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Around our towns

Updated: 2013-08-06T18:00:42Z

Cass County

Prosecutor candidate: Raymore Attorney Ben Butler has announced that he will run for Cass County prosecutor next year. Butler, a Republican, practices law alongside his wife, Jodi, at Butler & Butler Law Office.

Lee’s Summit

John Knox construction: John Knox Village will build a new 25-apartment assisted-living facility where the retirement community has torn down outdated duplexes and cottages.

The $3.3 million building will be Modern Craftsman architecture.

John Knox is developing a new master plan and has other construction under way. It’s renovating some apartments to make six larger independent living apartments and is building 11 villas, which are not attached to an apartment building.

Officials said the planning and construction will help John Knox to help prepare for the first wave of baby boomers who are expected to hit retirement communities in 2020, reaching age of 75 years, at a rate of 10,000 a day. Those newer residents likely will be demanding slightly roomier apartments than were wanted when John Knox Village was built in the 1970s, said Rodney McBride, vice president of health and community services at John Knox.

The community already has two assisted-living facilities, which opened in 2006 and 2012, but they are specialized for memory care. The new one will be targeted to a more general population.

Highway closure this weekend: U.S. 50/Missouri 350 will close this weekend at Interstate 470 so highway crews can remove the deck and do some painting. The work is being done above U.S. 50, but falling debris necessitates the closure from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday. .

The work was postponed from last weekend because of a rainy weather forecast.

Nightly lane closures Route 50/350 will continue as needed through Sept. 15.

South KC

Learn about neighborhood upkeep: Gina Robinson, manager of the city Neighborhood Preservation Division, will speak Friday at the monthly 2nd Friday meeting hosted by council members John Sharp and Scott Taylor.

Robnson will provide an update on property maintenance and nuisance code enforcement, graffiti removal and the Voluntary Inspection Program.

The meeting starts at 7:30 a.m. at the Trailside Center, 9901 Holmes Road.

Oak Grove

Route F widening: The Missouri Department of Transportation will begin construction on Thursday for the widening of Route F between 13th and 31st streets.

The $8.9 million project will widen the road from two lanes to four lanes with a center left-turn lane. The segment between 27thand 31st streets will be reconstructed to improve sight distance and straighten curves.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Oak Grove Civic Center, 1200 S. Broadway. The work is scheduled to finish by September 2014, weather permitting.

Blue Springs

New public works director: Chris Sandie has been named the permanent public works director in Blue Springs after doing the job on an interim basis after Oliver DeGrate died last year.

Sandie has more than 29 years of public works experience with Blue Springs, the city said in a news release, and has been assistant public works director since 2006.

Sandie is a graduate of Blue Springs High School and the University of Central Missouri.

Jackson County

An 1850s-style county fair is being recreated Saturday at Missouri Town 1855, and visitors will be among the first to be introduced to Murphy and Dan, new calves that are training to be the next ox team at Missouri Town.

Contests include hog and husband calling, rooster impersonation, corn-shelling and horseshoes. Also see crafts, farm implements and woodworking tools from the period, and food preparation and preservation.

Hours will be 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and the cost is $5 for most adults and $3 for seniors and children 5 to 13. Children under 5 get in free. Missouri town is at 8010 East Park Road on the east side of Lake jacomo.

| Bethany Bashioum, Special to The Star | Russ Pulley, Special to The Star

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