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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 »

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 »

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