Shopping Guide News of Fulton County - January 18, 2023

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Fulton County Coon Hunters Club hosted its first turkey shoot of 2023 at 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 8. The monthly events are organized by club President Will Helt and Treasurer Phil Nicklaus and regularly draw dozens of participants of all ages — members and non-members alike — who enjoy a morning of sport and fellowship, as well as a chance to win a $10 meat prize.

Turkey Shoots

For Nicklaus, who organizes and oversees the event along with Helt, the turkey shoots are all about having a good time. Nicklaus joined the club, which was established in 1947, more than 20 years ago, when membership was at an all-time low of six members.

The club furnishes the ammunition for $2 per shot, and participants can shoot as often as they wish, aiming at a paper target 30 yards away. Allowed gauges are .410, .20, .16 and .12, with a 32-inch barrel length limit. There is also a .22 rifle and pistol shoot.

Using shotguns introduces an element of chance to the shotgun portion of the event, as one cannot entirely control the spread of each shell’s BBs. “It’s just luck of the draw,” Nicklaus commented, which is fine with him. “Competition was never my bag. It’s a social event.”

“We do a bunch of shooting and a bunch of talking,” said Helt.

Nicklaus recalled bringing along his then 6-year-old son, Briar, to his first turkey shoot. “He loved it, and I had a ball socializing with everybody.” These days, the events are also a way to honor Briar, who lost his life in a motorcycle accident seven years ago, shortly after returning from a tour of duty in Afghanistan. “He just loved the whole club.”

Coon Hunting

Briar also loved coon hunting, which, like bird hunting, includes the compan-

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Rochester volunteer takes the time and energy to help others

“I’ve always loved hard work,” stated Scott Zeyen, Rochester. “My father instilled a good work ethic in me. And my jobs have not always come with a paycheck. I get a great deal of satisfaction out of volunteering. It gives me a sense of accomplishment knowing I’m helping others. I’ve been blessed in my life with a good job and income. I believe that’s why I enjoy reaching out to those who are less fortunate; I have the time and energy to help.”

Zeyen retired in 2020 from Rochester Telephone Company. “I started there right after high school. RTC is a pillar in the community. Those of us who have ever had the good fortune to work there are well taken care of.” For retirement, the company bought Zeyen a log splitter. With a smile, he remarked, “Sure I’m retired, but I’m still working. I go in part-time and work for my good friend Monte Hoffman at Machine Castings. In the spring I begin working for the Elks Golf Club, maintaining their course for the golfers. But I do put my foot down. I will not work on Fridays. This gives me a permanent three-day weekend.”

Zeyen has been on and off the Fulton County Habitat for

Humanity board for the past 12 years. “I am now vice president. I’m on the executive board along with the president, secretary and treasurer. I enjoy serving under director Karmin Reeves.”

He is also the Habitat building chair. “It’s my job to coordinate contractors for work we can’t do ourselves. This is the seventh house we’ve built partnering with Rochester Homes. They build the shell and truck it in a couple halves to the site and set it on the foundation. I coordinate the construction schedule, get the permits. Habitat volunteers come in and hang the dry wall, paint the trim and do the inside work like cabinets and bathroom work.” As building chair, Zeyen supervises the work.

Watching Chris and Emily White and their four children move into the most recent Habitat house was a milestone for Zeyen. “Our families work hard volunteering for Habitat before they ever get a house of their own. We’ve built a total of 17 homes in Fulton County. I truly believe we’ve made a difference in the lives of families.”

“There’s something about volunteering that gives a person a sense of accomplishment. We see what we can do as a team with others. Right out of high school, I became a member of the Rochester Jaycees. Now

I’m involved with the Optimist Club.” In 2021, Zeyen was honored as the Optimist of the Year. “It was a great honor. It made me feel like I was making an important contribution to the organization.”

Zeyen and his wife Mona have been married 33 years. They have a son Matt, 27, who lives in Chicago with his wife Laura, and they have a daughter Audrey, 29, who lives in Alabama with her husband Alex Carpenter. They also have a 7-year-old yellow lab, Darcy, that lives in their home.

When Zeyen comes home from work, Darcy is waiting to play frisbee. A lover of the great outdoors, Zeyen enjoys cutting firewood and playing golf and tennis. “Mona has talked me into playing pickle ball recently.” They also hope to visit all the national parks.

Republican caucus to choose new city council member

The Fulton County Republican Party is holding a caucus to chose a replacement for Chayse Thompson on the Rochester City Council.

The caucus will begin at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, in the Fulton County Jail building, 815 Madison St., Rochester.

Thompson was elected to the Fulton County Council last November, leaving his seat on the city council vacant. According to Mike Canada, party chairman, two people have filed to be on the caucus ballot: Marvin Davis and Bob Cannedy.

Thompson’s successor will be sworn in at the next city council meeting, 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in the Rochester City Building Complex, 320 Main St.

Miller new superintendent

Angela Miller started as the new superintendent of Caston School Corp. Jan. 1.

Most recently, she was the curriculum director at Caston for more than seven years.

Miller graduated from Manchester College and started her career as a kindergarten through eighth-grade art teacher at Whitko Community Schools.

During 17 years at Tippecanoe

Valley Schools, Miller earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Indiana University Kokomo and an administrative license from Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne. Miller was the corporation curriculum director for eight years and principal at Mentone Elementary for five years.

Miller earned her educational specialist degree from Indiana State University in 2021.

Paul Voigt, Caston’s former superintendent, left the school district Dec. 31 to accept a superintendent’s position at Smith Green Community Schools, Churubusco.

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ionship of dogs bred and trained to seek out raccoons, “tree” them and alert the hunters of their location. In addition to the coon hunting season, which runs from Nov. 8 to Jan. 3, there is a “running season” from February to October, when hunters are not allowed to shoot, but are able to keep their dogs in shape and take part in competitions to see whose dog can tree the animals first.

“I like to hear them bay,” said Nicklaus. “You can be a mile away. It’s neat to hear.” But these days, he leaves the competitions to his younger compatriots. “I’m old school, just out for fun. … I just cut that dog loose and I’m walking to the tree.”

FCCHC member Jake Wyatt, who owns Tippy River Dog and Hunt Supply in Rochester, has a treeing Walker coonhound, Crazy Train. The dog is close to earning entry into the United Kennel Club Hall of Fame and has helped Wyatt win and place in several national and regional events.

For more than 75 years, FCCHC has provided an entrée into this sport. “It’s a great group of guys,” said Wyatt, “and we all help each other out.”

Helt, who has been FCCHC president for more than 10 years, has also had some successes with his 14-year-old treeing Walker, Mack. But before that, he said, “I was once that kid who just wanted to go hunting.”

The basics of coon hunting, according to Helt, include a dog, a light and a GPS tracking system.

“It’s not profitable,” he added, “but if you’ve got something you enjoy, you can’t put a price tag on it.”

In the meantime, there’s always the turkey shoot.

Turkey shoots are open to the public and held the second Sunday of every month. Sign-up starts at 8:30 a.m.

FCCHC meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of every month.

FCCHC is 1.75 miles southeast of Leiters Ford on CR 700W.

For more information, visit the organization’s Facebook page.

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Phillip B. Prathaftakis, 63, Rochester, was surrounded by his loving family when he passed away Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, at his home.

On Nov. 11, 1959, Phillip Benjamin was born in South Bend to George Nicholas and Barbara Tackett Prathaftakis. Proudly, he graduated from Rochester High School with the class of 1978.

For 25 years, Phil worked at Dean’s Foods of Rochester. While working at Dean’s, he started a collection of cows and over the years, had a fine herd. Later he worked at the Riddle Elementary School as the building tech for three years until October of 2022, when he went on sick leave.

Phil and Natalie Mitchell were married May 5, 2005, in the Jordon Baptist Church of Argos. The couple met online and have shared 20 years of life’s adventures. Phil loved the Beatles while Natalie loved Elvis. They combined their love of traveling with their love of those music icons. Natalie showed Phil around England, including the Beatles Museum in Liverpool.

Phil took Natalie to Graceland to introduce her to the history of Elvis. They also loved the beautiful sights and memories made in Portugal and Greece. Closer to home, Hilton Head, S.C., was a favorite location to visit. While traveling the world, Phil collected many sharks teeth from the beaches they visit.

Listening to music on vinyl and eight-tracks was a great way to relax, but going to see Neil Diamond, Pink and Maroon 5 in concert could not be beat. Phil also loved the movies, especially comedy and action. Playing the scratch-offs was always a great way to stay entertained. While listening to music, Phil loved to express himself by drawing a variety of subjects.

Left to cherish Phil’s memory are his wife, Natalie; son, Nikolas Alexander Prathaftakis; two daughters, Courtney Marie Williams and husband Adam of Jonesboro and Nicole Leigh Prathaftakis and companion William Wieringa of Rochester; three grandchildren, Ethan, Amara and Aria Wieringa; siblings, Mary Catherine Ulrich and husband John of Michigan, Mike Prathaftakis of South Carolina, John Prathaftakis and wife Janet of Arkansas and Tina Turnipseed and husband Donny of Georgia; and several nieces and nephews.

Preceding Phil in death are his parents and grandparents.

A celebration of the life of Phillip Prathaftakis will be at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.

Submissions sought for Hoosier Women Artists Exhibition

Submissions are now being accepted for the 2023 Hoosier Women Artists Exhibition.

Established in 2008, the exhibition celebrates the importance of art and creativity in Hoosier communities and highlights the work of talented female artists throughout Indiana. Selected designees will have their artwork displayed in the offices of female elected officials at the Indiana Statehouse and at the governor’s residence.

Participating officials include Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, Secretary of Education Katie Jenner, Auditor Tera Klutz and Chief Justice Loretta Rush. In addition, first lady Janet Holcomb also selects pieces each year to be displayed at the governor’s residence.

The program is a partnership of the office of lieutenant governor, state treasurer and the Indiana

Arts Commission.

“Every year I look forward to showcasing the work of talented Hoosier women in my office and across the Statehouse,” Crouch said in a news release. “I am excited to see what unique pieces are submitted this year and to celebrate the artists behind them.”

The window for submissions continues to Friday, Feb. 3. Submissions can be made through the Indiana Art Commission’s online application system; visit ask-suzanne/hoosier-women-artists to find a link.

A reception will be held Wednesday, March 29, at the Statehouse to honor and showcase the selected artists.

For more information on the program and eligibility requirements, visit

Irma Joan Funk Duda, 90, Argos, died Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, in Life Care Center, Rochester.

She was born June 9, 1932, in rural Fulton County, near Akron. In 1955, in Chicago, she married John Edward Duda, who preceded her in death in 1990.

She is survived by her children, Tim Duda, Schaumburg, Ill., Greg Duda, Argos, Tom (wife Michael) Duda, Bensenville, Ill., and Laura (husband Ralph) Badtke, St. Charles, Ill.; a granddaughter; special friend, Traci (Brian) McIntire, Argos; brother, Dean Funk, Chatham, Ill.; and sister, Norma Jean Delaney, Homewood, Ill.

She was also preceded in death by her parents, Frank Oliver and Faye Retta Kindig Funk, and her brother, John Funk.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 14, at Earl-Grossman Funeral Home, Argos, and burial followed at Mount Hope Cemetery, Athens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Irma Joan Duda Memorial Fund, 208 N. Michigan St., Argos IN 46501.

David S. Kruger

David S. Kruger, 90, Akron, died Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023, at Stillwater Hospice, Fort Wayne.

He was born Sept. 28, 1932, in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He married Marilyn Fenimore Kruger, who survives.

He also is survived by his sons, Ron Kruger, Akron, and Steve Kruger, Akron; daughter, Jane Conley, Fort Wayne; 18 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Following his wishes, no services will be held at this time.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Akron United Methodist Church.

Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

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Julia A. Wagers

Julia A. Wagers, 70, Winamac, died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, in Knox.

She was born Sept. 8, 1952, in Knox. She married James Wagers, who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her daughters, Kylie (Ed) Grubbs, Star City, Amelia (Erick) Thompson, Plymouth, and Loralie Frinkel, Francesville; 11 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

She also was preceded in death by her son, Garreth Green; parents, Albert and Wilsona Kado Luke; brother, Terry Luke; and sister, Bethann Brettin.

Services were held Monday, Jan. 16, at Braman & Bailey Funeral Home. Interment followed at Highland Cemetery, North Judson.

Bonnie C. Carroll

Bonnie C. Carroll, 80, Peru, formerly of Indianapolis, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, at Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru.

She was born Sept. 13, 1942, in Fulton County. On Aug. 4, 1967, in Indianapolis, she married Walter A. Carroll, who preceded her in death in 2002.

She is survived by her children, Alex Carroll, Connersville, Coleen (Steve) Leonard, Indianapolis, and Jackie (Alan) Dowd, Fishers; siblings, Larry (Caren) Koenig, North Manchester, Jack (Linda) Koenig, Denver, Carol Koenig, Peru, Dan (Fran) Koenig, Palatka, Fla., Kathy Hunt, Rochester, and Bruce (Jackie) Koenig, Peru.

She also was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Jennie Mills Koenig; sister and brother-in-law, Dorothy and Ron Martin; brother-in-law, Matt Hunt; a nephew; and companion, Steve Lewis.

A luncheon and time of sharing is being planned for a future date.

Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

Mentone receives opioid payment

states to benefit from the $26 billion settlement.

Joyce A. Wenino

Joyce A. Wenino, 88, died Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, at Miller’s Merry Manor, Plymouth

She was born March 9, 1934, in Rochester.

On May 29, 1955, she married Jim Wenino, who survives.

She also is survived by her daughter, Pam Wenino, Walkerton; son, Steve (Shawnda) Wenino, Plymouth; and sisters, Sherry (Walter) Bowen, Brownsburg, and Jackie Allen, Ocala, Fla.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Mary Wyley Bowen, and her brother, Jim Bowen.

A graveside service was held Monday, Jan. 16, at the New Oak Hill Cemetery Chapel, Plymouth. Burial took place in New Oak Hill Cemetery, Plymouth.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to an organization of the donor’s choice.

Johnson-Danielson Funeral Home, Plymouth, handled arrangements.

Deborah Kay Ward Huffman

Deborah Kay Ward Huffman, 68, Fairlawn, Ohio, formerly of Rochester, died Jan. 1, 2023.

She was born Nov. 24, 1954, in Rochester.

She is survived by her son, Parker Huffman; her mother, Mary Janet Parker Ward; a grandson; brothers, Mike (Terry) Ward and Jeff (Carol) Ward; uncle and aunt, Gary and Marsha Parker; and three nieces.

She was preceded in death by her father, Walter L. Ward, and grandparents, Ruthanna and Roger Parker and Golda and Arthur Ward.

A private family service will take place at a later date. Her interment will take place in Akron Cemetery, Akron.

Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

Jaryl D. Kuns

Jaryl D. Kuns, 60, Camden , died Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023, at Franciscan Health, Lafayette.

Mentone received $3,023.36 as its first payment as part of an opioid settlement.

Clerk-Treasurer Amanda Yaprak announced that news at the town council meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 4. The settlement was part of an agreement reached with Johnson & Johnson, Cardinal Health, McKesson and AmerisourceBergen for their contribution to the national opioid epidemic.

Indiana was one of multiple

A portion of the money Mentone has received must be spent on combatting opioid abuse, which includes Narcan distribution and training, medicationassisted treatment for addiction and treatment for infants suffering from drug withdrawal due to their mothers using drugs while pregnant, among other things.

The rest of the money is discretionary. Mentone didn’t make a decision at Wednesday’s meeting on how to spend any of the funds.

He was born Feb. 7, 1962, in Logansport.

He is survived by his daughter, Kenda (Ryan) Kimes, Akron; four grandchildren; and Pete (Wendy) Kuns, Delphi.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Bob and Mary Kay Flores Kuns.

Following his wishes, no services will be held at this time.

Hartzler Funeral Home, Akron, is handling arrangements.

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Wendell L. Grass, 96, Rochester, passed away at 6:55 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, 2023, at Wynnfield Crossing, Rochester.

He was born June 29, 1926, in Elkhart, the son of Joseph and Blanche (Coplen) Grass. On Nov. 21, 1947, in Elkhart, he married Arlene McClintic. Wendell and Arlene were married for almost 75 years until her death on Aug. 16, 2022. Wendell served with the United States Navy at the end of World War II and also served with the United States Army during the Korean War.

Wendell had been owner-operator of Talma Paneling and also, along with his wife Arlene, worked doing home improvements for over 15 years. He had also served as Newcastle Township trustee for several years. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and enjoyed making crafts with his wife and spending time with his family.

Survivors include his children, Rick (Cheryl) Grass, Palestine, Dodi (Larry) Ruff, Warsaw, Tina (Ron) Sayger, Rochester, and Becky (Larry) Carlson, Warsaw; 10 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; sisters-in-laws, Mary McClintic, Elkhart, and Janice Grass, Tennessee; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his granddaughter, Ashley Carlson; and brothers, Donald E. Grass, Estel D. Grass, Emil E. Grass, Kenneth D. Grass and Kermit G. Grass.

Private mass of Christian burial will be conducted at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Rochester. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Rochester.

Memorial contributions may be made to “Heart of the Nation” through the funeral home.

Arrangements by Zimmerman Bros. Funeral Home, Rochester. Online condolences may be expressed at

Delores Agee


J. Agee, 76, Buffalo, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at Pulaski Health Care Center, Winamac.

She was born Dec. 22, 1946, in Art Ford, W.Va. On May 31, 1963, in Winamac, she married Richard J. Agee, who preceded her in death in 2018.

She is survived by her children, Tammy (Buck) Mathias, Buffalo, and Richard J. (Darlene) Agee Jr., Buffalo; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; siblings, Ann (Dennis) Pitcher, Winamac, Larry (Faye) Cottrell, Burnettsville, Jessica “Tinker” (Jim) Cottrell, Headlee, Margaret “Peanut” Cripps, Pulaski, Melva Murphy, Buffalo, Barry (Deb) Cottrell, Marion, and Jesse (Brenda) Cottrell, Marion; and many nieces and nephews.

She also was preceded in death by her parents, Jesse and Betty Taylor Cottrell, and sister, Brenda Cottrell.

A memorial service will be held at the Buffalo Fire Station.

Memorial contributions may be made to the funeral home, Frain Mortuary, Winamac, to assist with final expenses.

Online tributes may be offered at

William Kolish

William Kolish, 65, Winamac, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital, Indianapolis.

Arrangements are pending at Frain Mortuary, Winamac.

Chester S. Lynn

Chester S. Lynn, 99, Phelps, Wis., formerly of Winamac, died Sunday, Jan. 15, 2023, at Tomahawk Health Services, Tomahawk, Wis.

Cremation arrangements are pending at Frain Mortuary, Winamac.


Landen Lee Hughes

Jennifer Dople and Larry Hughes, Mount Vernon, Ill., are the parents of a son, Landen Lee, born at 8:08 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and was 19.75 inches long.

He joins siblings Mark Neubeck III, 15, Larry Hughes Jr., 17, and adult sibling Jessica Hughes. Maternal grandparents are Lydia Dople, deceased, and Jerry Spanley, deceased. Paternal grandparents are Donna and Larry Snyder, Mount Vernon, Ill. Maternal greatgrandparents are Stanislawa and Alexei Schupljak, deceased. Paternal great-grandparents are Lester and Frances Snyder, deceased, James Hughes, and Elleyese Hunt, deceased.

Camilo Ruiz

Diana Arroyo and Rafael Ruiz Ramirez are the parents of a son, Camilo Ruiz, born at 8:19 p.m.

Study looks at economic impact of Indiana Grown

The Indiana Grown initiative to promote Hoosier-created products within the state is yielding results, according to a recent economic impact study.

Purdue University Department of Agricultural Economics determined that every dollar spent through Indiana Grown, a program of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, resulted in 97 cents additional economic activity within the state.

Data showed the total economic footprint of Indiana Grown was $13.91 million as of 2020.

“The economic impact study conducted by Purdue shows how valuable Indiana Grown is to the state,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as Indiana’s secretary of agriculture and rural development, in a news release.

Indiana Grown started seven years ago and educates consumers on the importance of buying Indiana-grown products, helps Indiana farmers and producers sell more products and supports Indiana businesses in their efforts to process and offer more Indiana Grown products. Pro-

gram participants include farmers, producers, processors, artisans, retailers, grocers, hospitals and restaurants.

The Purdue team distributed a statewide questionnaire to determine consumer awareness, quantify consumer willingness to pay for locally made or grown products, and survey Indiana Grown members to determine the drivers and benefits of program membership.

Survey results showed more than 33% of Hoosiers have awareness and perceptions of the Indiana Grown program and label. For Indiana Grown members, the survey found the value of the program to their business is equivalent to about $13,600.

The survey found Indiana Grown members are satisfied with their membership and would recommend the program to others. Member respondents also enjoyed promotional and marketing events and would like more such events in 2023.

Most Indiana Grown members joined the program in 2018, particularly in the proteins, livestock, horticulture, grains and oil operations, according to

the data.

Data was collected from September 2019 to September 2022 and was funded through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Federal State Marketing Improvement Program. The full study can be seen at files/Indiana-Grown-EconmicImpact-Study-2022.pdf.

Learn more about Indiana Grown at, where you can search the membership directory by county.

Ten Fulton County businesses are listed as Indiana Grown members: Countryside Orchard, Flower Hill Farm, Grass Creek Cattle Co., Potter’s The Family Tree - Christmas Tree Farm, Prairie Mills Products, Round Barn Creamery, Traditions Tree Farm, Valhalla Farms, Webb’s Family Pharmacy and White Oaks Bison Farm.

Members named to Indiana Grown commission

Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as Indiana’s secretary of agriculture and rural development, recently announced appointments for the Indiana Grown commission.

Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. He weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

He joins sibling Noah, 2. Maternal grandparents are Marta Arroyo and Jaime Arroyo, Tampa. Paternal grandparents are Manuel Ruiz Rosas and Margarita Ramirez Hernandez, Mexico.

Valice James Grossman

Kyle and McKenna Grossman, Akron, are the parents of a son, Valice James, born at 10:47 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. He weighed 6 pounds, 3 ounces, and was 18 inches long.

He joins siblings, Kolyn, 17, Emmalie, 16, and Merle, 1. Maternal grandparents are Dennis and Jodi Egner, North Manchester. Paternal grandparents are Ron Grossman, Rochester, and Patti Grossman, Argos.

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Marriage Licenses

The following couple has filed for a marriage license in the office of the Fulton County Clerk of the Court: Mashiana-Thurman

Atinderpaul Singh Mashiana, 30, Rochester, and Jessica Nicole Thurman, 26, Rochester.

Marriage Dissolutions

The following couples have filed for marriage dissolutions in Fulton County courts: Berndt — Dawn Berndt, Rochester, and Dewayne Berndt, Rochester.

Richards — Kristy Richards,

Rochester, and Thomas Richards Jr., Rochester.

Court News

Circuit Court

The following petitions have been filed in Fulton Circuit Court, Judge Arthur Christopher Lee presiding:

Mortgage Foreclosures

First Federal Savings Bank v. Amanda DeSonia, Rochester, and Daniel L. DeSonia II, Rochester, $32,882.71; Joshua N. Wagoner, Rochester, $96,806.98; Steven E. Hogue, Akron, $38,049.67.

Superior Court

The following petitions have been filed in Fulton Superior Court, Judge Gregory L. Heller presiding: Complaints

LVNV Funding LLC v. Lisa Denny, Rochester, $1,669.74; Alexander Browne, Rochester, $23,409.60.

Bureaus Investment Group v. Karen L. Ulerick, Rochester, $3,607.47.

Rochester, are the parents of a daughter, Lilith Pearl Rose, born Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. She weighed 6 pounds, 7 ounces.

She joins siblings, Gunner, 2, Melanie, 5, and Harrison, 5.

Georgia Ann Bowen

Kaylan Overmyer and William Bowen are the parents of a daughter, Georgia Ann, born at 12:10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9, 2023, at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. She weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 20 inches long.

Maternal grandparents are Jacob and Alyssa Overmyer, Argos, and Chanon Peacock and David Peacock, Argos. Paternal grandparents are Robert and Jennifer Bowen. Maternal great-grandparents are Melanie and Randy Overmyer, Tippecanoe, and Donna and Charles Wagers, Walkerton. Paternal great-grandparents are Robert and Mary Bowen, deceased, and Johnny and Pat Belcher, Argos.

The 12 members of the commission provide guidance and direction to the staff of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, who are responsible for connecting businesses that use or sell agricultural products with Indiana-based producers of meat, fruits, vegetables, wine and forest products.

“The goal of this commission is to ensure we are representing the voices of the over 1,800 members of the Indiana Grown community,” Crouch said in a statement.

The director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture will chair the commission and will be joined by a representative from Purdue University.

Sterling Jewelers Inc. dba Kay Jewelers v. Scott Wilburn, Rochester, $1,273.96.

Citibank NA v. Donald R. Nicodemus, Akron, $3,728.03.


Speeding — Thomas V. Walatka, South Bend, $150.50; Micah R. Carson, Montgomery, Ill., $150.50; Ronald T. Hersberger, Pendleton, $150.50; Dalinda A. Doss Alabi, Indianapolis, $160.50; Jayme J. Hubbard, South Bend, $171; Chloe R. Darnell, Culver, $160.50; Jacqueline D. Appleman, South Bend, $150.50; Zhongduo Zhang, South Bend, $160.50; William C. Ackermann, Fishers, $160.50; Lakeisha R. Harrison, South Bend, $171; Zachary R. Parisi, Wakarusa, $150.50; Maria D. Canizales, Dallas, $171.

No Valid Driver’s License — Isa D. Kendall, Rochester, $160.50.

Operating With Expired Plates Bryan P. Gartner, Culver, $160.

The other 10 commission members are: Natasha Cox, Farm Credit Mid-America; Mike Hoopengardner, Indiana Farm Bureau; Mayasari Effendi, Mayasari Tempeh; Jeff Bricker, Ivy Tech Community College; Nicky Nolot, Tolon Restaurant; Rachel Boyer, Rachel’s Taste of Indiana; Marcus Agresta, Piazza Produce; Leigh Rowan, Fort Wayne Farmer’s Market; Gina Johnson, Madison Farmer’s Market; and Jennifer Rubenstein, Edible Indy.

The first Indiana Grown commission meeting will be from 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, on the first floor of 1 North Capital, Indianapolis. The meeting is open to the public.

“Indiana Grown is excited to have these commission members representing Indiana agriculture and values,” said Caroline Patrick, director of Indiana Grown. “These members are volunteering their time and skills to the commission and we are thankful to have their expertise help develop the Indiana Grown program further.”

Learn more about Indiana Grown at

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4C Health awarded mental health awareness training grant

4C Health, formerly Four County, was recently selected as one of nearly 250 organizations across the country to advance mental health awareness training through a federal SAMHSA grant.

The grant will allow 4C Health to train local community members in Mental Health First Aid and Question-Persuade-Refer over the next four years across 13 north central Indiana counties. Training will be youth and adult focused, along with specialty training available for law enforcement.

Carrie Cadwell, CEO of 4C Health, said, “As workforce shortages continue, engaging what some call community-based response and care is absolutely critical. Mental Health First Aid and QuestionPersuade-Refer are evidence-based trainings that prepare anyone in the community to recognize the signs of mental illness, substance use, suicide risk and how to respond.

“I say to our staff all the time that moments matter in care. What better way to advance this idea than to assure that our neighbors, hairdressers, baristas, nail technicians, faith-based personnel, library staff,

you-name-it are well prepared for the moment their family member, child, friend, coworker or patron needs their support.

“This grant allows us to disseminate across 13 rural counties a base for community care that is compassionate, collaborative and competent, our 4C values.”

Lisa Willis-Gidley, vice president of operations, said, “This funding provided by SAMSHA gives 4C Health the opportunity to further expand on community training efforts related to suicide prevention and mental health/substance use issues, increased connection and planning with stakeholders and partners and increased access for community members. 4C Health is highly invested in the communities we serve and we are proud to bring additional opportunities and expansion to education and access for schools, veterans, law enforcement and various other community members.”

Information on Mental Health First Aid can be found at

Information on Question-Persuade-Refer can be found at

Recharging your patience, taking care of you


Note: Fulton County Purdue Extension Educator Jessica Riffle shared ideas in her January/February newsletter for people to recharge their minds and bodies as they enter the new year. She notes the article was adapted in part from Barb Beaulieu and Allison Hillis, Purdue Extension.

When caring for others, whether it is children, aging parents or other family members, we also have to take care of ourselves. Just like airlines say to put on our oxygen mask before putting the mask on a

child, we need to care for ourselves to provide better care for others. If we feel overwhelmed it is OK to take time to recharge. When we feel recharged, we are able to have more patience and tolerance with others. Find ways to recharge that work for you.

1. Establish new routines. Routines offer a way to promote health and wellness. Having routines provides a feeling of having control through structure and organization.

2. Stay connected with family and friends. The feeling of loneliness can be associated with depression and cardiovascular disease. Make social connections with other adults a priority through video chats, phone calls, emails or text messages.

3. Exercise. Find ways to exercise at home. Try to duplicate what you do at a gym with things at home, such as using canned goods for weights. You can do yoga, Pilates, Zumba or just dance to some

fun music. Find routines on the internet that you enjoy doing.

4. Go outside. Studies show being outside in nature reduces stress, depression and anxiety. Take a walk, run, hike or bike ride in nature either by yourself or with your family. Do fun activities with your children such as blowing bubbles, sidewalk chalk drawing or kicking a soccer ball.

5. Adjust your expectations. Set reasonable expectations for yourself and your family. Or even lower your expectations during this time. Eliminate or reduce some tasks/activities at this time to create expectations that work with you instead of against you.

6. Mindfulness. Be aware of your thoughts, feelings and bodily sensations. Several websites and apps provide steps in learning how to focus on your body at a moment in time.

7. Alone time. Find time to be alone to decompress from family demands, separation from family members and have some quiet time for prayer, meditation, writing in a journal or just to process thoughts.

8. Give yourself a break. Indulge in something you enjoy that is positive and helps you relieve stress and relax. Soak in a bathtub, read books you have been wanting to read, binge watch your favorite television show, watch your favorite movies again, do puzzles, bake, color, etc.

9. “Pet your stress away.” Ten minutes of playing, interacting or petting your dog or cat reduces the stress hormone cortisol and can reduce stress, anxiety and loneliness.

10. Laughter … is still a good medicine for your health to reduce physical tension. A good laugh can relieve some physical symptoms of stress, reduce pain and increase personal satisfaction.

Carry mindfulness into mealtimes. A family meal is when people you live with come together to eat and talk. It can include everyone or just you and your child. Family can also include friends and neighbors you are close with. Family meals don’t have to be fancy, and can be eaten at home or away. Meals are best when you talk and listen to each other with no distracting electronic devices. Family meals are a simple way to build healthy relationships and promote health. Coming together as a family to share meals is associated with many benefits. Here are four: Connection. Children and adults thrive on human connection. Eating meals together provides a great opportunity to connect with family and friends. Children — even teenagers! — thrive on having a mealtime routine they can count on. To make the most of the opportunity, turn off televisions, cell phones and other distractions. Gather at a table or somewhere you can focus on one another.

Emotional well-being. Families who eat together have children who are less likely to be depressed and less likely to engage in risk-taking behaviors, such as smoking, drugs and drinking alcohol. Family meals are also associated with a reduced risk of eating disorders.

Academic success. At meals,

children practice important social skills, such as taking turns and engaging others in conversation. Children increase vocabulary and learn how to express ideas at family meals. These benefits help explain why children who eat family meals more frequently are found to do better in school.

Healthier eating habits and weight. Meals planned and prepared are generally more nutritious than meals eaten alone or on the run. Family meals also provide an opportunity for parents and adults to model good eating habits and attitudes about food. Family meals are associated with healthier weights in children and adults.

Families can succeed at having meals together by trying some of the following tips:

1. Make family meals a priority. Prioritize family meals over other activities as often as possible. Schedule them on the family calendar, even if only once a week.

2. Plan for family meals. Look at your schedule and determine the days and times eating together is possible. Decide what you will prepare; make sure you have what you need on hand. Shopping for the week saves time and money — and reduces stress. Use time-saving strategies, such as doubling a recipe and freezing half for a future meal.

3. Share preparation tasks. Involve everyone in age-appropriate tasks.

4. Make meals enjoyable. Create an atmosphere where everyone feels relaxed and valued. Engage everyone in conversation.

Beacon Credit Union returns over $1.3M to member-owners

In appreciation for memberowners’ dedication and the credit union’s strong operating performance in 2022, the Beacon Credit Union board of directors returned over $1.34 million in loan interest to qualifying member-owners.

The money returned to borrowers was in the form of a loan interest rebate. Those receiving the

rebate were member-owners who, during 2022, paid interest on a loan that was not delinquent and remained active as of Dec. 31.

“2022 was a great year for Beacon Credit Union, thanks to the support of our member-owners,” stated Kevin Willour, president/ CEO.

“The loyalty of our member-

owners to save and borrow from us year after year contributes to our ability to return earnings in the form of an loan interest rebate.”

Beacon Credit Union has averaged more than $1 million in yearly loan interest rebates for member-borrowers over the past 15 years.

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Updates and happenings in the area

United Ministries of Fulton County is again accepting applications for rent and utility assistance as of Monday, Jan. 16. Applications may be picked up from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at The Cross Church, corner of Third and Main streets, Rochester. For more information, call (574) 2234802.

The charity had to temporarily suspend taking applications for aid several weeks ago until it could refill its coffers. United Ministries offers food and funds to Fulton County residents in need.

The United Ministries food pantry remains open from 1-3 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Fulton County Community Resource Center, 625 Pontiac St., Rochester. Donations to support the ministries may be mailed to the Community Center address. —o—

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 24, in

the Fulton County Public Library in Rochester, 320 W. Seventh St.

Whole blood will be collected.

This is the most flexible kind of blood donation, frequently given to trauma patients and people undergoing surgery, according to the Red Cross. All blood types will be taken, and donation takes about an hour.

People who donate blood during January have a chance to win a trip for two to Super Bowl LVII in Arizona.


The Fulton County Chamber of Commerce and the Fulton County Farm Bureau are kicking off the 2023 Legislative Breakfast Series at 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, in the Kewanna Union Township Public Library.

State Sen. Stacey Donato and state Rep. Jack Jordan will provide a legislative preview and remarks at 8 a.m. Attendees are invited to stay for a Q&A session following the preview. Other breakfasts are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 18, in Rochester, and Saturday, March 11, in Akron.


The public is invited to participate in the Adult Crafty Corner in the Akron Carnegie Public Library at 4 p.m. or 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26. The featured craft will be a braided winter wreath. Sign-up is required. Call the library at (574) 893-4113. —o—

The Roots & Boots Tour is stopping at Honeywell Center’s Ford Theater, Wabash, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27.

Country hit-makers Aaron Tippin, Sammy Kershaw and Collin Raye will take the stage with music they made famous in the 1990s, such as Tippin’s “You’ve Got to Stand for Something,” “I Wouldn’t Have it Any Other Way” and “That’s as Close as I’ll Get to Loving You”; Kershaw’s “She Don’t Know She’s Beautiful,” “I Can’t Reach Her Anymore” and “Cadillac Style”; and Raye’s “Love Me,” “In This Life” and “My Kind of Girl.”

Call Honeywell or visit for ticket information.

Rochester High School invites businesses to join job fair

Area businesses are being asked to plan ahead to join a job fair this spring at Rochester High School.

The high school is inviting businesses to participate in the fair to be held Wednesday, May 3, and recruit students as employees. Students may be interested in summer jobs and soon-to-be graduates may be interested in full-time work.

Business representatives will

have a chance to meet and talk with students; students will have the chance to sign up for interviews; and then there will be a time for open interviews between business representatives and students.

Job fair setup will start at 8 a.m. The meet-and-greet will run from 9-11 a.m. Open interviews will take place from 12:30-2:30 p.m.

Each business will have a

table, provided by the school, in the main gym on which to display materials to highlight the business.

For more information, contact Lauri Atkinson at (574) 223-2176, ext. 4002, or lauryn.

To reserve a table, contact Kristin Horn no later than April 21 at (574) 223-2176, ext. 4000, or kristin.horn@zebras. net.

Meetings set for emergency planning committee

The Fulton County Local Emergency Planning Committee has set its schedule of regular meetings for 2023.

Regular meetings will begin at 6 p.m. on alternating second Mondays and Wednesdays of the month at alternating locations.

Dates and locations include:

Wednesday, Feb. 8 — Fulton

County Emergency Management Agency

Monday, March 13 — Liberty

Township Fire Department

Wednesday, April 12 — Fulton

County Emergency Management Agency

Monday, May 8 — Rochester

Fire Department

Wednesday, June 14 — Fulton

County Emergency Management Agency

Monday, July 10 — Henry

Township Fire Department

Wednesday, Aug. 9 — Fulton

County Emergency Management Agency

Monday, Sept. 11 — Union

Township Fire Department Wednesday, Oct. 11 — Fulton

County Emergency Management Agency

Monday, Nov. 13 — Aubbeenaubbee Township Fire Department Wednesday, Dec. 13 — Fulton County Emergency Management Agency

Other meetings may be held as deemed necessary by the committee or chairperson.

The public is encouraged to attend.

The public may review the Fulton County Plan for Hazardous Materials Incidents as well as all information filed by what are known as SARA Title III facilities

in Fulton County during regular business hours at the office of the Fulton County Emergency Management Agency, 1728 SR 14E, Rochester. Copies of documents may also be obtained; a fee may apply.

SARA Title III facilities fall under requirements in the federal Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act for various levels of government and industry to do reports and outreach on emergency planning and hazardous and toxic chemicals.

For more information, contact Jeri Good, committee chairperson, at (574) 540-3177.

Walsh photography on exhibit through February

Photography by Rochester native Christine Walsh will be on display at the Fulton County Public Library in Rochester now through the end of February.

A reception is planned at the library from 5:50-6:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23.

Walsh was a casual photographer until someone gave her a 35 mm camera while she was living in New York City and working at an office in midtown Manhattan. Walsh would spend her lunch hours learning how to use the camera to take photos of people and places in the neighborhood.

“The hectic pace of New York City can be an assault on the senses,” Walsh said, “but isolating parts of it to one frame at a time, you are able to see and discover things that might otherwise be missed.”

Self-taught, Walsh continued to hone her skills in the city, finding no shortage of subjects in a melting pot culture.

The library exhibit features a cross-section of images from Walsh’s collection.

The Rochester library is located at 320 W. Seventh St. Call the library at (574) 223-2713 for more information.

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Course for animal welfare professionals offered in January

Indiana animal welfare professionals, such as animal control officers and law enforcement personnel who respond to cases involving animals, are invited to attend the inaugural course of the Animal Investigations Academy.

The course, “Foundational Knowledge,” will take place Jan. 23-27 in Indianapolis.

The five-day class, offered by the Indiana State Board of Animal Health, will cover topics essential to managing animal investigations effectively, including animal law, animal husbandry, investigation basics, bonding statute information, policy and procedures and more.

The class is free to attend and is open to any Indiana professional who has a direct involvement with animal-related investigations. Preregistration is required by visiting

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As a former county animal control officer, Fisher used her firsthand experience and knowledge to develop this class to help animal investigators in any Indiana jurisdiction respond, assess and shepherd cases through the legal system. An important component is accessing resources and expertise to ensure situations are fairly evaluated.

In addition to Fisher, state animal health board veterinarians and subject matter experts, as well as industry partners, will present the content. The class is designed to be interactive and spark discussion of case studies and scenarios animal investigators may encounter.

The Animal Investigations Academy is the newest offering from the Indiana State Board of Animal Health. The academy is intended to fill the void across Indiana for the training needs of animal control officers, animal cruelty investigators and law enforcement officers interested in learning the laws and best practices of animal investigations.

Mirroring national curricula, the academy will consist of three weeklong courses, which will be scheduled throughout the year.

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Breast-feeding and returning to work


Note: Megan Cook is a registered nurse and international boardcertified lactation consultant at Woodlawn Hospital, Rochester. You can schedule an appointment with her by calling (574) 223-2020.

Most breast-feeding moms who return to work need to use a pump to supply milk while away. When it comes down to picking a pump, find one you’re comfortable using. Make sure you use it and check it out before returning to work.

When it comes to flange, the right fit matters, and most pumps come with different sizes. Just because it comes with it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the right size. One of the reasons to see a lactation consul-

tant is that we can fit the size of the flange, which can help with pumping comfort and milk output.

While at work, plan to pump the number of feeds you’re going to be missing. If the baby is going to have three feeds while you’re gone, then try to plan for three pump sessions while you’re gone to help protect your milk supply.

At room temperature, freshly pumped milk is good for up to four hours, and in the refrigerator it’s ideal four hours and OK up to seven days. In a regular freezer, it is good for up to six months and then in a deep freeze for six months to a year.

When it comes to freezing milk, at first we recommend you freeze smaller quantities in a bag just until you get used to how much baby takes at each feed to minimize waste.

Lastly, I always recommend trying to introduce the bottle before you go back to work. Baby may take a bottle from someone other than mom easier.

If you need help or support, I would be happy to assist!

Caston Elementary releases second quarter honor rolls

The following Caston Elementary School students were named to the second quarter honor rolls for the 2022-23 school year:

All “A” Honor Roll

Fifth Grade — Annabelle Ault, Parker Baldwin-See, Isis Cox, Mallorey Garner, Ella Monical, Jillian Rentschler and Olivia Taylor.

Fourth Grade — Ian Albright, Makenna Franklin, Bristol Justice, Joelle McGrew and Lila Zimpleman.

Third Grade — Carson Banks, Elliot Coffing, Titan Demond, Leigha Eber, Leighton Eber, Trevor Emery, Eric Fort, Ketni Gibson, Naomi Hartzell, Maleena Hendry, Ava Holloway, Layla Joseph, Elijah Loftis, Pilot Manley, Shannon Manning, Parker Manus, Brielle McVay, Lucas Moon, Gil Newton, Tanner Overmyer, Kayden Rentschler, Silas Rudicel, Cora Scott, Wyatt Smith, Hunter Taylor, Heidi Thelen and Isaac White.

“A/B” Honor Roll

Fifth Grade — Marley Beckner, Bear Craig, Stephanie Ensley, Sadie Flenar, Aldair Flores, Jacob Greer, Anastasia Groff, Liam Hartzell, Laci Hook, Ace Johnson, Coltyn Konopasek, Averie Manus, Kayley Middleton, Griffin Newton, Abel Piotrowski, Klayton Rogers, Aliza Rudicel, Parker Smith, Paisley Strasser, Lucas Wagner, Eli White and

Madelyn Zimpleman.

Fourth Grade — Ezekiel Clayton, Chloe Clupper, Willow Cripe, Colton Dotson, Kinley Foxworth, Jackson France, Harper Johnson, Laydon Malott, Jett Mappin, Remley Mollenkopf, Raelynn Nethercutt, Cailyn Overmyer, Amyah Pulluaim, Carly Remley, Danie Rouch, Nevaeh Rustman, Donna Shortridge, Titus Yarber and Amelia Zartman.

Third Grade — Kylee Apperson, Nate Armold, Rowan Berry, Zane Grubb, MicKailynn Hardel, Alex Holcomb, Alexandria Hulette, Max Metzger, Kolin Oberkrom, Jackson Piotrowski, Landon Sorak, Gracelynn Walker, Gwyneth Wilburn, Mike Wise and Silas Yarber.

Let’s study the Bible

Are you ready? (Read: Luke 12:1-59)

“You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” (Luke 12:40)

The Lord encouraged his disciples to have the right priorities in their lives. This applies to us, too.

First, We Must Fear God (Luke 12:1-12). The religious leaders were trying to trap Jesus and the crowds were thronging Jesus, but he was neither afraid of the enemy nor impressed by the multitudes. He lived to please God alone. He saw that the Twelve were worried about the Pharisees, so he warned them to fear God alone and not fear men. If we fear God, we need not fear anyone or anything else (Psalm 112). When we start fearing people, then we are in danger of compromising in order to please them and protect ourselves,

and this leads to hypocrisy (“playacting”).

Second, We Must Trust God (Luke 12:13-34). This rich man was more concerned about getting money than hearing the Word of God (Luke 8:14). He wanted Jesus to solve his problems but not save him from his covetousness!

Had Jesus made a just division of the property, this would not have solved the problem, for “the heart of every problem is the problem in the heart.” The statement in verse 15 contradicts the philosophy of the world and is illustrated in the parable (Luke 12:16-21).

Money does not necessarily solve problems; it created new problems for this farmer. It is not a sin to be wealthy, but it is a sin to make wealth your god (Colossians 3:5). Note the emphasis the farmer gave to himself (“I” and “my”). Wealth can be a window through which we see God (1 Timothy 6:17) or a mirror in which we see only ourselves. It can make us generous or selfish, depending on what is in our hearts.

The rich are prone to be covetous, and the poor are prone to worry. Both are sins. When we substitute things for life, we stop living

by faith and trusting God.

Third, We Must Serve God (Luke 12:35-59). Living for material possessions can blind us to the future and make us unprepared for the Lord’s second coming. We can get so wrapped up in this world’s goods that we neglect eternity. We must be servants who are faithfully waiting and watching for the Lord to return. We must be ready!

If we decide that the Lord may not return today, then we start living for ourselves (Luke 12:45); and this will mean judgment when we stand before the Lord (verse 46; 1 John 2:28).

The phrases “cut him in two” (verse 46) and “beaten” (verses 47-48) do not suggest there will be physical discipline at the judgment seat of Christ, for we shall have glorified bodies. They are a vivid reminder that Jesus will deal with unfaithful servants and not give them their rewards. It is a serious thing to have a God-given responsibility and not do it.

Read Ron Purkey’s Bible study outlines at free on the website. Purkey has been an ordained Baptist minister for 50 years.

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“Biblical Citizenship in Modern America” class held at FCPL

Starting at 4:45 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, Fulton County Councilman Randy Gundrum will be hosting an eight-part series of

State ag leader stepping down

Bruce Kettler, director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, recently announced he is stepping down from the post. His last day will be Friday, Jan. 6. Kettler was appointed to the position by Gov. Eric Holcomb in January 2018. He currently serves as the first vice president on the board of directors for the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture.

“Bruce is a lifelong member of the agriculture community and understands the significant role the ag industry plays in Indiana,” Holcomb said in a news release. “Through his dedication and commitment, he has elevated Indiana’s agribusiness development through innovation and a futurefocused economy, and his leadership has set the agriculture ecosystem up for long-term success.”

Under Kettler, the department of agriculture expanded growth opportunities for Indiana agriculture through development of a rural economic development model and data access for rural economic development professionals, advancement of the Indiana Hardwoods Strategy and implementation of Indiana Dairy Strategy 2.0.

The department also continued growth in soil conservation with increased cover crop adoption and money to farms for soil conservation and water quality priorities, and it led the state’s agriculture industry through the COVID-19 pandemic with regular communications and stakeholder meetings.

“As director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Bruce has been a strong voice for Hoosier farmers and the state’s entire agricultural industry,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch, who also serves as Indiana’s secretary of agriculture and rural development. “His leadership and stewardship have been invaluable, and I wish him well as he transitions back into the private sector.”

Though Kettler is stepping down from his position with the state agriculture department, he will continue to be an advocate for the agricultural industry as he becomes the new chief executive officer and president of the Agribusiness Council of Indiana.

Kettler thanked Holcomb and Crouch for letting him serve the state.

“Serving the farmers, businesses and citizens of Indiana has been an honor I could not have imagined even a few years ago,” Kettler said. “My five years at the Indiana State Department of Agriculture will hold a special place in my professional career.

Leading the team of dedicated individuals working at ISDA has been very rewarding, and I know they will continue their dedication for the next director.”

A search is underway for Kettler’s successor.

Outlet Youth Center hosts ‘Duct Tape Prom’

From 6-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, Outlet Youth Center will host a “Duct Tape Prom.”

Attendees are encouraged to find an old outfit and spruce it up with any kind/pattern of duct tape. Winners will be chosen for king and queen based on the best outfits.

The event will include a DJ, refreshments, fellowship, prizes and a photo booth.

This event is free and open to grades 5-12.

Outlet Youth Center is located at 491 Apache Drive, Rochester.

For more information, call (574) 223-5437.

classes on the biblical underpinnings of the United States Constitution. The free classes will be held in the Rochester branch of Fulton County Public Library and will feature materials from the The Patriot Academy, “Biblical Citizenship in Modern America.”

All eight classes will run from 4:45-6:45 p.m. and will be held weekly from Jan. 23 through March 20.

“Biblical Citizenship in Modern America,” was written by Rick Green, Texas state representative, national speaker, author and radio host.

According to Gundrum, “Now more than ever, our nation is

in need of Biblical citizens who grasp the dynamic unity of citizens of the Kingdom of God and citizens of this great nation!”

“This course offers the quickstart guide to the longest-standing Constitution in history, complete with an overview of all the Articles, and Amendments. What sets this apart from other U.S. Constitution courses is the interactive, fast-paced presentations; the fabulous locations of Independence Hall and the Wallbuilders’ Library; and finally our Biblical heritage intricately woven throughout the entire course!

You will learn how the founders relied on their Christian moorings and Biblical world

view to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity. You will also be treated to encouraging historical facts and inspirational true stories that are not taught in our educational institutions today. All in all you will be edified and equipped to operationalize your faith and practice Biblical Citizenship in Modern America!”

Event dates are Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6, Feb. 13, Feb. 28, March 6, March 13 and March 20.

For more information, please contact your host at or (574) 3212422.

FCPL, Rochester branch is at 320 W. 7th St.

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Rochester v. Valley week:

Lady Vikings grind out win over Lady Z’s


Note: Val Tsoutsouris is sports editor for Rochester Telephone Co. and writes the Val T Sports blog at rtc4sports. com.

Girls basketball: Tippecanoe Valley 26, Rochester 15

Rochester girls basketball coach Joel Burrus said after his team’s game with Tippecanoe Valley Saturday in Akron that they knew coming in they could not play a “conventional” type of game and win.

“You’ve got to do some different things against a really good team,” Burrus said.

As it turned out, the unconventional way did not lead to a victory either.

Kaydence Mellott scored a game-high 11 points, and the Lady Viking defense held Rochester without a field goal for over 15 minutes between the first and third quarters to grind out a 2615 win.

Mellott, who ranked eighth in the state with 58 made 3-pointers, did not hit a 3 in this game, but after a scoreless first half, she outscored the entire Rochester team 11-10 in the second half.

Lily Ault hit a pair of 3-pointers and had six.

Rylee Clevenger hit three 3-pointers and scored nine points for Rochester. Emma Howdeshell had three, Kallie Watson had two, and Rily Holloway had one.

Valley improved to 15-3 overall and 6-0 in the Three Rivers Conference. They also improved to 8-0 at home.

“Sometimes it’s OK to win 2615,” Valley coach Chris Kindig said. “It’s OK to win. It sure beats losing 26-15. There are no moral victories here, especially in a conference game.”

Valley can clinch a share of the TRC title with a home win over Peru Tuesday. They need to win two of their remaining three conference games to clinch the outright conference title.

Rochester fell to 9-11, 4-3.

Boys basketball: Tippecanoe Valley 48, Rochester 24

Tippecanoe Valley boys basketball coach Joe Luce called timeout with 4:08 left in the first quarter and his team trailing host Rochester 9-6 at the Rochester High School gym Friday.

The Zebras had hit three 3-pointers up to that point. After the timeout, Rochester never hit another 3-pointer.

For that matter, 2-pointers and free throws were sparse, too, as Valley pulled away to win 48-24.

Tayde Kiser scored a gamehigh 13 points for Valley, Nolan Cumberland had 11 and Kyler Johnson had 10.

Tanner Reinartz led Rochester with eight points, but the harassing Valley defense held Rochester scoreless in the fourth quarter and held Rochester leading scor-

er Paul Leasure scoreless for the game. Leasure came in averaging 11.4 points per game.

Valley won their fifth straight game and improved to 10-3 overall and 3-1 in the Three Rivers Conference. They also snapped Rochester’s three-game winning streak while dropping the Zebras to 6-4, 2-1.

“Defensively, we were really good, especially in the third and fourth quarters,” Luce said. “We had to go to more full-court pressure. We still, I thought, guarded the lane. … Shots we gave up in the second half were contested. Really got better as the game went along.”

Rochester took their last lead at 16-15 on Reinartz’s driving banker on a weave play with 5:24 left in the first half, but the Zebras did not score again for more than nine minutes.

“First half was excellent,” Rochester coach Rob Malchow said. “Second half, I thought we came out, and we didn’t quite have the same determination defensively, and they started to turn the corner and get into the lane and got a little rhythm with their offense. And we had a lot of looks that we just didn’t knock down.

“Like I told them, ‘When you’re playing against a good defensive

team that’s going to have some length and pressure, you’ve got to be able to make some shots with a little bit of a bump, or you’ve got to have your feet where you’re stepping into it when the ball’s on the way, so you can get the shot off before they can close out.’ Those are the things we talk about in practice we’ve got to keep working on.”

Wrestling: Rochester 61, Tippecanoe Valley 15

The Rochester wrestling team won 11 of 14 weight classes, including six by fall, in earning a road win over host Valley Jan. 11.

Layne Horn (106), Ethan Holloway (120), D.J. Basham (138), Declan Gard (145), Brant Beck (160) and Gavin McKee (182) won by fall.

Brady Beck (220) beat Dalton Alber by major decision.

Alex Deming (195) defeated Bazle Owens by decision.

Aaron Swango (126), Colin Weiand (170) and Gabe Kerr (HWT) won by forfeit.

Valley winners included Thad Shambaugh (113) and Colton Crabb (152) by fall and Galvin Shambaugh (132) by decision.

Rochester finished the dual meet portion of their schedule 17-1.

Girls swimming: Rochester

93, Tippecanoe Valley 88

Boys swimming: Rochester 90, Tippecanoe Valley 76

The Rochester swimming teams swept the girls and boys meets at the Rochester Middle School pool against visiting Valley Jan. 10.

Valley won seven of the 12 events in the girls meet, but Valley has no divers, which led to a 13-point swing for Rochester in a meet they won by five points.

Rochester individual event winners included Melody Hisey in the 200 freestyle, Bella Riffle in the 50 freestyle, Molly VanceGruss in the 100 freestyle and Simona Faoro in diving. Rochester trailed by one point going into the meet closing 400 freestyle relay, but the team of Lola Brady, Hisey, Vance-Gruss and Riffle pulled out the win in 4:36.88.

Rochester also prevailed in the boys meet despite Valley athletes winning nine of the 12 events.

Rochester winners included Peyton Brooks in diving; Jake Seuferer in the 100 freestyle; and the 400 freestyle relay team of Tanner Reese, Wes Steininger, R.J. Keranko and Seuferer.

Rochester followed with a split against Eastern (Greentown) on senior night Jan. 12. The girls lost 101-80, but the boys won 93-84.

Winamac teams at Science Olympiad

The annual Manchester University Science Olympiad Invitational will draw hundreds of middle and high school students to the North Manchester campus Saturday, Jan. 21.

About 300 students from 14 high school teams and eight middle school teams are expected, including students from Winamac Middle School and Winamac High School.

More than 30 events and competitions will be offered for the students, including solving forensic cases, code breaking and constructing devices such as roller coasters, Wi-Fi antennas and bridges.

“This high-energy day is one of my favorite parts of my job,” said Kathy Davis, Ph.D., who teaches chemistry at the university. She has been part of the Manchester Science Olympiad Invitational since 2011.

Dozens of Manchester faculty,

students and staff donate their time writing and running events and assisting visiting students during their day on campus.

Manchester University’s invitational is one of five invitationals in the state this year. Invitational tournaments are a steppingstone to regional competitions, where the top teams compete for a spot in the 2023 Science Olympiad

State Tournament and a potential bid for the national tournament.

Science Olympiad is a national organization that has provided premier competition opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics events for more than 30 years.

For more information, visit

Euchre thoughts

Editor’s Note: Rochester resident Russ Davidson plays quite a bit of euchre and wanted to share these musings about the popular pastime.

A card game where four jacks become your master. There is no theory or solution. You must take a chance or pass.

The game is played with thoughts to euchre or set the opposing player or team of two. To win you need 10 points. It seems euchre is played more by senior citizens.

What does this game do for you? These are only my opinions and not facts: It increases your thinking capacity. You reach enjoyment when you win. The game is called euchre. And when you euchre someone

you express yourself to several different personalities.

But a downside: You are not happy when you get set. So how do you become a good player? I don’t think you ever know. But if you keep losing, make some changes, like don’t pass or take a chance and play alone.

Come join us at a table. You might enjoy it. How about I deal you four aces to start?

Arthur Shidler

named to dean’s list

Austin Peay State University is proud to recognize Arthur Shidler from Rochester as one of the students named to the dean’s list for academic achievement during fall 2022. To qualify for the dean’s list, students must earn a semester GPA of 3.5 or greater.

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