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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 »

Diet and food part of greenhouse science at Perry-Lecompton High School

PLHS juniors Casey Keane and Thomas Roberts organize plants for the annual sale.

If you’re looking for some plants for your garden, look no further than the Perry-Lecomton High School greenhouse operated by the seventh hour botany class.

April 29th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,Perry School District,Schools,The Independent | Read More »

Former commissioner wants to be Jefferson County Sheriff

Former Jefferson County Second District Commissioner David Christie

A familiar face to Jefferson County voters is once again asking for votes.

April 13th, 2012 | Posted in County Commission,Featured,Government,The Independent | Read More »

Harveyville residents receive help from locals after struck by EF2 tornado

Walmart served the volunteers food throughout the week in Harveyville.

Story and photos by Carolyn Kaberline Perry-Lecompton High School industrial arts teacher Pat Winchester and former Oskaloosa resident Donald Wagner are among Knights of Columbus members who are helping Harveyville residents return to a normal life. The two have been passing out vouchers from the Knights of Columbus Emergency Disaster Aid Program to those whose […]

March 17th, 2012 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Perry woman remembers husband by helping travelers

Sue Rath

by Dennis Sharkey When travelers are heading north on Ferguson Road looking for the Ozawkie Cemetery they shouldn’t have any problems finding it. Sue Rath, Perry, got a call recently from a friend who was confused about where the Ozawkie Cemetery is located. Until last week there was no sign to tell northbound travelers which […]

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

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