• Many Americans flying for holiday despite CDC pleas

    Many Americans flying for holiday despite CDC pleas
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Millions of Americans bought tickets to fly somewhere for Thanksgiving before the nation's top public health agency pleaded with them not to travel for the holiday.So what are they doing now? In many cases, they're still crowding airports and boarding planes. That's despite relatively lenient cancellation policies that major airlines have implemented since the coronavirus pandemic emerged earlier this year.“Consumers should feel comfortable changing their plan
  • Historic Old Fort park damaged in hit and skip crash

    Historic Old Fort park damaged in hit and skip crash
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A portion of Historic Fort Wayne's Old Fort park is damaged after a car crash this morning.
    Old Fort Treasurer Tom Grant said the vehicle was found abandoned at the crash site. He also said a police investigation is still ongoing.The repairs could cost tens of thousands of dollars."This is the fourth time the fort has been hit by a vehicle," Grant said. "This is absolutely the worst situation we've had. Being that when the vehicle came over the dike and hit the corner o
  • Police investigating shooting in SW Fort Wayne neighborhood

    Police investigating shooting in SW Fort Wayne neighborhood
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Fort Wayne Police responded to reports of a shooting in a southwest Fort Wayne neighborhood Thursday.Officers were called to the 3000 block of Witchwood Drive, northwest of the intersection of Bluffton and Lower Huntington Roads, just after 10 p.m.Little information is known about the incident at this time. Dispatchers advised that officers are investigating in the area.WANE 15 has a crew on the scene working to learn more information.
  • SE Fort Wayne business gives away free meals for Thanksgiving

    SE Fort Wayne business gives away free meals for Thanksgiving
    FORT WAYNE, Ind.(WANE) - For thanksgiving, My Market gave away free meals to people in the area.
    According to the owner Mo Foster, it was heavy on his heart to give back and do more for the community.
    This is the first time My Market gave away free meals for Thanksgiving, but according to customers, Foster has done many give away in the past, including a coat giveaway for children.My Market started giving away food at 9:00 am on Thursday morning and will continue until midnight. Around 5:00 pm,
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  • Red Cross at 'urgent' need for blood donations

    Red Cross at 'urgent' need for blood donations
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The holiday season is the season for giving and caring. The American Red Cross is hoping you'll take that notion and donate blood.The sign outside of the Red Cross in Fort Wayne reads "urgent." The Red Cross said the pandemic is partly to blame, but this time of year always brings a shortage."As the school year has progressed, as the fall has progressed, we've seen the number of blood drives who were originally on our calendar set to come through have to pull off the ca
  • Indiana reports 63 new deaths tied to COVID-19; 6,434 more cases

    Indiana reports 63 new deaths tied to COVID-19; 6,434 more cases
    The following are daily reports released by the Indiana State Department of Health since Oct. 1THURSDAY, Nov. 26he Indiana Department of Health today announced that 6,434 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at state and private laboratories. That brings to 318,894 the number of Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.A total of 5,295 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID-1
  • Vote to chose the Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest winner

    Vote to chose the Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest winner
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District is asking for your help in choosing the winner of the Downtown Holiday Window Decorating Contest.Various windows throughout downtown are decorated in holiday cheer for the contest that will run through the middle of December. View the windows here.Schedule:Nov. 25: Voting BeginsDec. 14: Voting endsDec. 18: Winners are announcedThe winners of the contest will receive: a picture of their window will be featured in a thank-you a
  • Allen County reports 347 new virus cases; death toll hits 303

    Allen County reports 347 new virus cases; death toll hits 303
    The following are updates from the Allen County Department of Health:THURSDAY, Nov. 26Another three Allen County residents died and 347 tested positive for COVID-19, with 202 confirmed PCR cases and 145 probable antigen cases, bringing the total to 18,370 cases and 303 deaths Thursday.The Allen County case count now includes a total of 4,147 probable cases from antigen tests reported since July 28.Updates to positive cases and deaths in Allen County are found on the Department’s COVID-19 w
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  • Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022

    Pandemic postpones national math, reading tests until 2022
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — National reading and math tests long used to track what U.S. students know in those subjects are being postponed from next year to 2022 over concerns about whether testing would be feasible or produce valid results during the coronavirus pandemic, the National Center for Education Statistics announced Wednesday.The biennial National Assessment of Educational Progress evaluations used for the Nation's Report Card were slated early next year for hundreds of thousands of
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci, essential workers among list of Time Person of the Year reader poll nominees

    Dr. Anthony Fauci, essential workers among list of Time Person of the Year reader poll nominees
    Dr. Anthony Fauci, essential workers and even some politicians are among the list of nominees for Time's Person of the Year.
    Time Magazine released reader poll nominees Wednesday for the Person of the Year 2020. Readers can vote for the "person or group who had the greatest influence on the events of the year -- for better or worse."Santa Claus is immune to COVID-19, says Dr. FauciAlso on the list are Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Bl
  • Walmart Black Friday: Here are the best deals you can find right now online

    Walmart Black Friday: Here are the best deals you can find right now online
    DALLAS (NEXSTAR) -- Walmart announced last month a revamped Black Friday event in three phases with the first couple rounds of deals available right now online.If you're looking for a Playstation 5, it looks like you're out of luck.Walmart launched its deal on Wednesday night and the gaming system is already out of stock.Some other deals you can score today:Apple Watch Series 3 with GPS for $119 (was $179, $60 savings)Nintendo Switch with Mario Kart 8 Deluxe for $299 (special buy)Hover-1 Nova Ho
  • First News shares Thanksgiving leftover recipes for everyone

    First News shares Thanksgiving leftover recipes for everyone
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)- It's Thanksgiving Day and time to eat the traditional meal with turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, corn, and green beans. This year, there may be more leftovers than normal due to the smaller gatherings because of the ongoing pandemic. Don't let the leftovers go to waste! WANE 15's Alyssa Ivanson and Breann Boswell have put together some simple recipes for you to make with all the turkey sitting in your refrigerator.
    Before the recipes, we would like to share a tr
  • Switch flipped on the historic Wolf and Dessauer wreath in Huntington

    Switch flipped on the historic Wolf and Dessauer wreath in Huntington
    HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) — From Thanksgiving to New Years', drivers traveling on Park Drive in Huntington are greeted by a bright and massive light display in the town's Sunken Gardens.
    From Santa and his reindeer to gingerbread men, Christmas trees, and holiday greetings, the display takes up a majority of the park.
    In the center of it all sits a more than 80-year-old wreath with the words 'Merry Christmas' across it and a history that has brought thousands to see it glow every year.
    "This
  • Flipping the switch on the historic Wolf and Dessauer wreath in Huntington

    Flipping the switch on the historic Wolf and Dessauer wreath in Huntington
    HUNTINGTON, Ind. (WANE) — From Thanksgiving to New Years, drivers traveling on Park Drive in Huntington are greeted to a bright and massive light display in the town's Sunken Gardens.
    From Santa and his reindeer to gingerbread men, Christmas trees and holiday greetings, the display takes up a majority of the park.
    In the center of it all sits a more than 80 year old wreath with the words 'Merry Christmas' across it and a history that has brought thousands to see it glow every year.
    "This i
  • Vehicle totaled after crashing into old Big Apple Pizza building

    Vehicle totaled after crashing into old Big Apple Pizza building
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A vehicle crashed into a building on Wells Street Wednesday afternoon and caused significant damage.The driver of the vehicle told police he was driving down Wells Street after just buying the vehicle when the brakes went out.The crash left a big hole in the side of what used to be Big Apple Pizza near the Wells Street Bridge.The drive walked away with minor injuries, but the vehicle was totaled.
  • Virtual holiday concert to feature area artists

    Virtual holiday concert to feature area artists
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The Fort Wayne Children's Choir, Fort Wayne Dance Collective and Fort Wayne Philharmonic will all perform and more will be performing in a virtual holiday concert.The 'Virtual Holiday Spectacular' showcases a number of area artists, including singing sensation Addison Agen.
    The show's executive producer says it has the potential to have a nationwide audience."Our country is hurting and the holidays are not going to look the same for anybody. So we wanted to get as many
  • St. Mary's Soup Kitchen serving nearly 900 meals for Thanksgiving

    St. Mary's Soup Kitchen serving nearly 900 meals for Thanksgiving
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The St. Mary's Soup Kitchen is holding Thanksgiving Thursday but will be changing the tradition due to COVID-19 by providing carry-out meals as well.Volunteers were busy Wednesday putting the finishing touches on nearly 900 meals which are ready to be served to the community."We feel it's very very important, again, if we're not here to feed people, who is? I mean these people don't come just on a whim, they come here out of need, and it's very very important to fill th
  • Holiday festivals follow pandemic protocols

    Holiday festivals follow pandemic protocols
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A number of holiday events have been canceled this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but there are a few you can still enjoy.
    Inside the Embassy Theatre at 125 West Jefferson Boulevard, the Festival of Trees will take place from Wednesday, November 25 through Wednesday, December 6. This is the 36th year for the event. There are strict safety guidelines in place due to the pandemic. Masks are required and guests must practice social distancing. "We're capping capacity a
  • Fort Wayne's Famous Coney Island reopens, receives national recognition

    Fort Wayne's Famous Coney Island reopens, receives national recognition
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Over a hundred years of steamed buns, a secret sauce, and the dogs make up Fort Wayne's Famous Coney Island.
    Coney Island shut its doors for the first time in its history. COVID-19 hit the staff. Co-owner Jimmy Todoran says the closure gave them time to clean and make some minor repairs."We got them tested, rested, and ready to go," said Todoran.The reopening of Coney Island falls on a huge day for the restaurant, what would be Night of Lights."It's so traditional for f
  • Police investigate crash on Decatur Rd.

    Police investigate crash on Decatur Rd.
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Police are investigating a crash that occurred on Decatur Road Wednesday afternoon.FWPD was dispatched to Decatur Road and Hystone Drive around 3:30 p.m. on reports of a crash.It is unknown how many people were involved, their conditions and what caused the crash.WANE 15 has a crew on the scene to gather more information.This story is developing. Refresh for updates.
  • Holcomb, Box address COVID concerns as Hoosiers prepare for Thanksgiving gatherings

    Holcomb, Box address COVID concerns as Hoosiers prepare for Thanksgiving gatherings
    INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) - More than 6,000 new cases of COVID-19 and 63 new deaths were confirmed in Indiana the day before one of the biggest gathering times of the year - Thanksgiving. On Wednesday, Governor Eric Holcomb said while there are stats that are showing good signs, it's too early to change the state's restrictons.
    Holcomb continued his quarantine Wednesday after several members of his security detail tested positive for having COVID-19. He began his weekly press conference by thank
  • Indiana hospitalizations increase as county spread continues

    Indiana hospitalizations increase as county spread continues
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — All but one of Indiana’s counties are listed in the moderate and highest-risk categories of coronavirus spread as Wednesday's update from state health officials showed a 91% increase in COVID-19 hospitalizations since the beginning of November.
    Health officials also added 63 more deaths to Indiana’s pandemic toll, making November Indiana’s deadliest COVID-19 month with 1,055 confirmed deaths.
    The Indiana Department of Health listed 91 of the state&rsqu
  • Jay County High School moving to virtual learning

    Jay County High School moving to virtual learning
    JAY COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) - Jay County School Corp. announced the junior-senior high school will move to remote learning beginning Monday, Nov. 30. Elementary and preschools will continue in-person learning.
    A rise in the COVID-19 positivity rate, along with quarantine and staffing impacts, were listed as the primary reasons behind the decision to go virtual.The school corp. is hopeful to return to in-person instruction by Monday, Dec. 7. No decision will be announced until Wednesday, Dec. 2.Jay C
  • Indiana reports 63 new deaths tied to COVID-19; 6,059 more cases

    Indiana reports 63 new deaths tied to COVID-19; 6,059 more cases
    The following are daily reports released by the Indiana State Department of Health since Oct. 1WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25The Indiana Department of Health today announced that 6,059 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through testing at state and private laboratories. That brings to 312,521 the number of Indiana residents now known to have had the novel coronavirus following corrections to the previous day’s dashboard.A total of 5,232 Hoosiers are confirmed to have died from COVID
  • Fort Wayne New Year's Eve Ball Drop canceled due to pandemic restrictions

    Fort Wayne New Year's Eve Ball Drop canceled due to pandemic restrictions
    The Fort Wayne Ball Drop organizers confirmed to WANE 15 Wednesday that the annual Ball Drop celebration on New Years Eve is canceled this year.
    In a statement, they said, "the safety and best interest of the community is most important to the team. To act in accordance to the local mandates, we are unable to go forward with the event.""This is not a decision we have taken lightly, and our primary concern is for the health and safety of our community. 'The show must go on' is in our DNA, but we
  • Allen County Department of Health sees jump in COVID-19 related restaurant complaints

    Allen County Department of Health sees jump in COVID-19 related restaurant complaints
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) The Allen County Department of Health saw a huge jump in consumer complaints regarding restaurants in violation of COVID-19 restrictions for the week of November 14. There were 65 complaints, the highest total for the year and the most since the week of July 25 when there were 64 complaints.Complaints are a three-step process for the health department and a majority are for mask violations:Issue a verbal order to cease the unsafe practiceIssue an order to cease and desist
  • Interactive map: County-by-county COVID risk assessment heading into Thanksgiving

    Interactive map: County-by-county COVID risk assessment heading into Thanksgiving
    (NEXSTAR) - The invitations have gone out and the warnings have been issued, but many are still determining whether or not to take a risk by spending Thanksgiving with family and friends outside the household. But in many American counties, a gathering of 10 to 20 comes with a heaping side of coronavirus exposure risk.
    Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention urged Americans not to travel, but many are refusing to give up their traditions. Rather than just gamble, heal
  • Second stimulus checks: Economists urge new round of $1,200 payments to Americans

    Second stimulus checks: Economists urge new round of $1,200 payments to Americans
    WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) -- As Americans prepare for Thanksgiving, a group of more than 125 economists is calling for a second round of $1,200 stimulus checks for Americans, saying in an open letter that failure to act could damage the economy for years to come."Unless policymakers act quickly to respond to the crisis at the scale necessary, we risk the damage to the economy lasting much longer than necessary, particularly for those at the bottom who have been hit the hardest," the letter reads.The
  • Allen County reports 392 new virus cases; death toll hits 300

    Allen County reports 392 new virus cases; death toll hits 300
    The following are updates from the Allen County Department of Health:WEDNESDAY, Nov. 25Another seven Allen County residents died and 392 tested positive for COVID-19, with 186 confirmed PCR cases and 206 probable antigen cases, bringing the total to 18,023 cases and 300 deaths Wednesday.The Allen County case count now includes a total of 4,029 probable cases from antigen tests reported since July 28.Updates to positive cases and deaths in Allen County are found on the Department’s COVID-19
  • Containing the spread; what exactly contact tracers do

    Containing the spread; what exactly contact tracers do
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - Health departments throughout the country have been working to contain and limit the spread of the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic. In Allen County, contact tracers have made well over 50,000 phone calls to those in the community who have been in contact with someone who is sick.The contact tracing team began as four workers who were thorough in the 10-15 phone calls they each made every day. Now, the team of 12 makes approximately 50-80 calls each day. Init

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