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JCNHS senior steps up in a big way

Carley Elias

  by Rick Nichols In search of a senior project to do to fulfill a requirement she and the rest of her classmates at Jefferson County North High School are expected to fulfill, 17-year-old Carley Elias just knew in her heart of hearts she’d found one the minute her aunt, who’d recently undergone treatment for […]

April 13th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Cross completes third mission trip to Haiti

Jo Cross-Haiti

  by Rick Nichols Jo Cross recently returned to Oskaloosa following an eight-day mission trip to Haiti, her third trip to the West Indian nation since it was devastated by an earthquake in January of 2010. Cross, a member of the Oskaloosa United Methodist Church, spent March 10-17 in Haiti with six other Kansans. The […]

April 13th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,Oskaloosa,The Independent | Read More »

Not your average game

Mable Mestagh--Donkey Basketball

      by Bridget Weishaar Although the hard court season has come to an end, members of the McLouth community were treated to a game of basketball this past Wednesday evening in the purple gym. Patrons arrived to not just any ol’ game of basketball, this game just happened to include four hoofs, a […]

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

Buerman takes over as county treasurer

Lisa Buerman--County Treasurer

  by Rick Nichols Timing is everything, they say, and for Lisa Buerman, Jefferson County’s new county treasurer, her timing couldn’t be better … or worse. When Deputy County Treasurer Linda Southiere retired more than a year ago, then County Treasurer Mary Underwood had to find someone else to be her second in command and […]

April 7th, 2016 | Posted in County News,Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Former county sheriff turns 90

John Pence Former Sheriff

  by Rick Nichols More than 55 years removed from his brush with death during what soon became known as the Meriden Tornado, former Jefferson County Sheriff John Pence reached a milestone only the blessed, the lucky or some combination of the two ever arrive at when he turned 90 years old a week ago […]

March 30th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Josh Ney

    Oskaloosa attorney and Jefferson County resident Josh Ney announced this week his intention to file for Jefferson County Attorney this spring. He currently serves dual roles as the Jefferson County Counselor and the Kansas Securities Commissioner. Ney’s filing will create a Republican primary election race with current County Attorney Jason Belveal, who is […]

March 30th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

It was a day devoted entirely to reading

Jason Belveal-Read a thon

  by Rick Nichols Oskaloosa USD 341 and other school districts throughout the United States observed Dr. Seuss’s birthday March 2 by participating in Read Across America. Through three morning reading sessions, an afternoon Read-A-Thon and the presence of “hands-on library stations,” another afternoon activity, the value of reading as both a leisurely diversion and […]

March 24th, 2016 | Posted in County News,Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Master Farmer, Master Homemaker named

Craig and Tamara Gigstad-Master Farmers

  by Mary Lou Peter K-State Research & Extension A Jefferson County couple is among six statewide who have been named 2015 Kansas Master Farmers and Master Farm Homemakers in recognition of their leadership in agriculture, environmental stewardship and service to their communities. Craig and Tamara Gigstad, Valley Falls, will will be among those honored […]

March 24th, 2016 | Posted in County News,Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Assistant added to EDC staff

Michele Carter

  by Rick Nichols A rural Topeka woman with more than 25 years of experience in affordable housing and economic development has been hired to fill what is a new position, that of Economic Development Assistant for Jefferson County. Michele Carter assumed the duties associated with the position on Feb. 1 and will be working […]

March 10th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

County treasurer to bow out early

Mary Underwood

  by Clarke Davis Jefferson County Treasurer Mary Underwood does not know what it’s like not to go to work everyday, but she will soon have the chance to find out. The treasurer has resigned her office and her last day will be March 25 — Good Friday. She plans to catch up on things […]

March 9th, 2016 | Posted in The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

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