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'Fire and Fury' book generating lots of hold requests at Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne

The new book "Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House" has generated a flurry of hold requests at the Allen County Public Library. But patrons may need more patience than the president while waiting for their chance to read the book. As of about 2:20 p.m. Monday, 204 people had placed holds on the book, though the holds total will fluctuate as people on the list find the book elsewhere and new people place ...

UPDATED: Fort Wayne Community Schools expands STEM/STEAM education approach to seven schools

Seven schools in the Fort Wayne Community Schools district will have a new STEM or STEAM emphasis in the future. The FWCS board of school trustees voted Monday night to approve a $1.62 million contract with Discovery Education of Silver Spring, Md., for educational resources and assistance with implementing the new curriculum at the schools. The board meeting took place at Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. ...

UPDATED: Work continuing on Promenade Park pavilion on riverfront in downtown Fort Wayne

A large crane was assisting with construction work Friday on the Fort Wayne Park Foundation Pavilion, which is being built in the new Promenade Park along the St. Marys River in downtown Fort Wayne. The crane is being used to install the steel shell of the pavilion, said Steve McDaniel, deputy director of asset management for the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, which is supervising construction of ...

Fort Wayne parks department will announce Lakeside Park pond skating decision at Feb. 8 meeting

The Friends of Lakeside Park Pond Skating group hoped to be skating on the park's main pond Jan. 12-21, but they will have to wait until Feb. 8 for the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department to announce a decision on that proposal. "We told the group at the December (board of park commissioners) meeting that we would get back to them if we decided to change or make an exception to our existing policy, ...

Fort Wayne-area public-access cable TV shows from 1970s to get new life in digital format

History that Terry Doran thought was lost now will be revived and made available to new generations. Doran, a longtime Fort Wayne filmmaker and community advocate, worked through the nonprofit Friends of the Third World organization and the Cable Fund Advisory Board to make it happen. Under the umbrella of the Friends of the Third World's nonprofit status, Doran applied for a grant from the Cable Fund to ...

UPDATED: Addison Agen sells out second Welcome Home concert at Fort Wayne's Embassy Theatre

Addison Agen is getting quite a welcome home. The 16-year-old Fort Wayne singer and "The Voice" runner-up has sold out her second Welcome Home concert Jan. 21 at the Embassy Theatre, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd. Tickets went on sale at 10 a.m. today and had sold out by 2:13 p.m., said John Hughey, Embassy Theatre marketing director. Tickets sold out in two and a half hours Dec. 28 for her concert at 4:30 p.m. ...

Fort Wayne's Lutheran Hospital, Orthopaedic Hospital both penalized by Medicare for high rates of patient injury

Lutheran Hospital and The Orthopaedic Hospital of Lutheran Health Network (LHN), both of which are located in Fort Wayne, will be penalized by Medicare for the coming fiscal year because of a high rate of patient injuries. The hospitals will lose 1 percent of Medicare payments over the federal fiscal year, which runs from October through September, Kaiser Health News reported in late December. The Fort Wayne ...

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen plans to pursue music career in 2018

Life is going to change in a big way in 2018 for Addison Agen. Trying to build on the momentum of her runner-up finish Dec. 19 on "The Voice" television show, the 16-year-old Fort Wayne vocal sensation plans to pursue her dream of becoming a full-time music artist. That means: • She will take high school classes online this semester and possibly next year. • She will hire a team of people to manage ...

UPDATED: Fort Wayne's Addison Agen to perform Welcome Home concert Jan. 21 at Embassy Theatre

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen will celebrate her return home and success on "The Voice" with a Welcome Home concert at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Embassy Theatre. Tickets are $10 or $25 per person and go on sale at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Embassy box office, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd.; www.ticketmaster.com; and 1-800-745-3000. Addison, 16, who finished runner-up Dec. 19 on this past season of the NBC vocal talent ...

Breaking down the final performances by Fort Wayne's Addison Agen and 'The Voice' Final Four

The contestants' finish order on Tuesday night's season finale results show on "The Voice" has sparked ongoing debate. So we asked award-winning local choral director Tavis Schlicker to break down how each contestant did on their solo songs during Monday night's final performance competition of the season, which were the songs viewers voted on to pick a season winner. Schlicker, director of choral ...

Fort Wayne friends and fans turn out to welcome home Addison Agen from 'The Voice'

It's safe to say Addison Agen set a new record Wednesday night for the number of selfies and "Can I get a picture with you?"-photos one person was in after arriving at Fort Wayne International Airport. A crowd of about 150 people gathered in the airport terminal's arrival area before the flight carrying the Fort Wayne native and "The Voice" runner-up was scheduled to land about 10:30 p.m. By the time Addison ...

Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Wendy Robinson accepted 1-year contract extension to prepare district for the future

Superintendent Wendy Robinson of Fort Wayne Community Schools wanted to stay on the job an extra year to help set up the district for success in the future. "We have to approach change more aggressively," Robinson said after the FWCS board of school trustees voted 5-1 Monday night to extend her contract by one year, through June 30, 2020. Robinson, who was just named one of four finalists for the National ...

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen's 'Tennessee Rain' top song on iTunes chart at the end of 'The Voice' voting window

Addison Agen's performance of the original song "Tennessee Rain" ranked No. 1 on the iTunes Top 200 Songs chart as of noon Tuesday, the close of the iTunes voting period to select this season's winner of "The Voice." Addison, 16, of Fort Wayne, also ranked No. 5 on the chart for her performance of country music star Tim McGraw's song, "Humble and Kind." The songs by the Concordia Lutheran High School junior ...

VIDEO and PHOTO GALLERY: Fort Wayne's Addison Agen finishes runner-up on 'The Voice'

Addison Agen is runner-up on "The Voice." Fans of the Fort Wayne 16-year-old and the other Final Four contestants were kept in suspense well into the two-hour season finale Tuesday night on "The Voice." The title went to Chloe Kohanski of Team Blake. The show was scheduled for 9-11 p.m., but host Carson Daly didn't start until 10:50 p.m. to announce the results from viewers' overnight and cumulative ...

No matter what happens now, Addison Agen and Fort Wayne already winners on 'The Voice'

From the start, Fort Wayne's Addison Agen said one of her goals on "The Voice" was to prove you can do great things at any age. She accomplished it. Addison, 16, and the other Final Four contestants will take the stage for one last performance during tonight's "The Voice" finals, which will be broadcast live at 8 p.m. on NBC. Viewers' voting will decide the season winner, who will be announced during a ...

New Haven, Allen County parks departments discussing collaboration on future park site

Two local parks departments are discussing the possibility of collaborating on planning and programming at a new park south of New Haven. The New Haven-Adams Township Parks and Recreation Department owns about 55 acres of land that will be the site of Haskamp-Roehling Park on the east side of Hartzell Road just north of Paulding Road. The site contains about 30 acres of woods, with the rest of the land in farm ...

Fort Wayne International Airport impacted by Atlanta airport shutdown, but has its own plans to deal with power outages

The power outage Sunday that closed Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport still was impacting Fort Wayne International Airport travelers Monday afternoon, but local officials hoped normal operations would resume this evening. Fort Wayne airport officials ask passengers to check with the airlines for the most recent and up-to-date information about their flights because some flights still were ...

VIDEO: Fort Wayne's Addison Agen leaves crowd spellbound with original song 'Tennessee Rain' on 'The Voice'

Addison Agen deeply feels the stories she sings about in her songs, and that connection came through all evening during the final night of competition on "The Voice.' Addison, 16, of Fort Wayne, had the crowd hanging on the words of "Tennessee Rain," an original song she performed near the end of the show. The song about love and rejection showcased Addison's voice at its best, with a guitarist joining her ...

Fort Wayne Parks board will 'look into' residents' request to allow pond ice skating at Lakeside Park

The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department's board of park commissioners listened Thursday to residents' proposal for the parks department offer two weeks of ice skating next month on the main pond at Lakeside Park. But park commissioners took no action on the request during their meeting at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. "We do plan to look into it," board President Richard Samek told Molly ...

UPDATED: 'The Voice' finals show Monday could give Fort Wayne's Addison Agen a time to shine

Addison Agen already knows what she wants to do musically. During Monday night's finals performance show on "The Voice," millions of Americans will get a glimpse of what may be ahead for her musically. The four remaining contestants — Addison, Chloe Kohanski, Brooke Simpson and Red Marlow — are scheduled to perform original music during Monday's show at 8 p.m. on NBC, which airs locally on Channel ...