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Jim Bridger, the “Great Western Scout and Trail Blazer,” will be in Independence, Tuesday, to tell his life’s story before the Kiwanis Club of Independence. (Assisting Bridger in his presentation will be Examiner columnist Ted Stillwell.)The Kiwanis will meet at noon at Ophelia’s Restaurant on the Square, 206 N. Main.Visitors are welcome.

Updated May 23, 2015 at 9:18 AM

An education bill in the Missouri General Assembly divides Eastern Jackson County legislators, who differ sharply on the possible impact of expanded charter schools in the area.“I look at this bill, and I say it gives options in a...

Posted May 23, 2015 at 6:42 AM

David Emerick stood in the back of The Tivoli Theater in Westport feeling a rush of adrenaline that metaphorically slammed him against a wall.The former Independence resident, who now lives in Lake Lotawana, had just watched the film...

Posted May 23, 2015 at 5:55 AM

• Van Horn High SchoolACADEMIC HONORS: Graduating Summa Cum Laude (Top 1%)Major extracurricular activities: Plays Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer, and Softball. Involved in...

Posted May 23, 2015 at 5:48 AM

Local legislators are expressing various degrees of frustration and satisfaction over issues addressed in the Missouri General Assembly session that ended a week ago with moments drama and deadlock.“In the 11 years I’ve been...

Posted May 23, 2015 at 5:17 AM

Last fall, soccer coach Chris Dean was looking for possible places for his ALBA FC teams to practice indoors during the winter months.They’ve practiced outdoors at the Episcopal church near Blue Springs High School and at the...

Updated May 23, 2015 at 12:53 AM

The National Weather Service has posted a flash flood watch for most of western Missouri and eastern Kansas.It’s from Saturday evening through Monday evening. Rivers and streams are already running high because of recent rains, and...

Updated May 23, 2015 at 12:05 AM

Chris Young continues to star as a starting pitcher for the Kansas City Royals, and Kendrys Morales continues to smash the ball at a pace that puts him atop the American League in RBIs.But the player everyone was talking about after the...

Updated May 22, 2015 at 2:54 PM

Ryleigh Patience is a great dancer.The effervescent Blackburn Elementary fourth-grader is also a bat girl, best friend, a fighter and the inspiration of everyone who crosses her path.She was recently appointed the...

Posted May 22, 2015 at 8:50 AM

Independence is still the fourth largest city in Missouri, though Columbia is gaining ground quickly, according to figures released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.The agency put the population of Independence at 117,494 as of July...

Posted May 22, 2015 at 7:32 AM

• Oak Grove High SchoolACADEMIC HONORS: Valedictorian, AP Scholar Award recipient, Missouri Scholars 100.Major extracurricular activities: National Honor Society, AFS Club,...

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