2019 Year in Review; Part two

In last week’s issue I took a journey back in time as I recapped the headlines from January through June. This week we close out 2019 as I take a look at more recent headlines looking at July through December.

In July we featured Corydon’s newest retail business with the opening of Kiefer Feed and Farm just outside of town. I sat down with Christian and Lauren Kiefer along with their children Emmett and Yvonne to learn what things they would be offering in their store location.

In the same issue City of Corydon Mayor Dennis Moorman advised the council of feedback he received when discussion was brought up on removing the bricks from West Jackson Street. He stated the bricks would remain.

Donald Seams was sworn in following his appointment as County Supervisor and I sat down with Sharon Anderson and Diane Olson Schroder as we discussed the need for new ideas to tackle the transient fund concerns.

McClure an engineering firm form Des Moines presented a plan for Wayne County Housing dilemma. Jared Middlebrook placed second at FBLA Nationals in San Antonio, Texas.

Fairgoers began making plans for the upcoming Wayne County Fair with the Sew it, Grow it, Show it theme for 2019.

The Wayne Lady Falcons softball squad qualified for the State Tournament following a shut out on their home field against Melcher-Dallas in sub-state action in mid-July.

Lynette Cisler returned to her roots filling the vacant State Farm Insurance position. We announced the four girls, Aubrey Bennett, Kaitlyn Couchman, Chloe Goretska and Sarah Moorman, which were vying for the 2019 title of Wayne County Fair Queen.

Wayne Community School Superintendent Mike Still attended his first school board meeting in his new position with the district. The City of Corydon moved ahead on street condition survey proposals for the anonymous donor advised fund from the Wayne Community Foundation.

Sterling Berndt was selected to the 2019 Class 1A State All-Tournament team following the Lady Falcons appearance in the state tournament. Goretska was named the 2019 Wayne County Fair Queen with Samantha Mericle crowed princess and Trakker Cobb named prince.

Berndt along with Camryn Jacobsen earned First Team All-State honors following the Lady Falcons successful 2019 softball season. The Board of Supervisors heard from concerned citizens when talk of a new countywide ordinance began in late July.

Amber (Alley) Rodgers was named the 2019 Newcomer of the Year while Dave and Patty Mason were named Old Settlers of the Year for the 136th Old Settlers celebration.

Corydon mayor Moorman introduced Cheryl Mastin as new city clerk trainee. Kenna Nickell and Katelyn Nickell attended the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif. and received silver medals.

The Joe and Becca Dowdy family made their home in Corydon and began new journey with LivingStone Church.

Jack Wyatt prepared for a trip to Cordova, Ill. where he would be inducted into the Drag Racing Hall of Fame at the World Series on Drag Racing in late August. Wayne Community school students enjoyed the last week of summer vacation before another year of school was kick started.

Hy-Vee honored and recognized Dick Rouse for his 40 years of fulltime customer service. A surprise party was held for Rouse to inform him he was selected for the Legendary Customer Service Award within the Hy-Vee Corporation.

The Corydon Volunteer Fire Department presented a check to the Heidi and Garrett Jones family following a smoked meat sale benefit. The CVFD presented a check to the family to help offset medical expenses following the birth of their newborn premature twins Hoyt and Piercely.

The Wayne Community School Board began looking into water leak discovered at the George Saling Athletic Complex. Corydon Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director began reaching out to DOT in hopes for a caution light to be placed to help with fire station calls for safety purposes.

The Wayne FFA Chapter received a check in the amount of $1,000 following the announcement of their third place finish in the Pioneer Big-A Series contest. Chapter officers, advisor Dan May and other FFA members attended the award presentation in Decatur, Ill.

Cities within Wayne County began working to clean up nuisance properties notifying the Board of Supervisors of their efforts. I spoke with Denise Becker with the Chariton Valley Regional Housing Trust were I learned home owners within the county could possibly qualify for assistance for home repairs.

The CVFD placed third at State Convention in early September. Local cities and county officials began working with FEMA representatives at the same time in hopes to receive money from flood damages earlier in the year.

Prairie Trails Museum held a groundbreaking ceremony as work began on their remodel and new addition to the museum in mid-September. Iowa DNR held an informational meeting for updates on diseases causing deer to drop in area.

Wayne Community School students Tay Van Dyne, Luke Carpenter, Shayden Arnold, Bret Whitehall, Amber Kelly, Laney Christian, Lexi Brazeal and Rayleigh Snyder were named 2019 Homecoming Royalty Candidates with Carpenter and Kelly being named king and queen.

The Allerton Fire Department was notified they would be receiving a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in the amount of $89,047.61. City of Corydon moved forward with street improvement project accepting bids under budget.

I spoke with sports official Rick Eckles who stated a culture change is reason many officials call it quits before reaching three-year mark.

Plans began to come together for upcoming 22-mile walk within the county to raise veteran suicide awareness.

Dave Smith’s hard work and preparation finally saw a light at the end of the tunnel with his new restaurant Son’z Smoke House BBQ making final plans for opening in late October. Mike Burgher was initiated into the Corydon Lions Club in October as well.

Wayne County Sheriff Keith Davis shared highlights from his once in a lifetime opportunity trip to the White House where he met President Donald Trump.

The Wayne cheerleader squad won the Overall Outstanding Cheer award in Centerville at a showcase in late October. Sharon Anderson with Outlaw Pizza presented checks to the Wayne Theatre and LeCompte Memorial Library following her Superheros September promotion.

Sara Gillum made her move to Wayne County and filled the vacant position as the County Youth Coordinator with the Extension and Outreach Program.

Wayne sophomore R.C. Hicks qualified for the state cross-country meet in late October. Wayne County Hospital broke ground on new pharmacy location at old BP gas station.

Board of Supervisors held the first reading of new county nuisance abatement ordinance they looked to pass. With several concerned citizens pleading with the officials to not pass ordinance as it was written, the ordinance later failed to pass for lack of a second in later meetings.

Wayne Community school students were surprised with guest speaker Carson King during an assembly held at the high school gymnasium. I met with former teacher Dennis Alley who recalled his time with the Air Force in conjuction with Veteran’s Day.

Times-Republican Publisher Rhonda Bennett promoted myself to the Editor role in early September.

Cody Stiles and Amy Carpenter completed the 22-mile walk after organizing the walk to promote veteran suicide awareness. Well over 100 people gathered to join in their efforts.

Unofficial election results were made public with Moorman being officially elected as Mayor of Corydon with Rodgers and Kenny Holmes being re-elected to the council. Dawn Christian was elected to fill vacant seat on council.

Bill Byrns and Kevin Comer were re-elected to the Wayne Community School Board with Kristina Pollock officially being elected following her earlier appointment and Brandon Carpenter filling the vacant seat for his first time serving on the board.

Becca Bellman was announced as the new Corydon Hy-Vee Store Director in mid-November. Wayne Community Schools celebrated Veterans Day with assemblies. Wayne County Fair announces first Holiday Tour of Lights to be held.

Chasen Kiefer, Whitehall and Matt Davis were named to the Iowa Print Sports Writers Association All-State teams following the Falcons 6-3 football season.

The Corydon and Allerton Chamber of Commerce announced the winners from the annual Festival of Trees event. In the kid’s tabletop tree division Ally Petty placed first with Tucker Welch placing second. In the full size division Josh and Kristy Knutson with Destination Ag placed first and the Times-Republican placed second.

City of Corydon City Clerk Ann Stevens announced her retirement date had been set for January of 2020. Damages to Medicine Creek from early spring flooding were announced to be just shy of one million dollars with the Federal Highway Administration to cover 80 percent.

Jerry Wetzel and Jim Phillips attended and were the main figures responsible for the induction of George Saling into the Iowa Association of Track Coaches Hall of Fame held in Ames in early December.

Mackenzie Hilding was crowned as the 2019 Little Miss Merry Christmas as Noah Hagan was crowned the 2019 Little Mister St. Nick. Tasha Bailey had the winning ticket for the $500 in Corydon bucks drawing sponsored by the Corydon and Allerton Chamber of Commerce.

I met with Michelle Brown to learn more about the Growing Strong Families program she heads up in Wayne County. Kari Dodson and Rebecca Roberts presented a $2,700 check to Mendy Middlebrook for the Wayne County Empty Stocking Program following the successful Festival of Trees event.

The Wayne County Fair was honored with the South Central District’s 2019 Fair of the Year award in December.

I met with Wayne students Reese Brown and Maddy Wood who were finishing up a 31-day challenge for completing an act of kindness each day.

The past year was full of exciting stories with new businesses opening around us and stories of success. Here’s to hoping the new decade and beginning of 2020 is the best year yet!

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