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Bullies, beware! The Howard Gray ‘phenomenon’ is alive and well!


  by Rick Nichols (Editor’s note: This is the first part of a two-part story about former Oskaloosa resident Lee Domann and the late Howard Ray Jr. The second part will appear in next week’s issue of the paper.) What’s left of Howard Ray Jr., who became Howard Gray in Lee Domann’s “signature” song “Howard […]

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

JCN students getting their first look at four teachers


  by Rick Nichols The chance to join the team of teachers already in place in Jefferson County North USD 339 for the 2016-2017 school year was one that two men, Matt Mace and Brendan Stevens, and two women, Amelia Noll and Stacie Westermann, just couldn’t pass up. Mace, Stevens, Noll and Westermann are the […]

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

McLouth USD 342 welcomes 3 new teachers to the mix

2016 McLouth teachers

  by Rick Nichols Administrators in McLouth USD 342 needed to fill only three positions going into the 2016-2017 school year and were able to do just that by hiring veteran educators Troy Hoffman and Amanda Dickey along with a relative newcomer to the teaching profession, Rachel Schreck. Roughly a week or so before the […]

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Ranks of Oskaloosa’s teachers include seven new faces

Photo by Rick Nichols 
Pictured here are the newest additions to the combined faculty of Oskaloosa Junior-Senior High School and Oskaloosa Elementary School. From left to right are Steve Maltby, Trisha Boyd, Caitlin Terry, Jordan Gray, Spencer Wilson, Lara Wallace and Molly Newman.

by Rick Nichols Presented with the opportunity to teach in Oskaloosa USD 341 for the first time, seven individuals took full advantage of it and found themselves in charge of a classroom when the 2016-2017 school year got underway yesterday (Wednesday). New to “Bear Country” are Trisha Boyd, Jordan Gray, Steve Maltby, Molly Newman, Caitlin […]

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Bears softball team state runnerup; loses heartbreaker in 11th inning

Oskaloosa Softball Team Runner Up

  by Rick Nichols The second-seeded Rams of Riverton High School proved to be just that, ‘ram tough,’ on Saturday at the Twin Oaks Complex in Manhattan, outlasting the fourth-seeded Oskaloosa Bears 2-0 in 11 innings – that’s right, 11 innings – to win the Class 3A State Softball Tournament. “I’m so proud of this […]

June 16th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

A lifetime of memories

Don Reynolds

  by Clarke Davis Don Reynolds retired many years ago from his job at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, but the memories are always fresh. One night, for instance, he didn’t arrive home at his usual time and his wife, Carol, was concerned. Before he was able to call her to explain, she picked up […]

June 16th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Alliance honors three for making a difference

Spirit of Humanitarianism Award

  by Rick Nichols A Boy Scout leader, a woman with a heart for others and a woman with a love for history were recognized for their work in the community at large during a luncheon last Thursday afternoon at the Jefferson County Health Department’s office in Oskaloosa. For each of the three, recognition came […]

June 16th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Police chief will run for county sheriff

Valley Falls Police Chief Bronson Campbell

  by Clarke Davis Valley Falls Police Chief Bronson Campbell filed to run for Jefferson County sheriff setting up a primary race in the Republican primary. Campbell, 40, who has headed the police department in Valley Falls since July 2014, is challenging incumbent Sheriff Jeff Herrig. The challenger said he is just providing a choice […]

June 16th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Countians asked to join Shawnee R for L

The sponsors of Relay for Life of Shawnee County are inviting Jefferson Countians to join them in their event from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, June 3, at Hummer Sports Park, Topeka. Jefferson County is not holding a relay this year. Relay for Life is a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. Teams […]

May 13th, 2016 | Posted in The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Bulldogs fall to Dragons

Valley Falls vs McLouth Softball

  by Bridget Weishaar The Valley Falls Dragons softball team played host to the Bulldogs from McLouth Friday evening at Davis Field. Josee Neiberger took the mound in the first game for the Dragons and pitched a complete game throwing 21 first-pitch strikes and sitting down two batters. McLouth’s lead pitcher, Shannon Greene, started the […]

May 13th, 2016 | Posted in Sports,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

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