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WRITER: Kevin Kilbane

U.S. travel ban will create difficulties for some Fort Wayne-area Muslim families

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday to allow enforcement of the Trump Administration's travel ban against residents of six mostly Muslim countries likely will cause some hardships for Fort Wayne-area families from those countries, a local Muslim community leader said. "We do feel somewhat disappointed and concerned about the decision the Supreme Court made," said Dr. Tariq Akbar, a member of the board of ...

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen makes the Top 8 on 'The Voice'

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen is through to the Top 8 performers on "The Voice." The 16-year-old junior at Concordia Lutheran High School was the second artist announced as saved by viewer overnight voting during "The Voice" results show Tuesday night. Addison presented a gripping, ballad-style version of pop star Britney Spears' song "Lucky" during "The Voice" performance show Monday night. Though she sang last ...

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen tries to make it into the Top 8 tonight on 'The Voice'

When you're on a roll in sports or life, a lot of people try to stick to the same routine to keep the good luck going. Fort Wayne's Addison Agen doesn't worry about that. "My main thing is just prayer," she said during a telephone interview last week from Los Angeles, where she was preparing for tonight's Top 10 finalists show on "The Voice." The program begins at 8 p.m. locally on Fort Wayne's NBC, Channel ...

Local businesses showing support for Fort Wayne's Addison Agen as she competes on 'The Voice'

Support for Addison Agen has started showing up on signs at businesses around Fort Wayne. The Fort Wayne 16-year-old has sung her way into the top 10 finalists this season on "The Voice," the hit NBC vocal talent show. She sings during the show at 8 p.m. Monday to try to get to the top 8. Addison and the other competitors will find out who stays and who goes home during a results show at 8 p.m. Tuesday. "The ...

Walls rising on pavilion in Promenade Park as riverfront development progresses in downtown Fort Wayne

Walls are taking shape on the Fort Wayne Park Foundation Pavilion in Promenade Park, a part of the first phase of riverfront development in downtown Fort Wayne. The pavilion, which will have an angled roof pointing north, will stand on the west side of the Promenade Park space, which is located on the south side of the St. Marys River between Wells and Harrison streets. Construction crews have been working on ...

VIDEO: Fort Wayne's Addison Agen showcases her creativity, vocals on 'The Voice'

Addison Agen of Fort Wayne took a Britney Spears song and made it her own Monday night on "The Voice," holding the crowd in her hand with a ballad-style version of the song "Lucky." There are a lot of good singers on the show this season, Addison's celebrity coach, Adam Levine, said after the performance, which closed out Monday nights performances. "I truly believe you are the best artist in this ...

Past droughts, fewer growers impacting live Christmas tree supply in Fort Wayne area

Droughts a few years ago still are being felt by Fort Wayne Christmas tree growers, who will have fewer trees again this year for people to cut down, take home and decorate. But another factor in the shortage is the lack of local growers, said Judy Reifenberg, who with her husband, Mike, owns the St. Joe Christmas Tree Farm at 9801 St. Joe Road north of Fort Wayne. "Farms are closing, and we are getting to ...

Latinos Count Student Conference helps Hispanic young women plan for their future

About 175 Hispanic young women from 10 northeast Indiana high schools learned about career options and how to access resources to achieve those goals during a special conference Friday morning at Ivy Tech Community College's main campus on North Anthony Boulevard. The event for young women only was organized by Latinos Count, a Fort Wayne-based nonprofit organization that works to help Latino students take ...

Fort Wayne's Franklin School Park dedication a culmination of neighborhoods, government collaboration

To many people, the new Franklin School Park in Fort Wayne will look like a good place to play or to relax. To neighborhood leaders and others who helped make it happen, it means a lot more. "It was truly a collaboration between grassroots and government," said John Modezjewski, a resident of the adjoining North Highlands neighborhood and one of several neighborhood leaders who worked to keep the project ...

Historic architecture and neighborliness on display at Williams Woodland Park Holiday Home Tour

It wasn't just the architecture of the historic homes that sold Abby Tracy and Grant Neuhaus on buying their home in the Williams Woodland Park neighborhood. "I had been on some past tours and saw the neighborhood was really tight-knit," Tracy said of the area south of downtown Fort Wayne. About a year ago, they bought a circa-1890 Queen Anne-style home in the 2400 block of South Harrison Street that already ...

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen focuses on preparation for each upcoming 'The Voice' performance

Being a contestant on "The Voice" has been a great experience, but the workload doesn't leave any time for sightseeing, and that's OK, Addison Agen of Fort Wayne said. "You kind of are running the race while you are on it," Addison, 16, said during a telephone interview Wednesday morning. The media calls were scheduled to begin about 6 a.m. Pacific Standard Time in Los Angeles, where Addison has stayed the ...

Fort Wayne Community Schools board to consider 1-year contract extension for superintendent

The Fort Wayne Community Schools board of school trustees has proposed giving FWCS Superintendent Wendy Robinson a one-year contract extension, taking her through June 30, 2020. The public can comment on the proposed extension during the board's meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 in Grile Administrative Center, 1200 S. Clinton St., according to a legal notice advertising the public hearing. Board members plan to vote ...

Indiana Tech students, faculty and staff take part in community service work in Fort Wayne as part of new president's inauguration

Indiana Tech President Karl Einolf traded in his suit and tie for a sweatshirt, blue jeans and a shovel Tuesday as he joined university students, faculty and staff in a range of community-service projects. The service work is part of the activities leading up to Einolf's formal inauguration Saturday as Indiana Tech's ninth president. The university wants to celebrate what makes it special and to involve ...

VIDEO: Addison Agen of Fort Wayne moves on to Top 10 on 'The Voice'

Tuesday night was a good one for Addison Agen on "The Voice." Not only did the Fort Wayne native rack up enough viewer votes to advance to the show's Top 10 finalists. She and fellow Team Adam member Adam Cunningham also performed a rockin' version of Fleetwood Mac's "Go Your Own Way" with their celebrity coach, Adam Levine of the pop-music group Maroon 5. It all took place during "The Voice" results show ...

UPDATED: Fort Wayne's Addison Agen and other 'The Voice' contestants are scheduled to sing songs tonight chosen for them by viewers

Song choice would seem to be ever more important now for Addison Agen and the 10 remaining finalists on "The Voice." Now that the NBC vocal talent competition has moved into its live broadcast shows, where viewers decide what contestants advance to the next week, it would seem artists have to perform songs that showcase their talent as well as appeal to the mostly younger audience watching the show. But for ...

UPDATED: YWCA Northeast Indiana expanding focus to involve men in ending violence against women

Men have been the main cause of domestic violence. Now the YWCA Northeast Indiana wants to involve them in solving the problem, encouraging men to stand up with women against domestic violence. The shift in focus began with planning for the YWCA's upcoming annual fundraiser, which had been called the Circle of Women during its first 20 years, said Paula Hughes-Schuh, who became the YWCA's president and CEO in ...

VIDEO: Fort Wayne's Addison Agen leaves celebrity coaches in awe on 'The Voice'

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen even had one of the competing celebrity coaches telling viewers to vote for her during Monday night's live broadcast of "The Voice," which featured performances by the show's 11 remaining finalists. Agen, 16, sang a soulful version of "A Case of You," by folk singer Joni Mitchell. "Great, great and you are beyond great," coach Jennifer Hudson said after the performance. "You are ...

Fort Wayne families applaud the film 'Wonder' for creating more awareness about children with cranio-facial syndromes

The new film "Wonder" has received good reviews from critics, but it draws raves from at least three Fort Wayne families for creating more awareness about cranio-facial syndromes, rare conditions that affect their children. "I really hope it will start conversations in families," said Jeannie Ewing, who with her husband, Ben, are parents of Sarah, 4, who was born with Apert syndrome. It is an opportunity to ...

New Haven-Adams Township Parks approves sale of 26 acres, generating funds for future park improvements

The sale of unneeded land has given the New Haven-Adams Township Parks and Recreation Department about $215,000 in seed money to apply for matching grants to make improvements at its parks. The parks department board voted Monday night to accept the winning auction bid of $227,000 for 26 acres of farmland off Hartzell Road north of Paulding Road, said Mike Clendenen, New Haven-Adams Township Parks ...

Fort Wayne's Addison Agen advances to next week's show on 'The Voice'

Addison Agen fans didn't have to wait long to see if the Fort Wayne native made it through to next week's live show on "The Voice." Addison, 16, was the first contestant announced as saved by viewers, whose votes now decide who stays and who goes home on the NBC vocal talent show. Within the first few moments of Tuesday night's broadcast, host Carson Daly said he would announce the first three contestants ...