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10 area churches deliver the goods to Alpha Christian Children’s Home

Alpha Group 2017

  by Ken Locke Alpha Christian Children’s Home, Perry, was the recipient of over 5,550 items—primarily canned goods—from 10 Jefferson County churches March 25. The drive also raises funds to help pay other expenses of the home, which came to $6,855.59 this year. This is the fifth year for the project and the number of […]

April 4th, 2017 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Ponds are classrooms for ESU students

Justin Abel

  by Clarke Davis Emporia State University students Justin Abel and Collin Kile spent the greater part of last Wednesday measuring the amount of sediment in a farm pond southeast of Winchester as part of Kile’s studies. The two have teamed up to assist each other in their projects. While both are Earth science students, […]

April 4th, 2017 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Jefferson County newspapers now printed at central plant

Corey Davis

  The most noticeable change readers should see in the county newspapers this week is the size. The papers are now being printed at a central plant and the publishers must conform to the new mechanical dimensions. The papers in recent years have been printed at the Valley Falls plant Tuesday and distributed Wednesday to […]

April 4th, 2017 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

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 »

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