WRITER: Kevin Kilbane

Artlink stays focused on its mission as it marks 40 years of serving the Fort Wayne art community

Artlink has gone through numerous changes in leadership and a few changes in address during its 40 years. But what has kept the nonprofit art organization vital and relevant has been its commitment to its original mission — serving Fort Wayne's creative community, said Matt McClure, Artlink executive director. The local art gallery and organization will celebrate its milestone with a new exhibit, ...

Bike-sharing company Zagster pedaling out of Fort Wayne

The Zagster bike-sharing program is packing up and leaving Fort Wayne. Zagster should remove white bicycles and bike stations within the next few weeks, said Mary Tyndall, public information officer for the city's Community Development department. The city had been working with Zagster to launch a new, semi-dockless bike-share brand called Pace in Fort Wayne, Tyndall said. However, the city didn't feel ...

Riverfront design team leader looking forward to Fort Wayne downtown riverfront work

People will be at the center of all aspects of the design and planning for Phases II and III of downtown Fort Wayne riverfront development, David Rubin said this afternoon. "We need for it to be something people use," Rubin said. The principal architect with David Rubin Land Collective of Philadelphia spoke with media early this afternoon at the boat dock in the St. Marys River on the west side of Headwaters ...

Plymouth Congregational Church pastor leaving with good memories of work in Fort Wayne

The Rev. John P. Gardner, a local leader in interfaith and peace and justice issues, preaches for the last time during the 10 a.m. worship service Sunday at Plymouth Congregational Church, concluding 20 years as its senior pastor. Gardner, 64, resigned from Plymouth, 501 W. Berry St., but gave the congregation sufficient time to find a successor. "I'm going to decompress for a little while, and then I will ...

Memorial Park Task Force recommends monument restoration, new paths and more in Fort Wayne's Memorial Park

Monuments in Memorial Park would be repaired and restored, two monuments could be relocated, and five benches and a new monument would be installed in the park's Memorial Grove, under recommendations from a task force that studied what improvements are needed at the park at Maumee and Glasgow avenues. An overview of the report was discussed this morning at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department's ...

Riverfront park work progressing, preparing for Phase II in downtown Fort Wayne

The pavilion in the new riverfront Promenade Park is at least 50 percent completed, dock foundations are going in and work remains on schedule for opening in summer 2019, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department Director Steve McDaniel said today. That report was one of several the parks department's board of park commissioners heard during their regular monthly meeting this morning at Citizens Square. ...

Task force report on Memorial Park expected Thursday at Fort Wayne Parks board meeting

Area military veterans and park users should find out Thursday what a special task force recommends for improving Memorial Park at Maumee and Glasgow avenues. The ideas from the Memorial Park Task Force will be presented during the meeting of the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department's board of park commissioners at 10 a.m. Thursday in Room 30 on the lower level of Citizens Square, 200 E. Berry St. The ...

New Montessori school opening in downtown Fort Wayne

Fort Wayne will get a new Montessori school, and, by design, it will operate from a storefront location in the heart of downtown. Alyssum Montessori School, which opens Sept. 4, is finishing remodeling work now in the former Riverfront Fort Wayne office space at 916 S. Calhoun St. across the street Indiana Michigan Power Center plaza at Calhoun and Wayne streets. The school plans to start by serving ages ...

Investigation into clergy sexual abuse of children in six dioceses in Pennsylvania includes Fort Wayne bishop's time as leader of Diocese of Harrisburg

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend said he has always done everything he was supposed to do to protect children and young adults from sexual abuse by predatory priests, both in this diocese and during his time from 2004-2010 as bishop of the Diocese of Harrisburg in Pennsylvania. "During my time in Harrisburg and now in Fort Wayne-South Bend, I have upheld an unwavering ...

Getting ready to start school in Fort Wayne Community Schools

Today, it's not what you know that makes you successful in high school. It's what you do with what you know. That was the message Wayne High School Principal John Houser relayed to incoming freshmen during the Transition Day activities today at the school, 9100 Winchester Road in southwest Fort Wayne. Houser also asked the students to write down on an index card what they can do well now in three areas — ...

Art This Way program creating visual impact in downtown Fort Wayne

In the span of a week, what had been a drab wall of concrete blocks and old red-brown bricks turned white and then blue. Black lines appeared, and then the heads of birds in tall grass. Artist Bryan Ballinger, a professor of digital media arts at Huntington University in Huntington, and a former student, Tori March, who now lives in Indianapolis, endured scorching heat and Three Rivers Festival traffic as ...

Fort Wayne duck boat, which never offered public tours, since has been sold

The local Friends of the Rivers organization had hoped to offer duck boat rides last summer on Fort Wayne's three rivers, but engine problems with the boat prevented that from happening and the group sold the boat this spring. Duck boats have been involved in a number of accidents in recent years, the most recent of which left 17 people dead after a duck boat sank in a thunderstorm July 19 on Table Rock Lake ...

Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend remembers Blessed Solanus Casey

Blessed Solanus Casey will be remembered and honored today in the Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, a place where he spent most of the last 10 years of his life in retirement at the former St. Felix Friary in Huntington. Diocesan Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades asked the Vatican for permission to celebrate a special memorial day for Casey, who was known for his deep spiritual conviction and compassionate ...

New executive director excited about opportunities for Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network in Fort Wayne

It's easy for the Rev. Joshua Gale to explain what interested him his new job as executive director of Just Neighbors Interfaith Homeless Network in Fort Wayne. It's the nonprofit organization's mission of providing emergency housing for homeless families, said Gale, 37, who assumed his new role in mid-June. He succeeds the Rev. Terry Anderson, who is moving into semi-retirement as an adjunct pastor at Trinity ...

Fort Wayne woman turns struggles into book, passion to help others

Tyhria "Ty" Williams' life kept bouncing from good times to rough times to drug and alcohol use to sentences in jail or prison. But while in prison several years ago, Williams, now 44, began to write. "My writing would take me out of my situation," the Fort Wayne resident said. She saved everything she wrote and gave them to her father in envelopes marked "Do Not Open," she said. When she got out of prison in ...

Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control urges pet owners to seek preventive care to protect animals from serious disease problems

Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control has been seeing a lot of animals coming into the shelter with serious health problems that also are easily preventable. Pet owners are encouraged to seek vet care to prevent some of the problems and to address others quickly if they develop, said Holly Pasquinelli, Animal Care & Control's community relations and education specialist. Prevention or quick treatment ...

New plant invader a threat to both monarch butterflies and Fort Wayne's flood-control levees

Black swallow-wort is a plant invader that is double trouble, and it's now been found for the first time in Fort Wayne. The plant resembles a vining milkweed, but it contains toxins that can kill monarch butterfly caterpillars feed on it, said Ben Hess, landscape manager for the city of Fort Wayne's Public Works division. Likewise, the toxins in black swallow-wort also inhibit the growth of other plants ...

First court hearing held on formal charges against suspect in April Tinsley murder in Fort Wayne

John D. Miller sat quietly and provided short answers to the judge's questions during his initial hearing Thursday on formal charges of murder and Class A felony child molesting in connection with the 1988 abduction and death of 8-year-old April Marie Tinsley. Miller, 59, of the 13700 block of Main Street in Grabill, was dressed in orange-and-white-striped coveralls from the Allen County Jail. His hands were ...

Catching up after 'The Voice' on Snapchat: Fort Wayne's Nik Roach plans to focus on school, then music

Fort Wayne had three "The Voice" alumni performing last weekend at the Three Rivers Festival, and one — Nik Roach — will be playing again at 2 p.m. Saturday at the TRF Children's Fest at North Side High School, 475 E. State Blvd. Fort Wayne singers have had an amazing run during the past two seasons of the hit NBC vocal talent search show. Last fall, Addison Agen finished runner-up. This spring, Christiana ...

Upcoming book 'Allen County Photo Album 1960-1969' offers pictorial look at decade of change in Fort Wayne and Allen County

The 1960s were a time of great change in America, and you can revisit that history in the upcoming book "Allen County Photo Album 1960-1969," which features about 200 photos from the archives of The News-Sentinel newspaper. "This is a great look back at a pivotal time in our nation's history and local history," said Pete Van Baalen, general manager of Fort Wayne Newspapers (FWN), which is compiling and ...