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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 »

Police chief will run for county sheriff

Valley Falls Police Chief Bronson Campbell

  by Clarke Davis Valley Falls Police Chief Bronson Campbell filed to run for Jefferson County sheriff setting up a primary race in the Republican primary. Campbell, 40, who has headed the police department in Valley Falls since July 2014, is challenging incumbent Sheriff Jeff Herrig. The challenger said he is just providing a choice […]

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

Dragon softball state champs!

2-A State Softball Champions

by Bridget Weishaar The drive to Pratt was a long one for the Valley Falls Dragons softball team but the end reward was well worth the trip, as the Dragons captured the 2A state championship trophy with an 11-2 win over the Ellinwood Eagles. The first at bat of the championship game saw seven hitters […]

June 16th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,Uncategorized,Valley Falls | Read More »

Police chief memorial rests in park

Gordon Bledsoe Memorial

  by Clarke Davis Family and friends of the late Police Chief Gordon Bledsoe gathered at the city park Thursday afternoon to dedicate a tree in his honor. The dedication was part of the annual Arbor Day celebration attended by the sixth-grade class from Valley Falls Elementary. Community forester Kim Bom-berger  met with the class […]

May 13th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Horses delight children at History Day

History Day-Valley Falls

  by Clarke Davis The Valley Falls Saddle Club played a large role in the school’s History Day Friday. Rolling time back a century or more, children might have been told that a horse, given oats and hay, was the main mode of transportation and did most of the work on the farm. On History […]

May 13th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

FFA, 4-H members can build their own truck bed

Bittersweet Farms

  by Frank J. Buchman Nearly every farm boy and girl, and nearly every teenage cowboy  and cowgirl wants a new flatbed for their pickup. It’s an expense many can’t afford, and even better than having a new flatbed for a teenager’s pickup is to build it personally. “Understanding and appreciating those situations, we now […]

May 10th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator,Uncategorized | Read More »

Valley Falls to be represented at nationals

Bittersweet Farms

  The State Family, Career and Community Leaders of America contest was held April 4 and 5 in Wichita.  Sixteen Valley Falls students competed in six events with two entries qualifying for Nationals, bringing home nine silver and seven gold awards. “The Valley Falls community has played a huge part in our success this year,” […]

May 10th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

JCNHS senior steps up in a big way

Carley Elias

  by Rick Nichols In search of a senior project to do to fulfill a requirement she and the rest of her classmates at Jefferson County North High School are expected to fulfill, 17-year-old Carley Elias just knew in her heart of hearts she’d found one the minute her aunt, who’d recently undergone treatment for […]

April 13th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

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