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Oskie softball team remains unbeaten

Oskaloosa Bears continue to win

The Oskaloosa High School softball team improved to 8-0 on the season by sweeping a doubleheader against the Valley Falls High School Dragons April 14 in Valley Falls.

April 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Patriotism plays well in McLouth

Patriots Day parade 2105

As a rule, citizens of McLouth and the surrounding countryside didn’t let the at times heavy rain Saturday morning interfere with their plans to participate in the community’s 17th annual Patriots Day celebration.

April 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

McLouth’s Everley recognized by Rural Water Association

Kim Everley

Kim Everley, city administrator and city clerk at McLouth, has been recognized by the Kansas Rural Water Association as City Clerk of the Year.

April 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Scenic Oskaloosa setting inspires Lowland Hum

Daniel and Lauren Goans

A just-released album by the North Carolina folk duo Lowland Hum includes a distinctive song whose lyrics were inspired by the positive experience Daniel Goans and his wife, Lauren, had when they made an overnight stop in Oskaloosa last year while on tour.

April 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Experience at Hummer’s a bummer for Bears

Oskaloosa’s Maddy Miller (#18) rounds second base in the Bears’ state softball game against Lyons-Chase High School in Topeka May 29. This was an RBI hit that put the Bears on the scoreboard.The teams were tied at 1 going into the seventh inning. Lyons-Chase scored two runs in the top of the seventh and Oskaloosa was unable to answer, losing 3-1. Despite the loss, the Bears did have an enviable overall record this season ending with 23 wins and only this one loss.

I left Topeka’s Hummer Sports Complex with a “souvenir” last Thursday evening: a small red mark on the back of my right hand consisting of the letters “THUR” (for Thursday) surrounded by a circle. The only trouble is, the girls I’d come to watch, the members of the Oskaloosa High School softball team, left the site with tears in their eyes, their hopes for a state championship dashed, meaning I wouldn’t be returning to the capital city the next day to get another “souvenir” so I could see the Bears play two more games.

June 4th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Sacrifices of many duly noted

Bugler Francis Stockton plays taps to close ceremonies Memorial Day at Pleasant View Cemetery. Photo by Rick Nichols

The numerous men and women who have willingly given the “last full measure of devotion” in defense of America since 1776 were remembered Monday during special ceremonies at cemeteries throughout Jefferson County.

May 28th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Oskaloosa, McLouth softball statebound

Oskaloosa’s Haidyn Bassett (#11) not only stole second base, but proceeded to steal third as the ball slipped between the legs of the Marysville player and into the outfield in the regional contest May 20. Shortly after, she stole home to give the Bears a run in the first inning. Photo by Ken Locke

Undefeated Bears making 3rd trip to state; will start play Thursday in Topeka. Experienced coach taking young McLouth to 2A state tournament Thursday

May 28th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

JCN superintendent garners high honor

Denise Jennings

Having demonstrated over time her support for educational theater at Jefferson County North High School, Denise Jennings, Jefferson County North USD 339 superintendent, has been named an Outstanding Administrator for 2013-2014 by the Educational Theatre Association’s board of directors.

May 12th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

Hobby makes Aydukovich the ‘can man’

Tim Aydukovich is an avid aluminum can collector and at it daily about Oskaloosa. Photo by Rick Nichols.

Tim Aydukovich of Oskaloosa crushes boxes, sweeps the sidewalk and takes out the garbage two days a week at Thriftway, and were he ever to be asked to wash the front windows or carry a bag of groceries to a little old lady’s car for her, in all likelihood the affable 42-year-old man would be more than happy to oblige.

April 21st, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Independent | Read More »

JCN’s Kramer named to All-State girls’ team

Jacee Kramer in action in the opening state tournament game in Manhattan. Photo by Clarke Davis

Jefferson County North senior Jacee Kramer has been named to The Topeka Capital-Journal’s All-State girls’ team and was pictured in Sunday’s edition. She was also named to the Class 2A girls’ first team.

March 31st, 2014 | Posted in Sports,The Independent | Read More »

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