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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 »

An era ends at Bank of McLouth

Kathy and Ron Scott

    by Rick Nichols Now that they’re officially “Off the Clock” like the colorful decoration next to their colorful retirement cake said, Ron and Kathy Scott of McLouth have more time to hop in their Corvette and head off to see some of their grandchildren. For the Scotts, retirement began Friday afternoon when they […]

February 10th, 2016 | Posted in The Independent | Read More »

City Hall coffee brings Jenkins to Meriden

CoffeeWithCongresswoman

    by Rick Nichols Possible reductions in their pensions were uppermost on the minds of at least some of the individuals who showed up at Meriden City Hall last Thursday afternoon in spite of the weather to make U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kansas) well aware of their worries. Dubbed “Coffee with Your Congresswoman,” the […]

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

Stopping soil erosion a tradition on Amerine farm

Mike Amerine--Soil Conservation

    by Clarke Davis Part of Mike Amerine’s farm is flat and begins in the Kaw bottom and then rises upward above flood level to prairie pasture and timberland to the north and northeast. Aptly named Hillcrest Farms, it’s been a challenge to preserve the soil with the amount of water that pours off […]

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

Joe Ward keeps spelling title in Perry

Joe Ward--Spelling Bee

  by Clarke Davis Joe Ward, a Perry-Lecompton seventh-grader, captured first place in the Jefferson County Spelling Bee Jan. 26. The runner-up, who will join Ward at the Regional Spelling Bee, is Trace Kesinger, an Oskaloosa sixth-grader. Ward and Kesinger were the last two standing entering round four of the bee that lasted about 15 […]

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

New help arrives in planning office while George is away

Chery Wilmington

  While Planner I Erin George is away on maternity leave, administrative assistant Cheryl Wilmington will be filling in for her at the Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Department’s office in the basement of the courthouse. Wilmington began her temporary assignment Dec. 22 and has thoroughly enjoyed the experience thus far. “I’m learning so many […]

January 28th, 2016 | Posted in The Independent,Uncategorized | Read More »

Wounded Warrior hunt conducted at Perry lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Perry Lake recently teamed up with the Perry American Legion Post 142 and Quality Deer Management Association of Atchison to host the second annual Wounded Warrior deer hunt Dec. 4-6. Seven soldiers from Fort Riley’s Warrior Transition Battalion for wounded, ill or injured soldiers were given […]

January 28th, 2016 | Posted in The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Oskaloosa school puts SafeDefend on its side

    by Rick Nichols At a reported cost of close to $10,000, the district has installed SafeDefend, a security system built around non-lethal deterrents to violence, at the Oskaloosa school complex. The move puts the district “a leg up,” if you will, on the other five school districts based in Jefferson County and is […]

January 28th, 2016 | Posted in The Independent | Read More »

Renting jail cells helps budget

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig

To rent a room for the night, it costs $42.50 at the Jefferson County jail.

January 25th, 2016 | Posted in The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

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