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

Joseph Worthington

Worthington ready to pick up where predecessor left off »

02:35 pm | The beat goes on at Jefferson County North High School, where longtime Principal Gary Bedigrew retired at the end of the 2014-2015 school year, leaving the…

Aug 12 2015 / Read More »

Graf joins the Keystone team »

Graf at Keystone

02:23 pm | Anyone who has worked in the field of Special Education for any length of time knows full well…

Aug 12 2015 / Read More »

County’s 12 4-H clubs headed for fair »

4-H Noll

02:18 pm |   A sure bet: County 4-H Fair won’t be for the bird by Rick Nichols Don’t be a dud, Don’t be a…

Aug 12 2015 / Read More »

New sub shop proves success »

Subs and Stuff

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

Jul 29 2015 / Read More »
Longtime Winchester scorekeeper receives Clint Hill Service Award » Floors specialty of new Oskie business » Demonstration at OJT to coincide with festival »

The Vindicator

A career switch for Murphree »

Jerry Murphree

02:28 pm | Jerry Murphree Jr., known for years as the tire man around Meriden, has launched a new profession and…

Aug 12 2015 / Read More »

Graf joins the Keystone team »

Graf at Keystone

02:23 pm | Anyone who has worked in the field of Special Education for any length of time knows full well…

Aug 12 2015 / Read More »
Naylor family shares their small engines » New pharmacy opens at Meriden mall »
Bob Holliday

Longtime Ozawkie fireman to be honored »

02:42 pm | Robert “Bob” Holliday is retiring after spending the past 26 years serving as a volunteer on the Ozawkie Fire Department.…

Aug 12 2015 / Read More »


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    09:32 pm

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

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  • 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.

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  • Barbara Bartlett

    09:18 pm

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

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