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.
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.
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit is now open in Liberty, and the area franchisee is already planning another restaurant in Wichita. In other developments, Crows Coffee opens near UMKC. Slim Chickens plans Independence location.
Residents living in part of Kansas City south of the Missouri River go to the polls Aug. 5 to decide on a new taxing district that could ultimately expand the streetcar system beyond downtown. If the district passes, voters will decide on specific tax increases in November.
A proposed state constitutional amendment would declare the right to bear arms, ammunition and accessories to be unalienable and would make restrictions on those rights subject to the highest level of judicial review.
Restaurants — with tight budgets and a business culture that naturally puts the emphasis on serving meals — have often put sustainability on the back burner. But restaurants from all over the area are getting advice from college interns on how to curb energy use and waste less food.