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Efforts of three women recognized by Alliance

Heidi Pickerell, left, Pam King, center, and Jo Cross display the Spirit of Humanitarianism Awards they received last week from the Jefferson County Alliance of Service Councils Inc.

A rural Valley Falls woman and two women from the Oskaloosa area with at least one thing in common, a heartfelt desire to help others, were honored last Thursday in Oskaloosa by the Jefferson County Alliance of Service Councils Inc., during a luncheon at the office of the county health department.

June 16th, 2014 | Posted in County News | Read More »

Chase leaves suspect hurt and patrol cars damaged

The 1999 Chevrolet Tahoe the suspect was driving came to rest at the bottom of the embankment along the south side of US-24.

A 20-year-old Lawrence man believed to have been driving a stolen truck was injured the morning of April 30 when the vehicle went off US-24 Highway west of Perry and rolled down an embankment, ending a high-speed chase that resulted in damage to three Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department vehicles.

May 12th, 2014 | Posted in County News | Read More »

Patriotism on display in McLouth

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The 16th annual Patriots Day Parade drew scores of people to McLouth Saturday to view a red- white-and-blue procession that included McLouth High School’s top-ranked band, a human flag provided by the Bank of McLouth, none other than both “George Washington” and “Paul Revere,” modern-day patriots, some on foot and others astride horses, dressed in period apparel and carrying the colors, and a trolley transporting just some of the many veterans who have served their country down through the years.

April 28th, 2014 | Posted in County News,Featured | Read More »

Heinen, Poe retire from electric co-op

The invitation to the public reads “Retirement – your table for two is ready,” and while Steve Poe isn’t Joe Heinen’s first choice for a dinner companion at a five-star restaurant, nor Heinen Poe’s, the two men have come to greatly admire each other as a direct result of their many years working together as employees of Leavenworth-Jefferson Electric Cooperative.

April 28th, 2014 | Posted in County News,Featured | Read More »

Meriden Park Needs Votes

Meriden has made it as a finalist in Bridgestone’s Fuel the Cause Contest. From now through April 30, the public is invited to visit Bridgestone’s contest portal and vote for one of the 12 finalists.

April 28th, 2014 | Posted in County News | Read More »

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

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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 »

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