermostat settings and insulation levels.


To help ensure customers receive the best price for natural gas, NIPSCO purchases gas in the market from a variety of supply sources throughout the year. Gas storage is also used to help offset market price volatility.


NIPSCO’s gas distribution system consists of two on-system storage facilities and
connects to seven interstate pipelines providing access to major North American supply basins.

There are a multitude of factors contributing to the anticipated increase in costs this winter season, including that natural gas market prices are 92 percent higher than last winter and U.S. storage balances are behind last year’s total and the five-year average storage balance at this time of year.

Global demand for natural gas and a ramp up in industry operation is also putting pressure on the supply of natural gas. And, the lowered storage balances have driven up pricing in the short-term.

The winter bill projections provided do not relate to NIPSCO’s recent request made with the IURC in September to increase its natural gas base rates. That request will go through a comprehensive regulatory review process and any changes will not take effect until after a decision is made – expected in the second half of 2022.

Billing and Payment Options
Customers who are experiencing financial difficulties are encouraged to visit or call NIPSCO’s Customer Care Center as soon as possible to determine what options might be available to offer help. Some of those solutions include:

· Payment Agreements: NIPSCO has expanded its flexible payment arrangements to allow customers to spread their past due balance over six months by paying a portion of their past due balance, plus current charges incurred. LIHEAP-eligible customers may be able to enroll in a 12-month plan. Customers can learn more and enroll at / payment plans . NIPSCO's customer care team will also work with customers to set up a personalized payment  plan. Customers can call 1-800-4-NIPSCO (1-800-464-7726) to discuss options.

· Payment Assistance Programs: Based on income levels, customers may qualify to receive local, state and federal utility assistance dollars as well as support fund s from separate NIPSCO programs. Customers can visit to find additional resources , or call their local community action agency, Energy Assistance Program (EAP) agency or Township Trustee's office. Between Dec. 1 and March 15, natural gas providers in Indiana do not disconnect service to customers enrolled in the state Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) who are delinquent on their home heating bills.

· Budget Plan: A free service to all NIPSCO customers to help manage their monthly energy bills by spreading out gas costs over an entire year. The Customer Care Center is open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. CT. For more information on billing options and payment assistance, visit


Energy- and Money-Saving Programs
Usage makes up the largest portion of the average energy bill. Because of this, NIPSCO offers energy - efficiency programs to help manage usage and, in turn, bills. A full list of programs and tips available to NIPSCO customers can be found at

Warsaw man thrown from tractor in collision

Emergency crews were dispatched to a collision involving a farm tractor shortly before 10:00 Wednesday morning 4900 block of West County Road 200 North, in Harrison Township, in Kosciusko County.


The preliminary results of the investigation indicate that a pickup truck driven by Travis Heckaman, 35, of Plymouth, was behind the farm tractor driven by James Earl, 83, of Warsaw, prior to the collision; which occurred when Earl was reportedly turning onto his driveway from the shoulder of the roadway. The front right corner of the pickup struck the rear left wheel of the tractor


Earl was ejected from the tractor, as it slid from the roadway into his yard.  He was transported by ambulance to Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, with a complaint of back pain.




Family of Judah Morgan in shock over death; says La Porte Co. CPS partially responsible

It doesn't seem real to the family of four-year-old Judah Morgan, whose violent abuse and murder at the hands of his own parents has left the LaPorte County community shaken.


WROI GIANT fm News and Fulton County Post spoke with the boy's uncle, Jesse Morgan of La Porte, in front of the vigil Wednesday evening.  It was held in the 3100 East block of County Road 875 in rural Hamlet, where the young boy was found dead early Monday morning.


Morgan says the family is still trying to come to terms with the tragedy but that something must be done with CPS to save future tragedies like Judah's from happening again.



According to the LaPorte County Sheriff’s Department, the child’s parents have been arrested in connection with the brutal murder. Judah’s father Alan D. Morgan was arrested Monday and was formally charged with murder, five counts of child neglect, and one count of animal cruelty. 


His mother, Mary Yoder, is also facing four charges, including two counts of neglect of a dependent, one of those counts resulting in death.


Judah’s autopsy showed he died from blunt force trauma to the head. 


Judah had only lived at the home where the abuse took place for five and a half months prior to his death.  He had been fostered by his adult cousin, Jeena Hullett, for four years. DCSF brought him back to his birth parents in April for a six-month trial period. 



Court documents revealed disturbing details of the abuse that stemmed from potty training accidents. Judah's mother, Mary, admitted he was often punished in a dark basement for days at a time with no clothes, food, and was sometimes tied with duct tape. 


Jesse Morgan said the abuse and death of his nephew was something the LaPorte County CPS should have caught, had they checked up on him and been more thorough. 



Covid-19 vaccines, boosters available at Thursday Fulton Co. clinics in October

The Fulton County Health Department Covid-19 vaccine clinic at 125 E. 9th St. Rochester, will be open 8:30 - 11:20 am and 2:00 - 3:10pm on the following Thursdays in October:


Thursday, October 14

Thursday, October 28


Register online at  or walks-ins are welcome during open hours. Masks are required and social distancing will be practiced.


Moderna is available for 18 years and older.

Pfizer is available for 12 years and older


Pfizer boosters are available 6 months after the second dose for individuals

- 65 years and older

-Adults 50-64 years old with medical conditions

-Long-term care setting residents aged 18 and older

-Individuals with medical conditions 18-49 years old

-Employees and residents at increased risk for Covid-19 exposure and   transmission

Missing woman found with help of search dog

Searchers with the help of a search dog found a woman who had lost her way in a wooded area near Knox.


The 74-year old woman was reported missing Thursday afternoon after walking to a friend's house.  She was gone about seven hours.


Authorities think she took the wrong trail and then became confused.  She was found about a mile from her home.  The dog was brought in late Thursday night and the woman found about 1:00 am Friday.  She was described as being weak but otherwise unharmed.




Lennox Feel The Love recipients in Mentone thankful for new heating and air conditioning system

Lennox Feel The Love recipients Jimmy and Priscilla Nash of Mentone felt the love from Collier's Heating and Air Conditioning of Warsaw  with a new furnace and airconditioning unit, free of charge. 


The Lennox Feel The Love program provides heating and cooling equipment at no cost once a year to one locally nominated family. Nominations from the community help determine each year's recipients. Over 200 other Lennox dealers nationwide performed installations over the weekend. Collier’s Heating & Air conditioning is one of two in Indiana.


Past nominees have included community figures such as teachers, firefighters, and volunteers; families facing hard times; veterans; senior citizens living in older homes; and people impacted by natural disasters.


Collier's co-owner Kevin Lehman says the company's involvement with the program for the past three years has been a rewarding experience. 



The Nash's were unaware they had even been nominated when they had received the phone call about being this year's Feel The Love recipients.  


The family was nominated by the Kosciusko County Housing for Hope.  Their old furnace was out of date and theair conditioning is imperative for Jimmy's health.  Priscilla Nash said receiving this has been a miracle.



Nominations for next year's Feel The Love recipient can be submitted to after June 2022. This year there were only 12 nominations turned in locally. 

29th annual Chili Cook-Off winners

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jillian Smith appeared on GIANT fm Saturday afternoon to talk about the day's activities and announce the winners from the Chili Cook-Off.



2021 Chili Cook Winners

1st Place - "ChainBreakers" Celebrate Recovery at St. John's Lutheran Church LCMS

2nd Place - "The Iron Chili's" Rochester Metal Products

Peoples' Choice - "Pecos Prez" Community Presbyterian Church, Rochester, Indiana

Best Decorated Booth - "ChainBreakers" Celebrate Recovery at St. John's Lutheran Church LCMS


Explosion at rural Twelve Mile residence seriously injures resident

Authorities in Cass County are investigating a house explosion.

Just before 10:00 am Friday Cass County Central Dispatch was notified of an explosion in the area of County Road 600 East and 800 North. Cass County deputies and Indiana State Police troopers responded along with units from Harrison Township, Twelve Mile and Logansport Fire Departments and Phoenix Ambulance Service also responded.

The initial scene was discovered at a residence in the 7000 block of County Road 600 East.

Paul Ulerick, 63, of rural Twelve Mile, was working in his basement when his residence exploded.  A neighbor heard and felt the explosion and was able to remove Ulreick from the debris and fire. Ulerick was transported to Logansport Memorial Hospital and then flown by air ambulance to a trauma center in Fort Wayne.

The fire departments extinguished the fire and confirmed that no one else was inside when the explosion occurred.

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office and Indiana State Fire Marshal is investigating.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cass County Sheriff’s Office at 574-753-7800.

Street closings, parking changes begin tonight ahead of Saturday's Chili Cook-Off and Red Hot Car Show

The Fulton County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Blacktop Cruisers is organizing the 29 annual Chili Cook-Off and Red Hot Car Show. This event will take place on Saturday from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm in Downtown Rochester.


The City of Rochester will close Main Street from Fourth Street to Ninth Street; and Fifth and Sixth Streets from the alley west of Main Street to the alley east of Main Street; Seventh and Eighth Streets from the alley west of Main Street to Madison Street; and Madison Street from Seventh to Ninth street.


Road closures will begin after 5:00 pm on Friday, October 8.


Rochester Police Chief Shotts asks that vehicles be moved from East Eighth Street by Friday, October 8 at 4:00 pm and all other named streets by 11:59 pm. 

City of Rochester flushing water lines

M.E. Simpson Co. is performing the semi-annual unidirectional flushing of the City of Rochester water lines - a process to clean the mains. 


The work will continue for 30 days, weather permitting. 


During this time, the city advises that residents may experience cloudy or discolored water at any time.  The water is however safe to use and drink, according to a city press release. 


Running it longer before use may help clear it, residents are encouraged to avoid washing white clothes while the water is discolored.

Fulton, surrounding counties among regions submitting for READI funds

Governor Eric J. Holcomb today announced 17 regions representing all 92 counties submitted proposals for funding from the Indiana Regional Economic Acceleration and Development Initiative (READI). Together, these proposals, which aim to accelerate small- and large-scale growth within their communities, total more than $1 billion in requested funding; the READI budget is $500 million.

“Secretary Chambers and I are impressed with and appreciative of all the hard work and collaborative energy invested in the READI regional development plans submitted across the entire state,” said Gov. Holcomb. “I have no doubt these plans will be the beginning of transformational progress that will impact Hoosiers for generations to come.” 

In July, regions indicated their intent to pursue READI funding. Each region convened a broad, diverse group of stakeholders, including major employers and anchor institutions, education partners, economic development professionals, philanthropy partners, and elected officials, to develop a game plan for population and economic growth. In these plans, regions outlined their proposal to invest in their growth and prosperity, outlining a series of strategies focused on physical projects and sustainable, multi-year programs to advance quality of place, quality of life, and quality of opportunity. 

The regions that submitted READI regional development plans are:

  • 70-40 Greater Mt. Comfort Corridor, led by the Hancock County Economic Development Council
    Counties: Hancock, Marion
    Proposal Themes: Improve quality of life to increase region’s vibrancy, attractiveness, sustainability and affordability; attract, train and retain highly skilled workforce; increase diversity, equity and inclusion
  • 180 Alliance, led by the West Central Indiana Alliance
    Counties: Boone, Hendricks, Montgomery, Putnam, Johnson and Morgan
    Proposal Themes: Bolster region’s quality of life, outdoor recreation, arts and culture, housing for talent attraction, infrastructure improvements and talent development
  • Accelerate Rural Indiana, led by the Decatur County Community Foundation
    Counties: Decatur, Rush, Shelby
    City: Batesville
    Proposal Themes: Increase connectivity, make place-based investments including housing projects and public infrastructure, market the region and create career pathways for new students and adults needing to upskill
  • East Central Indiana Regional Partnership, led by the East Central IN Regional Partnership
    Counties: Blackford, Delaware, Fayette, Grant, Henry, Jay, Randolph, Wayne
    Proposal Themes: Boost population trends to end population decline, mobilize learning systems to increase educational attainment and build equitable economic opportunities to increase median household income and earnings
  • Greater Lafayette Region, led by the Greater Lafayette Commerce Community and Economic Development Foundation
    Counties: Benton, Carroll, Fountain, Tippecanoe, Warren, White
    Proposal Themes: Retain existing talent and welcome new talent to increase the region's population, along with increasing housing opportunities, accelerate digital adoption among industries
  • Indiana First Region, led by the Southwest Indiana Development Council
    Counties: Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Harrison, Knox, Martin, Pike, Orange, Spencer, Perry
    Proposal Themes: End population and job losses through investments in training programs, public infrastructure, fiber optics, transportation and improved connectivity throughout the region
  • Indiana Uplands, led by the Regional Opportunity Initiatives Inc.
    Counties: Brown, Crawford, Daviess, Dubois, Greene, Lawrence, Martin, Monroe, Orange, Owen
    Proposal Themes: Scale and differentiate targeted industry clusters, ensure talent strategies meet industry demands, invest in key quality of life initiatives
  • North Central, led by the North Central Indiana Regional Planning Council
    Counties: Cass, Clinton, Fulton, Howard, Miami, Tipton
    Proposal Themes: Attract and retain people, develop the talent and skills of its current and future workforce, and connect talent with the jobs the region needs to be successful

  • Northeast, led by the Northeast Indiana RDA
    Counties: Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Kosciusko, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, Whitley
    Proposal Themes: Grow population, increase educational attainment and raise per capita personal income
  • Northwest, led by the Northwest Indiana Forum
    Counties: Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Jasper, Newton, Pulaski, Starke
    Proposal Themes: Build on success of IGNITE the Region plan, which focuses on business development and marketing, entrepreneurship and innovation, infrastructure, talent and placemaking
  • Southern Indiana, led by the Our Southern Indiana Regional Development Authority
    Counties: Clark, Floyd, Jefferson, Scott, Washington
    Proposal Themes: Nurture a diverse economy by improving destinations, workforce and entrepreneurship, real estate development, natural assets, connections and gateways, and infrastructure
  • South Bend/Elkhart, led by the Northern Indiana Regional Development Authority
    Counties: Elkhart, Marshall, St. Joseph
    Proposal Themes: Raise post-secondary talent attainment, improve minority income disparity, provide higher wage job opportunities and stimulate positive in-migration
  • South Central Indiana Talent Region, led by the Southern Indiana Housing and Community Development Corporation
    Counties: Bartholomew, Jackson, Jennings
    Town: Edinburgh
    Proposal Themes: With its largest anchor institution Cummins, Inc., this region is focused on advancing new and emerging technologies, ensuring careers are well-paying and equitably distributed and people are well-educated and trained; and to cultivate a culture of resiliency
  • Southeast, led by SEI READI Inc.
    Counties: Dearborn, Ohio, Switzerland, Union, Franklin, Ripley (excludes city of Batesville)
    Proposal Themes: Prioritize talent attraction and development as the region’s foremost opportunity for growth
  • Evansville Region, led by Southwest Indiana RDA (SWIRDA)
    Counties: Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, Warrick
    Proposal Theme: Bring new high-paying job opportunities, increase population, reduce the number of households living in poverty and improve the health and well-being of residents
  • West Central, led by the Wabash River RDA
    Counties: Clay, Knox, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion, Vigo
    Proposal Themes: Leverage the region's higher-educational access, its destination assets and its proximity to Illinois to attract and retain students and visitors in the region
  • White River Regional Opportunity Initiative, led by the Central Indiana Regional Development Authority and Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization
    Counties: Hamilton, Madison, Marion
    Proposal Themes: Foster entrepreneurial ecosystem, generate high-quality and high-wage job opportunities and create vibrant places that attract and retain high caliber talent

READI builds on the framework and successes of the Indiana Regional Cities Initiative and the 21st Century Talent Initiative, encouraging regional collaboration and data-driven, long-term planning that, when implemented, will attract and retain talent in Indiana. The IEDC will work closely with the newly established READI review committee to follow the evaluation timelines and assess the submitted plans before making formal recommendations for funding to the IEDC board of directors in December.


Members of the READI review committee include:

  • Bill Hanna, Executive Director, Dean and Barbra White Family Foundation
  • Isaac Bamgbose, President and CEO of New City Development
  • Jason Dudich, Vice President for Finance and Administration, Treasurer, University of Indianapolis
  • Jason Blume, Executive Director, Innovation One
  • Kelli Jones, Co-Founder and General Partner, Sixty8 Capital
  • Leah Curry, President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana
  • Lori Luther, Chief Operating Officer, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital

More information on the READI review committee, as well as links to download the regions’ proposals, is available at A map of the identified regions can be found here.

A Quilt for Mother's Tears, Inc. donates three vests to K-9 program

On September 20, 2013, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department Officer Rod Bradway, a Kosciusko County native, was mortally wounded while saving a domestic violence victim and her ten-month-old child. In the aftermath, Rod’s mother, Sheri, turned to her passion of quilting as a tribute to her son. Subsequently, Sheri and her quilter’s group formed A Quilt for Mother’s Tears; which provides quilts to the mothers of fallen law enforcement officers.


Tom Bradway, Rod’s father, approached Sheriff Kyle P. Dukes earlier this year about purchasing ballistic vests for the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Division; specifically for the working dogs. Sgt. Travis Shively, division commander, spent numerous hours researching the proper vest style for the program. Once Sgt. Shively decided upon Armor Express Tex 10, with Gemini ballistic and stab protection, Tom and Sheri graciously donated three vests; which will be worn during Special Operations Group (SOG) and high-risk situations.




Chris Trowbridge, owner of Maverick Promotions in North Webster, designed a memorial patch to be worn on top of the vest carriers. The body armor was recently issued to our K-9 deputies and is now part of their daily duty complement.


“I am appreciative of the graciousness of the Bradway family and the opportunity to honor Rod’s legacy,” stated Sheriff Dukes.


Caston Elementary School receives national recognition for commitment to empowering students

Caston Elementary School announced today that it has been recognized as a 2020-21 Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School.


It is one of just 310 schools across the U.S. to receive this honor for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Launch. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in schools across the U.S. 


Caston Elementary Principal, Jennifer Lukens had this to say about the impact of PLTW, “We are honored to receive this recognition. Our teachers have embraced PLTW because they see the value of the engaging hands-on curriculum, along with the students' desire and enthusiasm to create, ask questions, and want to learn more”. 


The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Caston Elementary School had tohave more than 75 percent of the student body participating in the program and had to offer at least two PLTW Launch modules at each grade level during the 2019-20 school year. 


Studies show that students decide as early as elementary school whether they like, and think they are good at, math and science. Whether designing a car safety belt or building digital animations based on their own short stories, PLTW Launch students engage in critical and creative thinking, build teamwork skills, and develop a passion for and confidence in STEM subjects.  

“It is a great honor to recognize Caston Elementary for their unwavering commitment to provide students with an excellent educational experience despite the unusual circumstances and unique challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presented to the educational landscape this past year,” said Dr. Vince Bertram, President and CEO of PLTW. “They should be very proud of their achievements in unlocking their students’ potential and equipping them with the knowledge and skills necessary to thrive in life beyond the classroom no matter what career path they choose.”

Caston Elementary is part of a community of PreK-12 schools, colleges and universities, and corporate and philanthropic partners across the country united around a passion for providing students with inspiring, engaging, and empowering learning opportunities. For more information about PLTW’s recognition program, visit  

Fulton County REMC names Andrew Horstman new CEO

The Fulton County REMC Board of Directors has selected an electric cooperative industry veteran and power supply expert to lead the organization as its new CEO.

The board has named Andrew Horstman as president and CEO of Fulton County REMC. He will succeed current Fulton County REMC President and CEO Joe Koch, who is retiring. Horstman has more than two decades of experience working
for Wabash Valley Power Alliance (WVPA), the wholesale power supplier for Fulton County REMC.


He began as a field engineer and for the last 13 years has worked in WVPA’s power supply department, where he led demand-response, community solar, smart grid and electric vehicle programs. He most recently worked as manager of grid innovation and distributed energy resources for the generation and transmission cooperative that provides electricity to 23 distribution co-ops serving 325,000 families and businesses in three states.

“I am excited to build on the strong foundation of member satisfaction, financial stability and innovation already in place at Fulton County REMC,” Horstman said. “I look forward to working with the board of directors and co-op employees as
we take on the challenges and opportunities facing electric utilities as the grid evolves to incorporate more renewable energy and prepare for electric vehicles.”

Fulton County REMC board members set the qualifications desired in a new CEO and believe that Horstman exceeds those goals, said Dennis Burton, president of the Fulton County REMC Board of Directors.

“We look forward to having Andrew join us in guiding our co-op into the future. We are excited by the passion he already has shown for this position,” Burton said. “We see his knowledge, professionalism, experience and
understanding of technology and innovation coming to this industry as tremendous assets. We welcome him and his family to our community.”

Horstman, who earned his bachelor’s degree in electronic engineering technology from ITT Technical Institute, will begin his role as CEO as Fulton County REMC on November 1.


Koch, the current president and CEO of Fulton County REMC, first began working with the cooperative in 1998 and has served as CEO since 2011.

Upcoming Duke Energy projects could cause power interruptions.

Duke Energy has a series of projects that may cause power interruptions.

A letter from Duke Energy’s Don McDuffy, Director Asset Design, went out to many Fulton County residents who could be impacted by the projects.  The letter states that Duke Energy is working on outdoor upgrades to improve energy service and reliability and that you may see crews conducting planning meetings, performing tree trimming or placing lawn flags to identify safe work areas.

The letter goes on to say that if trees need to be trimmed Duke Energy crews will use techniques created by the National Arborist Association and work with a certified Indiana arborist and do everything possible to keep
power interruptions to a minimum while work is in progress.

The project list includes:
Project name: Rochester Grid Strengthening Project 9170088

Date: October 2021 through May 2022

Location: Along 13th Street, west of Bittersweet Lane to Park Road, and south on Park Road to 18th Street

Along 18th Street from Southway 31 to Sweetgum Rd

Along Sweetgum Rd between 18th Street and US Highway 31

If you have questions, please call 800.589.6822 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and mention the project name listed above or visit

Pedestrian hit, killed in Plymouth accident

A pedestrian was struck and killed in Plymouth Monday morning.

Marshall County Central Dispatch received a 911 call about 6:30 am Monday regarding a vehicle -  pedestrian accident.  The investigation indicates that a vehicle operated by Andrea Finley, 24, of Plymouth was eastbound on SR 17 when her 2017 Jeep struck a pedestrian that was walking in the roadway. 

The pedestrian, Roy McCarty, 58, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

The Plymouth Police was assisted by Plymouth Fire / EMS, the Marshall County Sheriff's Department, and the Marshall County Coroner.


IRS extension deadline to file 2020 taxes is October 15

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding an estimated 188,400 Indiana residents who asked for an extension to file their 2020 tax return, that they have until October 15, 2021 to file and avoid the penalty for filing late.


The IRS urges everyone to file electronically in order to avoid delays and speed the processing of their return.


October 15 is the deadline for just about everyone.  Only members of the military and others serving in a combat zone, have more time. They normally have 180 days after they leave the combat zone to file and pay any taxes due.


There is usually no penalty for failure to file if the taxpayer is due a refund. However, people who wait too long to file and claim a refund, risk losing it altogether. The safest and fastest way for people to get a refund is to file electronically and have their refund electronically deposited into their bank or other financial account. Taxpayers can use direct deposit to deposit their refund into one, two or even three accounts.


IRS Free File is still available in English and Spanish giving taxpayers who earned $72,000 or less in 2020 a way to file and claim credits like the Recovery Rebate Credit, Advanced Child Tax Credit. The Free File Fillable Forms, the electronic version of IRS paper forms, is also available for people comfortable preparing their own taxes. 


Street closures announced for this weekend's Chili Cook-Off and Red Hot Car Show

The Fulton County Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Blacktop Cruisers is organizing the 29th annual Chili Cook-Off and Red Hot Car Show. This event will take place on Saturday, October 9 from 8:00 am until 4:00 pm in Downtown Rochester.


The City of Rochester will close Main Street from Fourth Street to Ninth Street; and Fifth and Sixth Streets from the alley west of Main Street to the alley east of Main Street; Seventh and Eighth Streets from the alley west of Main Street to Madison Street; and Madison Street from Seventh to Ninth street. Road closures will begin after 5:00 pm on Friday, October 8.

Rochester Police Chief Shotts asks that vehicles be moved from East Eighth Street by Friday, October 8 at 4:00 pm and all other named streets by 11:59 pm.


This event draws hundreds of visitors to Fulton County! We created an event for the Chili Cook-Off and Red Hot Car Show on the Chamber of Commerce Facebook page. We kindly ask that you “share” this event on your business page on the days leading up to the event.

If you have any specific questions regarding the road closures, please do not hesitate to contact Chief Shotts at 574.223.3313

If you have any questions regarding the Chili Cook-Off, feel free to contact the Chamber of Commerce at 574.224.2666.

Kosciusko Co. Sheriff's Office asks public's help to find missing Cromwell man

The Kosciusko County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's assistance to find a man who has been reported as missing.


Donald Eugene Barley, 51, of Cromwell, is 5'9" tall and weighs 210 pounds.  He has brown hair and hazel eyes.



Barley was last seen at his residence in early September.


If you have information as to his whereabouts, please contact Sgt. Francis at 574-267-5667.

Drivers airlifted from Friday crash scene

Two Wabash men were airlifted from the scene of a head-on collision on Packerton Road Friday morning.


Investigating deputies determined that Kyle Thomas, 18, of Wabash, was traveling northbound on Packerton Road; when he began to pass another vehicle on a hillcrest. Thomas’ Buick Rainier struck the front end of a southbound Chevrolet Impala, driven by Jessie Monroe, 53, of Wabash.


Following a lengthy extrication, Thomas and Monroe were airlifted to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne with non-life threatening injuries.


Assisting at the scene were the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Office, Silver Lake PD, Parkview EMS and Samaritan Air Ambulance, Lutheran Air Ambulance, Sidney Fire Department, Silver Lake Fire Department, Claypool Fire Department, and Warsaw-Wayne FT