Emily Mentzer

Staff writer


Recent Stories

Tease photo

RARE helps IDA thrive

Since Americorps RARE volunteer Imani Hall started work as the manager for the Independence Downtown Association, seven new businesses have opened up.

Tease photo

Four fires strike in two days

Dallas Fire & EMS respond to two fires caused by cars driving in fields

Two of four fires in two days from July Fourth through Thursday were sparked by cars driving on fields, said April Welsh, spokeswoman for Dallas Fire & EMS.

Tease photo

Taking matters into his own hands

Dallas resident Alex Lofton, family and friends restore and renew Tawney memorial sign

When Alex Lofton found out Sgt. Ian Tawney’s memorial park sign was vandalized, he wasn’t going to let it sit overnight without trying to fix it.

Hydrogen-making attempt goes wrong

POLK COUNTY — A man suffered minor injuries outside of the Dallas city limits after an accident while trying to make hydrogen, Sheriff Mark Garton said.

Tease photo

Reach for the sky

MONMOUTH — In the hills just outside of Monmouth, Jon and Susan Brewster built their home with one thing in mind: astronomy.

Monmouth passes 2017-18 budget

The Monmouth City Council approved the 2017-18 budget after a rather lengthy process, City Manager Scott McClure said.

Tease photo

Santa Train leaves station for final time

Cynthia Jaramillo will be moving to New Mexico at the end of June, and will be taking an Independence tradition with her: Santa Train.

Parlez-vous Francis? Espanol?

Calling all volunteers: As the Great American Eclipse nears, each event will need the help of volunteers for things to go smoothly.

Tease photo

Boom Town Brewing

Independence business owner to open brewery

The old warehouse building on South Main Street in Independence called out to Yul Provancha years ago.

Dallas chamber forms female group

Since JD Shinn took over as executive director of the Dallas Area Chamber of Commerce, membership is up from 121 to 154.

More stories


Information from the Itemizer-Observer and our advertisers (Want to add your business to this to this feed?)