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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 »

FFA, 4-H members can build their own truck bed

Bittersweet Farms

  by Frank J. Buchman Nearly every farm boy and girl, and nearly every teenage cowboy  and cowgirl wants a new flatbed for their pickup. It’s an expense many can’t afford, and even better than having a new flatbed for a teenager’s pickup is to build it personally. “Understanding and appreciating those situations, we now […]

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

Valley Falls to be represented at nationals

Bittersweet Farms

  The State Family, Career and Community Leaders of America contest was held April 4 and 5 in Wichita.  Sixteen Valley Falls students competed in six events with two entries qualifying for Nationals, bringing home nine silver and seven gold awards. “The Valley Falls community has played a huge part in our success this year,” […]

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

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 »

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