Kansas City seeks voter approval for $500 million in water bonds

Kansas City is seeking voter approval to issue up to $500 million in revenue bonds, to continue modernizing the water system. Water officials say the money is needed over the next 10 years to make critical upgrades and repairs to aging and break-prone water mains and other water assets. The city could borrow the money at historically low interest rates, and the money would be paid back with already-scheduled water rate increases.

Two-term mayor has a challenger in Greenwood

Scott Hogsett says Mayor Marvin Megee has served long enough, and notes controversies over pardons, police firings and settled lawsuits. Megee defends his actions and says Greenwood’s finances vastly improved on his watch.

Three seek to replace Mark Fulks as Oak Grove mayor

Each candidate stresses different issues in the campaign. Jeremy Martin wants better communication with citizens. John Humphrey touts his previous experience as mayor. Hank Melhorn said he’s served on the Board of Aldermen while city has been heading in the right direction.

Thacher School gets reprieve from Kansas City school board

The administration had recommended that the vacant, fire-damaged school at Independence and Quincy avenues be razed to open more room for outdoor programming and parking for a remodeled Northeast Middle School that will open in August. But enough board members were swayed by impassioned pleas from some residents in the Northeast community to give the save-Thacher movement time to seek out reuse ideas and find a developer.

Following fiber art, from farm to yarn

Many of our readers knit, I’m sure. Others crochet. And who among us (of the female persuasion anyway), hasn’t tried to make cheap wall art with hoop, thread and an embroidery needle?

Three-year-old boy is found wandering the streets alone

Kansas City police were looking for the mother or caregiver of the boy, found Tuesday morning wandering in the Northeast area. A construction worker saw the child walking alone near St. John and White avenues just before 11 a.m. The worker called police.