Left to right: Rush Nigut, sons Will and Alec, and wife Beth. Nigut took his family to Banff, Canada, 20 years after the couple’s honeymoon.
For anyone watching the 2016 Masters Golf Tournament last weekend, a familiar face flashed onscreen during a commercial break. For Rush Nigut, the former college football and baseball player, it was appropriate Brick Gentry’s advertisement ran during a sporting event.
“My kids get a kick out of it,” Nigut said of his 15 minutes of fame. “They enjoy the fact their dad is on TV or quoted in different articles.”
Nigut has also written a blog since 2006 called ‘Rush on Business.’ From that outlet, he has been quoted by The Des Moines Register, Forbes Magazine, and The Wall Street Journal. Apr 18, 2016, 13:11
Andy Decker with his Wally trophy and ‘74 Nova. Photo by Jason Selby
AFTER WINNING A PRESTIGIOUS WALLY AWARD IN 2012, THE OLD DRAG RACER NOW DRIVES FOR LOVE OF THE SPORT
Andy Decker got hooked on fast cars young. Over 50 years later, the old drag racer is still going strong, suping up his Nova for the 2016 season. He no longer drives for points, but for a love of the sport.
“As a kid growing up, I was always fascinated with motors,” Decker said. “Thirteen years old, I had a go-kart, and I took the motor apart. I was always mechanical, and I loved hearing the motor run. I love starting up my Nova just to hear it.”
Decker’s baby is a black 1974 Chevy Nova SS. When the engine inhales oxygen, the timber—where he hunts deer when it’s not racing season—trembles. Apr 11, 2016, 08:50
In March, Juan Martinez of Humeston officially became a citizen of the United States. With him on the special day were his wife, Jennifer, and their children Kaylin, left, and Carlee. Before settling down in Wayne County, Martinez played professional basketball in Spain and Brazil.
AFTER INTERNATIONAL PLAYING CAREER, FORMER INDIAN HILLS BASKETBALL STAR SETTLES DOWN IN WAYNE COUNTY
On March 2, Juan Martinez finally graduated in Des Moines, along with 34 other new citizens from 18 different countries. At least that is the term his daughters, who were not quite sure what was happening to their father, used to describe Martinez’s official transition to a citizen of the United States.
“They were glad I graduated,” Martinez said. “I was just relieved. I feel complete.”
It has been a long process, even though he and wife Jennifer have been married since 2003. The main problem was that much of the time, Juan did not live in the United States while playing professional basketball in Spain and Brazil and representing his home country of the Dominican Republic during international competition. Apr 4, 2016, 09:07
When New Zealand native and plant manager at DairiConcepts in Allerton, John van der Hulle, is not hunting or fishing, he will be competing in next year’s world speedboat championship in his native country.
DAIRICONCEPTS PLANT MANAGER PREPARES FOR WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS NEXT YEAR ON RIVERS OF HIS HOME COUNTRY
For over 20 years, New Zealand native John van der Hulle has worked at DairiConcepts in Allerton, where he is plant manager. His job, ensuring everything in the stainless steel milk plant is safe for food products they produce for infants, keeps him busy. He is aware of his responsibility to the most helpless members of society. But his hobbies—which include hunting, fishing, and speedboat racing—allow for his own life-sustaining treks across the globe’s most beautiful scenery, sometimes at 100 miles per hour around the bend of the Whakatane River. Mar 28, 2016, 09:15
Head coach Derek Petty, with wife Rachel and daughter Aniston, holds Mound City’s Missouri girls state basketball championship trophy.
When Derek Petty student taught at Wayne Community High School in the mid 1990s, he launched three-pointers in pickup games played to empty wooden seats, on the same court where he once led the Falcons as point guard. Outside, construction crews prepared to christen a new gym by ripping out concrete bus lanes and a cracked tennis court.
Eventually, without fanfare, it was time to move on from what was familiar. His father, Gene Petty, had died in 1991, when Derek was only a sophomore in college. For a young man, a loss like that changes the definition of home. It was time to let go and build on what he was taught.
For Petty, the culmination of his career came this year on March 12 in Columbia, Mo. In his fourth season as Mound City High School’s girls’ head basketball coach, he led his team to a Missouri state title. Mar 21, 2016, 07:39