Mike and Patty Street recall life in Wayne County, the childhood home of Hawkeye...

Chris Street’s status as an American sports icon has been fixed in lore for over 25 years. His tale has been told not only...

Choponis reaches 1,300 basketball games while still teaching math

For almost two decades, Rich Choponis has run up and down the sidelines of college basketball games with a whistle in his mouth. Three...

Paul Mitchell returns to heal the Lakota people with his testimony

Paul Mitchell was born in York, Neb., a full-blood Lakota of the Sicangu Nation. The French referred to his people as the Brulé, or...

Nash Cox finds his soul in automobiles, and his art, before it’s too late

At age 42, Nash Cox decided to become an artist. By the time he finished his first painting, he was by definition a professional. “I...

Jim Murray continues to spread good news while battling cancer

From Peru to Wayne County, from Turkey to Cedar Falls, Jim Murray has spread the word. A few years ago, Seymour’s art teacher was diagnosed...

Reunite the Fight brings veterans back together on a Wayne County farm

This April, Wayne County served as a destination for veterans from across the country. Some of them knew each other overseas. Others were complete strangers....

Real life horror of the Great Influenza—and it could happen again

Near the end of World War I, an American soldier from Iowa was placed on burial detail. Yet this young man was nowhere near...

Doug Thatcher releases book on Wayne County

Doug Thatcher grew up around a mile west of the Wayne County Home. From his parents’ land, he could see the brick building. “It used...

Dr. Ernest Perea’s road from the NSA to WCHCS

Almost 500 years ago, Dr. Ernest Perea’s ancestors emigrated from Spain to America. Outside the Native population, his family has been in the New...

Wade Harman, Denver select Hawkeye Noah Fant in draft

Before the 2019 NFL Draft, some projections had the Denver Broncos selecting former Chariton and Iowa Hawkeye tight end T.J. Hockenson in the first...
The Wayne County Independent