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Mark Wright

After almost 40 years teaching high school English—most of them at South Vermillion—Wright now teaches composition part time at ISU. A member of the Wabash Valley Musicians’ Hall of Fame, Wright and his Band—The Crowe Committee—have become a popular attraction in the Terre Haute music scene.

Road Mode: David Goodier’s Excellent Adventure

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by Mark Wright photos courtesy of David Goodier Saturday, September 9, 2017, was a whirlwind of a day for David Goodier.  Terre Haute’s 36-year-old singer/songwriter/guitarist/soundman/recording artist/bandleader/open-mic-host/you-name-it was about to lead his own band onto the main stage at the Blues at the Crossroads Festival in Terre Haute, unpack a shipment ...

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Hear Them Roar

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by Mark Wright featured image courtesy of the EFRC additional photos by Mark Wright When Joe Taft was a free-spirited college student at Indiana State University back in the 1960’s, he badly wanted two things: a car and a cat.  But not just any car and not just any cat. ...

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Wabash Valley Honors Area Musicians

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by Mark Wright photos by Deb Hadley The Wabash Valley Musicians Hall of Fame inducted 15 new members on Sunday, March 13, with a rousing party at the Terre Haute Zorah Shrine Temple.  An estimated 400-500 people attended the event, which ran from noon to about 7:00 p.m. Attendees were ...

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Chase Those Blues Away

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by Mark Wright photos courtesy of Blues at the Crossroads According to Wikipedia (yeah, I know it’s not a scholarly source, but this is not a research paper), the crossroads of America is an intersection in Terre Haute, Indiana. “At about the same time [1926, when U. S. highway 40 ...

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The Pickery—as Fresh as it Gets

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As I get older, I find many friends and colleagues becoming more concerned with their diets, praising the virtues of fresh vegetables and organic foods. Though some proselytize a bit much for me, I listen politely to most of them, even when they try to turn me vegan. I’m not ...

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Teacher Shortage? What a Shock!

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On July 12, the Indianapolis Business Journal ran an Associated Press piece reporting concerns over a looming teacher shortage in Indiana. According to the story, Indiana DOE data shows an alarming drop in teaching licenses issued—934 for the 2013-2104 school year. A mere six years earlier, that number was nearly ...

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