Gracie Fairfax, Author at The Echo News

Articles by: Gracie Fairfax

Bergwall Babies

Bergwall Babies

The babies behind the lasting legacyBy Brianna Kudisch | Echo For one baby to be born while a parent is a hall director in Bergwall is interesting. For it to happen twice is coincidental. For it to happen four times is downright noteworthy. That’s exactly what happened to the Mowerys, […]

by · April 29, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features
Whitney (Cerak) Wheeler and her family, ten years following her involvement in tragic Taylor van accident.

Redefining Identity

Whitney Wheeler’s journey to restorationBy Gracie Fairfax | Echo Whitney (Cerak) Wheeler (‘09) recently returned from youth group, where she leads a group of fun, easily distracted middle school girls. Her three kids are now in bed and the house is quiet. As an army wife and the mother of […]

by · April 22, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features
Sometimes you find heros in unlikely places.

Meeting Superman

My encounter in Walmart’s electronics aisleBy Austin Lindner | Echo Superman wasn’t wearing his cape when I met him at Walmart. He told me he had left it at home. In fact, I almost didn’t even notice Superman until I quickly turned the corner of the electronics aisle and stubbed […]

by · April 15, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features
While at Taylor, Steve Etheridge switched between living on First West Wengatz and Penthouse.

Peeling back The Onion

Taylor alumnus’ journey to full-time comedy writingBy Gracie Fairfax | Echo For anyone who likes to make people laugh, a full-time job in comedy is often a distant dream. As a senior writer for Clickhole, a comedy website, this is Taylor alumnus Steve Etheridge’s (’10) reality. His career in comedy […]

by · April 8, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features
Multiple Taylor alumni, who are now Chick-fil-A employees, came to help set up the new campus Chick-fil-A.

Chick it out

The inside scoop on eating more chickenBy Katherine Yeager | Echo Laughter echoes through the LaRita R. Boren Campus Center as students, faculty and community members explore the “destination dining” experience that launched on Monday. Sam Hartman, operator of Taylor’s Chick-fil-A Express, adjusts his red Chick-fil-A tie, takes a sip […]

by · April 1, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features
(front row, left to right) Velma Kroeker, Esther Yordy, Liz Williamson, Janie Kesler, (back row, left to right) Lou Roth, Ruth King, and Marian Heacock meet every Monday morning.

Glory, Glories, hallelujah

Monday mornings with Upland’s Morning GloriesBy Brianna Kudisch | Echo It is not a coffee club or a baking league. There are no agendas, no set rules and no requirements. The Morning Glories simply meet once a week to talk and laugh. Every Monday morning at 9, they gather in […]

by · March 11, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features

The Delight Life

A new women’s ministry begins on campusBrianna Kudisch | Echo Vulnerability. This is the central focus of Delight, a women’s ministry with a brand-new chapter on Taylor’s campus. Launched this semester by sophomore Olivia Williams, Delight seeks to inspire a new sense of community within college campuses across the country. The […]

by · March 4, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features
Clothing Tags and Coffee Bags

Clothing Tags and Coffee Bags

How a t-shirt tag took Social Justice Week speaker and author around the worldBy Lindsay Robinson | Echo Some people use TripAdvisor to plan a vacation, but author and Social Justice Week speaker, Kelsey Timmerman, used the tag on his shirt—a decision that changed his life. “I followed my Starbucks […]

by · February 26, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features
Gas City’s hidden treasure

Gas City’s hidden treasure

Mick’s Flea Market and its cool collectiblesBy Gracie Fairfax | Echo It’s a hipster’s paradise and a history junkie’s hideaway. Looking for an old record, a bowl with a beaver on it or a unique lamp to illuminate your living room? Mick’s Flea Market may have just the thing. Mick […]

by · February 19, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features
Gene and Marylou Habecker met at Taylor. Above they are pictured as newlyweds.

Marry Me, Marylou

Where it all beganBy Brianna Kudisch | Echo It all started with an open seat at dinner. One open seat that would lead to 48 years of marriage filled with love, laughter, tears and the mundane circumstances of life. Marylou (Napolitano) Habecker (‘68) first met Gene Habecker (‘68) at Taylor, […]

by · February 12, 2016 · Comments are Disabled · Features