From left to right, Arta Harman, son Wade, and Doc Harman. Wade was back in Iowa scouting tight ends for the upcoming NFL draft, before visiting his parents at their house east of Corydon. Photo by Jason Selby
AFTER CLOSE LOSS IN SUPER BOWL 51, FORMER WAYNE FOOTBALL STANDOUT KEEPS FIRING FOR THE ATLANTA FALCONS
On April Fool’s Day at Doc and Arta Harman’s house, the television in the kitchen is tuned to a football field somewhere in America, except it is college lacrosse, Michigan at Maryland. The Harmans might be the only people in Iowa watching the game. Outside, son Wade Harman, who lived in Maryland while coaching the Baltimore Ravens for 15 years, loads a replica of a 1927 .45 caliber Tommy Gun.
Harman is in Iowa on business, scouting tight ends for the Atlanta Falcons’ NFL draft. He takes the opportunity to spend a few days with his folks. The Thompson submachine gun is no April Fool’s joke. It is quality time with his father, the former Corydon veterinarian. Apr 10, 2017, 09:24
Mud puddles and sun cover the basketball court in the old gym at Seymour Community High School, where banners from the old Bluegrass Conference still hang below what remains of the roof. Photo by Caleb Housh
PIONEER CEMETERY COMMISSION AND CENTERVILLE MONUMENT COMPANY COMBINE RESOURCES TO FIX GRAVES
As mayor of Seymour, on the morning of March 7, Caleb Housh at first light was able to view the wreckage left behind by an EF2 tornado, which hit the town the previous evening. The storm destroyed at least four homes, while the school building took a direct hit. It spread insulation throughout ash trees and power lines. Each subsequent morning, Housh woke to another mess, as debris took its time falling from branches to the now snow-covered ground.
Housh lives around two blocks north of the school building. At first, nothing seemed out of place or unusual on that late winter evening, besides the fact it was too early in the year for a spring rain. Mar 20, 2017, 12:52
Through the twisted frame of Seymour Community High School’s field goal posts, the old gym took the brunt of the damage from a tornado that raged through Wayne County on the night of March 6, leaving the skeleton of its roof frame. Photos by Jason Selby
EF2 TWISTER TOUCHES DOWN IN WAYNE COUNTY MARCH 6, DESTROYING HOMES AND RIPPING ROOFS FROM BOTH GYMS
On Monday night, March 6, an estimated EF2 strength tornado roared through Wayne County and touched down in the middle of Seymour. The storm left Wayne County a disaster area.
When residents woke the next morning, the widespread destruction was inescapable. Several homes in Seymour were damaged or leveled. Yet despite the disaster, none of the town’s 700 residents were seriously injured during the tornado—stumbling upon the debris and downed trees, a bystander might call that a miracle. Mar 13, 2017, 08:47
Luke Jones, riding mare Tommy Boon, ropes a calf at the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman competition. Photo courtesy of Stephanie Duquette/National Reined Cow Horse Association
BEFORE 2017, ALLERTON NATIVE HAD NOT FINISHED HIGHER THAN 12TH IN WORLD’S GREATEST HORSEMAN COMPETITION
On Feb. 18, in the same stadium where Luke Jones once suffered a potentially career ending injury, the Allerton native reached the pinnacle of his profession. At the Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas, Jones won Reserve Champion in the NRCHA World’s Greatest Horseman competition. It is the World Series of riding. His wife Erin jumped the fence after both events—in 2005 after Jones fractured his leg, and this year for a much better reason.
“When it was over, she jumped over the wall and came running across the arena,” Jones said. “She was in tears." Mar 9, 2017, 16:16
On Feb. 4, Burton Prunty was inducted into the Iowa Auctioneers Hall of Fame. Presenting the award was the 2016 inductee, Jeff Hoyer, left.
BURTON AND WIFE LINDA EXTOL VIRTUES OF WAYNE COUNTY DESPITE STRUGGLE OF SMALL TOWNS AND FAMILY FARMS
On Feb. 4 at the Iowa Auctioneers Association banquet at the Holiday Inn in Des Moines, Burton Prunty received the distinguished honor of induction into the Iowa Auctioneers Hall of Fame. His wife Linda had known about it since last December. But it was a Christmas gift she could not present to Burton until February.
“I could tell by his face he was surprised,” Linda said. “It was a fun time.”
“It was very humbling,” Burton said. Feb 27, 2017, 09:39