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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

CoffeeWithCongresswoman

    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 »

Library restoration nearly complete

Joe Heinen & Jessica Bergin

    by Clarke Davis The remodeling of the Delaware Township library is nearly complete and is now available for patrons to use and enjoy. “We need some new carpet in the meeting room and there’s some exterior work that still needs to be done but it’s nearly finished,” Librarian Jessica Bergin said. Work began […]

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

Bunde calls it quits on the gridiron after 27 years

Rod Bunde

  by Clarke Davis The Valley Falls school board accepted the resignation of Rod Bunde as the head high school football coach at the January meeting. Bunde came to Valley Falls 27 years ago and has been the head coach all but four of those years. His only reason for stepping down, he said, is […]

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

Barnes dedicates land to wildlife habitat

Les Barnes

    by Clarke Davis When Les Barnes first bought 80 acres of grassland and timber back in the 1980s, it served mostly as a 4-H project for his son, Chad. In recent years it has been Les’s hobby to improve the timber and continue to enhance the wildlife habitat. The Valley Falls man will […]

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

Wounded Warrior hunt conducted at Perry lake

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers at Perry Lake recently teamed up with the Perry American Legion Post 142 and Quality Deer Management Association of Atchison to host the second annual Wounded Warrior deer hunt Dec. 4-6. Seven soldiers from Fort Riley’s Warrior Transition Battalion for wounded, ill or injured soldiers were given […]

January 28th, 2016 | Posted in The Independent,The Vindicator | Read More »

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