Corydon Times

Wayne County Conservation doing great things with local parks
The remodeled shelter house at Lakeside Park in Humeston.
Wayne County Conservation Board has been given great opportunities and grant money for improvements to our county parks.

When I first talked to Bonnie Friend, WCCB director, they had just been given the tremendous opportunity for the very first trumpeter swan release. “I was ecstatic, I was just so excited, because that is what conservation is all about?”

Friend said the area the swans were released in is a wonderful marsh area. The habitat and the wetland area are perfect for them.

“This has been very exciting to me to be a part of this program,” said Friend. “The area where I came from in Maryland did not have trumpeter swans."

May 26, 2015, 08:38

Mastodon walks 10,000 years into Prairie Trails Museum
The past speaks to Don and Steve Hysell. Before a mural of woolly mammoths, the brothers hold the thigh bone of an adult mastodon, which they have donated to Prairie Trails Museum of Wayne County in Corydon. The Hysells found the bone in a creek bed while hunting for Native American artifacts just west of Lineville. Beginning this year, it will be on display at the museum. Photo by Jason Selby
Around 10,000 years ago, Mastodons and Woolly Mammoths browsed and grazed the plains of what is now Iowa, hunted by the Paleo-Indian Clovis people using spears with stone points.

Two years ago, Humeston natives Don and Steve Hysell were navigating timber, artifact hunting when they stumbled upon a long, thick object in the Weldon River west of Lineville.

“We had no clue [what it was] when we found it,” Steve Hysell said.

It was obviously a bone, and the Hysell brothers took turns carrying the 29-inch long, 20-pound specimen back to the truck. For two years, it leaned in a corner of Don’s house.

By chance, last summer the Hysells had been working on the new machine shed west of the Prairie Trails Museum of Wayne County.

May 18, 2015, 08:52

Jennifer and Richard Vecchio restore the beauty of Garden Grove’s C.S. Stearns mansion
Jennifer and Richard Vecchio stand beside the newel post, the lady holding a lamp, a gift and original to the home. Photo by Linda Grismore
Jennifer Vecchio is an Iowan. She was raised in Iowa from the time she was a little girl, starting out in western Iowa in the Sioux City area then migrating to eastern Iowa, spending most of her youth there and graduating from DeWitt high school.

When she graduated, she left the state of Iowa for almost 30 years.

“I went to college, law school and did my career,” Jennifer began. “As I got older I felt like I wanted to come back.

“In the meantime, I had married a man from New York City that had lived in only two places, New York and South Florida.”

May 18, 2015, 08:47

Wayne County Hospital reminisces on 60 years of dedication
A worker straightens a room in the early days of the Wayne County Hospital in Corydon. WCH is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
The Wayne County Hospital in Corydon is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year during National Hospital Week from May 10 through May 16. The hospital began service in 1955. On Thurs., May 14, 2-4 p.m., WCH invites the public to celebrate with a reception in the cafeteria.


Debbie Hullinger has been with WCH for 21 years as a PTA in the rehabilitation department, a wit sharpened out of necessity by the many jokesters on staff.

The rehab center was once a much smaller unit located next to the emergency room.

“People would come in to go to the ER, and automatically go right into [my] department with their bloody stumps,” Hullinger said. “I would say, ‘no, no, no, we can serve you later, but you have to go across the hall."

May 11, 2015, 08:51

Corydon Nursing & Rehab Center CNAs provide precious service
From left to right, CNAs at Corydon Nursing & Rehab Center: Bridget Kent, Paula Nickell and Amber Bennett. Nickell is also the care center’s activity coordinator. These are just a few of the dedicated CNAs and other employees serving Wayne County’s elderly. Photo by Jason Selby

In an aging community, those that serve the elderly are invaluable. It is a difficult transition for a person to go from a home they might have lived in for over 50 years, to an almost complete dependence on others.

At Corydon Nursing & Rehab Center, the goal is to lessen that dependence. All CNAs there are also members of National Association of Healthcare Assistants. NAHCA helps residents both in-house and in the greater community, which includes Wayne County and beyond due to the stellar reputation of the care center.

May 4, 2015, 09:05