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Family sacrificing home to get by | 12 days of caring

A land surveyor and his wife are willing to make sacrifices to get out of debt. But the economy just won't let them.

Odd jobs, education helping parents through recession

By Karen Owen-Phelps
Saturday, December 12, 2009 Jeff and Patricia Hayhurst are willing to make sacrifices to get out of debt.

The economy just won't let them.

The Hayhursts' home at 7431 Cold Springs Lane on Evansville's North Side has been for sale for a year now. Lots of people have looked at their ranch-style house, but no one has made an offer. The couple changed realtors and lowered the price.

Still no takers.

Jeff Hayhurst, 36, served more than seven years in the military and earned about a year of college credits while in the service.

In civilian life, he's been a land surveyor.

Life was good for a while.

Hayhurst was making $18 an hour at one point and worked for an Indianapolis company involved in work on U.S. 41 and local sewer lines. ...

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