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Feature Story Kelsi Lee and Cote Godoy of KelsiCote perform with their Amig@s in Fort Wayne.

Beat the pandemic blues with uplifting, cross-cultural music by Fort Wayne’s KelsiCote

Releasing their new album “Ayün” amidst a global pandemic, the singer-songwriter couple sends hope and strength to amigos around the world through music.  

Feature Story Anjelica Soto and Rosemary Boxley of Sistarz & Sistarz.

Giving back to their community: This Fort Wayne nonprofit is providing families with school supplies

Rosemary Boxley and Anjelica Soto share the powerful work of Sistarz & Sistarz Nonprofit Organization.

Feature Story Bo Gonzalez is the founder of Bravas, a thriving burger and hot dog spot in the 46807.

What’s happening with Bravas? Entrepreneur Bo Gonzalez shares his plans

“I am an entrepreneur at heart and already have so many ideas swirling around ye' olde noggin'.”


Feature Story LeAnne and Derek Lavender have found new work and hope since his accident.

‘Hope after hard things’: Meet an Indiana business born from a motorcycle accident

When Derek Lavender was paralyzed from the chest down, the couple was forced to discover a new way of life and work.


Feature Story Oxford Carwash

Oxford community car wash rallies support in Southeast

Photos from a day of service and neighborhood spirit on the Southeast side.

Feature Story First & Wilkerson Designs printing

#PeopleofNEI: John, helping small businesses keep doors open

"What can we all do to help each other out and make sure we make it through difficult times like this?"

Feature Story Britney Breidenstein grew up in Southeast Fort Wayne and is passionate about serving the community there.

Changing the narrative: Meet our Project Editor for On the Ground Southeast

Get to know Britney Breidenstein and why she's passionate about the On the Ground series.

Feature Story Tiffany Brewer, Karen Birsfield, and Melonie Bradtmueller stand in front of what will be the future leasing center at Parkview Village.

This Indiana-based property management group is investing $7.5 million in Southeast Fort Wayne

A distressed 30.5-acre campus of housing is being restored to its former glory.  

Feature Story Smith Street Story Slam OTG

Attend the first On the Ground Southeast Story Slam on the theme 'Revealed'

Bridge of Grace and On the Ground Southeast are hosting story slams for 46803 and 46806 residents to share personal narratives.

Feature Story The Burger Bar in downtown Fort Wayne is participating in the new Summer Savor event.

Blog: Enjoy a special summer edition of Savor Fort Wayne to support more than 25 restaurants

While Savor Fort Wayne is traditionally held in January, this additional Savor experience is a great opportunity to support local restaurants during COVID-19.


Feature Story Auburn Garrett Drive-In

#PlacesofNEI: the Auburn Garrett Drive-In Theatre

"This is the perfect place to enjoy movies during the pandemic."

Feature Story Empty shelves at grocery stores have prompted many in Indiana to start rethinking the state's food supply chain.

‘A food crisis’: COVID-19 reveals gaps and opportunities in Indiana's food system

“With this pandemic revealing the fragility of our current food supply chain, don’t you think it’s time the state of Indiana starts feeding itself?”


Feature Story On the Ground Southeast is a new embedded journalism program Input Fort Wayne is launching in partnership with the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation, Parkview Health, NIPSCO, and Bridge of Grace Compassionate Ministries Center.

Announcing On the Ground Southeast: An embedded journalism program in Southeast Fort Wayne

From August-September 2020, Input will be hiring Southeast Fort Wayne-based writers and photographers to produce weekly stories that generate conversations around assets, challenges, and opportunities in their neighborhoods.

Feature Story Kayden Gordon hosts "The Kayden Gordon Show: Today’s Best Country Mix" on Spectrum 23.9, a Northeast Indiana-based radio station that is produced by and for people with autism and other disabilities.

How a Northeast Indiana radio station is creating opportunities for broadcasters with autism

Get to know Spectrum 23.9's Kayden Gordon, host of the "The Kayden Gordon Show: Today’s Best Country Mix."  

Feature Story Entrepreneur Julie Creek is finding ways to launch her business, the Center for Grant Research and Writing, LLC—pandemic or not.

Launching a business in the middle of a pandemic: A Fort Wayne grant writer shares her story

Entrepreneur Julie Creek is finding ways to launch her business, the Center for Grant Research and Writing, LLC—pandemic or not.

Feature Story The new Utopian Coffee + Kitchen opened at 118 W. Columbia St. on Monday next door to the soon-to-be-open Landing Beer Co.

There's a new coffee shop and brewery on the Landing in downtown Fort Wayne

The Co-Owner of the Landing Beer Co. and Utopian Coffee + Kitchen fills us in.

Feature Story Bridge of Grace is expanding its programming to include early childhood, reaching children ages 0-5 as a way of helping to close the achievement gap in a child’s early years.

Closing the achievement gap: There's a new early-childhood program in Southeast Fort Wayne

Bridge of Grace is expanding its programming to include early childhood, reaching children ages 0-5 as a way of helping to close the achievement gap.

Feature Story Super Shot saw a 54% decrease in doses administered to children this past May compared to May 2019.

Blog: COVID-19 pandemic is reducing Fort Wayne area immunization rates to critical lows

"Community health officials are increasingly concerned that as parents avoid their well-child visits due to the COVID-19 lockdown, a dangerous decline in community health standards could result."

Feature Story Jim Wilcox, center, and his team at Sandler Performance Center of Northern Indiana.

Is your attitude limiting your business?

"In business and in life, our attitude is a choice; it is not something that happens to us. We are not subject to it. Rather, we have the power to change it."

Feature Story Miles

#PeopleofNEI: Miles, creating change with citywide bake sales

"I have been looking for a way to help with the Black Lives Matter movement. I thought to myself that the best thing to do would be to have a bake sale, but it’s not really about us. It’s about the black community."

Special Report There's a new development as part of the Club Room at the Clyde Theatre in Quimby Village.

Building on the Clyde's success: How Sweetwater is creating a neighborhood hub at Quimby Village

There’s a new social destination developing on the South Side.

Feature Story The Northeast Indiana Local Food Network launched a searchable Local Food Guide this week intended to serve farmers, producers, and consumers alike.

Want to support Northeast Indiana’s local food movement? There’s a new interactive guide for that

The Northeast Indiana Local Food Network launched a searchable Local Food Guide this week intended to serve farmers, restaurants, and consumers alike.

Feature Story To celebrate Independence Day, members of Own Your Success in Fort Wayne shared powerful personal stories about what led them to launch businesses.

What have you overcome to achieve independence? 13 Fort Wayne entrepreneurs share their stories

In honor of July 4, entrepreneurs share powerful experiences along the road to independence.

Feature Story Blue Jacket spent a week in July cleaning for Citilink buses.

How two Fort Wayne organizations are evolving to meet ‘essential’ needs during the pandemic

Blue Jacket and 100+ Women Who Care quickly adapted their operations to meet the needs of Fort Wayne's community, paving the way for other organizations to follow.

Feature Story Travis and Thad Gerardot of Fort Wayne.

#PeopleofNEI: Travis and Thad Gerardot, celebrating Pride in Northeast Indiana

"We are an example that the American dream comes in a lot of varieties."

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