Jared Chambers holds two trophies he won using his auctioneering skills.
Jared Chambers is not averse to taking risks. He can also call an auction while driving a pickup. Two years ago, Chambers quit his private construction business, sold his heavy equipment and started auctioneering fulltime.
“The best way to practice calling an auction is behind a microphone,” Chambers says. “I sit in my office with the PA system set up, and you just run through number sequences, tongue twisters. I have a computer program called Virtual Auction—a friend of mine from Ames, David Whitaker, invented, builds and sells it.
“And also just driving down the road—I start rolling tongue twisters.
“But the best practice is auctions—whether it’s our own, or as a contract auctioneer for another company.” Feb 10, 2014, 09:35
“The hospitality in Corydon hasn’t changed at all,” Buttz says. “Small town living is much more personable. I grew up here for a portion of my life, and look forward to giving back to the community. After spending many years in a metropolitan area, I realize the benefits of being in a small town. Everyone is much more personable and helpful when you need it.”
In 1992, Buttz moved from Chariton to Corydon, where he graduated from Wayne Community High School in 1995 with Jared Chambers. Feb 10, 2014, 09:27
Winston with his parents Daren and Dusti Relph. Photo by Jason Selby
Winston Relph sits with his back straight, seeming a bit uncomfortable in his own skin. It’s easy to imagine why his parents didn’t know what to expect before his first high school play.
Years later, in early January of 2014, Winston and his parents flew to California so he could attend the International Modeling & Talent Association event in Los Angeles. It was a journey that six months ago would have been difficult for any of them to believe. When they left Iowa, it was around negative 10 degrees. When they landed, it was 65 and sunny. Feb 3, 2014, 11:05
From left, Ted Close, Clive Wells and Dr. Joel Wells. Close is holding award bowling pins from past victories. Not pictured, Dr. Larry Royer.
The wind chill outside is below zero, but inside Bowling Green Lanes in Corydon, Clive Wells, 82 years old, eats a tenderloin and waits for his son, Dr. Joel Wells of the Wayne County Hospital to get off work.
“He usually gets here about 7 o’clock,” Clive says of his son. “He has, a few times, had to leave to deliver a baby.”
The bowling alley has not changed much in décor over the past couple of decades, though ownership has changed hands several times. John and Wanda Johnson are the current owners. The only significant alteration implemented is an electronic scoring system in place of pencil and scorecard. Jan 27, 2014, 09:08
Dr. Marlene Sprouse, left, with Corydon attorney Alan M. Wilson, an Indian Hills Foundation Board Member. Photo by Jason Selby
Last Tuesday, Dr. Marlene Sprouse, the new president of Indian Hills Community College, got reminded often of her connections to Wayne County.
“When I was in Corydon, I kept running into people that either reminded me that I knew them or their spouse, or that they knew my parents.”
Sprouse’s father, Jim Stanton, worked for Randolph Funeral Home in Seymour, Corydon and Allerton for many years. Before they passed, he and her mother, Marie Stanton, lived in Wayne County all of their lives.
Sprouse graduated from Seymour Community High School in 1977. Jan 20, 2014, 09:58