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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 »

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 »

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