Corydon Times

Prairie Trails Family Aquatic Center gets progressive
Above, PTFAC staff members Carly Nekvinda, Amber Johnson, Mandie Gassman, Josie Curry, Paige Johnson, Alex Chapman, Nic Johnson and Connor Runyon attempt to revive Mary Downs. Photo by Jason Selby
Intrepid community volunteer and spokesperson Cheri Nessen has turned her attention to taking Prairie Trails Family Aquatic Center down a safer, greener path. The Corydon pool has moved away from Red Cross techniques to Jeff Ellis & Associates, the leader in aquatic industry for lifeguard training, contracted by many large aquatic theme parks. Nessen has also employed the use of sphagnum moss, which limits the amount of chlorine necessary to keep water clean—a technique few pools have yet to use. The results are increased safety and health for swimmers.

“[Ellis is] different from other lifeguard companies,” Nessen said, as she instructed lifeguard Josie Curry to lead a demonstration in scanning of the water for potential trouble.

Aug 15, 2014, 11:00

Prairie Trails Museum celebrates 50th anniversary of cornerstone dedication
Former Iowa Governor Robert Ray and wife visit the main street exhibit at Corydon's Prairie Trails Museum.
On Aug. 15, 50 years will have passed since the Freemasons laid the cornerstone during a ceremony for what would become Prairie Trails Museum of Wayne County in Corydon. On that same date, the cornerstone for the new Wayne County Courthouse was set in place, on the square just east of the old jurisprudence building where a member of the Jesse James gang, Clell Miller, was tried for the robbery of the Ocobock Bank. The defendant’s chair that Miller sat in reposes now in the museum, toward the back of the Main Street display.

Among items included in both cornerstones were copies of the ‘Times-Republican,’ ‘The Humeston New Era’ and the ‘Seymour Herald.’

Aug 15, 2014, 10:18

John and Arta Harman named Old Settlers of the Year
Arta and John Harman. Photo by Jason Selby
At their rural home on a hill east of Corydon, where John and Arta Harman raised five children, John offers a glass of Sangiovese he prepared from a store-bought kit. He once tried to grow the grapes himself, but could not keep the vines alive. On a related note, perhaps, the DNR once provided him Agent Orange as a gift to kill multi-flower rose bushes. I did not suggest to him that that might be the reason his grapes withered. Though his orchard did not flourish, Dr. Harman was much more successful helping animals in his veterinary practice to live and die in a humane way. At the same time, his wife Arta kept him sane, mostly. They brought up their children to value success and family. John champions the worth of education, as former president of the Wayne Community School Board, and still actively promotes the acquisition of knowledge as essential to the survival of small towns. He sees Corydon as being in a battle, but one that the town has many advantages to be able not only to win, but also to thrive.

Aug 4, 2014, 09:18

Corydon Old Settlers bringing back the rock—and carnival rides
The Whizzer
“Bill Gode had been doing what I’m doing for decades,” local attorney and community volunteer Dusti Relph says. “Bill just came right into the office and asked if I’d be interested in it. By 2008, I’d settled into the law practice, and I was ready to start giving back to the community and getting more involved in those sorts of things. He caught me at a weak moment.”

Gode began mentoring Relph in 2008, making this her sixth year as one of the event organizers.

“Old Settlers has changed over the years,” Relph says. “People that are on the committee change. Things are coming along, and we’re very excited about that.

“The big thing that we’re excited about is Corydon’s Got Talent. That’s a new thing we’re doing this year—we’ve replaced an afternoon band with a talent contest. It’s open to anyone who has roots in Corydon. We have several contestants lined up, but we’d like to make it a big event.”

Jul 28, 2014, 12:43

Drake Hook reaches unexpected heights in Iowa Swine Jackpot Series
Drake Hook and his Yorkshire.
Drake Hook will be a sophomore this fall at Wayne Community High School. By that time, his father, Brad Hook, a 1983 Wayne graduate, will be on the road from Ohio to Nebraska to Texas for his day job as a professional freelance videographer and photographer, an annual trek for the last five years. To make up for time lost, father and son spent this spring together on the road for the Iowa Swine Jackpot Series, a group of shows across Iowa from the end of April through June 25. It was Drake’s first year of competition, and he could not have hoped for much more.

“Every show, you get a certain amount of points,” Drake says. “If your hog wins its class, or gets in the top five at the end of the show, you get points.”

It’s a bit like the season scoring system in NASCAR. At the end of the year, the person with the most points accumulated wins their class.

Jul 21, 2014, 14:20