Elk Falls, KS

Independence struggles with wave of vandalism

The original “Andy Griffith Show” featured the character Ernest T. Bass, a wild hillbilly who frequently vandalized people’s property by throwing rocks through their windows. In real life, the Independence Kansas police are investigating a string of property damage involving one or more subjects who, like Ernest...
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String of Indy Property Damage Cases Could be Related

The Independence Police Department is investigating a string of property damage cases that may be related. The first incident was reported in mid-April and the most recent was reported this Tuesday. At least three juveniles with matching descriptions have been seen at multiple different incidents. The suspects are known to have thrown a rock, brick, or piece of asphalt through residents’ windows in the late evening to early morning hours. Many of the events occurred near the high school with one residence being damaged twice.
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Kansas angler, hunter rendezvous announced for Fall River

FALL RIVER (KSNT) – A Kansas conservation and public land focused nonprofit has announced that it will be holding a fundraiser next month. The Kansas chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers said they would hold their fundraiser, Rendezvous in the Tallgrass, from June 4-5 at the Flint Oak Lodge near Fall River, Kansas. This event […]

Titan Golf third at 3A Regional

Titan Junior, Mack Kirk, placed third in the Kansas Class 3A Golf Tournament to lead the Columbus Titan Golf Team to a third place team finish at the event in Fredonia, Monday. Kirk finished with a scorecard total of 82 along with sophomore, Vinny Pile, Frontenac and senior, Kaden Blagg, Caney Valley. Mack won the scorecard playoff to take the third place medal. Pile led the Raiders in a two…
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Beverly Diane Mayeske

Beverly Diane Mayeske, age 63, of El Campo, TX (formerly of Newton, KS), passed away at sunrise, May 13, 2022 at MD Anderson Hospital, Houston, TX. Beverly was born January 30, 1959 to Alva and Neoma (Nightengale) Mayeske at Fredonia, KS. She so bravely walked her breast cancer journey. She...

Bulldogs Are Once Again Class 4A Champs

Congratulations to the Independence Bulldog Tennis team for capturing the 4A State Championship for the 2nd year in a row. The team was led by a championship performance from Brecken Bertie and Camdon Julian in the doubles bracket at T.H. Vaughn tennis courts in Winfield Saturday. Additionally, Kale Groff was runner-up in the singles bracket. This is the 5th state title in the IHS boys tennis program history.

Dr. Mona Saleh Retires From ICC

After 18 years of service to the Independence Community College Math and Science Division, Dr. Mona Saleh will retire at the end of the current academic year. Saleh was born and raised in Alexandria, Egypt. In 1986, she completed her bachelor's and master's degree in Math and Physics from the University of Alexandria, Egypt. She was then selected and received a Doctoral Scholarship from the University of Kaiserslautern in Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she earned her doctorate in Physics. While in Germany, Dr. Saleh met her now-husband, Richard.

Student Makes Threat at Sedan High School

Sedan Police respond to a threat made at Sedan High School. This morning Sedan PD responded to the high school for a report of a student who had made threatening remarks. During the investigation, SPD was able to determine there was no actionable threat and at no point were any students or staff in any danger.

Kansas Man Injured in Motorcycle Accident on Hwy 10

A Kansas man is injured in a motorcycle accident in Osage County on Saturday morning. According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol, a 66-year-old man from Elk Falls was riding his 2002 Honda VTX 1800 eastbound on State Highway 10 north of Bartlesville at excessive speeds and failed to negotiate a turn to the right. The vehicle departed the roadway to the left and laid over on its side. The man landed approximately 3-feet away from the motorcycle.

Two Firefighters Recognized at Indy City Commission

The Independence City Commission recognized two firefighters with a Life-Saving Award at last night's commission meeting. On April 8th Independence Fire-EMS was dispatched to a structure fire located on South 14th Street. Upon arrival, heavy smoke and flames were visible. Lt. Keenan Fyfe and Rural Firefighter Jordan Schmidt entered the structure for an initial search, located the victim in a bedroom and moved the victim outside to an awaiting ambulance.

Charles “Chuck” Raymond Lipscomb

Charles “Chuck” Raymond Lipscomb, 98, formerly of Augusta and Moline, KS, passed away Thursday, May 12, 2022 in Eureka, KS. Visitation 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, 2022 and service 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2022, both at Headley Funeral Chapel, Augusta, KS. Burial will follow at Elmwood Cemetery Augusta, KS. Charles was born in El Dorado, KS on August 20, 1923, to the late Mae Gertrude (Singer) and James Christopher Lipscomb. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. Chuck later retired as a plant manager from Mobil Refinery. He had also served on the Augusta City Council. On April 7, 1951 he married Betty Sue (Smith) Lipscomb in Eureka, KS. She preceded him in death in 2006. He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Lawrence, Paul, and William Lipscomb; sisters, Erma Bryan and Mildred Munsel. He is survived by: daughter, Connie J. Lipscomb; grandchildren, Michael and David Hasting (Kris), and Julie Johnson (Mike); great grandchildren, Blake, Brandon, Brooke, Brady, Breanna, and Boston Hasting, Christina, David, and Kayla Tate, Emily, Brittany, and Katie Johnson; greatgreat grandchildren, Elizabeth Anderson, Xander Craft, Evelyn Tate, Karsynn, Hayden, and Lillyanna Hasting. Memorial donations to St. James Catholic Church, 1012 Belmont Avenue, Augusta, KS 67010.

Missing Lyon County Man Found in Fredonia

A Lyon County man who was reported missing more than two years ago has been found safe in Fredonia. Kansas Bureau of Investigation had listed 62-year-old Randy Hacker as missing in early April 2020. Lyon County sheriff's officials said Emporia Police recently received a tip about Hacker's whereabouts in Wilson County. Hacker was found early yesterday afternoon at a state facility in Fredonia.

Caney Police Investigating Death

The Caney Police Department announced that it opened a death investigation on Sunday. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation and the Crime Scene Response Team opened an inquiry after a 76-year-old woman was found dead. The investigation began early Sunday morning, May 8, at approximately 12:35 a.m., when officers from the...