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Hope Mendenhall shares history of Garden Grove’s McClung Mansion
The McClung Mansion in Garden Grove. Photo by Linda Grismore
Sitting in the McClung house in Garden Grove, Hope Mendenhall shares the history of the home and how it originated. Surrounded by its beautiful woodwork and original stenciled artistry, you can only imagine what it was like in all of its grandeur when it was first built.

Listening to Mendenhall tell the story, you could not help but step back in time to the beginning of the McClung house.

“If you go clear back,” began Mendenhall, “John Burns was born in Scotland in 1826.”

Burns was born at Black Craig Mines, in Kirkenbrightshire on Dec. 27.

“Burns married Jane McWhirter, also a native of Scotland on June 6, 1851. The next day, the newlyweds packed their bags, got on a boat and sailed to America.”

Apr 27, 2015, 08:50


Dave and Janie Bethards house an assortment of unique animals
A Bethards Farm peacock displays its plumage. Photo by Janie Bethards
WHO SAID ONLY CATTLE BELONG ON A FARM? PEACOCKS, REINDEER, EMU AND SERAMA CHICKENS ALSO HAVE A PLACE

Janie Rector Bethards grew up in Allerton and went to Wayne Community High School. Dave Bethards went to Mormon Trail. The couple lives on a large and secluded farm in southern Iowa near High Point. He is a full time farmer and she works full time off the farm.

The Bethards house quite an assortment of unique and unusual animals on their farm.

Greeting me as I got out of the car were two very large white Great Pyrenees and a basset hound.

Apr 20, 2015, 13:23


Kim Hicks opens doors for a living after flying with Bolton Bombers
Killer Kim Hicks and Michael Bolton, veterans of the Bolton Bombers.
REAL ESTATE AGENT AND FORMER NCAA CHAMPION TAKES OVER WAYNE FALCONS AND LADY FALCONS GOLF TEAMS

The legend of Killer Kim Turner began on the mean streets of Manhattan. It continues today in a combine on an Iowa farm, when the Wayne Falcons’ head golf coach—now known as Kim Hicks—is not commandeering Walden Park Golf Course.

For five years, Hicks worked in singer Michael Bolton’s personal manager’s office. For the uninitiated, Bolton is an entertainer at the height of his popularity in the late 1980s and early 1990s. This success led to a spoof of Bolton via a character of the same name in the movie 'Office Space,' but according to Hicks, Bolton is a good sport.

Bolton’s manager would bring his dog to where Hicks worked, a doggy daycare called ‘Yuppie Puppy.’ Before that, Hicks did not know Michael Bolton from Celine Dion.

Apr 13, 2015, 08:56


In 1960s, Bill Wells goes from Iowa farm boy to star athlete running against Jim Ryun
Former Missouri Tigers athletic director and head football coach Dan Devine, left, presents the 1968 Big Eight Conference Athletic-Scholarship award to Seymour graduate Bill Wells. The award went to one student-athlete from each Big Eight school, chosen from all sports programs. When Wells won the award, it marked one of the few instances where a track and field athlete received the medallion for this honor.
DESPITE NOT GOING OUT FOR TRACK UNTIL JUNIOR YEAR AT SEYMOUR, WELLS COMPETED FOR UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI AGAINST GREATEST MIDDLE DISTANCE RUNNER OF ALL TIME

When asked to name the greatest athletes to ever come out of Wayne County, a few stand out as obvious. Tork Hook, Chris Street, Cassandra Darrah and George Saling roll off the tongue. But Bill Wells?

“He doesn’t like to boast or brag,” Anita Wells said of her husband, perhaps the most unlikely star athlete of them all. “It’s interesting how the tracks and shoes have changed from guys running years ago.”

Bill Wells is a 1964 graduate of Seymour Community High School. He married high school sweetheart Anita (Lord) Wells in 1966. Their first two years of marriage, they lived at the University of Missouri housing in Columbia. Anita’s parents owned the roller skating rink in Promise City.

Apr 6, 2015, 12:32


Todd Ratliff keeps running as track and cross country coach
Colonel Knox, right, presents Sergeant Major Todd Ratliff of the Army National Guard with his official promotion certificate. From left to right is Ratliff’s family, wife Kim and sons C.J., Brock and Tyson. Ratliff is the head track and cross country coach at Albia Community High School.
There is no better teacher than one who leads by example. Since Todd Ratliff has run a double marathon in the past, he has no trouble backing up his expectations from the Albia Community High School student-athletes under his care. The same could be said for his relationship with the men in his Army National Guard unit.

“Being able to do physically what all the younger guys can do gives you a lot of clout as a leader,” Ratliff said. “If they see you just tell them to do it, when you can’t do it yourself, you lose credibility.”

Endurance is no problem for the fast-talking Ratliff. It never has been, ever since his days on Wayne Community High School’s equivalent of the debate team, where he sharpened his silver tongue.

In Albia, Ratliff is still hitting his stride when he isn’t serving his country. He reached his 22-year mark in the National Guard on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17. He is now a Sergeant Major.

Mar 23, 2015, 07:37













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