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Sports complex coming to Meriden

Michelle and Barry White

  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 White will break ground in a short time on a sports complex at Meriden. What will be known as K-4 Sports will house a full-scale […]

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

New owner for Meriden body shop

Charlie Scheidegger

  by Clarke Davis Charlie Scheidegger is the new owner of the body shop in Meriden and, one could say, he’s back where he started. He purchased Fender Menders from Mark Searles July 15 and the shop will now be known as Scheidegger Collison Services. Scheidegger, 45, has been employed by a north Topeka body […]

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Whippoorwill brought to Perry Lake

Matt Abramovitz

  by Holly Davis The original Whippoorwill paddleboat that was hit by a tornado in 1978 and sank in Pomona Lake is getting a new life on Perry Lake. Brothers Matt and Josh Abramovitz, 24 and 26, respectively, Valley Falls, recently purchased the boat that had been restored into a houseboat and dry docked since […]

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

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

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  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 will appear in next week’s issue of the paper.) What’s left of Howard Ray Jr., who became Howard Gray in Lee Domann’s “signature” song “Howard […]

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

JCN students getting their first look at four teachers

2016-jcn-teachers

  by Rick Nichols The chance to join the team of teachers already in place in Jefferson County North USD 339 for the 2016-2017 school year was one that two men, Matt Mace and Brendan Stevens, and two women, Amelia Noll and Stacie Westermann, just couldn’t pass up. Mace, Stevens, Noll and Westermann are the […]

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

McLouth USD 342 welcomes 3 new teachers to the mix

2016 McLouth teachers

  by Rick Nichols Administrators in McLouth USD 342 needed to fill only three positions going into the 2016-2017 school year and were able to do just that by hiring veteran educators Troy Hoffman and Amanda Dickey along with a relative newcomer to the teaching profession, Rachel Schreck. Roughly a week or so before the […]

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | 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.

by Rick Nichols Presented with the opportunity to teach in Oskaloosa USD 341 for the first time, seven individuals took full advantage of it and found themselves in charge of a classroom when the 2016-2017 school year got underway yesterday (Wednesday). New to “Bear Country” are Trisha Boyd, Jordan Gray, Steve Maltby, Molly Newman, Caitlin […]

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Bears softball team state runnerup; loses heartbreaker in 11th inning

Oskaloosa Softball Team Runner Up

  by Rick Nichols The second-seeded Rams of Riverton High School proved to be just that, ‘ram tough,’ on Saturday at the Twin Oaks Complex in Manhattan, outlasting the fourth-seeded Oskaloosa Bears 2-0 in 11 innings – that’s right, 11 innings – to win the Class 3A State Softball Tournament. “I’m so proud of this […]

June 16th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

A lifetime of memories

Don Reynolds

  by Clarke Davis Don Reynolds retired many years ago from his job at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, but the memories are always fresh. One night, for instance, he didn’t arrive home at his usual time and his wife, Carol, was concerned. Before he was able to call her to explain, she picked up […]

June 16th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Alliance honors three for making a difference

Spirit of Humanitarianism Award

  by Rick Nichols A Boy Scout leader, a woman with a heart for others and a woman with a love for history were recognized for their work in the community at large during a luncheon last Thursday afternoon at the Jefferson County Health Department’s office in Oskaloosa. For each of the three, recognition came […]

June 16th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

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