Due to Monday being a holiday for the Fulton County Commissioners meeting was pushed back to Tuesday. Commissioner Bryan Lewis says the first meeting of the year is normally reserved for handling end of the year duties as well as those that come with the new year. The Commissioners want to make sure that the roads are as up to date as they can be, unfortunately some of the roads are starting to get worn down and the Commissioners are working to get the issue resolved.
Fulton County Sheriff Chris Sailors also spoke Tuesday night. He compared some of the numbers
from 2018 to 2019 that the Sheriff Department has seen.
The Fulton County Council meeting got started last night with everyone hearing from Terry Lee from FEDCO telling how the board is being trimmed down.
After Terry Lee last night Round Barns Lab took to the floor, they are hoping to get more involved in Fulton County in hopes of sparking some interest in innovation for the community.
Rep. Jackie Walorski would like another term representing Hoosiers in the state's second congressional district.
The district encompasses the bulk of northern Indiana, including South Bend, Elkhart, Plymouth, and Rochester. Giving her a boost of confidence in her ability to secure her third-term in Washington, she believes, will be the impeachment effort by congressional Democrats.
"It's a swing distinct that I run in, but I'm very grateful even though the left is swinging out of control at the moment," Walorski said. "It's a completely partisan battle with all this impeachment stuff. I think we are in a great position to take the House back."
Democrats regained control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 mid-term elections.
The 2nd district has not been represented by a Democrat since Joe Donnelly. That was also before the state legislature redrew Indiana's congressional districts in 2012.
"When you look at our communities and our country, I think there are many ways to make them stronger," she said. "A lot of it is wrapped up in what we've been able to to the last couple years."
In some of her accomplishments in her second term, Walorski authored legislation to repeal the medical device tax under Obamacare, which was set to be reinstated January 1st of this year. The bill passed the House but so far the Senate has not acted on it.
Looking ahead, Walorski wants to push through pro-life legislation when it comes to abortion and make an effort to make it easier for Hoosiers to trade under the USMCA Trade Agreement.
According to Ballotpedia, Two Democrats are seeking their parties nomination to face Walorski in the November election: Pat Hackett, a prominent civic leader, lawyer, and teacher in St. Joseph County, and Ellen Parks, who is a lawyer from South Bend.
A Marion man who shot at police during a chase said he hand nothing to lose. Police found a woman and her 8-month-old daughter in the car.
Marion Police, Grant County Sheriff's deputies and Indiana State Police pulled Cori C. Gentry over on Wednesday night, because he was wanted for questioning in a Wabash shooting that injured someone on January 20.
Police say Gentry refused to get out of his car and that's when he said he had nothing to lose and drove into an Indiana State Police cruiser and then backed into a Marion Police car before driving off.
During the chase he opened the driver's side door on G Street in Marion and shot twice at police.
Gentry the hit another police car on East Grant Street, and then lost control of his car in an alley and hitting a tree.
He tossed the gun out of the car, and police arrested him. Police then found a woman and baby in the car. The woman said she was driving the car before the car was pulled over, and was ordered to switch seats by Gentry. She and the baby were taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
No officers were injured, and police say they are still investigating.
The House Education Committee advanced Wednesday State Rep. Jack Jordan’s (R-Bremen) bill that would add flexibility for education regulations and licensure renewal requirements.
Jordan’s legislation would empower local schools to determine which education laws and requirements work best for their districts by applying for a waiver with the State Board of Education for hundreds of state regulations. The State Board of Education would also be tasked with evaluating and streamlining Indiana’s current teacher training requirements.
“With the needs of young Hoosiers constantly growing and changing, schools need the flexibility to determine which requirements will best serve their students and be the most efficient use of teachers’ time,” Jordan said. “By streamlining existing mandates and empowering local schools to apply for waivers, we can better ensure success for both students and educators.”
According to Jordan, Indiana teachers currently have four options to renew their license. Under one option, teachers can develop a Professional Growth Plan and complete 90 points or hours over five years. This legislation would revise a 2019 law requiring 15 of those points be obtained through professional development related to the state’s or an educator’s community’s workforce needs.
“Educators across the state expressed their concerns with the law that went into effect last year regarding one teacher licensure renewal option, and they have been heard,” Jordan said. “Educators play a significant role in students’ lives, and their help and guidance as young Hoosiers prepare for life after graduation is invaluable. Students often look to their teachers for advice on selecting the career path for them, so knowledge of all options, including trades and technical education, is extremely important.”
Jordan said this is still a valuable option for teachers as Indiana continues to address workforce needs.
On December 8th, 2019, at approximately 10:38 p.m., Kokomo Police responded to reports of shots fired in the 2100 block of Mark Lane. Officers found 15-year-old Dalton W. Fisher suffering from apparent gunshot wounds. Dalton was pronounced deceased at the scene.
In addition to the arrest of Kyli L. Fisher, age 22, being arrested earlier in this investigation for Neglect of a Dependent, Possession of a Handgun without a Permit, and Dealing a Controlled Substance, investigators have arrested three juveniles on charges related to this incident. The following charges have been filed against these juveniles with additional charges expected:
• A 14-year-old male from Kokomo on a charge of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery Resulting in Serious Bodily Injury (Level 2 Felony) as per I.C. 35-42-5-1
• A 14-year-old male from Kokomo on a charge of Attempted Robbery resulting in serious bodily injury (Level 2 Felony) as per I.C. 35-42-5-1
• A 17-year-old male from Kokomo on a charge of Attempted Robbery resulting in serious bodily injury (Level 2 Felony) as per I.C. 35-42-5-1
This case remains active for investigation. Anyone with additional information is asked to contact Detective Erik Fogg (765) 456-7369 or the Kokomo Police Department Hotline at (765) 456-7017. You may qualify for a cash reward by calling Central Indiana Crime Stoppers at 1-800-262-TIPS with your anonymous tip.
Just over a month after making the move to Rochester official with the opening of Wings Etc the restaurant received the Double I award on Tuesday. Executive Director with the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce Jillian Kreamer explains the recognition that comes with the prestigious award.
Store Manager Heather Royhans says Wings Etc is excited to be calling Rochester home and the store has been doing very well in its opening month.
Nominees for the next Double I award can be sent to email@example.com.
The first School Board meeting for new Superintendent of Eastern Pulaski Schools Dara Chezem, she admits she was plenty excited to be sitting at the head of the table having been on the other side for years. She says the first meeting of the year normally handles a lot of formalities.
With all the success that Eastern Pulaski Schools has seen recently Chezem knows there is no need to hit a reset button, she is looking forward to taking the torch and continuing to grow the success.
A woman from Marshall County is charged with the death of her baby after an autopsy found meth in the child's system.
Ashlee Rans, 36, initially told Plymouth police she rolled over onto the baby while she was asleep, killing it.
But the Marshall County Coroner says an autopsy revealed amphetamine and methamphetamine in the baby's system.
Court papers say Rans was breastfeeding and admitted to using meth just days before her baby died.
Rans faces two counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in death. She could spend up to 40 years in prison, if convicted.
Austin Collins of Akron is charged with child molestation from an incident that happened in early December of 2019 in Kosciusko County. In an interview with the Sheriff’s Department Collins admitted to raping a youth under the age of 14. Bond has been set at $51,000.
The calendar has flipped to 2020 and the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to a great year in the community. The Chamber recently held their first board meeting of the year and Executive Director Jillian Kreamer says there were some fresh faces at the table.
Kreamer says the first meeting always starts by going over the basics for staying within Chamber guidelines.
The Chamber is always ready to welcome new members and encourages all to apply to be a Chamber member.
Saturday in the basement of the Kewanna Public Library Fulton County Residents had the opportunity to hear from their representatives, as well as engage in a Q&A after the legislators presentations. Senator Stacey Donato as well as Representatives Jack Jordan and Ethan Manning were in attendance; Representative Douglas Gutwein was the only of the four scheduled to not make an appearance.
Donato, Jordan, and Manning all spoke about education and how important it is to them when they are in session. Specifically Rep. Jordan says the goal is to provide flexible teacher training and the regulation of schools. With the 2020 legislative session scheduled to be a short session we might see an accelerated process to see bills signed into law.
Of the crowd, totaling roughly 40 people most were teachers so the topics on hand hit close to home. During the Q&A session plenty of opinions were voiced, some that stood out included and Culver teacher who spoke of concerns with the state taking over funding leaves question as to budget on a year by year basis, which impacts the training teachers go through and in fact some teachers have to pay out of pocket for their training to keep their license.
Helping students with social and emotional learning was the concern for a teacher from Plymouth. He says this used to be funded by the state but with that no longer the case the schools are doing the best they can to help students. Training is needed for these teachers to make sure they can help students through whatever situation might be troubling them. Plymouth has 20 minutes every Tuesday scheduled to help students with social and emotional difficulties, however the challenge again is sometimes the message from the students is getting to teachers who have not received the proper training.
Overall a very productive day in Kewanna as Legislators had the opportunity to hear from the community about concerns for the area, and now it will be brought back with Senator Donato as well as Representatives Jordan and Manning to session. Rochester Meat and Deli will be hosting the next Legislative Breakfast Series on February 15.
Saturday Fulton County residents have the opportunity to hear for their representatives about the upcoming sessions at the Kewanna Public Library, coffee and donuts will be provided. Fulton County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jillian Kreamer says this event normally gets a great turnout.
The Board of Public Works and Safety meeting last night started promptly at 5:00 with the approval of minutes from the previous meeting, this was followed by the discussion of Bill Rogers and the allowance of him to have a temporary moving pod at his residence come mid March.
The big discussion of the night came from an individual voicing his concern over the sewer tap fees assessed to him on his property and the three houses he had been building. Two of the houses were built before the rates were raised as for the third one the application process had not been completed under the old rates. The Council decided that the third house will have to pay the new rates.
New flooring on the way for City Hall as well as the Police Department the quotes were originally going to be done in pieces however the council is hopeful that instead of it being done in pieces it can be a complete overhaul done at once and in a timely manner.
The Times Theater was brought to the attention of the Council as well in terms of the water issues the building is dealing with. An issue on the roof has led to an accumulation of water in the basement, the number thrown out for just how much water was around 2,000 gallons.
The next Board of Public Works and Safety meeting is scheduled for January 30 at 5 in the evening at the Rochester City Building Complex.
Fulton County's Upcoming Empowered Leaders or FUEL, is excited to introduce a new series, Adulting 101! We will kick off the first of five sessions with Bryan Bell, Registered Representative with LPL Financial/First Federal Savings Bank. All are invited to join us on Tuesday, February 4th for lunch with peers during a presentation entitled "The Language of Investing" at Nubiano's in Rochester.
People sitting elbow to elbow as the conference room was at capacity in Woodlawn Hospital for the Kiwannis Meeting to hear from Rochester Mayor Ted Denton for his State of the City Address. Denton started by speaking on how easy his job is made with the fantastic staff he operates with.
In his closing remarks Denton announced the Citizen of the Year for Rochester, saying that it is unfortunate that this Emerson Enyart passed away three months ago and Rochester is missing a pillar in the community.
REMC in Fulton County has an amazing opportunity for some of the youth in the area to get out of the house, learn, and have plenty of fun along the way. Member Service Manager TJ Garner says a camp is available for students going into 7th grade and they often find kids don’t want to leave when camp is over.
With the Touchstone camp always a popular one Garner says high school students also have a chance to register for a camp of their own. This trip will head out to Washington D.C. to see how the nation’s capital works as well as visit monuments.
For more information on the camps upcoming with REMC visit their website or give them a call at 574-223-3156
A packed house for the Park Board meeting on Monday night saw roughly 60 people cram into City Hall with the bulk of the discussion revolving around the golf course. Rochester Mayor Ted Denton recaps the meeting.
Denton says the numbers at the moment are alarming with a loss for 2019 of $214,369. He was advised that should the course continue down this road the doors will likely be closed within the next 7 years. Denton says the time is now to turn this ship around.
Denton knows that Rome wasn’t built in a day and says the Park Board is discussing multiple ideas to help the course.
Russell “Russ” Reahard announced he will again seek the Indiana House of Representatives District 18 seat, currently held by Dave Wolkins, according to a news release provided Friday. Nick Deranek reports.
Reagan Trottier of the Fulton County Amateur Thespians stopped by the Times Theater to present them with a generous donation this past Saturday. The FCATs are a group of RHS students who, back in December, put on "To All a Good Night" an original show written and performed by them. The Times Theater is grateful for FCATs donation to the revitalization project and looks forward to seeing this group perform in the future.
Christmas is known as the season of giving but with the holiday now in the rear view mirror there are still families in need of assistance throughout the year. Chris Beall with Mill Creek Church says for this reason they are bringing a food market to help Fulton County residents.
Beall is hoping to see plenty of smiling faces at Mill Creek Church the afternoon of January 27 for the event that will help put food on the table for those less fortunate.
Russell “Russ” Reahard announced he will again seek the Indiana House of Representatives District 18 seat, currently held by Dave Wolkins, according to a news release provided Friday.
The district includes Wabash County and parts of Kosciusko, Grant and Miami counties.
Born in Wabash, he received his bachelor’s degree from Manchester University and did graduate study at the University of Indianapolis and Ivy Tech.
The release states he contributes to the community through two Kiwanis Clubs, mission work teams, community choir, worship services and as president of North Manchester Fellowship of Churches.
To learn more about his campaign, like him on Facebook at “Reahard for Indiana House.”
The Rochester Royals held their annual swim-a-rama, which is one of the biggest fundraisers the organization has, on January 7. Shoda Beehler with the Royals says the event was a roaring success.
Beehler explains what the money from the fundraiser is going towards, saying they are looking ot give back to the high school and middle school programs.
The swimmers gather pledges to raise money per lap they swim in an hour. This year the high was 199 laps.
A final push is being made by the Fulton County United Way to hit their goal of raising $100,000. Executive Director Jenny Moriarty says they are still hopeful to get another big business or two to jump on board.
Moriarty is already looking forward to February as well for the Valentine’s Day Fundraiser, which will give the community the opportunity to hear from multiple local artists.