Blanche Gangwere, 96, worked with the Red Cross as a member of the Clubmobile Girls. Today, she still plays the pipe organ in her home and she’s compiling about 10 of her compositions for a CD to give to family and friends.
In a race without policy arguments, the choice comes down to experience versus a fresh face. Whoever wins Aug. 5 will almost certainly represent the district for the next four years because no one else is listed on the November ballot.
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The century-old Thacher Elementary School, next to Northeast Middle School, is boarded up and fire damaged. Kansas City Public Schools would prefer that it be razed and the ground be used for fields and parking after the middle school reopens this fall, but it gave neighbors six months to find a developer and a viable plan.
The Blue Hills neighborhood is raising money for day care provider, whose vision was to buy and rehab three houses near her business, Luv Does Matter. An arson fire damaged one house badly enough that it will be razed.
Lee’s Summit district bus driver Rudy Rhodes recognized as Missouri’s driver of the year. He started the Book Buddies program at Prairie View Elementary School where he and other drivers spend time with the students weekly on a rotating basis.
Although it’s not as well known as the Eagle Scout honor for boys, the Girl Scouts Gold Award has stiff requirements for leadership and service. And some Johnson County girls are standouts even among these standouts.