February 25, 2021

BBQ Rib SmokeFest for Charity – March 27, 2021

Grab some slabs of ribs and help the Harvesters Food Network at the Mike Onka Community Hall. Orders must be placed online by clicking the link below:

BBQ Rib Slabs for Sale in Sugar Creek to Raise Money for Harvesters

"On March 27, 2021 members of several Competition BBQ teams will gather in Sugar Creek’s Mike Onka Community Center to smoke more than 250 rack of ribs. This year’s fund raising effort will help us continue the mission of serving as a beacon of hope to end hunger in the Kansas City Community by providing food assistance through fun, laughter, and a lot of smoke."

February 22, 2021

Farmers to Families Resumes in Fairmount

The Fairmount Community Center, at 217 S Cedar Ave., will resume the Farm to Families food boxes and bread on Wednesdays through April.

This is a COVA funded program by the USDA.

Boxes include produce, some protein, and we have milk and bread to distribute. 

Distribution starts at 9 am and all is distributed by 11-ish, depending on the volume of boxes they receive.

The supply does vary each week.

February 2, 2021

Vaccination Center Planned for Independence Center

 By Giovanni Antonio

Perhaps lost in the excitement amid the passage of Resolution 21-713 allocating $200 rebates to IPL accounts, the Independence City council also approved Resolution 21-712.

In doing so they paved the way for a site at Independence Center to be turned into a mass vaccination center.

Independence Center Management offered the 13,000 sq. ft. space, rent free, to the city to host a mass vaccination and testing site. 

 Their one stipulation is that the city would have to cover the cost of utilities.

  Estimated to be around $1,000 a month, at a length of  5 months, the city had to approve where this $5,000 would come from.  

Alternate sites, like the Cable Dahmer Arena,  (formerly the Independence Event Center) were suggested and seemed promising.  Using that venue as a host wouldn't have carried the additional price tag attached for taxpayers.  The city already owns it and thus already pays the utilities.

   However city leaders, including Fire Chief Douglas Short worried that having to take down and reassemble the vaccination clinic when events needed the space would prove to be too big of a detriment.

 After a bit of debate of where to pull the funds from, and 2 failed amendments, the resolution in it original form, passed 4-3.

No word yet on when the clinic will be staffed and up and running.

February 1, 2021

Independence Utility Customers to Get $200 Rebate


By Giovanni Antonio

  In what turned out to be a bit of a contentious vote, Independence City Council passed Resolution 21-713 in a 5-2 vote. In doing so they approved returning approximately 11.2 million dollars, breaking down to around $200 to each IPL account.
 "Citizen speaker" Laura Dominik took the opportunity to video conference in to urge the council not to pass the resolution. Citing several reasons she was against it, reasons ironically enough later repeated by the 2 dissenting votes cast by Council members Karen Deluccie (At-Large) and Dan Hobart (District 4).
 Councilman Steinmeyer spoke of the pandemic and having compassion for the citizens who are in need.
 Deluccie and Hobart expressed concern that issuing a rebate as opposed to a rate reduction might violate the city charter. It was suggested perhaps paying off bonds that would come due soon, in hopes to save the city money. However there weren't any concrete plans laid out as how that would in turn be transferred into a rate reduction for the ratepayers, as the charter directs.
 Mr. Hobart incorrectly stated that this wasn't endorsed by the PUAB, which Mayor Weir later corrected, causing him to issue an apology.
 In the end, after the dust settled, and after cleaning up the language of the Resolution, Deluccie and Hobart voted against returning the excess funds to the ratepayers.
 Mayor Eileen Weir, Council Members Brice Stewart (District 2), John Perkins (District 1), Mike Huff (At-Large) and Mike Steinmeyer (District 3) voted in favor doing so.
 No time-line has been given, but with the approval of Resolution 21-713, around 56,000 IPL accounts should receive approximately a $200 rebate in the near future.

January 29, 2021

ACTION ALERT - Contact Independence City Council ASAP

Independence City Council will be voting on Resolution 21-713 Monday, February 1st.

If approved it will return 11.2 million dollars to IPL ratepayers. With approximately 56,000 accounts that will equal out to approximately $200 per account.

The resolution was brought forth by Councilmen Huff and Steinmeyer. If you'd like these funds returned to you, please reach out to your council members and urge them to vote in favor of resolution 21-713 regarding the IPL funds. Read the resolution in it's entirety by clicking here.

Contact Information for City Council

Mayor Eileen Weir
Phone: (816) 325-7027

District 1 John Perkins
Phone: (816) 325-7022

District 2 Brice Stewart
Phone: (816) 325-7220

District 3 Michael Steinmeyer
Phone: (816) 325-7022

District 4 Dan Hobart
Phone: (816) 325-7022

At-Large Mike Huff
Phone: (816) 325-7022

Citizen Concerns (816) 915-1286

At-Large Karen DeLuccie
Phone: (816) 325-7022

January 14, 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Waiting List Survey

 To get on the waiting list for a COVID-19 Vaccine in Jackson County, please fill out the information at the survey below:

COVID-19 Vaccination Waiting List

Arrest Warrant Amnesty in Sugar Creek

 If you have an active warrant for arrest in Sugar Creek, here's a chance to clear it up without risking arrest. If you know anyone that would find this information helpful, please spread the word!

September 1, 2020

Fish Dying in Crisp Lake

Independence neighborhood seeks answers for dead fish in lake

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The fish are dying in a small neighborhood lake in Independence and residents want to know why. Jim Williams stocked Crisp Lake with fish earlier this year and enjoyed watching children and families have fun fishing. The lake is in the Hudson Park Neighborhood Association near Mount Washington Cemetery.

August 1, 2020

Local COVID-19 Outbreaks

Also: A worker at Erin's Pub tested positive for COVID-19. That employee last worked on the evening of July 23.

30 COVID-19 cases tied to Independence church, more than 300 exposed

JACKSON COUNTY, MO (KCTV) -- The Jackson County Health Department is monitoring two different coronavirus outbreaks, the largest of which is tied to a church. Currently, 30 people have tested positive for COVID-19 after being exposed at Old Paths Baptist Church between July 19 and July 24.

July 2, 2020

Review: The Bondztide - Private Isle

Coming in hot from the Midwest coast, The Bondztide is an up-and-coming surf rock project created by local musician Andrew Gibson. I messaged with him online to talk about this project:
What was your inspiration to form a surf rock band?

   "I have always liked surf rock, something I love about it is that it’s almost all only instrumental. I like instrumentals because the music does all the talking and you get almost any feeling from it.

What are some bands you draw the inspirations for your sound from?

   "Definitely The Beach Boys, for a while I would listen to their song 'Get Around' everyday when I would wake up. Some other artist I’ve drawn a lot of inspirations from is The Ventures, Dick Dale and a modern surf rock band The Surfrajettes."

What was the process of making the album?

   "Before the day of recording I only had one guitar riff. I sat down, laid down every drum track and then wrote the bass, rhythm guitar and lead guitar parts for each song. The whole album was written and recorded within 24 hours. It had to be that way, because I didn’t have a full band I could jam with to put songs together. Normally when I write music it’s only on guitar and then pieced together with a band along with whatever lyrics I’ve written. This time though I had it all in my head and I could only hear it, never trying to sit down and make something of it. But I knew when the time was right to record the album I’d just do it. So that’s what I did."

Amazing. What are your plans for The Bondztide's future?

   "There will definitely be at least one more album after this one, hopefully in 2021. Also as soon as possible a live show would be very cool. I have some friends that would join me on various instruments for a live set."

Do you surf?

   "I have but living in the Midwest makes it tough to do as often as I’d like."

   Overall, after listening to The Bondztide's debut album, "Private Isle"  I give it five stars. Seven tracks of surf rock goodness that wash into the veins by way of ripping fast, foamy clean guitars, and producing a vibe of unparalleled bodaciousness. Turn it up, and hang ten.

June 18, 2020

Review: Sapling - New Release from Remorsefully Numb

   3 minutes and 55 seconds of raw power -- the chilling highs and brooding lows of the distorted guitar couple immaculately with the steady constant of a low end and beat that make my hair stand with every replay.

   On top of it all the signature, jagged delivery of cutting lyrics from the singer describe a person sick and dying from inside as they find the roots of darkness grow, and keep one suffocating, rooted and dug, in picture perfect place.

   Overall, a five-star banger and an outstanding example of the undying rock scene in the Kansas City area, and of the up-and-coming Midwest Emo genre. Would definitely recommend turning this up and ripping the knob off.

Remorsefully Numb is A. J. Gibson, Jake Ayers, Chaz Florido, and Warren Beal. Formed in Sugar Creek in 2016.  Visit their website at remorsefullynumb.com

March 14, 2020

Fairmount Flooding May Soon be a Thing of the Past

Sugar Creek set to fix flooding culvert

Sugar Creek Mayor Mike Larson decided the city has waited long enough for the troublesome culvert off U.S. 24 to be fixed.The culvert collapsed in 2012, causing a sinkhole that ultimately led to flooding issues in the area around the U.S. 24 and Northern Boulevard. One business on the Independence side of U.S.

January 31, 2020

Homeless Camp Under I-435 Bridge Cleaned Out

Clean Up at 24 and I-435 Overpass

Missouri Department of Transportation crews along with Kansas City Missouri Police officers and Social Workers responded to the I-435 and 24 highway interchange Friday morning to clean up the mountains of trash generated by transients camping under the bridge.

January 1, 2020


Independence Fire Department battling a blaze around noon on the first day of January, 2020. Photos courtesy of Sarah Weatherly.

November 21, 2019

"LUCKY STIFF" Musical Comedy at Van Horn

November 21 - 22 - 23 at
Van Horn High School
1109 S. Arlington Avenue
Have a great time while you support local arts!

November 12, 2019

Be on the Lookout - Meals for Vets Stolen

Trailer with thousands of meals for homeless veterans stolen

A trailer with thousands of meals for homeless veterans has been stolen. As KMBC first reported last week, a local bank packed more than 12,000 meals to donate to Friends In Service Of Heroes (F.I.S.H), a local veteran service organization. The trailer contains 12,100 meal packets.

June 10, 2019

Remorsefully Numb Tour News/New Single

By Derek Benkovich, Inter-City News

Inter-City's own Remorsefully Numb is getting ready to kick off a ten state tour with the band Propersleep, and will be releasing their new single "Forfeit" on June 18. This tune is straight killer.
Power, energy -- a signature, quality Remorsefully Numb vibe with kick like a mule that reels you in an instant and delivers nothing short of rock solid showmanship in 4:4. This song serves up raw fire in the verses, laying down a certified slapper for a chorus and a breakdown that sends goosebumps to the ears that rock the body.

The vocals go above and beyond the mark, coupling precision to abilities in deliverance and lyricism with a burning take that complements the track perfectly for a lethal cocktail of alternative bliss.
To conclude, "Forfeit" is a will-be gem in rock music, and hopefully the next step for Remorsefully Numb to take the music world by storm.

Remorsefully Numb/Propersleep Tour Dates:

6/21 - Bottle & Barrel - Alton, IL.*
6/22 - Penthouse Penthouse - Indianapolis, IN.*
6/23 - The Phoenix - Hazel Park, MI.*
6/26 - The Ballethaus - Erie, PA.*
6/27 - To be announced - Pittsburgh, PA.*
6/28 - Yellowhouse - Richmond, VA.^
6/29 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC.
6/30 - Milestone Club - Charlotte, NC.
7/1 - The Bakery - Atlanta, GA.
7/2 - The Nick - Birmingham, AL.
7/3 - Brickyard - Knoxville, TN.
7/4 - Magnolia Bar - Louisville, KY.
7/5 - Betty's Grill - Nashville, TN.
7/7 - The Rino - Kansas City, MO.*

*Remorsefully Numb only
^Propersleep only

Also, be sure to check out Remorsefully Numb's EP  "Fairmount".

May 22, 2019

Blue Moon Trio Performing Friday in Sugar Creek