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School supply giveaway grows with poverty in suburban school districts

The Community Services League, which has served eastern Jackson County suburbs for 20 years, sees a growing numbers of families looking to them for help, particularly in the last five years.

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Johnson County Museum set to close Labor Day weekend

Visitors who want a last look at the Johnson County Museum in Shawnee had better be quick about it. The museum’s last day there will be Saturday, Sept. 3.After that the museum will close its doors at 6305 Lackman Road — a stone building whose oldest section dates to 1927 —to prepare to reopen with new exhibits and an expanded KidScape at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center next May.

Shawnee & Lenexa

Recent improvements put new wonder in Wonderscope

New flooring in the main hall, exhibit rooms and the large exhibit space in the back of the museum was made possible by a $65,000 grant received earlier this year from the Sunderland Foundation. Other recent improvements include painting the interior of the museum, a thorough cleaning of exhibit rooms, adding new features to several exhibits and opening a farm-to-market exhibit in April.

Shawnee & Lenexa

Shawnee OKs change in council selections

Rather than allowing an appointee to fill whatever is left of the four-year term, the new rule calls for voters to elect a new council member either at the soonest fall election or in a special election. An appointee would fill the spot only until that election. That could cut months off the time an appointee would serve.

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Sights and sounds from Waterfest in Excelsior Springs

Excelsior Spring's annual Waterfest celebrates the town's mineral water heritage. The festival returned downtown in 2016, and took place along Thompson Avenue.
Jill Toyoshiba jtoyoshiba@kcstar.com
Sights and sounds from Waterfest in Excelsior Springs 1:24

Sights and sounds from Waterfest in Excelsior Springs

National Women's Indoor Tennis Championships draws athletes 65 years old and over to Overland Park 1:40

National Women's Indoor Tennis Championships draws athletes 65 years old and over to Overland Park

Parents behind Kelsey Smith Act react to bill’s rejection in Congress 2:57

Parents behind Kelsey Smith Act react to bill’s rejection in Congress

Seniors don't let age get in the way of a good song 2:22

Seniors don't let age get in the way of a good song