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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 »

Cross completes third mission trip to Haiti

Jo Cross-Haiti

  by Rick Nichols Jo Cross recently returned to Oskaloosa following an eight-day mission trip to Haiti, her third trip to the West Indian nation since it was devastated by an earthquake in January of 2010. Cross, a member of the Oskaloosa United Methodist Church, spent March 10-17 in Haiti with six other Kansans. The […]

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

Harrington now barbering at Eveyln’s

Geri Harrington

  by Clarke Davis Geri Harrington is now barbering two days a week in her hometown of Valley Falls. She will be at Evelyn’s Hair & Tanning Tuesdays and Fridays. Being a barber is a late-in-life decision for Harrington who was married to a barber. She was a homemaker while raising four children for 12 […]

April 13th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator,Valley Falls | Read More »

Not your average game

Mable Mestagh--Donkey Basketball

      by Bridget Weishaar Although the hard court season has come to an end, members of the McLouth community were treated to a game of basketball this past Wednesday evening in the purple gym. Patrons arrived to not just any ol’ game of basketball, this game just happened to include four hoofs, a […]

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

Buerman takes over as county treasurer

Lisa Buerman--County Treasurer

  by Rick Nichols Timing is everything, they say, and for Lisa Buerman, Jefferson County’s new county treasurer, her timing couldn’t be better … or worse. When Deputy County Treasurer Linda Southiere retired more than a year ago, then County Treasurer Mary Underwood had to find someone else to be her second in command and […]

April 7th, 2016 | Posted in County News,Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

The same hospitality, good food

Patricia and Mike Miller--The Barn

  by Clarke Davis It’s spring at The Barn Bed and Breakfast Inn and a few changes are taking place. Those artificial flowers have been tossed and replaced by real ones, the waterfall and gurgling brook have been renewed, and the giant lawn mower has been made ready. “I’m having that old trash container boxed […]

April 7th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator,Valley Falls | Read More »

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