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Valley Falls museum: preserving the past

Betty Jane Wilson, Valley Falls Historical Society president, is seated in an upstairs room of the museum. Here, she sits on a piece of antique furniture and in the mirror behind her, there is a display of just some of the antiques the museum has to offer, including a crib, child’s nightgown, artwork, and different furniture pieces.

The Valley Falls Historical Society Museum has been fairly quiet these past winter months, but president Betty Jane Wilson hopes that as the weather warms up, the museum will once again be full of people with a hankering for history.

January 24th, 2014 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

The changing classroom: The age of the iPad

In today's classroom students are likely to be concentrating on one item—the iPad. This digital device contains their lesson plan, the textbook, a library, and tells them how many times they have been tardy this year. These history students from right to left are Brylee Coleman, Maclaine McKnight, Carly Tillery, and Sierra Vessar.

The great-grandparents of today’s students were given their own tablets, page-size slates with chalk and an eraser. They were tools for learning.

In the overall scheme of things nothing has changed. There’s a teacher with assignments followed by tests, but in the digital age the tools are remarkably different.

December 30th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Firemen called to dowse silo fire at Phillips feed yard

Oskaloosa firefighter Jared Bammes made one last run up the ladder to check the interior of a silo after the application of water and foam appeared to be successful at snuffing out a fire. Bammes brought the ladder truck at the request of District 11 in order to reach the top of the silo.

District 11 fire and rescue was called to a silo fire Monday morning at the Jim Phillips feed yards on Highway K-16 east of Valley Falls.

Fire Chief John Gordon found a column of smoke rising from the 75-foot high silo. The silo contained about 55 feet of last year’s silage crop.

November 21st, 2013 | Posted in The Vindicator | Read More »

A salute to World War II veterans

World War II veterans given special recognition Monday during the Veterans Day observance were, from left, Frank Shrimplin, Ted Montgomery, Gordon Lowry, Clifford Lobb, and Daryl Ford. Photo by Clarke Davis

The annual Veterans Day observance at Valley Falls Monday was marked by a special recognition for those veterans who served during World War II.

November 14th, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

Spooky night at the Falls

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Broadway Street in Valley Falls was lined with vans, car trunks, and pickups with people handing out candy to “trick or treaters” last Thursday evening.

November 11th, 2013 | Posted in The Vindicator | Read More »

West volleyball statebound!

Bailey Harvey (#20) goes high to return the ball for the Jefferson West Lady Tigers in their volleyball match with the Bishop Ward Lady Cyclones in sub-state action at Perry Saturday. Photos by Ken Locke

The Jefferson West Tigers emerged victorious from the sub-state volleyball tournament and are headed for the state tournament at Salina.

It’s the first time for the girls to go to state since 1999.

November 1st, 2013 | Posted in Sports,The Vindicator | Read More »

Chain saw artist creates cross in cemetery

Chainsaw Artist John Zibell

Chain saw artist John Zibell, Holton, put the finishing touches on a cross he created in the Valley Falls Cemetery one day last week.

November 1st, 2013 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

In the Halloween spirit

Sophie Laney

Six-year-old Sophie Laney has been preparing for Halloween for some time.

October 24th, 2013 | Posted in The Vindicator | Read More »

Under a spreading chestnut-tree the village smithy stands;

Keith Jackson explains the operation of the blacksmith shop to students on tour at Cottonwood Station Friday. Photos by Clarke Davis

Keith Jackson is in charge of the village blacksmith shop at Cottonwood Station named in memory of his son, Clark.
During festivals and shows Norm Davis, Topeka, usually does the blacksmithing while Jackson gives tours of the rest of the shop.

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

Author describes trading city life for the farm

Author June Hilbert

June Hilbert was a city girl with no farm background. But she was wooed by a farmer and has spent almost 30 years chasing after cows that were on the wrong side of the fence or having trouble birthing a calf.

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

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