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Candidate will treat capitol like A borderline crime scene

Mike Caddell and son, Tristan

  by Clarke Davis Mike Caddell speaks with a loud voice, one that he says will be heard clearly within the 47th District if given the opportunity to represent it in Topeka. “I will tell the people what’s going on at the statehouse. I’m going to treat the capitol as a borderline crime scene,” Caddell […]

March 24th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

It was a day devoted entirely to reading

Jason Belveal-Read a thon

  by Rick Nichols Oskaloosa USD 341 and other school districts throughout the United States observed Dr. Seuss’s birthday March 2 by participating in Read Across America. Through three morning reading sessions, an afternoon Read-A-Thon and the presence of “hands-on library stations,” another afternoon activity, the value of reading as both a leisurely diversion and […]

March 24th, 2016 | Posted in County News,Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Dragons fall to Olpe, bring home 3rd

Lauren Harrington-2016 State Tournament

  by Bridget Weishaar The consolation game of the Class 2A state tournament held in Manhattan got underway Saturday with the 24-1 Valley Falls Dragons taking on the 22-3 Hill City Ringnecks. The returning Dragons topped the Ringnecks 54-50 and claimed the third place trophy, one place higher than last year’s debut. Opening the game […]

March 24th, 2016 | Posted in County News,Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Support helps fight senior isolation, hunger

James Clulo

  Meals on Wheels of Shawnee and Jefferson Counties Inc. will participate in the 14th annual March for Meals — a month-long, nationwide celebration of Meal on Wheels and the homebound and vulnerable seniors who rely on its safety net. The Meals on Wheels March for Meals celebration will include mayors, city and county officials, […]

March 24th, 2016 | Posted in County News,Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Master Farmer, Master Homemaker named

Craig and Tamara Gigstad-Master Farmers

  by Mary Lou Peter K-State Research & Extension A Jefferson County couple is among six statewide who have been named 2015 Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers in recognition of their leadership in agriculture, environmental stewardship and service to their communities. Craig and Tamara Gigstad, Valley Falls, will will be among those honored […]

March 24th, 2016 | Posted in County News,Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Assistant added to EDC staff

Michele Carter

  by Rick Nichols A rural Topeka woman with more than 25 years of experience in affordable housing and economic development has been hired to fill what is a new position, that of Economic Development Assistant for Jefferson County. Michele Carter assumed the duties associated with the position on Feb. 1 and will be working […]

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

Chief recalls strides made in fighting fires

Bob Fritch

  by Clarke Davis There is someone on duty eight hours a day Monday through Friday at the Rock Creek Township Fire Station in Meriden. It’s the daytime hours during the week when the volunteer department is the most shorthanded, so for the past two years someone has been paid to be at the station […]

March 9th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Firefighters outfitted with new bunker gear

District 11 Fire Chief

District 11 volunteer firefighters are equipped with new clothing, boots, and helmets and got a bargain price, reports Fire Chief Jason Nellis.

December 16th, 2015 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Oskaloosa hosts agritourism seminar

Agritourism seminar

      by Rick Nichols The first-ever Jefferson County Agritourism Seminar drew about 35 people to the Oskaloosa area the evening of Nov. 19 for a chance to either learn more about this relatively new concept or share the knowledge and cumulative experience at their disposal with others. The event was hosted by Colonial […]

December 16th, 2015 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Breads of many flavors

Gravel Road Goodies Ronda Turner

Gravel Road Goodies has expanded from the farmers’ markets and bazaars to local grocery outlets with their breads and rolls.

December 16th, 2015 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

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