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One of the key learnings from this pandemic has been the value of adaptability, in our personal lives and in business.

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Citizens are the final line of defense against misdeeds by business and government. Often these social soldiers are derided as cranks obsessed with unwarranted concerns of environmental, health and safety matters.

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In addition to the regular pulled pork, chicken and brisket menu items, the new owners of Smokehaus BBQ at 717 Broadway in New Haven have introduced Mexican specialties on Friday nights. Every other Friday, customers can enjoy enchiladas and the following week fiesta salads of chicken, pork …

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Barber Kristie Worman’s plan was to open her Top Shelf Hair Company shop at 508 Broadway in New Haven on April Fools’ Day. That didn’t happen, of course, because of the COVID-19 pandemic and Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb’s stay-at-home orders. It finally opened May 11.

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Dr. Matthew Sutter will have a difficult challenge ahead as he transitions into his role as the new Allen County health commissioner in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Sutter was chosen May 28 by the executive board of health to succeed current Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan.

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Preparing for senior year at the University of Saint Francis, Kyle Forker was all set to tackle a summer internship in his field of study.

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SHIPSHEWANA — Traffic on May 20 in Shipshewana was at times backed up nearly a quarter of a mile on S.R. 5 south of the town’s four-way stop, a sign that business in this small LaGrange County town is starting to get back to normal.

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Nearly 1 in 4 households in Allen County earns an annual income above the Federal Poverty Level, but below the basic cost of living. These households do not earn enough to make ends meet, but they often earn too much to qualify for assistance through government or private programs.

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Everyone seems to be wishing we’d get back to normal from our attempts to evade the enemy virus. I earnestly hope we move ahead from normal. Let’s aim for something better than the normal we have known since the end of WWII.

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A resolution aimed at guaranteeing hazard pay to city employees working outside their homes during the COVID-19 pandemic was voted down by Fort Wayne City Council on May 26.

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KENDALLVILLE — Once again movie theaters didn’t make the cut as Gov. Eric Holcomb moved their reopening to Stage 4 of his “Back on Track Indiana” plan.

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HUNTERTOWN — Like many things in Fort Wayne, trail development has come to a rest during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Huntertown, that stagnation could continue after the state’s reopening, due to a separate issue with homeowners.

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Potential investors and other interested parties soon will have a chance to see what gener8tor has accomplished with the first Fort Wayne companies to get through its gBETA business development program.

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Indiana’s information technology employment grew by more than 2,500 jobs last year, according to the Cyberstates 2020 report by CompTIA, a leading information technology trade association.

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On the last day of April, members of the Taylor family in Monroeville posted some direct-to-consumer marketing on social media in an effort to move about 1,200 head of high-end hogs that had reached market weight with nowhere to go.

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AUBURN — The YMCA of DeKalb County was reopening May 24 as part of Gov. Eric Holcomb’s “Back on Track Indiana” plan.

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Texas-based J.C. Penney announced in January that it was closing six stores as part of a turnaround plan. Then along came a pandemic that closed numerous retailers nationwide for a few weeks as state governors created stay-at-home plans to deal with COVID-19.

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INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb announced May 20 that the state was reopening a little bit more just in time for the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.