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Sara Evans receives divorce

Friday, September 28, 2007 – After a nasty fight, Sara Evans was granted a divorce Friday due to irreconcilable differences. Evans and Craig Schelske split in October 2006 with rumors of infidelity flying from both sides.

The two sides agreed in court on a joint custody plan for their three children and a split of marital assets. Evans also agreed to pay Schelske alimony of at least $500,000 over 10 years.

"Both parties are fully committed to raising their children in a cooperative and positive way. Both parties are loving and caring parents," said a brief statement. "They request that everyone respect the family's privacy."

Evans filed for divorce after 13 years of marriage, alleging that Schelske committed adultery, was verbally and emotionally abusive, drank excessively and frequently watched pornography in their home.

Schelske mounted his own defense, denying the claims. He alleged that Evans was having an extramarital affair. Evans was sued by a former nanny named in the proceedings.

Schelske, a native of Salem, Ore., ran for Congress as a Republican from Oregon's 5th District in 2002, but lost in the primary.

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At Christmas CD review - At Christmas
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Slow Me Down CD review - Slow Me Down
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Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Lots to like about McKenna (when you could hear her) – Lori McKenna had lots of reasons to be in a good mood. First off, the opening band, a pop act called teenender included two of her sons. In two days, her 11th disc, "The Tree" would be released to glowing reviews. So it would seem that this homecoming show was the ideal setting with all five kids, her husband, siblings, cousins, people who... »»»
Concert Review: With Sugarland, the wait was worth it – A few songs into Sugarland's show, Kristian Bush referenced the band's five-year gap between tours saying, "A lot of people think Jennifer and I have been on a five-year vacation. Actually, we've been very busy." Clearly a lot of that time was spent in rehearsal. The duo put on a two-hour high energy gem that started out big... »»»
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