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Communities strive to make home a better place

What do a skateboard park, Main Street Mural and neighborhood watch have in common?   by Nancy B. Peterson K-State Research and Extension News Media Services The report is in, and enough to generate a WOW! In 2011, Kansas PRIDE communities reported contributing 94,263 volunteer hours toward community and economic development. “The estimated dollar value […]

July 18th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Media | Read More »

Bold move by Old Settlers’ Committee pays off

Stone Newell, 2, rides a pony through the children's parade during the Old Settlers' Reunion in Oskaloosa.

Stone Newell, 2, rides a pony through the children’s parade during the Old Settlers’ Reunion in Oskaloosa. Story and photos by Dennis Sharkey “Unbelievable.” That was the word that Old Settlers’ Reunion committee chair Cathy Dailey used Saturday morning following the Friday night block party that featured the popular band Sellout from Lawrence. “Everybody loved […]

July 4th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Media,The Independent | Read More »

80-year-old binder creates wheat bundles for annual threshing show

The association members cut only enough bundles for three wagon loads, which they will store until show time. Wheat Harvest

80-year-old binder creates wheat bundles for annual threshing show. Association members pitch and haul bundles for July show at Cottonwood Station.

June 27th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Media | Read More »

As temperatures climb into triple digits, Valley Falls pool gets busy

Reagan Burghart, 2, tests out a water gun at the Kendall Memorial pool.

The Kendall Memorial Swimming Pool staff has kept busy this summer with those who have been attending the refreshing getaway in Valley Falls. On average, about 70 people attend the pool daily. This number has decreased slightly due to the reopening of the Oskaloosa pool and summer sports.

June 27th, 2012 | Posted in County News,Featured,Media | Read More »

Kansas first lady announces Read Kansas Read library grant

Kansas first lady Mary Brownback has announced details of a library grant that is available for libraries participating in the Read Kansas Read summer reading program.

June 27th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Media,The Independent | Read More »

Statewide campaign aims to stop aquatic hitchhikers

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism recently launched a statewide campaign, Stop Aquatic Hitchhikers, to educate Kansans about the environmental and economic threats that aquatic nuisance species such as zebra mussels and Asian carp pose to the state’s aquatic resources.Aquatic nuisance species are animals and plants not native to Kansas that can threaten […]

June 19th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Media,Outdoors,Sports | Read More »

Opening day set for Flint Hills Discovery Center

The opening of Kansas’ next major tourism attraction, the Flint Hills Discovery Center, has been set for April 14 in Manhattan’s downtown redevelopment district. “This project is stunning evidence of what can be accomplished when the public and private sectors collaboratively work together,” said Ron Fehr, city manager. “The Flint Hills Discovery Center is a […]

January 13th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Media,The Vindicator | Read More »

Fabric is Meriden artist’s canvas

Doris Lux

by Clarke Davis Some artists use paint and a canvas for their renditions. Doris Lux uses fabric, buttons, and beads to create her art and calls it a quilt. The Meriden woman has been at it for several years and is the chair of this year’s Quilt Show held last Saturday in Meriden. It was […]

December 4th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,Media,The Vindicator | Read More »

Photo gallery: Cannons erupt at Old Jefferson Town

Battle of Hickory Point

Educators from Valley Falls and Oskaloosa reenact the Battle of Hickory Point for their students by Dennis Sharkey When Oskaloosa seventh-grader Cameron Walford woke up last Thursday morning he probably had no idea he would be on the a battlefield later that day firing a cannon. Hundreds of elementary and high school students from Oskaloosa […]

October 16th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,Media,Oskaloosa School District,Schools,The Vindicator,Valley Falls School District | Read More »

Photo gallery: “Buckles series” rodeo finals


BSA Bucking Bulls and Rodeo Productions closed its “buckle series” for the summer Saturday night at Williamstown.

September 18th, 2011 | Posted in Featured,Media,The Vindicator | Read More »

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