Better alert system for county discussed »

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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 »

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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 »

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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

Judge opens way to restore Neuhaus’s license »

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Stripped of her limited license in 2012 for having referred young patients for late-term abortions nine years earlier, Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus of rural Nortonville is one step closer to regaining the full license she once had before her association with the late Dr. George Tiller had adverse consequences professionally.

Mar 31 2014 / Read More »

The last country school »

Phil Dunn, Valley Falls, attended Nichols No. 11 country school as a youth as did Betty Jane Wilson some years earlier. Barbara Tosh was the school’s last teacher. Nichols was one of 100 country schools that served the children of Jefferson County.

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There are six school districts in Jefferson County. There used to be an even 100.

Those country schools were spaced so that a couple’s children didn’t have much over two miles to walk to get to school.

Mar 31 2014 / Read More »

Caring for lost souls: couple soon to complete Medina Cemetery restoration »

Vicki and Pat Langton have spent the past 11 months restoring the Medina Cemetery. The chain saw carvers got married soon after graduating with the Perry-Lecompton class of 1977. “She’s the reason I took home ec,” Pat said.

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Four weed eaters, 40 chain saw chains, five chain saw bars, and 11 months ago Pat and Vicki Langton started a journey packed with clarity and truckloads of hard work.

It was last April when the couple began the task of clearing and cleaning the long forgotten Medina Cemetery near Perry. The job is almost done.

Mar 31 2014 / Read More »

Book tells story of Psychological Field Station »

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Award-winning author and journalist Ariel Sabar, Washington, D.C., has just published a Kindle single e-book, “The Outsider: The Life and Times of Roger Barker.”

Barker was a University of Kansas professor who ran the Midwest Psychological Field Station in Oskaloosa from the late 1940s to the early 1970s. Barker and his wife, Louise, now lie buried in the town cemetery.

Feb 3 2014 / Read More »

Valley Falls boys capture McLouth Invitational trophy »

A jubilant Dragon team hoists the McLouth Invitational Tournament trophy after defeating the host team, 84-77, in what was a hard-fought contest.

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Four county teams entered the McLouth Boys’ Invitational Tournament Jan. 21 and two — Valley Falls and McLouth—made it to the championship round with Valley Falls taking home the top trophy.

Jan 30 2014 / Read More »

Meriden youth sends a clear message »

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Eleven-year-old Heather Kahler, Meriden, is one of three northeast Kansas regional winners in the 2013 Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day poster contest.

As a regional winner, Heather received a bicycle and a bicycle helmet donated by Safe Kids Kansas at an afternoon school assembly presentation Jan. 17 at Jefferson West Middle School.

Jan 23 2014 / Read More »

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The Independent

Jacee Kramer in action in the opening state tournament game in Manhattan. Photo by Clarke Davis

JCN’s Kramer named to All-State girls’ team »

10:17 am | Jefferson County North senior Jacee Kramer has been named to The Topeka Capital-Journal’s All-State girls’ team and was pictured in Sunday’s edition. She was also named to the Class 2A…

Mar 31 2014 / Read More »

Floral, antique store grand opening »

Dave sits at an antique poker table. In an earlier era, only cards and chips were allowed on the table. This style poker table has a disk at each corner for one to place other items, such as drinks. This was a common style in the late 1880s, though few exist today. This one came from a pub in Three Rivers, Minn.

10:20 am | This weekend marks the grand opening of a new enlarged facility for Colonial Acres Floral and Antiques on the south side of…

Jan 29 2014 / Read More »

Fire destroys building in downtown Oskaloosa »

Photo by Mike Tomlinson

12:57 pm | A structure fire late Monday night destroyed two businesses on the Oskaloosa square.…

Jan 24 2014 / Read More »

Pool renovations begin »

Mayor Eric Hull, left, discusses the ongoing pool project with Monty Hays at the site of the new children's pool Monday evening

03:15 pm | Mayor Eric Hull, left, discusses the ongoing pool project with Monty Hays at the site of the new children's pool Monday evening…

Nov 28 2013 / Read More »
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The Vindicator

Pool committee to ponder timeline, next move »

09:55 am | Rod Strole convened a meeting of the swimming pool committee Wednesday evening to digest their marching orders after attending the Valley Falls…

Jan 30 2014 / Read More »

New owners of Meriden station plan changes, hot food »

Monte Moore stands with his son, Matthew, in the Meriden gas station they now call their own. What was originally ZZzzz’s Convenience Store, is now the Meriden Tiger Den owned by the Moore family who live between Winchester and McLouth. The station will be receiving a facelift once spring rolls around as well as other small changes that the Moore family hopes will make their new business thrive.

12:55 pm | The Meriden gas station, ZZzzz’s Convenience Store, is already undergoing changes including a new name and new owners. Starting January 3, Monte…

Jan 24 2014 / Read More »
Valley Falls museum: preserving the past » The changing classroom: The age of the iPad »
Photo by Corey Davis

Historical church moved downtown »

10:14 am | The Historical Shrine Church at Valley Falls took a ride in a snowstorm Monday to be relocated downtown. …

Mar 31 2014 / Read More »


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