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Cathie Rowand | The Journal Gazette
Firefighter Doug Call, from Station 9, collects donations for the Muscular Dystrophy Association on St. Joe Center Road. Thursday was the beginning of Fill the Boot campaign, and Fort Wayne firefighters are positioning themselves at high-traffic intersections to collect donations for MDA from cars stopped at traffic lights. In 2013, Fort Wayne firefighters collected a record $98,045.64 and raised more money than any other department in the state, said Capt. Randy Zion, IAFF Local 124 MDA chairman.

5 things of interest to area readers - Friday, August 22


* Main Street will close at 6 p.m. Friday, between Clinton and Lafayette Streets, to set up for the Taste of the Arts Festival. * The National Weather Service in Northern Indiana has issued a flash flood warning for southwestern Allen County in northeast Indiana. This includes the city of Fort Wayne and Spy Run Creek' Southwestern Noble County in Northeast Indiana, Northern Whitley County in Northeast Indiana. This includes the cities of Tri-Lakes ... Columbia City ... until 8:15 a.m. EDT. Click

* The U.S. Postal Service seeks 600 part-time letter carriers for rural areas. Job seekers should visit, go to the career tab at the bottom of the page and then click on the Indiana tab. The positions could become permanent, and after a year, carriers may become eligible for benefits.

* On this date in 2004, as shocked spectators watched, armed thieves stole one of four versions of the Edvard Munch masterpiece "The Scream" and a second Munch painting, "Madonna," from the Munch museum in Oslo, Norway. Click for Today in History.

* Let’s celebrate:

National Tooth Fairy Day

National Pecan Torte Day

2. Aboite Center Road has lane restrictions between West Lakes Drive and West Jefferson Boulevard through Aug. 30. Click to learn of other area road projects and restrictions.

3. Showers and thunderstorms are likely, mainly before 10am. Some of the storms could produce heavy rainfall. The rest of our day will be mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. Click for an extended forecast.

4. The JG ran a bunch of interesting and informative stories in today's paper. Here are a few you might want to read.

* Freedom fleeting for waterlogged escapee. Click

* Keiara Carr's interview with gospel singer Mavis Staples and Carr's preview of the Sixth annual Taste of the Arts happening tomorrow. Click

* Greg Jones reports on injured Bluffton High School athletic director Steve Thompson and his impact on the Bluffton community. Click

* The JG editorial board believes the innovative BrightStars program may turn around young lives. Click

5. Here are some of the things happening on our local sports scene.

* TinCaps' late-season collapse continues with 8-7 loss to Lake County. Click

* Friday is a big day for high school stories, stats and scores. Click

* The Shindigz National Soccer Festival is off to a smashing start. Click