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WRITER: Kevin Kilbane

UPDATED: Beginning tonight, your votes determine Fort Wayne's Addison Agen's future on 'The Voice'

Now it's your turn. Until now, Addison Agen's success on "The Voice" has depended on the Fort Wayne native's amazing vocal talent and the opinion of her celebrity coach. Beginning tonight with the live-broadcast portion of the competition, how long the 16-year-old Indie-folk artist stays on the show — and whether she has a chance to win it — depends on viewers' votes. And there are so many ways to ...

Special choice will get to turn on Community Center holiday lights during Fort Wayne's Night of Lights event

When staff at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department's Community Center thought about who to ask to turn on the center's holiday light display during the annual Night of Lights event Wednesday, they all agreed on a regular there — Zander Shirmeyer of Fort Wayne. Zander has taken 45 classes at the Community Center, 233 W. Main St., over the past year and a half, and all of the staff know him. That's ...

Church shootings have increased interest in security at some Fort Wayne congregations

Pastor Dave Keller of Abundant Life Church describes safety and security as the "elephant in the room" many religious congregations don't want to talk about because their faith should protect them. "I believe security is not a matter of faith, it's a matter of preparedness," said Keller, leader of the congregation at 3301 E. Coliseum Blvd. Preparing to deal with intruders or people with violent intentions is ...

Groups from Fort Wayne, Huntington heading to Father Solanus Casey beatification Saturday in Detroit

The lives of Jan Scher and Father Solanus Casey have been connected for 70 years. That will continue Saturday when Scher, of Huntington, leads two busloads of area residents to the Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday at Ford Field in Detroit where Casey will be beatified by the Catholic Church — putting him one step away from sainthood. Other people from the Fort Wayne area will travel there in their own vehicles. "I ...

Fort Wayne, area educators urged to stand up for students against new proposed graduation requirements

The Indiana Graduation Pathway Panel's recommendations for new Indiana high school graduation requirements are vague, confusing and could keep middle-of-the-class students from earning a diploma, and school officials need to stand up against the plan. That was the message shared by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick, state Board of Education member Steve Yager and area school district ...

More than 2,700 tour Fort Wayne's closed Elmhurst High School before pre-demolition work begins

The Elmhurst High School alumni and staff tours last Friday and Saturday were a "great success," with a combined total of more than 2,700 people coming out for a last walk through the school before demolition, said Mike Dawes, plant manager for Hanson Aggregates Midwest's Ardmore Quarry, which is adjacent to the school and which bought the property this summer. Hanson Aggregates now focuses on next steps ...

With the help of Fort Wayne's Allen County SPCA, Meredith the dog makes long, difficult journey to adoption

For Stephanie Fries, seeing Meredith the dog leave with a family Sunday was like watching a child go off to college. "She has the most crazy story of any dog I have ever brought into the shelter," Fries, the shelter manager at the Allen County SPCA, said Monday. The challenge of preparing Meredith to join her adoptive family took patience, surgery, nurturing — and some Arby's roast beef sandwiches. ...

VIDEO: Fort Wayne's Addison Agen inspires standing ovation and earns a trip to 'The Voice' live show finals

Addison Agen of Fort Wayne was the last to perform Tuesday night on "The Voice," but it didn't keep her from delivering an emotional rendition of the country-rock song "Angel from Montgomery," by Bonnie Raitt. The performance brought all four celebrity coaches and the crowd to their feet. It also propelled Addison, 16, into the Top 12 live show finals, which begin Monday. The Concordia Lutheran High School ...

UPDATED: 'The Voice' competition entering new difficulty level for Fort Wayne's Addison Agen

Editor's note: We updated this story with information about a viewing party Tuesday night to watch "The Voice" in support of Addison Agen. This week starts a whole new level of competition on "The Voice" for Fort Wayne's Addison Agen. The Concordia Lutheran High School junior has advanced through the blind auditions and battle and knockout rounds of the hit NBC vocal talent show. Now Addison and the 19 other ...

Investigation continuing into shooting of three women early Thursday in Fort Wayne

The survivor of a triple-shooting early Thursday remained hospitalized in critical condition as of mid-day Monday and Fort Wayne Police Department detectives continue to follow up on leads in the case, said Fort Wayne Police Sgt. Jim Seay of the department's public information office. One woman was critically injured and two women died as a result of the shooting reported at 4:05 a.m. Thursday in the 200 block ...

Fort Wayne Community Schools approves new teacher contract including pay raises

Full-time Fort Wayne Community Schools teachers could get a salary increase of $1,000 this school year and some will receive raises of up to about $5,000 under a new contract approved Monday night by the FWCS board of school trustees. Board members approved the contract with the Fort Wayne Education Association (FWEA), which represents most FWCS teachers in union collective bargaining, during the board's ...

Veterans Day parade salutes service of Fort Wayne military veterans

People braved cold temperatures to participate in and cheer on Fort Wayne-area U.S. military veterans during the annual Veterans Day parade on Saturday organized by the Allen County Council of Veterans Organizations. The parade started at 11 a.m., with units rolling or walking north on Parnell Avenue from North Side Park to Memorial Coliseum, 4000 Parnell Ave. A variety of individuals and groups walked or ...

Elmhurst High School tour brings back great memories for alumni

It was below freezing outside, but inside the Elmhurst High School building, faces glowed with warm memories. "Elmhurst was a small school with a big heart," said Karen Dowdell, a Class of 1985 graduate serving as one of the volunteer tour guides for other alumni, their immediate families and former staff members visiting the school Friday morning. Elmhurst alumni and staff have a chance to step back into ...

New Haven-Adams Township Parks looking ahead on use of Haskamp property

What now is a mix of woods and farmland could become a 50-acre park featuring natural areas pending public input and future decisions by the New Haven-Adams Township Parks and Recreation Department park board. "Something like a Metea Park, but on a much smaller scale," New Haven-Adams Township Parks Superintendent Mike Clendenen said, referring to the Allen County Parks property on Union Chapel Road near ...

Skyline Garage/Ash Brokerage complex to participate in Night of Lights for first time

The Skyline Garage, which is part of the Ash Brokerage complex, will get into the holiday spirit this year with a special holiday light show debuting Nov. 22 during the annual Night of Lights festivities in downtown Fort Wayne. "When you see it, it gives a whole different vibe to the street," Tami Brigle, Ash Brokerage marketing content specialist, said of the lights on the garage, which is owned and operated ...

Fort Wayne-area Christian congregations encouraged to reach out to help people suffering from mental illness

In the faith community, mental health problems have a reputation as a "no casserole" illness. When someone in a family suffers a serious illness or is hospitalized, people in their religious congregation frequently deliver food for the family, said the Rev. Dennis Goff, director of ministry programs for the Lutheran Foundation in Fort Wayne. That often doesn't happen when the health issue involves mental ...

Fort Wayne-area Coats for Kids program launches winter wear collection drive

It was smiles all around and a few high-fives Wednesday as Fort Wayne firefighters and others helped children at MLK Montessori School, 6001 S. Anthony Blvd., pick out new winter coats, hats and gloves — the kickoff for the annual Coats for Kids program. This is the 18th year for the program, which in recent years has collected and distributed more than 5,000 coats a year through schools and social-service ...

Fort Wayne Concordia Lutheran's Addison Agen from 'The Voice' has started work on a new album

Addison Agen's amazing experience so far on national vocal talent TV show "The Voice" has inspired the Fort Wayne 16-year-old to start work on recording a second album. Agen sang some of the new material during a concert Oct. 27 at Calhoun Street Soups, Salads and Spirits on Calhoun Street, she said during an interview last week with News-Sentinel.com. She also performed songs from her debut album, "New ...

Fort Wayne area's up and down fall temps have trees confused, too

If you've had a difficult time figuring out the recent fall weather, you're not alone. Cold weather followed by warm-ups, including the unusually high temperature of 68 degrees about 11 a.m. Sunday, makes it difficult to know what to expect and how to dress. The erratic weather apparently also fooled crabapple trees in Bloomingdale Park, which were blooming Monday afternoon along Sherman Boulevard north of ...

Bishop Rhoades blesses, dedicates new Divine Mercy Funeral Home in Fort Wayne

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend blessed and dedicated the new Divine Mercy Funeral Home during ceremonies Thursday at the building, which is located in Catholic Cemetery at 3500 Lake Ave. The diocese owns and paid for the construction of the approximately $3 million, 14,000-square-foot funeral home, which now is open and serving families. The building includes two large ...