Leo-Grabill, Indiana

Friday, August 22, 2014

Law enforcement agencies in northeastern Indiana are joining a national crackdown on impaired driving that will run through Labor Day.

The Fort Wayne and New Haven police departments and the Allen County Sheriff’s Department are part of the “‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign with zero tolerance for anyone attempting to drive while impaired.

Fort Wayne Police Lt. Tony Maze tells WANE-TV  officers will be working overtime to identify and catch impaired drivers. He says, “Drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be immediately arrested and taken to jail.”

Allen County had 373 alcohol-related total collisions last year. Six resulted in fatalities.

POSTED: 08/17/14 at 9:09 am

It’s “Back to School” time.  School buses are back on the roads, and students are walking along the side of the road and waiting for buses.

apple Please watch carefully for children near school buildings, in areas where school buses are traveling or where there are signs for school zones or bus stops.
apple Remember that if you are approaching a school bus from either the front or behind, and it’s yellow lights are flashing, the bus is preparing to stop.
apple If the buses red lights are flashing, YOU MUST STOPIt’s the law!This includes school buses that are:

  • on the opposite sides of divided highways,
  • on multiple lane roadways,
  • in parking lots,
  • on school grounds.
NOTE: The only exception to this law is if the bus driver or a police officer signals that you may pass the bus.

POSTED: 08/12/14 at 6:54 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

Recently, the EACS Board of School Trustees recognized the Leo High Girl’s Softball State Champs!  The softball team was 27-6 for the season but now hold a number of Indiana Softball State Records. They now lead the State in:

  • RBIs with 326 (next closest was 252) which broke the all-time State record for RBIs in the history of Indiana softball (previous record was 313.)
  • Hits with 411 (next closest was 389) which ties us for 2nd in the history of Indiana softball. Runs scored with 352 (the next closest was 290) they are now 4th in the history of Indiana softball.
  • Sacrifices with 50.

The Leo Girl’s Softball team recently won the State Championship against Gibson Southern; score 2-0!

POSTED: 08/11/14 at 6:55 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

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POSTED: 07/29/14 at 4:13 pm. FILED UNDER: News

Leo-Cedarville prime example of county trend

Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette

The Regazzi family play a game of horse outside their home in Leo-Cedarville.

Before he was married, even before he met his wife and had children, Ron Regazzi focused on schools in deciding where to live.

One reason was practical. He had heard that good school districts provide good home resale values. But he also had another motivation: “That if I get married and have kids that I don’t want to have to move into a good school district. I’d rather start there.”

Today, Julie and Ron Regazzi commute to jobs in separate cities, but they live in Leo-Cedarville, a town of 3,800 residents in northeast Allen County. The notion of “good” schools is a large part of what keeps them there, and they’re not alone.

Leo-Cedarville has grown by more than 30 percent in the last decade, one of the fastest rates in Allen County. Many factors could be in play, but the perception of good schools has drawn the Regazzis and others to town.

“School is one of the big reasons that I’ve heard,” said Julie Regazzi, who has two children in the school system and is the exiting president of the Leo-Cedarville Parent Teacher Organization.

Incoming PTO President Amy Horning, with three children in the school system, also said she and her husband were drawn to Leo-Cedarville because of the schools.

People move for a lot of reasons, including jobs and to escape from the big city. But for many, good schools are an important factor and contribute to town growth.

A 1998 study out of South Carolina seems to bear that out.

Still, if good schools attract families, no clear enrollment trend is seen in Fort Wayne Community Schools, which also has its share of high-performing schools and allows parents to choose where to send their children.




POSTED: 07/20/14 at 8:52 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

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POSTED: 07/18/14 at 11:33 pm. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Solve Our Border Crisis
Senator Dan Coats

More than 60,000 unaccompanied alien children – mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – have been apprehended on America’s southern border during this fiscal year. Another 40,000 family members – one or both parents traveling with their children – have been apprehended during the same time period.

To put these numbers in perspective, just three years ago our Border Patrol apprehended 16,000 unaccompanied alien children. In fiscal year 2008, the number was 8,000.

We cannot sit back and let this situation grow worse, as it does day by day. We must solve this humanitarian crisis and stem the flow of unaccompanied minors entering our country.

I believe the solution involves four key components:

1. Enforcing existing law to stop the influx of illegal immigration and return those who have already come.


Addressing the border crisis is about more than caring for the young boys and girls already in the United States. In reality, the crisis begins when these children start their trip, given the dangers of the journey. Those making the difficult trek from Central America are often in the hands of smugglers or drug runners, largely because of false information and promises that are not true. Sadly, many children experience violence on the way or never make it to the United States.

Why are they risking their lives to make this journey?


In 2010, the White House began administratively chipping away at our nation’s immigration laws. This generated whispers of hope that ran rampant through the families of our Central American neighbors and gave many the false impression that reaching American soil guarantees a new life.

This belief spread in 2012 when President Obama took a further step by essentially halting the removal of illegal immigrants who arrived as minors. Since that time, the rate of children coming illegally across our border has increased exponentially. Current law requires that these children be returned to their home countries as quickly and expeditiously as possible, and we must follow it.

2. A viable repatriation plan.


Repatriation sends a clear message that the United States will send children back to their home country and unite them with their families. Parents will see children returned home, and perhaps not spend the money and risk the danger of sending their children away. We must deter children from even starting this arduous journey.

A viable repatriation program must include a streamlined and appropriate processing system. The administration has some flexibility under current law to move families and children through immigration proceedings in an accelerated manner, but Congress needs to go further by changing current law to treat all unaccompanied alien children equally.

3. Working with the governments of Central American countries and insist they fully cooperate.

The United States must make clear to Central American leaders that any assistance from our country is contingent on working with our government to break this cycle of illegal immigration. Unless we engage in a cooperative effort, the current cycle will remain intact. These countries can help law enforcement crack down on smugglers.

4. Reasonable care for the children while they are here.

As unaccompanied minors await their day in court, providing adequate housing and care is the appropriate and compassionate response. Our country should continue to meet the needs of children who have been sent here.

Given how rapidly this situation is escalating, the United States has a moral responsibility to swiftly solve this crisis. This situation involves more than just unaccompanied minors. We cannot ignore the national security implications of a weak border.
For the sake of the rule of law, our national security and the safety of these children, it is imperative that we get this right.

Sen. Dan Coats is a Republican from Indiana.

POSTED: 07/17/14 at 6:58 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

Lutheran Health Network to serve as the exclusive medical services provider at the 2014 Hotel Fitness Championship


The Western Golf Association, host of the 2014 Hotel Fitness Championship (Aug. 25-31) at Sycamore Hills Golf Club in Fort Wayne, announces today that Lutheran Health Network (LHN) will be on site at this year’s tournament as the exclusive provider of medical services.

“It’s an honor for us to participate in activities surrounding this tournament,” said Brian Bauer, CEO of Lutheran Health Network. “Not only is the Hotel Fitness Championship important for players striving to reach the highest level of professional golf, it’s also important for Fort Wayne and our surrounding communities. The collective talent of all involved will certainly be on display again this year and we’re pleased to be part of that grouping.”

As the medical services provider, LHN will staff and manage the on-site first aid facility to provide spectators, players, caddies, volunteers and tournament staff immediate care as needed. Additionally, LHN is supporting this year’s Red Coat Dinner, which raises money for the Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House and Evans Scholars Foundation. The 2014 Red Coat Dinner will take place Aug. 26 during tournament week.

“We owe great thanks to Lutheran Health Network, and it’s our pleasure to be working with an organization that’s so important to northeastern Indiana and its residents,” said Bruce Dye, CEO of Hotel Fitness.

The Hotel Fitness Championship is one of four Web.com Tour Finals events that will determine the 50 players who earn cards for the 2014-15 PGA TOUR season under the TOUR’s enhanced qualifying system.

“We are grateful to have Lutheran’s support in numerous facets of tournament week,” said Duke Butler IV, WGA tournament director for the Hotel Fitness Championship. “With its experienced caregivers on-site, our team can breathe easy knowing our guests, participants and staff will receive world-class care as needed.”

Players eligible for the Hotel Fitness Championship include the top-75 money winners on the Web.com Tour at the conclusion of the Regular Season; players who finish 126-200 on the PGA TOUR’s FedExCup points list at the end of the TOUR’s Regular Season; and non-members who earn enough points to place them among 126-200 on the FedExCup points list at the end of the regular season.

To learn more about hospitality, volunteer and ticket options available, visit http://www.hotelfitnesschampionship.com. To learn more about the WGA and the Evans Scholars Foundation, visit www.wgaesf.org.

POSTED: 07/09/14 at 7:37 am. FILED UNDER: News, Sports

Sees data, communication as keys to improving test scores

Jeff Wiehe | The Journal Gazette

If you aren’t looking for it, you can walk right by Room A116 without giving it a second thought.

Tucked away in a deep nook on the first floor of New Haven High School, there is nothing outward to indicate it’s of any importance at all.

No sign on the nondescript wooden door; no way to peek through the window that’s covered by a placard; no way to even turn the knob without a key.

If you do get a glance inside, the door itself seems strangely too narrow for the sprawling room that sits on the other side.

But for Ken Folks, the East Allen County Schools superintendent, this room might just be one of the most significant in the entire building.

“This is it,” he says, swinging open the door.

Then he flicks on the light, giving a far-away and quick look at gigantic walls covered with numbers, charts, graphs, grades, lists.

It’s data galore.

Think an NFL or NBA draft room on draft day, and you have a good picture of the war rooms Folks has had installed in every high school in his district.

“That’s it,” he says, flicking off the lights after one second to maintain the privacy of students and the school.

“You get the idea.”

Last week, Folks, who has spent more than three decades teaching and administering in public schools, completed his first year as East Allen superintendent.




POSTED: 07/06/14 at 8:43 am. FILED UNDER: News, Schools

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POSTED: 06/28/14 at 8:13 am. FILED UNDER: Business, News

The Leo English Academic Super Bowl Team recently competed in the State meet at Purdue University. The English team consisting of Paige Dempsey, Sydney Day, and Kristy Rapes are State Champions! They placed first placed in the Class II level.  There were eighty teams represented in Class II.  Also, Leo was the only high school in Allen County to have four teams represented at the State level.


POSTED: 06/17/14 at 12:40 pm. FILED UNDER: News, Schools