Nixon appoints child abuse board member, and other community notes

07/14/2014 11:23 AM

07/16/2014 7:44 AM

Review board appointment

Synergy Service’s Jennifer Vernon has been appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon to serve on the Missouri Child Abuse and Neglect Review board.

The board provides an independent review of contested child abuse and neglect decisions made by county children’s divisions offices.

“It’s a huge service to be able to provide to the state. The decisions we make are impacting people’s lives either way. It’s really an important process for people to go through. It’s an honor to be selected and something those of us on the board take very seriously,” said Vernon.

Vernon has been with Synergy since 1994, first as an intern and then a full-time therapist working with children and families. She currently is director of Child, Youth and Family Services.

Family Day at Smithville

The eighth annual Smithville Christian Family Day is 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. July 26 in downtown Smithville.

Christian Family Day is the pep rally for the later Nehemiah Festival, according to David Lin, festival founder. He expects at least 2,000 people to attend the event this year.

Free vendor and booth opportunities are still available.

“Smithville Christian Family Day is an event that is for all Christians, not just for those that live in Smithville. Churches from areas all around the metro area are coming to participate,” said Lin.

Bands performing include Alex Sons & 2819 Crew, Tudon Boyz, Bearing Armor, Grandeur, Whosoever Will, Million Trax, Jeannie Furst & Furst Light, The Center State, Don’t Know Dorothy, therest, and 9th Hour. Lester Estelle Sr. is the evening’s headliner act.

“It’s an opportunity for believers to interact with each other. We need to act like the body of Christ and not just a bunch of body parts. It’s a demonstration of Christian unity under the common banner of Christ,” he said.

For information on Christian Family Day or the Nehemiah Festival go to or call Lin at 816-645-1982.

The Nehemiah Festival is scheduled Sept. 12-14 at Smiths Fork Park in Smithville. About 50 Christian bands are expected to perform at the festival.

Lunch with candidates

Community members are invited to attend a luncheon with legislators and legislative candidates July 23 at Maple Woods Community College.

The complimentary luncheon is sponsored by The Northland Coalition, a group of prevention volunteers in Clay, Platte and Ray counties. The event will begin at noon, followed by a candidate forum that will end at 2 p.m.

The event will be held in Room 110 of the Campus Center Building at the college, 2601 N.E. Barry Road in Kansas City, North. Reservations for the luncheon should be made by Friday at or by calling 816-877-0401.

The Northland Coalition, with the support of Tri-County Mental Health Services, works to create safe, healthy and drug-free communities.


The Northland Animal Welfare Society will hold a Pet CPR Course at the NAWS Spay/Neuter Clinic in Riverside on July 26.

The class will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. and is open to all pet owners. Space is limited. The class fee is $40.

Call the clinic at 816-336-1888 to make a reservation.

The NAWS clinic is at 3400 N.W. Vivion Road in Riverside.

Gospel music concert

The New Shoes Gospel Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at Gospel Music Heritage in Edgerton.

Group members hail from Council Bluffs, Iowa, and Omaha, Neb., and are involved in several Christian music groups.

A free will offering will be taken.

Call 816-532-2485 for information.

| Norma King, Special to The Star


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