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Mayor Ted Denton, right, presents Jack Townsend with the Mayor’s 2018 Citizenship Award Wednesday during the State of the City address at Woodlawn Hospital. Townsend received the award for his more than 40 years of service for the Rochester community.
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Tom Fetter walks Madison, a 15-year-old puggle – pug and beagle mix – along West Eighth street Tuesday afternoon.
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Colton Black, 9, snowboards down the Rochester Sledding Hill Monday after school. The weekend’s snow brought the first real opportunity this winter for fun at the hill. Next chance for snow is Thursday, at 50 percent.

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Rochester Community School Corp. buses are being equipped with stop arm cameras. The small cameras are at waist height and will record traffic coming from both directions. The camera is located at the bottom right.
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Mark Smiley, who served two terms as Rochester mayor, Jan. 1, 2008-Dec. 31, 2015, files his Republican candidacy for mayor in the May 7 primary election. Deputy Clerk Vicki Fulton, right, and County Clerk Teri Furnivall, center, look on Wednesday. Rochester voters will elect a mayor, clerk-treasurer and all seven city council members in the November general election. Smiley was the first to file.
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Shane Ingle, left, listens as his wife Brittany Ingle talks during a press conference at the Indiana Statehouse for Senate Bill 2, filed Tuesday by State Sen. Randy Head, R-Logansport, right. The bill addresses bus safety in light of the Oct. 30 death of three of the Ingles’ children on Indiana 25 as they were boarding their bus.
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The Fulton County Public Library hosted Animals of the North Pole, a program by Silly Safaris Shows Inc., which included a rabbit, a bullfrog, a snake and, as its main guest, a reindeer, Friday evening. Addison Foster, left, and her twin sister Beatrix Foster, 5, pet a reindeer named Clarise.

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Marcus Newcomer, a 16-year-old with Klinefelter’s syndrome, holds his new 10-month-old kitten, Kline, who has been diagnosed with the same chromosomal anomaly.

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Willow Rose Gross made her way into the world at 4:38 a.m. Thursday at Woodlawn Hospital and is the first baby of the year at Woodlawn. The daughter of Serena Back, right, and Billy Gross, she weighed in at 6 pounds, 10 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. The family wins a package of prizes from the sponsors of The Sentinel’s first baby contest.

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From left, Joe Murphy, Kyle McLochlin and Tom Schwenk take their oaths of office at the Rochester School Board meeting Thursday morning.

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The Nativity scene on the Fulton County Courthouse lawn is now the subject of a lawsuit filed in federal court by Argos resident Roger LaMunion.

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A new year brought the swearing-in of newly elected officials and office-holders Monday in Fulton County. Fulton Superior Court Judge Greg Heller, left, is sworn in by Fulton Circuit Court Judge Chris Lee.

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