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WRITER: Kevin Kilbane

Fort Wayne Community Schools worried more about students' future than loss of talented athletes to prep schools

The possibility of athletics-oriented prep schools pulling good athletes away isn't a big concern for Fort Wayne Community Schools, but the trend toward students specializing in one sport at a young age does worry FWCS board of school trustees President Julie Hollingsworth. If students "put all their eggs in one basket" and then suffer burnout or injury, "now what?" asked Hollingsworth, a longtime FWCS math ...

Fort Wayne Community Schools could end its racial balance fund, but not its commitment to magnet school program, racial diversity

An item on the agenda for the Fort Wayne Community Schools board of school trustees meeting Monday night seeks the elimination of the school district's racial balance fund, but it's not what it seems. The proposal results from changes in state law governing school funding, not a change in FWCS' commitment to racial balance in its schools or to serving students of all backgrounds, said Krista Stockman, FWCS ...

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen to appear Feb. 24 at Fort Wayne Women's Expo at Memorial Coliseum

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen, the runner-up on last season's "The Voice" vocal talent show on the NBC television network, will make a guest appearance at the Fort Wayne Women's Expo on Feb. 24 at Memorial Coliseum. Details still are being worked out, but Addison, 16, likely will be there for about two hours in the afternoon to meet and greet fans, said Dave Wollman, a partner with Tracy Sweeney in Black Tie ...

While reaffirming its commitment to racial balance, Fort Wayne Community Schools will ask Indiana legislators to eliminate its racial balance fund

The Fort Wayne Community Schools board of school trustees passed a resolution Monday night requesting the Indiana General Assembly approve legislation eliminating the district's racial balance fund and racial balance property tax levy. But FWCS remains committed to its magnet school program and other measures intended to create racial balance in its schools, officials said. The board, which met in Grile ...

VIDEO and PHOTOS: About 500 people gather for local Women's March event in Fort Wayne

The Women's March event in Fort Wayne drew about 500 people of all ages and ethnic and gender identities Sunday to listen to speakers on the Allen County Courthouse green and then to take a brief march downtown. The event, the second annual gathering, was among hundreds of Women's March events this weekend in cities around the country. While a majority of those attending were women, men supporting them made ...

Fort Wayne Eagle Scout honored by Allen County Parks board for 'amazing' project

The project turned out to be much bigger than originally planned, and there were times Matthew Shiriaev felt discouraged. But the 16-year-old sophomore at Homestead High School kept at it. After 800 hours of labor over three months and hauling in 280 tons of crushed concrete and limestone, Matthew had completed his Eagle Scout project and hikers at Fox Island County Park could use trails that have been under ...

Amazon, Fort Wayne should be on the HQ2 short list, too

Hey, Amazon: Congratulations on coming up with a "short" list of 20 cities — including Indianapolis — in which you may locate HQ2, your second headquarters. Not to second-guess the business wizards that have gotten you where you are today, but we think there should be one other name on the list - Fort Wayne, Ind. After all, the website This Insider just named Fort Wayne the best place to live in Indiana ...

UPDATED: Negotiations continuing over Headwaters Park transition to Fort Wayne Parks' management

Negotiations are ongoing, but both sides expect to reach an agreement in the coming months for the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department to take over full management, operation and maintenance responsibilities for Headwaters Park beginning in 2019. The Headwaters Park Alliance, which has managed the park for the parks department, plans to dissolve at the end of 2018. Last September, Alliance Executive ...

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen honored by mayor

It's officially Addison Agen Day in Fort Wayne. Mayor Tom Henry made the proclamation in front of a larger group of city employees than normally attend press conferences, a fact the mayor joked about during his presentation. Henry congratulated Addison, 16, for her success on the TV show "The Voice" and praised her for representing herself and her hometown well in front of a national audience. Addison ...

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen shares update on her music, career plans

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen talked about upcoming concerts, career plans and just hanging out in Fort Wayne during a visit Wednesday to News-Sentinel.com. Here's a recap of highlights from our conversation with "The Voice" runner-up before and during a Facebook Live interview. To see the interview, go to our Facebook page or look for video of the interview Thursday on our website: WELCOME HOME ...

Allen County Public Library to maintain resources for nonprofits at main library in downtown Fort Wayne

The Allen County Public Library has provided services and information to local nonprofit organizations for more than 35 years. That will continue after the closing of the Paul Clarke Nonprofit Resource Center, which was housed at the downtown library, a library official said. "We actually are moving back to our original model, which is having our resource librarians help people," said Stephanny Smith, library ...

You can ask the questions when Fort Wayne's Addison Agen joins us Wednesday for an interview on Facebook Live

Usually we get to ask the questions when we interview a celebrity or public leader. This Wednesday, Fort Wayne singing sensation Addison Agen will be with us for an interview, and "The Voice" runner-up will be taking your questions via Facebook Live. We expect the interview to begin between noon and 12:15 p.m. on our Facebook page, so be ready to tune in. If you aren't already following News-Sentinel.com on ...

Learning, community service among MLK Day activities in Fort Wayne

Some people used the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day national holiday as a day off, but others turned it into a day of learning or service in honor of the late civil rights leader. A few inches of morning snow didn't deter people from gathering for the local MLK Club's events at the Grand Wayne Convention Center, 120 W. Jefferson Blvd. The club began the day with its Breakfast with the Clergy at 8 a.m. That ...

New state program will help northeast Indiana landowners restore grasslands, which will aid songbirds, gamebirds and pollinator insects

A new program could help landowners replant some of Indiana's rapidly disappearing grasslands, providing important habitat for songbirds, gamebirds and pollinator insects such as honeybees and butterflies. The Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service's (NRCS) Regional Conservation Partnership Program plans to contribute $1 million in funding ...

Where they went: Taking a look at Fort Wayne, Allen County public school districts and student transfers

School district student transfer information released Friday by the Indiana Department of Education provides a look at Allen County public school districts' enrollment losses to other school districts, charter schools, and private and parochial schools for the 2017-2018 school year. Here are some highlights by school district, followed by the entire list of students' transfer destinations. The figures are based ...

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen joins concert lineup for Winter Jam on Feb. 8 at Memorial Coliseum

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen has been added to the performance lineup for the Winter Jam Spectacular Christian music concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 at Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. Admission is $15 per person at the door. Parking is $5, main lot, and $8, preferred lot. Addison, 16, also will perform at Winter Jam concerts Feb. 10 at Bakers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis and Feb. 11 in Little Caesars Arena in ...

Fort Wayne Parks department wants no part of ice skating on Lakeside Park pond

A neighborhood group lobbying for ice skating on the main pond at Lakeside Park would have to assume all responsibility and liability for the skating under an idea being studied by the city of Fort Wayne. Molly Papier, a leader of the local Friends of Lakeside Park Pond Skating (FLPPS) group, met with Mayor Tom Henry during his Mayor's Night In event Monday. "Skating at Lakeside may be possible if the Fort ...

Fort Wayne MLK Club's Unity Day Celebration will feature roundtable discussions with community leaders

Education lies at the heart of the local Martin Luther King Jr. Club's mission, and that effort will take a new form this year at the club's annual Unity Day Celebration on Monday, the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday. Instead of the heavy emphasis on entertainment as in past years, this year's event from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. will carry the theme "Creating Community Connections" and will feature ...

UPDATED: Purdue University Fort Wayne's music technology program to be at Sweetwater

Purdue University Fort Wayne and Sweetwater officials announced Wednesday afternoon that, beginning this August, a majority of the university’s music technology program will be housed at the Sweetwater campus at 5501 U.S. 30 W. Sweetwater founder and President Chuck Surack announced he and his wife, Lisa, will donate use of an 8,000-square-foot building on the Sweetwater campus to the music technology ...

New 'Breathe!' program to help Fort Wayne-area teachers, key school staff with learning how to manage rest, stress

When Brenda Jank was thinking about people who could benefit from training about how to manage stress and maintain wellness, she immediately thought of teachers. “They are on such the cutting edge of what is important,” said Jank, who provides rest and wellness training through her organization Run Hard, Rest Well. That’s why she worked with northeast Indiana’s Region 8 Education Service Center to ...