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Under a spreading chestnut-tree the village smithy stands;

Keith Jackson explains the operation of the blacksmith shop to students on tour at Cottonwood Station Friday. Photos by Clarke Davis

Keith Jackson is in charge of the village blacksmith shop at Cottonwood Station named in memory of his son, Clark.
During festivals and shows Norm Davis, Topeka, usually does the blacksmithing while Jackson gives tours of the rest of the shop.

October 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Threshing Bee returns

Bill Robinson

Bill Robinson loads hay into the grain separator at the McLouth Threshing Bee Friday afternoon.

September 26th, 2013 | Posted in County News,Featured | Read More »

Fall Festival harvest sorghum in preparation for weekend

Sorghum maker Meryln Mahoney

A crew of 10 men armed with cornknives harvested an acre of sorghum cane Saturday morning near Meriden in preparation for the annual Fall Festival and Swap Meet at Cottonwood Station Sept. 28 and 29.

September 26th, 2013 | Posted in Featured | Read More »

Author describes trading city life for the farm

Author June Hilbert

June Hilbert was a city girl with no farm background. But she was wooed by a farmer and has spent almost 30 years chasing after cows that were on the wrong side of the fence or having trouble birthing a calf.

September 26th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Bricks for the historical church

Betty Jane Wilson

Betty Jane Wilson holds up a brick she intends to purchase as a fundraiser for the Historical Shrine Church project in Valley Falls.

September 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Discovery of old chemicals brings bomb squad to school

Photo by Clarke Davis Members of the Topeka Police Department's bomb squad arrive at Valley Falls High School to check out some old chemicals found in the science room. Valley Falls Police Chief Josh Pence is on the right.

Whether or not old chemical compounds found in a high school science room at Valley Falls were dangerous last week, everyone involved decided to err on the side of caution.

August 26th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

New location: Second doctor joins chiropractic clinic

Photo by Holly Davis Dr. Ali Currie, secretary Brandi Bird, and newest doctor, Christina Cantrell, sit in the newly remodeled Meriden Chiropractic Clinic at its new location between Countryside Square and the Meriden Animal Hospital. What was once a home, is now furnished into a chiropractic office, a remodel that took place almost a year ago. The chemistry between the three-person staff makes for a caring and friendly facility.

The three-person staff at the Meriden Chiropractic office can be described as three peas in a pod. The close-knit connection between the women is evident and makes for a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for patients.

August 26th, 2013 | Posted in Business,Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Boehr learning the ropes from Rider

Photo by Clarke Davis Medical student Nathan Boehr has been serving a rotation with Dr. James Rider, Valley Falls, during August. “The experience has been great, but the hours are long,” Boehr said.

Nathan Boehr is getting his first experience in delivering rural family medical care. The medical student is serving a rotation with Dr. James Rider during the month of August.

August 26th, 2013 | Posted in County News,Featured,Uncategorized | Read More »

WWII veteran takes flight after 70 years

Ted Montgomery, 92, gets ready to go up in a Fairchild PT-19. The last time he occupied that seat was 70 years ago. Complimentary photos

World War II veteran Ted Montgomery, Valley Falls, relived some memories when the Warbirds & Legends came to Topeka Aug. 3.

Montgomery’s son, Roger, made arrangements for him to get a ride in a vintage aircraft, the Fairchild PT-19, in which he trained in Texas prior to going overseas.

August 26th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Lominska’s book tells story of Jefferson County farm

The cover of Lominska's book shows Fredericka Bruchmiller, one of the daughters of the original owners of the Lominska farm.

Joy Lominska makes sure to note that her book is not about just any Kansas farm and it’s not about farms in general. This book is about her farm.

August 22nd, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

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