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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 »

Life jackets key to child safety on water

The U.S. Coast Guard reports that an estimated 85 percent of boating-related drownings could be prevented by the use of life jackets.

Whether part of a vacation or an ordinary summer day, boating can be fun for the entire family — as long as everyone remains safe.

June 8th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Outdoors,Sports,The Independent | Read More »

Bruce Hanson will run for 47th district House seat

Bruce Hanson, a 30-year Jefferson County cattle rancher and small businessman, has announced his candidacy for the 47th District in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Bruce Hanson, a 30-year Jefferson County cattle rancher and small businessman, has announced his candidacy for the 47th District in the Kansas House of Representatives. Hanson states he is running for the state legislature to stand up to Gov. Brownback’s radical policies, stating that the few dissenting Republican moderates left in Topeka are powerless to […]

May 28th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Government,State,The Independent | Read More »

Kansas tourism campaigns reach across Kansas, around the U.S.

There's No Place Like Kansas

Tourism is big business in Kansas, with a total economic impact of about $5.46 billion.

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

Perry Lake named among top bass fishing lakes in the country

Bassmaster.com has recently listed three Kansas reservoirs in its list of top 100 bass fishing lakes in the U.S. Perry, Wilson, and Keith Sebelius reservoirs received honors, ranking 60th, 77th, and 87th, respectively.

Perry Lake named among top bass fishing lakes in the country.

May 16th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Outdoors,Sports,The Independent | Read More »

Getting the right fit when saddling a horse

Scott Thomas, a saddlemaker from Campbell, Texas, writes up a saddle order for Linda and Greg Schuetz of Paxico.

Before Scott Thomas, of Campbell, Texas, tries to fit a saddle to a horse, he first wants to know a little bit about the horse and its rider.

May 13th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Children taught how to saddle up

Tossie Kirkham, Valley Falls, with a five-week-old colt who was orphaned at birth.

More than 40 children arrived at the Valley Falls Saddle Club arena where they were given lessons in caring and treatment of horses and dogs.

May 6th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

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