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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.

Overland Park & Leawood

Leawood City Council fills last vacant seat

Dr. Steven Kaster will replace Louis Rasmussen as a Ward 2 council member. The council had been seeking a replacement since June when Rasmussen stepped down after 26 years on the council. The council approved Kaster’s nomination at its Aug. 15 meeting. He joins Lisa Harrison as Leawood’s other new council member. Harrison was selected to the council in June.

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Indoor ice rinks offer cool fun during the heat of summer

Fans of ice sports say late summer is a great time to beat the crowds at area ice rinks. A visit to a couple of such rinks — the Kansas City Ice Center in Shawnee, and Line Creek in Kansas City, North — shows why kids and adults alike consider a rink to be the coolest place to spend the summer.

Joco Opinion

So, kid, this is your life

How awkward would a reunion with my childhood self be? I’ve turned most of little Ricky’s potential into memories and a pretty narrow path leading out beyond middle age.

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Shawnee Mission feels budget pinch, but a new elementary school is in the works

Despite the $2 million in deficit spending, there is money in the budget for capital expenditures as a result of a $223 million bond issue passed overwhelmingly by voters in 2015. On Monday, the board voted to spend about $1.84 million to buy 25 acres on the northwest corner of 87th Street Parkway and Haven Street to build a new elementary school that will feed into Shawnee Mission West High School.

 

Videos

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

Every year the USTA holds four national competitions that take place on grass, clay, indoor and outdoor hard court. Genesis Athletic Club in Overland Park is holding the Indoor Championships that has drawn 49 women from all over the United States.
Madeleine Ptacin The Kansas City Star
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

At 80, Shirley Marley is still dancing — and turning out stars 2:04

At 80, Shirley Marley is still dancing — and turning out stars

Teenage musical phenom Gracie Schram performs 4:02

Teenage musical phenom Gracie Schram performs