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Mortgage fee elimination could strain county budget

The potential elimination of mortgage registration fees could put a strain on the county’s budget in the upcoming year.

December 30th, 2013 | Posted in Government | Read More »

The changing classroom: The age of the iPad

In today's classroom students are likely to be concentrating on one item—the iPad. This digital device contains their lesson plan, the textbook, a library, and tells them how many times they have been tardy this year. These history students from right to left are Brylee Coleman, Maclaine McKnight, Carly Tillery, and Sierra Vessar.

The great-grandparents of today’s students were given their own tablets, page-size slates with chalk and an eraser. They were tools for learning.

In the overall scheme of things nothing has changed. There’s a teacher with assignments followed by tests, but in the digital age the tools are remarkably different.

December 30th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Sen. Moran visits Valley Falls

Sen. Jerry Moran was greeted by about 35 people Friday who gathered at the Kendall State Bank’s community room. Photo by Clarke Davis

U.S. Senator Jerry Moran tells people in Washington, D.C., that where he comes from ecomonic development is often whether or not there is a grocery store in town.

“Almost nobody in Washington can perceive how that could ever be an issue,” Moran said.

December 16th, 2013 | Posted in County News | Read More »

Commission opens grader bids

The county commission opened three bids for two new graders Monday afternoon.

December 16th, 2013 | Posted in Government | Read More »

R-Bar-B expansion approved, 2-1

The county commission made a split decision to approve the conditional use permit for the expansion of R-Bar-B Monday afternoon.

December 9th, 2013 | Posted in Government | Read More »

Christmas in the Territorial Capital – 30 Christmas trees greet visitors at the former Lane U.

Lecompton Historical Society members who have turned the Territorial Capital Museum into a Christmas wonderland are, from left, Vicki Leochner, tour guide, Paul Bahnmaier, president, Deb Powell, board member, and Elsie Middleton, curator.

The Territorial Capital Museum in Lecompton is prepared for visitors this Christmas season with 30 Christmas trees on display.

The tree at the main entrance contains mostly antique decorations that hark back to a much different era.

December 9th, 2013 | Posted in County News | Read More »

Suber retires his weekly column

Jim Suber

The most profound spokesman for farmers has rested his pen.

That is an understatement. One of the most knowledgeable, straight-forward spokespersons for farm and ranch profitably, land, water and air conservation, livestock rights, and still the proudest American, genuinely concerned for its future, yet with the utmost wisdom, love for family, life and the deepest faith, has stopped writing a weekly column.

November 28th, 2013 | Posted in County News | 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

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

November 28th, 2013 | Posted in The Independent | Read More »

Streeter become administrator, will help council define job

City Administrator Denise Streeter began her duties Monday. She has been contracted to perform the duties of the job on an interim basis at least until May 1 when the mayor makes his annual appointments.

November 28th, 2013 | Posted in Government | Read More »

Area man finds happiness in Alaska

Nicholas Guy is preparing for the 2015 Iditarod

Life in America is supposed to be about the pursuit of happiness and there is at least one fellow we believe has found it.

Nicholas Guy left these parts in 2010 to be a handler for a sprint dog racer in Minnesota. From there he went to Alaska handling dogs for mushers in training for the Iditarod. He never came back.

In his own words posted online he states that he “never understood what there was in the world outside of my little box. I thought the path to happiness was lined with mega pixels, beautiful women and fancy stuff. I never thought I would be at my happiest dead broke, pushed to exhaustion and often fighting off frost bite.”

November 25th, 2013 | Posted in County News,Featured | Read More »

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