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Meriden businessman saves McLouth’s grocery store

Saturday marked the grand opening of the McLouth Apple Market, formerly known as Hometown Foods, and the first day of a new beginning for the community and the store’s employees.

January 31st, 2011 | Posted in Business,Featured | Read More »

McLouth area vineyard adds wine and B&B

Don and Maxine Bryant hold a couple bottles of their wine while sitting in the Garden Room in their bed and breakfast inn at Jefferson Hill Vineyard and Guest House near McLouth. The Bryants were the first in the state of Kansas to have both a winery and a bread and breakfast inn. Story by […]

January 26th, 2011 | Posted in Business,Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Jefferson County conservation winners honored for 2010

Technology opened world markets to Gigstads Craig and Tammy Gigstad, Valley Falls,  use variable rate fertilizer application process on part of the land cultivated by the corporation. Story and photo by Monty Davis When Craig Gigstad’s family homesteaded in Kansas 150 years ago, it’s safe to assume they couldn’t imagine the advanced farming techniques he […]

January 19th, 2011 | Posted in Business,Featured | Read More »

General merchandise store opens on Meriden’s Countryside Square

Tonia and Mark Montague have opened a new store on Countryside Square in Meriden. Story and photo by Clarke Davis A rural Meriden couple has opened a general merchandise store on Countryside Square in Meriden. Mark and Tonia Montague opened Dollar Wise last week where they feature a wide variety of items. The store will […]

January 3rd, 2011 | Posted in Business,Featured | Read More »

Prompt care available in Jefferson County

Jefferson Medical Clinic in cooperation with F.W. Huston Medical Center, Winchester, opened its doors on Prompt Care Oct. 1, the newest Jefferson County urgent care center. Prompt Care came about because of the increasing need for fast, urgent and yet not emergent medical care, the bulk of which is historically treated in the emergency department […]

December 22nd, 2010 | Posted in Business,County News,Featured | Read More »

A thousand reasons to be happy

John Tillisch, rural McLouth, stood with Shelley Mullenix, Oskaloosa Lumber, and his $1,000 shopping spree check that he recently won. It’s the second $1,000 shopping spree given away by Oskaloosa Lumber this year. Photo by Dennis Sharkey

December 21st, 2010 | Posted in Business | Read More »

Job search turned into business ownership for Winchester native

Travis Ray and his mother Ann Ray stand outside of Jae’s Place Restaurant in Winchester. Ann owned the eating establishment for eight years during the 90s and now her son Travis is the owner. Photo and story by Dennis Sharkey Winchester native Travis Ray wasn’t looking to become a restaurant owner when his restaurant, Jae’s […]

November 26th, 2010 | Posted in Business,Featured | Read More »

New EDC director comes on board

Russ Brien, an Oskaloosa attorney, is the new executive director of the Jefferson County Economic Development Commission. Outgoing executive director Jim McGrath, who announced his resignation a couple of months ago, was introducing Brien around the county last week. They attended the Valley Falls Chamber of Commerce dinner meeting Thursday and were scheduled to meet […]

November 15th, 2010 | Posted in Business,County News | Read More »

Jefferson County has been hit hard by mortgage crisis

by Dennis Sharkey Home foreclosures and the mortgage industry meltdown have considerably helped contribute to the nation’s economic downturn and high unemployment. Jefferson County and the state have fared better than some areas of the country but the problem is still evident at home. In 2009, 116 foreclosures were filed in the Jefferson County Circuit […]

October 26th, 2010 | Posted in Business,County News,Featured | Read More »

Route 92 Quick Shop and Bait opens

Route 92 Quick Shop and Bait, formerly known as Metzger’s Bear Essentials, held their official grand opening on Saturday with games and free hot dogs. Owner Jeannine Williams, holding the scissors, was joined by her staff from left, Kyra Coffman, Aaron Coffman (clown), Caitlin Faulconer, David Williams, Margaret Pritchard, Chelsey Dome, Dotti Harris, Sandy Coffman, […]

October 25th, 2010 | Posted in Business,County News | Read More »

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