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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

  • Child Victims Task Force announced
    The creation of the Northeast Child Victims Task Force (NECVTF) was announced last week during a ribbon cutting ceremony in Topeka. The facility  will operate out of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) Headquarters and will conduct investigations and pursue charges against those who abuse or exploit children. 
  • IPD beard war waging on
    Employees of the Independence Police Department are in a hairy situation. In an effort to fundraise for the new K-9 Unit being introduced to IPD, several officers have entered into a contest from which there may be no return. 
  • Shocking attempted jail escape
    A Montgomery County jail inmates attacked corrections officers in an attempt to escape early Monday morning. 
  • School board gears up for new bus facility
    Monday's USD 446 School Board meeting was a gamut of topics ranging from the presentation of a new proposed transportation facility to honoring one of the most beloved school board member's last meeting. 
  • Main Street to host annual Holiday Sip & Shop
    For those of you (or us) who haven't gotten your (our) Christmas shopping done, never fear Independence Main Street is here to help you (us). Independence will be alive Thursday evening as Main Street hosts their annual Holiday Sip & Shop where most local businesses will offer special deals along with refreshments for last minute shoppers. 
  • Indy Chamber introduces newest employee
    Another young professional has decided Independence and Montgomery County is where she needs, and wants, to be. Michelle McCormick, of Cherryvale, is the newest addition to the Independence Chamber of Commerce as the administrative assistant.
  • Children enjoy Cookies with Santa at FirstOak Bank
    Thursday evening area children were treated to an evening of Cookies with Santa at FirstOak Bank's main branch on Penn Ave.
  • From tree lightings to shop and sip: Indy offers many holiday events
    The holiday season is usually a busy one for most families but for those looking for ways to stay busy or entertained, look no further than Independence. Activities and events for the young and the young at heart will be happening around town from today until the first of the year.
  • Downtown liquor store offers more than beer and wine
    Downtown Independence just keeps growing business after business. The newest downtown business to open is Sawyers Fine Wine and Spirits at 101 W. Main St., and owners Patrick and Michelle Conway are excited to show off their newly remodeled store.
  • County approves seeking 501 c3 status for rural fire
    The Montgomery County Commissioners met on Monday for their regular meeting with a light agenda. The main focus was the granting the approval to Rick Whitson, Emergency Management director to seek bids for the remodeling of the Emergency Operations Center room (EOC) and the upgrading of the commission room. “Each year I apply for the grant from the state to be used for emergency operations equipment and after talking with the director of the grant he informed me these upgrades do fall under the grant use,” said Whitson. The upgrades will provide the county the opportunity to host more informative programs and educational classes with visual aids and high power WiFi for emergency operations.
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