Sunset Haven’s 40th celebrated »

Sunset Haven 40th

02:41 pm |

A small group gathered Sunday afternoon to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the public housing complex known as Sunset Haven in Valley Falls.

Jul 29 2015 / Read More »

Better alert system for county discussed »

12:00 pm |

A mass notification system that would use cell phones to alert people about emergencies was discussed by Mike Baxter, Jefferson County emergency management director, before the county commissioners Monday.

Feb 3 2014 / Read More »

Mortgage fee elimination could strain county budget »

03:18 pm |

The potential elimination of mortgage registration fees could put a strain on the county’s budget in the upcoming year.

Dec 30 2013 / Read More »

Commission opens grader bids »

03:37 pm |

The county commission opened three bids for two new graders Monday afternoon.

Dec 16 2013 / Read More »
County News

Efforts of three women recognized by Alliance »

Heidi Pickerell, left, Pam King, center, and Jo Cross display the Spirit of Humanitarianism Awards they received last week from the Jefferson County Alliance of Service Councils Inc.

11:19 am |

A rural Valley Falls woman and two women from the Oskaloosa area with at least one thing in common, a heartfelt desire to help others, were honored last Thursday in Oskaloosa by the Jefferson County Alliance of Service Councils Inc., during a luncheon at the office of the county health department.

Jun 16 2014 / Read More »

Chase leaves suspect hurt and patrol cars damaged »

The 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe the suspect was driving came to rest at the bottom of the embankment along the south side of US-24.

10:34 am |

A 20-year-old Lawrence man believed to have been driving a stolen truck was injured the morning of April 30 when the vehicle went off US-24 Highway west of Perry and rolled down an embankment, ending a high-speed chase that resulted in damage to three Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department vehicles.

May 12 2014 / Read More »

Patriotism on display in McLouth »

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10:46 am |

The 16th annual Patriots Day Parade drew scores of people to McLouth Saturday to view a red- white-and-blue procession that included McLouth High School’s top-ranked band, a human flag provided by the Bank of McLouth, none other than both “George Washington” and “Paul Revere,” modern-day patriots, some on foot and others astride horses, dressed in period apparel and carrying the colors, and a trolley transporting just some of the many veterans who have served their country down through the years.

Apr 28 2014 / Read More »


Heinen, Poe retire from electric co-op

10:38 am |

The invitation to the public reads “Retirement – your table for two is ready,” and while Steve Poe isn’t Joe Heinen’s first choice for a dinner companion at a five-star restaurant, nor Heinen Poe’s, the two men have come to greatly admire each other as a direct result of their many years working together as employees of Leavenworth-Jefferson Electric Cooperative.

Apr 28 2014 / Read More »

Meriden Park Needs Votes »

10:36 am |

Meriden has made it as a finalist in Bridgestone’s Fuel the Cause Contest. From now through April 30, the public is invited to visit Bridgestone’s contest portal and vote for one of the 12 finalists.

Apr 28 2014 / Read More »

County officials dish up breakfast for the GOP »

Ron Ellis, center, secretary of the Jefferson County Republican Central Committee, handles bids from the floor on a pie as Oskaloosa’s Dave Taylor of Colonial Acres Guesthouse & Floral, right, assists him while Travis Oliver, chairman of the central committee, looks on.

09:22 am |

Opinions were plentiful Saturday morning in Perry when the Jefferson County Republican Central Committee hosted the latest installment of Eggs & Issues at American Legion Post 142.

Apr 21 2014 / Read More »

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The Independent

Subs and Stuff

New sub shop proves success »

02:27 pm | In the highly-competitive restaurant business, where there’s little margin for error, good help and a tasty product people are willing to pay for will always be…

Jul 29 2015 / Read More »

Longtime Winchester scorekeeper receives Clint Hill Service Award »

Raymond Riley

01:08 pm | Among some, 82-year-old Raymond Riley of Winchester will always be remembered as “that guy,” the man who cast…

Jul 7 2015 / Read More »

Floors specialty of new Oskie business »


09:17 am | Former Tonganoxie resident Bill Allen, who has been laying floors for the past 30 years, went into business…

Jun 24 2015 / Read More »

Demonstration at OJT to coincide with festival »

Haying With Horses

10:34 am | Current and former Jefferson County residents planning to be in downtown Oskaloosa June 25-27 for this year’s Old Settlers’ Festival may want…

Jun 3 2015 / Read More »
Chargers sweep league track meet in Winchester » Death claims woman with a heart for Hospice » McLouth’s horse judging team is state’s best »

The Vindicator

New pharmacy opens at Meriden mall »

Dustin Hothan FW Meriden Pharmacist

01:16 pm | The F.W. Huston Medical Center is teaming up with a local family to open a pharmacy in the south Meriden…

Jul 7 2015 / Read More »

Jeff West girls state champs »

Jeff West Wins State Tournament

09:59 am | The Jefferson West softball team captured the state championship title at Hummer Sports Complex in Topeka Monday morning defeating Rock Creek…

Jun 9 2015 / Read More »
Mail carrier ends long career » Death claims woman with a heart for Hospice »
Gary Naylor

Naylor family shares their small engines »

02:17 pm | Antique engine enthusiasts make up a big part of the annual threshing bee show at Cottonwood Station near Meriden and none more so than Gary Naylor…

Jul 29 2015 / Read More »


  • Lawrence Froelich Jr.

    09:32 pm

    Larry C. Froelich, 61, Tecumseh, died Sept. 18 at home.

    Sep 20 2012 / Read More »
  • Doyce Bates

    09:20 pm

    A memorial service for Doyce Gene Bates will be held at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, during the Kansas State Grange Convention at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center in Lawrence.

    Sep 20 2012 / Read More »
  • Leo Zule

    09:31 pm

    Leo D. Zule, 80, Nortonville, died Sept. 16, 2012, at a Kansas City hospital.

    Sep 19 2012 / Read More »
  • Dorotha Lucile Smerchek

    Dorotha Smerchek

    09:26 pm

    Dorotha Lucile Smerchek, 96, Valley Falls, died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012, at Linnwood Park Assisted Living in Valley Falls, KS.

    Sep 19 2012 / Read More »
  • Dennis Hagemann

    09:24 pm

    Dennis A. Hagemann, 69, Topeka, died Sept. 14, 2012, at his home.

    Sep 18 2012 / Read More »
  • Barbara Bartlett

    09:18 pm

    Barbara Lou Bartlett, 63, Bonner Springs, died Aug. 27, 2012, at the Olathe Medical Center in Olathe.

    Sep 6 2012 / Read More »