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Bobcat’s spotted in Ozawkie

Bobcat's co-operators Randal Long and Eddie Miller

  by Bridget Weishaar Although the location of their restaurant could easily be passed by without notice, Bobcat’s Bar and Grill co-operators Eddie Miller and Randal Long have high hopes that their unique food and drink flavors will help draw a crowd through the doors located at 9392 K92 Highway in Ozawkie. The building now […]

October 10th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Crossing guard program up and running in McLouth

Emma Jolley

  by Rick Nichols Children being children, they don’t always look both ways before they cross the street and often have their minds on things other than their own personal safety. Now that may not be a problem along most of the streets in McLouth, given the relatively small amount of traffic they see most […]

October 10th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Milliman, Currier new at county animal shelter

Scott Milliman

  by Clarke Davis Scott Milliman is the new manager of the animal shelter operated by the Jefferson County Humane Society. The 27-year-old Ottawa native became the manager in August, the day after former manager Danielle Callahan left to go home to South Carolina. Milliman is in charge of the facility located on K-4 Highway […]

October 10th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Parks sees Jefferson County as a ‘great fit’ for him

Doug Parks

  by Rick Nichols About to be married, Dustin Parks jumped at the chance to apply for the position of Jefferson County Planning and Zoning Administrator after his fiancee received a job offer from Atchison’s MGP Ingredients Inc., “a leading supplier of premium distilled spirits and specialty wheat proteins and starches” (company website). One of […]

October 10th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

New fire chief in charge of Ozawkie department

James Snyder

by Clarke Davis James Snyder, 50, has been appointed the new fire chief at Ozawkie by the township board. He replaces Scott Gibson, who was named the interim chief a year ago in September. At that time the department was defined as “troubled,” having gone through a period  of discontent accompanied by some resignations. Snyder […]

October 10th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Sports complex coming to Meriden

Michelle and Barry White

  by Clarke Davis For those who want to continue honing their batting and pitching skills through the winter months there will soon be the perfect place. Barry and Michelle White will break ground in a short time on a sports complex at Meriden. What will be known as K-4 Sports will house a full-scale […]

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

New owner for Meriden body shop

Charlie Scheidegger

  by Clarke Davis Charlie Scheidegger is the new owner of the body shop in Meriden and, one could say, he’s back where he started. He purchased Fender Menders from Mark Searles July 15 and the shop will now be known as Scheidegger Collison Services. Scheidegger, 45, has been employed by a north Topeka body […]

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Whippoorwill brought to Perry Lake

Matt Abramovitz

  by Holly Davis The original Whippoorwill paddleboat that was hit by a tornado in 1978 and sank in Pomona Lake is getting a new life on Perry Lake. Brothers Matt and Josh Abramovitz, 24 and 26, respectively, Valley Falls, recently purchased the boat that had been restored into a houseboat and dry docked since […]

September 7th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

A lifetime of memories

Don Reynolds

  by Clarke Davis Don Reynolds retired many years ago from his job at the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, but the memories are always fresh. One night, for instance, he didn’t arrive home at his usual time and his wife, Carol, was concerned. Before he was able to call her to explain, she picked up […]

June 16th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Alliance honors three for making a difference

Spirit of Humanitarianism Award

  by Rick Nichols A Boy Scout leader, a woman with a heart for others and a woman with a love for history were recognized for their work in the community at large during a luncheon last Thursday afternoon at the Jefferson County Health Department’s office in Oskaloosa. For each of the three, recognition came […]

June 16th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

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