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July Fourth brings special meaning to four who cherish freedom

Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness mean more than just words. Just ask the couple from Ukraine who will experience their first July Fourth here, in Shawnee. Or a World War II vet from Liberty who looks back but also ahead. Or a Mexican immigrant in Platte City who cherishes the safety he finds in his new land.

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‘Secret Garden’ blooms in the park

“The Secret Garden” follows Mary, a 10-year-old orphan who is sent to live with her uncle in his English mansion. She endures an unhappy existence until she discovers a magical secret garden on the mansion grounds and ultimately heals her dysfunctional family with her love.

Government & Politics

Johnson County Commission gives tax increase preliminary OK

Expansion plans for the county library, parks and transit system took a step toward reality. The county has kept a steady taxing rate through the recession, even as property values dropped. But after years of cutting back on personnel costs and delaying other projects, commissioners have become more open to requests from county districts and departments for expansion.

Local winner of Lenexa barbecue battle is veteran Pitmaster

“Never go into a contest expecting to win,” Grand Champion Rod Gray says. “If you do, you’re going to wind up sad and miserable most of the time. There’re lots of good cooks out there who’ve been doing it a long time and they’re out to win, too.”

Local winner of Lenexa barbecue battle is veteran Pitmaster

“Never go into a contest expecting to win,” Grand Champion Rod Gray says. “If you do, you’re going to wind up sad and miserable most of the time. There’re lots of good cooks out there who’ve been doing it a long time and they’re out to win, too.”

 

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