Community News

Walmart announces it will limit number of customers inside stores

In this taxing and uncertain time, our associates have gone above and beyond to help Americans get the food, medicine and supplies they need.


We care deeply about our associates’ health and well-being, and in recent weeks we’ve taken steps such as expanding our paid leave policies; closing our stores overnight for cleanings and restocking; installing sneeze guards and social distance markers in stores; beginning temperature checks; and starting to make gloves and masks available to associates who want them.


While many of our customers have been following the advice of the medical community regarding social distancing and safety, we have been concerned to still see some behaviors in our stores that put undue risk on our people. We want to encourage customers to bring the fewest number of people per family necessary to shop, allow for space with other customers while shopping, and practice social distancing while waiting in lines. We’re also seeing states and municipalities set varying policies regarding crowd control – which has created some confusion regarding shopping.


To promote health, safety and consistency for our associates and customers in this environment, we’re taking some further steps for our U.S. stores:


Regulating Store Entry

Starting Saturday, we will limit the number of customers who can be in a store at once. Stores will now allow no more than five customers for each 1,000 square feet at a given time, roughly 20 percent of a store’s capacity.


To manage this restriction, the associates at a store will mark a queue at a single-entry door (in most cases the Grocery entrance) and direct arriving customers there, where they will be admitted one-by-one and counted. Associates and signage will remind customers of the importance of social distancing while they’re waiting to enter a store – especially before it opens in the morning.


Once a store reaches its capacity, customers will be admitted inside on a “1-out-1-in” basis.


Shopping Inside the Store

We’ll also institute one-way movement through our aisles next week in a number of our stores, using floor markers and direction from associates. We expect this to help more customers avoid coming into close contact with others as they shop.


We’ll continue to put signage inside our stores to remind customers of the need to maintain social distancing – especially in lines. And once customers check out, they will be directed to exit through a different door than they entered, which should help lessen the instances of people closely passing each other.


We always want people to feel welcome at Walmart, and we know that in ordinary times a store is a gathering place for members of a community to connect and socialize. We look forward to the time when that is again the case; however, we now want to prioritize health and safety by encouraging customers to do their shopping at a distance from others, then head home.


As the COVID-19 situation continues to develop, our leaders and operations teams will continue to listen to advice from medical experts, associates and customers, and consider how we can best serve people while helping slow the spread of the virus. The health and safety of our associates and customers is what matters the most.


Fulton County Health Dept COVID-19 update - April 2

Fulton County COVID-19 Daily Brief by the Authority of Fulton County Health Officer Dr. Kevin Reyburn and Fulton County Health Nurse Rhonda Barnett RN


**All information is subject to change**


General Guidelines:



















          Total Positive Tests – 3

          Fulton County Residents Positive – 1

          Out of County Residents Positive – 2






ER Open for Emergency’s

          Surgeries - Case by Case decided by your Doctor

          Visitation - No visitation with limited exceptions




Reminder that Essential Travel only. Essential Businesses must have 10 persons or less with the exception of Agriculture (food production) that remains 50 persons or less with social distancing.




Medication (Pharmacy):

Kroger                                    (574) 223-6347

Drive-through & Walk up window Open

Monday - Friday                                         9AM – 9PM

          Saturday                                                     9AM – 6PM

          Sunday                                                        11AM – 6PM


CVS                                        (574) 224-4304


          Monday – Friday                                        9AM – 8PM

          Saturday & Sunday                                    10AM – 5PM


Walgreens                               (574) 223-3249

Drive-through & Some shopping if needed


Tuesday Morning Only                                      8AM – 9AM

Monday – Friday                                        9AM – 7PM

Saturday                                                     9AM – 6PM

Sunday                                                       10AM – 6PM


Walmart                                  (574) 223-9482

          Drive-through only “side by hotels”

          Monday, Wednesday - Saturday                 9AM – 8:30PM

          Seniors and at-risk shoppers

          Tuesday Morning Only                                      6AM – 7AM

Tuesday                                                      7AM – 7PM

Saturday                                                     9AM – 3PM

          Sunday                                                        10AM – 6PM


Webb’s (Akron)                      (574) 893-4413

Curbside pick-up only/ Deliveries on extreme cases

Monday – Friday                                        9AM – 6PM

Saturday                                                     9AM – 1PM

Closed Sunday


Webb’s (Rochester)                 (574) 223-2216

Curbside pick-up & delivery / Drive through / Front Door is locked

Monday – Friday                                        9AM – 7PM

Saturday                                                     9AM – 3PM

Closed Sunday




Grocery Store Hours:

Kroger                                     (574) 223-3881                                

Seniors and at-risk shoppers                     7AM – 8AM

Daily                                                           8AM – 9PM


Save-A-Lot                               (574) 224-3434                               

Daily Seniors and at-risk shoppers           9AM – 10AM

Daily                                                           10AM – 6PM


Dollar General (Akron)         (574) 353-0168

Seniors and at-risk shoppers                     8AM – 9AM

Daily                                                           9AM – 9PM


Dollar General (Rochester)    (765) 319-8775   

Seniors and at-risk shoppers                     8AM – 9AM

Daily                                                          9AM – 9PM


Viking Foods                          (574) 893-4563   

Monday – Saturday                                    7AM – 6PM

Sunday                                                       11AM – 4PM


Walmart                                  (574) 223-9481

Seniors and at-risk shoppers

Tuesday Morning Only                                      6AM – 7AM

Daily                                                           7AM - 8:30PM   



          School Meals

PDF files of Rochester, Akron & Caston School Lunch

On County and School Websites.


Church Meals / Food Banks

Grace United Methodist Church Cancelled Free Meals on Wednesday


The Cross                                 (574) 223-3107

“Matthew’s Market” 100 West 3rd Street, Rochester

Monday, Friday                                          11:30AM – 1:30PM

Mobile Pantry Second Thurs of the Month          4PM – 6PM

*Gatherings will be kept to a limit due to social distancing*





Kewanna Food Pantry           (574) 653-9052

114 South Toner St, Kewanna

Serving Aubbeenaubbee, Union, and Wayne Townships

Thursday                                                    8:30AM – 10:30AM



UWS Ministries of Akron      (574) 893-4121

301 S West St, Akron

Serving Henry and Newcastle Townships by Appointment Only

Thursday Pickup                                        2PM – 4PM



Area Special Announcements:

  • For Information Regarding Federal Aid Contact Terry Lee at Fulton County Economic Development.  Phone:  574-223-3326
  • Daily Meetings are being held with Community Leaders. 
  • All County Buildings are still officially closed to the public
  • Rochester City building is closed to the public/drive-through only
  • Limited Travel advisory per Governor Holcomb (limitations stated at Information Websites listed above
  • All non-essential businesses are closed (example: gym, salons, barbershops, nail, tattoo, country clubs, service clubs, bowling alley)

Updates and Closures:  03/26/20







04/02/20 – Rochester Community Schools

Beginning Friday, March 20, Rochester Community Schools will provide food routes and pick-up locations for our families. The meal packages are intended to cover five days per student. Cafeteria staff will develop meals for all free and reduced lunch students. If you would like this free service provided and are NOT on free/reduced meals, please email or call 574-223-2159 ext. 5004 by noon on Thursday, March 19 so staff knows to package food for your student. This FREE FOR ALL service will last the entirety of school not in session.

Pick up locations are on Fridays from 11:00 am to 12:30 at:
     - Heart to Heart Church of the Nazarene (1987 Southway 31)
     - Grace United Methodist Church (201 West 7th Street)
     - Faith Outreach Church (1125 East 9th Street)
     - Mill Creek Church (1136 North State Road 25)
     - Safe Harbor Church (1944 Sweetgum Road)


Food cannot be consumed on site.

Meals will be delivered on Fridays from  to students who ride busses:


 - 4 (Brad Smiley)
- 14 (Stacy Ingram)
- 19 (Ion Tamer)
- 21 (Mary James)
- 27 (Kevin Wallskog)

Someone must be home to pick up the food package. If you are not able to be home during that time, please contact Mrs. Wilkinson to arrange for church pick-up or another form of delivery



Jana K. Vance, Ed.S











04/02/20 – The Outlet


Come and grab a snack bag for

the children in your home!

Every Wednesday 4 to 5pm

602 Main Street

Rochester, IN 46975

To comply with social distancing please only 1 or 2 people from each family to pick up and stay 6 ft from others.


04/02/20 – Caston Schools

Dear Caston Family:

We're happy to inform you that Caston’s Food Service Department will be providing free sack
breakfasts & lunches for all students every Monday and Tuesday, behind the school, located at Door 9 from 11-1:00..
There are three options that we are giving our community at this time (subject to change as we have
opportunities to evaluate the program).

Option 1: Email Alysha Marrs ( by 9:00 a.m. to inform her you will be driving through to pick up bagged meals at the back drive by the football field at door #9 (right by the loading dock) between 11:00 AM & 1:00 PM Monday or Tuesday. Your email needs to include the number of children in your household needing meals (anyone 18 & under). You can then conveniently pull up to that area and the bags of meals will be delivered to your automobile -- no need to get out of the car!

Option 2: If you have no means of picking up meals during the pick-up time stated above, please contact Alysha Marrs ( to setup for delivery. We will get back to you and do our best to deliver meals to convenient locations for families on Mondays ONLY.

We love our young Comets and want to help during these trying times, so we are encouraging our community to pick up a weeks worth of meals, on Mondays or Tuesdays, to limit public exposure and do our part to do essential traveling.  This service, we are providing, is FREE to ALL, regardless if you recieve assistance or not. If there is anything further we can assist you with to make these coming weeks easier, please let us know. Thanks!


03/27/20 – City of Rochester

Rochester, March 23, 2020:  


In accordance to Governor Holcomb’s Executive Order 20-08, Stay at Home Order.  The City of Rochester has implemented these additional measures:


  1. City Offices will be closed to the public beginning at 12:00pm on March 24, 2020.  Local Government is an essential operation and staff will remain in the office during regular business hours (7:30am – 4:00pm).  Please call City Hall at 574-223-2510 during these hours for city business related needs. 
  2. Utility payments will still be accepted by any of these methods:
    1. Online, by phone, drop box, or drive up window. 
  3. All city parks will be closed to all activities, this includes the Round Barn Golf Club and Course.


Please visit the Fulton County webpage at for the most current information for our county and for links to State and Federal updates and resources. 


Thank you.

Mayor Denton 



03/26/20 – Town of Fulton

Effective Tuesday, March 24th, the Fulton Town Hall will be closed to in-person services and payments until further notice.  Also, our curbside recycling is suspending until further notice.  Any questions:  Call office phone at (574) 857-3162 or email us at



03/26/20 – Town of Akron

Per the guidance of Indiana Governor Holcomb, all Pike Memorial Park playground equipment and the basketball courts are now closed until further notice. Open park spaces and trails may still be utilized within the COVID-19 safety guidelines.


The Akron Municipal Utilities Billing / Customer Service Office will be Temporarily Suspending Both IN-PERSON Services and IN-Person Utility Payments until Further Notice.

English Statement from Town of Akron

Spanish Statement from Town of Akron



03/26/20 – Guidance for Funeral Homes

The Fulton County Health Officer, Dr. David K. Reyburn MD declares the following guidance for funeral homes in Fulton County, Indiana, beginning immediately and remaining in effect until April 7, 2020.  The order may be extended to comply with Governor Holcomb’s Executive Orders for the State of Indiana.

  1. Funeral and graveside services shall be no larger than 10 persons. This should be     immediate family only. The 10 person maximum also includes the staff associated with and working with the funeral home. 
  2. Alternatives to rule out number 1 for funeral services may include the following:
    1. Hold the body until ban is lifted.
    2. Use technology such as live streaming for funeral service. 
  3. No visitation. Friends of the family may provide their condolences by utilizing the funeral homes website. 

This order is given in conjunction with the Executive Orders released by Governor Holcomb for the safety of our state and local community.


03/25/20 – No New Updates at this time


03/24/20 – Fulton County Courthouse

At this time there are no plans to close the courts due to the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic.  However, effective Wednesday, March 25, 2020 the Fulton County Courthouse doors will be locked and only media, litigants and their attorney (s) with scheduled hearings shall be allowed in the courthouse.  “Social distancing” will be required inside the courthouse.  Please file a motion to continue your case if you are sick.  Non-essential hearings as determined by the courts may be continued on the court’s own motion. 


Please contact the court that your case is filed if you have any questions:  


Circuit Court:                 (574) 223-4339

Superior Court               (574) 223-3506


The Fulton County Clerk’s Office is open by appointment only.  Please call (574) 223-2911 for specific needs.  These measures are being taken to protect the health of the courthouse employees and shall be in effect until further order.




Fulton County Solid Waste/Recycling is closed until further notice


Informational Websites:

          Approved Formula for Bleach Disinfectant


Questions? Please Call (574) 223-2819

New statewide map available for Hoosiers seeking food assistance during COVID-19 pandemic

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, in partnership with the state’s  food banks, the Indy Hunger Network and Feeding Indiana’s Hungry, has developed a statewide, interactive map that will help Hoosiers seeking food assistance find what they need. The map is online here, and will be prominently featured at The map can be used on desktop/laptop computers and mobile devices.


“Many Hoosiers’ situations have changed as a result of our state’s important and necessary response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic,” said Jennifer Sullivan, M.D., M.P.H., FSSA Secretary. “We know there is a significant need for families – many of whom have never needed assistance before. We hope this tool helps them locate resources to meet their food and nutrition needs during this crisis and in the future.”


There are two types of organizations shown on the map: food pantries and meal sites. Food pantries are locations where Hoosiers can pick up groceries to prepare and use at their homes. Meal sites serve packed meals, ready to take home and eat.


Earlier this week, FSSA encouraged food pantries to stay open to keep serving Hoosiers and issued a call for volunteers under age 60 who are able to serve. FSSA is actively working with food pantries, food banks and community kitchens across the state to track which are open and is updating the map accordingly.

Relief fund created by Northern Indiana Community Foundation

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, special emergency relief funds have been created at the Northern Indiana Community Foundation (NICF) to support their fund affiliates in Starke, Fulton and Miami counties.


Both the Fulton County Community Foundation and the Starke County Community Foundation have created the Fulton County Emergency Relief Fund and the Starke County Emergency Relief Fund respectively. These funds will provide for community needs which arise from the COVID-19 virus. Donations will be used to address community needs related to the pandemic and situations that may arise because of it.


The Miami County Community Foundation has donated $5,000 to help kick off a food relief effort sponsored in partnership with United Way of Miami County. This collaboration will help Miami County pantries with a food relief drive through April 30, 2020.


Donations made to these efforts will be used locally and 100% of the gifts will be used to address community needs related to this pandemic.


Gifts can be made online to support the Fulton County Emergency Relief Fund and the Starke County Emergency Relief Fund by clicking on the Donate Button on Checks may be made out to the NICF and mailed to P.O. Box 807, Rochester, IN 46975. Please specify which county relief fund the donation will benefit.


To help with the Miami County food relief effort, mail donations to the United Way of Miami County at 13 E Main St., Peru, IN 46970 or contribute online at  Donations will be deposited into an emergency food relief fund where all gifts will support Miami County individuals and families left vulnerable by the pandemic.


For more information, please contact the NICF office at 574-223-2227 or visit

USDA Service Centers precautionary measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus

U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Centers are encouraging visitors to take proactive protective measures to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.


USDA Service Centers in Indiana will continue to be open for business by phone appointment only and field work will continue with appropriate social distancing. While our program delivery staff will continue to come into the office, they will be working with our producers by phone, and using online tools whenever possible. All Service Center visitors wishing to conduct business with the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, or any other Service Center agency are required to call their Service Center to schedule a phone appointment.  In the event a Service Center is closed, producers can receive assistance from the closest alternate Service Center by phone.


Producers can find Service Center phone numbers at


FPAC agencies continue to look at the flexibilities to deliver programs on behalf of producers, just as they have in past situations, such as natural disasters. Farmers and ranchers are resilient and FPAC agencies will continue to deliver the farm safety net programs and resource conservation programs that keep American agriculture in business today and long into the future.


Online services are available to customers with an eAuth account, which provides access to the portal where producers can view USDA farm loan information and payments and view and track certain USDA program applications and payments. Online NRCS services are available to customers through the Conservation Client Gateway. Customers can track payments, report completed practices, request conservation assistance, and electronically sign documents. Customers who do not already have an eAuth account can enroll at


For the most current updates on available services and Service Center status visit



FSSA calls on Indiana food pantries to stay open and keep serving Hoosiers

The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration today called on Hoosiers to help keep the state’s network of food pantries open. FSSA is tracking the number of food pantries operating across the state as part of the state’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19).


“Now is the time for us as Hoosiers to double down on our best quality -- serving each other,” said Jennifer Sullivan, M.D., M.P.H., FSSA Secretary. “Food pantries are critical harbors of hope in many local communities, and with them facing difficulties operating and possibly reducing the food supply to our neighbors in need, it’s time to sound a loud call for help across the state.”  


Many food pantries are supported by a volunteer workforce, with many volunteers over the age of 60. Understandably and thankfully, many of those older Hoosiers and others with health challenges are choosing to stay home to protect themselves from the spread of COVID-19.


Sullivan urged anyone who not in a vulnerable population or demographic to answer to call to help at a local food pantry.  Hoosiers can call 2-1-1 and ask for a list of nearby food pantries.


Anyone having troubling obtaining enough food for themselves or their families should call 2-1-1 for help.

Kroger hiring to keep up with COVID-19 impact

Kroger has immediate openings.


The positions may be perfect for people whose current jobs have been suspended by the coronavirus crisis. New associates might work on the Kroger Pickup team. They might be cashiers. They might also find appealing positions in Kroger manufacturing plants and distribution centers. 


Every role will help us keep our stores stocked with fresh, affordable food and other essentials.


Candidates may visit their neighborhood Kroger to apply or submit an application at Job seekers could be placed within just a matter of days.

Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation Kindergarten Registration

Akron and Mentone Elementary Schools will hold kindergarten registration for the 2020-2021 school year on Monday, March 16, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Child Care will be provided for parents with young children.


Students attending kindergarten during the 2020-2021 school year must be five (5) years old on or before October 1, 2020. A birth certificate, immunization records and a valid email are required when the child is registered.


Early registration for kindergarten students is critical in planning for next year’s kindergarten program.  If you have a child to be enrolled but are unable to attend registration, please contact Akron Elementary School at 574-598-2367 or Mentone Elementary School at 574-598-2590 prior to March 16.

Rochester Community Schools monitors COVID-19

COVID-19 Virus Media Release:

Rochester Community School Corporation is committed to the health, safety and general well-being of your student, as well as our staff.  With increased information around the Covid-19 virus, we continue to follow best practices and monitor our district.  Extra precautions are being taken to properly disinfect all areas of the school buildings, and buses.  Our nursing staff continues to work daily with local physicians as well as the Fulton County Health Department and the Indiana Department of Education and State Board of Health to ensure we are taking every step necessary to protect our Zebra community as well as to continue to build those lines of communication.

If you have any questions or concerns, please visit the following websites:

Steps to prevent illness:

CDC Main Website

Palestine Cemetery spring cleanup reminder

The Board of Directors of the Palestine Cemetery, Inc., Palestine, Indiana, reminds its patrons that all grave decorations must be removed or brought into compliance with the cemetery regulations by April 1, 2020, to allow for spring cleanup.  Decorations not in compliance with cemetery regulations after April 1, 2020, will be disposed of.  The following are regulations of the Palestine Cemetery, Inc. regarding plantings, flowers, and shrubbery:


  • All flowers must be placed within the line of the headstone, on cement or in a cement urn, or fastened to the headstone securely. 


  • No wires, glass, shepherd’s hooks, or hanging baskets may be set in the ground.


  • All shrubbery shall be maintained or it will be removed at the owner’s expense.


  • Winter grave blankets are permitted if removed by April 1.


  • All plantings and/or shrubbery must have approval of the Cemetery Board prior to planting.


Questions may be directed to the sexton of the Palestine Cemetery, Inc., Duane Burkhart, at (574) 551-6666.

USDA designates nine Indiana counties as primary natural disaster areas; Starke Co. contiguous, eligible

Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue designated nine Indiana counties as primary natural disaster areas. Producers who suffered losses caused by three separate disaster events may be eligible for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) emergency loans.


This natural disaster designation allows FSA to extend much-needed emergency credit to producers recovering from natural disasters. Emergency loans can be used to meet various recovery needs including the replacement of essential items such as equipment or livestock, reorganization of a farming operation or the refinance of certain debts.


Excessive Rain

Producers in Hamilton, Lake, Perry, Porter, Spencer, and Tipton counties, who suffered losses due to excessive rain that has occurred since March 1, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.


Producers in the contiguous Indiana counties of Boone, Clinton, Crawford, Dubois, Grant, Hancock, Howard, Jasper, LaPorte, Madison, Marion, Newton, Starke, and Warrick, along with Cook, Kankakee, and Will counties in Illinois; and Breckinridge, Daviess, Hancock and Meade counties in Kentucky, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.


Excessive Rain, Flash Flooding, and Flooding

Producers in Floyd and Harrison counties who suffered losses due to excessive rain, flash flooding, and flooding that has occurred since March 1, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.


Producers in the contiguous Indiana counties of Clark, Crawford, and Washington, along with Hardin, Jefferson, and Meade counties in Kentucky, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.


Excessive Rain and Flooding

Producers in Vanderburgh County who suffered losses due to excessive rain and flooding that has occurred since March 1, 2019, are eligible to apply for emergency loans.


Producers in the contiguous Indiana counties of Gibson, Posey, and Warrick, along with Henderson County, Kentucky, are also eligible to apply for emergency loans.


The deadline to apply for these emergency loans is Oct. 19, 2020.


FSA will review the loans based on the extent of losses, security available and repayment ability.


FSA has a variety of additional programs to help farmers recover from the impacts of this disaster. FSA programs that do not require a disaster declaration include: Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program; Emergency Conservation Program;Livestock Forage Disaster Program;Livestock Indemnity Program; Operating and Farm Ownership Loans; and the Tree Assistance Program.


Farmers may contact their local USDA service center for further information on eligibility requirements and application procedures for these and other programs. Additional information is also available online at

Britney Ingle will not face charges

Britney Ingle will not face charges for striking Alyssa Shepherd in a Fulton County court.


Shepherd was sentenced on December 18 for the incident involving the deaths of Alivia Stahl, 9, and her twin 6-year-old brothers Mason and Xzavier Ingle.  Ingle then rushed at Shepherd and struck her in the head.


The Miami County Prosecutors Office was called in as a special prosecutor on the case and has confirmed that charges are not expected to be filed.

Highway closed overnight

The Fulton County Highway Department will have 650 East between 150 South and State Road 14 closed to all traffic overnight, into February 21, 2020 until late afternoon.

Schedule change for Rochester basketball

Due to the weather the Southwood vs Rochester game set for this evening has been postponed to Saturday with a noon JV tip and varsity to follow.

Riddle Dram Club play rescheduled

Due to today's weather, and the closing of Rochester Community Schools, Riddle Drama Club's play has been rescheduled.


You will now be able to watch A Mother Goose Comedy on Monday Feruary 10, 2020 at 6 pm in the Riddle Elementary Gym.  Admission for this is a good will donation.


Be sure to come out and support the Riddle Drama Club as well as the community.

Efforts to expand broadband in Kosciusko Co.

Kosciusko County is working hard to improve broadband internet access, and make it easier for people who live in rural parts of the county.


In an interview with Inside Indiana Business, Alan Tio with the Kosciusko County Economic Development Corporation says access to broadband internet has gone from being a luxury to a necessity.


He says a good portion of the county has access, but there are other areas that are underserved, which makes it hard for businesses to operate or schools to do e-learning days and students to do homework.


Tio says the Economic Development Corporation has reached out to a number of broadband providers, like Xfinity and Metronet, to go over who has internet access, and where they need to expand and how to do that.

Accident on Old 31

At approximately 2:50 in the afternoon on Wedesday a collision involving two cars as well as a horse and buggy occured at the corner of Old 31 and Olson Road causing the road to be closed in both directions for roughly 45 minutes.


State Trooper Mike Meiser said of the 5 individuals involved in the accident all refused medical attention. 

Class of 63 Preserving Rochester History

The Rochester High School class of 63 is preparing to place memorial plaques Candy Hayes explains where you will soon be able to find them.



When asked what the motivation was behind these plaques Hayes says it was a no brainer to make this happen to remember Rochester history.



The boulders are already up at the locations the hope is to have the plaques in place next month.




102 Birthday for Marjorie Skersick

Happy birthday wishes to Marjorie Skersick who turned 102 on Sunday but celebrated the event on Friday at Hickory Creek in Rochester. Family gathered in the dining hall along with staff and the Rochester community who came out to visit with Marjorie. Mayor Ted Denton was on hand as well and declared January 19 as Marjorie Skersick day for Rochester; the proclamation will be read for inclusion into the official Rochester City Board of Works and Safety meeting records on Thursday, January 30 at City Hall.

2020 Legislative Breakfast Series

Fulton County Chamber of Commerce & Fulton County Farm Bureau present the 2020 Legislative Breakfast Series.  The first of these will take place on January 18 at the Kewanna Public Library, the second of these will take place February 15 at Rochester Meats & Deli and the third of these will take place March 21 at the Akron Community Center.  Starting at 7:30 am with Social Networking, 8 am the Legislators will present, at 9 am there will be a Q&A with the Legislators and the adjournment of the breakfast will be at 9:30 am.  District 18 Sen. Stacey Donato, District 16 Rep. Douglas Gutwein, District 17 Rep. Jack Jordan and District 23 Rep. Ethan Manning will all be present during this event.  There will also be a free breakfast meeting accompanied by donuts and coffee as we receive an update from local government leaders.

Tickets available for game at Bankers Life

December 28th the Rochester Zebras will visit Bankers Life Field House to take on the Lewis Cass Kings on the floor normally reserved for the pros. Rochester Athletic Director Ryan Johnson encourages you to show support that day and shares how you can get you ticket in advance.



Producers in Indiana reminded to signup for Market Facilitation Program; deadline Dec 6

USDA reminded producers in Indiana that the nationwide deadline to sign up for the Market Facilitation Program (MFP) is Dec. 6, 2019. MFP payments are aimed at assisting farmers suffering from damage due to unjustified trade retaliation by foreign nations.


“Farmers have had a tough year due to unfair trade retaliation and natural disasters, but the Market Facilitation Program offers some much-needed relief,” said Steven Brown, State Executive Director in Indiana. “I encourage farmers not to miss the deadline to submit an application.”


Since signup began on July 29, more than 32,000 producers in Indiana have signed up for MFP and have received $532,266,416.56. Across the country, more than $10.1 billion has been paid for 2019 MFP crop and livestock commodities to nearly 601,000 applicants.


Last month, USDA began making payments on the second tranche of 2019 MFP payments. Producers of MFP-eligible commodities are now eligible to receive 75 percent of the total potential payment. If conditions warrant, producers may receive the final tranche in January 2020.


Additionally, due to changes to the 2018 MFP program that were required by the 2019 Disaster Bill, producers previously deemed ineligible for MFP in 2018 because they had an average AGI level higher than $900,000 may now be eligible for 2018 MFP benefits. Those producers must be able to verify 75 percent or more of their average AGI was derived from farming and ranching to qualify. The deadline for this signup is also Dec. 6, 2019.


Producers who have yet to sign up for MFP should contact their local FSA office. Information on eligibility requirements and the application can also be found on

Terry Howie, former Winona Lake town marshall, passed away

A former Winona Lake town marshall and longtime active member in his community, Terry Howie, has passed away.


Howie moved to Winona Lake from Pennsylvania in 1946.  He’s been a resident there since 1964.


Howie owned and operated his own business, Howie Heating and Cooling, since 1972 installing and servicing furnaces and air conditioning systems in the Kosciusko County area. 


He also began as a part time paid officer for the Winona Lake Police Department in 1982 and as a full time officer in 1984.  Howie also served as Town Marshal from 1990-1995. 


His son, Jeffrey, became a Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department jailer, then a deputy and they served in local law enforcement for several years.


Howie served as a trustee for the Winona Lake Grace Brethren Church and on the Kosciusko County Local Coordinating Council of the Governor’s Commission for a Drug Free Indiana.  He has been a member of the Indiana Association of Chiefs of Police, the Fraternal Order of Police, Kosciusko County Republican Party, and IDEM’s “Protecting the Environment Program.” 


Howie died unexpectedly on Monday.  He was 73.

DNR offers free admission to veterans, active-duty military, Nov. 11

All veterans and active-duty military personnel, and everyone in their vehicle, will be admitted free to DNR state parks, reservoir properties, state forest recreation areas and state off-road vehicle riding areas on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Fort Harrison

This includes admission to Falls of the Ohio State Park’s Interpretive Center.

“We appreciate the sacrifices and service of our veterans and active-duty military and look forward to recognizing them with a day to explore some of the best outdoor places in our state,” said Dan Bortner, director of Indiana State Parks.

Veterans and military personnel should present ID or evidence of military service where entrance gates are in operation. For proof of military status, gate attendants will accept:


—Discharge papers (veteran’s DD Form 214)

—Veteran license plates: Ex-POW, Purple Heart, Disabled Hoosier Veteran, Pearl Harbor Survivor. Veteran license plates also include:

—Air Force Veteran

—Army Veteran

—Coast Guard Veteran

—Marine Corps Veteran

—Merchant Marine Veteran

—Navy Veteran

—U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Disability Award Letter

—Veterans hunting and fishing license

—Documents showing veteran benefits with veteran’s name on document

—Any other certificate or verification letter or form that establishes past or present military service


For general information about state park, reservoir, and forest properties, see

For information about interpretive programs at state parks and reservoirs, see

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