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Waynedale Politial Commentaries

What are your Waynedale (Fort Wayne), Indiana politicians working on for you? Local, regional and state wide politics can be found here written by your elected officials.

STRAIGHT FROM THE SENATE: HELP AVAILABLE FOR FARMERS HIT HARD BY DROUGHT

Details DAVID LONG

A visit to Indiana's farms is not a pretty sight these days. Cracked earth, shriveled stalks and bare fields have left many Hoosier farmers struggling financially, concerned about the effects of this year's low crop yields due to the ongoing drought.

Current reports classify more than 80 percent of the state as experiencing severe drought. It's officially the worst drought Indiana has seen in more than two decades, with July's extreme heat and lack of rainfall reminding some farmers of the...

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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR: BIKE FORT WAYNE PLAN

Details MAYOR TOM HENRY

We're taking one step closer to making our community one of the most bicycle-friendly in the nation, thanks to a proposal that would make changes to our Traffic Regulations ordinance.

These changes, or amendments, are designed to clarify rules of the road and heighten safety for cyclists, motorists and pedestrians. Members of my city administration and representatives from our community partner groups -- Three Rivers Velo Sport, Fort Wayne Trails and Northeastern Indiana Regional Coordinating...

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VOICE OF THE TOWNSHIP: SUMMER COMING TO A CLOSE

Details RICHARD A. STEVENSON

I find it hard to believe that summer already is on its way to being over. While I really enjoy summer, I know some of you might be happy to see the end of this summer of extreme heat and drought. And, with the end of summer comes, of course, the beginning of school.

We had a very successful program this year to provide school supplies for children of clients, who were unable to afford the cost of buying the supplies themselves. The organizer of our school supplies program, Sharon Conrad...

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STRAIGHT FROM THE SENATE: SHAKING UP INDIANA'S HIGHER ED SCENE

Details SENATOR DAVID LONG


Classes are beginning on college campuses across the state, but with continued reforms and unprecedented policies, this year will hardly be status quo. A combination of student demand for more affordable tuition, legislative initiatives and university commitment to providing high quality, cost-effective education is shaking up Indiana's higher ed scene.

Last Friday, the Indiana Commission for Higher Education (ICHE) adopted new standards for the approval of degree programs at Indiana's public...

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MESSAGE FROM THE MAYOR: PUBLIC SAFTEY ACADEMY OF NORTHEAST INDIANA

Details MAYOR TOM HENRY

I'm excited about a new collegiate anchor on Fort Wayne's south side that increases the potential for economic development in the surrounding area.

In August, I announced, along with Ivy Tech Community College–Northeast Chancellor Jerrilee K. Mosier, Ed.D, a plan that brings a new vision for the future of the Public Safety Academy of Northeast Indiana (PSA). Under the plan Ivy Tech will expand its program offerings at the facility to be named the Public Safety Academy: Ivy Tech South...

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VOICE OF THE TOWNSHIP: ASSISTANCE TO INDEPENDENCE

Details  Richard A. Stevenson

As the sign outside our building has reflected this summer, our goal at the Wayne Township Trustee's Office is to "Move Families from Assistance to Independence." The way we do that is to focus on finding jobs for all our clients who are able to work. I am pleased to be able to tell you that we are rapidly moving toward reaching the landmark of helping 100 of our clients find jobs so far this year.

And, by the end of the year, we expect that 100 number to increase significantly. Since I have...

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