Just as it always seems to happen, another year has passed by in a flash with the New Year upon us. It has been an eventful one for our area and now I’d like to take a moment to recap some of our headlines from January through June of 2019.
In January I spoke with former Wayne Lady Falcon basketball coach Stan Rupe discussing how the girl’s basketball has changed from the past days of six-on-six. We captured the newest county officials being sworn in at the first meeting of the year, which included newest Board of Supervisors member Tom Swearingin.
Following the retirement of former Farm Bureau Insurance Representative John Fry, we introduced Troy Umberhower. Kristina Pollock was nominated to fill the vacant seat on the Wayne Community School Board following the resignation of Mandi Goretska.
We heard from Wayne student Jerica Hysell following her travels to Orlando, Fla. where she performed during the halftime show at the Citrus Bowl. Wayne County Hospital announced Blake Michael West as the 2019 New Year’s Prince.
Hunter Cobb, a 2019 Wayne graduate captured his 100th win on the mat during this wrestling meet in Corydon on Jan. 17. The Corydon and Allerton Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Amber Rodgers at her newest store Prairie Clover Market on Jan. 17 as well.
The Wayne County Hospital and Clinic Systems Auxiliary donated a check in the amount of $35,000 to the Wayne County Hospital ambulance fund on Jan. 21. Marilyn Montgomery presented the check to Josh Hysell at the Jan. 21 annual luncheon.
Hunter Clark, another 2019 graduate of Wayne celebrated his 100 wins on the mat on Feb. 2 at the sectional meet in Southeast Warren. Members of the 1978-1979 Wayne Falcon basketball team scheduled a 40-year reunion.
Following a seven-month deployment, Amy Carpenter returned home to Wayne County and surprised her young sons at Wayne Elementary. Sharon Anderson closed in on an opening date after remodeling the former Breadeaux Pizza building to open her new restaurant Outlaw Pizza.
Maddison DeVore of Tease Salon and Kim Baker of Healthy Skin by Kim relocated to the old Murphy's building, along with new addition of certified nail technician Bevin Allen of Filed Away.
The City of Corydon council saw a packed house when discussion regarding possible sale of library building is brought up. Allerton planned for the Rocky of the Rainforest play with successful dress rehearsals.
Butch and Susie Gibbs told their story of Butch’s survival following the night of April 2, 2004 when Susie helped revive Butch when his heart stopped. Wayne Community School Board approved the early retirement request by Dave Daughton that would take effect at the end of the school year.
Cobb qualified for IAHSAA State Tournament in February. Grand River Mutual Networks donated $5,000 to Wayne County Development Corporation.
I tackled the public school versus private school issue in Iowa high school athletics following the heartbreaking loss of the Mormon Trail Saints to private school Grandview Christian. I spoke to Justin Hopkins on how his love of antique tractors turned into a hobby with his own pulling tractor.
Wayne School Board made the decision to hire a search firm to help them find new superintendent. Wayne Optimist Club held a local Oratorical Contest for Wayne Community Students where Brooklyn Reed took first place.
The Board of Supervisors offered Randy Zerr the Wayne County Engineer position in March. The Wayne FFA Chapter held their annual FFA banquet at the Wayne County Event Center at the Fairgrounds in March.
Seth Sheriff, 2019 Wayne graduate was one of only 34 students in the State of Iowa to be awarded an academic football all-state award. City of Corydon once again had a packed house at city hall when residents voiced concern over new position not being advertised.
Corydon and Allerton Chamber of Commerce hosted the second annual Denim and Diamonds Gala where Josh Knutson was named the Small Business of the Year and Pastor Buck was presented the Mark Nessen Memorial Person of the Year award.
Jordan Duerksen brought his technology expertise to the area in his new IT on the Square business in the former Copy Plus US Celluar location on the north side of the square. Sheriff and Jared Middlebrook competed at the FBLA State Leadership Convention on March 29 where Sheriff placed second and Middlebrook placed first in job interview.
The Wayne Community School golf teams held their third annual shopping spree at the Corydon Hy-Vee where Tim Swan, Kit Mason and Michelle Hicks were the lucky names drawn. Jared Chambers with the Wayne Community Foundation informs the City of Corydon council an anonymous donor wanted to gift blueprint of the city.
Shelley Bickel took over the Wayne County Public Health Administrator role and made big headway right off in her new position. The Board of Supervisors were informed of Bonnie Friend’s upcoming resignation from her Wayne County Conservation Director role in April.
I sat down with former Wayne graduate Bryan Coffey following his trip to Abu Dhabi as the Special Olympics Director of the United Programs. We enjoyed a visit in our office from a coast-to-coast 71-year old jogger from Sweden at the end of April.
Former Wayne graduate Ryan Kirsch was named to the 2019 Under Armour 30-Under-30 Team. City of Corydon employee Brandon Trower passed his water certification test.
I spoke with several Wayne students as they looked ahead to their upcoming high school graduation as well as former graduates to give advice to all students on how best to enjoy their remaining high school years. Tiffany Grimes, a 2019 graduate was honored in Des Moines on April 28 as a Governor’s scholar.
Wayne Lady Falcons Reese Brown and Emily Jones and Falcons Dayton Jacobson, Cobb, Chasen Kiefer and Shayden Arnold advanced to the Iowa High School Co-Ed State Track and Field Meet after qualifying at districts in Leon on May 10. The Wayne Community School Board search for a new superintendent ended when Mike Still was hired to fill the role beginning with the 2019-2020 school year.
Sheriff placed first at sectionals while the Wayne Falcon golfers placed second. Wayne Community School holds the 2019 High School Graduation with Spanish Teacher Heidi Bellon as the guest speaker.
I had the opportunity to meet with Lauren Tilley following her second trip abroad and hear stories from the 65-day trip away from the United States. City of Corydon council members dove into preparations for bonded repairs to road conditions within city limits. Several organizations and groups were present to receive the 2019 Grant Awards from the Wayne Community Foundation on May 22.
The Board of Supervisors were notified of former member Duffy Kester’s immediate resignation from the board on May 22. I met with Jill Tueth and enjoyed hearing the journey of Snyder’s of Humeston celebrating their 70-years of success in a small town.
Carson Kiefer stopped in and spoke with me on how he had found glory living his childhood dream of being a cowboy. I followed Kiefer to a rodeo in Osceola on June 8 where I witnessed him in action firsthand riding a bull and competing in the bareback competition at their local rodeo.
The Governor of Iowa declares disaster proclamation in Wayne County as local flooding caused massive damage to Medicine Creek. Corydon gained new business Sisters at Heart as Patty Jones and Deidre Buttz completed remodel in new coffee and food establishment that opened just off the east side of the Corydon square.
Carpenter worked with the secret service as President Donald Trump made a visit to Des Moines. Carpenter was given a personal tour of Air Force One during the visit.
The First Annual Veterans Camp and Cast weekend was held through the help of several local residents and businesses generous donations of time and supplies.
Stay tuned next week for the top headlines of 2019 from July through December.