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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 »

Police chief will run for county sheriff

Valley Falls Police Chief Bronson Campbell

  by Clarke Davis Valley Falls Police Chief Bronson Campbell filed to run for Jefferson County sheriff setting up a primary race in the Republican primary. Campbell, 40, who has headed the police department in Valley Falls since July 2014, is challenging incumbent Sheriff Jeff Herrig. The challenger said he is just providing a choice […]

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

Countians asked to join Shawnee R for L

The sponsors of Relay for Life of Shawnee County are inviting Jefferson Countians to join them in their event from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday, June 3, at Hummer Sports Park, Topeka. Jefferson County is not holding a relay this year. Relay for Life is a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. Teams […]

May 13th, 2016 | Posted in The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Bulldogs fall to Dragons

Valley Falls vs McLouth Softball

  by Bridget Weishaar The Valley Falls Dragons softball team played host to the Bulldogs from McLouth Friday evening at Davis Field. Josee Neiberger took the mound in the first game for the Dragons and pitched a complete game throwing 21 first-pitch strikes and sitting down two batters. McLouth’s lead pitcher, Shannon Greene, started the […]

May 13th, 2016 | Posted in Sports,The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Police chief memorial rests in park

Gordon Bledsoe Memorial

  by Clarke Davis Family and friends of the late Police Chief Gordon Bledsoe gathered at the city park Thursday afternoon to dedicate a tree in his honor. The dedication was part of the annual Arbor Day celebration attended by the sixth-grade class from Valley Falls Elementary. Community forester Kim Bom-berger  met with the class […]

May 13th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Horses delight children at History Day

History Day-Valley Falls

  by Clarke Davis The Valley Falls Saddle Club played a large role in the school’s History Day Friday. Rolling time back a century or more, children might have been told that a horse, given oats and hay, was the main mode of transportation and did most of the work on the farm. On History […]

May 13th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

FFA, 4-H members can build their own truck bed

Bittersweet Farms

  by Frank J. Buchman Nearly every farm boy and girl, and nearly every teenage cowboy  and cowgirl wants a new flatbed for their pickup. It’s an expense many can’t afford, and even better than having a new flatbed for a teenager’s pickup is to build it personally. “Understanding and appreciating those situations, we now […]

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

Valley Falls to be represented at nationals

Bittersweet Farms

  The State Family, Career and Community Leaders of America contest was held April 4 and 5 in Wichita.  Sixteen Valley Falls students competed in six events with two entries qualifying for Nationals, bringing home nine silver and seven gold awards. “The Valley Falls community has played a huge part in our success this year,” […]

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

Harrington now barbering at Eveyln’s

Geri Harrington

  by Clarke Davis Geri Harrington is now barbering two days a week in her hometown of Valley Falls. She will be at Evelyn’s Hair & Tanning Tuesdays and Fridays. Being a barber is a late-in-life decision for Harrington who was married to a barber. She was a homemaker while raising four children for 12 […]

April 13th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator,Valley Falls | Read More »

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