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Posted at 8:19 AM

WHAT: Three historical homes and sites in Independence open today, April 1, for touring season: Bingham-Waggoner Estate, a 3-story and 26-room mid-19th century mansion; the 1859 Jail & Marshal’s Home Museum, where infamous outlaw Frank James slept, and The Vaile Mansion, a 30-room mansion built in 1881.WHERE: Bingham-Waggoner is at 313 W. Pacific Ave. near the Independence Square. The 1859 Jail is on the Square at 217 N. Main St. Vaile...

Posted Apr 1, 2015 at 6:19 AM

Two challengers and two incumbents are vying for two seats on the Fort Osage Board of Education next Tuesday.The candidates include a recently retired educator, the current board president, a construction company owner and lay minister,...

Posted Apr 1, 2015 at 5:15 AM

Jackson County property reassessments, focused this year on Eastern Jackson County, are coming later this spring. County officials say they have better information, technology and processes to work with than they had two years ago, when...

Posted Mar 31, 2015 at 5:11 AM

For the first time since 2003, the Independence School District is asking residents for a tax levy increase. The district says it's needed because of an influx of young students and a continued drop in its assessed property valuation.Since...

Updated Mar 31, 2015 at 12:14 AM

A Buckner man was killed in a hit-and-run crash Friday night in Independence, and a 21-year-old man from Sibley suspected of being responsible has been arrested and charged.A 2014 Mazda driven by Aaron C. Overman, 34, of Buckner, was...

Updated Mar 31, 2015 at 12:04 AM

The Grain Valley Board of Aldermen voted to restore Valley Speedway’s use permit Monday night during a special session.With aldermen Scott Shafer and Bob Headley voting in opposition, the board voted 4-2 in favor of the ordinance...

Posted Mar 28, 2015 at 6:48 AM

Elected leaders in Jefferson City and Washington continue to wrestle with funding for roads and bridges.“Roads, bridges across the country are ... failing,” said Erin Klasson, an aide to U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, whose district...

Posted Mar 28, 2015 at 5:16 AM

A group of citizens wants the Independence City Council to consider repealing the pit bull ban passed in 2006, claiming that breed of dog and its various mixes have received an unnecessarily bad rap and that bad owners are the bigger root of pit...

Updated Mar 28, 2015 at 12:50 AM

A Grain Valley man faces rape and other charges in connection with what police describe as an attack on the woman from whom he was in the process of separating, including an attempt to strangle her.James P. Cox, 44, was arrested Friday,...

Updated Mar 27, 2015 at 8:31 PM

A former Independence Police officer who used a stun gun on a teenager in September was indicted by a federal grand jury on Friday on four counts of violating constitutional rights of a minor and obstructing a police investigation.The...

Posted Mar 27, 2015 at 6:19 AM

There’s nothing Vera Latham loves more than singing in her soprano voice, sharing memories of a life well lived and bringing laughter to brighten the lives of those who fondly call her Auntie Vera.The lady with the beautiful smile...

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