Corydon Times

The Honorable Dusti Relph adjusts to her new role in a robe
Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins, right, swears in the Honorable Judge Dustria Relph of Corydon during a ceremony held at the Wayne County Courthouse on Fri., Oct. 17. Photo by Jason Selby
On Sept. 29, Judge Dustria Relph sat on the bench in Polk County for her first case. On Oct. 17, she was officially sworn in at the Wayne County Courthouse in Corydon. The same day, she helped to celebrate her mother Roberta Chambers’ retirement. Verle Norris, the new owner of the mother-daughter team’s old office, was present to watch the changing of the guard.

“If you don’t practice in Polk County, it’s kind of an intimidating building to walk into for anybody,” Relph said of her experience that first day in a black robe.

Oct 20, 2014, 09:01

Chambers bows out of the ring with her former partner now a judge
Outside the former Chambers & Relph Law Firm, from left to right: James Rowe, Dan Rockhold, Bre Leymaster, Roberta Chambers, Judge Dusti Relph and Verle Norris. Photo by Jason Selby
Now that local attorney Roberta Chambers is retired, and her daughter Dusti Relph is a judge, she can take a well-needed rest. That is, if she can get the workaholic side out of her system.

“I decided I could sleep in,” Chambers said of her retirement plans. “But no morning has it worked. I am up, ready to go to work. And that work involves unpacking boxes.

“I look at my calendar every morning, and there isn’t anything there. I’m going to enjoy it though.”

Oct 20, 2014, 08:42

Anne Jaeckel and Wayne marching band make it 20 straight
Gabriella Buban, in white, and the Wayne Community High School marching band erupt after the announcement of their 20th victory at the 2014 Oktoberfest in Ottumwa. To the left, a rival band experiences the agony of defeat, as one girl can only throw up her hands at the Falcons’ success. Photo by Heidi Bellon

Before Sat., Oct. 4, every member of the Wayne Community High School marching band knew exactly what it would mean to win this year’s Oktoberfest in Ottumwa—20 triumphs in 20 attempts. The leader of the band dynasty the past two decades, Anne Jaeckel, prepared her troops the same way as usual. There was no reason to change a system that works.

Jaeckel started teaching music at Wayne in the fall of 1993, replacing Jennifer Rieck. Jaeckel graduated from high school in 1982 from Platteville, Wis. She received her bachelors from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville in 1987, and her masters degree in conducting from the University of Northern Iowa in 1989.

“I was one of those rare people—I started as a music major and I ended as a music major,” Jaeckel said. “I was a good performer, but I never thought I’d be a performance major. I played euphonium. There’s not a lot of call for euphonium players unless you go into the military."

Oct 13, 2014, 09:02

Clayton Kiefer sets national record with 11 touchdowns
Clayton Kiefer, 10, a foot away from scoring his first of a national record 11 touchdowns in Wayne’s Monday night homecoming win over Twin Cedars, 86-60. After throwing a block for his older brother, Carson Kiefer, 3, watches as Clayton stiff arms a path to the endzone through the Sabers Otis Roby, 5. Photo by Jason Selby
Clayton Kiefer sprints past the Saber defense for a 22-yard touchdown, his 11th score of the night, breaking Nate Meier’s previous national record. Urging him on is Falcon quarterback Trent Moore, 8. Photo by Scott Schick

When Clayton Kiefer sits down at the 'Times-Republican,' his parents, Kelly and Jolene, apologize on his behalf. He has another interview with a radio station in the middle of this interview. Soon enough, Clayton’s phone rings, and he hurries to answer. It is his second radio interview in the span of one hour. Earlier in the week, Clayton also appeared in an Andy Hamilton article about the running back’s single-game national record of 11 touchdowns against Twin Cedars, in the Oct. 1 edition of 'The Des Moines Register.'

For the Kiefer family, it was 11 touchdowns for their 11 children. It seemed difficult, though, for Clayton to accept one for himself. When asked how it feels to hold a national high school record, Clayton said, “Pretty good, I guess.”

“He’s a man of few words,” mother Jolene laughed.

Oct 6, 2014, 09:13

After watching films at the Wayne Theatre, Ali Faulkner now stars in them
Ali Faulkner. Deidhra Fahey photo
When Ali Faulkner was young, she ate popcorn and perused films at the Wayne Theatre in Corydon. Now, if she returned on the right weekend, Faulkner might see herself on the silver screen. The day of her interview with the 'Times-Republican,' Sept. 26, was opening day for 'The Song,' in which she plays Rose Jordan, opposite Alan Powell’s portrayal of fictional musician Jed King. The day before, Elisabeth Hasselbeck interviewed the young actress on 'Fox & Friends,' while Faulkner was in New York City doing press for her new movie.

“I have so many memories [of Corydon],” Faulkner said. “I love Corydon. I spent a lot of time there, and it’s very close to my heart.” Some of her favorite recollections come from staying with her grandparents, Norm and Mary Jo Riekens, and attending the annual Old Settlers celebration.

Sep 29, 2014, 08:44