2021-11-05

Daryl Schiff releases a brand new album

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“It’s been 16 years since the last album and I wanted to record one more time”, said the legendary Daryl Schiff, of Sharon, Kansas. Everyone in Barber County grew up listening to “The Schiffters”, play at public events and dances, that Daryl was the front man for.  “This album is a highlight for me”, Daryl shared with the Gyp Hill […]

Queen Neelah excels on her feet . . . in cowgirl boots and ballet shoes

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INDEPENDENCE — A high school senior who can change from cowgirl boots to ballet shoes with the swiftness of a horse whip and the grace of a pirouette was crowned Queen Neelah the LXXX on Tuesday night. Sarah Schwatken, a senior at Tyro Community Christian School, shed tears of joy while being bestowed the tiara and regal Neelah robe that […]

Keeping fans fed a priority for Panthers’ PAC-man

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Loren Gerwick has spent 32 years organizing, preparing and serving the savory foods associated with high school football games, and for him it just keeps getting better. Gerwick, a 1973 Derby High School graduate, was working at the former Safeway when he met the couple who headed the Panther PAC. “They were buying stuff from me [for the concessions] and […]

Ionia High School

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It was early in the history of Jewell County, Jan. 28, 1871, that the county¹s first school district was formed. Citizens met at the county clerk¹s office in Jewell City and formed District No.1, Jewell City. From that beginning, the county eventually made provision for some 165 school districts. The idea being students wouldn¹t have to go far from home […]