Clockwise from left, Millie Paugh, Brooks Paugh and Josie Paugh.
DIAGNOSED WITH LIPOMITOSIS AT YOUNG AGE, PAUGH PREPARES FOR ANOTHER OPERATION AND MONTHS OF RECOVERY
Eight-year old Josie Paugh was born a twin and was born with a facial infused lipomitosis, causing Josie’s left cheek to grow out of proportion with the rest of her face. Her smile droops on one side.
“A lot of lipomas, like the ones people have on their hips are encapsulated, they’re in something and you can take those out all in one piece,” began Erin Paugh, Josie’s mom. “Hers is fatty and it’s like it’s not in a case, so it just fingered into all of her good tissue and smothered out the nerve and the muscle." Jul 18, 2016, 09:20
Wayne graduate Tom Coates of Consumer Credit of Des Moines wrestles with his grandchildren, from left to right: Tyler Harper, Trenton Harper, Jacob Ochanpaugh, Caleb Ochanpaugh, Molly Harper and Chloe Ochanpaugh. Not pictured is Allie Ochanpaugh. Coates and wife Lee Ann live in Norwalk.
TELEVISION COMMERCIAL ICON AND FAMILY BUSINESS OWNER DECRIES RISE OF GAMBLING, GIVES CREDIT TO HIS ROOTS
More people around the state of Iowa would recognize Tom Coates’ face before they could explain exactly what he does. Part of that was his business plan. There has not always been such a thing as credit counseling. It needed a face. There has also not always been the level of gambling addiction prevalent today in Iowa, in what Coates without apology describes as a cannibalization of the poor.
He is an expert on the subject, having owned and operated Consumer Credit of Des Moines for 29 years. Jul 11, 2016, 09:11
1998 Wayne graduate Justin Cox received his master’s degree from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop on May 15 of this year. Bestowing the diploma is director of the program Lan Samantha Chang. Photo by David Ye
1998 WAYNE GRADUATE WILL GO FROM THE IOWA WRITERS’ WORKSHOP THIS YEAR TO NEW ZEALAND NEXT SPRING
So far, Justin Cox’s international experience has amounted to fishing on the waters of Lake Erie, floating on the line between the United States and Canada. Cox was once an avid hunter in the timber of Wayne County. He is now a vegetarian. Each experience is part of what makes him whole.
In May, Cox earned his MFA degree in creative writing from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop at the University of Iowa. Not long before that, he had been stocking shelves as a grocery clerk at an Iowa City Hy-Vee Food Store. Jul 5, 2016, 09:01
From left to right: Patty Jones, Von Dodds and Jamie Swearingin.
For almost two years, Jamie Swearingin, Patty Jones and Von Dodds have been part of the Wayne County Child & Family Abuse Council. As an offshoot, the trio of women and their group will hold the first annual Wayne County Back to School Bonanza Aug. 8 at the Allerton Centennial Building.
When they are not giving their time to underprivileged children—the upcoming event is the culmination of an entire year of planning and organization—the group is fighting domestic violence.
“We’re helping victims of abuse, whether it be children or adults,” Jones said. “We have advocates with both crisis centers in Ottumwa and the crisis center in Oskaloosa, which is sexual assault advocates." Jun 27, 2016, 09:16
Heather Moorman, left, and Tia McElvain. Photo by Jason Selby
WAYNE COUNTY FAIR QUEEN CO-CHAIRS PREPARE FOR PASSING OF THE TIARA AND CHANGING OF THE LIGHT BULBS
Heather Moorman wears a blue Wayne County Fair T-shirt. Tia McElvain sports French tip fingernails and is always ready for a photo op. Together, these two friends go through the rigor of organizing the Wayne County Fair Queen Pageant as co-chairs. They know glamour is in the eye of the beholder—sometimes you’re tugging around livestock, other times you’re wearing the crown.
Moorman’s father, Leroy Perkins, will be going into his 50th year as secretary manager of the Wayne County Fair, which will turn 101 years old. Her mother Pat has always been right there helping, too. In addition to her pageant duties, Moorman is now in the position her father began in, assistant secretary. Moorman has helped her father clean toilets, as Perkins helped his father clean toilets at the fairgrounds. If the show is to go on, someone has to replace the light bulbs destroyed by vandals each year. Moorman has helped her father with that, too. Jun 20, 2016, 09:19