Feature Stories

One woman’s journey from spousal abuse to hope

October 18, 2016 // 1 Comment

By Taylor N. Villarreal Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer Holly Steg remembers when her husband started isolating her from her family by denying her a phone. She also remembers living in fear whenever he walked through the door. “Almost 20 years ago, I was married to a man that abused me mentally, [...]

Putting Baltimore artists on the MAP for 35 years

October 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

By Neil Kenworthy Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer In the late 1990s, Mina Cheon went from place to place searching for a gallery in the Baltimore area to display a new large-scale project she  called “SCI-ART.” After hearing good things about the Maryland Art Place, Cheon decided to meet with [...]

Learning you’re pregnant — just hours before giving birth

October 1, 2016 // 4 Comments

By Allysa McMahon Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer Tiela Harris, 22, with her newborn baby, Myla Ann Cornett. Tiela Harris was shocked when she learned she was pregnant. Two hours later, she gave birth. The 22-year-old Glen Burnie resident woke up late on Sept. 10 to cramps in her stomach that were [...]

GBMC helps patients fight cancer, one hurdle at a time

September 25, 2016 // 0 Comments

By Tracy Smith Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer Mary Bondura has not lost hope as she continues to fight cancer. Photo by Tracy Smith. She thought the pain was just a hernia, something that could be treated.  But after a series of tests ruled that out, the doctor at GBMC recommended she have a [...]

A Renaissance man for 40 years

September 23, 2016 // 0 Comments

By Kayla Henard Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer Michael Higgs celebrates 40 straight years at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. Photo by Kayla Henard. For 68-year-old Navy veteran Michael Higgs, the Maryland Renaissance Festival is more than just an excuse to play dress up, eat a turkey leg with [...]

Baltimore’s best seek spot in Hairspray

September 17, 2016 // 0 Comments

By Emily Schulz Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer The main stage of the Hippodrome Theater is divided into “yes’s” and “maybe’s” as hopeful Marylanders dance their hearts out in hopes for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Dance auditions for NBC’s production of Hairspray! Live were held [...]

Catonsville celebrates the arts

September 15, 2016 // 0 Comments

By Ellie Mamula Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer More than 250 vendors from throughout the East Coast provided live music, games, food, and hand-made jewelry, pottery and clothing during the 43rd annual Catonsville Arts and Crafts festival on Sunday. “We have been coming to the Catonsville Arts [...]

Homeowner fights to keep house off historic preservation list

May 12, 2016 // 0 Comments

By Raenard Weddington Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer For the second time in six years, a nine-acre Cockeysville estate has been placed on Baltimore County’s Preliminary Landmarks List even though its owner doesn’t want it there. The 165-year-old house at 29 Ashland Road was recently nominated [...]

Owings Mills wrestler brings his dreams to the mat

May 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

By Mitch Bode Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer Myles Martin has dreamt of being an NCAA wrestling champion for as long as he can remember. He was hooked on the sport ever since he first stepped on a wrestling mat in Penns Grove, New Jersey, as young boy. And he continued to pursue his dream when he [...]

When art becomes a verb

May 7, 2016 // 1 Comment

By Jared M. Swain Baltimore Watchdog Staff Writer No one took Donald Hicken seriously when he said he wanted to get into theatre in high school. He was a football player and most saw him as a jock. “I asked the guy in charge to join…but he thought it was a joke,” Hicken said. “I had to [...]
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