In rural Mystic, members of Beth Miner’s family could only watch as a fire destroyed a barn used for the Heart for Hooves rescue shelter.
DESPITE A RECENT FIRE THAT DESTROYED HER RESCUE BARN IN MYSTIC, MINER REMAINS DEDICATED TO HER CAUSE
On Jan. 3, Beth Miner left her house to find her barn in flames. It was too late to save any of the seven rescue goats inside, but the damage and the animal death toll could have been much worse.
“We had just gotten done doing chores in the barn,” Miner said. “The boys and I came in the house to eat supper and watch movies. About an hour later, my daughter came home, and she came in the house and said the barn was on fire. We all ran outside. It was already completely engulfed in flames.
“That’s almost like your kids are in that barn. Within an hour, the barn was gone.” Jan 19, 2015, 09:06
DIAGNOSED WITH CHROHN’S DISEASE IN 2012, RECEIVES FULL SCHOLARSHIP TO GRADUATE SCHOOL ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
On New Year’s Eve of 2014, Adrian Black found out she had been accepted into a graduate program, the School of Clinical Laboratory Science through Mercy Hospital of St. Louis. Black is one of only eight students accepted to the program each year. Not only that, but she received a full scholarship.
“I’ll be nationally certified to work in any hospital lab,” Black said.
A talented young scientist, she is a 2011 graduate of Wayne Community High School. Black is the daughter of Wayne graduates Steve Black and Avenell Schumann. Schumann’s parents also graduated from high school in Corydon. Black’s younger brothers, Caleb and Lucas, are a senior and a sophomore, respectively, at Wayne. Jan 12, 2015, 12:50
1979 Wayne graduate and current Graceland University head football coach Jeff Douglas gives some advice to former Yellowjackets defensive back Dorian Smith, 25. In the background, to the right, is Graceland assistant Stan Rupe, the former Falcons head football coach and Lady Falcons basketball coach.
CREDITS TEACHERS AND COACHES AT WAYNE, INCLUDING FATHER JIM ‘DOC’ DOUGLAS, FOR PREPARING HIM FOR SUCCESS
As a 1979 graduate of Wayne Community High School, Jeff Douglas was a senior on the ’78 Falcon team that went to the state football playoffs for the first time in school history. As an athlete, Douglas does not claim to have been the fastest or the strongest man. He says he was often just in the right place at the right time on the field. However, that usually does not happen by accident, either in sports or in life.
Douglas went on to become an NAIA All-American as a defensive back at Graceland University in Lamoni, finishing second in the nation in interceptions his senior season. He graduated from Graceland in 1984, later earning his masters degree in education from Northwest Missouri State University. He has been Graceland’s head football coach since 2010. Jan 5, 2015, 10:04
The Palmer family, in the left portion of the photograph, come together with several other heroes of Wayne County to help support Team Little Fish. Avery Palmer died of SIDS two years ago, and Fisher Anderson died of a congenital heart defect earlier this year. Fisher’s family stands for him in the middle of the crowd. After Zoey Bailey passed of Turner syndrome, the Bailey family also gives back to parents facing similar situations. The three families are only a few of many from Wayne County that donate their time and money to either help search for cures for the killers of young children or serve as mentors to others in times of grief or joy.
Two years ago, Eric and Beth Palmer lost their daughter, Avery, to SIDS. Avery was 10 months old—an age when many parents believe the risk for SIDS has either declined or is not present. The Palmers have made it their mission to educate parents. In this way, Avery has become a savior for other children.
The Palmer family is only one of many in Wayne County that have turned the loss of a young child into a mission to assist others. This can be through education, or simply by being at the side of other parents in the same dire straights. Charles and Tasha Bailey lost a baby girl, Zoey Rene, and give back every Thanksgiving during the Turkey Trot to support the SHINE program. Ben and Adriann Anderson lost a boy, Fisher, earlier this year to a heart defect, and now they support families with ailing children. The giving spirit of these parents is both a kindness and a sacrament. Dec 22, 2014, 09:21
Allison Brown stands in front of a sign marking her home as a Heritage Farm. Photo by Jason Selby
PARTNERING WITH FATHER MARK BROWN, YOUNG STEWARD MAKES IT EIGHT GENERATIONS AND OVER 160 YEARS IN WAYNE COUNTY
Allison Brown says that she has always wanted to get into independent agriculture since her youngest days, when she would receive toy tractors and farm implements instead of dolls for Christmas.
“Every Christmas, dad would get me tractors,” Brown said. “I think he wanted a boy, but he’s stuck with me.”
Brown is a 2004 graduate of Wayne Community High School. She earned ag business degrees from Kirkwood Community College and Northwest Missouri State University. She is the daughter of Mark and Joyce Brown. Dec 15, 2014, 09:12