Established in 1867, Kansas State School for the Blind is perched on a hilly, leafy 10-acre campus at 1100 State Ave. in Kansas City, Kan. Like any other learning institution, the school focuses on preparing students for a viable career — except that its student body is blind and visually impaired, and, aside from a small on-campus population, is scattered throughout the state.
Not quite one year ago, the agency that provides mental health services for some of Johnson County’s neediest residents was in turmoil. Revenues were so low, the Johnson County Mental Health Center needed an emergency cash infusion to end the year with a positive balance. The executive director had been placed on administrative leave. And clients were worried about cuts in services, particularly to vocational and teen substance abuse programs.
The Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site held its 28th annual fall festival Sunday featuring living history re-enactors, American Indian dancers, and crafts and skilled arts from the mission’s active period in the mid-1800s.
Messenger Coffee Co. is purchasing controlling interest in the four area Filling Station operations. Leawood’s Park Place sues its restaurant tenant, Mestizo by Aarón Sánchez, for back rent of more than $120,000 and possession of the space.
The state wildlife commission voted to remove the redbelly snake from the threatened species list at the urging of Gov. Sam Brownback’s administration over the recommendation of a panel of scientists. Kansas Wildlife Secretary Robin Jennison said the state needed to strike a balance between conservation and social and economic concerns. The snake had been blamed for driving up development costs.