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New city programs aims to help start-up businesses

Thinking of starting a business? If so, a new city program may be able to help. The city's Summit City Entrepreneur and Enterprise District (SEED) is investing in new business start-ups by offering 10 sessions of an eight-week business planning class for anyone considering starting a business. ...

Residents invited to walk and pray for a united, peaceful city

Fort Wayne UNITED’s TenPoint Coalition invites the community to join an upcoming Prayer in the Park and two prayer walks in the Oxford neighborhood. The gatherings will begin at Weisser Park Youth Center, 802 Eckart St. Prayer in the Park will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Local ...

Jaylon Smith, John Tippmann Sr. are 2019 Red Coat recipients

Mad Anthonys will recognize Fort Wayne native and NFL star Jaylon Smith, as well as local business leader and philanthropist John Tippmann, Sr. as its 2019 Red Coat recipients. Mad Anthonys will honor Smith and Tippmann at its Red Coat Dinner on June 14. Its annual charity golf event, ...

Nine businesses will receive city facade grants totaling $200,000

Nine local organizations will receive the city's 2019 Commercial Façade Grants to improve their properties. By year’s end, more than 100 facade grant projects will have been completed since the program began in 2008. The local businesses whose properties are receiving grants include ...

Memorial Coliseum issues a traffic alert for Saturday

The Allen County War Memorial Coliseum has issued a traffic advisory for Coliseum Boulevard, Parnell Avenue and other roadways surrounding the complex on Saturday, April 27, because of the large crowds expected at several events taking place in the Arena, Expo Center and Conference Center. ...

Kelley Chevrolet to host free Indy racing event Wednesday

Kelley Chevrolet will host an Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) outreach event at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, at 5220 Value Drive (next to Costco). The event is free and open to all racing enthusiasts. IMS historian Donald Davidson will be on hand to talk about racing and answer questions. ...

Tour the city’s water pollution control plant Saturday

Free guided tours of the city's P.L. Brunner Water Pollution Control Plant will be offered this Saturday, April 27, 2019, from 10 a.m. to noon, with the last tour starting at 11:30 a.m. Visitors will learn about the process of wastewater treatment at the plant that’s capable of treating 100 ...

Lower attendance, higher expenses produced deficit for Coliseum in 2018

The Memorial Coliseum attracted more than 1 million visitors for the 29th consecutive year in 2018 — an "amazing achievement" in the words of General Manager Randy Brown — but that wasn't enough to prevent the first operating deficit in years. "2018 was a good year, not great," Brown said, ...

Police seek public’s help to locate robbery suspect

Detectives with the Fort Wayne Police Department are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a robbery suspect. Anyone who might recognize this individual is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 436-STOP (436-7867). This suspect is responsible for the robbery of the Jay’s Mini Mart ...

City seeking input on use of housing dollars; public meeting May 2

The 2019 Draft Annual Action Plan outlining how the city of Fort Wayne will spend U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) dollars this year is now available for public review. Residents can view the plan online at www.FWCommunityDevelopment.org/actionplan or can read a hard copy during normal ...

Northeast Indiana bucking population trends in a positive way: Census

Although new Census data shows the strongest population growth continues to be in south and west, Northeast Indiana is more than holding its own. "I am happy to report that our population (in the 11-county region) grew from both natural increase and net migration," Rachel Blakeman, director of ...

Critics of library ‘purge’ ask Allen County County Council for help

Opponents of efforts to "purge" books from the Allen County Public Library's collection Thursday took their case to a group of elected officials responsible for appointing two of the library board's eight members. Kim Fenoglio, organizer of Concerned Library Patrons, told Allen County ...

Meetings will seek input to guide public art in Fort Wayne

The Fort Wayne Public Art Commission is inviting area residents to share their opinions about public art at one of five pop-up meetings in May. On Monday, May 13, two meetings are scheduled from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. One will take place at Bridge of Grace Church, 5100 Gaywood Dr. The other ...