WRITER: Kevin Leininger

Nov. 13 event celebrates 100th mile of Fort Wayne area trails

To celebrate the 100th mile of paved trails in the region, the city of Fort Wayne, Allen County and Fort Wayne Trails Inc. will hold a celebration event at the location of the 100th mile, a part of the Rivergreenway near The Plex North (1807 E. California Road) on Monday, Nov. 13, at 11 a.m. "Hitting this significant milestone is a great achievement for the residents of Fort Wayne and Allen County. Our trails ...

KEVIN LEININGER: It's a gamble, but Indiana should look at legalizing video gaming

Just 1,200 people live in Monroeville, and back in 2006 it almost seemed as though there was an illegal gambling machine for each of them. "Cherry Masters" and similar devices were in a gas station, the Pour House tavern and even a supposedly vacant grocery store, and one employee of the ersatz casino no doubt was correct when she assured me there were at least "50 places in Allen County just like ...

New $5.2 million building planned near Fort Wayne GM plant

A tenant hasn't been announced yet, but Allen County Council on Thursday is expected to approve a tax break for developers of a proposed $5.2 million, 100,000-square-foot industrial building near the General Motors plant. PB Development LLC could begin construction this month at 13534 Lafayette Center Road, with completion scheduled in May 2018. According to the application for a tax abatement, the project will ...

Fort Wayne's river-cleaning barge makes its debut

The latest improvement to Fort Wayne's downtown rivers made its maiden voyage Monday. The $100,000 barge, jointly funded by Fort Wayne and Allen County governments, will be used to clear logjams from beneath bridges and other obstacles that previously had to be removed from land. In addition to a large grappling arm, the barge features a water cannon that will be used to water foliage planted along the banks ...

Fort Wayne to adjust river levels this weekend

In preparation for winter, City Utilities will make annual adjustments to river levels beginning this weekend. At noon on Saturday, Oct. 21, crews will temporarily lower the St. Joseph River upstream of the St. Joseph Dam, in order to remove the flashboards the following Monday. Lowering the river allows the dam’s spillway to dry up so crews can safely remove the flashboards. River levels should return to ...

Fort Wayne sewage plant tours available Saturday

City Utilities will offer tours of Fort Wayne's Water Pollution Control Plant Saturday to celebrate the facility's recent recognition for outstanding achievement in laboratory technique and employee safety record by the Indiana Water Environment Association. Free guided tours of the plant at 2601 Dwenger Ave. will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, allowing visitors to learn how the plant operates, ...

Bagged leaf collection begins in Fort Wayne Monday

Leaf collection will begin in Fort Wayne Monday. The program allows residents to place leaves in biodegradable bags at the curb and call 311 to schedule a pick-up. The bags will be collected within two business days after the call. This option gives residents the flexibility of having leaves collected at their convenience. Once residents have called 311, the bags should be placed at the curb. The street ...

Fort Wayne's south side to get $23 million assisted living center

A $23 million, 119-unit affordable assisted living facility has been proposed for Fort Wayne's south side. According to an application for tax incentives to be considered by City Council Tuesday, Fort Wayne AAL, LP/Vermilion Development LLC of Chicago will erect the facility at 7125 S. Hanna St., creating 35 full-time jobs with an average salary of nearly $44,000. If the request for an abatement is approved ...

Withdrawal of one drug treatment center created opportunity for another, but more will be needed

The need to help people overcome drug addiction didn't go away when opposition compelled Park Center to drop plans for a treatment center on Rupp Drive two months ago. Fortunately, another organization is stepping in to fill the void in a facility that has been dedicated to that purpose for years but has never quite reached its potential. "There are 457 low-level offenders (in the Allen County Jail) who ...

Fort Wayne tourism efforts to target national conventions, genealogy and sports in 2018

Tourism is a 5.8 million-visitor, $576 million industry for Fort Wayne and Allen County, and the city's leading marketing agency hopes to increase those numbers next year by stressing three opportunities for growth. "We'll be doing everything we've been doing (in 2018), but with more emphasis on areas of opportunity," said Visit Fort Wayne President and CEO Dan O'Connell, who believes boosting efforts to ...

Survey gives residents new way to talk to Fort Wayne government

Fort Wayne residents are invited to take an online survey about how city government can better inform and engage them in ways to improve their community and neighborhoods. The survey is available at www.fwcommunitydevelopment.org/survey and will only take a few minutes to complete. The survey includes nine questions, plus several demographic questions. Community Development staff members hope to learn what ...

Interstate traffic to slow beginning Monday

Motorists can expect rolling slow-downs and ramp closures on Interstates 69 and 469 beginning on or after Monday, Oct. 23, weather permitting, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation. The slow-downs will allow contractors for American Electric Power to remove and replace cables over the interstate just south of Dupont Road. A series of slow-downs will take place between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. ...

KEVIN LEININGER: Mayor, council should be cheek-to-cheek in Fort Wayne's annual budget dance

You probably don’t like to read budget stories any more than I like to write them. That many numbers are almost as perplexing as they are boring. But with Mayor Tom Henry’s announcement last month of a proposed property tax-funded budget of $159.2 million next year, how city government spends your money is too important to ignore — which is why City Council has reacted by proposing more than $1.76 million ...

Three downtown Fort Wayne alleys will become works of art

Three downtown alleys will be getting artistic makeovers thanks to a project designed to improve Fort Wayne's "walkability." The first sites to be beautified under the "Art This Way Alley Activation Program" include an exterior wall of the Midtowne Crossing condominiums at 112 W. Washington Blvd., the northern alley on the building at 927 S. Harrison St. and the southern wall of the Level Inc. building at 919 ...

Traffic alert for Coldwater Road Monday afternoon

Traffic delays are expected Monday afternoon as crews switch traffic from the inside to the outside lanes on Coldwater Road between Essex Drive and Washington Center Road, allowing crews to begin work on the inside lanes. Motorists should allow additional time for travel or take an alternate route. The project is replacing the road surface, improving storm drainage and adding trees and landscaping. The ...

As the sexual revolution engulfs scouting, the winner may surprise you

I know what some of you are thinking: This week's announcement that girls can now be Boy Scouts is just the latest example of how progressive gender-bending will not rest until the last benighted remnant of Americana cries "uncle." Or "aunt," if it makes you feel less sexist. But you're wrong. There are several reasons to celebrate the decision as a victory for traditional values, and much of the proof has been ...

Republican Steve McMichael to run for New Haven mayor in 2019

The first of possibly many candidates hoping to succeed Terry McDonald as mayor of Allen County's second-largest city has identified himself. Steve McMichael, a Republican member of New Haven City Council since January 2016, is expected to announce Monday his intention to seek the party's nomination in the 2019 mayoral primary. As The News-Sentinel reported earlier this month, McDonald — first elected in ...

Black-college fair Saturday

The Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the Black College Club (BCC) of Ft. Wayne will host a "fall college fair" of historically black colleges and universities Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Turner Chapel AME Church, 836 E. Jefferson Blvd. The fair is to inform high school students and their parents about opportunities provided by historically black institutions, their presence in the Midwest, academic ...

Fort Wayne, Allen County should paws to seek cooperation if possible

With the Fort Wayne Police Department's old canine training ground on Wells Street now serving as a staging area for riverfront development and the Allen County Sheriff Department's 45-year-old facility on Lima Road badly in need of replacement, the agencies' shared need at first seemed as though it would induce mutually beneficial cooperation. Instead, it may represent just the latest example of how ...

Tour Fort Wayne's water plant Saturday

If you've ever wondered about the source of Fort Wayne's drinking water, you'll have a chance to find out Saturday when City Utilities offers free tours of the Three Rivers Water Filtration Plant. The free guided tours will be offered from 10 a.m. to noon at the facility at 450 Baltes Ave. near the confluence of the three rivers. The walking tour will give visitors an opportunity to see the plant in operation, ...