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.

Sugar Creek pulls annexation from April ballot

Sugar Creek had wanted to annex 2,700 acres northeast of town, but city attorney says a flaw in the ballot language prompted officials to pull back. Alderman Stan Sagehorn says opposition played a role, too.

Community calendar

Taco Dinner Fundraiser: Four tacos and rice, proceeds to benefit the Guadalupe Center youth baseball program, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Guadalupe Center, 1015 Avenida Cesar E. Chavez, Kansas City. $6. 816-421-1015.

Ideas are floated to make the Kansas City Zoo safer

Officials from the zoo and the city parks department are tentatively scheduled to meet Thursday with Mayor Sly James, City Manager Troy Schulte and Police Chief Darryl Forté to discuss options to forestall future incidents after Tuesday’s violence.

Dancer’s tragic death doesn’t end her dream

Thirty-year-old Tiffany Mogenson was killed Oct. 11 at at 75th Street and Roe Avenue in Prairie Village when her car was struck from behind by a black Mercedes driven by a man who was eluding police. Now, those who loved her are continuing to operate her Blue Springs dance studio and have established a scholarship in her name.

Teams advance to world robotics competition

Six teams from the Kansas City area will be moving on to compete in the world robotics championship competition in St. Louis after winners of this weekend’s Greater Kansas City Regional FIRST Robotics competition were announced Saturday night.

Called to make a difference

I wish I had the privilege of knowing Tiffany Mogenson, who grew up in Blue Springs and owned a dance studio there.

Harrisonville shuts down business over synthetic drugs

The city outlawed bath salts and synthetic drugs last fall, and a sting in late February snared Discount Liquor and Tobacco. Mayor Kevin Wood pulled the store’s license and the Board of Aldermen refused the owner’s request to reinstate it.