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Beached Whales defeat Pink Panthers PDF Print E-mail
Written by J Wilson   
Thursday, 28 August 2014 16:11

The 42nd annual Y-Teen Powder Puff football game pitted the Beached Whales (seniors and freshmen) against the Pink Panthers (juniors and sophomores) on Aug. 19, with the Beached Whales emerging with a two-point victory thanks to a first half safety.

“We tried a new format this year with one faculty coach (as in the past) and then student coaches from the junior and senior classes,” said Y-Teen Co-Sponsor Deb Roberts.

Two new SWV teachers were tapped to lead the teams, with science teacher Andrew Bentz assisting Beached Whale coaches Ryan Carlson, Colten Drake, Gunnar McCuen, Clint Mullen and Scott Vanderhoof, and math teacher Lisa Vanderhoof working with coaches Trevor Holbrook, Tony Klocke, Cody McMann, Ralph Morales and Hunter Pontius to guide the Pink Panthers.

Funds raised at the annual flag football contest will assist the Y-Teens in a number of projects and activities throughout the year.

Schools add new teachers PDF Print E-mail
Written by J Wilson   
Tuesday, 19 August 2014 19:00


Ten new staffers joined the teaching teams at Corning Elementary School and Southwest Valley High School on the first day of school on Aug. 18. Pictured, (front row, left to right) are Kate Jennett, second grade; Abigail McDonald, junior Kindergarten; Lisa Dolph, high school math; Lisa Vanderhoof, high school math; and Sally Woods, fourth-fifth grade; back row, Jennifer Berns, elementary principal; Lindsay Sampson, Title I reading; Danny Ahrens, high school business; Andrew Bentz, high school science; and Sharon Meyers, high school guidance counselor.

Hollander treated for smoke inhalation, apartment a total loss PDF Print E-mail
Written by J Wilson   
Tuesday, 05 August 2014 16:11


Fire gutted an apartment at 601 Davis Avenue in Corning during a noontime blaze that drew the efforts of five fire departments on July 30.

Asleep when the fire started, the apartment’s resident, Kent Hollander, was alerted and removed from the blaze by Sheriff Alan Johannes. Emergency Services transported Hollander to the hospital, where he was treated for smoke inhalation and kept two nights.

Two neighboring apartments had smoke damage, while five businesses sustained fire, water and/or smoke damage, said Corning Fire Chief Donnie Willett. In addition to the Corning Fire Department, mutual aid arrived from Creston, Lenox, Prescott and Villisca.

The cause of the fire came from a window air conditioner plug-in, said Willett.

“We’re just very fortunate that nobody got hurt,” said Willet, who noted that the Red Cross is involved in helping to meet Hollander’s needs.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 05 August 2014 16:12
Kinman represents Adams County at State Fair PDF Print E-mail
Written by J Wilson   
Tuesday, 12 August 2014 18:51

Adams County Queen Kelsie Kinman, 18, of Corning, is introduced during the Iowa State Fair Queen Coronation Ceremony on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage at the Iowa State Fair on Aug. 9. Elizabeth Glover of County was named the 2014 Iowa State Fair Queen. (Iowa State Fair/ Steve Pope Photography)

Fairfield artist tops En Plein Air field PDF Print E-mail
Written by J Wilson   
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 18:05

Artists participating in the 9th Annual En Plein Air Competition in Corning on July 25-26 were Beppie Weiss, Pat Harding, Susan Baer, John Evans, Denice Peters, John Preston, Zack Jones, Diane Stoffel and Brian Brigham

The Corning Center for the Fine Arts (CCFA) hosted its 9th annual "En Plein Air” on July 25-26, and oil painter John Preston of Fairfield placed first with his “Davis St” [sic].

This juried competition showcased nine artists painting local scenery in and around the Corning area. En Plein Air is a term derived from the French, which literally means “in the open air.” It's a familiar concept today, but in the late 1800s when the Impressionists ventured out of their studios and into nature to investigate and capture the effects of sunlight and different times of days on a subject, it was a revolutionary practice.

This year’s judge was Beppie Weiss of Iowa City, an artist who has painted at En Plein Air events around the country, winning many awards, and has attended all nine of Corning’s En Plein Air Festivals.

In selecting the prizewinners for the Corning En Plein Air Show, Weiss described to the audience the techniques that he looks for in plein air paintings including composition, color, subject matter, edges and values.

Placing second behind Preston was Zack Jones of Malvern in second place with “Cows on the Hillside” and John Evans of Richland in third place with “Acorn & Mustard.”

This year’s participants included Preston, Jones and Evans, along with Susan Baer of Chariton; Brian Brigham of Omaha, Neb.; Pat Harding of St. Joseph, Mo.; Denice Peters of Denison; Diane Stoffel of Underwood; and Weiss.

Brigham painted in Corning for the first time and made comment that he couldn’t believe all of the events and activities and that he will be back to paint next year.

The En Plein Air Exhibit will be on display at CCFA through Sept. 30. The Silent Auction Sale of past En Plein Air paintings is being conducted through homecoming. Visit the CCFA to make a bid on a favorite Adams County scene.

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