January 2, 2007
Norman Rockwell couldn't have conceived it better: a third generation barber as the three-time mayor of a bustling Midwestern college town. That's Mike Amyx's life in a nutshell, but gone are Rockwell's simpler times. With the passing of 2006, the mayor may well have breathed a sigh of relief. The year kicked off with tornadic winds and city-wide destruction. High-dollar proposals for a new library stirred up ardent discourse, Then came the resignation of long-time city manager Mike Wildgen and the eventual appointment of assistant city manager David Corliss. Violence reared up downtown, with nightclub shootings and weapons arrests making the news. And Wal-Mart took the city to court. Street Level deftly swivels a barber's chair to talk face-to-face with Mayor Mike about guns, the weather, and facing south for more than thirty years.