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Thursday, January 18, 2018

  • 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. 
  • County hears concerns at jail

    Montgomery County commissioners were greeted by Brian Leedy, jail administrator, along with members of Public Works and the Sheriff's Office to request work be started immediately on extending the staircase railing in the jail. "What we need to do is extend the rails along the staircase that go to the balcony. We have had several issues in the past of inmates attempting to jump over the railing with a sheet tied around their neck," said Leedy. 

  • 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.

  • County hears encouraging words on Tyson
    "Tyson Foods is still looking at Montgomery County for a new fresh chicken plant." That was the word from Trisha Purdon, Montgomery County Action Council (MCAC) executive director that she told the Montgomery County commissioners Monday morning at their regular meeting.
  • Preserving freedom is never cheap
    "All give some; some gave all" read a sign that was held in the crowd that gathered along the streets coming into Independence Friday. The crowd had gathered to welcome home the remains of PFC Sam J. Kourkos a World War II a veteran who was killed, at the age of 20, Nov. 21, 1943 on the Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands while invading the Japanese-held island.
  • Kids Night draws crowd
    There was no shortage of fun to be had for young and old alike at Thursday evening's Kids Night in Independence.
  • Celebrate Indy, celebrate industry

    Thursday was a day of celebration at the quarterly Celebrate Independence event at the Masonic Lodge with local industries, Standard Motor Products, Textron Aviation and VT Hackney, celebrating their expansion news. The event was sponsored by SEKTAM of Independence.

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