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 »

R-Bar-B expansion approved, 2-1 »

04:48 pm |

The county commission made a split decision to approve the conditional use permit for the expansion of R-Bar-B Monday afternoon.

Dec 9 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


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 for himself last week when Floors -N- More…

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 »

Jacob Schrick-Javelin

01:45 pm | Competing at home on their new track, the Chargers of Jefferson County North High School finished first in both the boys’ and…

May 27 2015 / Read More »

Death claims woman with a heart for Hospice »

Carole Hendrix

01:29 pm | Friends of Hospice of Jefferson County lost a good friend last Thursday when Carole Hendrix, a longtime member of the organization’s board,…

May 27 2015 / Read More »
McLouth’s horse judging team is state’s best » Enhancing habitat purpose of Perry Wildlife Area » New City Hall is ready to‘meet’ the public »

The Vindicator

Mail carrier ends long career »

Leeta Dolsky

10:42 am | Leeta Dolsky ended a 32-year career Friday delivering mail for the U.S. Postal Service.…

Jun 3 2015 / Read More »

Death claims woman with a heart for Hospice »

Carole Hendrix

01:29 pm | Friends of Hospice of Jefferson County lost a good friend last Thursday when Carole Hendrix, a longtime member of the organization’s board,…

May 27 2015 / Read More »
QR codes will ID historic places » Enhancing habitat purpose of Perry Wildlife Area »
Jeff West Wins State Tournament

Jeff West girls state champs »

09:59 am | The Jefferson West softball team captured the state championship title at Hummer Sports Complex in Topeka Monday morning defeating Rock Creek High School in the eighth inning, 2-1.…

Jun 9 2015 / Read More »


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