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Experience at Hummer’s a bummer for Bears

Oskaloosa’s Maddy Miller (#18) rounds second base in the Bears’ state softball game against Lyons-Chase High School in Topeka May 29. This was an RBI hit that put the Bears on the scoreboard.The teams were tied at 1 going into the seventh inning. Lyons-Chase scored two runs in the top of the seventh and Oskaloosa was unable to answer, losing 3-1. Despite the loss, the Bears did have an enviable overall record this season ending with 23 wins and only this one loss.

I left Topeka’s Hummer Sports Complex with a “souvenir” last Thursday evening: a small red mark on the back of my right hand consisting of the letters “THUR” (for Thursday) surrounded by a circle. The only trouble is, the girls I’d come to watch, the members of the Oskaloosa High School softball team, left the site with tears in their eyes, their hopes for a state championship dashed, meaning I wouldn’t be returning to the capital city the next day to get another “souvenir” so I could see the Bears play two more games.

June 4th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Sacrifices of many duly noted

Bugler Francis Stockton plays taps to close ceremonies Memorial Day at Pleasant View Cemetery. Photo by Rick Nichols

The numerous men and women who have willingly given the “last full measure of devotion” in defense of America since 1776 were remembered Monday during special ceremonies at cemeteries throughout Jefferson County.

May 28th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Oskaloosa, McLouth softball statebound

Oskaloosa’s Haidyn Bassett (#11) not only stole second base, but proceeded to steal third as the ball slipped between the legs of the Marysville player and into the outfield in the regional contest May 20. Shortly after, she stole home to give the Bears a run in the first inning. Photo by Ken Locke

Undefeated Bears making 3rd trip to state; will start play Thursday in Topeka. Experienced coach taking young McLouth to 2A state tournament Thursday

May 28th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

JCN superintendent garners high honor

Denise Jennings

Having demonstrated over time her support for educational theater at Jefferson County North High School, Denise Jennings, Jefferson County North USD 339 superintendent, has been named an Outstanding Administrator for 2013-2014 by the Educational Theatre Association’s board of directors.

May 12th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Hobby makes Aydukovich the ‘can man’

Tim Aydukovich is an avid aluminum can collector and at it daily about Oskaloosa. Photo by Rick Nichols.

Tim Aydukovich of Oskaloosa crushes boxes, sweeps the sidewalk and takes out the garbage two days a week at Thriftway, and were he ever to be asked to wash the front windows or carry a bag of groceries to a little old lady’s car for her, in all likelihood the affable 42-year-old man would be more than happy to oblige.

April 21st, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

JCN’s Kramer named to All-State girls’ team

Jacee Kramer in action in the opening state tournament game in Manhattan. Photo by Clarke Davis

Jefferson County North senior Jacee Kramer has been named to The Topeka Capital-Journal’s All-State girls’ team and was pictured in Sunday’s edition. She was also named to the Class 2A girls’ first team.

March 31st, 2014 | Posted in Sports,The Independent | Read More »

Floral, antique store grand opening

Dave sits at an antique poker table. In an earlier era, only cards and chips were allowed on the table. This style poker table has a disk at each corner for one to place other items, such as drinks. This was a common style in the late 1880s, though few exist today. This one came from a pub in Three Rivers, Minn.

This weekend marks the grand opening of a new enlarged facility for Colonial Acres Floral and Antiques on the south side of Oskaloosa.

January 29th, 2014 | Posted in Business,Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Fire destroys building in downtown Oskaloosa

Photo by Mike Tomlinson

A structure fire late Monday night destroyed two businesses on the Oskaloosa square.

January 24th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Pool renovations begin

Mayor Eric Hull, left, discusses the ongoing pool project with Monty Hays at the site of the new children's pool Monday evening

Mayor Eric Hull, left, discusses the ongoing pool project with Monty Hays at the site of the new children’s pool Monday evening

November 28th, 2013 | Posted in The Independent | Read More »

Vacant house catches fire in Winchester

A local firefighter uses water to put out a blaze at a local Winchester house. Photo by Jared Speckman

A local firefighter uses water to put out a blaze at a local Winchester house.

November 21st, 2013 | Posted in The Independent | Read More »

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