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...

Nancy Hamar departs Iowa after decades of service

Over the span of more than 50 years, Nancy Hamar lived long enough in Wayne County to become one of its most respected citizens....

Once in lifetime find takes Dale Clark by surprise

Around a year ago, local artifact hunter Dale Clark forgot his walking stick on a hike. When he reached the site, which he recognized...

Rebecca Roberts brings Wonder to the students in her elementary class

Across Rebecca Roberts’ whiteboard, thread fashioned to look like black barbed wire is strung across photographs of the Holocaust and World War II and...

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...

Wayne County attempts to preserve the legacy of Shane Hill baseball

One-hundred years ago, a baseball team of former farm boys came out of retirement for one last game. It was 1918, and the United States...

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...

Josie Paugh toughs out surgery in Manhattan, returns with new hope

In August, 10-year-old Josie Paugh flew to Manhattan for surgery. It was not the first time she had boarded an airplane for Lenox Hill...

Governor Reynolds

On Oct. 27, Governor Kim Reynolds was present in Corydon to visit with Community Health Centers of Southern Iowa. Among the hot topics were...

Kevin Cooney

For four decades, before his retirement in 2015, Kevin Cooney’s position as a KCCI news reporter placed him in correspondence with senators, governors, presidents...
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