County Executive to Light
Independence Square for the Holidays

November 5, 2009 (KANSAS CITY, MO) – Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders will be joined by Independence Mayor Don Reimal in flipping the switch for holiday lights on the Independence Square during a special ceremony Saturday, November 7 at 6:00 p.m.

A centerpiece of the holiday lights will be the recently restored Jackson County Truman Courthouse. Lights will illuminate The Mayor’s Christmas Tree on the north side of the historic building, as well as the courthouse, itself. Lights will also line the storefronts of shops around the Square.

The Truman Courthouse underwent extension renovations this summer to prevent further damage to its foundation – damage that left unchecked or allowed to worsen posed a threat to the building’s survival. For more about the “Saving The Truman Courthouse” visit

“With these essential repairs to the Truman Courthouse completed and the landmark returned to its historic 1933 appearance, I think this holiday lighting ceremony should be especially festive,” said Sanders.

At 5:15 p.m. Saturday, the Bryant School fifth grade honor choir will perform, followed by a welcome from Master of Ceremonies Dick Wilson of Oldies 95 radio. Sanders will read, at about 5:45, Twas the Night Before Christmas.

The ceremony caps Independence’s two-day Holiday Open House event on the Square.