The expected rain was a no show Tuesday evening but it was a full house at the Independence Chamber of Commerce's May Business After Hours, hosted by Null Chiropractic, LLC, who is celebrating their 70th anniversary this year.

While guests enjoyed appetizers and touring the facility, Independence Chamber of Commerce President Lisa Wilson welcomed them and told about upcoming events in town including the Miss Able Festival June 1. "It's hard to believe May is already almost over," she said. "We are halfway through the year." 

Wilson asked who knew why Tuesday was significant to Independence. Craig Null said, "Sixty years ago today, Miss Able made her historic flight." He invited everyone to visit his Facebook page to learn more about Miss Able. "Everyone needs to share his post because we do not want it to be a well-kept secret anymore," Wilson added. "It has been a well-kept secret for 60 years and its time we let everyone know that Independence is known for world history in the successful space launch of Miss Able."

Wilson told of several of the activities which will be going on during the festival. "Help us spread the word and make sure people know it is significance that we are Miss Able's birthplace," she said.

She explained the upcoming Celebrate Independence which will be celebrating youth in the arts. The event will be June 6 at the Masonic Lodge at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $10 and reservations must be made my June 4 by calling the Chamber at 620-331-1890. Wilson said First Friday will be June 7 at the Civic Center beginning at 7:30 a.m. and is sponsored by Westar Energy.

Wilson then spoke about Null Chiropractic. "I have known the entire family for years so I know you on a personal level and I know what great people you are and your love of our community," she said. "What's really cool is the fact that Dr. Null raised his kids in such a way that they love the community they grew up in so much so that you got at least one of them to come back and stay in our community."

Wilson told Logan Null she was glad he was here to carry on the family legacy through their practice. "We congratulate the practice on 70 years, that is amazing," she noted. "Thank you for being a great Chamber member, you are always willing to help us and support us. Thank you for being actively engaged in the community and giving back, not just with your finances but with your time through Boy Scouts and church and so many other things."

Wilson turned it over to Scott Null who thanked everyone present. "I love having Lisa around, she can make anybody good," he said to laughter. "I appreciate that very much. We are celebrating our 70th anniversary this year. I have had people say, 'I don't think you look that old.' My father started in Independence in 1949. Hearing Gary [Hogsett] talk about when they first came and how they picked Independence is a similar story to my father."

Scott said his father came to Independence by train from Michigan to look at some equipment. "When he got to Kansas City, he said he sat next to a guy that worked Union Gas who talked about how great Independence was. He got down here and it was February, it was a beautiful day, everyone was running around in short sleeves. He loved it. He got back to Michigan and asked my mother, 'How would you like to move to Kansas?' She said, 'Anywhere but here.' They had about 12 inches of snow on the ground," he explained. "They came to southeast Kansas just because somebody talked it up."

Scott said he graduated from chiropractor college in 1980 and joined his father with an office in Parsons and when his dad retired, Scott came to Independence full-time. Logan graduated two years ago and began practicing then.

"It's really great to be in this community. We love this place," Scott said. "We are trying to promote health so if you have any questions or anyone would like to have us speak about health subjects, one of us can do that."

Services offered include spinal corrections, exercises, health coaching, Department of Transportation physicals and acupuncture. To schedule an appointment or for more information, call 620-331-1520, or visit them at 204 E. Chestnut St.