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WRITER: Kevin Kilbane

Fort Wayne Parks playground improvements will bring added fun to four parks — including for adults

Four Fort Wayne parks will be even more fun to play in next year. The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department's board of park commissioners approved four playground improvement projects - including one for adults - during their meeting Thursday at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. All of the projects are scheduled for completion by May 15, 2018, said David Grim, a parks department project ...

Fort Wayne Urban League's 'Christmas on the Campus' event shares holiday spirit with homeless women

Women living in six Fort Wayne homeless and halfway house programs will have holiday fun arrive early when the Fort Wayne Urban League hosts them for a "Christmas on the Campus" event Monday. The event at the Urban League office, 2135 S. Hanna St., is designed to show the women love and compassion during the holiday season, said Kathryn Mbwelera, the organization's executive assistant. The event isn't open to ...

Deal gives historic Baltes building a new owner and Fort Wayne Parks department land it wants for downtown riverfront development

The historic Baltes building has a new owner and will be moving to a new home, and the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department has land it wanted on the north bank of the St. Marys River for downtown riverfront development. The parks department's board of park commissioners approved both transactions during their meeting Thursday afternoon at Foellinger-Freimann Botanical Conservatory. Hall's Restaurants ...

Residents near Fort Wayne's Lakeside Park plan to ask Fort Wayne Parks department board to approve ice skating on the park's pond

Molly Papier and her mother both grew up ice skating on the main pond at Lakeside Park. Papier wants her children and others to have the opportunity to enjoy that same experience. So Papier organized the group Friends of Lakeside Park Pond Skating to promote bringing back ice skating on the pond. She plans to make her case for that cause during a presentation to the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation ...

Fort Wayne's new Franklin School Park dedicated

The successful collaboration between the city and neighborhoods that culminated in construction of the new Franklin School Park makes the project a model for future city projects, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department Director Al Moll said during the park's dedication Wednesday. City officials and neighborhood leaders and residents gathered in the park's recently completed pavilion for the event. The ...

Longtime Fort Wayne neighborhood leader Bud Mendenhall honored for his service

The event was planned Wednesday as a dedication ceremony for the new Franklin School Park on St. Marys Avenue. It also became a bit of a surprise party. Bloomingdale Neighborhood Association President Bud Mendenhall stood in front of the audience with city and other officials speaking at the park dedication ceremony. Then Fort Wayne Police Capt. P.J. Smith stepped to the podium and began recalling life ...

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen's solo on 'The Voice' hits No. 2 on the iTunes chart, but duet doesn't make the Top 10

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen's solo performance on Monday night's "The Voice" show scored big on the iTunes Top 200 Songs chart, but her duet with Keisha Renee didn't grab as many people. Addison ranked No. 2 on the iTunes Top 200 Songs chart as of noon Tuesday for her slowed-down, emotional performance of folk singer Joni Mitchell's hit "Both Sides Now." That put Addison, 16, right behind "The Voice" contestant ...

Life Recovery Home program prepares to open second house for men recovering from addiction

The generosity of a landlord means Life Recovery Home can more than double the number of men it helps transition from addiction recovery back to normal life. A businessman bought a property on Goshen Road in northwest Fort Wayne to use outbuildings on the property for his company, said Brandon Bower, a licensed clinical addictions counselor and executive director of The Lighthouse, A Biblical Life Recovery ...

VIDEO: Fans send Fort Wayne's Addison Agen through to the season's final shows on 'The Voice'

"The Voice" viewers came through again Fort Wayne's Addison Agen, sending her on to next week season finale shows. Addison, 16, was the second contestant named safe during Tuesday night's results show, after Chloe Kohanski. Family, friends, Fort Wayne residents and viewers around the country had pushed Addison to No. 2 on the iTunes Top 200 Songs chart for her solo performance of folk music icon Joni ...

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen a good fit for tonight's mashup duets on 'The Voice'

The personality of Fort Wayne's Addison Agen should be a strength when it comes to her mashup duet with Keisha Renee during tonight's performance show on "The Voice." "She is great at being gracious and humble," Tavis Schlicker said of Addison. Schlicker is director of choral activities at Addison's school, Concordia Lutheran High School, and has worked with Addison, 16, during a couple of student stage ...

Temporary ice rink could be ready for skating by Thursday in Fort Wayne's Lakeside Park

If the weather stays as cold as predicted, you could be skating by Thursday at the temporary ice rink in Lakeside Park. Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department staff installed the rink's liner Monday and filled the rink with water. When the temperature is below freezing, it takes about three days for the water to freeze solid for ice skating, said Natalie Eggeman, parks department public information ...

New Ivy Works education program can help Fort Wayne and Allen County residents break cycle of poverty

A new pilot program offered through Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne hopes to help Allen County residents in poverty break out of that cycle by studying for jobs paying a livable wage. The Ivy Works program will help 100 Allen County residents now receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to earn a certificate in one of a variety of high-demand careers fields, Ivy Tech-Fort Wayne ...

VIDEO: Fort Wayne's Addison Agen delivers heartfelt solo to go with breezy duet on 'The Voice'

Taking the stage late in the "The Voice" performance show has worked well for Addison Agen in the past, so she'll have to see if her luck continues. If it was up to her celebrity coach, Adam Levine, it would be no contest. "This girl, this girl is 'The Voice,' and she's even beyond that," Levine said after Addison, 16, performed a slowed-down rendition of Joni Mitchell's folk hit "Both Sides Now." "I think ...

No public comments made on proposed one-year contract extension for Fort Wayne Community Schools superintendent

The Fort Wayne Community Schools board of school trustees invited public comment Monday night on the proposal to give Superintendent Wendy Robinson a one-year contract extension through June 30, 2020. No one took them up on the offer during the public hearing portion of the board's meeting at 6 p.m. at Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St. School board members plan to vote on whether to approve the ...

Purdue University student from Fort Wayne earns prestigious Marshall Scholarship to study in United Kingdom

If all goes as hopes, Abby Lemert of Fort Wayne could be on the forefront of encouraging countries around the world to cease using government control of the internet and social media to oppress their people. "I would love to shape international norms on the use of technology," Lemert, a senior at Purdue University in West Lafayette, said during a telephone interview with News-Sentinel.com. The 2014 Carroll ...

New $24 million to $27 million aquatics center proposed for southwest Fort Wayne

A local group hopes to raise money to build a new "community-focused, full-service" aquatics center on Fort Wayne's southwest side. The Northern Indiana Aquatics Center Foundation (NIACF) announced the initial planning phase Monday for the project, which has an estimated cost of $24 million to $27 million, said Allison Brown, executive director of the Fort Wayne-based foundation. "We know it's going to take ...

UPDATED: Indiana State Board of Education approves new graduation pathways after lengthy public comment asking them to resolve unanswered questions

Educators asked the Indiana State Board of Education during public comment Tuesday and Wednesday to postpone making a decision on new high school graduation pathways until the many unanswered questions can be discussed. After hours of public comment, however, the board voted 7-4 late Wednesday afternoon in Indianapolis to pass the graduation pathways requirements as written. The "no" votes came from the only ...

Allen County Public Library plans winter book sales at Fort Wayne and county library branches

In need of books to read while staying in and keeping warm this winter? You can pick up a pile for cheap at upcoming books sales at Allen County Public Library branches. The Winter Book Sale will offer paperbacks for 50 cents, hardbacks for $1, oversize books for $2 and media items, such as DVDs, for $3. Books and other items in the sale will be ones that haven't gotten a lot of checkout traffic at each ...

Student-run record label at University of Saint Francis' downtown Fort Wayne campus attracts widespread artist interest

The University of Saint Francis' new student-run record label's search for its first recording artist attracted submissions from about 50 musicians, including some as far away as New York City and St. Louis. Most of the artist submissions to the recently named Mable Lounge Records came from musicians in Indiana and Ohio, but they received those distant applications, too, said Andrea Robinson, director of USF's ...

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen ranks in Top 10 on iTunes chart with 'The Voice' performance of Britney Spears' 'Lucky'

Addison Agen was one of four "The Voice" Top 10 finalists whose performances on Monday's night's live show made the iTunes Top 10 music chart, giving them bonus votes going into tonight's live results show. As of Tuesday morning, Brooke Simpson's performance of "Amazing Grace" led the way at No. 2 on the chart. She was followed by Chloe Kohanski's rendition of "Call Me," by Blondie, at No. 4, and then Addison ...