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Fort Wayne

Food bank to close for Good Friday

Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, including Farm Wagon distributions and the Community Cupboard, will be closed Friday for Good Friday. The food bank will resume regular operations on Saturday.

Indiana

Indianapolis soldier killed by bomb

A 23-year-old soldier from Indianapolis has died from a homemade bomb in Afghanistan.

The Pentagon says Sgt. Tristan Wade died Friday in Qarah Bagh district in the country’s Ghazni Province.

The 2009 Southport High School graduate was assigned to the 573rd Clearance Co., 2nd Engineer Battalion, based at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico.

Gov. Mike Pence issued a statement Monday saying he was saddened to learn of Wade’s death and extending his sympathies and those of first lady Karen Pence to Wade’s family and friends.

Grace president stepping down

A northern Indiana college says its president will step down in May.

Grace College & Seminary in Winona Lake said Monday that Ron Manahan announced that the school’s May 11 commencement will end his 20 years as president. The provost of the college, Bill Katip, will succeed Manahan as president.

Manahan joined the evangelical Christian college about 35 miles west of Fort Wayne in 1977 as chairman of its religion and philosophy division and became president in 1994. Its enrollment has more than doubled to more than 1,500 undergraduates during his tenure.

Actor joins staff at Indiana University

Actor and director Robby Benson has a new role: professor at Indiana University.

IU announced Monday that Benson would join its Department of Telecommunications starting in the fall and would help raise the profile of the school’s film production studies.

Benson, 57, has acted since he got a small part in the 1967 suspense thriller “Wait Until Dark” at age 11, and he voiced the Beast in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” in 1991.

He has directed feature films and television, including episodes of “Friends” and “Ellen,” and he also wrote a musical and a book based on his experiences with a congenital heart defect that has required four open-heart surgeries.

– Journal Gazette – Associated Press

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