WRITER: Kevin Kilbane

Pilot project could determine approach to restoring Fort Wayne's downtown riverfront

It doesn't look like much right now — just a stand of trees rising from bare soil. But the small area in Bloomingdale Park represents a pilot project for how Fort Wayne may reclaim its riverfront. "This project right here is our test," said Dan Wire, a longtime local rivers expert and advocate who in January started work with the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department as its riparian manager. A riparian ...

Pond at Fort Wayne's Lakeside Park being treated for algae problem

Fountains have been installed in the ponds at Lakeside Park, but the smallest pond contained too much algae to turn on the fountain. As News-Sentinel.com reported Wednesday, algae covered a large portion of the surface in the small pond, which is located east of Crescent Avenue and south of Columbia Avenue near the Maumee River dike. The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department has had local company Pond ...

Fort Wayne spring plant sales ready to help you brighten up your landscape

We should be getting back to more normal spring weather by the weekend, which will be just in time for the first of the upcoming spring plant sales. The Settlers group will hold their annual Herb and Perennial Plant Sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday in the basement of the historic Swinney House, 1424 W. Jefferson Blvd., and on the home's west lawn. The Second-Day Plant Sale takes place 9 a.m.-noon Saturday ...

PRIMARY ELECTION: Referendum vote will decide how Northwest Allen County Schools addresses surging enrollment growth northwest of Fort Wayne

Northwest Allen County Schools officials plan ahead for growth, but they don't spend money on new buildings until they have to, Superintendent Chris Himsel said. That's why the district is asking voters in the school district to approve a referendum May 8 that would allow the NACS to issue bonds totaling $33.98 million or less to build a new elementary school, install safety upgrades at four schools, and ...

UPDATED: Indiana Tech officially breaks ground on new athletic facilities at Donald Ross Golf Club in south Fort Wayne

Indiana Tech broke ground today on the new Warrior Park athletic facilities the university is constructing on the back nine holes of the Donald Ross Golf Club, 7102 S. Calhoun St., at Calhoun Street and Tillman Road in south Fort Wayne. "As Fort Wayne goes through economic revitalization, it is important Indiana Tech be part of that," Karl Einolf, the university's president, said in remarks at the ...

Warmer weather causes algae bloom at small pond at Fort Wayne's Lakeside Park

The warmer weather and sunny skies over the past few days have flowers blooming, trees leafing out — and algae mats spreading quickly over the small pond at Lakeside Park. The algae bloom began at least a week or more ago, but recent warmer, sunny weather seems to have accelerated it. The pond is located just east of Crescent Avenue and south of Columbia Avenue, next to the Maumee River. Algae has not been ...

Fort Wayne's North Anthony Corridor Group launches crowd-funding effort to pay for two more murals

The North Anthony Corridor Group wants to add two large, colorful murals to a building in the northeast-side business district, and they hope people will join in a crowd-funding project to help fund it. The Mandala Murals Project would involve painting murals on the west and north sides of the building in the 3500 block of North Anthony Boulevard containing the Studio Seva yoga studio, Health Food Shoppe and ...

Lake Avenue reopened to traffic after barricaded man surrenders to Fort Wayne Police

A Fort Wayne Police standoff at a house in 1700 block of Lake Avenue forced a shutdown of traffic near the Lakeside rose garden early Wednesday. Traffic on Lake has reopened after being blocked off at Anthony Boulevard and Morton Street across from the rose garden. Neon Latross Frazier, 43, is preliminarily charged with felony domestic battery and felony strangulation in connection with the incident, according ...

UPDATED: Fort Wayne teen reportedly this season's winner of the Snapchat version of 'The Voice'

Maybe it's something in the local water, but Fort Wayne singers suddenly are dominating on "The Voice." First, Addison Agen of Fort Wayne finished runner-up in December on the hit NBC vocal talent show. Tonight, Christiana Hicks of Fort Wayne — who goes by Christiana Danielle on the show — learns if she will advance to the Top 10 competitors on this season of "The Voice." Also tonight, Nik Roach, 17, of ...

Fort Wayne's Christiana Danielle earns Instant Save to move on to Top 10 on 'The Voice'

It came down to the last seconds, but Christiana Hicks moved on to the Top 10 Tuesday night on "The Voice." Hicks, 23, who competes as Christiana Danielle on the show, was in the bottom two in voting with Sharane Calister from Team Adam Levine. Both had to endure the anxiety of the show's Instant Save, where they sang once more and then viewers had 5 minutes to vote using Twitter to save one of them. More of ...

Fort Wayne's Nik Roach wins 'The Voice' on Snapchat national competition

Nik Roach of Fort Wayne did something Tuesday night no one else from Fort Wayne has ever done — stood on the stage of "The Voice" as champion. Roach, 17, was announced as the national winner of this season of the "The Voice" on Snapchat vocal competition. The contest works like a shortened version of the hit TV show but takes place using the Snapchat social media website. Roach sent in an audition video in ...

Local National Day of Prayer gathering will take place Thursday in downtown Fort Wayne

The local and national observances of National Day of Prayer will focus on a theme currently in short supply in America — unity. In Fort Wayne, people of various Christian denominations will gather to pray for the nation and for local and national leaders from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in Meeting Rooms B and C of the downtown Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. The theme for this year's event is ...

Fort Wayne's Christiana Danielle sings to get into Top 10 tonight on 'The Voice'

Christiana Hicks tries tonight to jump into the Top 10 on "The Voice." Getting there will take a strong performance by the Fort Wayne native and an outpouring of support locally and nationally in overnight voting. The hit vocal talent search show airs locally at 8-10 p.m. today on Fort Wayne's NBC, Channel 21.2. Hicks, 23, who competes as Christiana Danielle on the show, and the other Top 11 contestants each ...

Fort Wayne area's ACRES Land Trust adds unique property to its conservation holdings

One of ACRES Land Trust's newer nature preserves saves an area that contains what may be the largest marl flat in Indiana and possibly is the most unusual property protected by the nonprofit land trust. The 102-acre Grass Lake property, which is located about 8 miles southeast of LaGrange, includes a lake and a marl prairie, an ACRES news release said. Marl is a mix of clay soil and lime that once was mined ...

UPDATED: GM's Fort Wayne Assembly Plant to use wind energy for most of its electrical power needs

General Motors' Fort Wayne Assembly Plant, which is one of the automaker's environmental leaders, will get a lot greener later this year by adding wind energy as the major source of its electrical power. GM officials joined today with leaders of Starwood Energy Group and state and local officials in Paulding County, Ohio, to announce GM will buy power from the 100-megawatt Northwest Ohio Wind Farm now under ...

Fort Wayne's Christiana Danielle delivers strong performance as she tries to make the Top 10 on 'The Voice'

Christiana Hicks took pop star Rihanna's song "Umbrella" and made it her own Monday night as she tried to advance to the Top 10 on "The Voice." "You are so unbelievably lovable," her celebrity coach, Alicia Keys, said after Hicks' performance on the vocal talent show. "There's nobody on this show that takes a song and makes it their own" the way Hicks does, Keys continued, saying she planned to buy the song ...

BUILD program works to prepare a new generation of skilled trades workers

Friends Yohansen Fincher, 31, and Darreise McCarter, 28, had similar reasons for enrolling in the BUILD program. "I thought about my wife, my kids," Fincher said. "I wanted a legitimate way to support my family." "I figure I need a goal, something that can help me long-term in the future," McCarter said. They were among 18 BUILD program participants going through the class graduation ceremony Friday at the ...

Draft report on assessment of Allen County Public Library branches recommends replacing two branches, major work at others

Local residents love their Allen County Public Library branches and use many of them heavily. But all 13 branches need updates, several need significant renovation or expansion, and two probably should be replaced. Consultants provided that news to library board of trustees members during the board's meeting Thursday afternoon at the Grabill branch library in Grabill. Vice President Rob Cullin and President ...

Fort Wayne conference hopes to encourage, renew women

Most women juggle more jobs than they can handle. They work. They care for children. They do the grocery shopping. They clean the house. They try to enjoy and provide support for friends. They are active at their house of worship. "Just everything falls on women," said Tamyra Kelly, who wears all of those hats and more. "As women, we forget about us." That's why Kelly and a committee of other women have ...

UPDATED: Naturalization ceremony welcomes Fort Wayne 10-year-old as U.S. citizen

Standing at the podium Friday morning, Don Cochran told his son, Uriel, that being a citizens means giving back to others. Moments later, Indiana U.S. Sen. Todd Young stood at the same podium and talked about being a good neighbor to others. But from many of the other comments shared during a ceremony held to welcome Uriel as a U.S. citizen, it's clear the Fort Wayne 10-year-old already is giving back and ...