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Faris latest councilman to resign in Oskaloosa; Bryant sworn in

Gary Bryant

by Dennis Sharkey The swinging gate at city hall may need some oil. The second Oskaloosa City Councilman in as many months has resigned. Mayor Mike Boyd made the announcement just seconds after a new councilman, Gary Bryant, was sworn in, that James Faris would be leaving. Boyd opened the meeting by appointing Bryant to […]

August 16th, 2011 | Posted in Government,Municipalities,Oskaloosa | Read More »

Jefferson County commissioners scold insurance broker

by Dennis Sharkey On Monday county commissioners could figuratively be seen holding their noses during a discussion about the county’s health insurance plan. The county switched to a self-insured plan last year after Blue Cross and Blue Shield came back with a 12 percent increase. This year’s plan was expected to increase costs by six […]

August 16th, 2011 | Posted in County,County Commission,Government | Read More »

McLouth sets more clear regulations for fireworks


by Dennis Sharkey When residents of McLouth go to buy fireworks next year they may find a smaller selection. Concerns of councilman Harlan Woodring, who happens to be a fireworks enthusiast, about certain types of fireworks was addressed in the resolution that was published last week. Woodring’s concern was a particular firework that floats across […]

August 16th, 2011 | Posted in Government,McLouth,Municipalities | Read More »

No tax increase as Valley Falls poised for big projects

Valley Falls residents will see no increase in their ad valorem tax on the budget submitted by the city council this week. However, a couple of projects being discussed will use reserve funds.

August 15th, 2011 | Posted in Government,Municipalities,Valley Falls | Read More »

RC&D thrives in glacial hills

Gary Satter, executive director of the Glacial Hills RC&D, at the business development center in Wetmore.

The Glacial Hills Resource Conservation and Development Region Inc. has undergone many changes in recent months, but is still carrying out its core function — working to improve the economic, social, and environmental health of northeast Kansas.

August 15th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Farmer says he is saving Jefferson County taxpayers money

by Dennis Sharkey A farmer and two of his neighbors who closed a public road west of Valley Falls say they were saving taxpayers money. Dan Barrow, who owns farms in Jefferson and Jackson counties, went before commissioners on Monday requesting rock for a public road that he and his neighbors gated around 2005. The […]

August 15th, 2011 | Posted in County,County Commission,Government | Read More »

Courthouse records: August 11, 2011

Courthouse records for the week of August 11, 2011.

August 15th, 2011 | Posted in County News,Courthouse Records | Read More »

Oskaloosa man leads officers on all-night chase

An Oskaloosa man is licking his wounds in the Jefferson County Jail after allegedly leading officers on an all-night chase.

August 14th, 2011 | Posted in County News | Read More »

Technology big piece of planned bond issue at USD 340

by Clarke Davis The Jefferson West school board approved the budget for next year, which calls for a mill levy increase of 4.7 mills. Superintendent Pat Happer explained that nearly 3 mills of that amount are to fund the bond and interest fund as the final payment on the high school bonds comes due. The […]

August 14th, 2011 | Posted in Jefferson West School District,Schools | Read More »

Kansas posts fifth hottest July on record; some areas set record highs

sun drought heat hot record

For a time this summer, Kansas was a state divided. Not in the political sense, but in terms of weather extremes, from rain and flooding in the northeast, to drought conditions through much of the southern and western portions of the state. And now the extreme heat has settled in statewide and drought conditions are spreading.

August 13th, 2011 | Posted in County News | Read More »

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