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Bricks for the historical church

Betty Jane Wilson

Betty Jane Wilson holds up a brick she intends to purchase as a fundraiser for the Historical Shrine Church project in Valley Falls.

September 3rd, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Discovery of old chemicals brings bomb squad to school

Photo by Clarke Davis Members of the Topeka Police Department's bomb squad arrive at Valley Falls High School to check out some old chemicals found in the science room. Valley Falls Police Chief Josh Pence is on the right.

Whether or not old chemical compounds found in a high school science room at Valley Falls were dangerous last week, everyone involved decided to err on the side of caution.

August 26th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

New location: Second doctor joins chiropractic clinic

Photo by Holly Davis Dr. Ali Currie, secretary Brandi Bird, and newest doctor, Christina Cantrell, sit in the newly remodeled Meriden Chiropractic Clinic at its new location between Countryside Square and the Meriden Animal Hospital. What was once a home, is now furnished into a chiropractic office, a remodel that took place almost a year ago. The chemistry between the three-person staff makes for a caring and friendly facility.

The three-person staff at the Meriden Chiropractic office can be described as three peas in a pod. The close-knit connection between the women is evident and makes for a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for patients.

August 26th, 2013 | Posted in Business,Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Pickerell strives to be Kansas Rubik’s Cube champion

Photos by Holly Davis Nathan Pickerell, 13, Valley Falls, has mastered the Rubik’s Cube with a record of solving one in 13 seconds. People often joke with him saying that it took them 13 years to finally solve it— even if it was by taking the stickers off.

Nathan Pickerell, 13, Valley Falls, is a go-getter when it comes to solving things. Especially when the task at hand is a color-coded cubicle game— the Rubik’s Cube.

After attending competitions in Minnesota, Illinois, and most recently the World Cube Championship in Las Vegas, it’s hard to believe he just started learning the cube in November.

August 26th, 2013 | Posted in The Vindicator,Uncategorized | Read More »

WWII veteran takes flight after 70 years

Ted Montgomery, 92, gets ready to go up in a Fairchild PT-19. The last time he occupied that seat was 70 years ago. Complimentary photos

World War II veteran Ted Montgomery, Valley Falls, relived some memories when the Warbirds & Legends came to Topeka Aug. 3.

Montgomery’s son, Roger, made arrangements for him to get a ride in a vintage aircraft, the Fairchild PT-19, in which he trained in Texas prior to going overseas.

August 26th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

The late Arthur Strawn writes poetically, lovingly of ‘our little building’

Following the historical society’s acquisition of the historic Lutheran church, the June 9, 1970, Valley Falls Historical Society’s newsletter, edited by the late Arthur Strawn, advised the members:

“The Valley Falls Historical Society has become the owner of property. The historic little church building (Lutheran church located at Hwy. 16 and Elm Street) is now officially the property of our society.”

August 13th, 2013 | Posted in The Vindicator,Uncategorized | Read More »

A 3-cookie contest lets him eat the rest

Photo by Holly Davis Gage Burdiek, 10, Valley Falls, is pictured at his dining room table where he does most of his arts and crafts that will be entered in the Jefferson County 4-H fair. Hoping for that purple ribbon, kids like Gage have been preparing projects for the fair all year long.

For many Jefferson County 4-H members, the week of the fair can be an exciting time, a sigh of relief, or just plain busy and hectic.

Most members, however, realize that it’s a time for receiving recognition for all of the hard work they have put into their projects.

August 13th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Joe Tinker memorialized in old-fashioned game

Hodgeman third baseman looks for who to throw the ball to after picking up a ground hit in the vintage baseball game.

It was an exciting day for the little town of Muscotah, just a little northwest of Jefferson County, July 27. The town swelled to nearly three times its everyday population of about 200 as over 500 people were present to honor Joe Tinker and watch a 1880s-style baseball game.

August 5th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Supplying the community for 11 years

The 11th Annual Free School Supply Drive took place from 8–11 a.m. July 27 at the Kendall State Bank Community Hall in Valley Falls.

The 11th Annual Free School Supply Drive took place from 8–11 a.m. July 27 at the Kendall State Bank Community Hall in Valley Falls. Families were lined up outside the building as early as 5 a.m. to be the first to receive school supplies and as the doors opened, a line of hundreds wrapped around the bank and down the street.

August 5th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

History on the move

The Shrine Church located off of K-16 Highway in Valley Falls will soon have a new home as historical society members have planned for a move downtown next to the museum. The church is the oldest Lutheran Church west of the Missouri River and members hope that the public will get more use out of it on Broadway. Photo by Holly Davis

“History on the move,” was an appropriate phrase used by Frank Shrimplin at the Valley Falls Historical Society board meeting last Thursday. Historical society members held a meeting at the Kendall State Bank Community Hall and the topic of discussion was moving the historic Shrine Church that sits off of Highway K-16 downtown.

August 5th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

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