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Bob and Donna Hey purchased the property at 6510 Bluffton Road in 1959. It was already called Bob's Barber Shop so they didn't need to change the name. In 1972 Bob tore the place down and built a brand new, single story, barber shop. He added the barn motif and renamed it Bob's Hair Barn.

In 1980, when Jeff Hey was just getting out of barber school, they added a second story and expanded again. Bob passed away in 1985 and the three offspring, Jeff Hey, Rhonda Dykeman and Beth Lanning purchased...

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Two girls sit on the cold, pale bathroom floor. One of them has her knees drawn up to her chest and she's crying hard. The other, a friend or stranger perhaps, rests a gentle hand on her back and waits for the verbal diagnosis of her pain. Outside the restroom the noise level is considerably louder. This isn't surprising considering that nearly 300 middle schoolers and high schoolers are now occupying the building.

In the coffee shop an adult volunteer sits across from a kid who can't be much...

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Each year, approximately 75,000 people are injured seriously enough by lawnmowers to require emergency room treatment. "Only a small percentage of these injuries are caused by mechanical failure," says Allstate Agent KEVIN GWOZDZ "Most are the result of human error."

To help prevent lawnmower accidents and injuries, here are some tips from the Insurance Information Institute (used by permission) and Allstate Insurance to follow when mowing your lawn:

Become familiar with your mower. Read...

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Wayne Fire Department (FWFD) reminds everyone to avoid open burning as a general rule.

FWFD Fire Marshall Christine Bowers says, "No one is to kindle or maintain open burning consisting of a trash fire, leaf fire, refuse fire, or other open burning according to Fort Wayne City Code."

She explains that there are two exemptions allowed under certain conditions.

1. Bonfires celebrating school pep rallies are one exemption which requires obtaining a Burn Permit from the Fort Wayne Fire...

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Chester Gwozdz was born in Roseburg, Ohio on September 14, 1918. His parents, Simon and Mary were from a town near the Ukraine border in Poland. They immigrated through Stanton Island and then traveled to Rossford. Chester's dad worked for the Edward Ford Plate Glass Company.

Chester attended grades 1-8 at Walnut Elementary and graduated from Rossford High School in 1936. After high school he went to Detroit to work for Chrysler.

Chester brought in a news clipping of a summer day from 1930...

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South Side Speech team. Front row (l to r): Tom Miller, Leah Heller, Troy Cummins Back Row (l to r): Christine Walker, Jessica Turner, Emily Yates, Kerri Jylland-Hade. Absent is Katherine Walker.

The South Side High School Speech and Debate Teams have qualified 8 students to compete in the Bluebonnet National Tournament (Dallas Texas June 18-23) sponsored by the National Forensic League. The students will be competing in Speech and Debate events hoping to win scholarships in amounts from $100 up to $10,000.

The students qualifying are: Troy Cummins, Kerri Jylland-Hade, Leah Heller, Tom Miller, Jessica Turner, Christine Walker, Katherine Walker and Emily Yates.

This is the largest...

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Margaret as a WASP in the 1940s.

Margaret Ringenberg was at Atz's Ice cream shop on Tuesday morning, April 11. She was up early for a 7:30 a.m. presentation to the Southside Optimist Club. Margaret now lives in Leo Indiana and she keeps her airplane hangered at Fort Wayne International Airport.

Margaret was interested in flying from a very early age, but she was under the impression that only men could be pilots. She had decided to become an airline stewardess but then found an opportunity to take a flying lesson at Baer...

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Many of Indiana's residents still remember the Palm Sunday tornadoes of 1965. This brief article touches upon the Palm Sunday Tornadoes of 1920. Similar to the 1965 tornadoes the 1920 tornadoes struck Indiana late in the afternoon and followed multiple paths across the state but today's Weather Service estimated an intensity of F5, which is the most intense and devastating rating for a tornado.

Palm Sunday in 1920 fell on the date of March 28th. There was no warning system in place but all of...

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The Bishop Luers High School Speech Team had three entries at the state competition on Saturday, March 25, at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis. The trip marked the sixth consecutive state appearance for the Knights, after qualifying for the trip following a tenth overall finish at sectional competition.

Representing Bishop Luers in the individual competition was senior Abby Root in impromptu speech and junior Aggie Pryor in humor.

Top placers for the Knights were the combined pair...

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