Writer Biographies

Alex Cornwell

The youngest newspaper owner in America, Alex Cornwell is a Waynedale community member, activist and supporter. He was recently awarded Distinguished Young Alumni by his Alma Mater, The University of Saint Francis for his works.

Starting as an employee in 2006, Alex undertook the ownership of the Waynedale Newspaper in 2009. He reshaped its foundation through the extraordinary vision he had to improve the area by utilizing the resources the paper provides to enhance the well-being of the...

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Michael Alberico

Hello, my name is Michael Alberico. I was the co-owner and publisher of The Waynedale News for nearly four years (2009 - 2013). I am a native of North Carolina that relocated with my family to the Waynedale area as a youngster. I grew to love the area throughout my years there while attending Bishop Luers High School. After High School, I chose to hone my education locally at the University of Saint Francis where I received a B.A. in Computer Art.

Through college I studied various aspects in...

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I am a transplant to the Fort Wayne area. I was born and raised in south central Wisconsin where my mother and father still live. I have two sons; Alex-who is a co-owner of The Waynedale News and also owns a web-design company called Acorn Design and a graduate of University of St. Francis, my youngest son, Jordan is a student in Madison, Wisconsin majoring in business management.

 I have lived in the Waynedale area for over 15 years, currently working full time as a surgical assistant...

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State Senator David Long (R-Fort Wayne)

David C. Long is a Republican member of the Indiana State Senate representing the 16th district.

He serves as the President Pro Tempore of the Indiana State Senate.

Prior to his election to the Senate, David Long served from 1988 through 2005 as a member of the Fort Wayne Common Council from the Fourth District. He defeated incumbent Ben Eisbart to win the post. Mr. Eisbart had won the post by defeating incumbent Frederick Hunter, the father-in-law of David Long.

Ronnie McBrayer

Ronnie McBrayer was born in the foothills of the North Georgia Appalachians. He claims he barely survived the fire-and-brimstone, fundamentalist indoctrination of his hard shell Baptist-reared childhood. But in the great comedy of God, Ronnie has spent his adulthood in ministry, both preaching in and protesting against; both loving and leaving; both running away from and returning to the church. The faith he is trying to keep isn't in organized religion, however. It is in Jesus.

Ronnie has...

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Mitch Harper

Mitch Harper represents the 4th District on Fort Wayne's Common Council. The 4th District includes Waynedale, Time Corners and Aboite. He was first elected in 2007 and was reelected in 2011.

Mitch Harper was born in 1956 in Fort Wayne and is a lifelong resident of Allen County. His great-great grandfather, William Harper, settled in Allen County in 1834 after immigrating from County Tyrone, Ireland. Mitch Harper was married in 1989 to Dawn Wilson and they reside in the Barrington Lake Estates...

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Mayor Tom Henry

A lifelong Fort Wayne resident, Mayor Thomas C. Henry is committed to public and community service. He was elected to his first term as Fort Wayne's Mayor November 6, 2007. From 1984 to 2004, he served on Fort Wayne's City Council, representing northwest Fort Wayne residents in the 3rd District.

Now as mayor of Indiana's second-largest city, Henry believes to risk more, care more, dream more, and expect more, paraphrasing the West Point Academy Cadet Maxim. His administration is one of...

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After Robert Stark purchased Waynedale's newspaper in 2000 he called a friend and asked him to write a column about alcoholism. The friend was skeptical that the column would last more than a few months for a lack of interest. Ten years later The Waynedale News has changed ownership and "Here's to Your Health" still remains a popular regular column. The writer of HTYH is an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous and therefore must maintain anonymity at all levels of press, radio, and film. A...

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Dr. James Nill

Dr. Jayme Nill, D.C., a Fort Wayne native, received his undergraduate degree of Science from Ball State University with a major in Biology.  He then went on to chiropractic school at the National University of Health Sciences in Lombard, Illinois near Chicago.  While in attendance, he did lectures for hundreds of high school and college students on the topics of anatomy, chiropractic, and nutrition.

Dr. Nill graduated in December of 2003 and has since opened his own practice in Fort...

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Have you ever heard of Poughkeepsie, New York? That's my hometown! It's located 75 miles north of New York City on the Hudson River. My high school class of 1950 is celebrating its 60th reunion this fall. Following my gradation, I attended Earlham College in Richmond Indiana...a long way from Poughkeepsie!

As my life unfolded, I realized I had been given mane talents and wondered where each would manifest itself in my life.

Music played a dominant role in my life, from taking piano and voice...

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John Stark

John Edward Stark was born to Irene Elizabeth and Edward William Stark on April 11, 1945. He attended grade school at Waynedale Elementary School, middle school at Maplewood School, High School at Elmhurst High School and was graduated in 1963. After his High School graduation he married Patricia M. Gasper on October 28th 1963 and attended a regional campus for one semester. That union produced two handsome sons, John William Stark born May 29th 1964 and Clay Edward Stark born May 18th 1967...

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Alyce Faye Bragg

The oldest of seven children; born on Big Laurel Creek in Clay County, West Virginia in 1935. Mother of six children; grandmother of 22, and great-grandmother of 23.

Born and raised in the country, and still lives on the same farm where she was raised. Has a sincere love for nature and the beauty of the hills.

Began writing in 1981 for a county newspaper, "The Clay County Free Press"; started writing for a state paper, "The Charleston Gazette," in 1991. Has three books published, "This Holler...

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I'm Fort Wayne native Lois Levihn author of Around the frame. I grew up close to Waynedale graduating from Wayne High School and IPFW. I've been a writer since 2009 when the new owners Alex and Michael were looking for new columnists.

I enjoy the community spirit of Waynedale. I look forward to passing out vintage postcards along the annual Memorial Day parade route and taking in all of the booths at the Community Picnic each August.

Quilts have always been important to me. I love the...

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Ron Coody

In April 2002 my family moved from Fort Wayne to Istanbul, Turkey on a work assignment. This is not the first time we have lived outside the United States. In 1993 we worked in the former Soviet Union in the newly formed republic of Kazakstan, a vast country of mostly empty Asian steppe whose few inhabitants survive on eating sheep and horsemeat.

Our second move occurred several years later when we worked on the island of Cyprus in the Middle East. Having moved yet again, we plan to make...

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Doug Hackbarth

Born in Fort Wayne, December 10, 1952 my family purchased Broadview Florist and Greenhouses in 1957 when I was only 4 ½ years old. We moved into the three-bedroom apartment above, where I currently live with my wife. My daughter and mother-in-law live in the houses on either side of Broadview so we have our own little "homestead" here on Winchester Road. We have been through four major floods; 1978, 1982, 2003 and the last one was January 2004. The greenhouses were under water each time but not...

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Ray McCune

Ray McCune is an import from the hills of West Virginia and is a former Associate Editor with The Waynedale News. He has lived in Waynedale for the last 45 years. He retired from a less rewarding job after 28 years of service with a local telephone company in 1994. He then took to his lifelong dream of being a full time Outdoor Freelance Writer and author. He currently contributes to the OUTDOORS page for The Waynedale News.

He is a Navy Veteran of the Vietnam era where he was a Radar...

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Glenn Chesnut

Glenn F. Chesnut was Professor of History and Religious Studies at Indiana University in South Bend for 33 years, where he was one of their most popular teachers, winning Indiana University's Herman Frederic Lieber Award for excellence in teaching in 1988. He has written a number of books on the history of Christianity as well as on the spirituality of Alcoholics Anonymous and the twelve step program. His recent books include The Higher Power of the Twelve-Step Program: For Believers &amp...

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Rev. Thomas “Dancing Feather” Ebbing

I was born and raised in Ft. Wayne, and my wife Jane and I now live south of Albion, IN. I retired from the Ft. Wayne Fire Department in 1995 after 23 years of service. I am of Mohawk Indian ancestry on my mother's side. I am an ordained Christian minister, and I have been a teacher of the Native American Medicine Wheel for over 20 years. I have been writing since I was a teenager, and my first book, Rhythm of the Drum, was published some 25 years ago, followed by Melody of the Forest, Song...

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Richard A. Stevenson

Wayne Township Trustee Rick Stevenson was elected Trustee in November of 2006 and took office in January of 2007. He is very passionate about helping those in need and considers it a privilege to be in a position to be able to help.

Trustee Stevenson was born in Fort Wayne to a family of eleven children and has lived in Fort Wayne all his life. Growing up in such a large family taught him what it is like to do without material possessions. Trustee Stevenson's background helps him understand...

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mrswaynedale

BIRTH - Mrs. 'D' as we call her here at The Waynedale News, says she was "borned" and raised, but doesn't tell us where in the United States, if in deed she was born in the United States which is not unlike the story we get from our country's present top leader. We have the feeling that she came from Canada but then with her sense of humor that couldn't possibly be and with her Deep South, Florida/Georgia/Texas accent trying to give her away now and then.

NAME - We have heard that her mother's...

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Kasey Butcher

I am proud to be a Ft. Wayne native and really love the Summit City, especially the festivals and great places to eat downtown. I am also a big Tin Caps fan. I graduated from Homestead High school and then went on to Ball State University, where I earned my B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Religious Studies. Currently, I am finishing my M.A. in English Literature at Miami University, where I teach first-year writing classes. My research interests include children's literature...

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Jim Schindler

At the age of three, Jim Schindler was put into St. Vincent's Villa, a Catholic orphanage. After he finished the fifth grade, he was placed in a foster home along with his brother, where they were terribly mistreated. In spite of his unhappy poverty stricken childhood, he managed to maintain an extremely positive, cheerful outlook. A graduate of John Carroll University and a successful businessman, he is the founder/CEO of Bandido's Mexican restaurants, a small Midwestern chain.

Schindler's...

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