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Friday, March 22, 2019

  • GFTN: Helping neighboring states during crisis
    Gifts for the Nations - A Christian Humanitarian Ministry located in southeast Kansas, is all about helping others. GFTN is self-described as existing to "equip those who preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ by offering gifts of medical supplies, educational material, various supplies and equipment to equip a church and open up the door for good news." This humanitarian ministry gathers needed supplies — or gifts — to help locally, statewide, nationally and overseas. 
  • County health rankings stay steady near last in state
    Montgomery County is again near the bottom in the Kansas county health rankings for 2019, according to County Health Rankings & Roadmaps program, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The annual County Health Rankings measure vital health factors, including high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, quality of air and water, income inequality and teen births.
  • Two vehicle accident caused by third vehicle
    A two-vehicle accident Monday afternoon brought traffic to a near-stop as Montgomery County Sheriffs deputies and Independence emergency crews were dispatched to US Highway 160 near CR 4315. 
  • State highway patrol conducting sobriety checkpoint
    People planning on going out this weekend around Pittsburg should keep an eye out for a Kansas Highway Patrol checkpoint.
  • Crops conditions reported, cattle numbers up one percent from last year
    The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) report regarding Kansas crop progress and conditions reveal winter wheat condition rated two percent very poor, seven percent poor, 40 percent fair, 43 percent good and eight percent excellent. The week ending March 10 had 0.9 suitable fieldwork days.
  • Burglaries solved, pizza party held, busy week for IPD
    Independence Police Department Officers Ike Dye and Devin Mendoza were recognized this week by the department for their collaboration to solve what the department referred to as a string of crimes.
  • Celebrating regional manufacturing around Indy
    Thursday nearly 70 people gathered at the Masonic Lodge in Independence to celebrate regional manufacturing by featured speakers from Spears Manufacturing in Caney, John Deere Coffeyville Works and Cobalt Boats in Neodesha. Montgomery County Action Council Executive Director Trisha Purdon served as the luncheon emcee.
  • IPD advisory committee announces 2019 members
    Attending their first Police Chief Advisory Committee meeting Wednesday were the newest members who were introduced to current members and updated on department business.
  • Fire engulfs unoccupied house Sunday evening
    The first shift of firefighters with the Independence Fire Department were called out Sunday evening about 7:13 p.m. to 517 W. Chestnut St., where the first floor of an unoccupied house was full involved with fire. 
  • ICC football coach under fire
    A special meeting was called Thursday evening in the President’s Office by the Independence Community College Board of Trustees in which the only item on the agenda was an executive session for discussion of a personnel issue pursuant to the non-elected personnel exception KSA 75-4319(b)(1). 
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