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Honor paid to those who gave the full measure

Veterans march through an avenue of wet flags at an Oskaloosa cemetery Monday to pay tribute to the war dead. Photo by Clarke Davis

Oskaloosa and Ozawkie American Legion Posts were joined by the Ozawkie Legion Riders to conduct services at seven cemeteries finishing at noon at Pleasant View in Oskaloosa.

May 31st, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Couple safe but sad after losing barn

Marsha Funk stands in front of her 100-year-old barn that was standing Sunday morning and later collapsed in the storm. A mare and her colt were in the barn but escaped harm. Photo by Holly Davis

After Sunday night’s storms, Robert and Marsha Funk are counting their blessings while also grieving over the loss of the 100-year-old barn that used to stand in front of their McLouth home.

May 25th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Hull is Oskaloosa’s new mayor

Oskaloosa Mayor Eric Hull

Patience and a sense of humor are traits Richard “Eric” Hull believes he has that will see him through the trials of public office.
Hull is Oskaloosa’s new mayor following Mike Paavola, who resigned.

May 21st, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Oskaloosa Scout earns Eagle award

Tegan Bowers

Tegan Bowers, a freshman at Oskaloosa High School, has earned the Eagle Scout Award. The award is the highest rank bestowed by the Boy Scouts of America.

May 9th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Tank overflow causes fuel spill at McLouth

Caution tape defines the areas where diesel fuel overflowed from an underground tank and flowed into a residential neighborhood in McLouth Friday night. Photo by Clarke Davis

McLouth Fire Department personnel were the first on the scene of a diesel fuel spill at a McLouth gas station Friday night where more than 1,500 gallons overflowed from a tank and flowed downhill into a residential neighborhood.

May 9th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Lady Bears remain undefeated

Oskaloosa sophomore Rachel Harding runs the bases against McLouth.

The Oskaloosa Lady Bears high school varsity softball team continued to extend their perfect season with another six wins last week.

May 9th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,Oskaloosa School District,Sports,The Independent | Read More »

JCN boys, girls lead county thinclads at JW meet

Photo by Seth Cooper Valley Falls’ Tamara Drinkard finishes third in the high jump. Photo by Seth Cooper

JCN boys, girls lead county thinclads at JW meet

May 1st, 2013 | Posted in Featured,Jefferson County North School District,Jefferson West School District,Oskaloosa School District,Sports,The Independent,The Vindicator,Valley Falls School District | Read More »

Park open to campers as season arrives

Perry Lake Manager Ken Wade

The Corps of Engineers has taken advantage of the low water mark on Perry Lake and retrieved several tons of sand that had eroded off the swimming beach over the years.

May 1st, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

High fives at Patriots’ Day Parade

A member of the Abdallah Shriners gets a high five from a young lady watching the Patriots' Day Parade on Saturday afternoon in McLouth. Photos by Dennis Sharkey

A member of the Abdallah Shriners gets a high five from a young lady watching the Patriots’ Day Parade in McLouth.

April 28th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

KDOT forces county to shut down two bridges

Photo by Dennis Sharkey The old U.S. 24 Highway bridge over the Delaware River in Perry was shut down over the weekend permanently due to major damage to the bridge’s underlying support system.

The Kansas Department of Transportation has permanently shut down two bridges in the county after inspections over the weekend revealed major structural damage.

April 28th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

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