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Thursday, January 18, 2018

  • Vets helping vets

    No man left behind, a motto that all veterans, male and female, adhere to when it comes to their brothers and sisters in the military. The Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 33, Montgomery County put that to the test Saturday as Gary Goldsberry, himself a disabled veteran, reached out to a fellow veteran in need. 

  • Klicks for Kids Heart Gallery showcases adoptable children

    Over half the children in foster care in Kansas are over the age of seven and originally come into foster care through no fault of their own — many times abuse and neglect is involved. Although the goal of foster care is to work with families toward safely returning the children to their home, sometimes that is not possible and that is when the professionals get involved to find families to adopt these children.   

  • Brrrr! It's cold outside: Fire chief provides winter fire safety tips

    Winter can often be a more hazardous time of the year. According to Shawn Wallis, Independence Fire chief, more fires happen in the winter months than any other season. "During the cold months, we spend more time indoors and use different methods to heat our homes. It's important to keep fire safety in mind when you are heating your home," said Wallis.

  • All the way to the top - Museum begins construction on elevator

    In a little more than a week, elevator construction work at the Independence Historical Museum and Arts Center (IHMAC) has begun to take shape. SEK Construction began on the project to construct an elevator shaft for the Independence Historical Museum and Arts Center.

  • It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas - or is it?
    Kansans have been dreaming of a white Christmas for a long time; the once snowy, frigid winters being slowly replaced with much milder temperatures. This year, Christmas will feel more like the days of yore with high temperatures estimated to be in the mid to low 40s and the low the night of Christmas Eve swooping down into the teens to ensure a frigid Christmas morning. 
  • Ordinances updated on city codes

    For the first time in 20 years, the city of Independence has updated the city code by adopting 11 ordinances - one of which amended and supplemented Appendix D of the city code, regarding building permit fees. Commissioners and fire chief Shawn Wallis had the honor of presenting two more Lifesaver Awards to two of the city's first responders. They approved an alternative design for a new Park and Zoo sign and approved a settlement agreement on ongoing litigation.

  • Update on city happenings

    The city of Independence is bustling from the inside out, with major infrastructure development needs, Neewollah festivities preparing to kick off, an upcoming election and the city government, led by new city manager Craig Whitehead, attempting to gather more public input. 

  • Fab Lab ICC receives grant to finalize expansion project

    Words like amazing and humbling come to mind for Fab Lab ICC director Jim Correll when asked how he feels about the Fab Lab receiving a grant award from the Federal Economic Development Administration (EDA) for $350,000 to help fund the construction of the Fab Lab expansion building.

  • Childhood cancer crusaders: Charlee Jo Lemon and Bryant Heape take on the fight

    After last year's overwhelming response of bringing awareness to the need to fight childhood cancer by raising funds for their friend Sheridan Penrod, who was suffering from Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia, Charlee Jo Lemon and Bryant Heape (sister and brother) formed a partnership with the Fab Lab to design a sticker in honor of their friend. 

  • Discovering her Independence
    Originally from Indiana, Emily Clubine is developing her roots in Independence.
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