Around our towns

The annual Chalk Walk has a new location in northeast Kansas City.

Community calendar

Annual Rummage Sale: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Nativity of Mary Parish Hall, 10017 E. 36th Terrace, Independence. 816-461-0160

Vigil for two KC shooting victims includes call to end the ‘no-snitch’ rule

A crowd of 250 or so gathered Monday night in the parking lot of a gas station at 45th Street and Cleveland Avenue to remember KáVyea Curry Sr. and his son. Curry was killed and the 10-year-old was injured Friday when a gunman fired several rounds into their car. After prayers and tribute to the victims, Monday’s vigil turned into a rally against the no-snitch rule that prevails in some inner-city neighborhoods.

Private school provision could doom Missouri student transfer bill, forum participants say

“I have great concern because of this one controversial piece that there is the potential that no bill gets through the Legislature,” Missouri Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro said Monday night at a Kansas City forum. The provision in some situations would allow students in unaccredited districts to transfer with public funds to nonreligious private schools.

Creighton solves ambulance crisis with tax

The Garden City fire district had said it couldn’t continue providing ambulance service to the Creighton area unless the fire district there found a way to pay. Voters approved a property tax on April 8.

Watch DOGS volunteers lend a helping paw in schools

The Watch DOGS — Dads of Great Students — puts volunteers in classrooms with the aim of being a positive male influence and an unobtrusive security presence. The national program, part of the Kansas City-based National Center for Fathering, was started in 1998 with the goal of making schools safer but has evolved to include academic support and direct interaction with students, catching on across the country in the process.

Kansas City renews prescription discount program

Kansas City is renewing its participation in the Coast2Coast prescription discount card program, which metro area residents can use at participating pharmacies. You don’t have to live in Kansas City to participate.

Community calendar

Southtown Waldo and Brookside Monthly Luncheon: Meet with local business owners. 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., Wornall Road Baptist Church, 400 W. Meyer, Kansas City. $12. 816-523-5553 or

Around our towns

Chuck Owsley will retire May 2 after 16 years leading the Lee’s Summit Public Works Department.

School news in brief

The Raymore-Peculiar School District has established Quick Tip, a new system that allows students, staff, parents or community members to relay concerns about bullying and other potential safety issues.

Seven chimpanzees use ingenuity to escape their enclosure at the Kansas City Zoo

One of them found or broke off a 5- or 6-foot log or branch, leaned it against a wall and clambered to the top. Then that chimp persuaded six friends to join him. Visitors moved into protected areas, but zoo director Randy Wisthoff said the public was never in danger. The animals were lured back by fruits, veggies and finally malted milk balls.

Kansas City’s Police Athletic League helps youths with sports and more

Police Chief Darryl Forté recently highlighted several success stories from the Police Athletic League on his blog. “The impact PAL has had on the lives of urban-core children, many of whom live in poverty, cannot be overstated,” he wrote. “Some of these children have gone on to college with academic and athletic scholarships, attaining careers they never would have thought possible.”

Community calendar

Get Out Ahead: Making the right choices early to defend your life and prevent poor health. Walk a one-mile course. Part of National Public Health Week. 9 a.m., Health Department, 515 S. Liberty, Independence. 816-325-7000

School news in brief

Notre Dame de Sion School has received the largest one-time gift in its 102-year history, the school announced last week.