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1/19/2022Independence Fire Department issues burn ban for Jan. 19 through 8 a.m. Jan. 20

Citizens are reminded to properly dispose of smoking materials, fireplace logs and barbeque charcoal by placing them in a metal container after dousing with water.

1/19/2022Independence activates warming site in response to dangerously cold temps

The Warming Site will be open until 7:30 p.m. today, and from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Jan. 20.

1/18/2022Independence joins communities across the country honoring the life of Betty White

The City of Independence Animal Services Division received more than twenty donations totaling more than $700 through the Truman Heartland Community Foundation Shelter Fund.

1/12/2022Independence begins codes enforcement sweep along key corridors

The City of Independence will begin a multi-departmental codes enforcement and public safety sweep along 24 Highway on Thursday, Jan. 13.

1/11/2022Independence Fire Department issues burn ban for Jan. 11 through 8 a.m. Jan. 12

The ban is a result of high winds which are forecasted to be up to 10-20 mph beginning today and continuing throughout the week.

1/10/2022The City of Independence Power and Light Recognized as a Smart Energy Provider, Paving the Way for Energy Efficiency, Sustainability

As part of National Cut Your Energy Costs Day on January 10, the City of Independence Power and Light Department (IPL) is celebrating its recent designation as a Smart Energy Provider (SEP) from the American Public Power Association (APPA)

1/10/2022Independence looks forward to Annual Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Jan. 17

The annual Dr. Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Celebration at 7 p.m. on Jan. 17, 2022, at the Truman Memorial Building.

1/7/2022Gudgell Avenue water main replacement project begins Jan. 10

Project to go through Summer 2022

1/1/2022Independence activates warming site in response to New Year’s Day Winter Storm

Sermon Center open Jan. 1, 2022, from 2-6 p.m. as warming site

12/22/2021Independence 4th District Councilmember Dan Hobart appointed to American Public Power Association Policy Makers Council

Councilmember Dan Hobart has been appointed to the American Public Power Association (APPA) Policy Makers Council for a one-year term expiring in December 2022.

12/17/2021Region’s public health directors: ‘It’s critical we bend the curve to keep hospital space available’

In their briefing, they stressed that hospitals are already full, and new cases of COVID-19 may keep people who are sick or have time-sensitive diagnoses from getting care.

12/13/2021Independence Fire Department extends burn ban through 8 a.m. Friday, Dec. 17

Citizens are reminded to properly dispose of smoking materials, fireplace logs and barbeque charcoal by placing them in a metal container after dousing with water.

12/10/2021Burn ban issued through 8 a.m., Dec. 13
12/8/2021Independence Human Relations Commission invites students to participate in annual essay contest

The deadline for contest entries is December 20, 2021, and contest winners will be recognized during the upcoming MLK Celebration.

12/6/2021Independence Police Department working with Metropolitan Community College to train future officers

The first class of candidates to attend will begin in January 2022.

12/3/2021City of Independence Police Chief Brad Halsey announces retirement

Chief Halsey joined the Independence Police Department in 1992 and has served in various roles throughout his 29-year career including Chief of Police for the last five years.

11/18/2021City of Independence Fire Department issues burn ban effective immediately through Monday morning

Please practice fire safety this weekend

11/15/2021City of Independence utilizing hiring incentives to recruit police officers

The now active incentive program includes a signing bonus of $7,000 to new police recruits hired by the department with no prior experience.

11/10/2021Independence is full of holiday spirit, family fun this season

Beginning this Friday, Nov. 12, with the Square Lighting and Mayor’s Christmas Tree and through the end of December, visitors can find a variety of family-friendly fun to enjoy.

11/4/2021Region’s public health directors encourage pediatric vaccination, masking in public and schools
11/2/2021Statement from City of Independence regarding citizen approval of ballot questions for Police and Fire Departments

Citizen approve Ballot Questions 1 and 2 which support the Independence Fire and Police Departments respectively.

11/1/2021Join the holiday fun and decorate a gingerbread house cutout to help locally

George Owens Nature Park invites Independence families, organizations, and businesses to decorate gingerbread house cutouts for display within the park from December through January 2022.

10/28/2021City of Independence Fire Department shares funeral arrangements for FEO Chad Sappenfield

The visitation and funeral will be on Saturday, Oct. 30 at the Truman Memorial Building, 416 W. Maple Ave.

10/26/2021City of Independence Fire Department shares update on loss of Firefighter Chad Sappenfield

Fire Chief Doug Short shared the following statement from the Department and the Sappenfield family regarding his death and ongoing battle with PTSD.

10/25/2021City of Independence Fire Department announces death of off-duty firefighter

The Independence Fire Department will be offering assistance to the family and details will be communicated soon.

10/14/2021City of Independence Assistant City Manager Mark Randall announces retirement

Randall has been with the City of Independence for five years and in City Management for 40 years.

10/7/2021Independence announces Director of Parks|Recreation|Tourism Department

City Manager Zach Walker today announced that Morris Heide has officially been appointed the Director of the Parks|Recreation|Tourism Department.

9/30/2021Independence Fire Fighter David Jameson to be honored during 40th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial

Help us honor the fallen firefighter by thanking those continuing to serve our community

9/27/2021Public health directors: Eligible residents encouraged to get COVID-19 booster shot

Eligible individuals without a primary care provider are asked to contact their local public health department to learn how to arrange a booster dose.

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