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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

  • Concrete patching to begin in Wilson County
    Southeast Kansas drivers beware — a concrete patching project will begin Monday, April 22 on U.S. Highway 400 in Wilson County. Beginning at the Greenwood-Wilson county line, the project continues for 12 miles to the K-47 junction.
  • Staff member recognized for award during April Biz After Hours
    It was a perfect spring evening for the April Business After Hours, sponsored by the Independence Chamber of Commerce, and hosted by Gran Villas, a Medicalodges Assisted Living Center. As guests arrived for the event, they were offered a tour of the facility and guided to the dining area where the Business After Hours event was held.
  • KDOT begins work on 169/160 junction
    Kansas Department of Transportation - Southeast Kansas announced U.S. Highway 169 traffic has been reduced to one lane in each direction at the U.S. Highway 169 and U.S. Highway 160 junction in Montgomery County. 
  • Indy to begin flushing hydrants
    Maintenance is an important part of keeping equipment working properly and efficiently. The City of Independence announced crews will begin flushing fire hydrants Monday and continue for approximately six weeks.
  • Masons announce their support for IPD K-9 program
    The Independence Masonic Fortitude Lodge No.107 invited Jerry Harrison Independence Police chief to their regular meeting to share with them the new K-9 program the IPD is investing in. Jerry Allison, Masonic member introduced Harrison while informing him the membership held a vote and voted to support the IPD and their  K-9 program with a monetary donation. "A formal presentation of a check will be at the Chamber of Commerce, June 7, First Friday at the Civic Center."  
  • Best places in Kansas to retire
    Independence has a lot of amenities to entice people to relocate and plant some roots here but did you know Independence was named the 10th best place to retire in Kansas?
  • Large turnout for Tea with Royalty
    It was a packed room Saturday morning at the Independence Historical Museum and Art Center for Tea with Royalty featuring 2018 Miss Kansas Hannah Klaassen. Young girls joined their mothers, grandmothers, aunts, sisters and friends for the chance to dine with Miss Kansas and Queen Neelah Emma Stoner.
  • Harris named new ICC Head Coach
    Looking to provide some stability in the wake of former Head Coach Jason Brown's resignation, Independence Community College has promoted Kiyoshi Harris to the Head Coach position for the ICC Pirates. Harris, who had already been serving as Head Coach with an Interim tag since Brown's announcement, has served for the past two seasons as Associate Head Coach, Offensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. He was selected from a pool of approximately 50 applicants, and should step into the new role with relative ease.
  • 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.
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