The Journal Gazette
Sunday, January 16, 2022 1:00 am


3 middle school football players in national event

Journal Gazette

Fort Wayne youth football players James Williams, Jerquaden Guilford and Anthony Fields have been selected to participate this weekend in the eighth annual D1 All American Bowl National Championship in Norcross, Georgia, near Atlanta.

Williams attends Jefferson Middle School, Guilford is a student at Lakeside Middle School, and Fields goes to Woodside Middle School.

All three are on their school's honor roll.

Williams, who is 6-foot-2 and 24 pounds, is a defensive end and left tackle; Guilford is a 6-foot-tall, 150-pound wide receiver, defensive back, linebacker and running back; and Fields, at 5-8 and 170 pounds, is a linebacker and fullback.

The three play on the U13 Metro Patriots travel team.

They were selected by the Indiana team's coach, Martin Walker of Indianapolis. There are 12 teams competing in their division.

The event has nine divisions from ages 6 and younger to 14 and younger.

All three players 14 years old but are still eligible in 13-and-younger division.

MLK Day of Service encouraged

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources is urging Hoosiers to honor the legacy of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. by volunteering this year at one of the state's properties.

Several opportunities are available, including maintaining trails, helping in nature centers and sharing photography or artwork. DNR also welcomes those who can use their talents to create a unique volunteer opportunity.

For more information on the chance to help maintain and improve Indiana's resources, go to the DNR volunteer website at or email questions to

On Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, some properties will have self-directed service opportunities, such as picking up litter along trails.

Go online at for lists of MLK Day activities or other volunteer opportunities.

Salamonie Preschool sets program

Preschool-age children and their adults are invited to Salamonie Preschool's “S is for Snow” program Wednesday.

Children ages 2 to 5 and their adults are welcome to attend the class from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Salamonie Interpretive Center in Lost Bridge West State Recreation Area, Andrews.

The program intends to enhance the child's basic education, and each activity – such as music, crafts, social interaction and time outdoors – has a nature-related theme.

The program fee is $2 per child.

Advance registration is appreciated and can be made by calling Upper Wabash Interpretive Services at 260-468-2127.

Public hearing set on rule changes

The Natural Resources Commission's Division of Hearings has scheduled a virtual public hearing to accept public comments on proposed rule changes governing fishing tournament licenses/permits, trapping wild animals and registering to be an organ donor through the DNR's license system.

The virtual public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, using WebEx.

Individuals may join the public hearing in two ways:

• To join by phone using only audio, call 1-240-454-0887, when prompted enter access code 23034329797##.

• To join using video, use this website address, meeting number and password:

Meeting number (access code): 2303 432 9797, meeting password: 5RPf753W4Zp

The NRC will review the public comments before voting on final adoption of the changes in March. Rule changes that are given final adoption by the NRC must still be approved by the attorney general's office and governor's office and filed with the Indiana register before taking effect.

More information about the proposed changes can be found online is at

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