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Judge opens way to restore Neuhaus’s license

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.

March 31st, 2014 | Posted in County News | 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.

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.

March 31st, 2014 | Posted in County News,Featured | Read More »

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

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

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 girls’ first team.

March 31st, 2014 | Posted in Sports,The Independent | Read More »

Historical church moved downtown

Photo by Corey Davis

The Historical Shrine Church at Valley Falls took a ride in a snowstorm Monday to be relocated downtown.

March 31st, 2014 | Posted in The Vindicator | 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.

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.

March 31st, 2014 | Posted in County News,Featured | Read More »

Better alert system for county discussed

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.

February 3rd, 2014 | Posted in County Commission,Government | Read More »

Book tells story of Psychological Field Station

Outsider Cover-web

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.

February 3rd, 2014 | Posted in County News,Featured | 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.

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.

January 30th, 2014 | Posted in County News,Sports | Read More »

Pool committee to ponder timeline, next move

Rod Strole convened a meeting of the swimming pool committee Wednesday evening to digest their marching orders after attending the Valley Falls city council meeting Jan. 22.

January 30th, 2014 | Posted in The Vindicator | 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.

This weekend marks the grand opening of a new enlarged facility for Colonial Acres Floral and Antiques on the south side of Oskaloosa.

January 29th, 2014 | Posted in Business,Featured,The Independent | Read More »

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