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2/15/2018City’s statement on Feb. 9 Applebee’s incident

On Friday, Feb. 9, the Independence Police Department was called by Independence Center mall security to assist at the Applebee’s restaurant on what was reported as a theft. Applebee’s has since identified this request as having racial undertones on behalf of its staff, and three restaurant employees were terminated by Applebee’s as a result of their actions.

2/6/2018Independence Fire Department celebrates 175 years of service to the community

The Independence Fire Department is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year.

2/6/2018Mayor Weir begins community listening tour

Independence Mayor Eileen Weir will kick off a community listening tour today, February 6, at the independence Rotary Club meeting taking place at the Ennovation Center.

2/5/2018Independence City Council approves $3.3 million Farmers Market Project

The Independence City Council tonight approved the $3.3 million Farmers Market project.

2/5/2018Independence working to be the ‘Greenest City in America’

The Independence City Council tonight approved a resolution affirming their goal to be the “Greenest City in America."

12/29/2017Dangerously cold temperatures ahead, City reminds citizens to take precautions to protect themselves and their families

Temperatures over the next few days are expected to be dangerously low, with wind chills overnight anticipated in the negative teens. Citizens are encouraged to stay inside if possible and if they must go outside or travel, to take appropriate precautions to protect themselves and their families.

12/6/2017City works to enhance park security

The City of Independence is taking steps to better patrol City parks through the winter months.

11/27/2017City looks to ‘green’ future for Rockwood Golf Course

The City announced today it has accepted the deed and taken possession of 94.6 acres of property formerly known as Rockwood Golf Course (2400 South Maywood Avenue, Independence, Mo.), ensuring a positive future for this green space in the heart of District 4.

11/20/2017City takes steps to decrease number of tobacco stores in the City

The City Council tonight approved an amendment updating the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), Chapter 14, of the City Code which will over time decrease the number of tobacco/convenience stores from the currently allowed 14 to 7.

11/16/2017City issues statement in response to State Audit of Independence Event Center CID

Zach Walker, City Manager for the City of Independence, today issued the following statement in response to the Independence Event Center CID State Audit Findings.

11/15/2017Independence Deputy Fire Chief Doug Short named Fire Chief

Following a nation-wide search, City Manager Zach Walker today announced Doug Short was selected as the next Fire Chief for the Independence Fire Department.

11/10/2017Making the grade, City continues to work forward on strategic goals

The City of Independence today relaunched the Performance Dashboard on its website at The Dashboard has been reorganized to highlight the four main goals outlined in the City’s Strategic Plan, Independence for All.

11/7/2017Independence Fire Department responds to house fire

Independence Fire Department units were dispatched at 6:10 a.m. this morning, November 7, after neighbors reported a house fire at 1127 S. Pearl Street.

11/6/2017Independence expands hotel/motel video surveillance ordinance

Earlier this year, the Independence City Council identified public safety as a key goal for the growth and development of the City. Tonight, they approved an ordinance amending Chapter 5, pertaining to business licenses, adding hotels/motels to the business types required to install and maintain video surveillance systems.

11/6/2017City moves forward on new Farmers Market

Council members tonight saw three options proposed for the new Farmers Market located just off the Square in Downtown.

11/1/2017Do you want to build a snowman? Decorate a snowman for George Owens Nature Park and help raise funds for Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity

Families, groups and businesses are invited to decorate snowmen to help raise funds for Truman Heritage Habitat for Humanity this winter.

10/26/2017Palmer Center Activities and Events for November - 2017

The Palmer Center at 218A N. Pleasant St. in Independence, Mo., is operated by the City of Independence and is dedicated to the mission of improving the overall health of adults 60+. For more information call (816) 325-6200 or visit the website

10/25/2017Get in the game! Enter to win Mavericks or Comets home game tickets

Now’s your chance to win tickets to a KC Mavericks hockey or Missouri Comets soccer home game.