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“Dummy” Taylor to be honored by Oskaloosa

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This year’s installment of the Oskaloosa Old Settlers’ Reunion will highlight famous locals including former Major League Baseball pitcher Luther Haden “Dummy” Taylor.

April 15th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Dentist looks for a new beginning in McLouth

Dr. Grant Larkin and his wife, Kathy, have taken over the McLouth Dental Clinic which reopened on Monday. Kathy is a registered nurse and will help with the bookkeeping at the office.

Story and photo by Dennis Sharkey The McLouth Dental Clinic reopened its doors on Monday with a new look and a new leader. Dentist Grant Larkin has taken over the business that has been closed for about a month. The familiar location is on the south side of K-16 Highway on the east side of […]

October 27th, 2012 | Posted in Business,Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Tractor parade through Jefferson County

Tractor parade through Jefferson County

Photo by Dennis Sharkey Above 30 antique tractors made the turn off of Wellman Road onto 118th Street last Friday. The group was heading from Oskaloosa to McLouth. They started in McLouth and headed to Winchester  before going back south to Oskaloosa. They were treated to a fried chicken and pulled pork lunch at Old […]

September 24th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Wonnell celebrates 25 years in speciality advertising business

McLouth native Cheryl Wonnell

by Dennis SharkeyMcLouth native Cheryl Wonnell has a lot to celebrate. Twenty-five years worth.In May Wonnell, who owns and operates her own business out of her Lawrence home, celebrated the 25th anniversary of her first day owning her own business. “I just decided this is what I want to do,” she said. Wonnell operates a […]

July 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Learn to prevent heat related illnesses

Prolonged exposure to heat elevates body temperature and can cause heat illnesses such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heatstroke.

By Crystal VanHoutan, RN Jefferson County Health Department   With the temperature nearing or exceeding 100 degrees again today, it is especially important that people understand how to prevent or decrease the risk of heat related illnesses. Prolonged exposure to heat elevates body temperature and can cause heat illnesses such as heat exhaustion, heat cramps […]

July 18th, 2012 | Posted in The Independent | Read More »

Bold move by Old Settlers’ Committee pays off

Stone Newell, 2, rides a pony through the children's parade during the Old Settlers' Reunion in Oskaloosa.

Stone Newell, 2, rides a pony through the children’s parade during the Old Settlers’ Reunion in Oskaloosa. Story and photos by Dennis Sharkey “Unbelievable.” That was the word that Old Settlers’ Reunion committee chair Cathy Dailey used Saturday morning following the Friday night block party that featured the popular band Sellout from Lawrence. “Everybody loved […]

July 4th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Media,The Independent | Read More »

Local icon John Bower passes away at age 100

Most of John Bower’s years on Earth were spent as a farmer and a preacher.

by Dennis Sharkey John Bower, a Jefferson County icon and idol to many, has died. Bower passed away at home on June 18. He celebrated his 100th birthday this past December. He is most known for his decades of service in the Kansas House of Representatives and leading the charge against liquor by the drink […]

June 27th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Kansas first lady announces Read Kansas Read library grant

Kansas first lady Mary Brownback has announced details of a library grant that is available for libraries participating in the Read Kansas Read summer reading program.

June 27th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Media,The Independent | Read More »

JCN grad brings helicopter pad to county hospital

Holly Bodenheimer poses inside the LifeStar helicopter as it sits on a new parking pad.

Former Jefferson County North student and Winchester firefighter Holly Bodenheimer, 19, presented her senior project in a ceremony at the F.W. Huston Medical Center June 8.

June 19th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Jefferson County North School District,Schools,The Independent | Read More »

Entertainment Dance Company annual recital features 111 students

Entertainment Dance Company

Dancers perform their tap routine “Walking on Sunshine” at Free State Auditorium. by Holly Davis Photos by Clarke Davis Entertainment Dance Company’s annual spring recital took place June 2 at Free State High School in Lawrence. The theme was “Dance to the Music,” the opening dance number, which portrayed different stylized dance routines from era […]

June 12th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

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