Dragon softball state champs! »

2-A State Softball Champions

09:56 am |

by Bridget Weishaar The drive to Pratt was a long one for the Valley Falls Dragons softball team but the end reward was well worth the trip, as the Dragons captured the 2A state championship trophy with an 11-2 win over the Ellinwood Eagles. The first at bat of the championship game saw seven hitters […]

Jun 16 2016 / Read More »

Cross completes third mission trip to Haiti »

Jo Cross-Haiti

12:00 pm |

  by Rick Nichols Jo Cross recently returned to Oskaloosa following an eight-day mission trip to Haiti, her third trip to the West Indian nation since it was devastated by an earthquake in January of 2010. Cross, a member of the Oskaloosa United Methodist Church, spent March 10-17 in Haiti with six other Kansans. The […]

Apr 13 2016 / Read More »

Harrington now barbering at Eveyln’s »

Geri Harrington

11:47 am |

  by Clarke Davis Geri Harrington is now barbering two days a week in her hometown of Valley Falls. She will be at Evelyn’s Hair & Tanning Tuesdays and Fridays. Being a barber is a late-in-life decision for Harrington who was married to a barber. She was a homemaker while raising four children for 12 […]

Apr 13 2016 / Read More »

Not your average game »

Mable Mestagh--Donkey Basketball

10:40 am |

      by Bridget Weishaar Although the hard court season has come to an end, members of the McLouth community were treated to a game of basketball this past Wednesday evening in the purple gym. Patrons arrived to not just any ol’ game of basketball, this game just happened to include four hoofs, a […]

Apr 7 2016 / Read More »
County News

Buerman takes over as county treasurer »

Lisa Buerman--County Treasurer

10:29 am |

  by Rick Nichols Timing is everything, they say, and for Lisa Buerman, Jefferson County’s new county treasurer, her timing couldn’t be better … or worse. When Deputy County Treasurer Linda Southiere retired more than a year ago, then County Treasurer Mary Underwood had to find someone else to be her second in command and […]

Apr 7 2016 / Read More »

It was a day devoted entirely to reading »

Jason Belveal-Read a thon

03:25 pm |

  by Rick Nichols Oskaloosa USD 341 and other school districts throughout the United States observed Dr. Seuss’s birthday March 2 by participating in Read Across America. Through three morning reading sessions, an afternoon Read-A-Thon and the presence of “hands-on library stations,” another afternoon activity, the value of reading as both a leisurely diversion and […]

Mar 24 2016 / Read More »

Dragons fall to Olpe, bring home 3rd »

Lauren Harrington-2016 State Tournament

03:09 pm |

  by Bridget Weishaar The consolation game of the Class 2A state tournament held in Manhattan got underway Saturday with the 24-1 Valley Falls Dragons taking on the 22-3 Hill City Ringnecks. The returning Dragons topped the Ringnecks 54-50 and claimed the third place trophy, one place higher than last year’s debut. Opening the game […]

Mar 24 2016 / Read More »

Support helps fight senior isolation, hunger »

James Clulo

02:51 pm |

  Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson Counties Inc. will participate in the 14th annual March for Meals — a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and the homebound and vulnerable seniors who rely on its safety net. The Meals on Wheels March for Meals celebration will include mayors, city and county officials, […]

Mar 24 2016 / Read More »

Master Farmer, Master Homemaker named »

Craig and Tamara Gigstad-Master Farmers

02:37 pm |

  by Mary Lou Peter K-State Research & Extension A Jefferson County couple is among six statewide who have been named 2015 Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers in recognition of their leadership in agriculture, environmental stewardship and service to their communities. Craig and Tamara Gigstad, Valley Falls, will will be among those honored […]

Mar 24 2016 / Read More »

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 »

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The Independent


Bullies, beware! The Howard Gray ‘phenomenon’ is alive and well! »

12:46 pm |   by Rick Nichols (Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part story about former Oskaloosa resident Lee Domann and the late Howard Ray Jr. The second part…

Sep 7 2016 / Read More »

JCN students getting their first look at four teachers »


12:11 pm |   by Rick Nichols The chance to join the team of teachers already in place in Jefferson County North USD 339 for…

Sep 7 2016 / Read More »

McLouth USD 342 welcomes 3 new teachers to the mix »

2016 McLouth teachers

12:05 pm |   by Rick Nichols Administrators in McLouth USD 342 needed to fill only three positions going into the 2016-2017 school year and…

Sep 7 2016 / Read More »

Ranks of Oskaloosa’s teachers include seven new faces »

Photo by Rick Nichols 
Pictured here are the newest additions to the combined faculty of Oskaloosa Junior-Senior High School and Oskaloosa Elementary School. From left to right are Steve Maltby, Trisha Boyd, Caitlin Terry, Jordan Gray, Spencer Wilson, Lara Wallace and Molly Newman.

11:58 am | by Rick Nichols Presented with the opportunity to teach in Oskaloosa USD 341 for the first time, seven individuals took full advantage…

Sep 7 2016 / Read More »
Bears softball team state runnerup; loses heartbreaker in 11th inning » A lifetime of memories » Alliance honors three for making a difference »

The Vindicator

New owner for Meriden body shop »

Charlie Scheidegger

01:07 pm |   by Clarke Davis Charlie Scheidegger is the new owner of the body shop in Meriden and, one could say, he’s back…

Sep 7 2016 / Read More »

Whippoorwill brought to Perry Lake »

Matt Abramovitz

01:04 pm |   by Holly Davis The original Whippoorwill paddleboat that was hit by a tornado in 1978 and sank in Pomona Lake is…

Sep 7 2016 / Read More »
A lifetime of memories » Alliance honors three for making a difference »
Michelle and Barry White

Sports complex coming to Meriden »

01:10 pm |   by Clarke Davis For those who want to continue honing their batting and pitching skills through the winter months there will soon be the perfect place. Barry and Michelle…

Sep 7 2016 / Read More »