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County officials dish up breakfast for the GOP

Ron Ellis, center, secretary of the Jefferson County Republican Central Committee, handles bids from the floor on a pie as Oskaloosa’s Dave Taylor of Colonial Acres Guesthouse & Floral, right, assists him while Travis Oliver, chairman of the central committee, looks on.

Opinions were plentiful Saturday morning in Perry when the Jefferson County Republican Central Committee hosted the latest installment of Eggs & Issues at American Legion Post 142.

April 21st, 2014 | Posted in County News,Featured | Read More »

Judge opens way to restore Neuhaus’s license

Stripped of her limited license in 2012 for having referred young patients for late-term abortions nine years earlier, Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus of rural Nortonville is one step closer to regaining the full license she once had before her association with the late Dr. George Tiller had adverse consequences professionally.

March 31st, 2014 | Posted in County News | Read More »

The last country school

Phil Dunn, Valley Falls, attended Nichols No. 11 country school as a youth as did Betty Jane Wilson some years earlier. Barbara Tosh was the school’s last teacher. Nichols was one of 100 country schools that served the children of Jefferson County.

There are six school districts in Jefferson County. There used to be an even 100.

Those country schools were spaced so that a couple’s children didn’t have much over two miles to walk to get to school.

March 31st, 2014 | Posted in County News,Featured | Read More »

Caring for lost souls: couple soon to complete Medina Cemetery restoration

Vicki and Pat Langton have spent the past 11 months restoring the Medina Cemetery. The chain saw carvers got married soon after graduating with the Perry-Lecompton class of 1977. “She’s the reason I took home ec,” Pat said.

Four weed eaters, 40 chain saw chains, five chain saw bars, and 11 months ago Pat and Vicki Langton started a journey packed with clarity and truckloads of hard work.

It was last April when the couple began the task of clearing and cleaning the long forgotten Medina Cemetery near Perry. The job is almost done.

March 31st, 2014 | Posted in County News,Featured | Read More »

Book tells story of Psychological Field Station

Outsider Cover-web

Award-winning author and journalist Ariel Sabar, Washington, D.C., has just published a Kindle single e-book, “The Outsider: The Life and Times of Roger Barker.”

Barker was a University of Kansas professor who ran the Midwest Psychological Field Station in Oskaloosa from the late 1940s to the early 1970s. Barker and his wife, Louise, now lie buried in the town cemetery.

February 3rd, 2014 | Posted in County News,Featured | Read More »

Valley Falls boys capture McLouth Invitational trophy

A jubilant Dragon team hoists the McLouth Invitational Tournament trophy after defeating the host team, 84-77, in what was a hard-fought contest.

Four county teams entered the McLouth Boys’ Invitational Tournament Jan. 21 and two — Valley Falls and McLouth—made it to the championship round with Valley Falls taking home the top trophy.

January 30th, 2014 | Posted in County News,Sports | Read More »

Meriden youth sends a clear message

Eleven-year-old Heather Kahler, Meriden, is one of three northeast Kansas regional winners in the 2013 Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day poster contest.

As a regional winner, Heather received a bicycle and a bicycle helmet donated by Safe Kids Kansas at an afternoon school assembly presentation Jan. 17 at Jefferson West Middle School.

January 23rd, 2014 | Posted in County News | Read More »

Theater director Hall of Fame inductee

Jennifer Morgan-Beuchat

Jefferson County North Thespian sponsor and theater director Jennifer Morgan-Beuchat has been inducted into the Kansas Thespian Hall of Fame.

January 23rd, 2014 | Posted in County News | Read More »

Meals on Wheels: A quick visit and a hot meal

Having a hot meal show up on one’s doorstep at noon each day is the primary mission of Meals on Wheels, but it comes with other benefits.

January 13th, 2014 | Posted in County News,Featured | Read More »

House fire claims life

Metzger Fire.

State fire inspector Lamar Shoemaker and a few firefighters search through the smoldering embers of a house fire that took a life early Saturday, Dec. 30.

January 10th, 2014 | Posted in County News,Featured | Read More »

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