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Saturday, May 25, 2019

  • ICC hopes to 'ACE' the test through Strategic Plan
    A small group of stakeholders gathered to join the Independence Community College Board of Trustees in a final review of the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan: Preparing ICC for Its Second Century. Facilitator Mike Thompson introduced the plan’s acronym ACE2 with “A” referring to Academic Excellence, “C” as Community Engagement and E2 addressing Enrollment and Endowment. 
  • Vintage Steakhouse shares its passion and recipes at seminar
    It's no secret. Richard Pereira, Vintage Steakhouse, chef and owner, along with his daughter Yamilka, conducted a cooking seminar Tuesday at the Independence Science and Technology Center. He presented an extensive array of special dishes, many from his restaurant menu. 
  • Look before you lock

    Fifty-two children died after being left in a locked vehicle in 2018 — the most ever for any year since 1990. According to, 38 children die on average from heat-related deaths after being trapped inside vehicles each year.

  • Grilling for fun but doing it safely
    Memorial Day weekend is nearly upon us signaling the beginning of summer, and with that comes the season of grilling. Hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks, chicken and much more is being prepared for summer deliciousness on the grill and IDR has some safety tips for you.
  • Cancer Center of Kansas becomes Chamber member
    Cancer is an ugly word for so many people but when the diagnosis comes to you or a loved one, treatment is one of the first things on your mind. Independence is lucky to have the Cancer Center of Kansas at 510 N. Peter Pan Rd. No more traveling long distance to receive treatment which means saving money on travel expenditures to get to Tulsa, Bartlesville, Kansas City, Wichita, Joplin, or other cities where treatment is available.
  • Chamber welcomes new member at ribbon cutting
    The different vehicle parts being worked on throughout the shop were the look of success for Quality Paint and Body, located at 1920 W. Main St., Independence, as Chamber of Commerce ambassadors and other interested residents toured the business Wednesday morning when a ribbon cutting was held to signify their official Chamber membership.
  • "Sharing Patterns, Sharing Lives"
    "Sharing Patterns, Sharing Lives: Kansas Quilts," a presentation and discussion over historic Kansas quilts led by Deborah Divine will be hosted at the Independence Historical Museum & Art Center May 18 at 2 p.m. 
  • Lockeland ready to kickoff Caney MayFest
    The 2019 Caney MayFest is looking to be bigger and better than ever, especially with the addition of the MayFest Kickoff Concert Friday, May 24, featuring Dillon Barton, Jared Daniels and Lockeland. Band members Mark Vikingstad, Michael Boris and Kyndon Oakes have been busy touring and said they are really looking forward to the Kickoff Concert.
  • Caney Historical Society maintaining history while creating a future
    Heritage may be priceless but that doesn’t mean it comes for free, as the members of the Caney Valley Historical Society are well aware. Board President Dale McBride explained, “Many of the ‘older folks’ that donated a lot of money in the past simply are not here any longer. Our funding from the county was cut in half a few years ago and the city has stopped giving any funding altogether. While we have appealed to both of these entities for financial support, we understand that budgets are tight everywhere.”
  • Legislature creates Youth Suicide Prevention coordinator
    Legislature approved a bill that will create a Kansas Youth Suicide Prevention coordinator who will implement recommendations of the Youth Suicide Prevention Task Force. 
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