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WRITER: Kevin Kilbane

State initiative provides funds for Fort Wayne, Allen County police to boost drug interdiction efforts

The Allen County Sheriff's Department and Fort Wayne Police Department each will receive $50,000 for use in stopping drugs from entering the local community. The funds are part of a state initiative announced locally by Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill during a press conference this morning at the Allen County Sheriff's office in the Allen County Courthouse. The program, which is funded through a $1.25 ...

New Haven-Adams Township Parks board votes to pursue $400,000 matching grant to add a climbing wall, pickleball courts and more at Jury Park east of Fort Wayne

Jury Park in New Haven would receive a climbing wall at Jury Pool, additional parking and more if the New Haven-Adams Township Parks and Recreation receives the maximum $400,000 from a federal matching grant program managed by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The parks department's board of commissioners voted unanimously during a special meeting today to apply for the Land, Water and Conservation ...

Fort Wayne's Memorial Day parade salutes U.S. military veterans past and present

The annual Memorial Day Parade took place at 11 a.m. today, moving north on Parnell Avenue from State Boulevard to Memorial Coliseum. The parade, which seemed to have more units than in some years, included the marching bands from Concordia Lutheran High School and South Side High Schools, as well as a variety of other units. A memorial ceremony followed the parade in the Veteran's Plaza outside Memorial Coliseum.

Women veterans will share their thoughts as speakers at the memorial ceremony Monday after Fort Wayne's Memorial Day parade

When Alena Gillum was 5 years old, she told her parents she was going to join the U.S. Marine Corps. "I loved it," Gillum, now 46, of Fort Wayne, said of serving in the Marine Corps from 1989-1994, which included tours of duty in Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm in the Middle East. Gillum will be one of three women U.S. military veterans who has been asked to speak at the annual memorial ...

The Franciscan Center to open second family thrift store in Fort Wayne

Thrift store shoppers soon will have another location to check out on their rounds. The Franciscan Center ministry expects to open its second Fort Wayne thrift store June 15 at 6145 W. Jefferson Blvd. in the Jefferson Crossing shopping center, said Monica Nelson, who with her sister, Jessica Finley, co-manage the new store and the existing store at 925 Coliseum Blvd. E. The week of June 15-22 will be a soft ...

Catholic Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend's large priest ordination class part of a growing interest by young people in religious life

The five young men who will be ordained as priests June 2 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception — the largest group since 1975 — represent part of a renewed interest in the religious life among young people, the local Catholic diocese's vocations director said. "I am very proud of the guys we have in seminary now," said the Rev. Andrew Budzinski, vocations director for the Diocese of Fort ...

Student team from Fort Wayne's Memorial Park Middle School explores using waste to generate electricity for wastewater treatment plant

Their pursuit of science required working with some stinky stuff, but four seventh-graders persevered and reached a conclusion that may help Fort Wayne in the future. Students Hannah Offhaus, 12, Audrey Woodruff, 13, Grace Gillie, 13, and Fiona Gochtovtt-Stine, 13, all of Memorial Park Middle School, analyzed five waste substances to see what one likely will be the best source for producing methane gas to fuel ...

Fort Wayne's CTN asking people to urge state officials to change new Medicaid nonemergency transportation contract

Community Transportation Network (CTN) doesn't want to leave Medicaid patients at the curb while helping other people into their doctor's office or other location, so the nonprofit won't be participating in the Medicaid non-emergency transportation program beginning June 1, CTN announced Wednesday. CTN officials are asking community members to contact Gov. Eric Holcomb, state legislators and Indiana Family and ...

Fort Wayne Children's Zoo still working on plan to keep baby giraffe from slipping out again

You could say giraffe toddler Thabisa is in a preventive timeout. Zookeepers had expected the now 6-month-old Thabisa and 9-month-old giraffe calf Kita to turn the giraffe exhibit into a big playground this season in the African Journey area at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in Franke Park. The inquisitive Thabisa, however, surprised zoo staff in late April when she found a way to escape while walking for the ...

Fort Wayne Community Schools to provide all students with free breakfast and lunch beginning next school year

Fort Wayne Community Schools will offer free breakfast and lunches to students beginning next year at elementary, middle and high schools. The FWCS board of school trustees approved reapplying for the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) — and adding the district's five high schools to it — during the board's meeting Monday night at Grile Administrative Center. "This is a great benefit to all of our ...

Bricks from demolition of Elmhurst High School in Fort Wayne will be available beginning Wednesday for alumni

Bricks from Elmhurst High School will be available beginning about noon Wednesday in the parking lot off Sand Point Road behind the vacant school, 3829 Sand Point Road. People are asked to take no more than two or three bricks per person, said Kris Lunz, co-owner with her husband, Ron, of Lunz Excavating, which is demolishing the Elmhurst building. "The whole idea is so Elmhurst people get a piece of brick ...

Fort Wayne's peregrine falcon chicks banded and named

It's two boys and a girl for Moxie and Jamie, the peregrine falcon parents nesting on top of the Indiana Michigan Power Center building in downtown Fort Wayne. Retired Indiana Department of Natural Resources bird biologist John Castrale, who has done peregrine falcon chick banding for years, returned to put bands on the 4-week-old chicks while an audience learned the chicks' names: Ranger and Glenn (for ...

Demolitions and lead dust: Is there a problem?

The excavator bucket reaches up to an older home and pulls down a portion of the wall. Later, it will be scooping up the debris and dropping it into a dumpster or dump truck for disposal. As the excavator works, dust can float into the air and drift toward nearby homes. That could be a problem if the home being demolished was built before 1978, the year the federal government banned the use of lead in paint. ...

Ministry's new approach to demolition reduces concerns about lead and other dust

A relatively new Fort Wayne ministry could reduce concerns about lead dust and other problems by demolishing homes piece by piece as it helps people build up their lives. "I think it is a huge opportunity" and possibly the future of demolition, said Tom Heil, whose wife, Carole, is the president and owner of the for-profit ministry, SDG. The ministry, which works in partnership with Associated Churches of ...

UPDATED: Fort Wayne Community Schools names Career Academy at Anthis teacher as its 2018 Teacher of the Year

For the first time in 20 years or more, a teacher from Anthis Career Center has been named Fort Wayne Community Schools Teacher of the Year. FWCS Superintendent Wendy Robinson surprised Karen Gillie, a graphic design teacher at FWCS Career Academy at Anthis, in her classroom this morning to honor Gillie as FWCS' 2018 Teacher of the Year. "I'm blessed to have this job, absolutely blessed," Gillie said. Her ...

Demolition underway on former Scott's grocery at North Anthony Boulevard and Crescent Avenue in Fort Wayne

Demolition began today on the former Scott's Food and Pharmacy store at North Anthony Boulevard and Crescent Avenue. Bill Rogers, who owns the store site and the Rogers Properties property management company, said in late April he had started the process to have store demolished. At that time, Rogers said the city of Fort Wayne wanted him to restore water service to the building and reactivate its fire ...

Northeast Fort Wayne's North Anthony Corridor murals project surpasses its fundraising goal

The North Anthony Corridor Group has surpassed its goal in its online campaign to raise $13,000 to help pay for installation of murals on the north and west sides of a building in the 3500 block of North Anthony Boulevard. As of 4:30 p.m. today, the Mandala Murals Project had raised $13,100 since May 1 through donations by 24 people, surpassing its goal by $100. The campaign was conducted on the Patronicity ...

New research project collecting data with goal of protecting turtles at Eagle Marsh in southwest Fort Wayne

A new research project could offer insights that may protect turtle populations at Eagle Marsh, especially those reptiles who feel the need to cross busy Engle Road to find a good place to lay eggs. The project, which is expected to start next week and continue through July, represents a partnership between the Environmental Resources Center at Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne and the Little ...

Urban Turtle Festival celebrates slowly, hopes to raise money for turtle conservation in Fort Wayne

They plan to have a 5K event at the Urban Turtle Festival this Saturday at Eagle Marsh. In keeping with the day, though, it's a walk — not a run. The non-competitive event leads off the day at 10 a.m. at the 756-acre marsh, 6801 Engle Road. Eagle Marsh is the largest inland urban wetland restoration project in the United States, according to Little River Wetlands Project, which owns Eagle Marsh and which ...

Special 'Theater for Ideas' event in Fort Wayne looks at past, present and corporate power

This "Theater for Ideas" show originally was recorded April 4, 1975. Forty-three years later, the topic - corporate power — still is an issue. Local filmmaker and "Theater for Ideas" creator and host Terry Doran will revisit both the old show and the topic during a special "Theater for Ideas" event at 6 p.m. Thursday in Meeting Room A of the downtown Allen County Public Library, 900 Library Plaza. The ...