Scott County Justice Center: More than a courthouse

HUNTSVILLE — If you haven’t been inside the Scott County Justice Center lately, you might be surprised when you step inside — pleasantly so, especially if you’re a fan...

Hospital’s reopening was Scott County’s biggest story of 2017

On Aug. 8, 2017, a long-awaited event took place: Big South Fork Medical Center opened, and accepted its first patient. That was the top news event of 2017 in...

2017: The year in review

Each year, as December ends and the calendar flips to a new year, the Independent Herald takes a look back at the stories that made news during the preceding...

Students to return to school amid widespread illness

When students in Oneida and Scott County return to school later this week, it will be amid widespread illness, including an unusual early outbreak of influenza. The two-week Christmas break...

Jail progress seen

HUNTSVILLE — “Here’s the thing,” says Huntsville Mayor Dennis Jeffers, “this jail has touched all of us in some way.” Jeffers is standing on the third floor of the century-old...

Dedicated prosecutor announced for domestic violence

HUNTSVILLE — Scott County will have a prosecutor who will specialize in domestic violence cases, District Attorney General Jared Effler announced Thursday. Effler said that Christy Smith has been appointed...

But God: The story of one Scott County man’s journey back

“As dirty as you can imagine,” says Randy Byrge. “I was that dirty.” Those are the words of someone who has been to the bottom and found his way back....

Building a band

Two weeks ago, more than 100 students assembled for Burchfield School’s annual winter band concert, performing such Christmas classics as “Jingle Bells” and “Up on the Housetop” for scores...

Witness in Robbins trial gets her day in court

Sheriann N. Turner, the 26-year-old woman described by the state as the "impetus" in the December 2015 shooting death of a 20-year-old Clinton man, finally had a day in court on Monday, to answer questions as to why she did not show up to testify against her uncle, who shot the man.

Child molester sentenced to 20 years in prison

A 22-year-old man accused of sexually molesting two young girls over a period of three years was sentenced Monday to 20 years in prison. He is not eligible for early release.

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