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Bobcat’s spotted in Ozawkie

Bobcat's co-operators Randal Long and Eddie Miller

  by Bridget Weishaar Although the location of their restaurant could easily be passed by without notice, Bobcat’s Bar and Grill co-operators Eddie Miller and Randal Long have high hopes that their unique food and drink flavors will help draw a crowd through the doors located at 9392 K92 Highway in Ozawkie. The building now […]

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

Milliman, Currier new at county animal shelter

Scott Milliman

  by Clarke Davis Scott Milliman is the new manager of the animal shelter operated by the Jefferson County Humane Society. The 27-year-old Ottawa native became the manager in August, the day after former manager Danielle Callahan left to go home to South Carolina. Milliman is in charge of the facility located on K-4 Highway […]

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

Parks sees Jefferson County as a ‘great fit’ for him

Doug Parks

  by Rick Nichols About to be married, Dustin Parks jumped at the chance to apply for the position of Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Administrator after his fiancee received a job offer from Atchison’s MGP Ingredients Inc., “a leading supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches” (company website). One of […]

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

New fire chief in charge of Ozawkie department

James Snyder

by Clarke Davis James Snyder, 50, has been appointed the new fire chief at Ozawkie by the township board. He replaces Scott Gibson, who was named the interim chief a year ago in September. At that time the department was defined as “troubled,” having gone through a period  of discontent accompanied by some resignations. Snyder […]

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

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

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  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

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  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 »

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