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Assistant added to EDC staff

Michele Carter

  by Rick Nichols A rural Topeka woman with more than 25 years of experience in affordable housing and economic development has been hired to fill what is a new position, that of Economic Development Assistant for Jefferson County. Michele Carter assumed the duties associated with the position on Feb. 1 and will be working […]

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

Valley Falls senior earns National Merit Finalist

Collin Edwards

  by Clarke Davis Valley Falls senior Collin Edwards learned last week that he has been named a National Merit Finalist. This rare distinction is believed to be a first for USD 338. Collin has taken a liking to physics and enjoys learning about how things work, especially on the subatomic level. “I find physics […]

March 9th, 2016 | Posted in The Vindicator | Read More »

Chief recalls strides made in fighting fires

Bob Fritch

  by Clarke Davis There is someone on duty eight hours a day Monday through Friday at the Rock Creek Township Fire Station in Meriden. It’s the daytime hours during the week when the volunteer department is the most shorthanded, so for the past two years someone has been paid to be at the station […]

March 9th, 2016 | Posted in Featured,The Vindicator | Read More »

County treasurer to bow out early

Mary Underwood

  by Clarke Davis Jefferson County Treasurer Mary Underwood does not know what it’s like not to go to work everyday, but she will soon have the chance to find out. The treasurer has resigned her office and her last day will be March 25 — Good Friday. She plans to catch up on things […]

March 9th, 2016 | Posted in The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Perry freshman appears at Carnegie Hall

Amelia Sewing

  by Carolyn Kaberline While it takes many performers a lifetime to make it to Carnegie Hall, Perry-Lecompton High School freshman Amelia Sewing has already been there and performed on its stage. So just how does a student from Jefferson County, Kansas, make it to Carnegie Hall? “My teacher [Etta Fung] and I thought it […]

February 18th, 2016 | Posted in The Vindicator | Read More »

Realignment of districts opposed in House

Pat Happer

  by Clarke Davis A bill introduced in the Kansas House of Representatives would cause the consolidation of all six Jefferson County school districts into one district. A hearing was held Feb. 3 before the House Education Committee and representing Jefferson County in opposition to the bill was Pat Happer, superintendent of Jefferson West USD […]

February 18th, 2016 | Posted in The Vindicator | Read More »

Meriden meat plant under new ownership

Bowser Meat Processing

by Clarke Davis Bowser Meat Processing, Meriden, is under new ownership and there are plans for expansion soon. The new owners are David Tinney, Matt McCauley, and Chad Bontrager, all of whom are Jackson County cattle ranchers. Manager of the plant is Ed Johnson, Mayetta. The meat packing plant was built in 1967 and was […]

February 18th, 2016 | Posted in The Vindicator | Read More »

City Hall coffee brings Jenkins to Meriden


    by Rick Nichols Possible reductions in their pensions were uppermost on the minds of at least some of the individuals who showed up at Meriden City Hall last Thursday afternoon in spite of the weather to make U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-Kansas) well aware of their worries. Dubbed “Coffee with Your Congresswoman,” the […]

February 9th, 2016 | Posted in The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Stopping soil erosion a tradition on Amerine farm

Mike Amerine--Soil Conservation

    by Clarke Davis Part of Mike Amerine’s farm is flat and begins in the Kaw bottom and then rises upward above flood level to prairie pasture and timberland to the north and northeast. Aptly named Hillcrest Farms, it’s been a challenge to preserve the soil with the amount of water that pours off […]

February 9th, 2016 | Posted in The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

Joe Ward keeps spelling title in Perry

Joe Ward--Spelling Bee

  by Clarke Davis Joe Ward, a Perry-Lecompton seventh-grader, captured first place in the Jefferson County Spelling Bee Jan. 26. The runner-up, who will join Ward at the Regional Spelling Bee, is Trace Kesinger, an Oskaloosa sixth-grader. Ward and Kesinger were the last two standing entering round four of the bee that lasted about 15 […]

February 9th, 2016 | Posted in The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

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